PREMIER & DIV 1 ROUND UP WEEK 6
Published 30/10/2023 at 14:08:18 by David Wackrill.PREMIER DIV
TWO SCALPS FOR SARAH IN TITAN TAKE OVER
A 9-1 victory against Greenleys Warriors catapulted MK Titans to the top this week, a position from which they will be hard to dislodge. Maximums from Nick Howard and Craig Brown were overshadowed by a mega performance from their Div 1 super sub Sarah Hudson. Sarah opened with a 5 game win over Shrishlal Basant Rai, moved on to a 5 game defeat (11-9 in the decider) to Ricky Taiwo and finished with a straight games win over Darren Ward. Shades of past triumphs for in-form Sarah.
Former leaders MK Spinners fielded a 2-man team against club-mates Sasaki, dropping one ‘on the table’ set in the 6-4 victory when 15 year old Noah Levens got the better of Gary Jones at 11-8 in the 5th. William Kit Liang made his seasonal debut for Sasaki alongside Noah and Minesh Pitamber. Alan Cherry was the other Spinner.
Divisional newbies Greenleys Glory notched a terrific result against regular title contenders and team-mates Monarchs. Another hat-trick here for Ian Mead set up the result, Ian also taking the crucial doubles with Jacob Midson. The other winning set came courtesy of Ian Brown at the expense of Martin Hall. Regulars Dave Beddall and Tomek Nowakowski were the other Monarchs.
The Friday match at Wing saw Leighton Buzzard Generations thump bottom side MK Phoenix 10-0 despite some close encounters. Maximums for Hakan Karaagac, Ben Rolfe and Tim Cheek. Zeros for Iaon Constantin, Mervyn Phillips and Gerald Ridgway. Pick of the sets has to be Tim v Gerald which went all the way to 11-9 in the 5th game (Oh, to be a fly on the wall for that one!).
Player of the week : Sarah Hudson
ROYAL PERFORMANCE TREBLES PRINCES SCORE FOR SEASON
MK Topspin continue to set the pace at the top after a tough encounter with long-term rival club-mates Pumas. In a cracking match Pumas led 2-0 and 4-2 but Topspin rolled out the last 4 sets to snatch victory. No hat-tricks here with 4 players winning twice, Russell Penn and Jit Pitamber for Topspin and Andy Smith and Julie Snowdon for Pumas. Mervyn Kelly took a single for the winners and paired up with Russell in the crucial doubles. The closeness of the contest was well illustrated by the swaying fortunes in the final set. Andy won the first against Jit and was leading 10-2 in the second game only for Jit to launch a comeback and take the game 14-12 before going on to a memorable 5-game victory. Chris Belton was the other Puma.
Meanwhile over at Greenleys it looked like bottom of the table Princes would be on their way to yet another defeat when Leighton Buzzard Avengers’ Steve Jordan took the opening set against Saravana Kumar. But that proved to be the extent of the visitors success as the home boys took all the remaining sets. So, great maximums on the night for Gary Viner, his first wins of the season, and William Egbuna. Bernie Raffe and Dwight Edwards were the other Avengers. Princes stay bottom but more of this and it won’t be for much longer.
MK Sharks registered another big win themselves, 8-2 against Leighton Buzzard Van Hire. Regular hat-trick scorers Sarah Hudson and Derick Rodrigues also teamed up for a doubles success and were joined here with a welcome first win of the season by Abhay Tijare when he beat Lee Draper over 5 games. Dave Broome and Mateusz Browarnik were the other Van men.
This week’s scheduled Open University Primes/ Chackmore Hasbeens match has been hit by covid problems and re-arranged for 13 November.
Player of the week : Gary Viner