Island Exhausts Vets Strengthen their Lead with another C League Win
Week two of the IOMSRA leagues saw Cannell Print take on Stoneart in the A League. This was a very close encounter with four matches going to five games but Stoneart eventually took the win 3-2. Jason Blue had a winning debut for Stoneart after a five game battle with Ben Peach. At number one Hamish Thornton was looking to avenge his defeat to Thomas Whiteway in the recent tournament. Thornton started stronger playing some good tight lengths to win the first 11-7. However Whiteway came back strongly eventually taking the fifth game 11-4 and the match 3-2. Other wins for Stoneart came from Steve Gaylor in a tight match with Rob Colquitt and Allistair Crossley in a 3-0 win over Dave Freer. Mark Webster-Smith had a good win for Cannell Print over Lyndon Cheetham in anther close five game match.
EasyGym had a good 3-2 win against last years winners AON. It was a profitable night for the ‘Daves’, with EasyGym’s Dave Norman and Dave Hedley and AON’s Dafydd Lewis all on winning form. Paul Barnett and Robin Crease had the closest match going to four games with EasyGyms Barnett coming out on top.
The B league saw Outcasts pick up their first win of the season against Conister Racketeers Pioneers. All the matches were close and could have gone either way. The match was summed up by the last game between Pat Russell and Dean Sowerby which went all the way to 14 all in the fifth game, with an error from Russell putting the ball in the tin being the deciding action of the night.
The other B league match was very close with Sharks edging a 3-2 victory over Island Exhausts. Josh Green made an impressive debut for Exhausts, taking on the experienced Mark Stratford and winning in three straight games. Wins for Sharks came from Greg Ansara, Mike O’Brien and captain Dave Freer.
In the C league Dohle Stars had a highly competitive match against a strong Hansard Racketeers team, losing 3-2 in the end. The biggest upset of the night was a stellar performance from Tony Bentley-Roberts beating Ben Dalglish ranked 17 places above him. Luke Tippett and Sachet Baniya both made good starts but lost to the experience of Jas Singh and Lucy Kerr respectively. Dave Johnson a new Racketeer had a good 3-0 win at five. Brian Cowley saw out the night with a consolation win for Dohle in five tough games against Matt Corlett.
Santander Racketeers Academy hosted Buchanan & Pitts Misfits, losing to their opponents by 2-3 in matches. The Misfits were strong at the top with wins from Andy Dixon, John Watterson and Stephen Pitts. Santander players Charlie Beard and Nick Corlett both won 3-1.
Island Exhausts Vets were made to work hard for every point by their younger Jewel Tech opponents. The highlights of this fixture were at fourth and fifth string. At four Asad Awan played outstandingly well to recover from two games down to Phil Shaw to take the match in five games and the only win for Jewel Tech. Similarly at five Jewel Tech’s Emma Leith had a very close match against John Smith that could have gone either way, with Smith just winning in the fifth game. Higher up the order the Vets players won in straight games but this did not at all reflect how tight these matches were.
The other junior team, Junior Academy, narrowly lost out 3-2 to Browne Craine Dragons. The match of the night was between Leighton Ginty and Dragon Richard Creer at four. This went all the way to five games where Ginty prevailed winning 15-13. The other win for Juniors came from Oliver Wait at one against Phil Whittam. Two debutants, junior Isaac Quayle and Dragons Fatheha Essa, both played well in their first league match with the latter taking the match 3-1.
The Photograph below is of the Island Exhausts Vet Team.
They are -
Left to Right (Back Row) - John Smith, Ian Sheard and Phil Shaw
Left to Right (Front Row) - Lee Loughren and Les Callow