Published 22/05/2018 at 09:06:39 by David Wackrill; edited 1 times, last on 22/05/2018 at 10:13:39 by David Wackrill.

Results: HowSmall 5  Stormers 0, Spinners 3  Ijebu Warriors 2,  Topspin 4  Sweet N Sour 1
Table: 1st Howsmall (9 pts.), 2nd Topspin (7), 3rd Spinners (6), 4th Ijebu Warriors (3),  Sweet N Sour (3), 6th Stormers (2)
Champions HowSmall increased their early lead to 2 points after a 5-0 thrashing of my Stormers team, who sink to the bottom. Not so long ago, or so it seems, Nick Howard and I were ranked 16 & 17 respectively in the inaugural MK ranking list supplied courtesy of Peter Bannister. Since then our form and fortunes have travelled in opposite directions and Nick is now one of the League’s leading lights. Nick's fast hitting team-mate Guy Sparrow started his remarkable current run of 5 Winter League matches without defeat with a deciding game win over Andy Smith, who faced him again tonight for Stormers and provided Guy with his 4th win from 4 this Summer.
2nd placed Topspin rattled off their second win in a row by beating Sweet N Sour 4-1 with Russell Penn and Mal Hussain winning all the singles. But the Julie Snowdon/Tery Lau combination won their first ever doubles set in this Division to save the whitewash.
Pete Tillotson is still looking for a win for Spinners, just losing in 7 games to Jordi Armat Foraster this time round, although Ricky Taiwo was much too good for him. But the reliable Alan Cherry took his usual brace and steered Spinners home for a 3-2 win in the doubles.
Player of the week is Russell Penn.

DIV 2 (courtesy of Mike Ainsworth)
Blades 2 Hit n Hope 3
Phoenix 4 Classics 1
Towcester 5 Swifts 0
In week two of division 2 of the Summer League Towcester continued their quest for promotion at the end of the first phase with a straightforward demolition of Swifts by 5-0. With Mike Scott replacing Sue Lewis for Swifts neither he nor regular player Mo Duncan were able to extend Ian Brown or Iain Lindsay beyond 5 games as Towcester advanced to 10 points from two matches to go top of the table.
Hard on the heels of Towcester are Phoenix who faced a Swifts team who had drafted in Chris Belton to take the place of Masood, who is likely to be unavailable for the next few weeks. It was Chris who managed the only win and the only seven game match of the evening as he edged out Gerald Ridgway by 4 games to 3. Chris in turn was bamboozled by the unorthodox spin of Constantin who won comfortably in straight games, a feat that he repeated against Barbara Peters.
Phoenix face Towcester in the next round of matches (after the Bank Holiday break) in the eagerly awaited top of the table clash that could prove critical to both teams’ promotion hopes.
In the battle of two of the winless teams Hit n Hope, bolstered by an appearance of Ivor Howard, edged out Blades in the closest match of the evening. Ivor won his two singles matches to set up the win whilst he and Mike Ainsworth had to come back from 3 games to 1 down in the doubles to gain a fine win. Mike Ainsworth slipped to perhaps two unexpected losses against Brian Evans and Mark Thomas.
Week 2 Table
Towcester      10
Phoenix          9
Swifts          4
Hit 'N Hope       3
Blades          3
Classics          1