Match reports Week 1
Here are the match reports for Week 1 of the 2017/18 season. David Wackrill will be producing those for the Premier and Division 1 in his usual enigmatic style.
The opening week of the season saw three drawn matches out of five. Sue Lewis made a good start for N P Blackadders, winning 2 singles on her division 2 debut, with Tony Ardis and Mike Howard also winning 2 sets. Tom Tofield won two for the visitors as Blackadders took the match 7-3. Mike Ainsworth and Marco Hahn each scored maximums for MK Hit ‘N’ Hope as they beat Mursley Swallows 6-4. Honours were even when NP Lagondas played MK Shambles, with Chris Horn and Glen Davison each winning 2 sets, as did Paddy Patel and Ivor Howard for the away side. Greenleys Cardinals drew with MK Tornadoes, with Dan Englander scoring a maximum for the home side, just beating all three youngsters Nicholas Wong 11-9, Jakin Grayling 12-10 and Dylin Cox 11-6 in the final legs. On their division 2 debuts, Nicholas Wong and Dylin Cox each won 2 sets for the visitors. The all-Greenleys clash between new team Glory and Troopers produced the third draw. Christine Scaysbrook from Glory could only manage 2 wins, after her maximum for the division one side, but was ably supported by Colin Morrow, who also won 2. For the visitors, Romuald Baucherel showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in this division, following a strong maximum.
Mursley Hawks beat MK Blades 6-4, with Mervyn Phillips taking a maximum, supported by Richard Hare with 2 wins. Brian Evans secured a double for the visitors.
Newport Pagnell Vanquish obtained the best win in the division, with a 7-3 victory over Mursley Swifts. Alan Creed, Jim Brogan and Tanya Paice all won 2 of their singles. David Bartlett won 2 for the visitors, beating both Tanya and Alan, while Danny Walters, on his comeback after surgery, beat Jim Brogan.
MK Eagles beat MK Musketeers 6-4, due to the visitors only having 2 players.
MK Cavaliers and Woburn Sands Mosquitoes drew their match. For the home side, Chris Welch won two singles. Chris Paddon also won two for the home side, recovering from two legs down to beat Paul Hamer 11-9 in the 5th. For the visitors, Glenn Barcham achieved the same comeback feat against John Bradley, for his only win of the night. Paul Hamer claimed 2 singles wins for the visitors.
Promoted side Little Horwood Wooden Tops found the going tough against O U Tigers, who won 8-2 with a maximum from Agostinho Ng, ably supported by 2 wins each for Charity Wong and Abdullah Mamun. Only Steve Peak for the Wooden Tops was successful, with 2 wins.
Chackmore Wannabees showed their ruthless streak, beating an understrength Padbury Night Owls 10-0, with maximums from James and Colin Beckett and Andrew Vicentijevic.
Greenleys Crusaders beat Woburn Sands Rams 7-3, with a maximum for Colin Haddon, who just held off John Rodger to win 11-9 in the final leg. John secured his other two singles for the away side, as did James Maurice for the Crusaders, with Fred Cerisola taking a win.
Greenleys Dukes beat MK Sharks thanks to a maximum from Tim Welch and two from David Fletcher with Pedro Anastacio each taking two for the visitors.
OU Dragons beat Mursley Meths 8-2, with trebles for Ping Lo and Yifan Liu.
Mursley Magpies lost at home 1-9 to OU Penguins, for whom Baozhong Sun and Daniel Charteris-Black each took maximums and Daniel Xia took a double. Rod Locke took the consolation singles for the Magpies.
Mursley Strikers won 9-1 at MK Allsorts with Gerald O’Dell and Barry Agnew unbeaten and Jim Razey winning 2.
Little Horwood Cruisers gained a draw with St. Christopher’s Buzzards, thanks to a maximum from Melvin Hughes. For the home side Graham Silversides won 2 singles.
Stony Stratford Crickets had their best win for over 2 seasons, beating league newcomers Stony Stratford Tennis No Strings Attached 8-2, with a maximum from Jamie Walsh and 2 each for John Aylott and Andy Miller. This was the first match in the league for the Tennis Club for nearly 20 years. Ian Spanswick showed some of his old form, winning 2 of his singles matches.
MK Hawks beat Woburn Sands Tyros 8-2 with maximums from Pat Willcocks and Mick Miles, and 2 singles wins for Brian Hart.
Mursley Strikers and Milton Keynes Hawks have already played their 2nd match of the season, which was brought forward with Strikers beating Hawks 7-3. Two wins here for Tony Leeder and a maximum from Barry Agnew, who became the first player this season to win their first 6 singles.
Llittle Horwoord Frigates lost to Greenleys Princes, for whom Luis Rodriguez took a maximum and Mateo Rodriguez won two. Each of the home trio of Paul Sams, Gary Lee and Dale Osborne picked up a singles.
Padbury Otters beat MK Rio Bravos 7-3, despite a maximum for young Tanmay Tijare for the home side. David Lafford, Paul Sargent and Chris Hill each won 2 singles for the Otters.
St. Christopher’s Crunchers lived up to their name as they beat Woburn Sands Bat to the Future 10-0, with maximums for John Taylor, Mike Manlow and Peter Amsden.
LH Destroyers began their campaign with a 7-3 victory over Greenleys Sovereigns. Sue Marchant with 3 wins, Colin Smith with 2 wins and Jon Gilpin with 1 win did the damage while Paul Aeschlimann was the best Sovereigns player, picking up 2 wins.
OU Newcomers entertaining MK Miracles started well with the opening singles win for Nai Li but other than a doubles success, these were their only points as they lost 2-8. Steve Barratt and Christine Day with maximums and Roger Renders with 2 made up the Miracles’ total.
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