|Basement Dwellers||Stogumber A||28 - 21|
|Gnomads||Shooting Stars||30 - 14|
|Wiveliscombs||Minehead A||35 - 7|
|Barn Boys||Space Invaders||32 - 13|
|Allsorts||Drifters||27 - 23|
|Tonys Troopers||House Martyns||22 - 25|
Division 1 saw Shooting Stars slip from the top of the table after their visit to Gnomads. Maximums for Martin Rant (player of the match) and Nigel Foster, plus maximum points in the doubles gave a comfortable win with 30 points over the previous division 1 leaders Shooting Stars. Steady opposition was provided through the match with Mark Scyner making his 2017 debut for the ‘Stars’ whilst covering for Geoff Williams who is currently suffering from early onset old age. Martin Shoots top scored with 5 points and was supported by Mark Scyner with 4 and Robin Arkell with 2 points, giving the team a total of 14 points.
The leaders in division 1 are now Basement Dwellers who won a narrow victory against Stogumber A. Player of the match was awarded to Vince Court. Both Vince and Paul Rees scored singles maximums and were supported by Matthew Short as substitute with 4 points. 6 doubles points were added to give a total score of 28 for the Dwellers. Stogumber provided a steady resistance with both David Bryant and Marcus Short scoring 5 singles points apiece. Mervyn Hillier added a further 4 points but has yet to hit top form since returning to the game from retirement. With the doubles going in favour of Stogumber with 7 points, a team total of 21 was the final score.
After a long lay-off Wiveliscombe re-started their campaign to climb back up the division 1 table. Their efforts were rewarded with 35 points against Minehead A. Maximums for John Edbrooke (player of the match) and David Woodland plus 8 points for Paul Nutkin, and full points in the doubles, demonstrated their dominance in the match. The key opposition came from the net, and with Toby Kerslake scoring 5 out of Minehead A’s 7 points.
Division 2 saw a runaway victory for Barn Boys with 32 points against Space Invaders’ 13. Graham Lamacraft (player of the match) and Steve Palmer led the way and both scored maximums, with Andrew Fay scoring a further 8 singles points. Space Invaders held their own in the doubles by scoring 5 points against Barn Boys 6. Congratulations go to Space Invader’s Di Rodgers who scored a solid 3 singles points and is no doubt ‘over the moon’ with her performance. Margo Baker also matched the 3 points with Jim Stiles adding the final 2 points.
Allsorts and Drifters match saw an evenly balanced battle. Only 4 points separated the teams at the end of the match with Allsorts coming out the victors with 27 points. Andrew Godfrey scored 7 points with Barbara Parker adding 6 and Mike Lawrie 5 points. Allsorts closed out the doubles with a full 9 points. Drifters put up a fine battle and player of the match went to David Smith who scored the only maximum of the evening. Mike Pretty added a further 6 and Liz Fletcher 5 points. Andrew Miles-Fuller was the doubles specialist on the night and helped along the team score with a valuable 3 doubles points. The final score for Drifters was 23 points.
The closest match of the week was between Tony’s Troopers and House Martyns. This time only 3 points separated the teams with victory for the House Martyns. Kerry Manacom top scored for Troopers and was supported by Chris Wickham with 5 and Tony Burrows with 3 points. Troopers also came out top in the doubles with 7 points to give a grand total of 22. Player of the evening was Joseph Burt who scored the only maximum of the match. Ellie Baker added an excellent 7 and Jack Lancaster a further 4 points. With another 5 doubles points House Martyns clinched the match with 25 points.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer