League and cup lat­est

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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.

Lo­gan Tro­phy

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.

Wal­lace Cup

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.

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