The festive break doesn’t appear to have affected any changes in league positions or in players performances, but in the Premier Division Ball Green B were given a late gift which boosted their chances with a walk-over against Bradwell C and added the maximum 10 sets to their advantage, but the A team also had a 10-0 win over the Ball Green C team and it was only the doubles that went to 4 sets. At this stage in the season to get into the top of the averages, players should have played at least 40% of the games and Chris Bailey, Paul Malkin and Dave Savage, all from Ball Green, still have over a 90% average with Brian Johns and Mark Evans, again both from Ball Green, taking the next two places, but Yoa Li from the Penkhull A team comes next in 6th place. The top teams all play those lower down next week and nothing is likely to change.
In Division 1, Bradwell E earned themselves 2 valuable points in their struggle to avoid relegation, but with 3 from Ken Perry and another 3 from Emlyn Williams, now returning and added to the team, it wasn’t surprising, but the trio from MESC C, Tim O’Grady, John Cooper and Phil Wakefield all won 1 each, making the scoreline respectable. The win hasn’t really helped the Bradwell E side, as Fenton, who were just above them had a good 6-4 win over the Bradwell F side, despite a maximum from Neil Colville and 5 points now separate Bradwell E from the Ball Green G team, who are now below Fenton. Bradwell F’s Neil Colville is one of the 3 players in this Division with an average over 90%, along with Robert Majkut and Robert Rhodes, both from the Penkhull Club, but in different teams.
MESC D hold the lead in Division 2, but the Kidsgrove F team consolidated their second place by virtue of an 8-2 win own their own D team with Lucas Clarke gaining a maximum and he now moves up to the top of the averages and is the only player with over a 90% average, based on a minimum of 40% of matches played. Ball Green H and K are both trying to usurp Kidsgrove F from the second spot, but whilst the H team had an 8-2 win over Bradwell G, the K team came unstuck when they visited the Kidsgrove E team and could only manage a draw, even with Daniel Brownsword’s maximum and it was 2 from both Martin Selby and Giovanni DeClara, plus the vital doubles that denied Ball Green K a win. The H team are now third, but take on leaders MESC D on Tuesday and without at least one point, any chance of promotion looks slim.