A rearranged match, postponed from earlier in the season, was notable for one particular encounter where there was never any doubt about the winner.
When Invicta B entertained Rawreth D, the penultimate pairing saw the home side’s David Barnes up against David Barnes for the visitors, in their first ever meeting.
For the record, the home side’s player was victorious. However, thanks to a hat trick from Rawreth’s Sam Thompson, the visitors ran out 6 – 3 winners.
Run away leaders Hullbridge E recorded their twentieth win out twenty, away to Warehouse C. Maximums from player-of-the-match Reece Harris-Griffiths and Adam Jackman contributed to an 8 – 1 win. Warehouse’s face-saving win came courtesy of James Spencer.
RESSC continued their recent good form with a 7 – 2 home victory over Basildon Hospital. Stan Dyson was their star, winning all his three, whilst Ron Coutts and Bob Skews added two each. Kevin Smart got both Basildon’s points.
In a close contest, Castle Point C just squeezed past home side Wakering 5 – 4. The match was decided in the final game of the evening. Castle’s Sean McNabb won this in the fifth set despite the valiant efforts of the home side’s Zac England. Sean was player-of-the-march with a hat trick. David Jacob got Castle’s other points, whilst Zac was unlucky to finish on the losing side.
Second place Hockley C were made to work hard for a 5 – 4 away win at Rawreth D. Martin Scarfe and Stuart Adshead both recorded two victories, whilst Neal Klyman added one. Andy Deadman, playing up from the E team, fought hard for two wins for the home side, whilst Ken Field and Sam Thompson got one each.
Rawreth E were hosts to bottom side Castle Point D and were pushed all the way to get to a 5 – 4 win. Andy Deadman was again the star, winning all his three; John Beddow and Richard Riebold got two victories each for the visitors, whilst single wins for both Jack Himpfen-Jones and Rob Appleton settled things for Rawreth.
Despite Runnymede fielding the vastly experienced Tony Millward, visitors Invicta B achieved a rare 5 – 4 away victory. David Barnes and Barrie Murphy each won two and Mike Keeble chipped in with one. It was no surprise Tony recorded an unbeaten evening, being a different standard.