Division 2 Roundup - Week 10

Published 13/01/2022 at 17:17:42 by Martin Johnson; edited 1 times, last on 13/01/2022 at 17:20:38 by Martin Johnson.

The New Year has arrived, but still most matches remain pretty close in Division 2.

Milton Keynes Sharks had the biggest win of the week, returning to winning ways with a 7-3 defeat of Woburn Sands Mosquitoes.  Derick Rodrigues was back on form, with four straight games wins, his three singles plus the doubles with Rupert Greyling against Glenn Barcham and Rob McPheat.  The other wins for Sharks came by way of two for Rupert and one for Pedro Anastacio, whilst for Mosquitoes, Rob McPheat picked up two wins, with the other coming from their reserve, Paul Hamer, who outlasted Pedro in the night's only five game set.  The win sees Sharks move nine points clear at the top of the table, whilst Mosquitoes stay in fourth spot, but still with a match in hand on the teams above them.

Little Horwood Wooden Tops collected their first win of the season, as they defeated Mursley Hawks 6-4, with a pair of wins apiece from regulars Andy Hooper and John Sharp.  There were also two wins for Paul Reynolds, playing his first match of the season.  For Mursley, there were two wins from David Bartlett, one from Martin Johnson, whilst Martin & Ian Spanswick combined to edge a close doubles in the deciding leg against Andy and Paul.  The pick of the night was probably sets 7 and 8, in which first John was struggling at 1-1 in games, but 9-2 down in the third leg against Martin, but battled back to take that leg, and then a tight fourth leg, to win in four, followed by Paul against David, with again great attack and counter-attack from both players, which David snatched in four tight games.  The win moved Wooden Tops off the bottom of the table, whilst Hawks remain third in a tightly congested mid-table.

The final match of the week saw a 5-5 draw between Newport Pagnell Lagondas, their third in succession, and Leighton Buzzard Spitfires.  This was another match where no-one won all their sets, although Graham Silversides went the closest for Spitfires, with two singles wins plus the doubles with Filip Simek against Chris Horn and Sue Lewis, but he just lost out at 10-12 in the fifth against Tony Ardis.  Filip also won twice for Spitfires, whilst for Lagondas, there were two wins each for Tony and for Chris.  The other win for Lagondas came as Sue defeated Paul Baker.  Lagondas thus hold on to second spot, whilst Spitfires are fifth, but just seven points behind them, but with a match in hand.

Player of the Week : Derick Rodrigues.