Division 1 – Week 33

Other Divisions reports are to follow

Warehouse B finished their fixtures with a strong 8-1 win over Invicta A to leave them sitting at the top of the table on 135 points and must now wait for other teams to complete their games to see if they finish as champions, although they are guaranteed to finish no lower than 2nd and have earnt their spot in the Premier for next year, joining their A team.  Key player, Mark Rudland finished with a maximum and a 89% win % along with Berti Makolli with another maximum and two for Tony Millward. Tony Ayliffe scored the consolation with a first time win over Tony to earn Invicta’s sole point.

Lentern B also posted an 8-1 win over Rawreth C, although this game was a lot closer than the final result shows. In an excellent result for Lentern, they are now sitting in 2nd with 125 points and one game against Hullbridge E, which is crucial to decide who will join Warehouse to go up next year. Once again John Lott and Martin Archie provided maximums on the night for Lentern, with Peter Cranmer adding the extra two points, Rawreth unluckily only having Garry Hartgrove with a single point win over Peter to show for the night and finishing 9th overall.

Canvey A are in 3rd place with 122 points and are in with a chance to finish in the top two, have one re-arranged game with Customs A left to play.

Hullbridge C finished with a bang and an 8-1 win over Hockley C. With steady performances from Andy Seaman and Mike Johnston scoring three each, and Lin Roff with two, it was a great all round team performance. Josh Copeland scored the consolation for Hockley, and unusually, Alex Barnetson ended the match unable to add any points to the Hockley total, despite a good run of recent form. Hullbridge are likely to finish in 5th place thanks to a strong second half of the season.

Hullbridge E are in 5th place on 120 points after a 7-2 win over a two man Lentern C team, and have two games left to play. Dan Zeffie scored three with Reece Harris-Griffiths and Adam Jackman with two each, both losing to Pat White. Lentern finish second from bottom but should have secured their place next year in the Division as there are only 13 teams. Hullbridge will need to pick up 16 points to finish champions but may miss out on promotion, finishing 3rd  if they do not win against Lentern B.

In the final match this week, Customs A were 5-4 winners over Hockley B. Roy Thomas had a hat trick for Customs with Dale Gutteridge and Dave Morgan scoring one each. Dave Colwill and Joe Locke scored two each for the Hockley side.

The remaining matches should all be played this week and next before the final positions will be decided.

Barrie Delf

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