|Gnomads||Basement Dwellers||11 - 33|
|Minehead A||White Horse||35 - 6|
|Stogumber||Wiveliscombe||7 - 34|
|Drifters||Barn Boys||27 - 21|
|Tonys Troopers||Mad Batters||21 - 22|
|House Martyns||Allsorts||21 - 17|
With the group stage of the Knockout Cup completed it has been a full week of league action....
Division 1 – Gnomads were visited by full strength Basement Dwellers team. Martin Rant Top scored for the home side with 6 points with George Harrow scoring 3 and Eddie Ferris unable to play his singles games. With a further 2 doubles points added Gnomads ended the match with 11 points. Basement Dwellers maximised their opportunities with player of the match Vince Court scoring the only maximum of the evening. Paul Rees scored 8 and Mike Vickery 7 points. A maximum score in the doubles gave Dwellers a total of 33 points.
Minehead A was on sparkling form when they were visited by White Horse. Player of the match Toby Kerslake and Joe Camp both scored maximums and David Veale scored an excellent 8 singles points. A full 9 doubles points gave Minehead the highest score of the week with 35 points. White Horse put up a spirited defence with Ian Rew scoring 3 and Jamie Robertson 2 singles points. With only 1 doubles point the final score for White Horse was 6 points.
Stogumber hosted current division 1 champions Wiveliscombe. The home team struggled throughout against the full strength and on form visitors. Scores of 4 points for Marcus Short and 3 points for David Bryant were registered to give Stogumber their total of 7 for the evening. Wiveliscombe were ruthless as they maximise their efforts to retain their league title. Player of the match John Edbrooke and Paul Nutkins both scored maximums with David Woodland adding 7. Full doubles points meant Wiveliscombe returned home with 34 points for the match.
Division 2 – Drifters entertained Barn Boys where player of the match Mike Pretty scored the only maximum of the evening. The home team went on to produce a solid performance with Liz Fletcher scoring 7 and Andrew Miles 5 singles points. A further 6 doubles points raised the total to 27 points for Drifters. Barn Boys put up an equally impressive performance with Graham Lamacraft scoring 7, Steve Palmer scoring 5 and a welcome return for Mike Dibble with 3 points. Barn Boys matched their opponents’ doubles score with 6 points to give a final tally of 21 points for the match.
There was a battle between the top two division 2 teams when Tony’s Troopers took on Mad Batters. This was hard fought with only 1 point between them at the end. Tony’s Troopers played their singles steadily and with modest success. Sifa Vea and Chris Wickham both scored 5 points with Tony Burrows adding another 2. But it was a runaway victory in the doubles with a full 9 points that made the scores so close. Troopers ended the match with 21 points. Mad Batters only scored singles points with player of the match Matthew Short scoring the only maximum. Hamish Cuthbertson scored 7 and Jamie Short added 6 to give a final score of 22 points and a victory by the narrowest of margins.
The junior team of the House Martyns took on Allsorts at the Lawns. Player of the match, Joe Burt scored the only maximum for the home team with Jack Lancaster scoring the remainder of the singles points with 6. House Martyns clinched the match by adding 6 doubles points, giving a total score of 21 points. Allsorts scored steadily throughout the singles with Andy Godfrey adding 6, Mike Lawrie 4 and Barbara Parker 3 points. It was an uncharacteristic low score of 4 points in the doubles that allowed the match to slip away, with Allsorts managing a total of 17 points.
After the final matches have been played in the group stage of the competition the following teams are now through to the quarter finals. The matches to be played are therefore:
Drifters v Wiveliscombe
Minehead A v Basement Dwellers
Tony’s Troopers v Stogumber A
House Martyns v Gnomads
On Saturday 10th March the handicap singles tournament was held at the Lawns. There were 9 entries in total, playing in two groups. The top two from each group played a knockout match to arrive at the finalists for the tournament. After two hard fought matches the two finalists will be Barbara Parker and Toby Kerslake who will compete for the title on finals day which is Saturday 21st April from 4pm at the Lawns.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer