No stopping the leaders

Premier Division: There is no stopping leaders One Hit Wonders as they whitewashed Bats. Les Hopkins, Samantha Monk and Bob Hoare had no answer to Sussex No 1 under 13 cadet Bertrand Siu along with his team-mates Kate Cheer and Marc Burman. It was Siu and Burman who completed the 10-0 by winning the doubles.

There was a good win for Dynamos as a treble by Matt Caddy helped them to a 7-3 victory over Burgess Tigers. He also teamed up with two-times winner Dennis Hayden to win a tight doubles match in the fifth. Peter Caddy provided the other win, while Mike Day (2) and Angus Ogg replied for Tigers.

Honours were shared betwen Lindfield Thunderbolts and Hang ‘Em High. Emir Becarevic and Paul Brinkhurst each won two singles before teaming up for the vital doubles win against Thunderbolts’ pair of two-times winners Andrew Sharland and Eric Smith. David Metcalfe was the other winner for Thunderbolts.

Two-man Cuckfield went down 4-6 to Bullets, whose wins on the table came from Fred Bodeau (2) and David Champneys. For Cuckfield, Paul Read won a five-setter against previously unbeaten Champneys and defeated Andy Steel, who also fell to Bev Godfrey. The two-man team won the doubles.

Division 1: With second-placed Wanderers on a blank week, leaders X Men took full advantage to add another three points as they beat third-placed Magiks 7-3 thanks to two apiece from John Bridger, Phil Sayers and Tim Grant. Bridger and Sayers combined for the doubles win, while Mel Sims (2) and Tony Turk came up with the replies.

Bashers seized their chance to go third as a treble by Lyle Cyster and two apiece from Annabel and Kate Bridger sealed an 8-2 victory over Parents Unite. The sisters took the doubles in the fifth against Peter Dunsby, who claimed both singles wins for Parents Unite, and Dean Naude.

There was a good win for junior team New Lads as David Lea’s treble led them to an 8-2 victory over Ashenground, achieved courtesy of a 16-14 win in the fifth game of the doubles as Lea and Noah Loncar edged past Roksana Malkiewicz and Shirley Williams. Ron Gentry beat both Loncar and Peter Booth.

Gangsters were pleased to squeeze past Paddlers 6-4 as Jim Edwell emerged the hero with a treble. There was one singles win apiece for Colin Cooper and Vincent L’Estrange and they also combined for the crucial doubles success. There were two wins each for Paddlers’ Alex Jeffery and Nooch Staplehurst.

In the other match played, The Wild Bunch also edged to a 6-4 victory, this time against Spin Masters. Tom Christophersen’s well-earned treble was key but there were also two wins from Jack Ashworth and one from Luke Gallagher. Charlie Hough won two for Masters and also partnered Tom Smith to an 11-6 win in the fifth game of the doubles. The other singles win for Masters came from Sam Oosterbaan.

Entries are now being sought for the handicap doubles at Warden Park next Wednesday (January 22).

Brian Taite