PREMIER/DIVS 1 & 2 ROUND-UP WEEK 9
HENDY HAMMERS MONARCHS
This week marks the half way point of the League programme with the four MK club teams all well ahead of the rest. The fact that, on their day, they are all capable of beating each other was demonstrated this week when Pumas ended my own Topspin side’s unbeaten record, the last to fall in the top 5 divisions. Pumas raced into a 4-0 lead with some typically sterling play from Andy Smith, Julie Snowdon and Chris Belton and did enough from then on, with main man Andy completing a splendid hat-trick, to hang on for a 6-4 win. I bagged a brace and my Topspin team-mates Russell Penn and Mervyn Kelly got a single each in response.
DIVISION 2 (courtesy of Martin Johnson)
The big clash of the top two in the division saw Chakmore Hasbeens, missing a couple of their regular players, against the in-form team, OU Primes.
Primes took full advantage, and came away as 8-2 winners, thereby extending their lead at the top to eight points at the halfway stage of the League
schedule (how has that happened .. it' still November!), and a full 15 points clear of third place. In the match, Primes raced away to a 6-0 lead, before
Hasbeens finally got on the scoresheet, to salvage a couple of points. Patrick Wong was the one unbeaten player on the night, and extended his run
of wins to 17 in a row, and was backed up by two wins apiece by Martin Lok and Charity Wong. The two Hasbeens wins came from the Whiteheads,
as Andy beat Martin and Chris beat Charity, for a first loss of the season for Hasbeens, plus their first doubles loss, but conversely, it was an eighth
consecutive match win and doubles win for Primes.
MK Hit 'n' Hope consolidated their third place spot with a big 8-2 win versus MK Classics, as both Ivor Howard and Andy Frearson recorded maximums,
backed up by a pair of wins from Mike Ainsworth, with the ones to get away being the doubles as Ivor & Mike lost to Masoud Nassor & Nick Markham,
whilst Masoud also won one singles for Classics. Ivor's wins took his run of singles wins into double figures, as he reached ten in a row.
Mursley Swallows remain in fourth spot, as they collected a fourth win from their last five matches, beating Newport Pagnell Lagondas 6-4, although
Chris Horn took the individual honours, as he won all his singles on the night. There were two wins apiece, plus the doubles, for Roger Shelton and
Martin Johnson, plus one for Peter Sear, for Swallows, whilst the other win for Lagondas came from Glen Davison. Roy Read came away without a win,
but came agonisingly close, twice losing out close in the deciding game!
MK Bades, after 7 losses in a row, finally grabbed a 5-5 draw against Mursley Hawks, and also edged off the bottom of the table, going one point ahead of Greenleys Cardinals. Mark Thomas and reserve, Rupery Greyling, each won twice, with Brian Evans chiping in with a further win. For Hawks, there was one win for Andy King to add to the regular maximum form Mervyn Phillips, who also teamed up with Andy Palmer to take the doubes.
The halfway point of the League season now reached, the top two teams, Primes & Hasbeens, have a potentially significant lead at the top, and look
clear favourites to clinch promotion, although MK Hit 'n' Hope could mount a challenge if they can get their best team out more regularly. In mid table,
the positions change almost every week, as there is little to choose between most of the teams in the division, however, at the bottom of the table,
Blades and Cardinals are both a few points adrift of the remainder, so appear to be the teams likely to face relegation, but, with another nine weeks
of matches to go, it could yet all change!?
Player of the Week : Patrick Wong.