The spoils were shared between the Ball Green A and B teams with the B team regaining the Sentinel Cup and the A team retaining the Premier Division title, but only by one point, as the teams drew in the matches in the League. Bradwell A came third with Crewe Post Office just one point behind. Ball Green D produced two great wins at the bottom of the Premier Division to avoid relegation and sank Bradwell C. The Ball Green D team of Ben Knight, Rob Warman and Paul Dunning pulled off a 6-4 win over the Bradwell B team of Paul Steel, Dave Allison and Alan Downward, who could only manage one game each, plus the doubles and it was Ben Knight who took player of the match with a maximum and Rob Warman, last season playing in Division 2, who gamed two with the third from Paul Dunning. Also down are MESC B, who lost out in the re-arranged match against the Ball Green D team by 1-9. In the averages, Ball Green A’s Chris Bailey came top with over 95.31%, closely followed by his teammate Paul Malkin with 94.92, but the B team’s Dave Savage was next with 91.4%
Top of Division 1 are Penkhull B, with Ball Green E just 2 points behind, but the Penkhull C team dropped off in the last half and although in third spot, were some 9 points behind Ball Green E. Having kindly loaned a player to Fenton for the second half of the season after Steve Elphinstone was ruled out through a serious injury, MESC C have found themselves being relegated to Division 2, losing out by just one point and it was Bradwell E who managed to avoid the drop, after Emlyn Williams and Ken Perry, previously Premier Division players, came out of retirement just before the second half to help out the Bradwell E’s team defeat their own slightly depleted D team with a 9-1 win. Newcomer to the side, Steven Gao, a student at Keele had also proved himself an asset to the team. Penkhull B’s Robert Rhodes was the only player in Division 1 to earn more than a 90% average, with Mercia Ionel and Robert Majkut, both from Penkhull taking the next two places
MESC D were already headed for promotion from Division 2, but it was neck and neck for both Ball Green H and Kidsgrove F as to which team would earned the honours. The Kidsgrove F team of Lucas Clarke, topping the Divisional averages, Dad Jon Clarke and Hamish Howard managed to impose a 6-4 win over the MESC D team, but Ball Green H, comprising Keith Evans, Graham Savage, Bob Evans and Nick Heath, had an 8-2 win over MESC F to give them the runners-up place, but only on sets averages and even that was close by only two sets. No-one earned more than a 90% average, but second, after Lucas Clarke, was MESC D’s Joe Allen, closely followed by Ball Green H’s Keith Evans.
There is a League Committee Meeting on Wednesday 27th March at Ball Green Working Men’s Club and all clubs, who often don’t bother, are urged to send a representative as proposed rule changes will be discussed, as well as plans for the Summer League; the future of TT365 and their votes could be vital in deciding the future for the Potteries.