THIS week’s Carnation Cup threw up some intriguing matches and none more so than the ongoing battle to be top dog in the Mcintosh house.
Brothers Tom and Kyle faced each other in the semi-finals of the Carnation Cup pairs with their respective partners, after Tom and Clive Eden had come through a tough quarter final against John Hallgarth and Mark Bloomer.
In the semi-final Tom and Clive came up against Kyle and Andy Kirkland and a close game ensued.
In the first match Tom squeezed past Kirkland, edging him in the decider 23-21, but not to be outdone Kyle beat Clive Eden to leave the match all square.
Eden beat Kirkland in three sets which meant that the game between Tom and Kyle would determine who would reach the final.
Tom came out on top by beating Kyle in straight sets.
In the other semi final Sarah Short and Dave Rix were up against Gary Scott and Matthew Williams.
Short comfortably beat Williams to take the first game but then Scott squared the match by beating Dave Rix in straight sets, and when Scott and Williams then won the doubles rubber they looked firm favourites to reach the final.
However, Rix who plays in the division below Williams surprisingly beat him in straight sets to once again level the match at 2-2.
Short then beat Scott in straight sets to take the match 3-2.
The break from league matches this week gave one or two teams a chance to catch up on outstanding league games.
Division One sides MBE and Ryton Park Bees were playing for the first time at MBE’s fabulous new purpose built home, which captain Mick Bell has had built at his own house.
MBE marked the occasion by walloping the Bees 9-1 with hat -ricks for both Mark Stanfield and Dave Marsh, he only blemish being made by the Bees Matthew Lemon who managed to beat Mick Bell in a five-set thriller.
Bell and Stanfield teamed up to take the doubles in straight sets.
A reminder to all players that the date and venue for this season’s Annual Championships have changed.and will now be at Ryton Park School on Sunday 27th January.
You can download an entry form from the league’s website or email the league secretary through the contact form on the website, no later than Saturday 13th January.