|White Horse||Wiveliscombe||8 - 33|
|Shooting Stars||Mad Batters||25 - 17|
|Drifters||Barn Boys||26 - 17|
Division 1– Last year’s champions, Wiveliscombe, started their campaign with a visit to White Horse. The scene was set for a David vs. Goliath battle, however, this time David [Bryant] together with team-mate Ian Rew could only manage 3 points apiece. A further point was added by Colin White plus one from the doubles to leave White Horse in second place at the end of the evening with a final tally of 8 points. Wiveliscombe only dropped 3 points from a maximum score over the whole match. John Edbrooke scored the only singles maximum to be player of the match. There was a new team member with 13 year old Ben Cooper replacing the veteran David Woodland. Ben scored an excellent 8 points and Paul Nutkins a further 7. The doubles saw maximum points for the visitors to give Wiveliscombe a final points score of 33 and a flying start to the season. Can anybody catch them?......
Shooting Stars started last season at the top of the table but could not repeat the feat this year. Their first match was at home to newly promoted Mad Batters but the home team were without injured Geoff Williams. Kerry Manicom has joined the team and made her match debut. Captain Martin Shoots led the way with a hard fought 8 points and Kerry Manicom and Robin Arkell scored 4 singles points apiece. With the singles points evenly balanced it was a maximum doubles score of 9 points that gave Shooting Stars a winning score of 25. Mad Batters’ singles points came from Marcus Short with the only maximum of the evening. Marcus was therefore player of the match. Matthew Short scored 6 points, and with a further 2 doubles points raised Mad Batters’ final score to 17 points.
Division 2 – There is only one division 2 match to report this week when Drifters entertained Barn Boys. Drifters gave a sterling performance with both Liz Fletcher and Andrew Miles scoring 8 points apiece. Mike Pretty added 4 singles points. Trevor Stockdale was the doubles specialist and yet again worked his magic to gain a further 6 points for the home team. Final tally was a winning score of 26 points for Drifters. For visiting Barn Boys the star was Steve Palmer with the only maximum of the evening to gain the player of the match award. Graham Lamacraft scored a handy 5 points, with a further 3 added from the doubles. The final score for Barn Boys rose to 17 points.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer