|Wiveliscombe||Gnomads||33 - 12|
|Allsorts||Mad Batters||26 - 22|
|Roys Boys||Tonys Troopers||21 - 18|
|House Martyn||Barn Boys||23 - 25|
Division 1 only had one match to report this week when current champions Wiveliscombe hosted Gnomads. The home team showed their dominance as they relentlessly climb the league table as they catch up with their outstanding matches. Maximums were scored by Paul Nutkins and John Edbrooke but it was John who was awarded player of the match. Dennis Buckingham added an excellent six singles points which, together with maximum doubles points, gave a team total of 33 points. Gnomads gave a good account of themselves with points steadily scored throughout the game. Martin Rant top scored with 4, Nigel Foster with 3 and Eddie Ferris 1 point. With an additional 4 doubles points Gnomads’ final tally was 12 points. Despite the loss the score enabled Gnomads to gain a place in the division 1 table to lead Shooting Stars by 4 points.
Division 2 saw the leading three teams in action this week. Current leaders Tony’s Troopers visited third place Roy’s Boys. It was a very close match with only 3 points separating the teams at the end of the evening. Barry Hooper scored the only maximum of the evening to gain the player of the match award, and was supported by Roy Hooper with 6 singles points. The doubles points were evenly split between the teams at 6 points each. This gave Roy’s Boys a final score of 21 points. Tony’s Troopers fought well with Kerry Manicom scoring 6 points and Tony Burrows and Chris Wickham each adding 3 points apiece. With the drawn doubles this meant that Tony’s Troopers returned home with a total of 18 points.
Second placed team, Mad Batters, had a tough match away to Allsorts. It was Andrew Godfrey’s new bat that led the way for the home team. It managed to confuse all opponents and enable Andrew to score the only maximum of the evening and gain the player of the match award. Mike Lawrie scored an excellent 7 points and Barbara Parker adding the final 2 singles points. It was in the doubles that the game was won by Allsorts when they scored 8 points to give a final tally of 26 points. Mad Batters actually had the higher score in the singles with Hamish Cuthbertson scoring 8, Matthew Short 7 and Trevor Short 3 points. With only 3 doubles points Batters ended with a narrow loss, having scored 22 points. After both of these close matches it resulted in no change in the top two positions in the second division table.
Closest match of the week went to House Martyns when they played Barn Boys at home. Joe Burt was yet again player of the match when he scored the only maximum of the evening. Jack Lancaster and Curtis Beynon-Pearce each scored 4 singles points. The doubles points were almost equally split with House Martyns scoring 6 points to give the team a total of 23 points. But it was experience [age] over youth that won the day by only 2 points as Barn Boys scored steadily and consistently throughout the match. Steve Palmer scored 7 with Andy Fay and Graham Lamacraft both scoring 6 points. With 7 doubles points this gave the victory to Barn Boys by only 2 points with the winning score of 25 points.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer