|Minehead A||Wiveliscombe||9 - 33|
|Stogumber||Basement Dwellers||15 - 28|
|Shooting Stars||Gnomads||21 - 24|
|House Martyns||Tonys Troopers||21 - 27|
|Drifters||Allsorts||19 - 29|
Division 1 – Minehead A were unable to field a full team when they entertained current champions Wiveliscombe. Toby Kerslake top scored for the home team with 6 points, with a further 2 added by Terry Cadman. With only a single doubles point the final total for Minehead was a modest 9 points. Wiveliscombe continued their steady climb up the division 1 table as player of the match, John Edbrooke, scored a maximum, with Paul Nutkins scoring 8 and Denis Buckingham 7 singles points. Maximum points in the doubles gave Wiveliscombe 33 points and an early finish to the evening.
Stogumber took on Basement Dwellers and again the home side couldn’t field a full regular team. Martyn Summerell was back to top form and, as player of the match, scored the only maximum of the evening. Marcus Short added 3 singles points. There was little success in the doubles with only 3 points scored. Overall score for Stogumber ended at 15 points. Basement Dwellers kept up the pressure on the home team all night with Vince Court and Mike Vickery both scoring 8 and Paul Rees adding a further 4 points. Doubles were pretty well closed out by the visitors with 8 points. Dwellers’ final tally was 28 points.
Shooting Stars hosted Gnomads in what turned out to be the closest match of the week. The contest was hard fought throughout the evening. Geoff Williams and his £4.50 rubbers led the way for the home team with 7 points, Martin Shoots scoring 6 and Robin Arkell a further 4. With only 4 doubles points to add the final score for Shooting Stars was 21 points. For Gnomads it was player of the match Martin Rant’s night, with the only maximum of the evening. Nigel Foster scored 4 and Eddie Ferris a further 3 singles points. But it was in the doubles that the match was decided as Gnomads scored 8 to take their final score to 24 points and to secure a narrow victory.
Division 2 – House Martyns took on top of the table Tony’s Troopers in what was quite a high scoring game. Joe Burt was player of the match with the only maximum and Ellie Baker scored 4 and Jack Lancaster 2. There was more success in the doubles with a further 6 points. Final score for House Martyns was 21 points. Tony’s Troopers dug in for the evening and scored steadily throughout their campaign. Sifa Vea top scored with 7 points, closely followed by Chris Wickham and Kerry Manicom with 6 points apiece. There was a marginal win in the doubles with another 8 points to give Troopers the victory with 27 points.
Drifters were at home to Allsorts where Liz Fletcher led the way with 8 points, with both Andrew Miles and Mike Pretty each scoring 4. There was less success in the doubles with only 3 points scored. Overall match score for Drifters was a creditable 19 points. Allsorts pressured the home team from the outset with player of the match Andy Godfrey scoring the only maximum of the evening. Mike Lawrie scored an excellent 8 with Barbara Parker adding a further 3 singles points. But it was again the excellent track record of Allsorts in the doubles that saw the maximum 9 points scored. Final score for Allsorts was 29 points which has lifted them up the division 2 table this week.
On Saturday 17th February the pairs handicap tournament was held at the Lawns. Overall entry numbers were somewhat disappointing but the competition was extremely close throughout. After all of the qualifying games were played Jim Stiles and Mike Lawrie were the clear leaders to reach the final. With all of the other scores being so close a count-back of points was required to ascertain the second pair to contest the final. It is Martin Rant and Eddie Ferris that will also appear in the final on the 17th April.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer