League and cup latest
League Division 1
In between playing the scheduled cup matches, teams have been catching up on their league programme.
Double Dragon’s match with Apple Crumble was decided in the fourth tie. Catrin Ace beat Craig Wilson 3/0 for a good start but Kenny Lee lost 1/3 to the wily Iain MacLeod. The Dragons won the doubles 3/1 and Kenny defeated Craig 3/0 to seal the match. Catrin then lost the final tie, -9, -11, -11, to Iain.
The young Spinmasters were in good form after their weekend’s play in the club championships and beat TBC in straight sets in all ties except the doubles.
The following week they started well against Apple Crumble when Josh Orr defeated Iain MacLeod 14-12 in the fifth set and Finlay Zanna beat Fiona Gibson 11-5 in the fifth.
They seemed destined to win the doubles too but from 0/2 down the veteran pair came back to take the next three sets, 9, 10, 12. Josh then secured the match with a 3/0 win against Fiona but Iain picked up a second point by defeating Finlay 3/2.
The Canny Grannies (still fielding Linda Powell plus substitute Nick Morgan) were largely outclassed by Gaulty Towers until Linda beat Graham Gault 3/1 in the last tie.
Earlier that week Gaulty Towers faced Trophy hopefuls TBC in the top half of the draw’s semi-final. This clash only lasted three ties as Clare Williams (+12) beat Bill White -20, 20, 14, Ross Thompson (+13) defeated Graham Gault 11, -20, 17, and the young pair (+13) took the doubles 2/0.
The following night FRBD started slowly against House of Fraser as Fraser Clark (+6) played a controlled game to beat Blaire Huxtable 21-20, 21-15.
However, once Lauren MacLeod had beaten Gerry Baines (+8) 2/1 the junior side dealt with handicaps ranging from +4 to +10 to win the last three ties 2/0, making the official match score 3/1. They will face TBC in the final.
Mohamed Ali and Stewart Roberts (Ace Breakers) plugged away gamely in their cup match with league leaders Super Troopers despite being 0/2 down after Nick Morgan beat Mohamed (+14) 21-20 in the third set and Shannon Brown defeated Stewart (+9) in straight sets.
The tide turned in the doubles when the younger pair, on +12, recovered from losing the first set to win it 2/1. Next Mohamed (+16) lost the first set to Shannon but eventually defeated her 2/1 and Stewart (+8) got the better of Nick, 19, 17, to seal the victory.
The Troopers fared no better against the much improved The Two Rs. Roisin Pirrie (+11) began with a 2/0 victory over Shannon Brown but Nick Morgan pulled off a 2/0 win against Raymond Pirrie to level the score. A six point start gave the father and daughter a 2/0 win in the doubles but Shannon got the better of Raymond (+3) to bring the score to 2-all. In the decider Roisin (+9) kept her head to defeat Nick 12, 19 and win the match.
The N Factor, now with Neve Dalrymple’s dad Gary a permanent team member, played two cup matches on consecutive nights.
Even with starts of +16 and +15, taking on two senior ladies was a daunting prospect for nine year old Neve but she played well, winning both ties 2/1. Gary used his +6 and +10 starts to beat Anne Gault and Sian Williams, both 2/0, and, with a twelve point start, combined well with Neve to win the doubles in straight sets.
Encouraged by this win, father and daughter then tackled Ace Breakers. Gary beat nine year old Mohamed Ali (+8) 2/0 and Neve (+14) defeated Stewart Roberts 17 in the third set.
The boys played a good doubles to win 2/0, despite giving away five points per set, but Stewart was unable to beat Gary (+5) in the fourth tie. In the last game Mohamed did well to beat Neve (+7) 2/0 to keep the boys’ hopes of a top place in the competition alive.
The Two Rs top the table with two victories from two matches. The N Factor, with two wins and one defeat, are in second place. Bodie & Doyle have yet to enter the fray.