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CONISTER RACKETEERS PIONEERS CONTINUE THEIR 100% START TO 2018

3 Feb 2018

In the A league E-Cerebro met EasyGym in a great match. Dave Freer struggled to find length and width that Steve Morley capitalised on to steer the first win for EasyGym. Ben Peach and Dave ONeill then had a very close game but Dave sealed the second win for EasyGym. Stuart Highy tried to pull one back for eCerebro but Peter Ferguson played a great game to deny the comeback and seal the match. Mike Hayler started strong to take the first game before Paul Barnett stepped forward and put EasyGym 4-0 up. Ashley won a consolation match from a very ill but valued appearance at 1 from Malcolm Levy.

Divers and AON had a very close match with AON winning 230-172. At five Chris Cave won convincingly 3-0 to give AON the lead. The 1 and 2 matches were both won 3-0 by Dave Norman of Divers and Robin Crease of AON. At 3, the experience of Richard Corlett overcame AON's Jason Crease. However the match was won by AON when Mason McLarney defeated Divers Rob Colquitt as Rob tired and lost the 5th game 15-3.

In the B league Conister Pioneers continued their 100 per cent start to 2018 with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Sharks. Sharks got off to a good start with victories for Richard Webster and Mark Stratford. Barry Irvine and Daf Lewis, however, clawed the tie back to 2-2 with determined triumphs over Jon Shepherd and Dave Freer. This left the destination of the overall win and 25 bonus points hanging in the balance as Racketeers' Rob Boyles and Mike O'Brien went head-to-head in their rearranged game on Friday lunchtime. Boyles took this 3-0 to set themselves up nicely for their next game with perennial champions Island Exhausts.

With a weakened team missing several players Island Exhausts still managed to get a maximum points win over Outcasts. Les and Ian Sheard got the team off to a flyer with Les beating Phil Shaw in only 4 games without going their usual full distance. Both Mark Grace and Ian Shirley had to work very hard to win in 4 against Liam Davies and Phil Mackie respectively. At number 1 Mark Henson and Douglas Jacobsson had a real ding-dong game but Douglas gradually wore Mark down with his superb retrieval and court coverage.

The C League this week saw Hansard Racketeers suffer a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of the ever-improving Junior Academy. Ben Leith gave the juniors the early advantage with a 3-0 win over Racketeers' stalwart Graeme 'Geece' Cole. Daryl Richards, however, soon levelled the scores when he edged a ding-dong battle with Max Birchall to maintain his 100 per cent record this season. Top prospect Olly Waite nudged the tie back towards the Juniors with a fine 3-1 victory over Matt Corlett. A no show by Juniors' third string left the deciding match was between newly installed Racketeers' number one James Leith and Academy coach Carl Abright. After a close first game, taken by the latter, hopes of a tense conclusion were dashed when Leith received an accidental blow to calf from the Academy man's racket. Leith soldiered on until the end of the second, but was then forced to succumb to his injury and give Albright an easier victory than perhaps he was expecting.

Buchanan and Pitts Misfits had an excellent match against Browne Craine Dragons with Dragons edging the tie by winning 3 of the 5 games and taking the bonus. The number 1, 2 and 3 string matches were all equally close with Dragons winning them all 45-43.

Dandara Falcons edged home in a very close fought encounter with the Jewel Tech Squash Team competing with great spirit throughout, epitomised by Emma Leith who fought for every point to overcome Visumbe in an epic 5 game encounter. Christian Webster showed great control and maturity to win a close match for Jewel Tech against Aidan McCusker. The Falcons needed to respond and did so with wins for Simon Jones and Jon Cox, leaving a final match where Ian Barnes overcame a determined performance by Beth Jones to give the Falcons a 3-2 win.

Racketeers Academy vs Dohle Stars were level on two match wins each, though with the home team unable to field a fifth player, Dohle Stars took the overall victory 3-2. Special mention goes to Paul Mitchinson on his Racketeers Academy winning debut!

Full results and league tables can be found at http://www.iomsra.com

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