( 25-11-2019 )
Can I thank all players, captains, organisers etc for ensuring that there are currently NO outstanding matches in any division, a previously unheard of event!!
In the Premier Division, HRC 1 are just one point ahead of current champions Grundy Park 1 after defeating last season's runners-up Allenburys 1 8-2, Chris Wade winning all three, Steve Whitehead getting both points for the losers. After another big win, 9-1 against Cheshunt, they beat Grundy Park 2 8-2, Fred Burdett winning all three, including an 11-9 fifth set victory over Scott Turner, who won both his other two games. Cheshunt and promoted HRC 2 drew 5-5 to remain joint bottom.
In Division 1, Pramastars 1 are top, although there have been some close matches throughout the division, Peters Bros. in fourth only 11 points behind the leaders with a match in hand. Pramastars 1 easily defeated St Andrews 1 9-1, but were then held 5-5 by Allenburys 2, the same score as earlier in the season. Pramastars 2 beat Allenburys 2 7-3, John Morgan winning all three for the losers, but were then beaten 8-2 by Peters Bros. Mark Smith and Graham Moore both unbeaten on a night when five matches went the full distance. St Andrews 1 recovered from their 9-1 defeat to draw 5-5 with Peters Bros. and then beat Pramastars 2 6-4, John Hughes winning all three in straight sets.
Division 2 is also close with Watton-At-Stone leading the way. Three wins for Ray Calderwood helped them defeat Aston 6-4 before going down by the same score against St Andrews 2. Allen Critchley won all three for St Andrews 2 but a doubles victory for Sara Hudson & Dave Wilson secured victory for Aston, yet again by 6-4. Stanstead Abbotts are well-placed, just six points behind Watton-At-Stone with a match in hand after beating the leaders 7-3, John Foley unbeaten on the night. Although still bottom, Furneux Pelham are only 15 points behind the leaders with a match in hand. After a poor start to the season they have picked up 13 points in the last two matches, beating St Andrews 2 6-4 and Aston 7-3.