Division 2 Roundup - Week 19
Published 20/03/2022 at 12:29:08 by Martin Johnson; edited 1 times, last on 20/03/2022 at 12:35:46 by Martin Johnson.The end of season beckons; indeed, my own team completes their season this Monday! However, for most teams there are two remaining matches, and the top two and bottom two in Division 2 look almost certain, although the order is still yet to be confirmed.
Woburn Sands Mosquitoes took advanatge of Milton Keynes Sharks having a blank week, and have moved three points clear at the top of the table, with the two teams having similar looking remaining fixtures. The move to the top was courtesy of a big 9-1 win against fifth placed Mursley Hawks, as both James Molloy and Rob McPheat won trebles, well backed up by Andy Jenkins with two wins plus pairing up with James to win the doubles against David Bartlett and Martin Johnson. There were very few issues for Mosquitoes on the way to 8-0. Andy pulled back from 1-0 down to Ian Spanswick to win in four, as did Rob against Ian, whilst Rob also found himself 2-0 down to Martin, but, as he'd done against Ian, upped his attack, to win over five games, for the third time against Martin this season. James had meanwhile cruised through the night without dropping a leg. Hawks finally got on the board as Martin beat Andy in three legs in set nine, but James completed the result with a straight games win, although he was pushed close by David. The win puts Mosquitoes in pole position to take the title, whilst Hawks look safe ahead of the bottom two, in fifth spot, whilst James maintained his 100% individual record this season, extending his winning run to 30 sets.
Third placed Leighton Buzzard Spitfires are probably too far back to challenge the top two, but did close the gap on second placed Sharks to seven points, as they won 7-3 against sixth placed Little Horwood Wooden Tops. No-one was able to win all their sets, with Filip Simek going the closest, picking up two wins, but losing out in five to Andy Hooper. Team mates, Graham Silversides and Dwight Edwards each won twice, whilst Graham and Filip also won a close doubles in five legs aginst Andy and John Sharp. For Wooden Tops, John won twice to add to Andy's one win, whilst Andy just lost out at 11-9 in the fifth to Dwight. Sue Marchant, playing up from Division 5, inevitably found it very tough going, but did grab one leg against Graham, before losing out in four. The result leaves Wooden Tops nine points clear of bottom team Milton Keynes Shambles, who have a match in hand, but almost certainly too far adrift of the next team to climb out of the bottom two.
Newport Pagnell Lagondas took on Milton Keynes Shambles, and the result was a 5-5 draw. Steve Jordan continued his good recent form with a treble, but he and Jim Robinson lost out in four games in the doubles to Glen Davison and Roy Read. Roy was unlucky to twice lose out at deuce in the decider, as he was pipped to the post by both Paddy Patel and by Jim. Paddy and Jim each lost out to both to Sue Lewis and Glen, who each won twice on the night, although Paddy pushed Glen to 11-9 in the decider. The result leaves Lagondas fourth, seven points behind Spitfires, whilst Shambles remain bottom.
Player of the Week : James Molloy.