Henley B came away from JLM Troopers with a narrow 6-4 victory, but the result could have been very different had the hosts been able to take advantage of any of the three games to go the full distance. Martin Clayton personified the villagers’ determination by putting aside two set deficits against both Piotr Penczkowski and Jim Clarke to defeat each in the deciders. Not to be outdone Andy Rowland overcame George Clarke in the same manner after losing the first two ends, before going on to record a treble and adding the doubles in partnership with Clayton. George Clarke notched a brace for Troopers with his father Jim and Penczkowski each earning a point.
After commencing the season with an eleven match unbeaten run JLM Cavaliers sustained their second successive defeat when they were put to the sword by Colebridge Pasties. The evening began with a contest between two of the Stratford Association’s most talented young players who produced an absorbing display, which bodes well for the future of the league, with Nathaniel Saunders taking the honours against Joe Cull. Saunders, Tom Shortley and Mike Credland all delivered perfect performances against tough opposition, thereby ensuring Pasties will top the table after completion of the first round of fixtures. In the only game to be settled in the fifth set Steve Cull took an early lead, and looked on course to gain some consolation for the Cavaliers, only for Credland to finish strongly.
Second placed Shottery A also imposed the whitewash when they travelled to Ashorne where Gary Stewart, Stephen Foster and Graham Poole were untroubled.
Yet another maximum was imposed by the Tanworth Taipans trio of Mick Welsh, Denis Kynaston and Mike Saunders who entertained Veterans.
Snitterfield trail Shottery A by just one point, but with a match in hand, after a 9-1 win against Henley A. Clive Irwin and John Price notched trebles, with Alison Stewart adding a brace although she was unable to get the better of Nigel Payne who thereby spared the visitors’ blushes.