DTH Redlands Rookies and Ryton Park Cougars, who were the only teams left in Division Two still without a point to their name this season, are finally off the mark.
They played each other and both went home with a share of the spoils after an entertaining 5-5 draw.
The man in form on the night was The Cougars Ivan Stallworthy, who remained unbeaten on the night after defeating all three of the Rookies team in Derek Piper, Dave Cowburn and Alan Brown.
But the draw was a real team effort as both Dave Rix and Dave Lee both chipped in with a win each over Cowburn.
Although Cowburn couldn’t trouble the scorers on this occasion both Piper and Brown managed to defeat Lee and Rix to leave the match delicately poised at 5-4 to The Cougars.
They then teamed up in the doubles to salvage a point by beating Rix and Lee in the deciding set to ensure both teams went home happy. The Cougars actually played two matches in three nights to catch up on some of their outstanding fixtures, but couldn’t replicate the same result that they’d had against the Rookies when they came up against table toppers Manton Nomads.
Although The Cougars were on the wrong end of a 10-0 scoreline, they fought hard throughout and the result didn’t reflect the closeness of some of the games. Richard Robinson, Dilip Malkan and Rob Vaughan all registered hat tricks with Robinson and Vaughan also taking the doubles to compound the Cougars misery. Redlands Rookies went one better than The Cougars as they played two games on the same night.
Manton Sports were their second opponents and again they were involved in a very close match with George Agnew and Alan Keeling playing alongside Derek Piper with Agnew and Keeling having contrasting fortunes.
Agnew had a fine evening winning all his three games against John Lowde, James Weston and Keith Smith, whilst Keeling lost in straight sets against the same three players.
And with Piper also drawing a blanks the writing was on the wall and despite Agnew and Keeling taking the doubles set it couldn’t stop them slipping to a narrow 6-4 defeat. Ryton Park Eagles maintained their push for the title with an impressive 9-1 win over Stanley Street ‘C’ who before the match were one place above them in the table and had been showing some good form themselves.
There were hat-tricks all round for the Eagles trio of Alex Olliffe, John Hallgarth and Brian Allen against their hapless opponents in Valentinas and Orestas Riauba and Paul Linfield who probably thought they would get much more from the game.
Street ‘C’ managed to avoid a whitewash when Linfield teamed up with Orestas Riauba t take the doubles rubber 3-1 against Allen and Hallgarth. DTH Redlands X-Youth who are renowned for being involved in matches with a 6-4 scoreline didn’t disappoint this week as they managed to grind out a 6-4 win over Stanley Street ‘B’ who despite being without their number one player Nigel Stent for the singles games ran the X-Youth side close.
Jeff Reay continued his recent good form b winning all his three games and he was well supported by Ewan Pickersgill who won two with Mark Bloomer adding a solo win. Adam Hamilton of Street ‘B’ played well to beat both Pickersgill and Bloomer with Bloomer also losing out to Glyn Payne.
For the doubles game Street ‘B’ brought Stent in to partner Hamilton and the move paid off as they beat Pickersgill and Bloomer 3-1 but it wasn’t enough to save them from slipping to only their third league defeat of the season. Division One Results: Ryton Park Adders 7 DTH Redlands Joggers 3, MBE 8 Manton Misfits 2, Stanley Street ‘A’ 2 DTH Redlands Roosters 8 Division Three Results: Stanley Street ‘D’ 8 Ryton Park Dragons 2, Stanley Street ‘E’ 0Stanley Street Rascals 10, Ryton Park Falcons 1 On-Line Elks 9, DTH Redlands Tarr Babies 5 Stanley Street Cypriots 5.