Outcasts Lead in Very Competitive B league
The A league saw Team AON enjoy a good 5-0 win against league leaders StoneArt who they now trail by only 23 points. StoneArt had two reserves playing and both Magnus Lamprecht and Mark Henson did well to take games off AON regulars Chris Cave and Dafydd Lewis. Mason McLarney and Pat Fitzpatrick won 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. The closest game of the match was between the two team captains, with AON captain Robin Crease eventually winning 3-2 against Steve Baker.
Mid-Court-Crisis (MCC) continue to be denied a win, this time thanks to Cannell Print who beat them 3-2. MCC’s major availability and injury problems this season haven’t helped their cause. Cannell’s Josh Green, Oliver Wait and Rob Colquitt all enjoyed 3-0 wins. MCC’s success came from IOM champion Dave Norman who beat Thomas Whiteway 3-0 and Rob Boyles who just came out on top in a five game marathon with Ben Peach, winning 11-9 in the final game.
In the B league Outcasts 4-1 win against Crowe Dragons means they now top the table. Dragons’ Richard Cretney was solid against the much higher ranked Mark Henson but lost out 3-0 while Peter Ginty also had a 3-0 win for Outcasts at fifth string. Mark Grace, despite a strong start against Toby Woolard, had to concede his match due to injury. Dave Hedley found Nathan Quilliam’s youth and quality was too much and went down in three straight games. Dragons captain Jon Shepherd had a very close game with the higher ranked Chris Cave eventually coming from 2-0 down to take the only win for Dragons,15-14 in the fifth game.
Island Tyres & Exhausts dropped just one point in their encounter with Derivco Sharks, however the overall games score was 14-7 so the match was very competitive. One of the closest games was Magnus Lamprecht against James Ramsey. With just 50 ranking points separating these two it was always going to be close but Lamprecht eventually took the win in five games. The Sharks sole winner of the night was Baillie Watterson who had a bruising encounter with Liam Townsend just getting the win 15-14 in the fifth game. The overall score in points was 249-185 in points.
Experience triumphed over youth in the match between Junior Academy and Racketeers Pioneers. Academy’s only winner on the night was Emma Leith at five who outlasted Barry Irvine to win 3-2. Marc Taggart and James Leith won well contested matches at three and four against Harvey Douglas and Christian Webster by 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. At second string Daffyd Lewis got the better of Oliver Williams , winning 3-0 but in a closer contest than the score would suggest. At number one Rob Boyles produced some excellent squash to beat Oliver Wait 3-1 and seal the match for Racketeers.
Hansard Racketeers maintained their lead in the C league by beating their sister team Santander Racketeers Academy by a score of 3-2 and 245-179. Hansard won the first and third string matches 3-0 through Baillie Watterson and Matt Corlett. Santander evened things up through 3-1 wins by Charlie Beard and Nick Corlett. Game of the evening went to Allan Bashforth and Lucy Kerr, going to five games with Kerr taking the victory 3-2.
Dandara Falcons were back to full strength for their match against Junior Academy C team. Falcons top two players Julien Uzzell and Lewi Long both played well to record 3-0 wins. Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave has had some great results this October and gained another 3-0 result. Jon Cox was the fourth Falcon winner with a 3-1 win over the stylish Rebecca Keeley. Leighton Ginty took the only win for juniors at number three, beating Simon Jones 3-1.
Sadly Dohle Stars were missing their two top players and were only able to field four players in their match against Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. The Misfits were able to take maximum points and make it five wins in a row. Toby Woolard, Terry Holt and Stephen Pitts all won in straight games. Dohle Stars success on the night came through David Maddrell who took a game off John Watterson in a fairly close contest.
Island Exhaust Vets got away to a good start in their fixture against Outcasts Dragons with 3-0 wins in the three lower order matches. Dragon number five, Helen Cave, played some strong rallies to put Lee Loughren under pressure in their first two games while Vets Richard Cretney and Ian Sheard were ruthless and restricted their opponents to only a few points in their 3-0 wins. Pat Russell and Peter Ginty really turned things around for the Outcasts Dragons with good wins at numbers one and two. The best match of the fixture was undoubtedly Peter Ginty with one of his trademark recoveries from 0-2 down to win in five against Peter Sharples.
The picture shows the Outcasts. Left to Right top row – Chris Cave, Peter Ginty (Captain) and Nathan Quilliam. Left to Right bottom row – Toby Woolard and Mark Henson