Rookies open up the Division Three race

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REDLANDS Rookies have blown open the Third Division title race following their terrific 8-2 victory over league leaders Stanley Street B.

Redlands Echidnas, who are the new leaders on set difference, were surprisingly held to a 5-5 draw by second bottom side Centre for Sport & Learning.

This leave three teams in joint first place, all having played seven with a 10 point each return.

The Rookies’ star man was the ageless veteran Jack Tarr who registered wins against Andy Kirkland, Ray Lucas and Glyn Williams.

He was well supported by the up and coming Kyle MacIntosh who also recorded an impressive treble with his 11-7, 10-12, 14-16, 11-8, 16-14 win over Kirkland being the highlight.

Captain Derek Piper enjoyed a four-set win over Williams before teaming up with Tarr to win the doubles in four sets against Kirkland and Williams.

The Street bounced back with just two wins, one from Kirkland and one from Lucas who won a nail-biting thriller against Piper 11-6, 5-11, 4-11, 15-13, 11-9.

Lee Bohan’s Echidnas had just two players for their fixture due to the last minute illness of Matthew Williams.

Bohan and Dillip Malkan won two each for the new leaders before ensuring the points were shared when they teamed up to defeat Declan Wilson and his partner Steve Samson.

In reply the Centre for Sport’s number one Simon Thorpe defeated both Bohan and Malkan while the other three games were awarded to the Centre to give the end result a five-all flavour.

In Division One MBE produced the shock of the week when they moved up into third place following a narrow 6-4 victory over title challengers Rhodesia Lions.

The Engineers tamed the Lions after Mark Stanfield netted a brilliant treble while Andrew Cave and Stave Needham both defeated Mick Johnson to complete the singles. Rotherham’s Needham, who was standing in for captain Mick Bell, finally partnered Stanfield to gain their hard earned win in the doubles following their victory over Mike Nocivell and Phil Beresford.

The Lions were always in the match with Nocivelli and Beresford both bagging two out of three, but it wasn’t quite enough for them to maintain their title challenge as they now fall three points behind the leaders, Redlands Fluffy Toys.

The Fluffy Toys maintain their lead at the top after completing an excellent 6-4 win over fourth placed Redlands Rooosters.

Starring for the Division One favourites was last season’s Player of the Year, Richard Wesley, who bagged three wins before partnering Steve Walker to a straight sets doubles win over Dave Gascoyne and Sarah Short.

Walker won a further two singles games after defeating Gascoyne and Piotr Sliwa to wrap up the victory.

In reply Short hit two for the Roosters while Gascoyne and Sliwa both defeated Steve Fox.