Published 11/11/2017 at 16:21:13 by David Wackrill.

The reigning champions faced their main rivals with a weakened team when Greenleys Monarchs hosted MK Sasaki and went down10-0. Maximums all round for Dan Smalley, Dakshin Subramanian and Matt Horrocks. Monarchs regular Martin Hall was joined by Div 2 players Scott Dixon and John Stamp with Martin taking Matt to a decider. This result puts Sasaki 8 points clear of 2nd placed MK Kingpins.
MK Bandits were going well at 2-2 against MK Kingpins until a collapse set in. Jamie Hendy had accounted for Dave Allison, who normally prefers the ball coming on to him, Obviously, on this occasion it was going past him more times than he would have liked. Then the doubles was won emphatically in straight games. But Kingpins have hidden depths and went on to take the remaining 6 sets. One of them was ‘set of the week’ when Dave fought off a hatful of match points in both the 4th and 5th games against a luckless Dave Buckley, who at one stage led 10-7 in the 4th only to lose the last 2 games 18-20 and 12-14. That was some contest. Mark Purcell and Julian Adams secured maximums.
Greenleys Kings only fielded 2 players for their encounter with MK Spinners (have they given up hope of not finishing bottom already?), who themselves needed to bring in a sub as per usual. This time it was the turn of Colin Munford to be a ‘Spinner for the night’ and he did a lot better than in his own Div 1 match from 48 hours earlier, taking Guy Sparrow to a decider, although losing comfortably to Nick Howard. Alan Cherry and Gary Jones were unbeaten for Spinners, who move into 3rd place.
Player of the week is Matt Horrocks with his first Premier hat-trick.

Greenleys Warriors lead over their main rivals narrowed to 3 points after their return from the O.U. this week with only 7 sets in the bag. Hats off to Patrick Wong and Martin Lok, who both beat Ollie Horswell and then combined to take the doubles for Primes, all in 5 game thrillers.  Maximums from Ricky Taiwo and, playing up from Div 2, Ian Dummett sealed victory for the visitors.
MK Topspin leapfrogged St.Christopher Van Hire back into 2nd place after a clinical 10-0 thrashing of a lethargic MK Powers side, the first whitewash by any team in the Division this season. It was a case of maximums all the way for Russell Penn, Mervyn Kelly and me. We must have been inspired, though, by the thrilling sight of local hero Andrew Baggaley in full flight as he practised on a nearby table for next week’s Swedish Open in Stockholm.
St.Chrisopher had the tougher fixture when facing a revitalised MK Phoenix. I brought up doubles statistics last week and on that subject these 2 sides have the best records (1 defeat between them before this match). St.Christpher won the doubles to keep their 100% record in tact but lost the match 6-4 thanks to yet another blistering maximum from Alan Bolding. Alan’s certainly the ‘man of the moment’ in this Division, taking out Paul Haigh, Fabrice Spelta and David Broome here, and I can’t wait to see how he deals with the Warriors’ players next week. 2-a-piece for Carl Furness and David Broome.
Woburn Sands Data extended their unbeaten run to 4 matches (after losing the first 3) and continue to move up the table with a 6-4 win against MK Pumas. A hat-trick for James Molloy was well supported by a brace from David McGarragh. Chris Belton hit a good brace himself for Pumas after some indifferent form lately.
After 6 losses Hasbeens avoided defeat for the first time when a 2-man Greenleys Eagles made their way out to Chackmore. The vital winning sets for Hasbeens came from Bub Burman, who beat Geoff Callaway, and the doubles. This was Eagles 4th draw so far thanks to a maximum from Barry Bishop.
Player of the week is Alan Bolding.