by Brian Croasdale
ROWSLEY 08 have now taken the top position from Scorpions after seeing off Cylinder Cougars A on Friday.
They went on to win by the maximum score and regain the number spot after their recent period of inactivity had benefited Cougars.
In Division Two, things seem to be hotting up as both the leaders Cromford Cavaliers and second-placed Ever Hopefuls clashed at the Cromford Community Centre.
A rather weakened Hopefuls side found the going tough against the Cavaliers but still did enough to come away with two valuable points in a 5-5 draw.
They were indebted to their number one Phillip Fisher (three), who was unbeaten, and with Ian Dunsmore winning a valuable match against Andreas Lee (one) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 plus winning the doubles they just about deserved their share of the points. Andy Hodgkinson was the best of the Cavaliers.
Crich St. Mary’s found the going tough against promoted LiverPooles and went down at home by an 8-2 margin. Only Steve Howard (two) was able to offer any real resistence, although Blane Cuzon did take young Jacob Poole (two) close, only to lose the deciding game 20-18.
Understrength Pommy were only able to field two players against Balls of Fury due to Mick Shimwell being on holiday, and paid the price, going down 7-3 to the youngsters.
Peter Davies (two) was best of the Pommy side taking decisions over Rory Simpson and Steven Cooke. Eddy Parks was best of the Fury with a good win over previously unbeaten Andy Mellor (one).
In Division Three, leaders Hit & Miss were given a rude awakening by the Cabers losing out by the narrow margin of 3-2.
Adam Lavell had a good three-game win over this year’s surprise package Bradley Vallance (one) but then went down to the ever-improving Dean West (one).
Match of the night was the May B’s encounter with Whitworth 1sts in which Luke Harris (one) from Bonsall had a superb three-game win over Sam May (one). Sally May had no such problems, taking her two matches in straightforward style. The doubles went to the Whitworth team but it was not enough and they eventually succumbed by a narrow 3-2 margin.
Rivals The Unreliables had a more straightforward night, beating newcomers Matlock Marauders 5-0. Jonathan Goodwin and Ewan Fisher seem to be getting back to the form they showed last season and the match between them and the May B’s seems like being the crucial one this season. Gerard Dalton was the best of the Marauders, managing to take a game out of both the Unreliables pair.
The Power seem to be struggling somewhat this season and went down again, this time 4-1 to the Be Afraid side. Tom Hobday however, showed some real class and took both Tom Tate to a deciding game before losing and then Paul McDonald to five before winning to gain his side’s only victory.