Handbook, scorecards, postponements and claims

  

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For the avoidance of doubt, there are two corrections to note:

·         on page 7 (Excelsior Cup draw) the reference to ‘WRG 09:30’ in R2 W/C 29/10/18 should refer to the Semis and Final on 15/12/18

·         on page 12 (Handicap Cup draw) the reference to ‘WRG’ in the Semis heading should again refer to the Final.

 

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The Match Secretary must be notified in advance about a postponement and informed promptly about the new date.

Claims mostly arise when teams confuse home nights. Home teams should contact away teams before each fixture to confirm they are aware of it. Claims may not be accepted if this is not done. Claim A is where opponents fail to appear without proper notice. Claim B is where opponents give notice of being unable to fulfil the fixture and concede the match. The claiming team inputs the scorecard, recording the reasons and whether contact was made before the fixture.

 

MATCH REPORTS

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Season 2018/19

 

Week 29 - commencing 15 April 2019

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Final

Aces 5 (Mark Lundberg 2, Jason Fleming 1½, Zeesth Naseem 1½)

Up4it 0 (Gillian Edwards 0, Ryan Docherty 0, Paul Monteith 0)

Aces won all the matches played, but winning all seven games that reached 10-all was hard on Up4it. In the opening match Mark Lundberg and Jason Fleming won the first of them 12-10 against Gillian Edwards and Ryan Docherty and then they won another 16-14 in the fourth to take the match and put Aces in front. Two 12-10 game wins in match two for Zeesth Naseem and Mark against Paul Monteith and Ryan saw Aces double their lead. Gillian and Paul won the first game of match three, but a 13-11 game win saw Jason and Zeesth level and the Aces pairing then saw out the match to make it 3-0 overall. Gillian and Ryan took the lead in match four but yet another 13-11 game win saw Mark and Zeesth level and as in the previous match the Aces pairing then powered ahead to win the match. For the third match in a row Aces won a game 13-11, but this time Mark and Jason won the next two to take the match against Gillian and Paul and win the trophy for Aces. This meant that Aces completed the grand-slam of all four competitions that they entered with Up4it runners-up against Aces for their third cup-final of the season.

 

 

Week 28 - commencing 01 April 2019

The Handicap Cup Final saw Division 1 runners up Knights face Division 3 runners up Comets and it was Knights who eventually triumphed after a closely fought affair.

In the Stanley Doubles Cup semi-final, the Division one Champions Aces are still on course for their ‘Grand-slam’ of trophies after they defeated Knights. In the Final Aces will face Up4it who ended the season in third place of Division one and who Aces have already defeated in the Excelsior Cup and Chairman’s Challenge Trophy finals.

In Division two Chieftains comfortably defeated New Kids, but they remained in second spot as Villa had already secured the title. By losing New Kids missed on the chanced to overtake Truants and Barons and thus they finished in seventh place, just ahead of Tigers.

 

Handicap Cup Final

Comets 5 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Jill Milne 4, Fraser Smith 0)

Knights 10 (Peter Aird 5, Stuart Halliday 2, David Hay (Reserve) 3)

Knights won the Handicap Cup against Comets thanks mainly to a five game unbeaten performance from Peter Aird. Comets top performer was Jill Milne who won four games out of six. Knights won 31-30 three times to Comets’ one and this was the main difference between the sides on the night. One was in the very first game when Dougal Ogilvie had three chances to win at 30-28, but Peter eventually won it for Knights 31-30. Peter then added a 31-25 victory in their second game to put Knights 2-0 up. However, a fine 31-26, 31-23 triumph for Jill against Stuart Halliday got Comets level. David Hay defeated Fraser Smith 31-29 and 31-26 to get Knights ahead again and Peter beat Jill 31-29 and 31-25 to make it 6-2 to Knights. Dougal pulled one back with a fine 31-24 victory over David and he nearly added a second, but David prevailed 31-30. Stuart then beat Fraser by 31-27 and then by yet another 31-30 to put Knights 9-3 ahead. Comets were on the brink, but Jill fought bravely to defeat David 31-30 and 31-23 and keep Comets in it. However, Peter got Knights home in the next game after he beat Fraser 31-27.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Semi-Final

Knights 3 (Stuart Halliday 1, Robert Toth 1, David Hay (Reserve) 1)

Aces 5 (Mark Lundberg 1½, Zeesth Naseem 2½, Jason Fleming 1)

Aces took the lead against Knights following a long opening match, with Mark Lundberg and Zeesth Naseem eventually triumphing 11-8 in the fifth against Stuart Halliday and Robert Toth. Knights equalised after David Hay and Stuart defeated Jason Fleming and Mark 13-11 in the fourth. However, Aces then powered ahead with two 3-1 victories in a row, both 11-9 in the fourth. First Jason and Zeesth beat David and Robert and then Mark and Zeesth defeated David and Stuart. In match five Knights were in trouble again after Zeesth and Jason went 2-1 up, but Robert and Stuart fought back well and two 12-10 game wins saw them win the match to half the overall Aces lead. An excellent 3-0 match victory, the only one of the tie, for Robert and David versus Jason and Mark saw Knights back level at three-all. It then looked even better for Knights when Stuart and David comfortably went ahead in match seven. But a great three-straight games fight-back by Jason and Zeesth saw Aces go in front again. In match eight Knights were back on the front foot and Robert and David went 2-1 up. However, in one final twist Mark and Zeesth turned the match around to win the match 3-2 and thus the overall tie to get Aces through to the final.

 

Division 2

Chieftains 8 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 3)

New Kids 2 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 1½, Ken Falconer ½)

Chieftains raced into a 6-0 leads against New Kids for the loss of just four games. Two were in match two when Jim Tawse just got the better of Howard Lee 3-2. Jim was 2-1 up, but Howard then levelled after a 17-15 fourth game marathon. The decider was almost as close but Jim won it 14-12. In match four Jim had to come from behind to defeat Kong Wan 3-1 and then in match six Jacob Munro beat Howard 12-10 in the fourth, to add to his earlier 3-0 win against Ken Falconer. Fiona Kinloch comfortably won her opening two matches against Kong and Ken. Chieftains pairing Jacob and Fiona went 2-1 up in the doubles match and 7-0 to Chieftains seemed likely, but Ken and Howard fought back well to win it 11-9 in the fifth and get New Kids on the scoreboard. In match eight Jim went 2-0 up following 11-8 and 12-10 game wins, but Ken fought back to level with 11-8 and then 17-15 game wins. In the decider Jim prevailed by 11-8 to win the match for Chieftains. Next Kong started well and won the first 12-10, but Jacob won three straight games to make it 8-1 to Chieftains. In the final match Fiona and Howard were evenly poised at one-all, but Howard then edged in front with 11-7 and 12-10 game wins to take the match and have the final say for New Kids.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 27 - commencing 25 March 2019

In Division one Knights comfortably defeated Star to leapfrog Up4it into second place, nine points behind champions Aces. Star are level on points with Telstars but finished bottom as Telstars have the better head-to-head record.

In Division two both the rescheduled fixtures ended in draws. Fourth placed Swots’ draw with Truants meant that Truants are now favourites to finish fifth as they are one point ahead of Barons who drew with Tigers, and five points clear of New Kids who must now beat second placed Chieftains in the final league fixture of the season to secure fifth place. After drawing Tigers finished in eighth place as they fell one point short of New Kids current total.

The Division three Champions Tass only just managed a late draw at Prospects and as a result finished 24 points clear at the top. Second placed Comets signed off with a victory over Missiles but third placed Duffers lost to Lairds to end 26 points behind Comets. After their victory Lairds edged out Prospects for fourth place by just two points. Telsports finished sixth after drawing with Buccaneers who ended in seventh place. Squires had a fine victory over Earls, but despite winning Squires finished six points behind Earls in ninth place.

Up4it booked their place in the Stanley Doubles Cup Final after they defeated Defenders with a couple of matches to spare.

 

Division 1

Star 1 (Jim Hutcheson ½, Iain Martin ½, Andy Ferguson 0)

Knights 9 (Stuart Halliday 3, Robert Toth 3, Peter Aird 3)

All ten matches were won 3-0, with Knights winning all of the singles matches and Star victorious in the doubles match. Only three times did the game score reach 10-all. Two were for Stuart Halliday who had a 12-10 game win in his victories against first Iain Martin and then later versus Jim Hutcheson. In the doubles match Iain and Jim won the opener 12-10 against Robert Toth and Stuart before they comfortably saw the match out. Peter Aird and Robert both comfortably won their three singles matches for Knights.

 

Division 2

Swots 5 (David Beveridge 1½, Collin Bleak 1, Nick Shepherd 2½)

Truants 5 (Knut Radmer 0, Alain Leger 2, Graham Wood 3)

Both Swots and Truants were ahead a couple of times, but in the end they had to settle for a draw. The opening match was the only one to reach the fifth game. Dave Beveridge won the first game comfortably, but Knut Radmer won the next two even more comfortably. However, the match turned again and Dave won it 3-2 to put Swots ahead. Collin Bleak started well in match two and won the first game, but Alain Leger fought back and won the match with 14-12, 12-10 and 11-9 game wins to get Truants level. Truants then went in front when Graham Wood defeated Nick Shepherd 3-0, with 13-11 in the second being vital for Graham. Collin then got Swots level after he defeated Knut 3-1, but next Graham beat Dave 12-10 in the third to put Truants 3-2 ahead. Swots then went ahead after two match wins in a row. Firstly Nick came from behind to defeat Alain 3-1 and next Nick partnered Dave to win the doubles match versus against Graham and Alain. Back came Truants and Graham made it four-all following his 3-0 victory over Collin, but Nick then defeated Knut to make it 5-4 to Swots. In match ten Dave and Alain were evenly matched after a game win each but Alain then won games three and four 11-9 and 11-8 to win the match and earn Truants an overall draw.

 

Barons 5 (Andy Hughes 3½, Bill Beattie 1, Tanya Kapelyukh ½)

Tigers 5 (Scott Thomson 2, Kenny McLaren 2, Paul Jackson 1)

Tigers led for the majority of the fixture but Barons secured a late draw. The overall result may have been close but the individual matches saw eight 3-0 victories and two that ended 3-1. Paul Jackson of Tigers lost them both to Bill Beattie and Andy Hughes after he had earlier had a fine win over Tanya Kapelyukh. The closest of the matches that ended 3-0 was for Tigers Scott Thomson against Tanya with Scott winning 12-10 twice. Scott also defeated Bill 12-10 in the third after edging their first game 11-9. Kenny McLaren comfortably defeated Bill and Tanya, but lost to Andy in the final match which saw Barons get the overall draw.

 

Division 3

Comets 7 (Jill Milne 3½, Fraser Smith 3½)

Missiles 2 (Jim Fleming 1, David Hunter 1)

Both Comets and Missiles were a player down so only five matches were actually played. Comets won them all for the loss of just four games. Two of them were when David Hunter lost 1-3 to both Fraser Smith and then later to Jill Milne; and the other two were in the doubles match after Jill and Fraser came from 0-2 down to defeat Jim Fleming and David 3-2, although Missiles came close to winning it as the fourth game was lost 11-13.

 

Telsports 5 (Rob Fotheringham 1, Emma Bissett 3, Paul McDade 1)

Buccaneers 5 (David Clark 0, Stewart Ferguson 2½, Murray Johnstone 2½)

After their trip down from Brechin, the Buccaneers started badly at Telsports with first Rob Fotheringham beating David Clark 3-1 and next Emma Bissett defeating Stewart Ferguson 3-0. However, Murray Johnstone then got Buccaneers on the scoreboard with a very close victory over Paul McDade. Murray came from behind to lead after 12-10 victories in games two and three, but Paul levelled with his second 11-5 game win. In the deciding fifth game Murray prevailed to get the match win for Buccaneers. Next Emma beat David 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Telsports, but Murray then beat Rob 14-12 in the third to get one back for Buccaneers. Stewart then got Buccaneers level at three-all after he defeated Paul 3-1, including a 12-10 game win each. Perhaps surprisingly after their bad start, Buccaneers then took the lead following the doubles match with Murray and Stewart beating Emma and Paul 11-9 in the fourth. Emma then defeated Murray 3-0 to make the score four-all but 14-12 and 11-9 game wins show it was close. Telsports then went back in front when Paul beat David 13-11 in the third and Rob started well in match ten by winning the opening game 11-9. However, Stewart fought back well to win three straight games and take the match for Buccaneers ensuring the overall contest ended in a draw.

 

Lairds 6 (Mohammad Alrubayee 2, Derek Johnston 2, Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 2)

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid ½)

Duffers went in front after Rich McLaren beat Mohammad Alrubayee 3-1, but Lairds quickly levelled after Derek Johnston defeated Billy Liddle 3-0. Eddie Dougan then got Lairds in front after he beat Andy Reid 3-1, 12-10 and 11-9 in the third and fourth show it was close. Rich beat Derek 3-1 to get Duffers back level, but Mohammad got Lairds back in front with a 3-2 victory over Andy. Eddie then doubled the Lairds lead after he defeated Billy, but Andy and Rich won the doubles match to get Duffers back to one behind although losing 10-12 twice was tough on the Lairds pairing of Derek and Mohammad. Derek made it 5-3 to Lairds after he beat Andy 11-9 in the fifth, but unfortunately Eddie had to concede match nine to Rich because of injury. In the final match Mohammad just won the first 11-9 against Billy, but he then comfortably saw out the match to earn the overall victory for Lairds.

 

Prospects 5 (Sandy Pearson ½, Chris Wroniecki 3½, Charlie Ross 1)

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 2, Dave Axton (Reserve) 1, Jim Houghton 2)

The Champions Tass led at the half-way point versus Prospects but needed a massive comeback in match ten to earn a draw and preserve their season long unbeaten run. Stewart Clark got Tass ahead after he beat Sandy Pearson 3-1, but a similar victory for Chris Wroniecki against Dave Axton saw Prospects level. Jim Houghton comfortably defeated Charlie Ross to get Tass in front again, but Chris then beat Stewart 3-1 to make it two-all. Next Jim defeated Sandy 3-0 to get Tass in front again and it looked like they would extend their lead when Dave led 2-1. However, Charlie fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth and get Prospects level for the third time. The doubles match also went the distance, but it was Sandy and Chris who won it 11-8 in the fifth against Stewart and Jim and Prospects were ahead for the first time. Prospects then extended their lead after Chris completed a perfect night with an excellent 3-0 victory over Jim, the Divisions’ highest ranked qualifying player. Stewart got one back when he beat Charlie 3-1, but in match ten Sandy started very well to go 2-0 up and it seemed Tass would lose their unbeaten League record. However, Dave brilliantly fought back to win three games in a row and earn Tass the overall draw.

 

Squires 7 (Winnie Stein 2, Derek Johnston (Reserve) 3, Steve Wilson 2)

Earls 3 (Stewart Mason 2½, Eddie Dougan ½)

Earls were short-handed against Squires but it was still a good contest with four matches being decided after the fifth game. Stewart Mason got Earls off to a good start after he defeated Winnie Stein 12-10 in the third but Derek Johnston got Squires level when he beat Eddie Dougan 3-2, but it took a third game victory of 13-11 to help him home. Steve Wilson also just defeated Eddie and although it was 3-1, game wins of 11-9 twice plus 12-10 saw Eddie was unlucky not to take it to the fifth. Derek and Stewart fought out a five game match, but it was Derek who won it for Squires. Stewart started well against Steve with 13-11 and 11-7 game wins, but Steve got back into it with an 11-6 win in the third and he levelled following a 12-10 victory in the fourth. The fifth game reached 10-all, but this time Stewart got over the line to win it 12-10 for Earls.  Eddie moved comfortably 2-0 up against Winnie but a great fightback saw Winnie victorious after the fifth game. In the doubles match Winnie and Steve edged the first 14-12, but Stewart and Eddie powered back with three 11-6 game wins to take the match for Earls.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Semi-Final

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½, Gillian Edwards 2)

Defenders 2 (Jos Berkhout 1, Ken Head ½, Richard Tough ½)

Jos Berkhout and Ken Head of Defenders won the opening game, but Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty fought back well to win three straight games and get Up4it in front. Gillian Edwards and Ryan made it 2-0 to Up4it against Richard Tough and Ken, but 14-12 and 12-10 game wins show it was close. Match three was comfortably won by Gillian and Paul versus Richard and Jos, but next Defenders got on the scoreboard when Jos and Ken defeated Ryan and Gillian 11-9 in the fourth. Things got even better for Defenders after they won their second match in a row. An 11-9 victory in the first and then another in the fifth saw Jos and Richard home against Paul and Ryan. Gillian and Paul steadied the ship for Up4it after they comfortably beat Ken and Richard and Up4it then won the tie when Gillian and Ryan came from behind to defeat Richard and Jos 12-10 in the fourth.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Chieftains v New Kids

Div 2

12/02/2019

02/04/2019

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 26 - commencing 18 March 2019

Aces are the new Division one champions after they defeated Brechin. Up4it beat Star to move up to second place and Knights drop to third after they narrowly lost to fourth placed club-mates Viscounts. Prefects defeated Telstars to guarantee fifth place and Rockets won at Defenders to secure sixth place. Despite losing, Brechin will finish seventh, but although Defenders are in eighth place they now have to rely on Star losing to Knights in their last fixture in order to avoid being relegated along with Telstars.

Villa are confirmed as the Division two champions after they won well at Truants. Chieftains beat Kingsway to finish in second place and Lundin Lasers had a perfect victory over Sputniks to assure third place. Swots drew with club-mates New Kids but the result was good enough to secure them fourth place with New Kids and Truants now in joint fifth. However, New Kids, Truants, Barons and Tigers all have a fixture left to decide places five to eight. After losing, Kingsway and Sputniks have completed their fixtures and finish ninth and tenth respectively in the relegation spots.

The Division three Champions Tass increased their lead at the top after they had comfortable victories over Squires and Astronauts. Comets will definitely finish second after they won well at Earls and Duffers have guaranteed third place after they beat to Prospects who remain in fifth place. Lairds won well at Buccaneers to jump up to fourth place and Telsports defeated Astronauts to consolidate sixth place.

In the Handicap Cup Semi-finals Comets overcame Lairds and Knights defeated Brechin to book their places in the final.

 

Division 1

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 2½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 1)

Star 3 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 1, Iain Martin 2)

Up4it went 2-0 up on Star following comfortable victories for Paul Monteith and Gillian Edwards against Jim Hutcheson and Andy Ferguson respectively. Star then pulled one back when Iain Martin defeated Ryan Docherty 3-1; including 13-11 in the third, but Gillian beat Jim 3-1 to make it 3-1 to Up4it. Iain then got his second victory for Star after he beat Paul 12-10 in the fourth and Andy got Star level when he defeated Ryan 3-2 after he had won the third 15-13. Up4it edged in front following the doubles match Paul and Gillian 3-1 versus Jim and Iain. Next Gillian made it 5-3 to Up4it after she defeated Iain 3-1, 13-11 in the first being vital for Gillian. Ryan and Jim then fought out an epic battle with Ryan eventually winning 3-2, but game scores of 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12 and 13-11 shows that it was close from start to finish. Paul then beat Andy 3-0 to complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

Aces 10 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 3½, Jason Fleming 3)

Brechin 0 (John Anderson 0, Aaron Robertson 0, Andy Crawford 0)

Aces secured the title with a perfect score against Brechin; however Brechin took games in half of the matches. Three were in the first four matches with Aces winning them all 3-1. Firstly, Zeesth Naseem beat John Anderson, then Jason Fleming defeated Andy Crawford and finally Mark Lundberg beat John with 13-11 in the first being vital for Mark. Aces won the next three matches 3-0 to make it 7-0, but matches eight and nine went the distance. Firstly Mark led 2-0 but two 12-10 game wins got Andy level, however a powerful fifth game won it for Mark. Next in match nine John comfortably went 2-0 up, but equally comfortably Jason levelled it at two-all. The deciding fifth was a cracker, with Jason eventually triumphing 14-12. Finally Zeesth defeated Aaron Robertson 11-9 in the third to complete the scoring for the new Champions Aces.

 

Prefects 7 (Michael Hahn 3½, Elaine Forbes (Reserve) 3, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) ½)

Telstars 3 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 1, Plamen Kostadinov 1)

Prefects got the victory over Telstars thanks to hat-tricks of singles wins from Michael Hahn and Elaine Forbes. The first six matches were all won 3-0, with Michael and Elaine winning two each for Prefects and Plamen Kostadinov and Ian Farquhar defeating Sandy Pearson for Telstars. The doubles match went the distance with Michael and Sandy winning it for Prefects 3-2 versus Plamen and Ian. Next Elaine beat Plamen 11-9 in the fourth to make it 6-2 to Prefects but David then came from 0-2 down to defeat Sandy 3-2 and get one back for Telstars. Ian won the opening game of match ten 12-10, but Michael fought back to win it 11-9 in the fourth and have the final say for Prefects.

 

Defenders 3 (Ken Head 1, Jos Berkhout 1½, Richard Tough ½)

Rockets 7 (Pete Yearworth 3, Tony O'Shea 1, Jim Dyson 3)

Pete Yearworth got Rockets in front after he defeated Ken Head, but Jos Berkhout got Defenders level after he beat Tony O’Shea. Richard Tough started well in match three and took the opening game, but Jim Dyson recovered well to win it 3-1 for Rockets. Next Jos took a 2-0 lead but an even better comeback saw Pete win it 3-2 for Rockets. In match five Jim started strongly and went 2-0 up, but a good fightback from Ken made it 2-all. However, Jim refocussed and played a strong fifth game to win the match and make it 5-1 to Rockets. The doubles match saw Jos and Richard take a 2-0 lead, but yet another fightback saw Tony and Jim draw level. This time though it was the Defenders pairing that won the fifth 11-9 to take the match. In match eight Jos went 2-1 up but Jim won the fourth and the fifth 11-9 to win the match for Rockets. Pete then comfortably defeated Richard to make it 7-2 to Rockets and it looked like 8-2 when Tony went 2-0 up. However, yet another fight back saw Ken win it 11-9 in the fifth to have the final say for Defenders.

 

Viscounts 6 (David Hay 2½, Callum Riddoch 2½, Andrew Nimmo 1)

Knights 4 (Peter Aird 1, Stuart Halliday 0, Robert Toth 3)

Former Champions Knights narrowly lost to Viscounts, but even a perfect victory would not have been enough as Aces victory over Brechin secured them the title anyway. Viscounts started well against Knights and won the first two matches 13-11 in the fourth; David Hay and Callum Riddoch versus Peter Aird and Stuart Halliday respectively. Robert Toth got one back for Knights when he defeated Andrew Nimmo 3-0, but 15-13 in the first was crucial for Robert. Callum then beat Peter 3-1 to make it 3-1 to Viscounts, but Robert then beat David 15-13 in the third to get another back for Knights. In match six Andrew won the first 18-16 but Stuart fought back to lead 2-1, but in another twist Andrew then fought back to win it 3-2 for Viscounts. Knights started well in the doubles match with Stuart and Robert going into a 2-1 lead, however another comeback saw David and Callum win the fourth and fifth games 13-11 and 11-9 to win the match and make it 5-2 to Viscounts. Knights then fought back and won the next two matches 3-1 after being behind; Robert and Peter against Callum and Andrew respectively. Stuart had the chance to earn Knights a draw in match ten and it was close throughout, but David secured the overall victory for Viscounts by winning it 11-8 in the fifth.

 

Division 2

Sputniks 0 (Jack Oughton 0, Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 0)

Lundin Lasers 10 (Arthur Duncan 3, Ron Filsell 3½, Nat Forno 3½)

In the opening match Sputniks Jack Oughton was 2-1 up, but when it reached 4-all in the fourth Jack got injured and had to concede to Arthur Duncan of Lundin Lasers. Lundin then went 2-0 up after Ron Filsell beat Eric Brown 14-12 in the fourth and Nat Forno made it 3-0 by defeating Carol McLean 3-2. Down to two players, Sputniks night collapsed and they lost all the remaining matches played 3-0, with one exception: Carol was very unlucky to lose 11-13 to Arthur in the fifth.

 

Swots 5 (Nick Shepherd 2½, Dave Beveridge 1, Collin Bleak 1½)

New Kids 5 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 3, Ian Smith 2)

Swots went in front when Nick Shepherd beat Kong Wan 3-0, but New Kids replied with two 3-1 match victories to go ahead. Initially Howard Lee beat Dave Beveridge and then Ian Smith defeated Collin Bleak. Swots then fought back to re-take the lead following two closes victories. Firstly Dave defeated Kong 12-10 in the fourth and then Nick beat Ian 14-12 in the fifth game of an even closer match. However, New Kids tied the scores again when Howard defeated Collin 15-13 in the third. Swots went in front for the third time after the doubles match which was comfortably won by Nick and Collin against Howard and Ian. But New Kids quickly levelled after Ian beat Dave 3-0. Swots then went 5-4 up when Collin defeated Kong 3-1. Nick and Howard played the final match and it went the distance before Howard won it 3-2 to earn New Kids the overall draw, which now makes it four times in a row the St Andrews sides have drawn with each other.

 

Truants 2 (Alain Leger ½, Graham Wood 1½, Knut Radmer 0)

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 2, James Pickles 3, Ian Hunter 3)

Villa led from the start at Truants to secure the Division two title. The first three matches were won 3-0 by Villa, but 16-14, 13-11 and three 11-9 game scores show Truants were unlucky not to pick up some game wins. In match four Ian McLagan won the first 12-10, but Graham Wood replied with three straight game wins to win the match and get Truants on the scoreboard. However, Villa quickly got back to winning ways after Ian Hunter defeated Alain Leger 3-0 and then James Pickles defeated Knut Radmer 3-1. James and Ian looked like they were winning the doubles match when they went 2-1 up, but Graham and Alain fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth for Truants. Graham then went 2-0 up on Ian Hunter in match eight, but Ian fought back well to win it 11-9 in the fifth. Villa then saw out the contest with 3-0 victories for first Ian McLagan against Knut and then finally for James versus Alain, although Ian needed a 12-10 game win and James 12-10 and 13-11 game wins before they won their matches.

 

Chieftains 8 (Jacob Munro 3½, Fiona Kinloch 3½, Tanya Kapelyukh (Reserve) 1)

Kingsway 2 (Derek Thomson 1, Stephen Caird 1, Willie Cooper 0)

Chieftains got the victory over Kingsway following unbeaten performances from Jacob Munro and Fiona Kinloch. Chieftains won the opening five matches for the loss of just one game; Tanya Kapelyukh in her 3-1 victory over Willie Cooper. In match six Stephen Caird came from behind to defeat Tanya 3-1 and get Kingsway on the scoreboard. The doubles match was won by Fiona and Jacob including 16-14 in the second against Derek Thomson and Stephen. Jacob made it 7-1 to Chieftains after he beat Willie 3-1, but Derek then defeated Tanya 3-2 to get one back for Kingsway. In the final match Fiona beat Stephen 13-11 in the third to complete the scoring for Chieftains.

 

Division 3

Earls 3 (Stewart Mason 1½, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Comets 7 (Jill Milne 2, Glenn Christie 3, Dougal Ogilvie 2)

Earls were a player down against Comets, but won three of the seven matches actually played. Stewart Mason started with a 3-0 victory over Jill Milne and later Eddie Dougan defeated Dougal Ogilvie 3-2 in a see-sawing match. Earls final win came when Stewart and Eddie recovered from 0-2 down to win the doubles match 3-2 against Glenn Christie and Dougal. Comets dominated the rest of the contest and only lost one other game; Dougal in his 3-1 victory over Stewart. Glenn comfortably won his two singles matches 3-0 and Jill added another after her 3-0 victory against Eddie.

 

Tass 10 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 3½)

Squires 0 (Winnie Stein 0, Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 0, Steve Wilson 0)

Tass were in great form against Squires with Stewart Clark, Jim Houghton and Graeme Elrick winning all ten matches. Squires won games in four of the matches: Steve Wilson in his 1-3 losses to Graeme and Stewart; Eddie Dougan and Winnie Stein in their 1-3 doubles match defeat by Jim and Graeme and finally Eddie lost 2-3 to Stewart in match ten.

 

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3)

Prospects 3 (Sandy Pearson 1½, Ian Brumwell 1½)

Prospects were a player short against Duffers but they won three of the seven matches actually played and lost two more after the fifth game. For Duffers Rich McLaren beat Sandy Pearson 3-1 but against Ian Brumwell he was in trouble at 1-2 down. However, 13-11 and 12-10 game wins saw Rich home. Andy Reid had a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ian but he was 1-2 down to Sandy before he won it 11-8 in the fifth. For Prospects, Sandy and Ian both defeated Billy Liddle and they also won the doubles match 11-9 in the fifth versus Rich and Billy.

 

Buccaneers 2 (Dale McLeish 0, Bill Balfour 0, Murray Johnstone 2)

Lairds 8 (Mohammad Alrubayee 2½, Ryan Connor 2, Derek Johnston 3½)

Lairds raced into a 5-0 lead at Buccaneers for the loss of just three games; Derek Johnston came from 1-2 down to defeat Murray Johnstone 3-2 and Mohammad Alrubayee in his 3-1 victory over Bill Balfour.  In match six Murray defeated Ryan Connor 3-1 to get Buccaneers on the scoreboard, but Lairds got back to winning ways when Derek and Mohammad won the doubles match 3-1 versus Dale and Murray. Next Derek started well and went 2-0 up, but Bill fought back with 13-11 and 11-9 game wins to level it up. However, Derek refocussed and won the decider 11-7. Murray then got another back for Buccaneers when he comfortably defeated Mohammad but Ryan then had an equally comfortable victory over Dale to have the last say for Lairds.

 

Astronauts 3 (Lee Nixon 1, Nairn Nixon 1, Heather Gunn 1)

Telsports 7 (Emma Bissett 3½, Rob Fotheringham 3½)

Telsports were short-handed against Astronauts but won all seven of the matches actually played for the loss of just three games: Emma Bissett in her 3-1 victory over Nairn Nixon and Rob Fotheringham in his 3-2 win against Lee Nixon. Nairn was unlucky not to win more games as he lost 10-12, 10-12 and 12-14 to Rob.

 

Tass 8 (Stewart Clark 3, Graeme Elrick 1½, Jim Houghton 3½)

Astronauts 2 (Euan Steel 1, Nairn Nixon 1, Lee Nixon 0)

Tass and Astronauts shared a 3-1 victory each in the opening two matches. Firstly Stewart Clark defeated Euan Steel 12-10 in the fourth to put Tass in front but Nairn Nixon then came from behind to beat Graeme Elrick and get Astronauts level. Jim Houghton defeated Lee Nixon to get Tass in front again, but Euan then got Astronauts level again after he defeated Graeme 11-9 in the fourth. However, Tass then took control and won the remaining six matches for the loss of just three games, Stewart in his 3-1 victory over Lee and Jim in his 3-2 win over Euan, including 14-12 in the fifth to win it.

 

Handicap Cup Semi-Finals

Comets 10 (Glenn Christie 3, Jill Milne 6, Fraser Smith 1)

Lairds 4 (Chris Riddoch 0, Derek Johnston 1, Ryan Connor 3)

Comets defeated Lairds to reach the final thanks mainly to an unbeaten six point performance from Jill Milne. Jill started with two 21-20 wins over Derek Johnston; later she defeated Chris Riddoch 21-13 and 21-18 and finally she secured the tie for Comets when she defeated Ryan Connor 21-15 twice in the seventh match. Comets other wins came after Glenn Christie defeated Chris Riddoch 21-18 and 21-20 and when Glenn drew with Ryan and Fraser Smith drew with Derek. Lairds only match win came when Ryan had a fine victory over Fraser, but losing the deciding point three times at 20-all was the main cause of their demise.

 

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 0, Andy Crawford 3, Murray Johnstone (Reserve) 3)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 4, David Hay (Reserve) 3, Peter Aird 3)

Knights went ahead after Stuart Halliday defeated Aaron Robertson 21-20 and 21-17. Andy Crawford got one back for Brechin, but David Hay won their second game to make it 3-1 to Knights. Murray Johnstone then beat Peter Aird to get Brechin back level, including 31-30 in their opening game. Next Andy and Stuart shared a game each to make it four-all, but Peter then defeated Aaron to put Knights back in front, although 21-19 and 21-20 shows that it was tough on Aaron to lose both. Knights then strengthened their lead when first David beat Murray and then Andy and Peter shared a game win each to make it 9-5 to Knights overall. Murray beat Stuart 31-27 to get one back for Brechin, but Stuart replied with a 31-27 game victory of his own to win the tie for Knights.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Star v Knights

Div 1

23/10/2018

26/03/2019

Swots v Truants

Div 2

12/11/2018

25/03/2019

Chieftains v New Kids

Div 2

12/02/2019

02/04/2019

Barons v Tigers

Div 2

19/03/2019

26/03/2019

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 25 - commencing 11 March 2019

Aces strengthened their lead at the top of Division one after they had a good victory at Telstars. Knights won well at home to Defenders but they are now twelve points behind Aces, albeit with a fixture in hand. Up4it remain in third place, just a point behind Knights, after they comfortably defeated Brechin and Viscounts completed strong victories over Star and Defenders to consolidate fourth place, seven points adrift of Up4it. Rockets had a good win over Prefects to narrow the gap to them to just four points. After losing Brechin drop two points below Rockets but they are still comfortably above Defenders, Telstars and Star two of whom will occupy the relegation spots now.

Villa remain top of Division two after they defeated fourth placed Swots. Second placed Chieftains heavily defeated third placed Lundin Lasers but they are still fifteen points behind Villa although Chieftains have a fixture in hand. Lundin look certain to finish in third as they are now nine points behind Chieftains and fourteen points ahead of Swots. Barons had an excellent win in St Andrews against New Kids to leapfrog them into fifth place. Truants also overtook New Kids following a narrow defeat to Kingsway in their scheduled fixture and a draw versus Sputniks in a fixture that was previously postponed. Truants are just a point behind Barons and eight behind Swots who they have to play in another re-scheduled fixture. At the bottom, Tigers drew with Sputniks and Kingsway’s fine win over Truants means that Tigers are now just four points ahead of Kingsway. Following their draws with Truants and Tigers, Sputniks have narrowed the gap to Kingsway to just five points and the bottom three sides all have ten points left to play for in the last week of fixtures.

The top two in Division three clashed and it was the leaders Tass who narrowly came out on top. However, Comets gained enough points to ensure they cannot now be caught by third placed Duffers who won well at Squires.  Duffers are a healthy thirteen points ahead of Prospects who drew at home to Buccaneers. Lairds are up to fifth after they had a big win over Astronauts and finally Earls narrowly defeated Missiles but they remain ten points behind Buccaneers in eighth place.

 

Division 1

Knights 8 (David Hay (Reserve) 2, Stuart Halliday 2½, Peter Aird 3½)

Defenders 2 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Jos Berkhout 2)

Knights raced into a 4-0 lead over Defenders for the loss of just two games, Ken Head in his 1-3 defeats by first David Hay and later Stuart Halliday. In match five Jos Berkhout had a fine 3-1 victory over David to get Defenders on the scoreboard, but Peter Aird replied with a 3-0 win over Richard Tough to make it 5-1 to Knights. In the doubles match two 13-11 game wins helped Stuart and Peter win it for Knights against Ken and Jos and it seemed Stuart was on course in match eight following two 11-7 game wins early on. However, a great fightback, including 13-11 in the fourth, saw Jos win it 3-2 for Defenders. But Knights then saw out the contest with 3-0 victories for Peter and David over Ken and Richard respectively.

 

Rockets 7 (Tony O'Shea 2, Gary Lowson 2½, Pete Yearworth 2½)

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 3, Howard Lee (Reserve) 0, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 0)

Prefects took the lead after Michael Hahn defeated Tony O’Shea 3-0 but Gary Lowson levelled for Rockets in a similar fashion versus Howard Lee, in both cases though a 13-11 game win was vital for the victor. Pete Yearworth beat Sandy Pearson to get Rockets in front but Michael then came from 1-2 down to beat Gary and make it two-all. However, Rockets then powered ahead with four match victories in a row without dropping a game. Michael then got one back for Prefects after he completed his hat-trick of singles victories by beating Pete 3-1. But Tony completed the scoring for Rockets by defeating Howard 3-1.

 

Telstars 1 (Ian Farquhar 1, Plamen Kostadinov 0, David Monteith 0)

Aces 9 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 3, Grant Williams 2½)

Telstars won the opening game of the first three matches but Aces recovered to win them all 3-1. Firstly Ian Farquhar lost to Zeesth Naseem, then Mark Lundberg defeated Plamen Kostadinov 14-12 in the fourth and finally Grant Williams beat David Monteith 12-10 in the fourth. Zeesth made it 4-0 to Aces following a 3-0 victory over David, but in match five Ian got Telstars on the scoreboard when he defeated Grant 3-0, but 12-10 twice was tough on Grant. In match six David won the opener 14-12 and then led 2-1, but Mark fought back to win it 3-2 for Aces. The doubles match was won comfortably by Zeesth and Grant and next Grant added another win for Aces when he beat Plamen 3-1, but 13-11 in the third was vital for Grant. Zeesth then defeated David to make it 8-1 to Aces, but Ian started the final match well with a 14-12 opening game win, the sixth time of the night that a Telstars player had led. However, Mark recovered to win three straight games and complete the scoring for Aces.

 

Brechin 0 (Aaron Robertson 0, Andy Crawford 0, John Anderson 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3, Ryan Docherty 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Up4it got the perfect victory over Brechin but three times they had to come from behind to win and another two matches were only won after five games. After three comfortable victories for Up4it in match four Paul Monteith went 2-0 up following a 15-13 second game win. However, 11-9 and 17-15 wins saw Andy Crawford level it, but Paul just edged it 12-10 in the fifth. In the next two matches Aaron Robertson and John Anderson won the first, but first Gillian Edwards and next Ryan Docherty recovered to win it 3-1 for Up4it, in Ryan’s case though 19-17 and 13-11 game wins were tough on John. The doubles match went one way then the other but Gillian and Ryan eventually won it 3-2 against Andy and John. Thereafter Up4it won the final three matches, but John led Paul after the first game and Aaron was unlucky to lose 12-14 in the first showing that Brechin battled to the end.

 

Star 1 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Iain Martin 1, Andy Ferguson 0)

Viscounts 9 (Callum Riddoch 2½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, David Hay 3)

Viscounts won the first three matches against Star 3-0, but two 13-11 and three 11-9 game scores indicate it wasn’t easy for them. In match four Iain Martin got Star on the scoreboard when he beat Callum Riddoch 3-0, but again game scores of 14-12 12-10 and 11-9 show it was close throughout. Next David Hay defeated Jim Hutcheson to make it 4-1 to Viscounts and Andrew Nimmo then beat Andy Ferguson 12-10 in the third to increase the lead. Andrew then partnered Callum to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Iain and Jim, with 13-11 in the third being vital for them. In match eight Iain and David had a titanic struggle that went the distance with David eventually winning it for Viscounts 16-14 in the fifth after Iain had led 2-1. Finally Andrew defeated Jim to complete the scoring for Viscounts.

 

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Jos Berkhout 0, Richard Tough 0)

Viscounts 10 (Andrew Nimmo 3½, Callum Riddoch 3, David Hay 3½)

Andrew Nimmo, Callum Riddoch and David Hay were in devastating form for Viscounts at Defenders. The visitors won all ten matches for the loss of just one game, Ken Head in his 1-3 defeat by David, although Jos Berkhout had to concede his final match to David after he was injured in an earlier match.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 6 (Derek Thomson 2½, Willie Cooper 2½, Stephen Caird 1)

Truants 4 (Graham Wood 3, Alain Leger 1, Knut Radmer 0)

Truants went in front after Graham Wood beat Derek Thomson 3-0 but Willie Copper got Kingsway level when he defeated Alain Leger 3-1. The third match was close, but Stephen Caird eventually won it 11-8 in the fifth to put Kingsway in front after Knut Radmer had led 1-0 and 2-1. Graham then beat Willie 3-0 to get Truants level again, but Derek defeated Knut 12-10 in the fifth to edge Kingsway in front again. Alain defeated Stephen to get Truants level again, but a 3-0 doubles match victory for Derek and Willie against Graham and Alain saw Kingsway in front for the third time. However, Truants could not get back level this time after Willie beat Knut 3-0 to make it 5-3 to Kingsway. Graham pulled one back for Truants with a 3-0 victory over Stephen but Derek ensured the narrow victory for Kingsway when he defeated Alain 3-0.

 

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 3, James Pickles 3, Sandy Bertie 1)

Swots 3 (Nick Shepherd 1½, Dave Beveridge ½, Collin Bleak 1)

Villa led from start to finish against Swots, but Swots fought till the end with half the matches going to the fifth game. The first was in the opening match where Ian McLagan came from 1-2 down to defeat Nick Shepherd 12-10 in the fifth. James Pickles then doubled the Villa lead when he defeated Dave Beveridge, but Collin Bleak then got Swots on the scoreboard after he beat Sandy Bertie. In match four Nick lost for the second time in the fifth game, this time to James. Next Ian beat Collin 3-1 and then Swots lost their third match in the fifth game when Sandy defeated Dave to make it 5-1 to Villa. There was another fifth game decider in the doubles match, but this time it was Swots who won it with Nick and Dave beating Ian and James 11-9. Villa then got back to winning ways with James defeating Collin. Next Nick was involved in his fourth five-game match of the night and this time he came from behind to defeat Sandy 3-2. In match ten Ian had the final say for Villa when he beat Dave.

 

New Kids 3 (Kong Wan 0, Ken Falconer 1, Howard Lee 2)

Barons 7 (Tanya Kapelyukh 2½, Andy Hughes 3½, Bill Beattie 1)

Barons went 2-0 up following a 3-1 victory for Tanya Kapelyukh over Kong Wan and a 3-0 win for Andy Hughes against Ken Falconer. Howard Lee then got New Kids on the scoreboard after he defeated Bill Beattie 3-1, but 13-11 in the third was vital for Howard. Tanya made it 3-1 to Barons with a fourth game win over Ken and then Barons extended their lead following two fifth game victories. Firstly Bill came from 0-2 down to defeat Kong 3-2, with 13-11 in the third being absolutely vital for Bill. Then Andy beat Howard 3-2 in a see-sawing battle. Barons made it 6-1 following the doubles match with Tanya and Andy defeating Ken and Howard 3-1. New Kids then staged a mini fight back with two match wins in a row: Ken beat Bill 15-13 in the third and Howard defeated Tanya, however, Andy then had the final say for Barons when he defeated Kong.

 

Tigers 5 (Scott Thomson 2, Paul Jackson 1, Kenny McLaren 2)

Sputniks 5 (Jack Oughton 3½, Eric Brown 0, Glenn Christie (Reserve) 1½)

Tigers were 4-2 up against Sputniks but required a victory in match ten just to secure a draw. Jack Oughton got Sputniks in front when he beat Scott Thomson 12-10 in the fourth, but a 3-1 victory for Paul Jackson over Eric Brown followed by a 3-0 win for Kenny McLaren against Glenn Christie got Tigers in front. Sputniks then levelled when Jack defeated Paul 3-0, with 13-11 in the first being crucial for Jack. Tigers then won the next two with first Scott beating Glenn 3-1 and then Kenny defeating Eric 11-9 in the third. However, Sputniks then fought back to take the lead again. Firstly in the doubles match Jack and Glenn defeated Paul and Kenny 3-1, but game scores included 13-15, 17-15 and 14-12 show it was very close. Then two 3-0 victories put Sputniks in front, Glenn and Jack versus Paul and Kenny respectively. However, a comfortable 3-0 victory for Scott over Eric earned Tigers the overall draw.

 

Lundin Lasers 2 (Arthur Duncan 0, Nat Forno 1, Roman Nydza 1)

Chieftains 8 (Jacob Munro 3½, Fiona Kinloch 2½, Jim Tawse 2)

Chieftains went in front when Jacob Munro beat Arthur Duncan 3-0, but Lundin Lasers replied with two wins to go in front. Firstly Nat Forno had an excellent 3-1 victory over Fiona Kinloch and next Roman Nydza defeated Jim Tawse 3-2. However, the whole contest then turned in the visitors favour and they won the remaining seven matches for the loss of just three games, with a further four games won after the score had reached 10-all. Two were in the doubles match when Jacob and Fiona came from behind to defeat Nat and Roman 3-1, including 12-10 in the second and third. Next, Jim came from behind to defeat Nat 3-1 and then Jacob beat Roman 3-1. Finally Fiona beat Arthur 12-10 in the third to complete the scoring for Chieftains.

 

Truants 5 (Graham Wood 2, Alain Leger 1, Knut Radmer 2)

Sputniks 5 (Jack Oughton 1½, Eric Brown 0, David Sim (Reserve) 3½)

Truants went ahead of Sputniks following the opening match but it was very close. Jack Oughton won the first 14-12, but Graham Wood eventually won it 11-8 in the fifth to put Truants in front. Eric Brown opened with another 14-12 first game, but again Truants won it when Alain Leger won three straight games. Sputniks then went in front following three 3-0 victories in a row: David Sim versus Knut Radmer; then Jack against Alain and finally David again versus Graham. Knut then got Truants back level but Eric was very unlucky not to have won it for Sputniks. Eric went 2-0 up, but lost games 12-14 and 13-15 before Knut dominated the decider. Sputniks did go in front again following the doubles match where David and Jack defeated Graham and Alain after the Truants pairing had took the opening game 13-11 and another 3-0 victory for David over Alain made it 5-3 to Sputniks. However, Truants then fought back and 13-11 game wins in the fourth and fifth saw Knut home against Jack. In match ten Graham comfortably defeated Eric to earn Truants the overall draw.

 

Division 3

Comets 4 (Dougal Ogilvie 1½, Jill Milne ½, Fraser Smith 2)

Tass 6 (Graeme Elrick 1, Stewart Clark 2, Jim Houghton 3)

Tass got the narrow victory over Comets, but it was close throughout. Comets took the lead after Dougal Ogilvie beat Graeme Elrick 16-14 in the fourth, but four match victories in a row saw Tass take command. Firstly, Stewart Clark beat Jill Milne 3-1 and next Jim Houghton came from 1-2 down to defeat Fraser Smith 3-2 and finally Graeme and Jim had 3-0 victories over Jill and Dougal respectively to complete their four match purple patch. Comets then fought back with first Fraser beating Stewart 11-8 in the fifth and then Jill and Dougal won the doubles match 3-1 versus Jim and Graeme. Jim stopped the Comets fightback with a 3-0 triumph over Jill but the last two matches went the distance. In match nine, Graeme led 2-1 but 15-13 and 11-9 game wins saw Fraser get one back for Comets. In the final match Dougal fought back from 0-2 down, but Stewart won it 12-10 in the fifth to secure the narrow overall victory for Tass.

 

Missiles 4 (David Hunter 1, Jim Fleming 2, Ian Roberts 1)

Earls 6 (Stewart Mason 3½, Eddie Dougan 2½, Jamie Harle 0)

Earls were in front then behind but eventually got the narrow victory over Missiles. Stewart Mason was Earls’ star player after he had an unbeaten performance. Stewart started with a 12-10 third game victory over David Hunter; then Stewart defeated Jim Fleming 3-0, including 12-10 in the second, and finally Stewart beat Ian Roberts 3-0, but this time including 18-16 in the second. Stewart also won the doubles match when he partnered Eddie Dougan to defeat Ian and David 3-0, but again 12-10 in the first was crucial. Eddie added a couple of singles wins for Earls, defeating Ian 11-9 in the fifth and David 11-9 in the fourth. Missiles all defeated Jamie Harle: Ian 12-10 in the fourth; David 3-0 and Jim 3-2 after Jamie had led 2-1. Missiles final point came when Jim defeated Eddie 3-1.

 

Lairds 9 (Derek Johnston 3, Mohammad Alrubayee 3½, Ryan Connor 2½)

Astronauts 1 (Lee Nixon 0, Euan Steel 1, Moira Brown 0)

Lairds went in front after Derek Johnston defeated Lee Nixon 3-0 and Mohammad Alrubayee doubled their lead following a 12-10 fifth game victory over Euan Steel. Ryan Connor made it 3-0 with a comfortable win over Moira Brown and next Mohammad and Derek made it 5-0 to Lairds with 3-0 wins over Lee and Moira respectively. In match six Euan got Astronauts on the scoreboard when he defeated Ryan 3-1 and in the doubles match Euan partnering Moira nearly got another, but Ryan and Mohammad eventually won it 3-2 for Lairds. The final three matches were then all won 3-0 by Lairds to complete the scoring.

 

Prospects 5 (Sandy Pearson 1, Charlie Ross 2, Ian Brumwell 2)

Buccaneers 5 (Dale McLeish 1, Stewart Ferguson 1½, Murray Johnstone 2½)

Prospects were 3-1 ahead against Buccaneers but in the end required a late comeback just to get an overall draw. Dale McLeish came from 1-2 down to beat Sandy Pearson 3-2 and get Buccaneers ahead. However, three 3-0 match wins in a row saw Prospects take control. Firstly, Charlie Ross beat Stewart Ferguson, then Ian Brumwell defeated Murray Johnstone, including 14-12 and 12-10 and finally Charlie beat Dale. The contest then turned again with Buccaneers winning four matches in a row to go 5-3 up. Murray started the run with a 12-10 fourth game win over Sandy and Stewart then came from 1-2 down to beat Ian 12-10 in the fifth. The doubles match also went the distance, but Stewart and Murray won it 3-2 for Buccaneers against Ian and Charlie. Murray then got Buccaneers third fifth game win in a row when he came from 1-2 down to defeat Charlie 3-2. Ian gave Prospects hope with a 3-0 win over Dale and Sandy then secured the overall draw for Prospects with a 3-1 victory over Stewart with all four games won 11-7.

 

Squires 2 (Ryan Connor (Reserve) 1, Winnie Stein 0, Brian Halliday 1)

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3½)

Duffers raced into a 5-0 lead against Squires, but it was not easy for them. Rich McLaren defeated Ryan Connor 3-1 to put Duffers in front, including a 12-10 game win each and a 3-0 victory for Billy Liddle over Winnie Stein doubled their lead, but 20-18 and 15-13 scores were tough on Winnie. Squires seemed to be on course in match three when Brian Halliday led 2-0, but Andy Reid won it 11-9 in the fifth to make it 3-0 to Duffers. Rich and Andy won 3-0 and 3-1 against Winnie and Ryan respectively to make it 5-0 to Duffers but a 3-0 victory for Brian over Billy got Squires on the scoreboard. Andy and Rich won the doubles match 3-1 against Winnie and Brian and then they had a 3-0 win each, Andy versus Winnie and Rich versus Brian to make it 8-1 to Duffers. However, Ryan had the final say for Squires when he got a consolation 3-0 victory over Billy.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Star v Knights

Div 1

23/10/2018

26/03/2019

Swots v Truants

Div 2

12/11/2018

25/03/2019

Tass v Astronauts

Div 3

21/01/2019

20/03/2019

Chieftains v New Kids

Div 2

12/02/2019

02/04/2019

Barons v Tigers

Div 2

19/03/2019

26/03/2019

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 24 - commencing 04 March 2019

Aces strengthened their grip at the top of Division one after they had a perfect victory over club-mates Rockets. Second placed Knights had a strong victory in St Andrews over Prefects but still lost ground on Aces. Up4it remain third and they too had a perfect victory over Telstars. Aces are now eleven points clear of Knights and even though Knights have a fixture in hand, Aces must now be odds on to take the title. Up4it are fourteen points off the top and seem too far behind now to take the title. Brechin all but secured their place in Division one for next season after they defeated bottom side Star, but Star won enough points to go just one point behind Telstars with a fixture less played.

Villa increased their lead at the top of Division two to sixteen points and wins in their final two fixtures will probably secure them the title. Firstly Villa narrowly defeated Barons in their scheduled fixture and then later they beat Tigers in a previously postponed fixture. Chieftains had a fine win at Truants and will hope to win their last three fixtures to at least put some pressure on Villa. Lundin Lasers matched Chieftains score against Tigers but are now nineteen points behind Villa. Swots remain fourth after they defeated Kingsway but they are fifteen points behind Lundin and unlikely to overtake them. The final fixture saw Sputniks record their first league win of the season against New Kids. Despite losing New Kids are still fifth, but they have been joined by Barons on the same points. Tigers and Truants are three points further back, but Truants still have fixtures in hand on all the sides above them. Kingsway are still second bottom but they are only five points from safety with two fixtures to play. Despite winning, Sputniks remain bottom, fourteen points from safety but with three fixtures left to play.

Division three leaders Tass had a strong victory over Missiles and their two nearest rivals Comets and Duffers drew which means that Tass will now finish no lower than second. Tass are thirteen points clear with a fixture in hand, but Comets play Tass at home next week and they will be hoping to close the gap. Duffers are twenty-seven points behind Comets, but with only three fixtures left to play it seems very unlikely that they will catch Comets. Prospects won well at Astronauts to consolidate fourth place and Telsports and Lairds shared a home win each in a double header to remain in fifth and sixth place respectively. Buccaneers narrowly defeated Squires but they are still only eight points off fifth place with a fixture in hand.

In the Handicap Cup Knights defeated club-mates Earls to reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Star 3 (Jim Hutcheson ½, Iain Martin 2½, Andy Ferguson 0)

Brechin 7 (John Anderson 2, Derek Mitchell (Reserve) 3, Andrew Crawford 2)

Brechin started strongly and went 3-0 up at Star. Firstly John Anderson defeated Jim Hutcheson 3-1 and then Derek Mitchell defeated Iain Martin in a very close five game match as scores of 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 and 9-11 confirm. Finally Andrew Crawford beat Andy Ferguson 3-0, 12-10 in the first, to put Brechin in control. Iain then came from behind to beat John 3-1 and get Star on the scoreboard. But Andrew replied for Brechin with a 3-1 victory over Jim and next Derek beat Andy 3-0 to make it 5-1 to Brechin. Jim and Iain comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 against John and Andrew to get one back for Star and Iain then won another for Star with a 3-0 victory over Andrew. But Brechin then regained control and 3-0 wins for John and Derek over Andy and Jim respectively saw them home.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 3)

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Up4it won all ten matches against Telstars, but Telstars won games in five of them. In match two Plamen Kostadinov won the third game 14-12 in his 1-3 loss to Gillian Edwards and next Ian Farquhar won his second game 15-13 in his 1-3 defeat by Ryan Docherty. Then in match five, Ian came even closer to a match win. Ian won the first 12-10 but Paul Monteith levelled with an 11-9 game victory. Ian went 2-1 up following a 14-12 third game win but Paul then recovered strongly to take the match for Up4it. Next Ryan beat Plamen 13-11 in the third, but two comfortable 3-0 wins for Up4it then followed. In match nine Ryan beat David 12-10 in the fourth and a 3-1 success for Paul over Plamen completed the scoring for Up4it.

 

Aces 10 (Mark Lundberg 3½, Zeesth Naseem 3½, Jason Fleming 3)

Rockets 0 (Tony O'Shea 0, Gary Lowson 0, Pete Yearworth 0)

Aces raced into a 4-0 lead against Rockets for the loss of just one game, Jason Fleming in his 3-1 victory over Pete Yearworth. The fifth match was close though, with Pete winning the fourth game 14-12 to make it two-all; however Mark Lundberg then comfortably won the fifth to take the match for Aces. Next Gary Lowson went ahead with a 12-10 win in the first game, but Jason recovered to win it 3-1. The doubles match was also won 3-1 by Aces; Zeesth Naseem and Mark versus Gary and Pete. Next match eight went the distance but Pete agonisingly lost 3-2 to Zeesth, which included game wins of 12-10 and 13-11 for Zeesth. Jason then beat Tony O’Shea 3-1 and finally Mark defeated Gary 12-10 in the third to complete the scoring for Aces.

 

Prefects 1 (Bonifac Legrady 0, Alain Leger (Reserve) 0, Elaine Forbes (Reserve) 1)

Knights 9 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3½, Andrew Nimmo (Reserve) 2)

Knights comfortably won seven of their matches against Prefects without the game score reaching 10-all once. However, the other three matches were much closer. Firstly Elaine Forbes got Prefects on the scoreboard in match three when she beat Andrew Nimmo 3-2, including two 11-9 game wins each. In match six Elaine was on course to get another victory for Prefects when a 13-11 triumph put her 2-0 up. However, Peter Aird then won 11-9 for three games in a row to take the match for Knights. Finally in match nine Stuart Halliday came from 0-1 down to defeat Elaine 3-1.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 8 (Arthur Duncan 3, Roman Nydza 3½, Robert Brown 1½)

Tigers 2 (Kenny McLaren 1, Scott Thomson 1, Paul Jackson 0)

Lundin Lasers raced into a 5-0 lead against Tigers for the loss of just two games; Robert Brown, 13-15, in his 3-1 win over Paul Jackson; and Arthur Duncan in his 3-1 victory also over Paul. Scott Thomson then defeated Robert 12-10 in the third to get Tigers on the scoreboard, but Robert got immediate revenge after he partnered Roman Nydza to win the doubles match 3-0 versus Kenny McLaren and Scott. Next Roman beat Paul 3-0 to make it 7-1 to the Lasers, but Kenny replied with a 12-10 third game win over Robert to get one back for Tigers. The final match was a cracker with first Scott taking the lead and then Arthur going in front 2-1. Next Scott made it 2-all but Arthur won the fifth to take the match and complete the scoring for Lundin.

 

Sputniks 6 (Jack Oughton 2½, Eric Brown 0, David Sim (Reserve) 3½)

New Kids 4 (Kong Wan 1, Ian Smith 1, Howard Lee 2)

Sputniks won their first league fixture of the season against New Kids thanks to a near perfect performance from reserve David Sim. David won his three singles matches 3-0 and David partnered Jack Oughton to come from behind and win the doubles match 3-1 versus Ian Smith and Howard Lee. Jack himself won a couple of singles matches, defeating Kong Wan 3-0 and Ian 12-10 in the fourth game of match ten, which sealed the overall victory for Sputniks. The New Kids all defeated Eric Brown, although Eric was unlucky to lose from being in front against Ian and then 14-16 in the third to Howard. New Kids final victory came when Howard defeated Jack 3-1.

 

Barons 4 (Andy Hughes 3½, Tanya Kapelyukh ½, Bill Beattie 0)

Villa 6 (Ian Hunter 2, Sandy Bertie 2, James Pickles 2)

The league leaders Villa got the narrow victory in the end but Barons came close to becoming the only the second team not to lose to Villa all season. Andy Hughes came from behind to beat Ian Hunter 3-1 and put Barons in front. But two 3-0 wins for Sandy Bertie and James Pickles against Tanya Kapelyukh and Bill Beattie respectively got Villa ahead. Next Tanya was on course to get Barons level at 2-1 up, but Ian fought back to win it 3-2 for Villa. Andy did get one back for Barons with a come-from-behind 3-1 triumph over James and then Bill started well with a good first game win. However, Sandy fought back well to win it 12-10 in the fourth and get Villa two ahead again. Tanya and Andy then came from 0-1 down to win the doubles match 3-1 against Sandy and James but James then got a bit of revenge with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tanya to make it 5-3 to Villa. In match nine Ian led 2-0, but a very powerful third game saw Bill right back in it. However, Ian then recovered well to win the match and secure the overall victory for Villa. Barons then got a consolation win when Andy beat Sandy.

 

Swots 7 (Nick Shepherd 3½, David Beveridge 1, Collin Bleak 2½)

Kingsway 3 (Willie Cooper 0, Alan Carrie 1, Stephen Caird 2)

Swots went in front after Nick Shepherd defeated Willie Cooper 3-0, but Kingsway levelled when Alan Carrie beat Dave Beveridge 3-2, with 14-12 in the second being vital for Alan. Kingsway went in front when Stephen Caird defeated Collin Bleak 3-1, but Swots retook the lead following two match wins in a row that went the distance. First Dave beat Willie 3-2 after Willie had come back from 0-2 down and then Nick came from 1-2 down to defeat Stephen 3-2. In match six Collin again came from behind to beat Alan 3-1 and make it 4-2 to Swots. However, thereafter the four remaining matches were comfortably won 3-0 with Swots taking three of them to secure the overall victory.

 

Truants 2 (Alain Leger 1, Graham Wood 1, Knut Radmer 0)

Chieftains 8 (Jacob Munro 3½, Fiona Kinloch 3½, Jim Tawse 1)

Chieftains got the victory at Truants, but there were numerous close matches along the way. Chieftains went in front when Jacob Munro beat Alain Leger 14-12 in the third and Fiona Kinloch doubled their lead with a 3-1 triumph over Graham Wood, with 15-13 in the third being vital for Fiona. Jim Tawse made it 3-0 after he came from behind to defeat Knut Radmer 3-1 and a 3-1 victory for Jacob over Graham made it 4-0 overall. Jim then led Alain 2-1, but a fightback saw Alain win it 3-2 and get Truants on the scoreboard. However, two 3-0 wins in a row saw Chieftains retake control. First Fiona beat Knut and then Fiona did it again partnering Jacob to win the doubles match against Alain and Graham. Truants then got one back when Graham beat Jim 3-2, but Jacob then completed his unbeaten night with a 3-2 victory against Knut. Fiona had the final say for Chieftains when she defeated Alain 12-10 in the third.

 

Villa 7 (Ian Hunter 3, James Pickles 2, Ian McLagan 2)

Tigers 3 (Paul Jackson ½, Scott Thomson 2½, Marion Davidson 0)

The opening six matches of the Villa against Tigers fixture were all won 3-0, with four going Villa’s way. Scott Thomson won two for Tigers with his match against James Pickles being the closest of the six at 11-8, 14-12 and 11-9. Scott then partnered Paul Jackson to win the doubles match 3-2 against Ian McLagan and Ian Hunter and get Tigers back to 3-4 down. However, Villa then powered home with three match victories. Firstly James defeated Marion Davidson 3-0, then Ian McLagan beat Paul 3-1 and finally Ian Hunter came from behind to defeat Scott 3-1.

 

Division 3

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3, Graeme Elrick 3)

Missiles 1 (Jim Fleming 0, David Hunter ½, Ian Roberts ½)

Tass raced into a 6-0 lead against Missiles for the loss of just three games: Stewart Clark in his 3-1 victories over Jim Fleming and Ian Roberts; and Graeme Elrick in his 3-1 defeat of David Hunter. In the doubles match Ian and David fared much better and they came from 1-2 down to beat Jim Houghton and Graeme 3-2. However, Tass were too strong in the remaining three singles matches and won them for the loss of just one game, Stewart in his 3-1 victory over David with Jim Houghton also completing a perfect hat-trick with his third 3-0 victory, this time over Ian.

 

Duffers 5 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 1½, Stephen Walker 0)

Comets 5 (Fraser Smith 2, Jill Milne 2, Glenn Christie 1)

Duffers earned a late draw over Comets thanks to a perfect performance from Rich McLaren. Duffers took the lead after Rich defeated Fraser Smith 3-1, including 16-14 in the first; later in match five Rich beat Glenn Christie 3-2 and then in the final match Rich defeated Jill Milne 12-10 in the third to earn Duffers the overall draw. Rich also found time to partner Andy Reid to win the doubles match 3-2 versus Fraser and Glenn. Andy got Duffers other win when he came from behind to defeat Glenn 3-2. Comets led 3-1 and 4-2 and two of their victories came against Andy for Jill 13-11 in the fifth and Fraser by a comfortable 3-0 margin. All three Comets players defeated Stephen Walker for their remaining points.

 

Buccaneers 6 (David Clark 2½, Murray Johnstone 2½, Dale McLeish 1)

Squires 4 (Winnie Stein 2, Brian Halliday 2)

Squires were a player short at Buccaneers, but in the end they lost narrowly with only one of the matches played finishing 3-0. David Clark defeated Winnie Stein 3-1 to get Buccaneers in front but 15-13 in the first was vital for David. Buccaneers then won the second match played to effectively go 5-0 up. This time it was Murray Johnstone who won against Brian Halliday 3-0, but again 13-11 in the second was crucial for Murray. However, in the next five matches played Squires won four of them. Winnie won singles matches 3-2 versus Murray and 3-1 against Dale McLeish and Brian defeated Dale 12-10 in the fifth and David 11-9 in the fourth. During their run of success Squires won games 11-9 four times and also had an 18-16 success and suffered close 12-14 and 11-13 losses. Winning the doubles match would have earned Squires an unlikely draw, but David and Murray won it 11-9 in the fourth for Buccaneers after they had opened with a 14-12 game win.

 

Astronauts 3 (Euan Steel 3, Heather Gunn 0, Nairn Nixon 0)

Prospects 7 (Sandy Pearson 2½, Chris Wroniecki 2, Ian Brumwell 2½)

Prospects secured the win over Astronauts but Euan Steel of Astronauts was the star player after he won three singles matches. Euan started with a great comeback to defeat Sandy Pearson 3-2 after Sandy had led 2-0. Later Euan beat Ian Brumwell 3-0 and in the final match Euan came from 1-2 down to defeat Chris Wroniecki 3-2. For Prospects, they all defeated Heather Gunn and Nairn Nixon. Chris won both 3-0, Sandy beat Heather 3-0 and Nairn 3-1 and Ian defeated both Heather and Nairn 3-1, with 14-12 in the first against Nairn being crucial. Prospect also won the doubles match, with Sandy and Ian beating Nairn and Euan 3-0, but again 13-11 in the first being vital to Prospects.

 

Telsports 6 (Rob Fotheringham 1½, Emma Bissett 2½, David Axton 2)

Lairds 4 (Ryan Connor 3, Derek Johnston 1)

Lairds were short-handed at Telsports, but managed to limit the damage to the narrowest of defeats following four match victories. Ryan Connor was responsible for three of them after he won a fine hat-trick of singles matches. Ryan won two of his three matches 3-2, firstly against Rob Fotheringham and later when he came from 1-2 down to defeat Emma Bissett. Ryan’s other success came when he beat David Axton 3-0, although 12-10 in the first was vital for Ryan. Lairds other win came when Derek Johnston came from behind to defeat Rob 3-1 and Derek nearly one another match but David recovered from being 1-2 down to win it 3-2. In Derek’s third singles match Emma comfortably defeated him 3-0 and Emma also partnered Rob to win the doubles match 3-0 and thus confirm the overall victory for Telsports. 

 

Lairds 9 (Ryan Connor 3½, Mohammad Alrubayee 2½, Derek Johnston 3)

Telsports 1 (Rob Fotheringham 0, David Axton 1)

Lairds took the lead when Ryan Connor beat Rob Fotheringham 3-0, 11-9 twice. However, short-handed Telsports equalised when Dave Axton fought back from 0-2 down to defeat Mohammad Alrubayee 3-2, again 11-9 in the fourth and fifth. Lairds retook the lead following a 3-1 victory for Derek Johnston over Rob. In the fourth match played Dave led 1-0 and 2-1, but Ryan levelled twice. At two-all in the fifth game Dave unfortunately became unwell and after a delay he decided he could not continue. Telsports captain Rob then decided to concede the three remaining matches in order to take Dave home.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Earls 4 (Stewart Mason 0, Andrew Nimmo (Reserve) 4, Eddie Dougan 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3, David Hay (Reserve) 2, Peter Aird 5)

Knights went ahead after Stuart Halliday comfortably defeated Stewart Mason. However, Earls levelled when reserve Andrew Nimmo defeated his Viscounts team-mate David Hay. Knights then re-took the lead but it could not have been closer with Peter Aird beating Eddie Dougan 31-30 in both games. Andrew and Stuart then shared the spoils to make it 5-3 to Knights, but Peter then won his third 31-30 game against Stewart to increase the Knights lead. Peter then added a second and David defeated Eddie to make it 9-3 to Knights. Andrew gave Earls some hope with a 31-23 victory over Peter, but Peter recovered to take their second game also by 31-23 to put Knights into the semi-final.

 

 

Week 23 - commencing 25 February 2019

Aces and Knights fought out a close Division one table-top encounter that ended in a draw. Their next nearest challengers Up4it defeated Rockets to gain points on the top two, but they remain fourteen points behind the leaders Aces and four points behind second placed Knights, who have a fixture in hand. Viscounts had a big win over Brechin to consolidate fourth place and although they gained points on the top three sides, they are still six points behind Up4it. Despite losing, Rockets moved above Brechin into sixth place, just seven points behind Prefects who narrowly lost to third bottom Defenders. The bottom two sides Telstars and Star drew to remain in touch with the teams just above.

The Division two leaders Villa had a comfortable win over club-mates Sputniks to increase their lead to eleven points as second placed Chieftains did not play. Lundin Lasers moved closer to Chieftains after they won well in St Andrews against New Kids. Despite narrowly losing to Truants, Swots remain in fourth place just ahead of New Kids. Barons lost at Kingsway, but gained enough points to move up to the same points as New Kids. Following their fine win, Truants are just one point further back but they have fixtures in hand on all the teams above them. Tigers did not play and drop to eighth place just three points ahead of Kingsway, but with a fixture less played. After losing to the leaders, Sputniks are now looking a bit isolated, fifteen points from safety, albeit with a fixture in hand on Kingsway and Barons.

Tass remain top of the third Division after they won big against Earls. Second placed Comets had a good win over Buccaneers, but lost more ground on the leaders leaving them nine points adrift having played one more fixture than Tass. Third placed Duffers had a good week after they defeated Missiles and Earls. The gap between Duffers and Comets is a massive twenty-seven points but Duffers are a comfortable twelve points clear of fourth placed Prospects with Telsports now in fifth place five points behind Prospects. Squires comfortably won the battle of the bottom two against Astronauts and they have joined Missiles in ninth place with Astronauts twenty-four points adrift at the foot of the table.

In the Handicap Cup Comets and Brechin dominated their ties against Tass and Astronauts respectively to move forward to the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Peter Aird 1, Robert Toth 2½)

Aces 5 (Mark Lundberg 2, Zeesth Naseem 3, Grant Williams 0)

Aces went 2-0 up following a 3-1 victory for Mark Lundberg against Stuart Halliday and a 12-10 third game triumph for Zeesth Naseem over Peter Aird. Knights pulled one back after Robert Toth defeated Grant Williams 12-10 in the third, but Mark made it 3-1 to Aces with a fourth game victory over Peter. Stuart got another back for Knights following a 3-0 win over Grant and it looked like Robert would get Knights level when he raced into a 2-0 lead for the loss of just thirteen points. However, Zeesth had other ideas and a great comeback saw him win it 11-9 in the fifth. Knights might have crumbled after this huge set-back but they rallied brilliantly to win three matches in a row and take the lead. Firstly, Robert partnered Stuart to win the doubles match 3-2 versus Mark and Zeesth and next Peter defeated Grant 3-1. Robert then got Knights in front following a comfortable 3-0 win over Mark. However, Zeesth then completed his hat-trick of singles wins when he beat Stuart 11-9 in the third and secure the overall draw for Aces, which leaves them in control in their quest for the title.

 

Rockets 3 (Pete Yearworth 2½, Gary Lowson 0, Jim Dyson ½)

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 2)

Rockets went in front after Pete Yearworth defeated Paul Monteith 15-13 in the fourth, but Up4it quickly levelled following Gillian Edwards’ 3-0 victory over Gary Lowson. Match three started with Jim Dyson in great form, but Ryan Docherty fought back strongly to win it 3-1 and get Up4it ahead. Paul beat Gary 3-1 to put Up4it further ahead but Pete then pulled one back for Rockets with a 16-14 fourth game win over Ryan. Gillian made it 4-2 to Up4it following an 11-9 fourth game victory over Jim, but Jim then got a bit of revenge when he partnered Pete to win the doubles match 3-2 against Gillian and Ryan. However, Up4it then saw out the contest with three match wins, but they were all close: Ryan 3-1 against Gary, including 15-13 and 10-12 game scores; Paul 3-1 versus Jim after Jim had been in front; and Gillian 3-0 versus Pete with 12-10 in the first being crucial for Gillian.

 

Telstars 5 (Plamen Kostadinov 2, Ian Farquhar 2, David Monteith 1)

Star 5 (Jim Hutcheson 2½, Andy Ferguson ½, Iain Martin 2)

The lead changed hands several times, but in the end Telstars and Stars had to settle for the draw. Jim Hutcheson put Star ahead with a 3-1 victory over Plamen Kostadinov, but Ian Farquhar then beat Andy Ferguson 3-0 to get Telstars level. Next Iain Martin beat David Monteith 3-1 to get Star ahead again, but Ian then levelled for Telstars with another 3-0 win, this time against Jim. Next Plamen had a fine 3-1 victory over Iain to put Telstars ahead for the first time, and David made it 4-2 to Telstars with a 3-0 victory over Andy. However, the contest then turned on its head as Star won three matches in a row to go in front for the third time.   Firstly Jim and Andy had a great 3-0 win in the doubles match against Ian and David and then Iain got Star level with a fine 3-0 triumph over Ian. Jim then defeated David 11-9 in the fourth to complete the trio of Star victories. However, in one final twist, Plamen defeated Andy 11-9 in the fourth to earn Telstars the overall draw.

 

Defenders 6 (Ken Head 1½, Jos Berkhout 3½, Kenny McLaren (Reserve) 1)

Prefects 4 (Bonifac Legrady 2, Howard Lee (Reserve) 0, Graham Wood (Reserve) 2)

Prefects led three times early on, but Defenders eventually got in front and completed a narrow victory. Bonifac Legrady beat Ken Head 3-1 to put Prefects in front, but Jos Berkhout defeated Howard Lee 3-0 to get Defenders level. Prefects went in front again following a 3-0 win for Graham Wood over Kenny McLaren, but Jos then equalised for the second time with a 3-0 triumph over Bonifac. Next Graham got Prefects ahead for the third time with a 3-1 victory over Ken, but 15-13 in the first was vital for Graham. Kenny and Howard then fought out a close battle before Kenny won it 3-2 to get Defenders level again. The doubles match also went the distance with Ken and Jos eventually winning it 3-2 versus Bonifac and Graham to put Defenders in front for the first time. Jos made it 5-3 with a 3-0 victory over Graham, but Bonifac halved the deficit following a 3-0 triumph over Kenny. Howard had the chance to earn Prefects the overall draw and four 11-9 game scores show it was close throughout, but Ken won three of the games to secure the narrow victory for Defenders.

 

Viscounts 9 (David Hay 3, Callum Riddoch 3, Andrew Nimmo 3)

Brechin 1 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson ½, Andrew Crawford ½)

Viscounts opened with two 3-0 victories against Brechin, but David Hay required a 14-12 third game victory to defeat Aaron Robertson and Callum Riddoch did similarly against John Anderson with a 13-11 win in the third. Match three was very close and went to the fifth, but Andrew Nimmo eventually won it for Viscounts with a 13-11 triumph over Andrew Crawford. Viscounts then won the next trio of singles matches 3-0, but again a couple of 13-11 game victories were required along the way. However, Brechin had better fortune in the doubles match. Game wins of 13-11 and 15-13 in the first and third put Andrew Nimmo and David 2-1 up but Andrew Crawford and John fought back well to win the match 3-2 for Brechin. It looked like two match wins in a row for Brechin when Andrew Crawford won the first two games 15-13 and 11-9, but Callum fought back strongly to win it 3-2 for Viscounts. The final two matches were then won comfortably by Viscounts with Andrew Nimmo beating Aaron and David defeating John.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 6 (Stephen Caird 2½, Willie Cooper 1, Derek Thomson 2½)

Barons 4 (Bill Beattie 0, Andy Hughes 3, Tanya Kapelyukh 1)

Kingsway went ahead after Stephen Caird defeated Bill Beattie 3-0, but saving game points in his 14-12 first game win was vital for him. It looked like 2-0 when Willie Cooper led 2-1, but Andy Hughes fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth and get Barons level. Tanya Kapelyukh was on course to put Barons ahead after she went 2-1 up, but another fight back saw Derek Thomson win it 3-2 for Kingsway. This quickly became 4-1 overall to Kingsway following 3-0 victories for Willie and Stephen against Bill and Tanya respectively. Andy got one back for Barons with a 3-1 victory over Derek, but Derek immediately replied for Kingsway in the doubles match partnering Stephen, when they comfortably defeated Bill and Andy. However, the next two matches went the distance. First Tanya beat Willie 3-2 after Willie had levelled twice; and then Derek secured the overall win for Kingsway when he defeated Bill with a powerful fifth game after they had shared four games with scores of 12-10, 12-10, 10-12 and 9-11. In match ten Andy went 2-0 up, 13-11 in the first, but then both players had multiple game points before Stephen won it 20-18. However, somehow Andy re-focussed and won the match with an 11-8 win in game four.

 

Villa 8 (James Pickles 2, Ian Hunter 3½, Sandy Bertie 2½)

Sputniks 2 (Jack Oughton 2, Eric Brown 0, Jim Fleming (Reserve) 0)

The opening match of the Villa against Sputniks tie was a cracker. Jack Oughton eventually won it in the fifth against James Pickles following game scores of 12-10, 7-11, 12-14, 11-9 and 11-13, to put Sputniks in front. However, Villa then won seven matches in a row to lead comfortably, with five of them being won 3-0. The exceptions were in match four when Ian Hunter came from 1-2 down to defeat Jack 3-2 and then in the doubles match Ian partnered Sandy Bertie to defeat Eric Brown and Jack 3-2. However, in match nine Jack then got another match win for Sputniks when he defeated Sandy 3-1 after Sandy had been in front, but next James defeated Eric 11-9 in the third to complete the scoring for Villa.

 

New Kids 3 (Ken Falconer 0, Howard Lee 1½, Ian Smith 1½)

Lundin Lasers 7 (Arthur Duncan 3, Nat Forno 1, Robert Brown 3)

Lundin Lasers went ahead after Arthur Duncan comfortably defeated Ken Falconer, but New Kids levelled when Howard Lee beat Nat Forno 3-0, 13-11 in the second. Ian Smith went ahead in match three but Robert Brown fought back to win it 3-1 and put the Lasers ahead again. Next Howard went 2-1 up but a 14-12 fourth game win kept Arthur in the match and Arthur then won the fifth to make it 3-1 to Lundin. Rob then beat Ken to make it 4-1, but Ian then got one back for New Kids when he came from behind to defeat Nat 3-1. The doubles match produced more success for New Kids with Ian and Howard defeating Arthur and Robert 3-1. Next Howard went 2-1 up, but Robert fought back to win it 3-2 and give Lundin some breathing space again. Arthur made it 6-3 to Lundin after he beat Ian 13-11 in the third and Nat completed a good night for the Lasers when he beat Ken 3-1 in match ten.

 

Truants 6 (Knut Radmer 2, Alain Leger ½, Graham Wood 3½)

Swots 4 (David Beveridge 2, Nick Shepherd 1, Collin Bleak 1)

Swots went 2-0 up after first Dave Beveridge defeated Knut Radmer 3-0 and next Nick Shepherd beat Alain Leger 3-1. Truants pulled one back when Graham Wood defeated Collin Bleak 3-0, but Dave increased the Swots lead to 3-1 after he beat Alain 12-10 in the fifth. However, Truants fought back and took the lead following three match wins in a row. Firstly Knut came from 1-2 down to beat Collin 3-2 and next Graham had a fine 3-1 victory over Nick; finally Graham and Alain came from 1-2 down to win the doubles match 3-2 against Dave and Nick. A comfortable win for Collin over Alain levelled it up at four-all, but Graham then completed his singles hat-trick with an equally comfortable victory over Dave. In match ten Nick had the chance to earn Swots the draw, but Knut had other ideas and a brilliant 3-0 victory saw Truants earn the narrow overall victory.

 

Division 3

Comets 7 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Jill Milne 2½, Fraser Smith 3½)

Buccaneers 3 (David Clark 1, Stewart Ferguson 1, Murray Johnstone 1)

Comets led 6-1, but Buccaneers had a late comeback and won two of the last three matches. Yet it had started very well for Buccaneers when David Clark had a great 3-0 victory over Dougal Ogilvie. Jill Milne levelled with a 3-2 victory over Stewart Ferguson and in the third match Fraser Smith had 12-10 and 16-14 game wins in his 3-0 victory over Murray Johnstone to put Comets in front. This seemed to settle Comets as they then powered ahead with four 3-0 match victories in a row. It seemed likely Jill would win match eight when she led 2-1, but Murray fought back to win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. David then took the lead in the next match, but Fraser won it 12-10 in the fourth for Comets. Buccaneers had the final say though, after Stewart came from behind to defeat Dougal 3-1.

 

Missiles 2 (David Hunter 1, Jim Fleming 0, Ian Roberts 1)

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3½)

Duffers raced into a 5-0 lead for the loss of just three games: Billy Liddle in his 3-2 defeat of Jim Fleming, 12-10 in the third being vital for Billy; and Andy Reid in his 3-1 win over Ian Roberts. In match six Billy went ahead, but Ian fought back to win it 3-1 and get Missiles on the scoreboard. However, Duffers then won the next three matches for the loss of only one game, Rich McLaren in his come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Ian. Missiles had the last say however when David Hunter comfortably defeated Billy 3-0.

 

Earls 1 (Stewart Mason 1, Jamie Harle 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 2½, Dave Axton (Reserve) 3, Jim Houghton 3½)

Earls went in front after Stewart Mason defeated Stewart Clark 3-0, but Tass responded strongly by winning nine matches in a row. The run started with three comfortable 3-0 wins, but thereafter Earls put up stronger resistance. Five times in a row Earls lost 1-3, with Eddie Dougan particularly unlucky to not take his match against David Axton further as he lost games 11-13 and 10-12. The closest match was the last one played with Stewart Mason and David Axton fighting all the way to the fifth before David won it 3-2. Jim Houghton performed best for Tass, winning his three singles matches for the loss of just two games.

 

Prospects 10 Telsports 0

Telsports could not field a team and thus conceded the fixture to Prospects.

 

Squires 8 (Winnie Stein 2½, Steve Wilson 2, Ryan Connor (Reserve) 3½)

Astronauts 2 (Euan Steel 2, Heather Gunn 0, Lee Nixon 0)

Astronauts took the lead after Euan Steel beat Winnie Stein 3-0, but Squires levelled when Steve Wilson defeated Heather Gunn 12-10 in the third. Squires then went ahead following Ryan Connor’s 12-10 fourth game victory over Lee Nixon, but next Euan beat Steve 3-1 to get Astronauts level. However, Squires then took control and won the remaining six matches for the loss of just four games: Winnie in her 3-1 victory over Lee; Steve in his fifth game comeback win over Lee and Ryan 3-1 against Euan after Euan had been in front.

 

Duffers 6 (Rich McLaren 3½, Stephen Walker 1½, Billy Liddle 1)

Earls 4 (Stewart Mason 2, Jamie Harle 0, Eddie Dougan 2)

Duffers secured a narrow victory over Earls thanks mainly to a fine unbeaten performance by Rich McLaren. Rich started with a 3-1 victory over Stewart Mason; then he beat Eddie Dougan 3-2 in a match that went one way and then the other and finally Rich defeated Jamie Harle 13-11 in the fourth after Jamie had taken the lead. Rich also partnered Stephen Walker to win the doubles match 3-1 against Jamie and Eddie. Stephen himself added a 3-2 victory over Jamie and Duffers final point was won by Billy Liddle 3-1 versus Jamie. For Earls, Stewart and Eddie both won doubles against Stephen and Billy, although Eddie had to go the distance before he defeated Stephen 3-2.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Tass 1 (Graeme Elrick 0, Stewart Clark 1, Jim Houghton 0)

Comets 10 (Jill Milne 4, Dougal Ogilvie 2, Fraser Smith 4)

A brilliant performance from Comets knocked the Division three leaders out of the handicap cup. Stewart Clark won a single game 21-16 versus Dougal Ogilvie in the second match, but otherwise Comets dominated and only a couple of times did the score reached 21-19. Jill Milne and Fraser Smith won all the games they played, with Dougal adding a couple of game victories including the tie-winning game.

 

Brechin 15 (Aaron Robertson 5, Andrew Crawford 6, Murray Johnstone (Reserve) 4)

Astronauts 3 (Moira Brown 0, Lee Nixon 0, Heather Gunn 3)

Brechin dominated the tie against Astronauts with only Heather Gunn getting points on the scoreboard for the visitors. Heather defeated Murray Johnstone and drew with Aaron Robertson but her teammates failed to win another game, although Moira Brown lost by 30-31 twice. Despite having the toughest handicap Andrew Crawford put in a fine performance and won all six of the games he played. Aaron added five game wins with Murray winning four games to complete the scoring for Brechin.

 

 

Week 22 - commencing 18 February 2019

In the Chairmans Challenge Trophy final Aces survived a late scare against Up4it to win their second Trophy of the season so far.

At the top of Division one Aces increased their lead after they comfortably defeated Defenders because their nearest rivals Knights and Up4it drew to fall further behind, albeit Knights have played a fixture less. Aces are ten points clear of Knights, with Up4it a further six behind. The top two clash at Ward Road gym this week and this will probably have a big bearing on the destiny of the title. Fourth placed Viscounts had a perfect win over short-handed Prefects to consolidate their position, but the title is probably out of their reach now. Rockets beat Star and Brechin defeated Telstars to move up to joint-sixth, now just six points adrift of Prefects. Defenders are three points ahead of Telstars and seven in front of Star who have a fixture in hand.

Division two leaders Villa had a good victory at third placed Lundin Lasers. However, second placed Chieftains narrowed the gap to just three points behind the leaders after they beat Tigers and drew with Swots. Lundin are still third, a further ten points adrift. Swots remain fourth after their draw because fifth placed New Kids also drew with Tigers. Barons beat Truants to move above them to joint sixth place with Tigers, but Truants are just three points behind with two fixtures less played. At the bottom, Kingsway narrowly defeated Sputniks to increase the gap at the bottom to eight points and they are now just six points behind eighth place.

The top two in the third Division both had comfortable victories; leaders Tass won well at Telsports and second placed Comets had a slightly better win over Astronauts, but they are still seven points off the top with a fixture more played. Telsports then had better fortune when they defeated Squires to move up to fourth place, just three points behind Duffers whose fixture was postponed. Fifth placed Prospects narrowly defeated sixth placed Lairds and Buccaneers drew with Missiles to consolidate seventh place.

In the Handicap Cup Lairds narrowly defeated Missiles to move into the semi-finals.

 

Chairmans Challenge Cup Final

Aces 4 (Mark Lundberg 1, Jason Fleming 1, Zeesth Naseem 2)

Up4it 3 (Paul Monteith 1, Ryan Docherty ½, Gillian Edwards 1½)

Aces survived a great comeback from Up4it to win the trophy. The first three matches were won by Aces for the loss of just one game; when Zeesth Naseem came from behind to defeat Gillian Edwards 11-9 in the fourth. Up4it comfortably won the first doubles match, but the second was much closer. Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty went 2-1 up, but Jason Fleming and Mark Lundberg rallied with a comfortable fourth game win. However, the fifth went the distance and reached 10-all before Ryan and Paul won it 13-11. Up4it’s tails were up and Gillian comfortably defeated Jason to make it 3-3 overall. In the deciding match Ryan won the second 14-12 to level, but Zeesth won the third 11-7 and the fourth 13-11 to win the trophy for Aces.

 

Division 1

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 0, Andrew Crawford 3½, John Anderson 2½)

Telstars 4 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 2, Plamen Kostadinov 1)

Brechin narrowly defeated Telstars and despite seven of the ten matches being won 3-0 several were very close. Ian Farquhar of Telstars was involved in three of them; after losing 13-15 in the third to Andrew Crawford, Ian beat Aaron Robertson also by 15-13 in the third and he also defeated John Anderson 12-10 twice in his 3-0 victory. Aaron was unlucky to lose 11-13 in the fourth to Plamen Kostadinov, but Plamen himself lost 14-12 in the third to John. David Monteith of Telstars beat Aaron 11-9 in the third but lost to Andrew also by 9-11 in the third. Two of the other matches reached the fourth game and Brechin won both of them; Andrew beat Plamen 11-8 in the fourth and Andrew also teamed up with John to win the doubles match against Ian and Plamen.

 

Star 3 (Kyle McPhee ½, Iain Martin 2½, Andy Ferguson 0)

Rockets 7 (Tony O'Shea 2, Pete Yearworth 2, Jim Dyson 3)

Rockets went in front against Star after Tony O’Shea beat Kyle McPhee 13-11 in the fourth but Iain Martin quickly levelled versus Pete Yearworth. Jim Dyson defeated Andy Ferguson 12-10 in the third to get Rockets in front again, but Iain then got Star level for the second time after he beat Tony 3-0. Match five went the distance, but it was Jim who won it 3-2 versus Kyle to get Rockets in front again. However, this time they extended their lead after Pete beat Andy. Star then got one back after the doubles match when Iain and Kyle came from 1-2 down to defeat Tony and Jim 3-2. Iain and Jim then fought out a see-sawing battle, but it was Jim who eventually won it 3-2 to make it 5-3 to Rockets and Rockets then saw out the contest with two comfortable wins for Tony and Pete against Andy and Kyle respectively.

 

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 1)

Knights 5 (Robert Toth 3½, Andrew Nimmo (Reserve) 0, Peter Aird 1½)

Up4it and Knights fought out a close contest that eventually ended in a draw. Robert Toth came from behind to beat Paul Monteith 3-1 and get Knights ahead, but Gillian Edwards then defeated Andrew Nimmo 14-12 in the fourth to get Up4it level. Peter Aird beat Ryan Docherty 3-1 to get Knights in front again and a strong performance by Robert against Gillian made it 3-1 to Knights. Paul then had another 3-1 win versus Peter to get one back and Ryan then won the fifth 12-10 versus Andrew to draw Up4it level again. The doubles match was a cracker, but Robert and Peter eventually won it 15-13 in the fifth for Knights against Gillian and Ryan. Gillian then got a bit of revenge when she beat Peter 3-2 to make it four-all, but another five game match ended with Robert just getting the better of Ryan. In the final match Andrew won the first 13-11, but Paul won three games in a row to win the match and secure the overall draw for Up4it.

 

Aces 9 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Grant Williams 2, Jason Fleming 3½)

Defenders 1 (Kenny McLaren (Reserve) 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Jos Berkhout 1)

Aces were in good form against Defenders with seven of the nine matches they won ending 3-0.  Jos Berkhout of Defenders was involved in the three exceptions. Firstly Jos lost 1-3 to Jason Fleming, then he was defeated 11-9 in the fifth by Zeesth Naseem and finally Jos defeated Grant Williams 3-1 for Defenders sole success.

 

Prefects 0 (Jean-Augustin Touton 0, Bonifac Legrady 0)

Viscounts 10 (David Hay 3, Callum Riddoch 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Unfortunately Prefects were shorthanded against Viscounts due to a late injury. In the seven matches that were actually played, Viscounts won them all without dropping a game although several times the games were very close.

 

Division 2

Tigers 5 (Paul Jackson 1½, Marion Davidson 1, Scott Thomson 2½)

New Kids 5 (Ken Falconer 2, Howard Lee 3, Ian Smith 0)

New Kids were ahead early on against Tigers but needed a last match victory just to get a draw. Two 3-1 victories put New Kids in control with Ken Falconer beating Paul Jackson 11-9 in the fourth and Howard Lee defeating Marion Davidson 13-11 in the fourth. Scott Thomson defeated Ian Smith 3-1 to get one back for Tigers, but Ken then comfortably defeated Marion to make it 3-1 to New Kids. Paul beat Ian 3-1 to get another back for Tigers, but Howard had a fine 3-0 win over Scott to make the deficit two again. Two five-game matches then followed and Tigers won both of them to draw level. First Scott and Paul defeated Ken and Howard in the doubles match and next Marion came from 1-2 down to beat Ian 14-12 in the fifth. A comfortable victory for Scott over Ken put Tigers in front for the first time, but Howard then defeated Paul 3-1 to get the overall draw for New Kids.

 

Lundin Lasers 3 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 0, Roman Nydza 1)

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 2½, Sandy Bertie 1, Ian Hunter 3½)

Villa got the victory at Lundin Lasers, but half of the matches went to the fifth game. In the opening match Arthur Duncan came from 1-2 down to defeat Ian McLagan 3-2 and put the Lasers in front, but Ian then won the next fifth game decider against Nat Forno. Arthur then lost a five game match to Ian Hunter of Villa, 11-9 in the fifth. For the third match in a row the players reached two-all, but Laser Roman Nydza then won a marathon fifth 17-15 versus Sandy Bertie. Sandy was also involved in the fifth five-game match at the death when he was defeated by Arthur. However, by that time Villa had already secured the overall victory as they won the other five matches for the loss of just three games.

 

Sputniks 4 (Carol McLean 3, Jack Oughton 1, Eric Brown 0)

Kingsway 6 (Derek Thomson 2½, Willie Cooper 1, Stephen Caird 2½)

Sputniks went 2-0 up against Kingsway thanks to a 3-1 victory for Carol McLean over Derek Thomson and a 3-0 triumph for Jack Oughton over Willie Cooper. However, Kingsway were soon level thanks to two 3-0 wins for first Stephen Caird over Eric Brown and next Derek over Jack, although 12-10 and 13-11 second game wins were vital for Kingsway. Match five went the distance with Carol going 2-0 up before Stephen levelled, but Carol played a strong fifth game to put Sputniks ahead again. Kingsway then hit a purple patch with four wins in a row. Firstly Willie beat Eric 3-0 and then Derek and Stephen won the doubles match versus Carol and Jack 3-2. Stephen and Jack then faced each other again in match eight and Jack fought back from 0-2 down to have a match point in the fifth, but Stephen saved it and went on to win 13-11, and thus the match. Kingsway’s fourth victory in  arrow came when Derek defeated Eric, but Carol then completed a fine singles match hat-trick when she defeated Willie 3-0, but 12-10 in the second was again crucial for her.

 

Barons 7 (Andy Hughes 3, Bill Beattie 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Truants 3 (Alain Leger ½, Graham Wood 2½, Knut Radmer 0)

Barons defeated Truants to move above them in the table with eight of the ten matches played being won 3-0. The exceptions were when first Bill Beattie of Barons defeated Alain Leger 3-1 and then in the doubles match when Graham Wood and Alain of Truants came from 1-2 down to defeat Andy Hughes and Tanya Kapelyukh 12-10 in the fifth. That made it 4-3 to Barons overall, but rather surprisingly Barons then won the last three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

Swots 5 (Nick Shepherd 3½, Collin Bleak 1½, Dave Beveridge 0)

Chieftains 5 (Jacob Munro 2, Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 1)

For the second week running Swots forced a late draw, this time to Chieftains. Strangely for a fixture that ended up so close, eight matches were won 3-0, with the other two going to five games. The opening match was one of them; Nick Shepherd comfortably won the opener, but Jacob Munro replied with a more emphatic second game. The third was won 14-12 by Nick, but Jacob levelled for the second time with an 11-7 fourth game win. The fifth was very close, but Nick eventually won it 15-13 to put Swots ahead. The next six matches were all won 3-0, with Chieftains taking four of them to lead 4-3 overall. In the sequence only twice did the score reach 10-all and Fiona Kinloch won them both for Chieftains against Collin Bleak and Dave Beveridge. Match eight also went to the fifth and after Jim Tawse had led 1-0 and 2-1, Collin won it 12-10 in the fifth to get Swots level at four-all. Jacob then beat Dave 3-0 to put Chieftains ahead, but Nick earned Swots the draw after he defeated Fiona 3-0.

 

Chieftains 8 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 3)

Tigers 2 (Scott Thomson 1½, Kenny McLaren ½, Marion Davidson 0)

Tigers took the lead when Scott Thomson beat Fiona Kinloch 11-9 in the fifth. But Chieftains responded strongly with five match victories in a row for the loss of just three games; singles for Kenny McLaren, Marion Davidson and Scott in their defeats to Jim Tawse, Fiona and then Jim again respectively. It looked like 6-1 when Fiona and Jim led 2-1 in the doubles match, but Kenny and Scott fought back to win it 3-2 for Tigers. However, that was as good as it got for Tigers as Chieftains won the last three matches for the loss of just one game, Jacob Munro in his 12-10 fourth game victory over Scott.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 5 (Dale McLeish 0, Stewart Ferguson 2½, Murray Johnstone 2½)

Missiles 5 (David Hunter 1, Lee Nixon (Reserve) 1, David Sim (Reserve) 3)

Missiles were ahead three times of Buccaneers then behind twice before they had a last match victory to secure an overall draw. David Hunter put Missiles ahead with a 3-1 win over Dale McLeish, but Stewart Ferguson comfortably defeated Lee Nixon to level. Missiles went ahead again following David Sim’s win over Murray Johnstone, but Stewart then beat David Hunter 3-1 to get Buccaneers level again. David Sim defeated Dale to get Missiles in front for the third time, but a 3-1 victory for Murray over Lee got Buccaneers level for the third time. Buccaneers went in front for the first time following a 3-0 doubles match triumph for Stewart and Murray over David Hunter and Lee. David Sim then beat Stewart 3-1 to make it four-all but Murray beat David Hunter to put Buccaneers ahead again. In the final match Lee beat Dale 3-1 to secure an overall draw for Missiles.

 

Astronauts 0 (Nairn Nixon 0, Heather Gunn 0, Euan Steel 0)

Comets 10 (Fraser Smith 3½, Jill Milne 3½, Glenn Christie 3)

Comets raced into a 5-0 lead against Astronauts without dropping a game, although Glenn Christie won the third game 17-15 against Euan Steel and later 12-10 versus Nairn Nixon. In match five Euan fought out a great battle with Jill Milne, but Jill eventually won it 15-13 in the fifth to make it 6-0 to Comets. It looked like Nairn and Euan would win the doubles match for Astronauts when they went 2-0 up, but Jill and Fraser fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth. Comets then completed the scoring with three more victories: 3-0 for Glenn against Heather Gunn; 3-1 for Fraser over Euan after Euan had taken the lead and 3-1 for Jill over Nairn, although 14-12 and 12-10 for Jill suggest Nairn was unlucky not to have taken the match to the fifth game.

 

Telsports 9 (Paul McDade 3, Emma Bissett 3, David Axton 3)

Squires 1 (Winnie Stein ½, Brian Halliday ½, Steve Wilson 0)

Telsports won all nine singles matches against Squires for the loss of just five games. Three were early on after Paul McDade defeated Winnie Stein 3-2 and then David Axton beat Steve Wilson 3-1. The final two matches were both won 3-1; David against Winnie and Paul versus Brian Halliday although in both cases the Squires player won the first. Unfortunately Steve had to concede match seven to Emma as he was unwell. Squires had better fortune in the doubles match with Brian and Winnie triumphing 3-0 against Paul and David.

 

Lairds 4 (Derek Johnston 0, Ryan Connor 2, Stewart Mason (Reserve) 2)

Prospects 6 (Charlie Ross 1½, Christian Wroniecki 3½, Ian Brumwell 1)

Prospects quickly went 2-0 up following 3-0 victories for Charlie Ross and Christian Wroniecki against Derek Johnston and Ryan Connor respectively. Lairds responded well though to level. First Stewart Mason beat Ian Brumwell 3-1 and next Ryan beat Charlie 16-14 in the fifth. Ian beat Derek 3-0 to put Prospects ahead again and Christian increased their lead after he beat Stewart 3-1. The Prospects lead increased to three following the doubles match where Charlie and Christian beat Derek and Ryan 3-2. Lairds then fought back again with two match victories. First Ryan beat Ian 3-0, including 19-17 in the second and next Stewart defeated Charlie 3-1. Derek had the chance to get Lairds a draw and at one-all this was still possible, but Christian finished strongly to win it 3-1 and secure the narrow overall victory for Prospects.

 

Telsports 1 (David Axton 1, Emma Bissett 0, Rob Fotheringham 0)

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Graeme Elrick 2½, Jim Houghton 3½)

The final score was harsh on Telsports as Tass won four times after the fifth game, indeed it was nearly five times as Telsports sole match win came at the end also after the fifth game. The first two matches were close with Stewart Clark beating David Axton 11-9 in the third and then Graeme Elrick defeating Emma Bissett 3-1 including 14-12 in the first. Tass then made it 5-0 following three fifth-game victories in a row: Jim Houghton against Rob Fotheringham, then Stewart and Jim versus Emma and David respectively. Tass won the doubles match 3-1 and right after Emma came agonisingly close to getting Telsports on the scoreboard but she was defeated 12-14 in the fifth by Jim. Stewart beat Rob 3-1 and in match ten it looked like another Tass victory when Graeme won the third 13-11 to go 2-1 up. However, David had other ideas and a very strong finish saw him win it 3-2 and get Telsports a consolation victory.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Missiles 8 (David Hunter 3, Euan Steel (Reserve) 4, Jim Fleming 1)

Lairds 10 (Derek Johnston 2, Ryan Connor 3, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 5)

The outcome of the Missiles versus Lairds tie was not decided until the eighteenth game when Ryan Connor kept his nerve to defeat David Hunter 21-17 and win the tie for Lairds. The top points scorers were both reserves; Euan Steel won four games for Missiles and Bill Beattie won five games for Lairds. The closest match was between Jim Fleming and Derek Johnston with game scores of 20-21 and 21-19, although there were several other close games throughout the tie.

 

 

Week 21 - commencing 11 February 2019

The defending Champions Knights had a perfect win over Star to close the gap on leaders Aces who had a good, but lesser, victory at Prefects. The Aces lead is down to six points, but Knights can go top with a victory in their fixture in hand. Third placed Up4it defeated Defenders to remain third, but they are now twelve points behind Aces. Fourth placed Viscounts also had a perfect victory against Telstars and they now have a huge lead over fifth placed Prefects. Brechin had a narrow victory at Rockets and as a result Brechin moved above Rockets and Defenders into sixth position. Rockets won enough points to overtake Defenders into seventh place. After their big defeats Telstars and Star are now further behind at the bottom of the table with Star three points adrift, but with a fixture in hand.

Due to three postponements there were only two fixtures played in Division two. Third placed Lundin Lasers defeated Kingsway and fourth placed Swots drew with Barons. Lundin are now level with Chieftains in second place, nine points behind leaders Villa with Kingsway moving six points clear of bottom placed Sputniks. After their draw Swots moved seven points clear of fifth placed New Kids and Barons join Tigers in seventh place, eight points above Kingsway.

Comets had a big win over Telsports to cut the Tass lead at the top of Division three by a couple of points. However, Tass defeated Duffers and are now eight points ahead with a fixture in hand. Despite losing to Tass, Duffers are comfortably in third place but they now look too far behind to win the title. After losing heavily to Comets, Telsports had a narrow win at Buccaneers to move up to fourth place, above Prospects who did not play. Lairds comfortably defeated Squires to move up to sixth place. Buccaneers played their second fixture of the week and this time a big win against Earls moved them up to seventh place. Bottom side Astronauts had a good victory versus third bottom Missiles but remain seventeen points adrift despite winning.

In the Stanley Doubles Cup Knights knocked out Viscounts after a marathon tie lasting around four hours.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Robert Toth 3½, Peter Aird 3)

Star 0 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin 0)

Knights were in devastating form against Star and they did not drop a game all night. Closest was when Iain Martin lost 10-12 to Robert Toth in their third game. Star also lost games 9-11 five times.

 

Rockets 4 (Pete Yearworth 3, Gary Lowson 1, Tony O'Shea 0)

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 2½, Andrew Crawford 2½)

Rockets went ahead after Pete Yearworth defeated Aaron Robertson but Brechin levelled when John Anderson came from behind to beat Gary Lowson 3-2. Andrew Crawford put Brechin in front with a 3-0 victory over Tony O’Shea but a 3-0 victory for Gary over Aaron got Rockets level again. Pete then lost the first 12-14, but he recovered to defeat John 12-10 in the fourth. However, Brechin then won the contest with four match victories on the bounce. John started the run with a 3-0 triumph over Tony and John then partnered Andrew to win an equally convincing doubles match versus Pete and Gary. Match eight was much closer but Andrew won it 15-13 in the fourth to beat Gary. Brechin’s fourth win in a row was the closest of the night. Aaron won the first 19-17, but then lost the next two to Tony. A strong finish saw Aaron win it 3-2 and secure the overall victory for Brechin. Pete then grabbed a consolation win for Rockets following a strong performance against John.

 

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2, Bonifac Legrady 0, Justin Yang 1)

Aces 7 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 2½, Grant Williams 1)

Aces led for the entire fixture against Prefects but there were a lot of close matches along the way. For Aces Zeesth Naseem remained unbeaten. He twice won 3-1, against Michael Hahn and Bonifac Legrady; and he also defeated Justin Yang 3-0. Zeesth partnered Mark Lundberg to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Michael and Justin. Mark himself secured a couple of singles wins: 3-0 versus Bonifac and 3-1 against Justin. Aces final point came when Grant Williams beat Bonifac 3-1. Grant lost 2-3 twice after leading 2-1 to Michael and Justin and Prefects final point came in match ten when Michael beat Mark 3-1.

 

Defenders 2 (Ken Head 0, Jos Berkhout 2, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Up4it 8 (Gillian Edwards 3½, Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 3½)

Up4it took the lead when Gillian Edwards defeated Ken Head 3-0, but Defenders levelled after Jos Berkhout had a fine 3-0 victory over Paul. Ryan Docherty beat Arthur Pritchard 3-1 to get Up4it back in front and Gillian then comfortably defeated Jos to make it 3-1. In match five Ken started well by winning the first game but Ryan recovered well to win it 3-1. Paul then beat Arthur 3-2, with four of the matches won 11-9, to make it 5-1 to Up4fit and a 3-1 doubles match victory for Ryan and Gillian versus Jos and Ken got their sixth match win. Jos and Ryan then fought out a great match that was eventually won 16-14 in the fifth by Jos to get one back for Defenders. However, two 3-0 wins completed the scoring for Up4it, although Paul’s 12-10 and 13-11 game wins were hard on Ken.

 

Viscounts 10 (David Hay 3½, Callum Riddoch 3, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Telstars 0 (Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ian Farquhar 0, David Monteith 0)

Viscounts dominated from the off against Telstars and they won all of the matches for the loss of just four games. Plamen Kostadinov and David Monteith won a game in 1-3 defeats to David Hay; and Ian Farquhar did likewise versus Andrew Nimmo. In the doubles match Plamen and Ian lost 1-3 to David and Andrew. Callum Riddoch won his three singles matches 3-0, although Ian was unlucky to lose 12-14 in the third.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 3 (Derek Thomson 1, Willie Cooper 1, Stephen Caird 1)

Lundin Lasers 7 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Roman Nydza 2, Robert Brown 2½)

Kingsway and Lundin Lasers fought out a very close contest where only one match was won 3-0 and even that was tight. Kingsway lost four times in the fifth game and this was the main difference between the teams. The very first match saw Arthur Duncan triumph 3-2, after Derek Thomson had led 2-1, to put Lundin ahead. Willie Cooper then had a fine 3-1 win over Roman Nydza to get Kingsway level, but two further 3-2 victories saw Lundin take command. Firstly, Robert Brown beat Stephen Caird and next Arthur beat Willie 13-11 in the fifth. Derek then beat Robert 3-1, three 11-9 wins to a 10-2, to get one back for Kingsway; but next Roman came from behind to defeat Stephen 3-1. The doubles match was also close before Robert and Arthur won it 11-9 in the fifth against Derek and Stephen. Next Robert beat Willie 3-1 to make it 6-2 to Lundin, but in match nine Stephen eventually won a five-game match for Kingsway after he had a great comeback from 0-2 down against Arthur. In match ten Roman beat Derek 13-11 in the third to complete the scoring for the Lasers.

 

Swots 5 (Nick Shepherd 3½, Collin Bleak 1, Dave Beveridge ½)

Barons 5 (Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Bill Beattie 2, Andy Hughes 2)

Swots led three times against Barons but had to rely on a final match victory just to get a draw. Nick Shepherd was in outstanding form for Swots and he won four matches, including the doubles match with Dave Beveridge, without dropping a single game. The closest Barons got to Nick was in the doubles match where Bill Beattie and Andy Hughes lost the second 11-13, but otherwise Nick was unstoppable. For Barons, Bill and Andy both defeated Collin Bleak and Dave; and Tanya Kapelyukh beat Dave 3-2, although Tanya lost 2-3 to Collin for Swots last point.

 

Division 3

Comets 9 (Fraser Smith 3½, Glenn Christie 3½, Dougal Ogilvie 2)

Telsports 1 (Emma Bissett 1, Rob Fotheringham 0, Paul McDade 0)

Comets raced into an 8-0 lead versus Telsports for the loss of just three games; Dougal Ogilvie beating Paul McDade 3-2 and Fraser Smith defeating Paul 3-1. In match nine Telsports got on the scoreboard after Emma Bissett won 3-0 versus Dougal, but Fraser then defeated Rob Fotheringham 3-0 to complete the Comets scoring. Glenn Christie won his three singles matches for Comets without dropping as game and Glenn also teamed up with Fraser to win the doubles match 3-0 versus Rob and Paul.

 

Missiles 3 (David Hunter 2, Jim Fleming 1, Heather Gunn (Reserve) 0)

Astronauts 7 (Nairn Nixon 2½, Euan Steel 3½, Lee Nixon 1)

Astronauts got their second league win of the season after Missiles had taken an early lead. The opening match was a cracker with David Hunter eventually beating Nairn Nixon 3-2 after Nairn had led 2-1 following a 17-15 third game win. Euan Steel came from behind to defeat Jim Fleming 3-1 to get Astronauts level and two comfortable 3-0 victories for Lee Nixon over Heather Gunn and next Nairn over Jim put Astronauts in command. Missiles got one back when David beat Lee 3-0, but a 12-10 third game victory for Euan over Heather made it 4-2 to Astronauts. The doubles match went the distance, but Euan and Nairn won it 11-9 in the fifth versus David and Jim. Missiles responded quickly with Jim defeating Lee 11-9 in the fourth, but Nairn secured the overall victory for Astronauts when he defeated Heather. The final match saw David take the lead, but Euan won three straight games to take the match and end the night on a good point for Astronauts.

 

Earls 2 (Jamie Harle 1, Stewart Mason 1)

Buccaneers 8 (Murray Johnstone 3½, Dale McLeish 1, Stewart Ferguson 3½)

Earls were shorthanded due to the Road Bridge closure which caused other fixtures to be postponed, with Buccaneers winning convincingly by the end. Murray Johnstone and Stewart Ferguson remained unbeaten for Buccaneers. Murray beat Jamie Harle 13-11 in the fourth and Stewart Mason 3-0; and Stewart Ferguson defeated Jamie 3-2 after being 1-2 down and Stewart Mason 3-1, including 13-11 in the first. Murray and Stewart also won the doubles match 3-1. For Earls, Jamie and Stewart both defeated Dale McLeish 3-0.

 

Tass 7 (Stewart Clark 1, Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 2½)

Duffers 3 (Rich McLaren 2, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 1)

Duffers took the lead at Tass when Rich McLaren defeated Stewart Clark 3-1, but Tass soon levelled when Jim Houghton defeated Billy Liddle 3-0. Two 13-11 fourth game victories in a row for Graeme Elrick versus Andy Reid and Jim against Rich saw Tass take control. However, Duffers then got one back in unfortunate circumstances as Stewart was injured from the opening match and decided to concede to Andy.  Graeme then beat Billy 3-0 to get another for Tass, but the doubles match then went the distance. Both pairings were ahead on games at one point, but eventually Jim and Graeme won it 13-11 in the fifth against Rich and Andy. Match eight also went to the final game and Jim again won it for Tass beating Andy 3-2, after Andy had led 2-1. Duffers got another back when Rich beat Graeme 11-9 in the third, but Stewart then decided to play match ten against Billy despite being injured earlier and it was Stewart who triumphed 3-1 to get the final win for Tass.

 

Squires 2 (Brian Halliday 0, Winnie Stein 1, Steve Wilson 1)

Lairds 8 (Mohammad Alrubayee 3½, Chris Riddoch 3½, Derek Johnston 1)

Lairds got off to a good start at Squires when Mohammad Alrubayee came from behind to defeat Brian Halliday 11-9 in the fourth. It looked like Squires would level when Winnie Stein led 2-0, but a great fightback saw Chris Riddoch win it 3-2 for Lairds. For the third match in a row the player winning the opening game went on to lose, with this time Steve Wilson recovering to beat Derek Johnston 3-1. However, the sequence ended with two 3-1 victories for Lairds; Mohammad and Derek versus Winnie and Brian respectively. Chris made it 5-1 to Lairds with a 3-0 victory over Steve, but 13-15 and 12-14 game defeats were hard on Steve. The doubles match was also won by Lairds, with Mohammad and Chris beating Brian and Steve 3-1, again after being 0-1 down. The final trio of singles matches were again won by players who lost the opener. Firstly Winnie beat Derek 3-1 for Squires; and then Mohammad defeated Steve 3-2 and finally Chris beat Brian 12-10 in the fourth to finish off the night for Lairds.

 

Buccaneers 4 (David Clark 2½, Stewart Ferguson 1½, Dale McLeish 0)

Telsports 6 (Rob Fotheringham 1, David Axton 3, Emma Bissett 2)

Buccaneers went in front three times, but it was Telsports who got the narrow victory in the end. David Clark beat Rob Fotheringham 3-2 to put Buccaneers in front, but 3-0 victories for David Axton and Emma Bissett over Stewart Ferguson and Dale McLeish respectively put Telsports ahead. However, in another turnaround Stewart beat Rob 16-14 in the third to get Buccaneers level and David Clark defeated Emma 3-0 to put Buccaneers in front again. David Axton then got Telsports level again when he beat Dale 3-1, but next David Clark and Stewart won the doubles match 3-1 versus David Axton and Emma to get Buccaneers in front for the third time. Match eight went the distance, but it was Emma that won it for Telsports 11-9 in the fifth against Stewart Ferguson. Telsports then finished strongly securing a narrow overall victory. Firstly Rob beat Dale 11-9 in the third and then David Axton defeated David Clark 12-10 to complete the scoring for Telsports.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 3

Viscounts 4 (David Hay 1, Andrew Nimmo 1, Callum Riddoch 2)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Peter Aird 1½, Robert Toth 1½)

Viscounts and Knights fought out a marathon doubles tie that did not finish until well after 11pm. Four of the matches went to the fifth game with the sides winning two each. However the closest match by far got Viscounts level at four-all. Stuart Halliday and Peter Aird won the opener 11-9 for Knights, but Callum Riddoch and Andrew Nimmo levelled with a strong second game. Stuart and Peter edged back in front with an 11-8 win, but Callum and Andrew then won two nerve-wreckers, 14-12 and 15-13, to win the match for Viscounts. The final match was won 3-0 by Knights, the only match not to go to at least the fourth. Robert Toth and Stuart won games 15-13 and 13-11 to finally break the resistance of Viscounts’ David Hay and Callum.

 

 

Week 20 - commencing 04 February 2019

In the Stanley Doubles, Viscounts overcome Telstars in a very close second round tie to set up a third round meeting with Knights. In the third round, Up4it defeated Rockets and Aces beat Villa to book their places in the semi-finals.

In the Handicap cup the majority of the ties were won with a few games to spare. The victors were: Tass, Comets, Lairds, Astronauts, Earls and Knights. The exceptions were Missiles and Brechin who only defeated Duffers and Buccaneers respectively in the final game of their ties.

In a rearranged Division 3 fixture Buccaneers had a big win at Missiles and as a result moved above them into eighth place.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Telstars 4 (David Monteith 1½, Ian Farquhar 1, Plamen Kostadinov 1½)

Viscounts 5 (Callum Riddoch 2½, Andrew Nimmo 1, David Hay 1½)

Telstars and Viscounts fought out an excellent doubles tie that went the distance. David Monteith and Ian Farquhar started well for Telstars and went 2 games up. However, Callum Riddoch and Andrew Nimmo fought back to level and then eventually won it 18-16 in the fifth to put Viscounts ahead. A 3-1 win for David Hay and Callum against Plamen Kostadinov and Ian made it 2-0 to Viscounts, but Plamen and David defeated Andrew and David 3-1 to get Telstars on the scoreboard. Callum and Andrew beat Ian and Plamen 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Viscounts, but a comeback from 1-2 down saw Ian and David defeat Andrew and David 3-2 to get Telstars back to one behind. Viscounts then comfortably won match six, but two 12-10 game wins saw Ian and Plamen defeat Andrew and David to again get Telstars back to one down. Telstars then drew level when David and Plamen defeated Callum and Andrew 14-12 in the fifth. The winner takes all final match was poised at one game all when David and Callum pulled away from Ian and David to win the match 3-1 and consequently the tie for Viscounts.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 3

Rockets 2 (Gary Lowson ½, Tony O'Shea ½, Pete Yearworth 1)

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Up4it started well at Rockets and won the first three matches. Paul Monteith and Gillian Edwards won the opener 3-1 versus Gary Lowson and Tony O’Shea and then Paul partnered Ryan Docherty to defeat Pete Yearworth and Gary 3-1. Gillian and Ryan then comfortably beat Pete and Tony to make it 3-0 to Up4it. Next Gary and Pete came from behind to defeat Paul and Gillian 12-10 in the fourth and to get Rockets on the scoreboard. Match five went the distance, with initially Gillian and Ryan moving 2-0 up, including 16-14 in the first, before Gary and Tony levelled with an 11-9 fourth game win. But in another turnaround Gillian and Ryan dominated the fifth to make it 4-1 to Up4it overall. Next Ryan and Paul went 2-1 up with a 12-10 third game victory, but Tony and Pete fought back with two 11-8 game wins to take the match for Rockets and make it 4-2 for Up4it. However, Gillian and Ryan then comfortably defeated Gary and Pete and this was enough to take Up4it through to the semi-finals.

 

Villa 1 (Ian McLagan 0, James Pickles ½, Ian Hunter ½)

Aces 5 (Jason Fleming 1½, Zeesth Naseem 2, Grant Williams 1½)

Division one leaders Aces were too strong for the Division two leaders Villa, but Villa put up a good fight before succumbing. Jason Fleming and Zeesth Naseem comfortably won the opener for Aces against Ian McLagan and James Pickles and next Zeesth partnered Grant Williams to defeat Ian McLagan and Ian Hunter 3-1. However, Villa then got on the scoreboard after match three when Ian Hunter and James had a fine 3-0 victory over Jason Fleming and Grant. Next Aces went 3-1 up after Jason and Zeesth beat the two Ian’s 3-0, but 13-11 in the second was vital for the Aces pairing. A 3-1 victory for Grant and Jason against Ian McLagan and James made it 4-1 to Aces and a 3-0 win for Grant and Zeesth versus Ian Hunter and James meant Aces were through to the semi-finals.

 

Handicap Cup Round 2

New Kids 6 (Ken Falconer 2, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 2)

Tass 12 (Stewart Clark 6, David Axton (Reserve) 6)

Tass looked up against it from the start against New Kids after they arrived short-handed and thus 0-6 down. However, an amazing performance from Stewart Clark and David Axton saw them win twelve games in a row to qualify for the next round. Closest New Kids got to a game win was when Ken Falconer lost 25-26 to Stewart and later 24-26 and 21-26 to David; Ian Smith lost 23-26 to Stewart; and Howard Lee lost 22-26 to David twice and 21-26 to Stewart.

 

Chieftains 5 (Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 2, Fiona Kinloch 1)

Comets 10 (Jill Milne 4, Glenn Christie 2, Fraser Smith 4)

Chieftains and Comets fought out two draws early on; Jacob Munro and Jim Tawse versus Jill Milne and Glenn Christie respectively. Comets went ahead after match three when Fraser Smith comfortably defeated Fiona Kinloch and Jill doubled the Comets lead when she beat Jim. Jacob got one back for Chieftains when he beat Fraser 26-24, the closest game of the tie, but Fraser won their second game 26-22 to make it 7-3 to Comets. Fiona then got one back for Chieftains when she beat Glenn 26-21, but a 26-23 win for Glenn kept the gap at four for Comets. Chieftains got one back for the third match in a row, but Fraser fought back to beat Jim 26-22 and put Comets one game from victory. In the next match Jill saw Comets home when she defeated Fiona 26-20.

 

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 4, Stephen Walker 2, Billy Liddle 2)

Missiles 10 (David Hunter 2, Jim Fleming 3, Euan Steel (Reserve) 5)

Duffers were ahead early on but Missiles first got level and then edged over the line at the death. Rich McLaren beat David Hunter to put Duffers in front, but 21-19 and 21-18 game scores show it was close. Jim Fleming got one back for Missiles with a 21-19 win, but Stephen Walker comfortably won their second game to make it 3-1 to Duffers. Next Euan Steel beat Billy Liddle to make it 3-all but again game scores of 21-18 and 21-19 show it was tight. Three draws in a row made it 6-all with Stephen, Rich and Billy tying with David, Euan and Jim respectively, with the closest game in the sequence being when Jim beat Billy 21-20. Euan then beat Stephen to edge Missiles in front and in match eight Billy and David took a game each to keep Missiles two ahead at 9-7. Rich beat Jim 21-14 to get Duffers back to one behind, but Jim saw Missiles home with a 21-16 victory.

 

Sputniks 6 (Eric Brown 1, Carol McLean 2, Jack Oughton 3)

Lairds 10 (Ryan Connor 3, Derek Johnston 4, Mohammad Alrubayee 3)

Lairds got off to a good start at Sputniks when the won the first two matches. Firstly Ryan Connor beat Eric Brown 26-25 and 26-22 and then Derek Johnston defeated Carol McLean 2-0, 26-23 in their second game. Jack Oughton got a game on the board for Sputniks when he beat Mohammad Alrubayee 26-25, but Mohammad recovered to win their second game comfortably. Carol and Ryan then fought out a very close draw, 25-26 and 26-24, to make it 6-2 to Lairds. Next this became 7-3 when Eric and Mohammad also drew. Jack then defeated Derek 26-21 twice to get Sputniks back to 5-7 down, but Carol and Mohammad shared the spoils in match seven to keep the gap at two. Derek then won the tie for Lairds when he defeated Eric 2-0, including 26-23 in the winning game.

 

Buccaneers 8 (Dale McLeish 1, Stewart Ferguson 4, Murray Johnstone 3)

Brechin 10 (Aaron Robertson 2, Derek Mitchell (Reserve) 4, Andrew Crawford 4)

Brechin were in front of Buccaneers, then behind and only won it in with a victory in the final match. Aaron Robertson beat Dale McLeish 31-28 twice to put Brechin in front, but Buccaneers soon levelled after Stewart Ferguson defeated Derek Mitchell. Andrew Crawford beat Murray Johnstone 31-30 to edge Brechin ahead again, but Murray levelled with a 31-28 win in their second game. Buccaneers then took the lead for the first time after Stewart comfortably defeated Aaron and Dale then drew with Andrew to keep Buccaneers in front. A 31-29, 31-27 victory for Derek against Murray got Brechin back level and next Andrew defeated Stewart to put Brechin in front for the second time. Buccaneers were not lying down and a 31-29, 31-24 victory for Murray over Aaron got then scores level again. Dale and Derek then played the final match and it was Derek who won the tie for Brechin with a 31-29 victory in the final game.

 

Astronauts 13 (Nairn Nixon 6, Lee Nixon 3, Moira Brown 4)

Squires 5 (Steve Wilson 2, Ryan Connor (Reserve) 2, Brian Halliday 1)

Astronauts raced into a 6-0 lead against Squires with Nairn Nixon, Lee Nixon and Moira Brown beating Steve Wilson, Ryan Connor and Brian Halliday respectively, although Ryan was unlucky to lose 20-21 in one of the games. Steve then got Squires on the scoreboard when he defeated Lee, but Nairn responded with a 21-19, 21-18 victory over Brian to make it 8-2 to Astronauts. Squires then got back into the tie when Ryan beat Moira 2-0 and Brian then beat Lee 21-18 to cut the gap to three. However, Lee just won their second game 21-20 to make it 9-5 overall. In match eight Moira comfortably won her first game against Steve to win the tie for Astronauts. The teams kept playing though and Moira won their second game 21-19. In the final match, Nairn beat Ryan 21-20 and 21-16 to complete the scoring for Astronauts.

 

Swots 4 (Dave Beveridge 0, Collin Bleak 3, Charlie Ross (Reserve) 1)

Earls 14 (Eddie Dougan 6, Stewart Mason 4, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 4)

Earls took the lead when Eddie Dougan beat Dave Beveridge 26-18 and then 26-24. However, Collin Bleak got Swots level with a 26-24, 26-19 victory over Stewart Mason. Match three was a cracker with Charlie Ross and Bill Beattie winning a game each by 26-25. Next Eddie had a surprisingly comfortable victory over Collin to put Earls ahead and then Bill beat Dave 26-21 twice to make it 7-3 to Earls. In match six Charlie lost another game 25-26 to Stewart and then Stewart won their second game 26-22 to put Earls one game from the next round. Collin kept Swots in it when he beat Bill 26-23, but Bill recovered to win their second game 26-24 and thus the tie for Earls. The final two matches were played out and Earls won both of them, although all four players reaching 20 plus points in the four games shows it was very competitive to the end.

 

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 2, Peter Aird 4, David Hay (Reserve) 4)

Prospects 2 (Christian Wroniecki 1, Charlie Ross 0, Ian Brumwell 1)

On paper it looks like Knights won comfortably against Prospects; however the difference was that for the three times that the score reached 30-all Knights won them all. For Knights Peter Aird and David Hay remained unbeaten over two matches each, but both were pushed hard to 31-30 game victories along the way. Christian Wroniecki and Ian Brumwell of Prospects both drew with Stuart Halliday for the remaining points.

 

Division 3

Missiles 1 (David Hunter 1, Ian Roberts 0, Nairn Nixon (Reserve) 0)

Buccaneers 9 (Murray Johnstone 2½, Derek Mitchell 3, Stewart Ferguson 3½)

Missiles took the lead against Buccaneers when David Hunter defeated Murray Johnstone 3-1, including 11-9 three times. However, thereafter Buccaneers dominated and won the remaining nine matches for the loss of just four games. In match four, Murray beat Ian Roberts 3-1 and in the next match Stewart Ferguson came from behind to defeat David 3-1. The doubles match went the distance with Stewart and Murray winning it 12-10 in the fifth against Ian and David. Derek Mitchell won his three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

 

Week 19 - commencing 28 January 2019

Aces are still top of Division 1 after they won well against Viscounts. Knights had a slightly better result at Brechin and are now nine points behind with a fixture in hand. Up4it remain third after they defeated Prefects, but they are now thirteen points behind the leaders. Despite losing, Viscounts and Prefects remain comfortably in fourth and fifth place respectively. Rockets and Defenders are in joint sixth after Rockets drew at Telstars and Defenders lost to Star. In a rearranged game Telstars defeated Star to move just above them off the bottom of the table.

Villa increased their lead at the top of Division two by another point after they won at New Kids. Their nearest rivals Chieftains won by the narrowest of margins at lowly Barons to fall nine points off the top and third placed Lundin drew with mid-table Truants leaving them seven points behind Chieftains. There was a change at the bottom as although Sputniks narrowly lost to fourth placed Swots, Kingsway moved three points clear of the bottom spot following a great performance at Tigers and they are now just six points behind Barons.

Tass remain top of Division three following a big victory at Buccaneers and they are they are ten points clear of Comets with a fixture in hand. Comets consolidated second place after they won well at Lairds and they are now a massive eighteen points clear of Duffers who did not play. Prospects remain in fourth place after they had a big win over Squires and Telsports moved up to fifth, six points behind Prospects, following their home win over Missiles and Telsports have fixtures in hand on all the teams above them. Earls won well at Astronauts to move above Lairds into sixth place.

In the Stanley Doubles, Defenders came from behind to beat Star and book their place in the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Telstars 5 (David Monteith 1, Plamen Kostadinov 2, Ian Farquhar 2)

Rockets 5 (Pete Yearworth 3½, Jim Dyson 1½, Tony O'Shea 0)

Rockets lost an early lead at Telstars and required a late fightback to secure an overall draw. It was Pete Yearworth who got Rockets in front when he beat David Monteith 3-0, but Plamen Kostadinov came from 0-1 down to defeat Jim Dyson 11-9 in the fourth and get Telstars level. Ian Farquhar then defeated Tony O'Shea 3-1 to get Telstars in front but a fifth game win for Pete against Plamen got Rockets level again. Two match wins then put Telstars in control: David 3-1 versus Tony and Ian 3-2 against Jim although 12-10, 14-16 and an 11-9 each show that it was a very close match between Ian and Jim. Rockets had better luck in the doubles match with Jim and Pete defeating David and Plamen 3-1, although immediately afterwards Plamen quickly beat Tony 3-0 to make it 5-3 to Telstars. Pete started the late fightback when he came from 1-2 down to beat Ian 3-2 and then in match ten Jim secured the overall draw for Rockets when he defeated David 11-9 in the third.

 

Brechin 1 (Aaron Robertson ½, Andrew Crawford 0, John Anderson ½)

Knights 9 (Stuart Halliday 3, Peter Aird 3, David Hay (Reserve) 3)

Knights won all nine singles matches at Brechin, but the home players won games in five of the matches and they lost numerous more games after the score reached 10-all. The first was in match two where Peter Aird beat Andrew Crawford 11-9 and 13-11 in the third and fourth to win 3-1. Then in match four Stuart Halliday required a 15-13 fourth game win to defeat Andrew. In match five David Hay beat Aaron Robertson 3-1 and then in match six Peter defeated John Anderson 3-2. The doubles match was a success for Brechin and John and Aaron defeated Stuart and David 3-0. However, Knights then went on to win the last three singles matches for the loss of just one game; David in his 3-1 defeat of Andrew.

 

Star 6 (Jim Hutcheson 2, Iain Martin 2, Andy Ferguson 2)

Defenders 4 (Richard Tough ½, Ken Head 0, Jos Berkhout 3½)

Star went in front of Defenders after Jim Hutcheson beat Richard Tough 3-0 and Iain Martin doubled their lead when he defeated Ken Head 3-0, 16-14 it the second being vital for Iain. Defenders got one back when Jos Berkhout beat Andy Ferguson 3-1, but Iain replied for Star with a 3-0 win over Richard. Jos then got his second victory when he beat Jim 3-1, but Andy then beat Ken in a long five game match to make it 4-2 to Star. Richard and Jos won the doubles match 12-10 in the fourth versus Jim and Iain and Jos then got Defenders level at 4-all when he defeated Iain 12-10 in the third. However, Star then pulled away with two match victories: Andy 14-12 in the fourth versus Richard and finally Jim 3-0 versus Ken.

 

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 3, Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2½, Bonifac Legrady 0, Jean-Augustin Touton ½)

The opening match of Up4it versus Prefects went one way then the other before Paul Monteith beat Michael Hahn 3-2 to put Up4it in front. It quickly became 3-0 following comfortable victories for first Gillian Edwards against Bonifac Legrady and next Ryan Docherty versus Jean-Augustin Touton. In match four Michael had an excellent 3-1 win over Gillian to get Prefects on the scoreboard, but 3-1 triumphs for Paul over Jean-Augustin and Ryan over Bonifac made it 5-1 to Up4it. The doubles match was won 3-1 by Michael and Jean-Augustin versus Gillian and Ryan, but next Gillian got a bit of revenge when she beat Jean-Augustin 3-1 to secure the overall victory for Up4it. Match nine was a cracker with Michael taking the lead then going behind to Ryan, before Michael eventually won it in the fifth. The final match was comfortably won for Up4it by Paul against Bonifac.

 

Aces 8 (Mark Lundberg 2½, Grant Williams 2, Zeesth Naseem 3½)

Viscounts 2 (Andrew Nimmo 0, David Hay 2, Callum Riddoch 0)

A big win in the end for Aces against Viscounts, but losing four matches in the fifth game did not help the Viscounts cause. Mark Lundberg beat Andrew Nimmo 3-0 to get Aces in front but a fine win for David Hay over Grant Williams levelled things up for Viscounts. Zeesth Naseem then beat Callum Riddoch 12-10 in the fifth to get Aces back in front and Grant defeated Andrew 3-1 to get Aces another win. Match five looked good for Callum when he won the opening two games 12-10, but Mark fought back well to win it 3-2 and a comfortable win for Zeesth over David saw Aces go 5-1 up. Aces won the doubles, again after a fifth game, with Mark and Zeesth defeating Callum and David. Callum then had yet more agony when he was defeated in the fifth game for the fourth time, this time it was Grant who did the damage for Aces. Zeesth then beat Andrew 3-0 and the final match started well for Aces when Mark won the first game 11-9.However, David then won games 11-7,13-11 and 14-12 to have the final say for Viscounts.

 

Star 3 (Jim Hutcheson 1, Iain Martin 0, Andy Ferguson 2)

Telstars 7 (David Monteith 2½, Ian Farquhar 2½, Plamen Kostadinov 2)

Telstars got the victory over Star, but Star’s Iain Martin unfortunately had to concede two singles matches after he got injured in match two. The matches that were played were very competitive with the fifth game being required six times, and the sides each won three of them. In the opening match David Monteith beat Jim Hutcheson 3-2 to put Telstars in front and Ian Farquhar doubled their lead with a 3-1 triumph over Iain Martin. In match three Andy Ferguson had a great comeback from 0-2 down to defeat Plamen Kostadinov 3-2 and Star were on the scoreboard. Plamen then had some fifth game success when he defeated Jim 3-2. The fourth fifth game win was for Andy 11-9 against David and the fifth was when Jim came from 1-2 behind to beat Ian Farquhar 3-2. The doubles match also went to the fifth game and it was David and Ian that won it for Telstars after Jim and Andy had led 2-0.

 

Division 2

New Kids 3 (Ken Falconer 0, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 1)

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 3½, James Pickles 2½, Sandy Bertie 1)

New Kids led 2-1 early on, but Villa fought back to win comfortably in the end. Seven of the ten matches played were won 3-0 but the first exception was in match two when Howard Lee of New Kids came from behind to defeat James Pickles 3-1. Then in the doubles match Ian McLagan and James beat Ian Smith and Howard 11-9 in the fourth. Finally in the closest match of the night, Ian McLagan defeated Ian Smith 3-1 including 14-12 and 12-10 game wins, to secure the overall victory for Villa.

 

Tigers 3 (Paul Jackson 0, Scott Thomson 2½, Kenny McLaren ½)

Kingsway 7 (Stephen Caird 3, Derek Thomson 2, Willie Cooper 2)

Kingsway got their first league win of the season with an excellent performance at Tigers. Yet it started badly for them in the first match when Paul Jackson went 2-0 up. A great fight back by Stephen Caird saw him win it 3-2 for the loss of just nine points. Tigers levelled after Scott Thomson beat Derek Thomson 3-0, but it was close throughout. Two excellent 3-0 wins in a row saw Kingsway surge ahead. First Willie Cooper comfortably beat Kenny McLaren and then Stephen had a brilliant win over the highly ranked Scott. Paul seemed on course to get one back for Tigers when he led 2-1, but another great fightback saw Willie win it for Kingsway 3-2. A 3-1 victory for Derek over Kenny saw Kingsway go 5-1 up and it looked like six in the doubles match when Stephen and Derek went 2-1 up after a fine third game. However, Scott and Kenny fought back to win it for Tigers. Next Scott added another for Tigers with a 3-0 win over Willie, but Stephen secured the overall victory for Kingsway with a 3-0 victory over Kenny, although 16-14 in the first was vital for Stephen. Derek then beat Paul 3-1 to end the night on a high for Kingsway.

 

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 2 Ron Filsell 1)

Truants 5 (Alain Leger ½, Knut Radmer 1, Graham Wood 3½)

Truants were behind early on at Lundin then won four matches in a row and were then pegged back late on and had to settle for a draw. Victories for Arthur Duncan, 3-0 versus Alain Leger, and Roman Nydza, 3-2 against Knut Radmer, meant Lundin were ahead early on. Graham Wood defeated Ron Filsell to get one back for Truants, but Roman beat Alain to make it 3-1 to the Lasers. However, Truants then took command and won four matches in a row. Firstly Graham beat Arthur 3-0, although 21-19 in the first was vital; then Knut defeated Ron 3-1 and next Graham and Alain defeated Arthur and Roman 3-1 in the doubles match. The fourth win came when Graham comfortably defeated Roman 3-0. However, the fixture turned again and Ron beat Alain 3-2 to get one back for Lundin and Arthur secured the overall draw when he defeated Knut 3-0 in the final match.

 

Sputniks 4 (Eric Brown 0, Jack Oughton 1½, Carol McLean 2½)

Swots 6 (David Beveridge 1, Christian Wroniecki (Reserve) 2, Collin Bleak 3)

Swots raced into a 3-0 lead at Sputniks for the loss of just one game, Collin Bleak in his 3-1 triumph over Carol McLean. Jack Oughton beat Dave Beveridge 3-0, 13-11 in the first, to get one back for Sputniks although Collin then comfortably defeated Eric to make it 4-1 to Swots. In match six Carol went behind to Christian Wroniecki, but a good fight back saw her win it 3-1. Carol then combined with Jack to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Dave and Collin and Sputniks were back to 3-4 down. Jack and Collin then fought out a close match but Collin won it in the fifth for Swots. Next Carol and Dave had an even closer result. Carol went 2-0 up, including 12-10 in the first, but 12-10 and 16-14 game wins saw Dave level. However, Carol won the fifth 11-8 to get the victory for Sputniks. Christian then secured the overall victory for Swots when he beat Eric 3-0, although 10-12, 9-11 and 11-13 game defeats show Eric was unlucky not to take it further.

 

Barons 4 (Andy Hughes 2½, Bill Beattie 1½, Tanya Kapelyukh 0)

Chieftains 6 (Jacob Munro 3, Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 1)

Chieftains got off to a good start at Barons when Jacob Munro beat Andy Hughes 11-8 in the fifth; and then Fiona Kinloch defeated Tanya Kapelyukh 3-0, but chasing down a big deficit to win the first 12-10 was crucial for Fiona. Bill Beattie then got a win for Barons when beat Jim Tawse 3-1, although 14-12 and 15-13 show Jim was unlucky not to have forced a fifth game decider. Jacob then comfortably defeated Tanya 3-0 and Andy replied with a 3-0 win over Jim, although 12-14 and 10-12 game defeats were hard on Jim. Next Bill led 2-0 and was up in the third, but Fiona saved match points in the third and then the fourth to win them both 12-10. Fiona comfortably won the fifth to make it 4-2 to Chieftains. Bill got a bit of revenge when he partnered Andy to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Fiona and Jim. But Chieftains then secured the overall victory following 3-0 wins for Jim against Tanya and then Jacob versus Bill. Match ten was evenly poised at one-all, but Andy then pulled away from Fiona to have the last say for Barons.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 1 (Dale McLeish 0, Murray Johnstone 0, Stewart Ferguson 1)

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Graeme Elrick 3½, Jim Houghton 2½)

In the opening match Buccaneers’ Dale McLeish won the first game 11-9, but then three comfortable game wins in a row saw Stewart Clark take it for Tass. Graeme Elrick then doubled the Tass lead after he comfortably defeated Murray Johnstone, but in match three Stewart Ferguson got Buccaneers on the scoreboard with three 11-9 wins to a 10-12 loss against Jim Houghton. However, Tass then took complete control and won all of the remaining matches for the loss of just three games: firstly, Stewart Clark in his 3-1 defeat of Murray; then Graeme in his 3-1 victory over Stewart Ferguson; and finally in the doubles match where Graeme and Jim beat Murray and Stewart 3-1.

 

Astronauts 3 (Lee Nixon 0, Euan Steel 2, Nairn Nixon 1)

Earls 7 (Stewart Mason 3½, Jamie Harle 1, Eddie Dougan 2½)

Earls defeated Astronauts thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance from Stewart Mason. Stewart started with a comfortable victory over Lee Nixon; then he beat Euan Steel 11-9 in the fourth and finally Stewart defeated Nairn Nixon 14-12 in the third. Stewart also partnered Eddie Dougan in the doubles match to defeat Euan and Nairn 13-11 in the third. Eddie himself got a couple of singles wins versus Lee and Nairn although Euan got the better of Eddie for Astronauts. Jamie Harle got Earls last point in match ten when he defeated Lee 16-14 in the third, but earlier Jamie had lost 0-3 to Euan and then 1-3 to Nairn.

 

Telsports 7 (Emma Bissett 3½, Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 3½)

Missiles 3 (Ian Roberts 1, Jim Fleming 1, Nairn Nixon (Reserve) 1)

Emma Bissett was in top form for Telsports against Missiles. Emma won her three singles matches and the doubles match partnering David Axton without dropping a single game. David also won his three singles matches, but twice he was taken to the fifth game. Firstly David came from 1-2 down to beat Jim Fleming and later David beat Ian Roberts in the fifth after losing the third and fourth 12-14. For Missiles Nairn Nixon, Jim and Ian defeated Rob Fotheringham.

 

Lairds 3 (Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 0, Jamie Harle (Reserve) 1, Mohammad Alrubayee 2)

Comets 7 (Fraser Smith 3½, Jill Milne 2½, David Hunter (Reserve) 1)

The first five matches of the Lairds against Comets clash were comfortably won 3-0. Unfortunately for the home side Comets won four of them. In match six Mohammad Alrubayee and Jill Milne fought out a long five game match and it was youngster Mohammed who came through 12-10 in the fifth. Jill got immediate revenge in the doubles match when she paired up with Fraser Smith to beat Jamie Harle and Mohammad 3-1. Jamie then got another win for Lairds when he defeated David Hunter 3-1, but Fraser then came from 1-2 down to beat Mohammad 3-2 and secure the overall win for Comets. In match ten, Eddie Dougan went 2-1 up with a 16-14 third game win, but Jill fought back well to have the final say for Comets.

 

Prospects 8 (Charlie Ross 3½, John Carlton 2, Ian Brumwell 2½)

Squires 2 (Steve Wilson 1, Brian Halliday 1, Winnie Stein 0)

A big win in the end for Prospects against Squires, but half the matches went to the fifth game. Two were in the opening matches with initially Charlie Ross defeating Steve Wilson for Prospects and next Brian Halliday beating John Carlton 13-11 in the fifth to get Squires level. Ian Brumwell beat Winnie Stein to get Prospects in front and the third fifth game decider followed in match four. This time John got on the right end of a 13-11 fifth game score to beat Steve. Next Charlie beat Winnie 3-1 and then there was another close fifth game decider with Ian defeating Brian 12-10 to make it 5-1 to Prospects. Charlie and Ian comfortably won the doubles match and then John got his second win, this time versus Winnie, although all the games were close. In match nine yet another fifth game decider was played and this time Steve prevailed against Ian to get one back for Squires. However, Charlie comfortably defeated Brian in match ten to have the final say for Prospects.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Star 3 (Iain Martin 1½, Jim Hutcheson ½, Andy Ferguson 1)

Defenders 5 (Jos Berkhout 2, Richard Tough 1, Arthur Pritchard 2)

Star went ahead of Defenders early on when Iain Martin and Jim Hutcheson defeated Jos Berkhout and Richard Tough 14-12 in the fifth and it got even better for Star when Andy Ferguson and Iain defeated Arthur Pritchard and Richard 3-0. Jos and Arthur got one back for Defenders when then beat Jim and Andy 3-1, but Iain and Andy got a 3-1 victory of their own against Jos and Richard to make it 3-1 to Star. However, the contest then turned and Defenders won four matches in a row to win the tie. It wasn’t easy for Defenders though as the wins included 14-12 in the fourth and 11-9 in the fifth twice and Star were unlucky not to take the tie to a final match decider.

 

 

Week 18 - commencing 21 January 2019

Aces remain top of Division 1 after they defeated second placed Up4it. Knights had a perfect victory over Telstars to leapfrog Up4it into second place and they are now ten points off the top with a fixture in hand. Up4it are two points behind in third. Viscounts consolidated fourth place with a home win over Rockets. Brechin narrowly defeated Defenders to move above them, with Rockets just behind. Star got their first league win of the season at fifth placed Prefects and as a result they are now joint-bottom with Telstars.

The top two sides in Division two met at Ward Road and it was second placed Chieftains who prevailed with a fine victory over the leaders Villa. Despite losing, Villa are still eight points clear, with Chieftains now six points ahead of Lundin Lasers who drew at  fifth placed Swots. New Kids remain in fourth after they drew at joint bottom side Kingsway and sixth placed Tigers lost narrowly at Truants who are now just one point behind them. Finally, Barons and Sputniks drew and remain in ninth and joint tenth respectively.

The Division three leaders Tass were again not playing. Second placed Comets won well at home to fourth placed Prospects to narrow the gap at the top to eight points, although Tass have a fixture in hand. Duffers narrowly defeated Buccaneers to consolidate third place, but they already seem too far behind to challenge for the title. Lairds are in fifth after they drew with Missiles and they were joined by Telsports who narrowly defeated Earls to move above them.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Knights raced into a 3-0 lead against Telstars without dropping a game or even reaching 10-all once. Thereafter it was much closer with Knights winning the last seven matches by 3-1, including nine games that reached 10-all. Plamen Kostadinov was unlucky to lose 16-18 and 10-12 in his 1-3 defeat by Stuart Halliday and Ian Farquhar lost 12-14 in the fourth to Stuart and 12-14 in the fourth in the doubles match partnering Plamen versus Robert Toth and Stuart. Peter Aird lost the third 10-12 to both David Monteith and Plamen, but otherwise played very strongly. Robert had a similar night to Peter and although he lost games twice he was very strong overall.

 

Aces 7 (Zeesth Naseem 2½, Mark Lundberg 2½, Jason Fleming 2)

Up4it 3 (Paul Monteith 0, Ryan Docherty 0, Gillian Edwards 3)

Aces got the overall victory but the star player was Gillian Edwards of Up4it who had three excellent singles wins. Gillian started with an 11-9 fourth game win over Jason Fleming; then Gillian beat Zeesth Naseem 3-1, but her three game wins were all comfortable and finally Gillian defeated Mark Lundberg 3-0 in a very close match, as 12-10 game wins to Gillian twice confirms. Elsewhere for Up4it Paul Monteith lost 2-3 to Zeesth and Ryan Docherty lost 1-3 to Zeesth, but otherwise the Aces boys were in dominant form. The doubles match was one of the closest of the fixture, but Mark and Zeesth eventually won it 11-8 in the fifth versus Ryan and Gillian.

 

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 3, Bonifac Legrady 0, Alain Leger (Reserve) 0)

Star 7 (Jim Hutcheson 2½, Andy Ferguson 2, Iain Martin 2½)

Star got the win in St Andrews against Prefects, their first league triumph of the season. In a strange affair, nine of the ten matches were comfortably won 3-0, with the other being won 3-1 by Andy Ferguson of Star versus Bonifac Legrady of Prefects. Bonifac also lost the only game to reach 10-all, 10-12 to Jim Hutcheson. Michael Hahn of Prefects won his three matches 3-0, with the closest he came to losing a game being 11-9 twice. For Star Iain Martin, Andy and Jim comfortably won all the other matches, including the doubles match to secure the overall victory.

 

Defenders 4 (Ken Head 1½, Jos Berkhout 2½, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Brechin 6 (John Anderson 2, Aaron Robertson 2, Andrew Crawford 2)

Brechin secured the narrow victory at Defenders after being pegged back a bit from 5-1 up. Brechin started well after John Anderson beat Ken Head 3-1, although 13-15 and then 13-11 game results for John show it was very competitive. Next Jos Berkhout seemed on course to get Defenders level after he went 2-1 up, but a brilliant comeback from Aaron Robertson saw Aaron win it 11-9 in the fifth. This was possibly Aaron’s best victory in his two seasons competing in the leagues. It then got even better for Brechin when Andrew Crawford came from behind to beat Arthur Pritchard 3-1. Defenders got on the scoreboard when Jos beat John 3-0, 14-12 in the second. However, two 3-1 victories in a row put Brechin 5-1 ahead, although Ken and Arthur led Andrew and Aaron respectively 1-0 before losing. The doubles match also started badly for Defenders when John and Andrew won the first but Jos and Ken fought back well to win it 3-1, although 11-13, 11-13 and 10-12 game wins show Brechin were very unlucky not to have at least taken the match to a fifth game. In match eight, Jos defeated Andrew 3-0 to get another back for Defenders but next John beat Arthur 3-0 to secure the overall victory Brechin. In the final match Ken and Aaron won a game each, but Ken then played well to win the match 3-1 and have the final say for Defenders.

 

Viscounts 7 (David Hay 3, Andrew Nimmo 1, Callum Riddoch 3)

Rockets 3 (Tony O'Shea ½, Pete Yearworth 1, Jim Dyson 1½)

Viscounts went in front after David Hay beat Tony O’Shea 12-10 in the fourth, but Rockets levelled when Pete Yearworth defeated Andrew Nimmo 13-11 in the third. Callum Riddoch then edged Viscounts in from with a narrow 3-1 victory over Jim Dyson. However, the second trio of singles saw Viscounts power ahead with three 3-0 wins in a row. The doubles match saw Rockets get one back after Tony and Jim beat Andrew and David 3-0 and Jim then got another when he defeated Andrew 3-1. Callum then steadied the ship for Viscounts with a comfortable victory over Tony and David seemed likely to repeat this when he went quickly 2-0 up on Pete. However, Pete then rallied with two game wins of his own to level, before David refocussed to take the fifth 11-8.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 5 (Stephen Caird 2½, Derek Thomson 2½, Alan Carrie 0)

New Kids 5 (Elaine Forbes (reserve) 3, Ken Falconer 1, Ian Smith 1)

New Kids led for most of the night, but three wins out of the last four matches saw Kingsway get an overall draw. Elaine Forbes beat Stephen Caird to put the visitors ahead, but Derek Thomson beat Ken Falconer 3-0, 13-11 in the first, to get Kingsway level. Kingsway started well in match three with Alan Carrie winning the first game 11-9 against Ian Smith. However, Ian recovered to win it 3-1 and Elaine then beat Stephen to make it 3-1 to New Kids. Stephen then beat Ian 11-9 in the fifth to get one back for Kingsway, but Ken then did likewise versus Alan to get New Kids back to two ahead. The doubles became the third match in a row to reach the fifth game, with Stephen and Derek coming from 1-2 down to defeat Ian and Ken 3-2. Derek then beat Ian 11-9 in the fourth to get Kingsway level at 4-all, but sadly Alan had to concede match nine to Elaine after he had been hurt earlier in his 2-3 loss to Ken. But in match ten, Stephen played a fine match to defeat Ken and secure the overall draw for Kingsway.

 

Barons 5 (Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Bill Beattie 2, Stewart Mason (Reserve) 2)

Sputniks 5 (Carol McLean 1½, Eric Brown 1, Jack Oughton 2½)

Sputniks went ahead after Carol McLean beat Tanya Kapelyukh 11-9 in the fifth but Barons quickly levelled when Bill Beattie defeated Eric Brown. Next Stewart Mason went 2-0 up, but Jack Oughton fought back well to win it 3-2 for Sputniks. However, three match wins in a row put Barons in command. First Bill got Barons level for the second time when he defeated Carol 3-0, then Tanya had a fine 3-1 win over Jack and finally Stewart beat Eric 3-1. Sputniks got one back after the doubles match which Jack and Carol won comfortably versus Bill and Tanya and Jack then comfortably defeated Bill to get Sputniks back level at 4-all. Carol was on course to get Sputniks back in front when she went 2-0 up, but a great fight-back by Stewart saw him win it 13-11 in the fifth. In match ten, Tanya was in command at 2-1 up and she had several chances to win it but Eric levelled with a 16-14 win. In the final game Eric edged it 11-9 to secure the overall draw for Sputniks.

 

Swots 5 (Nick Shepherd 3½, John Carlton (Reserve) 0, Dave Beveridge 1½)

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 1, Roman Nydza 2 Nat Forno 2)

Swots fielded DDTTA debutant reserve John Carlton versus Lundin Lasers. John did not win any matches against one of the divisions’ top sides, but he acquitted himself very well. John found it tough against Roman Nydza, but came closer against Arthur Duncan losing 9-11 three times. In his final match against Nat Forno John came even closer in the first game losing it 10-12, but he then got the game win he deserved, 11-7, to make it one-all. However, Nat then powered ahead to win games 2 and 3 and the match comfortably. Swots star player was Nick Shepherd who won all four matches in which he participated. Nick started by defeating Arthur 13-11 in the third; then he comfortably beat Nat and finally Nick overcame Roman in a see-sawing match that went to the fifth game. In the doubles match Nick partnered Dave Beveridge to defeat Arthur and Roman 11-9 in the fourth. Dave got Swots other victory when he beat Arthur 3-1, although earlier Dave had lost 1-3 to both Nat and Roman.

 

Truants 6 (Knut Radmer 1, Alain Leger 2, Graham Wood 3)

Tigers 4 (Kenny McLaren 0, Paul Jackson 1½, Scott Thomson 2½)

Truants went 4-0 up on Tigers with every match won in the fifth game. Initially Knut Radmer beat Kenny McLaren; the Alain Leger came from 1-2 down to defeat Paul Jackson; next Graham Wood beat Scott Thomson 11-9 in the fifth and finally Alain came from 0-2 down to defeat Kenny 3-2. It looked like 5-0 when Knut went 2-1 up with a 14-12 third game win, but Scott fought back well to win it 11-9 in the fifth and get Tigers on the scoreboard. A comfortable 3-0 win for Graham over Paul made it 5-1 to Truants, but Paul got a bit of revenge when he then partnered Scott to defeat Graham and Knut 11-9 in the fourth. A fine 3-0 victory for Scott over Alain got another back for Tigers, but next Graham completed a fine hat-trick of singles wins when he beat Kenny 14-12 in the third. In match ten Knut went 2-1 up, but Paul fought back and won it 11-9 in the fifth to have the final say for Tigers.

 

Chieftains 7 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 3)

Villa 3 (Ian McLagan 1½, Ian Hunter ½, James Pickles 1)

Chieftains got the victory over Villa but winning all five matches that went to the fifth game certainly helped the Chieftains cause. The first was when Jim Tawse beat Ian Hunter in match two. Jim then did it again in match four versus Ian McLagan and next Jacob Munro came from 1-2 down to beat Ian Hunter 3-2. The fourth fifth game triumph came when Jim came from 1-2 down to defeat James Pickles 3-2 and the fifth came in the final match when Fiona Kinloch came from 0-2 down to beat Ian Hunter 3-2. Chieftains other wins were both 3-1 for Jacob against James and then later Ian McLagan. For Villa Ian McLagan defeated Fiona 3-1 and James had a 12-10 third game triumph versus Fiona. Villa comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 with Ian and Ian beating Jacob and Jim.

 

Division 3

Comets 9 (Fraser Smith 2, Glenn Christie 3½, Dougal Ogilvie 3½)

Prospects 1 (Chris Wroniecki 1, Charlie Ross 0, Ian Brumwell 0)

Prospects got off to a great start at Comets when Chris Wroniecki beat Fraser Smith 3-0. However, Comets then went on a brilliant run to win nine matches in a row, although Prospects won games in six of them. Four were in matches two to five with initially Glenn Christie defeating Charlie Ross 3-1. Next Dougal Ogilvie beat Ian Brumwell 3-2 and then Glenn defeated Chris 12-10 in the fourth. Match five was the closest Prospects came to winning another match but Fraser eventually came back from 1-2 down to beat Ian 3-2. In the second half of the fixture Comets dominated throughout and they won the last five matches for the loss of just two games: Glenn and Dougal versus Chris and Ian in the doubles match and finally Dougal in his 3-1 defeat of Chris.

 

Missiles 5 (David Hunter 2, Jim Fleming 2, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 1)

Lairds 5 (Mohammad Alrubayee 1½, Chris Riddoch 3½)

Two player Lairds did well to get a draw at Missiles after they won five of the seven matches actually played. Chris Riddoch was the star for Lairds after he won his three singles and the doubles match partnering Mohammad Alrubayee versus David Hunter and Ian Roberts. Yet it looked bad for Chris in his first match when he went 0-2 down to Jim Fleming, but Chris recovered to win it 3-2. Chris then won his other three matches for the loss of just one game; to Ian in his 3-1 victory. Mohammad got Lairds other win when he defeated Ian 3-0, but Missiles David and Jim both beat him 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.

 

Earls 4 (Stewart Mason 2½, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Telsports 6 (Emma Bissett 3, Robert Fotheringham 1, David Axton 2)

Earls were short-handed against Telsports but competed well winning four of the seven matches actually played. Three of the seven went to the fifth game with Eddie Dougan beating Robert Fotheringham and Stewart Mason defeating David Axton, from 0-2 down, for Earls. In the other five game match David defeated Eddie 3-2 for Telsports after Eddie had won games 12-10 and 13-11. Stewart beat Robert 3-1 for Earls other singles win. Emma Bissett was in fine form for Telsports as she defeated Stewart 3-0 and Eddie 3-1 after Eddie had won the first 12-10. The doubles match was won surprisingly comfortably by Stewart and Eddie 3-0 against Emma and Robert.

 

Duffers 6 (Rich McLaren 2, Andy Reid 3, Stephen Walker 1)

Buccaneers 4 (David Clark 1, Murray Johnstone ½, Stewart Ferguson 2½)

Duffers won all the games of the first two matches against Buccaneers but 12-10 and 15-13 game wins for Rich McLaren against David Clark and a 12-10 win for Andy Reid over Murray Johnstone confirm it was not easy for the Duffers. It looked like 3-0 when Stephen Walker went 2-1 up on Stewart Ferguson, but Stewart fought back to win it 3-2 and get Buccaneers on the scoreboard. Andy then beat David 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Duffers, but again 16-14 in the first was tough on David. A fine 12-10 fourth game win for Stewart over Rich saw Buccaneers close the gap to one once again, but Stephen beat Murray 14-12 in the third to make it 4-2. Rich and Andy started strongly in the doubles match and easily won the first. However, Murray and Stewart fought back well to win three games in a row and take the match for Buccaneers. Andy beat Stewart 3-1 and David defeated Stephen 3-1 to make it 5-4 to Duffers which left Murray the chance to get Buccaneers a draw. However, Rich played a very strong match and comfortably won it for Duffers to secure the narrow overall victory.

 

 

Week 17 - commencing 14 January 2019

In Division 1 the top three all won. Aces and Knights both had perfect victories over Star and Rockets respectively and Up4it defeated Viscounts. Aces are now eight points clear of Up4it and Knights are five points adrift of Up4it, albeit with a fixture in hand. After their loss to Up4it fourth placed Viscounts are twenty-two points off the top and it now seems likely the title is beyond their reach. Prefects are still fifth, but they also lost to Brechin so did not close the seventeen point gap to Viscounts. Telstars and Defenders drew which means Defenders, Rockets and Brechin are tied for sixth place but a big sixteen points behind Prefects. Telstars are eight points further back but have a fixture in hand, with Star at the bottom but with a fixture in hand over Telstars.

Division two saw the top three all win well so Villa are still top twelve points ahead of Chieftains with Lundin Lasers another four points back. New Kids defeated Truants to move up to fourth with Swots dropping to fifth after they lost to Tigers who are now just one point behind them. Despite losing, Truants are only five points off fourth place with a fixture in hand against Swots. Barons, Sputniks and Kingsway remain at the bottom after they lost to the top three.

With the Division 3 leaders Tass not playing Comets won well at Squires to narrow the gap to seventeen points. Duffers had a perfect victory at Astronauts to consolidate third place and Prospects defeated Missiles to remain fourth. Lairds narrowly defeated Earls to move one point ahead of Earls and Telsports into fifth place, although Telsports have fixtures in hand.

In the Stanley Doubles, Knights comfortably progressed at the expense of Telsports.

 

Division 1

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Gary Lowson 0, Jim Dyson 0)

Knights 10 (Robert Toth 3½, Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3)

Knights got the perfect result at Rockets, but there were many close matches with only a couple won comfortably. The closest Rockets got to a win was when Jim Dyson was 2-1 up on Peter Aird, but Peter recovered to win it. There were seven other matches where Rockets won a game, but Knights won them all 3-1. There were numerous games where the score reached 10-all but Knights won the majority of these games too, including a 17-15 for Robert Toth over Gary Lowson and 16-14 for Robert against Jim. Stuart Halliday of Knights won all four of the matches in which he played 3-1.

 

Telstars 5 (Plamen Kostadinov 1, David Monteith 2, Ian Farquhar 2)

Defenders 5 (Arthur Pritchard ½, Ken Head 1, Jos Berkhout 3½)

Telstars were ahead from the off but two match wins out of the last three saw Defenders snatch a late draw. For a fixture that had such a close end result surprisingly there were seven matches that were won 3-0 and only one game in that sequence reached 10-all. In match three David Monteith led 2-0, but Ken Head levelled at 2-all. However, David played a strong fifth game to win it for Telstars. Then in match eight, David took the lead against Jos Berkhout, but Jos recovered to win it 3-1 for Defenders. Finally, in match ten Ken Head beat Plamen Kostadinov 3-1 to secure the overall draw for Defenders. Ian Farquhar had a couple of fine 3-0 wins for Telstars, but it was Jos who made the difference for Defenders as he won all four matches in which he played, including the doubles match with Arthur Pritchard against David and Ian, although 15-13 in the first was vital for the Defenders pairing.

 

Brechin 7 (Aaron Robertson 1, Andrew Crawford 3½, John Anderson 2½)

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2, Bonifac Legrady 1, Graham wood (Reserve) 0)

Brechin had a fine victory against Prefects although it did not start well for them after Michael Hahn beat Aaron Robertson 3-0. However, Brechin responded brilliantly with seven match wins in a row for the loss of just three games. The games lost were by Andrew Crawford in his 3-1 victories over Bonifac Legrady and Michael; and by Aaron in his 3-1 triumph over Graham Wood. Otherwise in the seven match winning run Brechin were brilliant with Prefects not even reaching 10-all once. Indeed it could have been even better for Brechin as in match nine Michael beat John Anderson 3-2 after John had led 2-0 and then in the final match Aaron led 2-1 before Bonifac eventually won it 3-2 for Prefects.

 

Star 0 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Iain Martin 0, Andy Ferguson 0)

Aces 10 (Grant Williams 3½, Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 3)

Aces went in devastating form at Star and they won all ten matches for the loss of just four games. Firstly in match two Iain Martin took Zeesth Naseem to the fifth game before Zeesth won it 3-2; then in the doubles match Jim Hutcheson and Iain lost 1-3 to Grant Williams and Zeesth and finally in match nine Andy Ferguson won a game in his 1-3 defeat by Grant. Otherwise Aces won all the games and only once did Star reach 10-all, with Mark Lundberg winning it 13-11 in his 3-0 defeat of Jim.

 

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 2½, Ryan Docherty 3½)

Viscounts 3 (Andrew Nimmo 1, David Hay 1, Callum Riddoch 1)

Up4it got the victory over Viscounts in a high quality contest that lasted more than four hours. Up4it’s star player was Ryan Docherty who won all four matches in which he participated in. Ryan had a comfortable win over David Hay; beat Callum Riddoch 13-11 in the fourth and had a marathon victory over Andrew Nimmo that went the distance and beyond. Andrew won the first before Ryan won two games in a row to lead. Andrew levelled with a win in the fourth game but in the deciding fifth game after Andrew recovered from 2-8 down it went to an unbelievable 18-all with both players having several match points before Ryan won it 20-18. Ryan also partnered Gillian Edwards to win the doubles match 3-2 against David and Callum. Up4it’s other triumphs were a 3-2 win for Gillian against David, a 3-1 victory for Gillian over Callum and a 3-0 win for Paul Monteith versus Andrew. Viscounts players all got one singles victory each. Andrew had a brilliant 3-0 triumph over Gillian, David defeated Paul 11-8 in the fifth and Callum beat Paul 3-1.

 

Division 2

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 2½, Ian Hunter 3½, Sandy Bertie 2)

Kingsway 2 (Stephen Caird 1, Alan Carrie 0, Derek Thomson 1)

Villa raced into a 4-0 lead over Kingsway for the loss of just two games, Sandy Bertie in his 3-1 defeat of Derek Thomson and Ian Hunter in his 3-1 victory over Stephen Caird. In match five Derek had a fine win over Ian McLagan in the fifth, but Sandy then defeated Alan Carrie 3-1 to make it 5-1 to Villa. The doubles match was close but the two Ian’s won it for Villa, 12-10 in the fifth, against Derek and Stephen. Ian Hunter beat Derek 3-0 to make it 7-1, but Stephen then got one back for Kingsway when he defeated Sandy 12-10 in the third. However, Ian McLagan had the final say for Villa when he beat Alan in match ten.

 

New Kids 7 (Ken Falconer 2, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 2½)

Truants 3 (Alain Leger 1, Knut Radmer 2, Graham Wood 0)

Truants got off to a great start against New Kids and won the first two matches. First Alain Leger defeated Ken Falconer 3-2 and next Knut Radmer had a great 3-0 victory versus Howard Lee. It looked like Truants would win another when Graham Wood took a 2-1 lead in match three but Ian Smith fought back well to win it 13-11 in the fifth. Howard then beat Alain 12-10 in the fourth to get New Kids level and they took the lead after Ken defeated Graham 3-0, but game scores of 11-8, 14-12 and 12-10 show it was close throughout. However, another fine 3-0 victory for Knut, this time versus Ian, made it three-all. New Kids then hit top form and they won the final four matches for the loss of just one game, Ken in his 3-1 defeat of Knut, although losing all four games that reached 10-all did not help the Truants cause.

 

Tigers 6 (Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 2, Paul Jackson 2)

Swots 4 (Dave Beveridge 0, Nick Shepherd 2½, Collin Bleak 1½)

Swots levelled against Tigers twice and eventually got in front 4-3, but three fifth game wins in a row saw Tigers secure the narrow victory. Kenny McLaren beat David Beveridge 12-10 twice to put Tigers ahead but a 12-10 third game victory for Nick Shepherd versus Scott Thomson saw Swots level. Two 3-1 victories for Paul Jackson over Collin Bleak and then Scott over Dave made it 3-1 to Tigers. However, Swots levelled following two 3-1 match wins of their own: Collin against Kenny and Nick versus Paul, although both times the Swots player had to come from behind. A comfortable doubles match win for Nick and Collin versus Paul and Kenny saw Swots go in front for the first time. But Tigers fought back to win it with three fifth game victories in a row for Scott, Paul and Kenny versus Collin, Dave and Nick respectively.

 

Lundin Lasers 7 (Arthur Duncan 3, Roman Nydza 3, Ron Filsell 1)

Barons 3 (Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Andy Hughes 1½, Bill Beattie ½)

Lundin Lasers raced into a 5-0 lead against Barons, but although three of the wins were comfortable, in the other two Roman Nydza and Ron Filsell both had to come from 1-2 down against Andy Hughes and Bill Beattie respectively. In match six Andy got Barons on the scoreboard when he came from behind to defeat Ron 3-1. The doubles match was a strange affair as Arthur Duncan and Ron got Lundin 2-0 up for the loss of just six points, but then Bill and Andy got Barons level for the loss of just eight points. The decider ebbed and flowed but the Barons pairing eventually won it 12-10. Roman then beat Bill 3-0 to make it 6-2 to the Lasers, but Tanya replied for Barons with a 3-1 victory over Ron. However, Arthur had the last say for Lundin when he beat Andy 14-12 in the fourth.

 

Sputniks 2 (Jack Oughton 1½, Carol McLean ½, Eric Brown 0)

Chieftains 8 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 3)

Chieftains raced in to a 6-0 lead against Sputniks but only one match in the sequence was won 3-0; that came in opener when Fiona Kinloch beat Jack Oughton. Jacob Munro then beat Carol McLean 12-10 in the fourth and Jim Tawse came from 0-1 down to defeat Eric Brown 3-1. In match four Fiona came from 1-2 down to beat Carol 3-2 and Jim made it five in a row after he defeated Jack 3-2. The sixth win for Chieftains was when Jacob beat Eric 3-1. Sputniks had better luck in the doubles match and Jack and Carol recovered from losing the opening game to Fiona and Jacob to level with a 17-15 second game win and they then sealed the match with comfortable third and fourth game wins. However, Chieftains then won the next two singles with Jim defeating Carol 3-1 and Fiona beating Eric 3-0. In match ten Jack won the opener 12-10 versus Jacob and he then played two excellent games to win the match and get a consolation win for Sputniks.

 

Division 3

Astronauts 0 (Lee Nixon 0, Nairn Nixon 0, Heather Gunn 0)

Duffers 10 (Rich McLaren 3½, Stephen Walker 3, Andy Reid 3½)

Duffers were in great form at Astronauts and won all of the matches for the loss of just five games. In match one Rich McLaren beat Lee Nixon 3-1 and next Stephen Walker came from 0-2 down to defeat Nairn Nixon 3-2, including 13-11 in the third. Duffers did not drop a game again until match ten when Stephen came from 1-2 down to beat Lee Nixon 3-2. Andy Reid was in great form and he won all four matches in which he participated 3-0 without reaching 10-all once.

 

Lairds 6 (Chris Riddoch 2½, Derek Johnston 2, Mohammad Alrubayee 1½)

Earls 4 (Stewart Mason 2, Jamie Harle 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

Earls took the lead when Stewart Mason defeated Chris Riddoch 3-1 but Lairds then replied with four match wins in a row. First Derek Johnston beat Jamie Harle 3-1 and next Mohammad Alrubayee did likewise versus Eddie Dougan. Derek then had a fine 3-2 victory over Stewart, including 16-14 in the first and 12-10 in the fifth. The fourth victory for Lairds came when Chris came from behind to defeat Eddie 3-1. Jamie then got one back for Earls when he beat Mohammad 3-1, but next Mohammad partnered Chris to win the doubles match 3-1 against Stewart and Eddie. The final trio of singles matches all went the distance. In match eight, Derek levelled from 0-2 down, but Eddie won the fifth to get one back for Earls and next Stewart then went one better when he came from 0-2 down to defeat Mohammed 3-2 and get Earls back to 4-5 down. In the final match Jamie also levelled from 0-2 down, but Chris refocussed to win the fifth and thus secure the narrow overall victory for Lairds.

 

Prospects 9 (Christian Wroniecki 3½, Charlie Ross 3½, Ian Brumwell 2)

Missiles 1 (Jim Fleming 0, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 0, David Hunter 1)

Prospects started well against Missiles with two 3-0 triumphs; Christian Wroniecki and Charlie Ross against Jim Fleming and Ian Roberts respectively. David Hunter then got Missiles on the scoreboard with a 3-1 victory over Ian Brumwell with all four games being won 11-9. The second trio of singles were all won 3-1 and they all went Prospects way; Charlie against Jim, Christian versus David and Ian Brumwell against Ian Roberts. Prospects also won the doubles match with Chris and Charlie defeating David and Ian 14-12 in the third. Prospects then completed a good night with three further singles victories; Charlie and Ian both 3-1 versus David and Jim respectively and in the final match Christian defeated Ian Roberts to compete the scoring for Prospects.

 

Squires 2 (Mohammed Alrubayee (Reserve) 1, Winnie Stein 1, Brian Halliday 0)

Comets 8 (Jill Milne 3½, Dougal Ogilvie 3½, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 1)

Comets raced into a 4-0 lead against Squires for the loss of just two games, Brian Halliday being unlucky to lose 11-13 to Ian Roberts in the fifth. In match five Mohammed Alrubayee beat Ian to get Squires on the scoreboard, but Dougal Ogilvie then came from behind to beat Brian 3-1 and make it 5-1 to Comets. A comfortable victory in the doubles match for Jill Milne and Dougal versus Winnie Stein and Brian made it 6-1, but Winnie then came from 0-2 down to defeat Ian 15-13 in the fifth and get one back for Squires. Match nine also went the distance with Brian levelling from 0-2 down, but Jill refocussed to win the fifth for Comets. Dougal then completed the scoring for Comets when he defeated Mohammed 3-1.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Peter Aird 1½, Robert Toth 1½)

Telsports 0 (Emma Bissett 0, Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 0)

Knights defeated Telsports without dropping a game and it took until the final game of the fifth match before the scores reached 10-all. Sadly for Emma Bissett and David Axton of Telsports they eventually lost it 14-16 to Stuart Halliday and Peter Aird.

 

 

Week 16 - commencing 07 January 2019

In a re-scheduled Division one clash Aces narrowly defeated Knights to move five points clear of Up4it at the top of the Division. Knights are eight points behind Up4it in third place, but have a fixture in hand on the top two.

Telsports had a perfect victory over Astronauts to move up to fifth place in Division three and still have fixtures in hand over all their rivals.

The first round of the Handicap Cup took place and the majority of the ties were settled fairly comfortably with Tass, Chieftains, Comets, Duffers, Missiles, Sputniks, Buccaneers and Brechin all going through to round two. Closest ties were when Division three Lairds won two games at the death to defeat Division two leaders Villa and also second Division New Kids had a remarkably close come-from-behind victory against the then Division one leaders Up4it. New Kids won it 26-25 with the teams tied at nine games all.

 

Division 1

Aces 6 (Zeesth Naseem 3, Grant Williams 1, Mark Lundberg 2)

Knights 4 (Stuart Halliday ½, Peter Aird 1, Robert Toth 2½)

Aces went in front when Zeesth Naseem defeated Stuart Halliday 3-0, but Peter Aird quickly levelled for Knights after he beat Grant Williams 3-0. Match three went the distance, with Robert Toth winning it 15-13 in the fifth against Mark Lundberg to put Knights ahead. However, three match wins in a row put Aces in command. First Grant beat Stuart 12-10 in the fourth; then Zeesth had a brilliant 3-0 victory over Robert; and finally Mark beat Peter 12-10 in the third. Stuart and Robert won the doubles match for Knights 13-11 in the fourth against Zeesth and Mark and Robert then got Knights level at four-all after he defeated Grant 3-1. However, two further 3-1 victories for Mark over Stuart and Zeesth against Peter saw Aces secure the narrow victory.

 

Division 3

Telsports 10 (Robert Fotheringham 3, Emma Bissett 3½, Paul McDade 3½)

Astronauts 0 (Heather Gunn 0, Lee Nixon 0, Nairn Nixon 0)

Telsports won all ten matches against Astronauts for the loss of just two games, Rob Fotheringham in his 3-1 victory over Nairn Nixon and Paul McDade when he defeated Lee Nixon also by 3-1. Astronauts fought bravely and came close to more game wins on several occasions, but it was not to be against the dominant Telsports.

 

Handicap Cup Round 1

New Kids 10 (Kong Wan 5, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 3)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 4, Gillian Edwards 3)

New Kids were 5-1 and then 7-3 up then later they were 7-8 then 8-9 down to Up4it. However, two brilliant game wins at the end by Kong Wan against Ryan Docherty, including the extra nineteenth game where it went all the way to 25-all, saw New Kids home. At the start Kong had got New Kids going when he beat Paul Monteith and after a draw between Howard Lee and Ryan, Ian Smith made it 5-1 when he had a great victory over Gillian Edwards, including a 26-25 second game win. Howard drew again, this time versus Paul to make it 6-2 to New Kids and another draw between Kong and Gillian made it 7-3. However, the Up4it fight back began with a victory for Ryan over Ian and Gillian got Up4it level when she defeated Howard. Match eight saw Paul beat Ian 26-23 to make it 8-7 Up4it, but Ian fought back with a 26-21 triumph to make it 8-all. Ryan made it 9-8 to Up4it with a 26-24 win but Kong fought back with a 26-19 victory in their second game. At nine games all a decider was played between Kong and Ryan. Ryan won his 20th point of the game to make it 25-all, but it was Kong who kept his nerve and he won the next point to win the game and consequently the tie for New Kids.

 

Tass 11 (Jim Wotherspoon (Reserve) 2, Jim Houghton 5, Graeme Elrick 4)

Lundin Lasers 3 (Robert Brown 2, Ron Filsell 0, Douglas Dewar 1)

Tass went in front when Jim Wotherspoon won the first game, but a 26-25 reply by Robert Brown saw Lundin level. But two match wins in a row for Jim Houghton and Graeme Elrick against Ron Filsell and Douglas Dewar respectively saw Tass take control. Robert got a game back with a 26-24 triumph over Jim Houghton and later Douglas did likewise against Jim Wotherspoon to make it 7-3 overall to Tass, but thereafter Tass won four games in a row to win the tie, although Douglas was unlucky to lose a game 25-26 to Jim Houghton.

 

Chieftains 10 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jacob Munro 2, Stewart Mason (Reserve) 5)

Telstars 6 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 3, Plamen Kostadinov 2)

Chieftains went in front when Fiona Kinloch defeated David Monteith 2-0, but a victory for Ian Farquhar over Jacob Munro got Telstars level. Chieftains then went in front again following a win for Stewart Mason over Plamen Kostadinov. The next four matches in a row were all drawn, with five of the games in the sequence being won by two points or less. However, Stewart then sealed the tie for Chieftains when he defeated David.

 

Comets 10 (Dougal Ogilvie 4, Ian McLagan (Reserve) 2, Jill Milne 4)

Telsports 5 (Emma Bissett 1, David Axton 2, Robert Fotheringham 2)

Comets raced into a 9-3 lead over Telsports following three victories and three draws from the first six matches. The victories were for Dougal Ogilvie against Emma Bissett and Rob Fotheringham and for Jill Milne versus Rob. In match seven Rob beat Ian McLagan, including a 26-25 to make it 9-5 but Jill then sealed the overall victory for Comets when she beat Emma Bissett 21-17.

 

Kingsway 2 (Stephen Caird 0, Derek Thomson 0, Willie Cooper 2)

Duffers 10 (Richard McLaren 4, Stephen Walker 4, Billy Liddle 2)

Duffers won five of the six matches played to knock out Kingsway. Rich McLaren and Stephen Walker won all four games they played and Billy Liddle added a couple in his very impressive defeat of the much higher ranked Stephen Caird. Kingsway’s sole success came after Willie Cooper beat Billy but in the end it was only a consolation for them.

 

Missiles 10 (David Hunter 3, Jim Fleming 3, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 4)

Truants 4 (Knut Radmer 1, Graham Wood 1, Alain Leger 2)

Missiles took the lead after David Hunter beat Knut Radmer, but 26-25 and 26-24 game scores show it was close. Graham Wood got one back for Truants but Jim Fleming won their second game to make it 3-1 to Missiles. A comfortable victory for Ian Roberts over Alain Leger made it 5-1 and this became 7-3 after the next two matches were drawn. Match six saw Ian defeat Graham and next a 26-25 win for Alain got another back for Truants. However, Jim won their second game 26-20 to win the tie for Missiles.

 

Sputniks 11 (Jack Oughton 3, Carol McLean 5, David Sim (Reserve) 3)

Defenders 3 (Arthur Pritchard 2, Richard Tough 0, Ken Head 1)

Overall there were fourteen games played between Sputniks and Defenders and twelve of them saw both players reach the 20-point mark, with the other two being won 26-19 and 26-17. The first four matches saw three drawn, with the only victory being for Carol McLean versus Richard Tough to give Sputniks the narrow lead. However, thereafter Jack Oughton, David Sim and Carol all added another win each to see Sputniks home.

 

Lairds 10 (Chris Riddoch 2, Mohammad Alrubayee 3, Ryan Connor 5)

Villa 8 (Ian Hunter 2, Sandy Bertie 1, James Pickles 5)

Villa went ahead when Ian Hunter beat Chris Riddoch 26-22 but Chris made it one-all after he won their second game also by 26-22. Lairds went in front following Mohammad Alrubayee’s fine win over Sandy Bertie, but following two draws (including a 26-25, 25-26 result for  Ryan Connor against James Pickles) James then got Villa level at five-all after he defeated Chris 26-23 and 26-24. A good victory for Ryan over Sandy put Lairds ahead again but two 26-24 wins for James against Mohammad made it seven-all. Another fine win for Ryan this time versus Ian put Lairds in front again but Sandy beat Chris 26-24 to make it 9-8. However, Chris then played a fine second game to secure the tie for Lairds.

 

Buccaneers 11 (Dale McLeish 2, Murray Johnstone 5, Stewart Ferguson 4)

Tigers 3 (Kenny McLaren 3, Marion Davidson 0, Scott Thomson 0)

Tigers got off to a good start when Kenny McLaren beat Dale McLeish 26-24 and 26-22. However, Buccaneers roared back with two comfortable victories for Murray Johnstone and Stewart Ferguson against Marion Davidson and Scott Thomson respectively. Kenny pulled one back for Tigers when he beat Murray 26-22 but Murray rallied to win their second game 26-24 and make it 5-3 to Buccaneers. Dale made it 7-3 after he narrowly defeated Scott 26-23 and 26-25 and Stewart further increased the Buccaneers lead when he beat Marion; 26-22 in the second was the closer game. In match seven Murray beat Scott 26-25 to seal the tie for Buccaneers, although they played one more game and Murray won that too.

 

Viscounts 6 (Andrew Nimmo 1, Callum Riddoch 4, David Hay 1)

Brechin 10 (John Anderson 2, Aaron Robertson 2, Murray Johnstone (reserve) 6)

Viscounts were 3-1 and then 5-3 ahead, but seven game wins out of the last eight played saw Brechin home. Brechin’s top points scorer was reserve Murray Johnstone who comfortably won all six games he played, with only Callum Riddoch reaching the 25 point mark against Murray in his 26-31 game loss. Brechin’s other wins were doubles for John Anderson and Aaron Robertson, although David Hay was unlucky to lose a game 20-21 to both of them. Callum was the top points scorer for Viscounts with four game wins, two by 21-20 against John and Aaron. John unluckily also lost a game 20-21 to Andrew.

 

 

Week 15 - commencing 17 December 2018

The Chairman’s Challenge Trophy semi-finals took place and Up4it and Aces qualified for the final after they overcame Prefects and Knights respectively.

Truants and Barons drew a rescheduled Division two fixture which means that Truants move up to sixth place, just one point behind fifth placed New Kids, but with a fixture less played. Barons remain eighth but they are now just four points behind seventh placed Tigers.

In the third Division team of the week are rookies Astronauts who got their first ever victory in the DDTTA leagues against last year’s newcomers Buccaneers. Leaders Tass had a perfect victory over Lairds to move a massive twenty-five points ahead of second placed Comets who had a free week. Third placed Duffers defeated Telsports and they are now ten points behind Comets and thirteen ahead of fourth placed Prospects who drew at Earls. Prospects are five points ahead of Earls and also Squires who drew at Missiles. Lairds are one point further back but have a fixture in hand on the three teams just above them.

In the Stanley Doubles cup Star go through to the third round after they comfortably defeated Tigers.

 

Chairman’s’ Challenge Trophy Semi-finals

Prefects 2 (Jean-Augustin Touton ½, Michael Hahn 1½, Justin Yang 0)

Up4it 4 (Paul Monteith 1½, Ryan Docherty 0, Gillian Edwards 2½)

Up4it went through against Prefects but it was close throughout. Paul Monteith came from 1-2 down to beat Jean-Augustin Touton 3-2 and get Up4it in front. But Michael Hahn then defeated Ryan Docherty 3-0 to get Prefects level. Gillian Edwards beat Justin Yang 12-10 in the fourth to put Up4it ahead again and next she teamed up with Paul to win the first doubles match 3-1 versus Justin and Jean-Augustin. Prefects had to win the remaining matches and initially it went well after Michael and Jean-Augustin came from 1-2 down to defeat Paul and Ryan 12-10 in the fifth game of the second doubles match. Prefects good run continued in match six when Michael won the first game 12-10, but Gillian recovered to win the match 11-9 in the fourth and take Up4it through to the final.

 

Knights 3 (David Hay (Reserve) 1, Stuart Halliday ½, Robert Toth 1½)

Aces 4 (Grant Williams 1, Zeesth Naseem 2, Mark Lundberg 1)

Aces came back from the brink to defeat Knights in another close encounter. It started very well for Aces and they went 2-0 up. Firstly Grant Williams defeated David Hay 3-2 and next Zeesth Naseem beat Stuart Halliday 3-1. However, Knights then went ahead after a great fightback. Robert Toth started the run with an 11-8 fifth game victory over Mark Lundberg and then in the first doubles match Robert partnered David and they came from behind to win it 3-1 versus Mark and Grant. David and Stuart won the second doubles match for Knights but 13-11 and 11-9 in the third and fourth show that Grant and Zeesth were close. Aces drew level after Mark beat Stuart 3-2 and Robert and Zeesth then had a winner takes all final match. Zeesth won a tight first game 13-11 but comfortably won the second to make it 2-0. Robert got one back after the third, but Zeesth played a great fourth game to win the match and take Aces through to the final.

 

Division 2

Truants 5 (Graham Wood 2½, Alain Leger 2½, Knut Radmer 0)

Barons 5 (Bill Beattie 1, Andy Hughes 3, Tanya Kapelyukh 1)

Truants and Barons had a hard fought draw with only three of the ten matches being won 3-0. Truants took the lead when Graham Wood beat Tanya Kapelyukh 3-1 but Barons drew level after Andy Hughes defeated Alain Leger in a see-sawing five game match. Barons then went ahead after Bill Beattie overcame Knut Radmer in four games but back to back 3-1 victories for Alain and Graham over Tanya and Bill respectively put Truants ahead again at 3-2. Barons levelled again following a victory for Andy over Knut, but Graham and Alain came from behind to beat Bill and Andy in the doubles match and it was 4-3 to Truants. Alain made it 5-3 after he defeated Bill but Tanya got one back for Barons when she beat Knut. The final match seemed destined for Truants after Graham completely dominated for two and a half games. But Andy made to 10-all and then won the third 13-11 and two games later he got over the line to secure the overall draw for Barons.

 

Division 3

Missiles 5 (David Hunter 2, Euan Steel (Reserve) 2, Nairn Nixon (Reserve) 1)

Squires 5 (Winnie Stein 2½, Brian Halliday 0, Steve Wilson 2½)

Missiles led early on against Squires but only secured a draw after a late comeback. David Hunter beat Winnie Stein 3-2 to get Missiles ahead and their lead was doubled after a comfortable victory for Euan Steel over Brian Halliday.  However, three match wins in a row put Squires in front. Firstly Steve Wilson defeated Nairn Nixon and next Winnie beat Euan 11-8 in the fifth. The third Squires victory in a row came for Steve against David, but 15-17 and 10-12 defeats were tough on David. Missiles levelled after Nairn came from 1-2 down to beat Brian 11-8 in the fifth but Squires went ahead again following the doubles match which was won 3-0 by Steve and Winnie versus Euan and Nairn. In match eight Euan got a bit of revenge when he defeated Steve 3-2 to make it four-all but Winnie then came from behind to beat Nairn 3-2. In the final match David put in a strong performance against Brian to secure a draw for Missiles.

 

Earls 5 (Stewart Mason 1½, Eddie Dougan 3½, Scott Wishart 0)

Prospects 5 (Charlie Ross 1, Christian Wroniecki 2, Dave Goddard 2)

Prospects got the draw in the end at Earls after being behind for the entire fixture. There were five game matches on five occasions but amazingly Earls won all of them with their Captain Eddie Dougan involved in four of them and also three were from 1-2 down. Eddie won all three of his singles matches 3-2 and he also partnered Stewart Mason in the doubles match to defeat Charlie Ross and Dave Goddard 3-2. Earls final 3-2 triumph was for Stewart versus Charlie Ross, 14-12 in the fifth. For Prospects Christian Wroniecki and Dave got two victories each and Charlie beat Scott Wishart 3-1 for their final victory.

 

Tass 10 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 3½)

Lairds 0 (Mohammad Alrubayee 0, Ryan Connor 0, Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 0)

The league leaders Tass dominated at home for the second week in a row, this time against Lairds, although Lairds won a single game in five of the matches played. Firstly in match two Jim Houghton beat Ryan Connor 3-1 and in the next match Graeme Elrick defeated Eddie Dougan 12-10 in the fourth. Eddie lost 1-3 in match five to Stewart Clark, but Tass did not drop a game again until match nine when Graeme defeated Mohammad Alrubayee 3-1. In the final match Ryan won a game 13-11 in his 1-3 loss to Stewart.

 

Telsports 3 (Emma Bissett 1, David Axton 1, Rob Fotheringham 1)

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 0)

Duffers got the win against Telsports thanks to unbeaten performances from Rich McLaren and Andy Reid. Rich started with an 11-9 fifth game victory versus Emma Bissett and then later had comfortable 3-0 wins against David Axton and Rob Fotheringham. Andy’s opener resulted in a 3-1 victory over David and then he had comfortable 3-0 victories versus Emma and then Robert. Rich and Andy also teamed up to win the doubles match versus Emma and David, but it was a close affair with the Duffers boys coming from behind to win it 11-8 in the fifth. Telsports three wins were all against Billy Liddle but initially Robert had to come from 1-2 down to defeat Billy 3-2. Later David defeated Billy 3-0 and finally Emma came from behind to beat Billy 11-8 in the fourth.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Murray Johnstone 2½, David Clark 1½, Dale McLeish 0)

Astronauts 6 (Nairn Nixon 2, Lee Nixon 1, Euan Steel 3)

Astronauts came from behind to defeat Buccaneers. Winning all three matches that went to the fifth helped the Astronauts cause greatly and Euan Steel got a fine hat-trick of singles wins. A 3-1 victory for Murray Johnstone against Nairn Nixon got Buccaneers in front and a 3-0 win for David Clark versus Lee Nixon doubled their lead, although 14-12 in the second was tough on Lee. Astronauts got on the scoreboard when Euan came from behind to defeat Dale McLeish 3-1. It looked like 3-1 to Buccaneers when David led 2-1, but Nairn fought back to win it 3-2 and make it two-all. Buoyed by this win Astronauts surged ahead with consecutive 3-0 wins for Euan and Lee against Murray and Dale respectively. Buccaneers pulled one back after the doubles match which Murray and David won 3-0 versus Nairn and Euan and it seemed David would make it four-all when he led Euan 2-1. However, back to back 12-10 victories in the fourth and fifth saw Euan win it 3-2. Astronauts secured their first victory of the season in match nine when Nairn had an even better comeback to defeat Dale 11-9 in the fifth after Dale had comfortably led 2-0. Murray had the last say for Buccaneers when he beat Lee 3-1.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 2

Star 5 (Jim Hutcheson 1½, Andy Ferguson 1½, Iain Martin 2)

Tigers 1 (Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson ½, Marion Davidson ½)

Star went ahead against Tigers after Jim Hutcheson and Andy Ferguson defeated Kenny McLaren and Scott Thomson 3-0, 14-12 in the first. A 3-1 victory for Iain Martin and Andy versus Marion Davidson and Kenny doubled their lead and a comfortable win for Iain and Jim against Scott and Marion made it 3-0. It seemed another comfortable victory was on the cards after Iain and Andy led 2-0, but two 11-9 game wins for Kenny and Scott made it two-all. However, the Star pairing just edged the fifth 14-12 to make it 4-0 overall. In match five Jim and Andy opened up a 2-0 lead but Marion and Scott had an excellent fight back to win it 3-2 and get Tigers on the scoreboard. The Tigers revival was short lived though as Iain and Jim defeated Marion and Kenny 11-9 in the fourth to win the tie for Star.

 

 

Cup Finals – Ward Road Gym – Saturday 15th December 2018

The semi-finals and finals of the Excelsior Cup, Secondary Shield and Consolation Cup trophies were played out at Ward Road Gym on Saturday 15th December 2018.

In the Excelsior Cup semi-finals, Up4it comfortably defeated Chieftains and Aces beat Knights after a final match decider in the other tie. The final went one way and then the other as first Aces raced into a 3-0 lead before Up4it won four matches in a row to be on the brink of lifting the trophy. However, the tie turned again with Aces winning the final two matches to lift the cup.

In the Secondary Shield semi-finals, Villa led Truants from the off and made the final after only one match loss; the other tie involved a St Andrews derby between New Kids and Swots. It was evenly poised at two-all, but Swots then pulled away with three straight match wins to make the final. The lead in the final changed hands five times but it was Villa who held their nerve at four-all against an unlucky Swots side to lift the trophy.

In the Consolation Cup semi-finals, Duffers comfortably defeated Missiles and Tass overcame Barons. In the final Duffers drew level with Tass four times but Tass lifted the Cup after a victory in the deciding final match.

 

Excelsior Cup

Semi-Finals

Knights 4 (Stuart Halliday 1, David Hay (Reserve) 0, Robert Toth 3)

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 2, Zeesth Naseem 2, Jason Fleming 1)

Aces went into a 2-0 lead against Knights after first Grant Williams beat Stewart Halliday 17-15 in the third and then Zeesth Naseem defeated David Hay 3-2. Robert Toth beat Jason Fleming 3-0 to get one back for Knights but Grant then defeated David 12-10 in the third to make it 3-1 to Aces. Knights then fought back to level after first Stuart beat Jason 3-1 and next Robert defeated Zeesth 11-9 in the third. Aces took the lead again after Jason beat David 3-1 but Robert made it four-all after he won 3-0 versus Grant. In the decider Zeesth defeated Stuart 3-1 to take Aces into the final.

 

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2 Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Chieftains 0 (Fiona Kinloch 0, Jacob Munro 0, Jim Tawse 0)

Up4it dominated from the off against Chieftains and qualified for the final without dropping a game. The sixth match was played after Up4it had won the tie, and Ryan Docherty won that 3-2 for Up4it after Jacob Munro had levelled from 0-2 down.

 

Final

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty 1, Gillian Edwards 2, Paul Monteith, 1)

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 2, Zeesth Naseem 2, Jason Fleming 1)

Aces went into a 3-0 lead versus Up4it after two 11-9 fifth game victories for Grant Williams and Zeesth Naseem against Ryan Docherty and Gillian Edwards respectively and these were followed by a comfortable win for Jason Fleming versus Paul Monteith to make it 3-0. However, Up4it then fought back brilliantly to take the lead. First Gillian quickly beat Grant 3-0 and next Ryan came from behind to defeat Jason 3-1. Paul then continued the Up4it charge when he came from 1-2 down to beat Zeesth 3-2, including 17-15 in the fourth, and Gillian made it four in a row after she defeated Jason 16-14 in the fourth. Match eight saw Paul and Grant reach 10-all in the fifth with Up4it two points from the trophy; but Grant won them both for Aces to force a decider. However, in one final twist after the run of close matches, Zeesth played brilliantly in the decider to comfortably defeat Ryan 3-0 and secure the trophy for Aces.

 

Secondary Shield

Semi-Finals

Villa 5 (Ian McLagan 2, Ian Hunter 2, Sandy Bertie 1)

Truants 1 (Graham Wood 0, Knut Radmer 0, Alain Leger 1)

Villa took the lead after Ian McLagan defeated Graham Wood 3-1, despite Graham winning an epic third game 19-17, and a comfortable victory for Ian Hunter against Knut Radmer saw the Villa lead doubled. Truants pulled one back when Alain Leger defeated Sandy Bertie 12-10 in the fourth, but Villa then took command and won the tie for the loss of just one more game, Sandy in his 3-1 victory over Knut in match six.

 

New Kids 2 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 0)

Swots 5 (Collin Bleak 1, Chris Wronecki (Reserve) 1, Nick Shepherd 3)

Swots went ahead after Collin Bleak beat Kong Wan 3-0, but Howard Lee got New Kids level when he defeated Chris Wronecki 3-1. Swots regained the lead following a come-from-behind 3-1 victory for Nick Shepherd against Ian Smith but New Kids levelled for the second time when Howard defeated Collin 3-1. However, Swots then took control and won the tie with three straight match wins for the loss of just one game by Nick in his 3-1 victory over Howard in match seven.

 

Final

Villa 5 (Ian McLagan 3, Ian Hunter 1, Sandy Bertie 1)

Swots 4 (Collin Bleak 0, Chris Wronecki (Reserve) 2, Nick Shepherd 2)

Villa and Swots shared the first four matches with two 3-0 victories each. In match five Ian McLagan defeated Nick Shepherd 11-9 in the fourth to get Villa ahead for the second time, but next in match six Chris Wronecki repeated Ian’s score against Sandy Bertie and got Swots level for the third time. It looked like Ian Hunter was getting Villa in front again when he led 2-0 in match seven, but a great fightback by Nick saw him win it 3-2 and put Swots in front for the second time. Sandy then defeated Collin Bleak 11-9 in the third to make it four-all and in the final match Ian McLagan defeated Chris 3-1 to secure the trophy for Villa.

 

Consolation Cup

Semi-Finals

Missiles 2 (David Hunter 1, Nairn Nixon (res) 1)

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3)

Missiles were shorthanded due a mix up and Duffers secured the tie by winning two of the first three matches played. Surprisingly, all six of the matches actually played were comfortably won 3-0.

 

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 2, Jim Houghton 2, David Axton (Reserve) 1)

Barons 2 (Bill Beattie 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 2, Jamie Harle (Reserve) 0)

It seemed Barons would take the lead when Bill Beattie led 2-0 but a great fightback by Stewart Clark saw him win it for Tass 3-2. Next it looked like Tass would double their lead when Jim Houghton led 2-0, but another great fightback saw Tanya Kapelyukh win it 3-2 for Barons. David Axton then beat Jamie Harle 3-1, including 14-12 in the second, to get Tass ahead again and next Jim came from 1-2 down to beat Bill 16-14 in the fifth and make it 3-1 to Tass. In match five Stewart beat Jamie 3-0 to make it 4-1 to Tass, but it was close as 13-11, 14-12 and 11-9 game wins show. Tanya then beat David 3-2 to get one back for Barons but Jim then comfortably defeated Jamie 3-0 to see Tass through to the final.

 

Final

Duffers 4 (Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 2, Rich McLaren 2)

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 1, David Axton (res) 1, Jim Houghton 3)

Tass took the lead after Stewart Clark beat Billy Liddle 3-0, but Duffers equalised when Andy Reid defeated David Axton 12-10 in the fifth. A brilliant 3-0 victory for Jim Houghton against Rich McLaren saw Tass go in front again but another excellent performance from Andy against Stewart saw Duffers level again at two-all. Jim had another strong 3-0 victory, this time versus Billy, to get Tass in front for the third time but yet another fine 3-0 win for Rich against David saw Duffers level for the third time. In match seven Andy won the first 13-11, but Jim fought back to win it 3-1 for Tass and put them in front again. A 14-12 fourth game win for Rich versus Stewart saw Duffers level again but Tass took the lead for the fifth and decisive time after David beat Billy 3-0, but 14-12 and 11-9 show Billy was unlucky not to take it further.

 

 

Week 14 - commencing 10 December 2018

In Division one, Up4it had a good win in a rescheduled fixture at Prefects and as a result they move one point above Aces to the top of the division, albeit with a fixture more played. Viscounts are ten off the top in third and Knights are two points further behind in fourth, although Knights have two fixtures in hand over Up4it.

Tigers narrowly won a rescheduled Division two fixture against Barons and as a result move up to sixth place, just one point behind fifth placed New Kids. Despite losing, Barons moved three points ahead of the two sides now in joint bottom place, Kingsway and Sputniks.

At the half-way point, the top two in the third division are still Tass and Comets after they comfortably defeated Prospects and Missiles respectively. Tass are fifteen points clear at the top with Comets seventeen points ahead of third placed Duffers who defeated Lairds. Despite being whitewashed by the leaders, Prospects hang on to fourth place a point ahead of Lairds who have a fixture in hand. Earls narrowly defeated club-mates Squires and are now level with them in joint sixth place, four points behind Lairds but with a fixture more played.

In the Stanley Doubles cup there were wins for Villa, Aces, Rockets and Up4it who all go through to the third round.

 

Division 1

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 3, Justin Yang 0, Jean-Augustin Touton 0)

Up4it 7 (Ryan Docherty 2½, Paul Monteith 2½, Gillian Edwards 2)

Up4it got the victory at Prefects, but the star player was Prefects Michael Hahn who won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game to Paul Monteith. Although Up4it won all the other matches, Jean-Augustin Touton battled hard for Prefects and won single games versus Gillian Edwards and Paul. In the doubles match Jean-Augustin partnered Michael in their 1-3 loss to Ryan Docherty and Paul. Ryan also won two singles matches without reaching 10-all once.

 

Division 2

Tigers 6 (Marion Davidson 1, Scott Thomson 3, Kenny McLaren 2)

Barons 4 (Bill Beattie 1½, Andy Hughes 2½, Tanya Kapelyukh 0)

Tigers secured a narrow victory over Barons and it was a well contested fixture throughout with only one match won 3-0. Tigers Scott Thomson starred after he won his three singles matches. Scott came from behind three times to defeat first Andy Hughes and next Bill Beattie 3-1 and finally he beat Tanya Kapelyukh 3-2. Tigers other wins were all by 3-1 and came for Kenny McLaren versus Bill and Tanya and Marion against Tanya. For Barons, Bill came from behind to beat Marion 3-1 and Andy defeated Kenny and Marion. Bill and Andy also got the victory in the doubles match versus Scott and Kenny.

 

Division 3

Missiles 1 (Nairn Nixon (res) 0, Euan Steel (res) 0, David Hunter 1)

Comets 9 (Jill Milne 3½, Dougal Ogilvie 2½, Glenn Christie 3)

Comets won well at Missiles but there were several close matches. The first two went to the fourth game, with Jill Milne and Dougal Ogilvie defeating Nairn Nixon and Euan Steel respectively. Three 3-0 victories made it 5-0 to Comets, but David Hunter then had a fine 3-2 victory over Dougal to get Missiles on the scoreboard. In the doubles match Euan and Nairn looked good when they went 2-1 up, but Jill and Dougal fought back to win it 3-2. Euan then lost again in the fourth, this time to Glenn Christie, and Jill and Dougal saw Comets home with two 3-0 wins versus David and Nairn respectively.

 

Earls 6 (Stewart Mason 2, Jamie Harle 2, Eddie Dougan 2)

Squires 4 (Winnie Stein 1½, Brian Halliday ½, Steve Wilson 2)

Earls led early on against Squires, but then fell behind only to recover and secure the narrow victory at the end. Two comfortable victories for Stewart Mason and Jamie Harle versus Winnie Stein and Brian Halliday respectively put Earls ahead. However, three wins in a row put Squires in front. First Steve Wilson defeated Eddie Dougan 3-0 and then Winnie came from 1-2 behind to beat Jamie 3-2 and finally Steve beat Stewart 3-1 to get Squires in front. Another 3-1 win for Eddie over Brian  made it three-all, but Squires edged in front again after Brian and Winnie beat Stewart and Jamie 3-1 in the doubles match, although they must have had chances in game three which was won 19-17 by the Earls pairing. Jamie then got Earls level again after he defeated Steve 13-11 in the fourth and a 12-10 fourth game victory for Eddie over Winnie got Earls back in front. Brian had the chance to get Squires a draw in match ten and he fought back from 0-2 down to level, but Stewart won the fifth game 11-8 to secure the narrow victory for Earls.

 

Tass 10 (Stewart Clark 3, Graeme Elrick 3½, Jim Houghton 3½)

Prospects 0 (Charlie Ross 0, Ian Brumwell 0, Dave Goddard 0)

Tass dominated at home to Prospects and only lost games in three of the matches. In match four, Dave Goddard lost 1-3 to Jim Houghton and in match five Charlie Ross took Graeme Elrick to the fifth game before he lost. The doubles match was the closest of the night, with Charlie and Ian losing to Jim and Graeme in the fifth and 12-10 and 14-12 wins for the Tass pairing confirms it was very close.

 

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 3½, Stephen Walker 0)

Lairds 3 (Mohammad Alrubayee 1, Chris Riddoch 1, Ryan Connor 1)

Duffers led for the entire match against Lairds but there were numerous close matches throughout the contest. Rich McLaren and Andy Reid both won all of their matches for Duffers including the doubles, but all of their victories were won 3-1 apart for Rich’s 3-0 triumph over Chris Riddoch in match ten. All of the Lairds beat DDTTA rookie Stephen Walker, but Stephen came close against Mohammad Alrubayee as he lost 3-2 after being 2-1 ahead.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 2

New Kids 4 (Ken Falconer 1, Ian Smith 1, Howard Lee 2)

Villa 5 (Ian Hunter 1½, Sandy Bertie 1½, James Pickles 2)

Villa were 1-3 down to New Kids, then 4-3 up but did not secure the tie until the final match. Ian Hunter and Sandy Bertie got Villa ahead after they defeated Ken Falconer and Ian Smith 3-1. However, three match wins in a row put New Kids in control. First, Howard Lee and Ian Smith beat James Pickles and Sandy 3-0 and next there were two fifth game wins for Howard and Ken versus Ian Hunter and James and then Howard and Ian against Sandy and Ian. Villa then fought back with three match wins in a row to go 4-3 up.  They lost just one game in the sequence, Ian Hunter and James in their 3-1 defeat of Ian Smith and Howard, although game scores of 13-11, 11-13, 12-10 and 12-10 show it was very close throughout the match. New Kids then levelled at four-all after Ken and Howard beat Ian Hunter and Sandy 3-2, but Sandy and James won the tie for Villa when they defeated Ian Smith and Ken 3-0.

 

Chieftains 0 (Fiona Kinloch 0, Jacob Munro 0, Jim Tawse 0)

Aces 5 (Jason Fleming 2, Mark Lundberg 1½, Grant Williams 1½)

Aces were in top form at Chieftains and they won the tie for the loss of just one game in match five, Grant Williams and Jason Fleming in their 3-1 defeat of Fiona Kinloch and Jacob Munro. Mark Lundberg did not drop a game in the three matches in which he played.

 

Truants 1 (Graham Wood ½, Alain Leger ½, Knut Radmer 0)

Rockets 5 (Tony O'Shea 1½, Carol McLean 1½, Pete Yearworth 2)

Truants took the lead after Graham Wood and Alain Leger defeated Tony O’Shea and Carol McLean 3-2. But Rockets then went on to win the tie 5-1 for the loss of only one game when Graham and Alain lost 1-3 to Pete Yearworth and Carol. Knut Radmer and Graham almost took Tony and Pete to a fourth game but the Rockets pairing won it 13-11.

 

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Lairds 0 (Derek Johnston 0, Mohammad Alrubayee 0, Ryan Connor 0)

Up4it won five matches in a row to win the tie. However, Lairds competed well with Mohammad Alrubayee and Ryan Connor winning a game in their 1-3 loss to Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty. There were also four games that reached 10-all but Up4it won all of them.

 

 

Week 13 - commencing 03 December 2018

In Division one, Aces had a dominant win at Brechin to stay top of the table and their lead was increased as the previously second and third placed teams Viscounts and Knights drew. Up4it took advantage of the draw by comfortably defeating Star to jump into second place, six points behind Aces. Prefects consolidated fifth place after they drew at Telstars who move above Star at the bottom as a result. Rockets beat Defenders to remain sixth, increasing their lead over their seventh placed rivals.

The top three in Division two all won by the same score and so there in no change at the top. They have all completed the first half, with Villa on top, Chieftains twelve points behind in second place and Lundin Lasers a further three points back. Swots are nine points further back with one fixture still to play after they drew at fifth placed New Kids. Truants lost narrowly to Villa but still have two fixtures to play and are not out of the promotion picture yet. Sputniks and Kingsway remain locked on the same points after they suffered similar defeats from Lundin and Chieftains respectively, but the points they won saw them move off the bottom spot above Barons who did not play.

Division three saw Tass increase their lead at the top after they beat Squires and then later Earls in a rescheduled fixture. Comets are still second but they lost some ground as after winning against Earls they lost at Telsports in another rescheduled fixture. Tass are now fourteen points in front, but Comets are now fifteen ahead of third placed Duffers who suffered a heavy loss at fourth placed Prospects. Lairds narrowly defeated Buccaneers to remain in fifth place. Telsports are sixth but have two fixtures in hand of the top four.

Third Division Missiles booked their place in the Consolation Cup Semi-finals after they had a fine win over their second Division club-mates Sputniks and Defenders comfortably defeated Earls to move to the next round on the Stanley Doubles cup.

 

Division 1

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday ½, Jacob Munro (Reserve) 1, Robert Toth 3½)

Viscounts 5 (Andrew Nimmo 1, Callum Riddoch 2, David Hay 2)

Viscounts started well and led at the half-way point against Knights. However, in the end Viscounts had to win the last match just to get a draw. Andrew Nimmo got Viscounts ahead after he defeated Stuart Halliday 18-16 in the third and Callum Riddoch doubled their lead when he beat Jacob Munro 11-9 in the fourth. Two 3-1 victories for Robert Toth and Jacob against David Hay and Andrew respectively got Knights level, but David beat Stuart 11-8 in the fifth to put Viscounts ahead again. Knights levelled for the second time when Robert beat Callum 11-9 in the fourth and a similar score in the doubles match saw Robert and partner Stuart get Knights ahead for the first time at 4-3 against Andrew and Callum. In match eight David came from 1-2 down to beat Jacob 3-2, with 12-10 in the fourth vital for David. The sixth 3-1 result of the night saw Robert defeat Andrew and get Knights ahead for the second time but a fine 3-0 victory for Callum over Stuart saw Viscounts secure the over draw, although 12-10 in the second was crucial for Callum.

 

Rockets 7 (Pete Yearworth 2½, Jim Dyson 2½, Gary Lowson 2)

Defenders 3 (Richard Tough 0, Ken Head 0, Jos Berkhout 3)

Rockets led from the off against Defenders and in the end they secured a comfortable victory. Pete Yearworth defeated Richard Tough 3-1 to get Rockets ahead and Jim Dyson doubled their lead when he beat Ken Head. Defenders got on the scoreboard after Jos Berkhout overcame Gary Lowson in four games but Jim then beat Richard 11-9 in the fourth to make it 3-1 Rockets. Jos then got his second victory when he beat Pete 11-9 in the fourth but another 3-1 result saw Gary overcome Ken to make it 4-2. Pete and Jim comfortably won the doubles match versus Jos and Richard but Jos then completed his hat-trick for Defenders after he beat Jim 12-10 in the third. Richard came very close to winning another for Defenders in match nine when he led 2-1 and he had chances in game four but Gary won it 13-11 and comfortably took the fifth for Rockets. Pete then comfortably beat Ken to complete the scoring for Rockets.

 

Telstars 5 (David Axton (Reserve) 0, Plamen Kostadinov 2½, David Monteith 2½)

Prefects 5 (Michael Hahn 3, Jean-Augustin Touton 1, Collin Bleak (Reserve) 1)

Prefects were ahead twice of Telstars, but had to win the final match just to get a draw. Michael Hahn of Prefects won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game each to David Monteith and Plamen Kostadinov and Jean-Augustin Touton and Collin Bleak both defeated David Axton 3-1 for Prefects other wins. For Telstars David Monteith and Plamen had two wins each but whilst David’s victories were fairly comfortable, Plamen had to go to a fifth game twice for his victories. Plamen and David teamed up for another victory in the doubles match, 14-12 in the fourth against Michael and Jean-Augustin.

 

Brechin 0 (Stewart Ferguson (Reserve) 0, Andrew Crawford 0, John Anderson 0)

Aces 10 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Jason Fleming 3, Mark Lundberg 3½)

Aces were in fine form at Brechin and they only dropped games in four matches. John Anderson lost 9-11 in the fourth to Jason Fleming in one of them, but it was Andrew Crawford who lost the other three. First Andrew lost 1-3 to Jason after leading; later in match four Andrew lost 1-3 to Zeesth Naseem and finally Andrew came agonisingly close to a fine win. Andrew led Mark Lundberg 2-0, including 14-12 in the first and reached 10-8 in the third. However, Mark won four points in a row to win the game and he dominated thereafter to win it 3-2. Otherwise Aces were dominant with only a couple of games more reaching 10-all before they won them too.

 

Star 0 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 2)

Up4it dominated at Star and won all the matches played. The original scorecard has been lost so the doubles pairings and playing order have not been confirmed.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 4 (Stephen Caird 1½, Willie Cooper 1, Derek Thomson 1½)

Chieftains 6 (Jacob Munro 2, Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 1)

Chieftains were ahead at Kingsway early on; they then fell behind twice but eventually pulled away to win narrowly at the end. Stephen Caird came out of the blocks fast and raced into a 2-0 lead, but Jacob Munro won the third 15-13 and then went on to comfortably win it 3-2 and get Chieftains ahead. Fiona Kinloch defeated Willie Cooper 3-1 to get Chieftains two ahead but Derek Thomson pulled one back for Kingsway after he defeated Jim Tawse 3-1. Willie then made it two-all after he had an excellent 3-1 victory over Jacob and Stephen beat Jim 3-1 to get Kingsway in front. However, Fiona came from behind to beat Derek 3-1 and make it three-all. Next in the doubles match Derek and Stephen got Kingsway in front again after they beat Jacob and Jim by the sixth 3-1 score line in a row. However, Chieftains then fought back and won the last three singles matches for the loss of just two games by Jacob in his 3-2 defeat of Derek, although in match ten Stephen was unlucky to lose to Fiona 10-12 and 11-13.

 

Villa 6 (Ian McLagan 2, Ian Hunter 3, Sandy Bertie 1)

Truants 4 (Sascha Roschy 1½, Graham Wood 2½, Alain Leger 0)

The league leaders Villa raced into a 5-0 lead but Truants fought back to win four of the last five matches. The opening match went the distance but Ian McLagan won it in the fifth versus Sascha Roschy to get Villa in front. However, four match wins for the loss of just one game, Sandy Bertie in his 3-1 victory over Alain Leger, saw Villa dominate the first half of the contest. The Truants fight back began when Graham Wood beat Sandy 3-0 and it continued in the doubles match where Graham partnered Sascha to defeat Ian Hunter and Sandy 3-1. Ian Hunter beat Alain 3-0 to make it 6-2 to Villa, but Truants then won the last two matches. First Sascha defeated Sandy 11-9 in the fourth and finally Graham defeated Ian McLagan 11-7 in the fifth after Ian had led 2-1; and also two 10-12 game defeats suggest that Ian must have had chances to win the match.

 

New Kids 5 (Ken Falconer 0, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 2½)

Swots 5 (Dave Beveridge 1, Nick Shepherd 3, Collin Bleak 1)

Swots led 2-0 at New Kids but ended up having to win match ten just to get a draw. Swots Nick Shepherd was the class player winning his three singles matches by 3-0 and Dave Beveridge and Collin Bleak both defeated Ken Falconer for Swots other wins. For New Kids, Howard Lee defeated Dave 15-13 in the third and Collin 11-6 in the fifth and Ian Smith defeated Collin 14-12 in the fifth and Dave 12-10 in the third. Howard and Ian also teamed up to win the doubles match 3-2 but they had to work hard as Dave and Nick had been 2-0 up early on.

 

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Nat Forno 2½, Douglas Dewar 1)

Sputniks 4 (Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 1, Jack Oughton 3)

Lundin Lasers and Sputniks were evenly matched at four-all where after Lundin pulled away to secure a narrow victory. Jack Oughton of Sputniks was the top scorer after he won his three singles matches. Firstly Jack beat debutant Douglas Dewar 3-1 after being behind; then Jack defeated Arthur Duncan 3-1, but 13-11 twice was hard on Arthur and finally Jack came from 1-2 down to defeat Nat Forno 11-9 in the fifth. Sputniks other win came when Carol McLean defeated Douglas 11-9 in the fifth after Douglas had led 2-1. For the Lasers, Arthur and Nat both defeated Carol and Eric for the loss of just one game, Nat in his 3-1 victory over Carol. Nat and Arthur also got the better of Carol and Eric in the doubles match by 3-0. Lundin’s final win came for first time player Douglas against Eric, but it was very close. Douglas won the first 14-12, but Eric won the second and third comfortably to go ahead. However, Douglas dug in and levelled with another 14-12 win. In the fifth Douglas just edged it 11-9 to get his first win in the leagues.

 

Division 3

Comets 8 (Dougal Ogilvie 3½, Jill Milne 2½, Glenn Christie 2)

Earls 2 (Stewart Mason 2, Jamie Harle 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Comets won well against Earls but there were several close matches. One was in the opening match where Stewart Mason led 2-0, but Dougal Ogilvie then fought back to win it 3-2 and get Comets in front. Wins for Jill Milne and Glenn Christie versus Jamie Harle and Eddie Dougan made it 3-0 and it looked like 4-0 after Jill went 2-0 up on Stewart. But a great fightback by Stewart saw him win it 3-2 and get Earls on the scoreboard. In match five Eddie went 2-0 up early on but yet another great fightback saw Dougal win it 3-2 for Comets. Three comfortable 3-0 wins made it 7-1 to Comets before Stewart got one back for Earls, 3-1 versus Glenn. Sadly due to illness Jamie had to concede match ten to Dougal.

 

Lairds 6 (Mohammad Alrubayee 1½, Chris Riddoch 2½, Ryan Connor 2)

Buccaneers 4 (Gregor O'Neill 2, Stewart Ferguson 1, David Clark 1)

Lairds and Buccaneers fought out a great contest where both teams led and half of the matches went to the fifth game. Gregor O’Neill got Buccaneers in front when he defeated Mohammad Alrubayee, but Chris Riddoch then beat Stewart Ferguson 12-10 in the fifth to get Lairds level. Ryan Connor came from 0-2 down to defeat David Clark 3-2 and put Lairds in front. However, 3-0 wins for Gregor and then David versus Chris and Mohammad respectively put Buccaneers 3-2 up. It got even better for Buccaneers as next Stewart beat Ryan 3-1 and it looked like 5-2 when Gregor and David led 2-1 in the doubles match. However, the Lairds fightback begun after Chris and Mohammad recovered the deficit and then went on to win it 3-2. Chris then beat David 17-15 in the third to make it four-all and Ryan got Lairds in front after he defeated Gregor 14-12 in the fifth. Stewart looked like getting Buccaneers the draw when he led 2-1 in the final match, but after yet another twist Mohammad won the fourth and fifth games to secure the overall victory for Lairds.

 

Prospects 8 (Christian Wroniecki 2½, Ian Brumwell 2½, Charlie Ross 3)

Duffers 2 (Rich McLaren 2, Stephen Walker 0, Billy Liddle 0)

Prospects and Duffers were evenly matched early on, but at two-all Prospects then won six matches in a row for the loss of just three games. The opening match went the distance but it was Rich McLaren who won it 11-8 in the fifth against Chris Wroniecki to put Duffers in front. Victories for Ian Brumwell and Charlie Ross against Stephen Walker and Billy Liddle respectively got Prospects in front, but Rich then defeated Ian to make it two-all. Prospects then surged ahead, although in the doubles match it seemed Rich and Stephen would win it for Duffers when they led 2-0. However, Chris and Ian hit back to win it for Prospects 11-9 in the fifth. Prospects then closed out the victory with three more wins. Closest was in match nine where Charlie had a fine 3-1 over Rich, 12-10 in the fourth.

 

Squires 2 (Brian Halliday 0, Steve Wilson 2, Winnie Stein 0)

Tass 8 (Stewart Clark 2, Graeme Elrick 2½, Jim Houghton 3½)

Squires levelled at two-all but Tass then dominated to win the remaining six matches for the loss of just one game to Winnie Stein in her 1-3 loss to Graeme Elrick. Tass went ahead after Stewart Clark beat Brian Halliday 3-1, but a fine victory for Steve Wilson versus Graeme got Squires level. Jim Houghton then defeated Winnie to get Tass in front again, but another fine win for Steve, 11-9 in the fifth against Stewart made it two-all although 20-18 in the second was vital for Steve. Thereafter Tass dominated with only one game reaching 10-all and one other going Squires way as mentioned earlier.

 

Telsports 6 (David Axton 2½, Robert Fotheringham 0, Emma Bissett 3½)

Comets 4 (Glenn Christie 2, Dougal Ogilvie 1, Jill Milne 1)

Telsports came from behind to secure a narrow victory over Comets. Glenn Christie and Dougal Ogilvie had 3-1 victories over David Axton and Robert Fotheringham respectively to put Comets 2-0 up. Emma Bissett beat Jill Milne to get one back, but Glenn defeated Robert to make it 3-1 to Comets. Match five went the distance but it was David who won it 11-8 in the fifth against Jill to get another back for Telsports and Emma came from behind to beat Dougal 3-1 and get Telsports level. David and Emma were in fine form and next they teamed up to win the doubles match 12-10 in the third versus Glenn and Dougal. Jill then made it four-all after she beat Robert and then in match nine the two unbeaten players faced off but it was Emma who eventually triumphed 16-14 in the fifth against Glenn. Dougal had the chance to get Comets the draw but David came from behind to win it 3-1 and get Telsports the overall victory.

 

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 2, Graeme Elrick 3½, Jim Houghton 3½)

Earls 1 (Stewart Mason 1, Jamie Harle 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Earls took the lead at Tass when Stewart Mason defeated Stewart Clark 11-8 in the fifth after he had earlier lead 2-0. However, Tass dominated thereafter and won nine matches in a row for the loss of just three games. Jim Houghton defeated Stewart Mason and Jamie Harle 3-1 and Stewart Clark did the same versus Jamie. Graeme Elrick won four matches, including the doubles partnering Jim, without dropping a single game.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 2

Earls 1 (Eddie Dougan ½, Stewart Mason 0, Jamie Harle ½)

Defenders 8 (Arthur Pritchard 3, Richard Tough 2½, Ken Head 2½)

Defenders won the first five matches and hence the tie for the loss of just two games, Arthur Pritchard and Richard Tough in their 3-1 defeat of Stewart Mason and Jamie Harle and later Ken Head and Arthur in their 3-1 victory against Eddie Dougan and Stewart, although 11-13 and 12-14 losses were tough on the Earls pairing. The sides then played out the remaining four matches with Earls’ sole victory being when Eddie and Jamie defeated Richard and Ken 3-0.

 

Consolation Cup Round 2

Sputniks 3 (Eric Brown 1, Carol McLean 2, Jim Fleming 0)

Missiles 5 (Craig Fraser 3, David Hunter 1, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 1)

Missiles were ahead of Sputniks for almost the entire fixture but they only sealed the overall victory with one match to spare. Craig Fraser was Missiles star player as he won all three of his matches. Craig beat Eric Brown and Carol McLean 3-1 and then in match eight Craig defeated Jim Fleming 3-2 to take Missiles through. Other Missiles victories came for David Hunter and Ian Roberts against Jim Fleming. For Sputniks, Carol beat David and Ian and Eric defeated Ian but it was not enough to keep Sputniks in the tie.

 

 

Week 12 - commencing 26 November 2018

In Division one, the big four all won well with Aces still at the top of the table after they defeated Telstars. Viscounts beat Star to remain in second but Knights moved up to third after they had a slightly better victory over Defenders than Up4it did against Brechin. Prefects had a good win over Rockets to consolidate fifth place, but they are already a huge eighteen points behind Up4it.

The Division two fixtures produced a close set of results with two draws and three victories by the narrowest of margins. Villa are still top after a late fight back saw them defeat fourth placed Swots. Chieftains remain second despite losing at home to Lundin Lasers who are now only three points behind Chieftains in third. New Kids are in fifth place after they defeated Barons. Kingsway and Sputniks both drew with Truants and Tigers respectively and remain in the bottom two spots, but now by just three points each.

In Division three the top two clashed and it ended in a draw leaving Tass still nine points ahead of Comets. Third placed Duffers had the chance to close the gap but they also drew against Squires and remain five points behind Comets. Earls had a good victory over Missiles and Lairds won well at Astronauts. Prospects won narrowly at Buccaneers and this means Prospects move up to fourth place but although Buccaneers remain in tenth they are only seven points behind Prospects with a fixture in hand.

Tass booked their place in the Consolation Cup Semi-finals after they came from behind to comfortably defeat Prospects and Duffers joined them with a victory at Telsports.

 

Division 1

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 2½)

Brechin 1 (John Anderson 0, Aaron Robertson 0, Andrew Crawford 1)

Up4it won well against Brechin but it was hard work for them as only three of the matches were won 3-0. Two of them were by top performer Gillian Edwards, who also partnered Ryan Docherty to win the doubles match 11-8 in the fifth after being 1-2 down to John Anderson and Andrew Crawford. John won the only singles game Gillian lost in his 1-3 defeat and he also lost 1-3 to Paul Monteith. It was even closer for John against Ryan after he lost in the fifth game. Andrew also lost 3-1 to Paul but had better luck against Ryan as he won it 11-9 in the fourth to get Brechin’s sole victory.

 

Aces 10 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 3½, Grant Williams 3)

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Aces were in great were in great form and defeated Telstars for the loss of just three games. Ian Farquhar and Plamen Kostadinov both won a game in their 1-3 losses to Zeesth Naseem and Ian and Plamen did the same in their doubles match against Mark Lundberg and Zeesth. Telstars also lost all three games that reached 10-all. Grants Williams and Mark won their three singles for Aces without dropping a game.

 

Prefects 8 (Michael Hahn 3½, Jean-Augustin Touton 2½, Bonifac Legrady 2)

Rockets 2 (Pete Yearworth 0, Tony O’Shea 0, Gary Lowson 2)

Prefects won well against Rockets, but there were close matches throughout. Michael Hahn beat Pete Yearworth 3-1 to get Prefects ahead but it seemed Tony O’Shea would get Rockets level when he led 2-0 in the next match. However, a great fightback saw Jean-Augustin Touton win it 3-2 for Prefects. Gary Lowson defeated Bonifac Legrady 3-0 to get Rockets on the scoreboard, but Jean-Augustin then beat Pete 14-12 in the third to make it 3-1 to Prefects. Two 3-1 victories for Michael and Bonifac increased the Prefects lead before another in the doubles match made it 6-1. Gary then got another back for Rockets when he beat Jean-Augustin 3-1. In match nine Bonifac and Pete battled all the way to the fifth before Bonifac won it 11-8 for Prefects and Michael then had the final say for Prefects after he comfortably defeated Tony.

 

Defenders 0 (Richard Tough 0, Jos Berkhout 0, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, David Hay (Reserve) 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Knights won all ten matches at Defenders but the home side were unlucky to not get anything as they lost four times in the fifth game. In match four Jos Berkhout was 2-1 up on Stuart Halliday, but Stuart rallied to win it 11-9 in the fifth and then in match six David Hay just got the better of Arthur Pritchard 3-2. Defenders also lost the last two matches 3-2, with first Arthur losing to Stuart and finally Richard Tough was defeated by David. Robert Toth was in fine form for Knights and only lost one game in his four matches played; whilst partnering Stuart in their 3-1 doubles match victory over Jos and Arthur.

 

Viscounts 9 (Callum Riddoch 3, Andrew Nimmo 3, David Hay 3)

Star 1 (Jim Hutcheson ½, Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin ½)

Viscounts got the victory at home to Star, but sadly for Star Andy Ferguson was injured and withdrew after his 3-2 defeat to Andrew Nimmo in match two. Next in match three David Hay beat Iain Martin 11-7 in the fifth after sharing a game win each that reached 10-all. In the doubles match Jim Hutcheson and Iain used their experience to defeat Callum Riddoch and David 3-0, although 11-9, 12-10 and 14-12 shows it was close throughout. Otherwise Viscounts dominated and did not lose another game.

 

Division 2

Sputniks 5 (Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 1½, Jack Oughton 3½)

Tigers 5 (Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 2, Marion Davidson 1)

Sputniks came from 0-2 down to lead 5-4 but Tigers salvaged a draw at the death. Sputniks Jack Oughton was the star player after he defeated all three Tigers 3-0 and also partnered Carol McLean to win the doubles match 3-2 versus Kenny McLaren and Scott Thomson. Carol got Sputniks other victory when she defeated Marion Davidson 12-10 in the third. For Tigers Scott and Kenny bagged a couple of comfortable wins each and Marion beat Eric Brown for Tigers other point. For such a close overall contest, strangely Carol was the only singles match loser to win a game; in her 1-3 loss to Kenny.

 

Barons 4 (Andy Hughes 2½, Tanya Kapelyukh 1½, Mohammad Alrubayee (Reserve) 0)

New Kids 6 (Nick Shepherd (reserve) 3, Ken Falconer 1, Ian Smith 2)

New Kids lead for almost the entire contest, but Barons did not give up and in the end lost by the narrowest of possible margins. New Kids Nick Shepherd was the star player winning his three singles matches 3-1. Ian Smith added a couple of victories, 13-11 in the fourth against Tanya Kapelyukh being the closer and Ken Falconer beat Mohammad Alrubayee for New Kids final win. For Barons, Andy Hughes and Tanya won three matches 3-0 and combined to have a very unlikely 3-1 victory in the doubles match after Ken and Ian had led 10-3 in the fourth.

 

Swots 4 (Nick Shepherd 2½, Collin Bleak 1½, Dave Beveridge 0)

Villa 6 (Sandy Bertie 1, Ian McLagan 3, James Pickles 2)

Swots were ahead of Villa, then behind then ahead again, but lost it at the end to the league leaders. Nick Shepherd beat Sandy Bertie to put Swots in front, but two 3-1 victories, for Ian McLagan and then James Pickles versus Collin Bleak and Dave Beveridge respectively, got Villa in front. The contest turned again after two 3-0 triumphs for Collin and Nick against Sandy and James respectively put Swots ahead again, but Ian then beat Dave 3-0 to make it three-all. Ian and Sandy went 2-0 up in the doubles match, but Nick and Collin fought back to win it for Swots 11-8 in the fifth. A fine 3-0 win for James against Collin levelled it again at four-all and next Sandy edged Villa in front after he beat Dave 3-1. In match ten Nick led 2-1 and was on course to get Swots a draw, but Ian fought back to win it 11-8 in the fifth and secure the narrow victory for Villa.

 

Truants 5 (Knut Radmer ½, Sascha Roschy 3, Alain Leger 1½)

Kingsway 5 (Willie Cooper 2, Alan Carrie 1, Derek Thomson 2)

Kingsway went in front three times against Truants but required a come-from-behind fifth game victory in the final match to secure the overall draw. The first three matches were won 3-0, by Willie Cooper and Derek Thomson of Kingsway and Sascha Roschy of Truants. Sascha beat Willie 3-1 to get Truants level again but Derek got Kingsway in front for the third time after he beat Knut Radmer 3-1. However, the third 3-1 win in a row came for Truants’ Alain Leger versus Alan Carrie to make it three-all. The doubles match went the distance; Knut and Alan won the second and third 15-13 and 13-11 to go ahead, but a strong fourth game saw Derek and Willie level again. However, 11-7 in the fifth saw Knut and Alain get Truants ahead for the first time. Sascha beat Derek 11-9 three times to make it 5-3 to Truants but Willie responded for Kingsway with a comfortable win over Alain. In match ten Knut went 2-1 ahead after a very strong third game win, but Alan levelled and then won it 11-9 in the fifth to secure the draw for Kingsway.

 

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 0, Jacob Munro 3)

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Roman Nydza 2, Ron Filsell 1½)

Lundin Lasers secured a narrow victory over Chieftains with half the matches played going to the fifth game. Jacob Munro of Chieftains was the top performer after he won his three singles matches. Jacob started by defeating Ron Filsell 3-1, 14-12 in the second being vital for Jacob; then Jacob beat Roman Nydza 18-16 in the fifth and finally he beat Arthur Duncan 11-8 in the fifth after Arthur had led 2-1. It seemed Jacob would have a perfect night in the doubles match when partnering Fiona Kinloch, but after leading 2-0 a great fight back saw Arthur and Ron win it 3-2 for the Lasers. Fiona Kinloch defeated Ron to get Chieftains other point. Jim Tawse of Chieftains lost 1-3 to Arthur and Roman and 2-3 to Ron, but 11-13 and 10-12 to Arthur was hard on Jim. Lundin’s other wins came when Arthur defeated Fiona 3-2 after Fiona led 2-1 and at the end when Roman comfortably beat Fiona to secure the overall victory for the visitors.

 

Division 3

Earls 8 (Stewart Mason 3½, Jamie Harle 2½, Eddie Dougan 2)

Missiles 2 (David Hunter 2, Lee Nixon (Reserve) 0, Ian Roberts (Reserve) 0)

Earls won well against Missiles, but they had to work hard for all of their victories. Stewart Mason top scored for Earls and won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game, to Ian Roberts. Jamie Harle came from behind in both his victories, 3-1 versus Lee Nixon and 3-2 against Ian and Eddie Dougan also added a couple for the loss of just one game to Ian.  Stewart and Jamie teamed up to win the doubles match versus David Hunter and Ian, although it took until the fifth game until they sealed their win. For Missiles, David had a fine 3-0 victory versus Eddie and he came from behind to defeat Jamie in his other triumph.

 

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 1, Jim Houghton 1½, Graeme Elrick 2½)

Comets 5 (Fraser Smith 3, Dougal Ogilvie 2, Jill Milne 0)

Tass and Comets settled for a draw in the end but it was close throughout with six five-game matches also shared at three wins each. Comets started very well and went 2-0 up after wins for Fraser Smith and Dougal Ogilvie against Stewart Clark and Jim Houghton respectively, although 11-9 in the fifth was hard on Jim. Graeme Elrick defeated Jill Milne 3-0 to get one back for Tass, but Fraser then had a close victory over Jim, coming from 1-2 down. However, three fifth game wins in a row got Tass in front although Comets were ahead in all three matches; firstly Stewart beat Jill, then Graeme defeated Dougal and finally in the doubles match Jim and Graeme beat Dougal and Fraser. Tass extended their lead after Jim beat Jill 3-1 leaving Comets on the brink but they got one back after Fraser beat Graeme 12-10 in the fourth and Dougal secured the overall draw for Comes when he defeated Stewart 3-2 in the final match.

 

Duffers 5 (Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 3½, Stephen Walker 1½)

Squires 5 (Steve Wilson 2, Winnie Stein 1, Brian Halliday 2)

Squires were ahead 3-2 against Duffers at the half-way point but in the end had to win the last two matches just to get a draw. Andy Reid of Duffers was the top performer as he won his three singles matches 3-0 and he paired up with Stephen Walker to defeat Steve Wilson and Winnie Stein 12-10 in the fourth. Stephen won Duffers other point when he beat Winnie 3-2 after Winnie had won the second and third 12-10 and 15-13. For Squires Brian Halliday and Steve both had two fairly comfortable wins and Winnie defeated Billy Liddle 3-1 in match ten to earn Squires the draw although 11-9 for Winnie three times shows it was close.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Stewart Ferguson 1½, Gregor O'Neill 2½, Dale McLeish 0)

Prospects 6 (Charlie Ross 2, Elaine Forbes 3, Dave Goddard 1)

Prospects led 3-0, but Buccaneers fought back to level at four-all. However, two late victories sealed the narrow victory for Prospects. There were two close five game matches early on. Firstly Stewart Ferguson and Charlie Ross had a marathon opening match but 13-11 fourth and fifth game wins, added to a 17-15 second game win, for Charlie saw him put Prospects ahead. Then in match three Dave Goddard defeated Dale McLeish 11-9 in the fifth. However, despite two of the three opening matches being decided in the fifth, only two more in total went beyond the third. Firstly in match five Stewart came from behind to defeat Dave 3-1 and in match nine Charlie did likewise against Dale after losing the first 11-13. Even the doubles match was won 3-0 by Buccaneers’ Gregor O’Neill and Stewart against Charlie and Dave although 12-10 in the third was close.

 

Astronauts 3 (Ian Roberts 1½, Euan Steel 1½, Heather Gunn 0)

Lairds 7 (Chris Riddoch 3, Mohammad Alrubayee 3, Ryan Connor 1)

Lairds got off to a great start against Astronauts and won the first four matches for the loss of just two games, Chris Riddoch and Mohammad Alrubayee in their 3-1 defeats of Ian Roberts and Euan Steel respectively. Ian then got Astronauts on the scoreboard after he defeated Ryan Connor 11-8 in the fifth game of match five, but a 3-0 victory for Mohammad over Heather Gunn made it 5-1 to Lairds. In the doubles match Ian and Euan came from behind to defeat Ryan and Mohammad 3-1 and get another back for Astronauts, and next Euan got another after he beat Ryan 3-1. However, comfortable victories for Chris and Mohammad against Heather and Ian respectively saw Lairds secure the overall victory.

 

Consolation Cup Round 2

Telsports 4 (Robert Fotheringham 1, Paul McDade 1, David Axton 2)

Duffers 5 (Rich McLaren 2, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 3)

Duffers took the lead after Rich McLaren defeated Rob Fotheringham 3-0, but a 3-1 triumph for Paul McDade over Billy Liddle got Telsports level. In match three David Axton was on course to get Telsports in front when he led 2-1 but Andy Reid fought back to win it 3-2 for Duffers. Rich made it 3-1 Duffers overall after he came from behind to win three games in a row by 11-9 and Andy then beat Rob 3-0 to make it 4-1 to Duffers. David then pulled one back after he defeated Billy but Andy sealed the tie for Duffers with a comfortable victory over Paul. Telsports then won the last two matches, but by then Duffers were already through to the semi-finals.

 

Prospects 1 (Christian Wroniecki 1, Charlie Ross 0, Dave Goddard 0)

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 1, Graeme Elrick 2, Jim Houghton 2)

Prospects took the lead when Christian Wroniecki defeated Stewart Clark 12-10 in the fifth after Stewart had been 2-0 up. However, Tass then won five matches in a row, for the loss of just three games, to seal their place in the semi-final. Losing four out of five games that reached 10-all did not help the Prospects cause, especially Charlie Ross who lost 10-12 and 11-13 to Jim Houghton in match six. Most impressive win of the tie was Graeme Elrick’s comfortable 3-0 triumph over Christian despite them both having similar divisional records.

 

 

Week 11 - commencing 19 November 2018

In Division one, the defending Champions Knights won well at home to Prefects. Remarkably Knights lost ground, as the top three sides all had perfect victories; first placed Aces at Rockets, Viscounts in second versus Defenders and third placed Up4it at Telstars. However, Knights are only six points off the top and a win in their fixture in hand would at least get them a share of the top spot. Prefects, despite losing heavily to Knights, increased their hold on fifth place although the gap to the top four looks insurmountable for them already. Brechin defeated Star to move above Rockets and they are now level with Defenders in sixth place five points behind Prefects.

Villa increased their lead at the top of Division two after they had a perfect victory over Barons. Second placed Chieftains also won against Truants but the closeness of their victory meant they are now ten points behind Villa. Lundin Lasers lost at Tigers but remain in third place, with Tigers fine victory moving them up to sixth above Truants and Barons. Swots had a fine win at Kingsway but remain in fourth place. New Kids narrowly defeated Sputniks and remain in fifth place as a result.

The Division three leaders Tass increased their lead at the top after comfortably defeating fourth placed Missiles. Their nearest rivals Comets narrowly beat third placed Duffers, but Comets are now nine points behind Tass.  Prospects had a big win over Astronauts to move up to fifth place and Squires and Buccaneers drew to remain in the bottom half of the table.

Barons booked their place in the Consolation Cup Semi-final after they defeated club-mates Lairds.

 

Division 1

Knights 8 (Stuart Halliday 2½, Peter Aird 2, Robert Toth 3½)

Prefects 2 (Michael Hahn 2, Bonifac Legrady 0, Nick Shepherd (Reserve) 0)

Knights won well against Prefects, but Michael Hahn had a couple of fine wins to give Prefects some joy. It didn’t look good for Michael in the opening match when Stuart Halliday led 2-1, but a good fightback by Michael saw Prefects take the lead. Then in match four Michael defeated Peter Aird 3-1 to get Prefects level at two-all. However, Knights then took command and won the remaining six matches for the loss of just two games, Robert Toth in his 3-1 victory over Michael and Peter in his 3-1 win against Nick Shepherd, adding to the game won by Bonifac Legrady in his 1-3 loss to Peter earlier on.

 

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Gary Lowson 0, Tony O’Shea 0)

Aces 10 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Grant Williams 3½, Mark Lundberg 3)

Aces were in great form at Rockets and only lost games in three matches. Pete Yearworth was unlucky not to get Rockets on the scoreboard as he lost 3-2 twice, firstly to Mark Lundberg and then in match ten to Grant Williams. Pete partnered Tony O’Shea in the doubles match but they lost 3-1 to Zeesth Naseem and Grant. Otherwise Zeesth, Grant and Mark were unstoppable for Aces.

 

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3½, Gillian Edwards 3)

Telstars lost all ten matches to Up4it, but the end result does not reflect how things went. Telstars won games in nine of the ten matches, were ahead in four of them and lost the three matches that went to the fifth game. In match two Ian Farquhar won the first 13-11, but eventually lost 11-8 in the fifth to Ryan Docherty. Then in match four Ian lost the first 14-16, rallied to lead 2-1 but then lost again in the fifth to Paul Monteith. In match ten, David Monteith won the first 16-14 and levelled at 2-all but Ryan won it for Up4it in the fifth. David lost to Gillian Edwards and Paul 3-1 and Plamen Kostadinov lost to all three Up4it players 3-1 after winning the opening game against Gillian and Paul.

 

Brechin 7 (Aaron Robertson 1, Andrew Crawford 2½, John Anderson 3½)

Star 3 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 1, Iain Martin 2)

Brechin raced ahead against Star winning the first four matches for the loss of just one game, Andrew Crawford in his 3-1 defeat of Andy Ferguson. In match five, Iain Martin beat Aaron Robertson to get Star on the scoreboard, but John Anderson quickly replied for Brechin with a comfortable victory over Andy. In the doubles match John and Andrew beat Iain and Andy 3-1 to make it 6-1 Brechin, but match eight was the closest of the night. Andrew went in front, however Iain rallied to go 2-1 up. Then Andrew levelled at 2-all but Iain won the fifth to get Star another victory. John then came from behind to beat Jim Hutcheson 3-1, but Andy had the final say for Star when he defeated Aaron 3-0, 13-11 in the second being vital for Andy.

 

Viscounts 10 (Callum Riddoch 3½, David Hay 3, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Viscounts were in devastating form against Defenders and won all ten matches for the loss of just one game, Andrew Nimmo in his 3-1 defeat of Arthur Pritchard. Arthur also lost the only game of the contest to reach 10-all, when he lost 11-13 to David Hay after leading 9-3. Richard Tough came next closest to winning another game for Defenders when he lost 9-11 to Callum Riddoch, but otherwise Viscounts dominated all night.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 2 (Stephen Caird 1, Willie Cooper 1, Alan Carrie 0)

Swots 8 (Dave Beveridge 1½, Nick Shepherd 3½, Collin Bleak 3)

Swots won well at Kingsway, but losing all three matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Kingsway cause. The contest started evenly with the sides sharing two wins each. Stephen Caird and Willie Cooper defeated Dave Beveridge 3-1 for Kingsway and Nick Shepherd and Collin Bleak beat Alan Carrie and Willie respectively for Swots. In match five Stephen and Collin were evenly matched at two-all, but Collin pulled away in the fifth to win it for Swots. After this the visitors never looked back and they then won all five of the remaining matches. Kingsway came close in the doubles match where Willie and Stephen lost to Dave and Nick 3-2 and then in next match Willie lost to Collin 3-2 but Swots won the other three for the loss of just one game, Nick in his 3-1 defeat of Stephen.

 

Villa 10 (Ian Hunter 3½, Ian McLagan 3½, James Pickles 3)

Barons 0 (Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Andy Hughes 0, Bill Beattie 0)

Villa won all of the matches against Barons, but losing four times in the fifth game did not help the Barons cause. All three Barons lost a singles match 3-2, but it was Bill Beattie who came closest to a win for Barons after Ian McLagan saved three match points in the fifth before winning it 12-10. Bill also came close in the doubles match with partner Tanya Kapelyukh, but they lost 3-2 to Ian McLagan and Ian Hunter. James Pickles was in fine form for Villa and only lost two games all night.

 

New Kids 6 (Ken Falconer ½, Howard Lee 3½, Ian Smith 2)

Sputniks 4 (Jack Oughton 1, Carol McLean 2, Eric Brown 1)

New Kids got the narrow victory over Sputniks, but two five game victories near the end were crucial for New Kids. Jack Oughton defeated Ken Falconer to put Sputniks in front, and 2-0 seemed likely when Carol McLean led Howard Lee 2-1, but Howard fought back to win 3-2 and get New Kids level. Ian Smith beat Eric Brown 3-0 to put New Kids in front, but 15-13 in the first was hard on Eric. Next Howard beat Jack to make it 3-1 but back to back 3-1 triumphs for Eric and Carol versus Ken and Ian respectively made it three-all. The doubles match was won 3-0 by Ken and Howard but 14-12 and 13-11 was hard on Carol and Jack. New Kids then won two five-game matches in a row to seal the overall victory. Firstly, Howard defeated Eric and then Ian beat Jack 12-10 in the fifth after Jack had won the first two games losing just ten points. In match ten, Carol had the final say for Sputniks when she beat Ken 3-0, but 10-12, 11-13 and 11-13 losses were very hard on Ken.

 

Tigers 7 (Logie Anderson 1, Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 2½)

Lundin Lasers 3 (Roman Nydza 1, Robert Brown 0, Nat Forno 2)

Tigers came from behind to comfortably defeat Lundin Lasers in the end. In the first five matches Tigers’ Scott Thomson comfortably beat Robert Brown and Roman Nydza 3-0, but Lundin won the other three matches in the fifth game to lead 3-2 at the half-way point. First Roman came from 2-1 down to defeat Logie Anderson 3-2; then Nat Forno was 2-0 down to Kenny McLaren but recovered to win it in the fifth and finally Nat won again in the fifth versus this time against Logie. Match six also went the distance, but Kenny got Tigers level at three-all after he beat Robert 3-2. Kenny and Scott comfortably won the doubles match versus Roman and Nat and after this Tigers never looked back winning the final three matches for the loss of just two games in Kenny’s 3-2 triumph over Roman.

 

Chieftains 6 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 2)

Truants 4 (Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood ½)

Chieftains achieved a narrow victory against Truants in the end, but it was Truants Sascha Roschy who starred winning all the matches he played. Sascha won his opening match 12-10 in the fourth against Fiona Kinloch, Sascha then beat Jim Tawse 3-0, but 12-14 and 10-12 in the first and third was tough on Jim, and Sascha defeated Jacob Munro 16-14 in the fourth after winning the first 14-12. In the doubles match Sascha partnered Graham Wood to comfortably defeat Jim and Jacob. Chieftains won the other six matches, with four being fairly comfortable 3-0 triumphs. However, Graham was unlucky to lose in the fifth game twice, firstly to Jacob after Graham had led 2-0 and later to Fiona after she had been 2-0 up.

 

Division 3

Comets 6 (Jill Milne 1, Fraser Smith 2, Dougal Ogilvie 3)

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 1½, Andy Reid 2½, Stephen Walker 0)

Comets defeated Duffers in the end but it was close throughout. Duffers led 2-0 early on after Rich McLaren defeated Jill Milne 3-0 and next Andy Reid came from 2-1 down to defeat Fraser Smith 3-2. However, four match victories in a row put Comets in command. Firstly, Dougal Ogilvie beat Stephen Walker 3-0, then Fraser beat Rich 14-12 in the fourth, next Jill defeated Stephen and finally Dougal came from 2-1 down to beat Andy 14-12 in the fifth, Andy’s first league loss this season. Next, Andy got a bit of revenge in the doubles match when he partnered Rich to defeat Dougal and Fraser 3-1. But Comets then sealed the overall victory after first Fraser beat Stephen 3-0 and next Dougal defeated Rich 12-10 in the fourth. Andy had the last say for Duffers in match ten after he beat Jill 12-10 in the fifth.

 

Missiles 1 (Craig Fraser 1, Euan Steel (Reserve) 0, David Hunter 0)

Tass 9 (Jim Houghton 2½, Stewart Clark 3, Graeme Elrick 3½)

Missiles got off to a great start against Tass after Craig Fraser beat Jim Houghton 3-0, Jim’s first loss this season. However, Tass then dominated thereafter and they won the remaining nine matches for the loss of just five games in total. Euan Steel and David Hunter both lost 3-1 in the next two matches to Stewart Clark and Graeme Elrick respectively and in match five Craig lost 3-2 to Graeme, but it was not until match ten that Missiles won another game; Craig against Stewart.

 

Prospects 9 (Chris Wroniecki 3, Charlie Ross 2½, Ian Brumwell 3½)

Astronauts 1 (Ian Roberts 1, Nairn Nixon 0, Heather Gunn 0)

Prospects comfortably defeated Astronauts in the end, but losing six out of seven games that reached 10-all did not help the Astronauts cause. Ian Roberts got Astronauts sole win after he defeated Charlie Ross 12-10 in the fourth game of match four, but otherwise it was Prospects who triumphed, although Heather Gunn was unlucky to lose 12-14 and 10-12 in her 1-3 loss to Charlie. Chris Wroniecki and Ian Brumwell won their three singles matches for Prospects for the loss of just one game; Chris in his 3-1 defeat of Ian Roberts.

 

Squires 5 (Winnie Stein 2, Steve Wilson 2, Brian Halliday 1)

Buccaneers 5 (Murray Johnstone 1½, Stewart Ferguson 3½, Dale McLeish 0)

Squires and Buccaneers settled for a draw in the end after a close contest where five matches went to the fifth game. Winnie Stein got Squires in front after she defeated Murray Johnstone 15-13 in the fourth. But Stewart Ferguson beat Steve Wilson 3-2 to get Buccaneers level. However, three match wins in a row put Squires in command. Firstly Brian Halliday defeated Dale McLeish 3-2; next Steve defeated Murray 3-2, although Steve’s game wins of 13-11, 15-13 and 11-9 were all hard on Murray. Finally Winnie beat Dale 3-1, but again 15-13 in the second was crucial to Winnie’s victory. In match six the opening game was yet another 15-13 win, but this time Buccaneer Stewart won it and it was vital as Stewart eventually won the match 3-2 to get Buccaneers back to 2-4 down. Stewart then teamed up with Murray to comfortably defeat Brian and Winnie in the doubles match; however, in match eight Steve comfortably beat Dale to make it 5-3 to Squires. A 3-1 victory by Murray over Brian gave Stewart the chance to level in match ten. Winnie started well and at 2-1 up she looked like sealing the overall victory for Squires. However, in yet another twist, Stewart fought back and 11-8 and 11-9 in the fourth and fifth meant Buccaneers had secured the overall draw.

 

Consolation Cup Round 2

Lairds 3 (Ryan Connor 1, Mohammad Alrubayee 0, Chris Riddoch 2)

Barons 5 (Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Jamie Harle (Reserve) 1, Bill Beattie 3)

Barons started well against Lairds, winning the first three matches; Tanya Kapelyukh 3-0 versus Ryan Connor, Jamie Harle 3-1 against Mohammad Alrubayee and finally Bill Beattie 3-2 versus Chris Riddoch after Chris had levelled from 2-0 down. However, Lairds then fought back with two comfortable 3-0 triumphs; Ryan and Chris against Jamie and Tanya respectively. Bill then made it 4-2 to Barons by beating Mohammad but Chris got his second 3-0 win in a row, this time against Jamie, to make the gap one again. However, Barons captain Bill saw his team through by coming from behind to defeat Ryan 3-1.

 

 

Week 10 - commencing 12 November 2018

In Division one, the top of the table Aces versus Knights clash was postponed, so Viscounts took advantage to move between the top two after they won well at Brechin. Up4it are in fourth after they won big against Rockets and they are just a couple of points behind Viscounts, but with a fixture less played. Prefects comfortably defeat Defenders at home to move above them into fifth place. Rockets had a strange week, as after they were whitewashed at Up4it, they then later narrowly won a re-scheduled fixture versus Telstars to move further away from bottom, although Telstars won enough points to move off the bottom spot.

The top two in Division two won away with identical results to leave the position at the top unchanged; Villa away to Sputniks and Chieftains at Tigers. Lundin Lasers took advantage to narrow the gap to Chieftains to two points after they had a hugely impressive win over New Kids. Barons narrowly defeated Kingsway to move just ahead of Tigers with Kingsway moving a point further ahead of bottom placed Sputniks.

In Division three the league leaders Tass had their fixture postponed, and their nearest rivals Comets and Duffers both won, versus Buccaneers and Missiles respectively, to close the gap. Comets are now six points off the top with Duffers a further three behind, although with a fixture more played than the top two. Despite losing, Missiles stay in fourth, although Telsports are only one point behind them after they drew with Prospects. Squires narrowly defeated bottom side Astronauts but remain in mid-table.

 

Division 1

Brechin 2 (Aaron Robertson 0, Andrew Crawford 1½, John Anderson ½)

Viscounts 8 (Callum Riddoch 3, David Hay 3, Andrew Nimmo 2)

Viscounts won well at Brechin but the home side had several chances to make the final score-line closer. John Anderson was involved in two of these matches; first John was 2-0 up and had match points in the third, but Andrew Nimmo saved them, won the third 18-16 and then took the match with comfortable wins in the fourth and fifth. Later there was more agony for John as he lost in the fifth to Callum Riddoch after he had levelled from 2-0 down. At least John got a bit of revenge when he partnered Andrew Crawford to win the doubles match 11-9 in the fifth versus David Hay and Andrew. Brechin’s other victory came when Andrew Crawford defeated Andrew Nimmo 12-10 in the fourth. Callum and David won all of their singles matches for Viscounts, but several times they were pushed hard by the home players.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 3½)

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Tony O’Shea 0, Jim Dyson 0)

Up4it were in devastating form against Rockets winning all ten matches. They won the first six singles matches for the loss of just one game, Gillian Edwards in her 3-1 defeat of Pete Yearworth; although also losing four games that reached 10-all did not help the Rockets cause. The doubles match was  a different affair and Rockets Tony O’Shea and Jim Dyson were looking good at 2-0, but Ryan Docherty and Paul Monteith fought back to win it 3-2 for Up4it. Match eight was also going Rockets way after Jim went 2-1 ahead of Gillian, but yet again Gillian fought back to win it 3-2 for Up4it. Paul and Ryan then saw out the final two matches to complete the whitewash for Up4it.

 

Prefects 7 (Michael Hahn 3, Justin Yang 2, Jean-Augustin Touton 2)

Defenders 3 (Ken Head ½, Arthur Pritchard 0, Jos Berkhout 2½)

Prefects were ahead for the entire fixture against Defenders with Michael Hahn winning his three singles matches for the loss of just one game to Jos Berkhout. Also for Prefects, Justin Yang and Jean-Augustin Touton both defeated Arthur Pritchard 3-1 and Ken Head 3-0. For Defenders, Jos beat Jean-Augustin and Justin 3-0 and Jos teamed up with Ken to defeat Michael and Justin 3-1 after the home side had went 1-0 up.

 

Rockets 6 (Gary Lowson 3, Tony O’Shea 1, Pete Yearworth 2)

Telstars 4 (Plamen Kostadinov 1, David Monteith ½, Ian Farquhar 2½)

Rockets and Telstars were evenly matched until Rockets pulled away at the end with two comfortable 3-0 wins for Pete Yearworth and Gary Lowson versus Plamen Kostadinov and David Monteith respectively. Gary was the star player for Rockets with three singles wins, yet in the very first match Plamen went 2-0 ahead before Gary responded well to win it 12-10 in the fifth. Best for Telstars was Ian Farquhar who won two singles matches and then Ian partnered David for a fine fifth game doubles match triumph against Gary and Tony.

 

Division 2

Tigers 3 (Kenny McLaren 1, Scott Thomson 1, Marion Davidson 1)

Chieftains 7 (Jacob Munro 2½, Stewart Mason (Reserve) 1, Jim Tawse 3½)

Tigers and Chieftains fought out a lengthy contest where a huge eight of the ten matches went to the fifth game. Amazingly Chieftains won the first six of them and were ahead in both of the final two, but Tigers did not give up and came from behind twice to pick up wins in the last two matches. Jim Tawse starred for Chieftains with three 3-2 wins in his singles matches and a 3-1 doubles triumph, and Jacob Munro was on course to match Jim’s performance when he went 2-0 up on Marion Davidson in match nine. However, a fantastic three game turnaround saw Marion win it for Tigers. Then in match ten Stewart Mason won the third 21-19 to go 2-1 up on Kenny McLaren, but Kenny then won two in a row to get Tigers the final match victory. Scott Thomson won the only singles match not to go to the fifth game for Tigers against Stewart and Scott was also unlucky to lose 3-2 to Jim despite outscoring him comfortably on total points won.

 

Lundin Lasers 10 (Roman Nydza 3, Arthur Duncan 3½, Ron Filsell 3½)

New Kids 0 (Kong Wan 0, Ken Falconer 0, Ian Smith 0)

Lundin Lasers got their first ever perfect winning result in Division two with a devastating performance against New Kids. The Lasers only dropped games in five of the matches; three were in Roman Nydza’s trio of 3-1 singles victories, another was in Ron Filsell’s 11-9 fifth game victory over Ken Falconer and finally in the doubles match where Arthur Duncan and Ron defeated Ian Smith and Ken 3-1. Arthur won his three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

Sputniks 3 (Jack Oughton 2½, Jim Fleming 0, Carol McLean ½)

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 3, James Pickles 2, Glenn Christie (Reserve) 2)

Villa raced into a 4-0 lead against Sputniks for the loss of just one game, Ian McLagan in his 3-1 defeat of Jack Oughton.  In match five Jack got Sputniks on the scoreboard after he defeated Glenn Christie 3-0, but 15-13 in the second was vital for Jack. Next, James Pickles comfortably defeated Jim Fleming to make it 5-1 to Villa, but in the doubles match it was a different story when Carol McLean and Jack comfortably beat Ian and Glenn 3-0. Carol and Glenn then faced each other again in a singles match and Carol won a very close third 15-13 to go 2-1 ahead. However, Glenn fought back to win it 11-8 in the fifth game and make it 6-2 to Villa. This quickly became 7-2 after Ian beat Jim, but Sputniks had the final say when Jack beat James 3-0, but again 15-13 in the second was crucial for Jack.

 

Barons 6 (Andy Hughes 3½, Bill Beattie 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 1½)

Kingsway 4 (Stephen Caird 2, Derek Thomson 2, Alan Carrie 0)

Barons narrowly defeated Kingsway but it could easily have been Kingsway who won the contest after two crucial five-game matches both went Barons way. Eight of the matches were won fairly comfortably with Barons and Kingsway winning four each. In Match seven Tanya Kapelyukh and Andy Hughes won a very close doubles match 11-9 in the fifth against Stephen Caird and Derek Thomson despite being outscored points-wise by the Kingsway pairing. Then in match ten Derek had the chance to get Kingsway level for the fourth time, but it was Andy that eventually scraped home 3-2 to secure a very narrow victory for Barons.

 

Division 3

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 1)

Missiles 3 (Craig Fraser 2, David Hunter 1)

Short-handed Missiles won three of the matches played against Duffers 3-0, but lost the other four. It started well for Missiles with Craig Fraser defeating Rich McLaren, but 15-13 and 12-10 in the first two games was hard on Rich. But Andy Reid steadied any Duffers nerves with a 3-0 victory over David Hunter. Duffers other wins came when Andy defeated Craig 3-1, Rich beat David 13-11 in the fourth and via the doubles match which Andy and Rich won 13-11 in the third. Craig and David both beat Billy Liddle to get Missiles other points.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Murray Johnstone 2, Gregor O'Neill 2, Dale McLeish 0)

Comets 6 (Dougal Ogilvie 2½, Glenn Christie 1, Jill Milne 2½)

Buccaneers went into a 2-0 lead against Comets with two 3-1 victories, Murray Johnstone versus Dougal Ogilvie and Gregor O'Neill against Glenn Christie. However, Comets then won five matches in a row to take control. Four were comfortably won 3-0, but Jill Milne’s 3-1 triumph over Murray was much tighter. Murray won the third 15-13 to get back to 1-2 down, but Jill then won an even longer fourth game by 17-15 to take the match. In match eight Gregor had a fine 3-0 victory versus Jill to get one back for Buccaneers, but Dougal replied for Comets with another fine 3-0 victory against Dale McLeish. In the final match Glenn raced into a 2-0 lead for the loss of just nine points, but Murray fought back and two 11-9’s and an 11-8 game win saw Murray home to have the final say for Buccaneers.

 

Astronauts 4 (Euan Steel 2, Heather Gunn 0, Lee Nixon 2)

Squires 6 (Winnie Stein 1, Brian Halliday 1½, Steve Wilson 3½)

Astronauts took the lead after Euan Steel beat Winnie Stein 3-1, but Squires then took command with four victories in a row. Brian Halliday and Winnie both defeated Heather Gunn; and Steve Wilson had two 3-1 victories against first Lee Nixon, and later Euan to make it 4-1 to Squires. Lee then defeated Brian 3-1 to get one back for Astronauts, but 15-13 and 12-10 game victories in the second and fourth were crucial for Lee. The doubles match was very close with Lee and Euan levelling at two-all after being 2-0 down, but Brian and Steve refocused to take the fifth 11-9 and win it for Squires. Steve then defeated Heather to make it 6-2 to Squires. However, Astronauts then finished strongly with two victories; Lee over Winnie and then Euan versus Brian after a great comeback. Brian led 2-0 following 14-12 and 11-9 game wins but three straight game wins saw Euan win it 3-2.

 

Telsports 5 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 2, Emma Bissett 3)

Prospects 5 (Chris Wroniecki 2½, Charlie Ross 1½, Ian Brumwell 1)

Telsports and Prospects were both ahead more than once, but in the end had to settle for an overall draw. Despite the close end result, none of the individual matches went beyond the fourth game and only two games all night reached ten-all; 12-10 and 12-14 for Emma Bissett in her 3-1 victory over Charlie Ross.

 

 

Week 9 - commencing 5 November 2018

Aces increased their lead at the top of Division one after they had a good win at Defenders, who remain in fifth place despite losing heavily. Second placed Knights had a narrow victory over fourth placed Up4it but will go back to the top if they do not lose their fixture in hand when it is played. Viscounts had a comfortable victory over Prefects to consolidate their spot in third place. Rockets won well at home to Star to move above them to seventh and Brechin had a narrow win at Telstars to move up to eighth place.

Villa are still at the summit of Division two after they defeated Lundin Lasers. Despite losing Lundin are now in third place on their own after Swots lost more heavily to second placed Chieftains. Tigers had an excellent win at New Kids to move up to seventh place, although New Kids still moved up a place to fifth despite losing after Truants postponed their fixture. Kingsway and Sputniks shared the spoils but remain in the bottom two spots.

The Division three leaders Tass were not playing, so second placed Comets took advantage by having a perfect win versus club-mates Astronauts to reduce their deficit to twelve points, and they still have another fixture in hand on Tass. Duffers moved up to third with a fine victory at Earls and Lairds are now level on points with Missiles in fourth place after they too had a good away win at Prospects. Telsports move above Earls to sixth place after they drew at Squires who moved up a couple of places to eighth.

 

Division 1

Knights 6 (Stuart Halliday 2, Peter Aird 1, Robert Toth 3)

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty 0, Paul Monteith 1½, Gillian Edwards 2½)

Knights were ahead of Up4it for the majority of their contest, but they did not secure the overall victory until the final match. Robert Toth starred for Knights with three victories, dropping only one game in the process, although Ryan Docherty was unlucky to lose 15-13 in the fourth game to Robert. Stuart Halliday added a couple of wins for Knights, 3-1 versus Ryan at the start and 3-2 at the end over Paul, but 17-15 in the third was crucial for Stuart against Paul. Peter Aird got Knights final point with a fine 3-0 win over Ryan. For Up4it, Gillian Edwards had a very close 3-1 victory over Stuart 15-13 and 12-10 in the second and fourth being vital for Gillian and Gillian then came from 2-0 down to defeat Peter 12-10 in the fifth game. Paul had a comfortable 3-0 win versus Peter and Paul partnered Gillian to win a close doubles match 11-8 in the fifth game versus Stuart and Robert.

 

Rockets 7 (Pete Yearworth 3½, Jim Dyson 2½, Tony O’Shea 1)

Star 3 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 1, Iain Martin 2)

Rockets got off to a good start against Star and then kept them at bay for the rest of the night. Pete Yearworth and Jim Dyson got the early victories for Rockets against Jim Hutcheson and Andy Ferguson respectively but Iain Martin replied for Star with a 3-1 triumph versus Tony O’Shea. Another two wins for Jim and then Pete, both by 3-1, against Jim and Iain respectively got Rockets 4-1 ahead, but Star then got another back when Andy beat Tony 3-2 after Tony had led 2-1. Pete and Jim comfortably won the doubles match to make it 5-2 to Rockets and it seemed Jim would make it 6-2 after he went 2-0 up in match eight. However, Iain had other ideas and 12-10 and 13-11 game victories in the fourth and fifth games won the match for Star. Rockets then refocussed and two further 3-1 victories ensued for Tony against Jim and finally Pete versus Andy to complete the scoring.

 

Telstars 4 (David Monteith 1, Plamen Kostadinov 1, Ian Farquhar 2)

Brechin 6 (John Anderson 3½, Aaron Robertson 0, Andrew Crawford 2½)

Brechin won narrowly at Telstars after a fine unbeaten performance from John Anderson. John won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game to Ian Farquhar and John partnered Andrew Crawford to win the doubles match 3-1 against Plamen Kostadinov and Ian. Andrew added two more victories for Brechin, and he nearly made it three but Ian came from 2-1 down to beat Andrew 11-9 in the fifth game. Ian and Plamen also beat Aaron Robertson for Telstars but Aaron nearly got another victory for Brechin in match ten, but David Monteith came from behind to win it 12-10 in the fifth for Telstars.

 

Defenders 1 (Richard Tough 0, Jos Berkhout 1, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Aces 9 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Grant Williams 2, Mark Lundberg 3½)

Aces won well at Defenders but lost games in seven of the matches. Zeesth Naseem had a strong victory over Richard Tough to get Aces in front, but Jos Berkhout levelled after a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Grant Williams. Mark Lundberg got Aces back in front after he beat Arthur Pritchard 3-1 and after this they never looked back and won all the remaining matches. The closest Defenders came to another win was when Arthur led Grant 2-1, but Grant recovered strongly to win it 3-2.

 

Viscounts 7 (Callum Riddoch 3½, David Hay 2½, Andrew Nimmo 1)

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2, Jean-Augustin Touton 1, Bonifac Legrady 0)

Viscounts had a fine victory over Prefects with Callum Riddoch remaining undefeated throughout the contest. Callum started against higher ranked Michael Hahn and he had to come from behind to level at two-all. However, a brilliant fifth game saw Callum put Viscounts in front. David Hay doubled their lead with a 3-1 victory over Jean-Augustin Touton and Andrew Nimmo made it 3-0 with a win over Bonifac Legrady. Prefects then fought back to win two of the second trio of singles matches: Michael 3-2 over David after David had led 2-1 and Jean-Augustin 3-0 versus Andrew. Callum got his second victory, this time versus Bonifac, to keep Viscounts in front and next Callum then partnered David to win the doubles match against Michael and Jean-Augustin. David beat Bonifac 3-1 to make it 6-2 to Viscounts but Michael pulled one back for Prefects after he defeated Andrew 3-0. However, Callum had the final say for Viscounts when he defeated Jean-Augustin 3-0, although 17-15 in the first was vital for Callum.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 5 (Derek Thomson 2½, Alan Carrie 0, Stephen Caird 2½)

Sputniks 5 (Eric Brown 1, Jim Fleming 1, Carol McLean 3)

Sputniks were 4-1 up, but Kingsway fought back to secure a draw. Derek Thomson put Kingsway 1-0 up after he beat Eric Brown, but four wins in a row put Sputniks in command. Jim Fleming came from 2-0 down to beat Alan Carrie 3-2 in the first of them and Carol McLean then beat Stephen Caird to put Sputniks in front. A 3-1 victory for Eric Brown over Alan made it 3-1 and Sputniks fourth win in a row came for Carol 3-0 versus Derek. Stephen beat Jim 3-0 to get one back for Kingsway and Stephen then partnered Derek to win the doubles match against Eric and Carol 3-2 after they had been 2-0 down. Next Carol beat Alan to make it 5-3 to Sputniks but a strong finish by Kingsway saw them secure a draw. First Stephen beat Eric 3-1 and then Derek had a comfortable win versus Jim.

 

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 3½, Ian Hunter 2½, James Pickles 1)

Lundin Lasers 3 (Arthur Duncan 1, Nat Forno 1, Roman Nydza 1)

Villa were ahead, got pulled back level by Lundin Lasers before they then moved ahead again at the end. Ian McLagan and Ian Hunter both won 3-0 versus Arthur Duncan and Nat Forno respectively to get Villa in front but Lundin then rallied to win three out of the next four matches and make it three-all. First Roman Nydza beat James Pickles 3-1 and then Arthur defeated Ian Hunter, also by 3-1, to get the Lasers level. Ian McLagan briefly got Villa ahead again after he edged Roman 12-10 in the fifth game of match five but Nat levelled again with a 3-1 triumph over James. However, Villa then surged ahead and won the last four matches for the loss of just two games, although Roman was unlucky not to win another game when he lost 12-10 to Ian Hunter twice.

 

New Kids 3 (Ken Falconer 1, Howard Lee 1, Ian Smith 1)

Tigers 7 (Scott Thomson 3½, Logie Anderson 3½, Marion Davidson 0)

Tigers had a great win at New Kids, but Tigers winning all four matches that went to the fifth game was the difference between the teams on the night. After Scott Thomson beat Ken Falconer 3-1 to get Tigers ahead, Logie Anderson won the first five-game match against Howard Lee to double the Tigers lead. Ian Smith halved the Tigers lead after he beat Marion Davidson but another 2-3 defeat for Howard, this time against Scott, put Tigers 3-1 up. Ken then beat Marion 3-1, but Logie replied with his second 3-2 victory in a row, this time versus Ian. Scott and Logie won the doubles match 3-1 to make it 5-2 to Tigers, but a 3-1 triumph for Howard over Marion got New Kids back into it. However, Scott beat Ian 3-2 and Logie defeated Ken 3-1 to secure the victory for Tigers.

 

Chieftains 8 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 3)

Swots 2 (Chris Wroniecki (Reserve) 0, Nick Shepherd 1½, Collin Bleak ½)

Chieftains went ahead of Swots after Fiona Kinloch defeated Chris Wroniecki, but an 11-9 fifth game win for Nick Shepherd over Jim Tawse saw Swots level. Chieftains then hit a purple patch and had four wins in a row for the loss of just one game, Jacob Munro in his 3-1 defeat of Nick, although losing all four games that reached 10-all did not help the Swots cause. Collin Bleak and Nick then got one back for Swots with a fine 3-0 doubles match victory over Fiona and Jim, but Chieftains saw out the contest with three further match wins; Jim and Jacob 3-1 versus Collin and Chris respectively, and lastly in a close final match with Fiona coming from 2-0 down to finish strongly against Nick.

 

Division 3

Comets 10 (Jill Milne 3½, Dougal Ogilvie 3, Fraser Smith 3½)

Astronauts 0 (Euan Steel 0, Nairn Nixon 0, Lee Nixon 0)

Comets won all ten matches but Astronauts kept battling away and won games in three matches. In match four Euan Steel levelled at two-all after being 2-0 down, but Dougal Ogilvie was too strong in the deciding game. Then in match six Nairn Nixon won 12-10 in the second during his 3-1 loss to Fraser Smith and finally Euan also lost 3-1 Fraser in match eight. Otherwise Comets were dominant with Jill Milne winning four matches, including the doubles match with Fraser, without dropping a game.

 

Earls 2 (Scott Wishart 0, Jamie Harle 0, Stewart Mason 2)

Duffers 8 (Billy Liddle 2, Stephen Walker 2½, Andy Reid 3½)

Duffers raced into a 5-0 lead at Earls, but had to win twice in the fifth game during the sequence; Billy Liddle against Scott Wishart in match one and then Billy versus Jamie Harle in match five, with Billy saving match points before eventually triumphing. Thereafter Stewart Mason got a couple of 3-0 wins for Earls versus Stephen Walker and Billy, but otherwise Duffers were dominant. Duffers Andy Reid did not drop a game all night, including in the doubles match partnering Stephen.

 

Prospects 2 (Charlie Ross 0, Christian Wroniecki 2, Ian Brumwell 0)

Lairds 8 (Mohammad Alrubayee 3½, Ryan Connor 2, Derek Johnston 2½)

Only two matches were won 3-0 in the Prospects versus Lairds fixture and both were won by Chris Wroniecki of Prospects. However, Lairds won all the other matches including two in the fifth game to take the majority of the spoils. Star player for Lairds was Mohammad Alrubayee who beat all three Prospects players 3-1 and then Mohammad partnered Derek Johnston in the doubles match to win 3-2 after being 2-0 down to Ian Brumwell and Chris. Derek beat Ian 3-1 and Charlie Ross 3-2 after Charlie had led 2-1. Finally Ryan Conner also won two for Lairds, beating both Ian and Charlie 3-1 after he had been behind twice.

 

Squires 5 (Winnie Stein 2½, Steve Wilson 1½, Brian Halliday 1)

Telsports 5 (Emma Bissett 3, Rob Fotheringham 0, David Axton 2)

Squires and Telsports fought out a draw after both teams had been in front. Emma Bissett of Telsports was the top player winning three singles matches, although this seemed unlikely in match one after Emma was 2-0 down to Winnie Stein. However, a strong run of three games in a row saw Emma home and she then went on to defeat Steve Wilson and Brian Halliday 3-1. David Axton added a couple of victories for Telsports; the first was fairly comfortable versus Brian, but later David was involved in a marathon match against Steve. A 16-14 win in game three put David ahead but Steve levelled 11-9 in the fourth. In the final game David eventually won it 13-11. For Squires, Winnie beat David also in the fifth game after David had won the fourth 18-16 and all three Squires defeated Rob Fotheringham. Steve and Winnie also won the doubles match for Squires, 3-1 versus David and Emma.

 

 

Week 8 - commencing 29 October 2018

There were ties played in four different cup competitions this week and Chieftains, who are currently in joint second place in Division two, were the only lower ranked team to triumph after they had a fine victory over Division one Defenders in the Excelsior Cup. Chieftains were also involved in the closest tie of the week when they came agonisingly close to putting Division two leaders Villa out of the Secondary Shield.

In a rearranged Division One fixture, Defenders had a better outcome compared to their earlier cup defeat when they narrowly beat Telstars to move up to fifth place.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Star 1 (Jim Hutcheson 0, Iain Martin 1, Andy Ferguson 0)

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 1, Ryan Docherty 2, Gillian Edwards 2)

Up4it raced into a 3-0 lead at Star for the loss of just one game by Paul Monteith in his 3-1 victory over Jim Hutcheson. Iain Martin got Star on the scoreboard after match four when he came from 2-1 down to beat Paul 11-8 in the fifth game. However, Gillian Edwards then beat Jim 11-9 in the third and Ryan Docherty defeated Andy Ferguson 12-10 in the third to take Up4it through to the next round.

 

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 2)

Defenders 3 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Jos Berkhout 3)

Second division Chieftains knocked out first division Defenders after an excellent performance. Defenders’ Jos Berkhout was the star player after he won his three matches without dropping a game, but it was not enough as Chieftains won all the other matches. Defenders had their chances though: in the first two matches they led but ultimately lost both 3-1, Ken Head to Fiona Kinloch and Richard Tough to Jim Tawse. Later in match four Jim beat Ken 3-1, 14-12 in the first being vital for Jim and then in match six Richard led 2-1, but Jacob Munro eventually won it 12-10 in the fifth game. Ken was 1-0 up against Jacob in match eight, but Jacob then won three straight games 11-7, 12-10 and 11-9 to win the match and secure the overall victory for Chieftains.

 

Telstars 0 (Emma Bissett (Reserve) 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, David Hay (Reserve) 1, Peter Aird 2)

Knights won all five matches played versus Telstars to make the next round but three times they won in the fifth game. First Stuart Halliday came from 2-0 down to beat Emma Bissett 3-2, then Peter Aird came from 2-1 down to defeat Ian Farquhar 3-2 and finally Stuart beat Plamen Kostadinov 11-9 in the fifth. David Hay had a fine 3-0 win versus Plamen and Peter defeated Emma to complete the scoring for Knights.

 

Secondary Shield Round 2

Villa 5 (Sandy Bertie 2, Ian Hunter 1, Ian McLagan 2)

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 0)

Chieftains were ahead from the off and had match points in two different games to win the tie, but it was Villa who got over the line in the final match. Fiona Kinloch got Chieftains ahead after she defeated Sandy Bertie 12-10 in the third and Jacob Munro then beat higher ranked Ian Hunter in an epic match to double their lead. Jacob levelled twice and then in the fifth game he overcame Ian 15-13 in a tense decider. Match three also went to the fifth game, but it was Ian McLagan who won it 11-8 against Jim Tawse to get one back for Villa. Fiona then had a come from behind 3-1 triumph over Ian Hunter before Jim lost 11-8 in the fifth for the second time in a row, this time to Sandy, to make it 3-2 to Chieftains. Match six was yet another that went to the fifth game and this time Jacob overcame Ian McLagan to put Chieftains one win from victory. The Villa fightback started in match seven with a 3-0 victory for Ian Hunter over Jim Tawse, but every game was close. In match eight Fiona came from behind to go 2-1 up with a 14-12 third game win and in the fourth she had match points to win the tie, but Ian McLagan won it 12-10. Then in the fifth an agonising repeat happened when Fiona had more match points, but Ian saved them again and won it 12-10 again. In the deciding match Sandy won a crucial first game 16-14 against higher ranked Jacob. Sandy dominated the second but the third was much closer before Sandy won it 13-11 to win the match and get Villa through to the semi-finals.

 

Truants 7 (Knut Radmer 2, Alain Leger 2, Sascha Roschy 3)

Earls 2 (Stewart Mason 2, Scott Wishart 0)

Earls were shorthanded at Truants but they won the first match actually played after Stewart Mason defeated Knut Radmer 12-10 in the fifth game after Knut had been 2-0 up. Truants Alain Leger came from 1-0 down to beat Scott Wishart 3-1 and Sascha Roschy then beat Stewart 3-0 to get another for Truants. Knut then defeated Scott 3-0, but next Stewart pulled another back for Earls when he beat Alain 3-0. Sascha then beat Scott 3-0 to complete the scoring for Truants.

 

New Kids 5 (Kong Wan 1, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 2)

Kingsway 1 (Willie Cooper 0, Alan Carrie 0, Derek Thomson 1)

New Kids progressed against Kingsway but lost games in four of the matches. In the opening match Kong Wan and Willie Cooper were evenly matched at one-all after an 11-9 win each, but Kong then pulled away with two 11-7 victories. Howard Lee doubled the New Kids lead after a 12-10 third game win versus Alan Carrie and Iain Smith made it 3-0 with a 3-1 triumph over Derek Thomson. Howard and Willie then played out a see-saw encounter, but it was Howard that eventually won it in the fifth game. In match five Derek got Kingsway on the scoreboard after he defeated Kong 12-10 in the fourth. However, a strong performance from Ian Smith against Alan in match six saw New Kids through.

 

Swots 5 (Dave Beveridge 1, Nick Shepherd 3, Collin Bleak 1)

Tigers 3 (Kenny McLaren 1, Marion Davidson 0, Scott Thomson 2)

Swots and Tigers fought out a close encounter with only one match being decided 3-0. Dave Beveridge got Swots in front after he defeated Kenny McLaren 3-1 and Nick Shepherd beat Marion Davidson 3-0 to double the Swots lead. Scott Thomson got one back for Tigers after he defeated Collin Bleak in the fifth game, but Nick increased the Swots lead to two again after he beat Kenny 11-9 in the fourth. Scott then got his second victory, this time versus Dave 3-1, but another 3-1 triumph for Collin against Marion put Swots 4-2 up. Matches seven and eight were then played simultaneously and Tigers had to win both to keep the tie alive. With Scott 2-0 up on Nick and Kenny 2-1 ahead of Collin the signs were good for Tigers and although Kenny held on to defeat Collin 3-2, Nick staged a great comeback against Scott to win three games in a row, win his match 3-2 and thus take Swots through to the next round.

 

Consolation Cup Round 1

Astronauts 3 (Nairn Nixon 1, Heather Gunn 1, Lee Nixon 1)

Lairds 6 (Chris Riddoch 3, Derek Johnston 3)

Short-handed Lairds won all of the matches actually played at Astronauts. Chris Riddoch won his three matches without losing a game, but Derek Johnston lost games in a couple of matches. Lee Nixon levelled from 2-0 down, but Derek then won the match with an 11-8 fifth game win and Nairn Nixon won the first game but Derek then won three straight games to take their match.

 

Barons 6 (Andy Hughes 2, Bill Beattie 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Squires 0 (Steve Wilson 0, Winnie Stein 0, Brian Halliday 0)

Barons won all six matches played against Squires for the loss of just one game. Steve Wilson won 12-10 in the third against Bill Beattie and eventually lost 11-9 in the fourth to Bill. Steve was also lucky to lose 17-15 in the second to Andy Hughes after squandering several game points. Winnie Stein lost a couple of games 11-9, but otherwise Barons dominated the proceedings with star player Tanya Kapelyukh winning both her matches comfortably.

 

Chairmans Challenge Round 2

Knights 4 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Peter Aird 1, David Hay (Reserve) 1½)

Telstars 0 (Emma Bissett (Reserve) 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Knights won the first three singles matches against Telstars for the loss of just one game: when Ian Farquhar beat David Hay 12-10 in his overall 3-1 defeat. In match four Stuart Halliday and David played Emma Bissett and Ian in the first doubles match and it was very much closer. The Knights pairing won the first 12-10, but Ian and Emma levelled with an 11-7 win. Stuart and David made it 2-1 before Ian and Emma repeated their second game win score to make it two games all. However, Stuart and David just edged the decider 12-10 to win the match and take Knights through to the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Defenders 6 (Richard Tough 0, Jos Berkhout 3½, Arthur Pritchard 2½)

Telstars 4 (Jim Houghton (Reserve) 1, Ian Farquhar 2, Plamen Kostadinov 1)

Defenders and Telstars were evenly matched until Defenders won the doubles match and they then pulled away to secure the overall victory.  Jim Houghton got Telstars in front after he beat Richard Tough 3-1, but Jos Berkhout levelled when he beat Ian Farquharson, also by 3-1. A 3-0 victory for Arthur Pritchard over Plamen Kostadinov put Defenders in front again although 14-12 in the first was crucial for Arthur. Jos then beat Jim 3-0 to make it 3-1 Defenders, but again 14-12 in the second was vital for the Defenders player. Telstars then fought back to level with Plamen beating Richard 13-11 in the fifth game and next Ian defeating Arthur 3-1 after Arthur had led. Arthur then teamed up with Jos to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Plamen and Ian but yet again 13-11 in the opening game was vital for the home team. Defenders then surged ahead with two 3-0 triumphs; firstly Jos beat Plamen and them Arthur defeated Jim, although Plamen was unlucky to lose 12-10 and 13-11 in his defeat. Telstars then had the final say after Ian defeated Richard 3-0 but it was Defenders who left with the overall victory.

 

 

Week 7 - commencing 22 October 2018

Aces are the new leaders in Division one after they won well at home against Prefects. Knights did not play but remain just behind Aces, however club-mates Viscounts moved up to third after an emphatic victory at bottom of the table Telstars. Up4it are just behind in fourth place after they had a perfect win over Defenders. Rockets won narrowly at Brechin to move just above them in the table.

Villa increased their lead at the top of Division two to seven points after they won well at Tigers. Lundin Lasers had a big win at home to Kingsway and they are now in joint second place along with Swots, who drew at Barons, and Chieftains who lost narrowly to New Kids. Truants had a good victory at Sputniks and they are just two points behind the three-way tie with New Kids one point below Truants.

In Division Three Tass increased their lead at the top to a massive nineteen points following two big victories. Firstly they won well at home to Telsports in a previously postponed fixture, and later on away to Duffers in their scheduled fixture they had an equally dominant victory. Missiles won at Astronauts to move up to second. Comets are three points behind Missiles, but have played two fixtures less that the top two and they will need some big victories if they are to mount a challenge for the top spot. Lairds won narrowly at home to Squires but remain in mid table and Buccaneers had a big win at home to Earls and moved up three places as a result.

In the Excelsior Cup Chieftains had a strong win over Tigers, Defenders defeated Brechin in the final match after being pegged back twice and Aces came from 2-0 down to beat Viscounts.

 

Division 1

Telstars 1 (Emma Bissett (Reserve) 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ian Farquhar 1)

Viscounts 9 (David Hay 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Jacob Munro (Reserve) 2)

Telstars won games in seven matches, but Viscounts won six of them to dominate the final score line. Ian Farquhar got Telstars’ sole success when he beat Jacob Munro in match three and later Ian lost 3-1 to David Hay including two 10-12 game losses. Plamen Kostadinov lost to all three Viscounts 3-1 and Emma Bissett fought hard throughout and only narrowly lost 3-1 to Jacob. Best for Viscounts was Callum Riddoch who lost his first game of the night to Plamen and then won nine in a row to complete a fine hat-trick of match wins. Callum also partnered David to win the doubles match against Ian and Plamen, but it was close and went to the fifth game before the Viscounts pairing won it.

 

Brechin 4 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 1½, Andrew Crawford 2½)

Rockets 6 (Gary Lowson 2, Tony O'Shea 1, Pete Yearworth 3)

Rockets were 4-1 ahead at Brechin, but did not secure the overall victory until the final match. Three 3-1 results in a row saw Rockets go 2-1 ahead, but it seemed likely Brechin would level when John Anderson won 12-10 to go 2-0 up. However, Gary Lowson fought back and 12-10 and 11-9 wins in the fourth and fifth saw Gary home to make it 3-1 Rockets overall. Pete Yearworth beat Aaron Robertson to make it 4-1 but Brechin fought back with Andrew Crawford beating Tony O’Shea 19-17 in the third to make it 4-2. Rockets seemed back in command in the doubles match after 18-16 and 11-8 game wins for Pete and Tony, but John and Andrew staged a great comeback to win 11-7, 12-10 and 14-12, take the match and get Brechin one behind at 4-3. Pete then beat John and Andrew replied for Brechin against Gary to make it 5-4 to Rockets. In the final match Tony led 2-0 but a good fightback from Aaron made it two-all. In the fifth Tony just edged it 11-9 to get Rockets the narrow victory.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 3)

Defenders 0 (Richard Tough 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Ken Head 0)

Up4it had a comfortable home victory over Defenders. However, Defenders fought to the last with Arthur Pritchard losing the last game of the night 15-17 to Paul Monteith. Earlier Arthur took Ryan Docherty to the fifth game before Ryan prevailed and Richard Tough and Ken head each won a game against Paul and Ryan respectively. Otherwise Up4it dominated, with Gillian Edwards being taken to 10-all only once in her unbeaten 12-game run throughout the contest, with Paul partnering her in Up4it’s doubles victory.

 

Aces 8 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Mark Lundberg 2½, Grant Williams 2)

Prefects 2 (Michael Hahn 2, Bonifac Legrady 0, Howard Lee (Reserve) 0)

Aces comfortably defeated Prefects with star player Zeesth Naseem remaining unbeaten. In the opening match Zeesth beat Michael Hahn in the fifth after Michael had levelled with a 14-12 fourth game win; later Zeesth defeated Howard Lee 3-0 and finally Bonifac Legrady 3-1. Zeesth also partnered Mark Lundberg to win the doubles match, 3-0 versus Michael and Bonifac. Mark added a couple of singles wins for Aces as did Grant Williams. For Prefects, Michael defeated Mark 3-1 and he came from 2-1 down to beat Grant 3-2.

 

Division 2

New Kids 6 (Howard Lee 2½, Ken Falconer 1, Ian Smith 2½)

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jacob Munro 2)

Short-handed Chieftains won four matches at New Kids, but couldn’t get another one to secure a draw. Fiona Kinloch beat Howard Lee and Ken Falconer 3-0, but three 13-11 wins and a 12-10 win were crucial for her and Jacob Munro defeated Ian Smith 3-0 and Ken 3-1. New Kids successes were in the doubles where Howard and Ian had a fine 3-0 success and two 3-1 triumphs for Ian against Fiona and Howard versus Jacob.

 

Tigers 2 (Logie Anderson 0, Kenny McLaren 1, Scott Thomson 1)

Villa 8 (Sandy Bertie 2½, Ian McLagan 2, Ian Hunter 3½)

Villa won well at Tigers but only two of the matches were won 3-0. Villa were 3-0 up before Tigers fought back to 2-4, but Villa then won the remaining four matches. Best for Villa was Ian Hunter who had a fine hat-trick of singles wins; 3-1 against Scott Thomson and Logie Anderson and 3-0 versus Kenny McLaren, although 12-10 twice was unlucky for Kenny. Ian also partnered Sandy Bertie to win the doubles match 14-12 in the fourth against Kenny and Scott. Sandy won the closest match of the night when he came back from 2-0 down to beat Scott 3-2, 12-10 and 13-11 in the fourth and fifth respectively. Ian McLagan added a double to complete the scoring for Villa. For Tigers, Scott beat Ian 3-1 and Kenny came from behind to defeat Sandy 3-1.

 

Lundin Lasers 9 (Robert Brown 3, Arthur Duncan 3, Roman Nydza 3)

Kingsway 1 (Derek Thomson 0, Alan Carrie ½, Willie Cooper ½)

Lundin Lasers raced into a 4-0 lead against Kingsway without dropping a game. However, thereafter Kingsway performed much better and were unlucky to lose in the fifth game three times. In match five, Rob Brown came from 2-0 down to defeat Willie Couper 3-2, then in match eight there was more agony for Willie as Arthur Duncan came from 2-0 down to win and then in the final match Rob defeated Alan Carrie in the fifth. Alan and Willie at least got a bit of revenge in the doubles match against Rob and partner Roman Nydza after they too came from 2-0 down to win it 3-2. Roman was best for Lundin as he won his three singles for the loss of only one game to Derek Thomson.

 

Sputniks 2 (Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 1, Jill Milne (Reserve) 1)

Truants 8 (Knut Radmer 2, Dave Beveridge (Reserve) 2½, Sascha Roschy 3½)

Sputniks looked going ahead against Truants when Eric Brown led 10-6 in the fifth versus Knut Radmer, but six points in a row saw Knut win it. Match two also went the distance with Dave Beveridge defeating Carol McLean 12-10 in the fifth. Sascha Roschy then beat Jill Milne 3-1 to put Truants 3-0 up, but next Knut was involved in another marathon. Carol was 2-1 up and had seven match points in the fourth, but Knut saved them all and won it 23-21. However, Carol refocussed and took the fifth 11-7 to get Sputniks on the scoreboard. After Sascha beat Eric, Sputniks got another win with Jill defeating Dave 3-1. Sadly for them, Truants won the remaining four matches, with the closest being Jill’s 2-3 defeat from Knut after she was 2-1 up.

 

Barons 5 (Andy Hughes 3, Bill Beattie 1, Jamie Harle (Reserve) 1)

Swots 5 (Dave Beveridge 2½, Charlie Ross (Reserve) 0, Collin Bleak 2½)

Barons led Swots 4-2, but had to come from behind to snatch a late draw. The first five matches were won 3-0, but in match six Jamie Harle edged Charlie Ross 11-9 in the fourth to put Barons 4-2 up. The doubles match seemed crucial and it turned out to be a cracker. Bill Beattie and Andy Hughes went 2-1 up after a 12-10 win, but Dave Beveridge and Collin Bleak responded with 12-10 and 13-11 wins to take the match. This seemed to rejuvenate Swots as two 3-0 wins followed for Collin and Dave against Bill and Jamie respectively. However, Andy got Barons the draw when he beat Charlie 3-0, but 12-10 in the first was hard on Charlie.

 

Division 3

Duffers 1 (Richard McLaren 1, Billy Liddle 0, Stephen Walker 0)

Tass 9 (Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 2½, Stewart Clark 3)

The league leaders Tass were in dominant form at Duffers and won the first nine matches for the loss of just three games. In match five, Stewart Clark beat Rich McLaren 3-1, but 15-13 and then 12-10 in the third and fourth respectively were vital for Stewart. In the next match Graeme Elrick won the first 14-12 versus Stephen Walker and he then went on to win it 3-1 and finally in match nine Stephen won the first game against Jim Houghton, but Jim recovered to win it 3-1. In match ten Rich had a fine 3-0 victory over Graeme Elrick to save Duffers from the whitewash.

 

Buccaneers 8 (Gregor O'Neill 3½, Bill Balfour 1, David Clark 3½)

Earls 2 (Jamie Harle 1, Scott Wishart 0, Stewart Mason 1)

Buccaneers had a big win against Earls thanks to two excellent unbeaten performances by Gregor O’Neill and David Clark. Including the doubles match, in which they paired up, Gregor and David only lost one game all night; Gregor in his 3-1 victory against Stewart Mason. Bill Balfour added a single for Buccaneers after he narrowly defeated Scott Wishart 11-8 in the fifth game. For Earls, Jamie Harle and Stewart both got the better of Bill, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. 

 

Astronauts 3 (Lee Nixon 1, Euan Steel 1, Nairn Nixon 1)

Missiles 7 (David Hunter 3½, Craig Fraser 3½)

Short-handed Missiles won all of the seven matches actually played against Astronauts, but three of them were won in the fifth game. Craig Fraser beat Euan Steel 11-8 in the fifth after losing the first and later David Hunter came from 1-2 down to also defeat Euan 3-2. Craig and David then beat Euan and his partner Nairn Nixon 3-2 in the doubles match, but the Missiles pairing needed 14-12 and 13-11 game wins to see them home.

 

Lairds 6 (Mohammad Alrubayee 1½, Derek Johnston 2½, Jamie Harle (Reserve) 2)

Squires 4 (Steve Wilson 2, Winnie Stein 2, Brian Halliday 0)

Squires went 2-0 up after 3-1 victories for Steve Wilson against Mohammad Alrubayee and then Winnie Stein versus Derek Johnston. However, six wins in a row for the loss of just four games ensured Lairds got the overall victory. Jamie Harle got two wins, as did Derek; Mohammad added another and he also partnered Derek to win the doubles match. Steve broke the sequence in match nine when he beat Jamie 11-9 in the fifth, making up for losing 9-11 in the fifth to Derek earlier. In match ten, Winnie had the final say for Squires when she came from behind to defeat Mohammad 3-1, although 12-10 in the third was vital for her.

 

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 2½)

Telsports 1 (Emma Bissett 1, David Axton 0, Robert Fotheringham 0)

Telsports recent run of good results came to an abrupt end after they were comprehensively defeated by the League leaders Tass. Telsports got into matches six times but lost all of them 3-1. Their only success came in match nine when Emma Bissett defeated Graeme Elrick 3-0. Stewart Clark and Jim Houghton won their three singles for Tass losing just two games each and Graeme added a double losing just one game. Graeme also partnered Jim for a 3-1 doubles match win versus Robert Fotheringham and Emma.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 1

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 1)

Tigers 0 (Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 0, Logie Anderson 0)

Chieftains dominated from the off versus Tigers and they won the first four matches without dropping a game. In match five, Logie Anderson won the first game 11-9, but Fiona Kinloch fought back to win it 3-1 and take Chieftains through to the next round.

 

Defenders 5 (Jos Berkhout 3, Ken Head 1, Arthur Pritchard 1)

Brechin 4 (Andrew Crawford 2, Murray Johnstone (Reserve) 0, John Anderson 2)

Defenders led 2-0 and 4-2 but did not win the tie until the final match. However, strangely for such a close tie overall, eight of the nine matches were won 3-0. Jos Berkhout was the star man for Defenders after he won his three singles matches including the deciding match against Murray Johnstone at four-all. For Brechin, Andrew Crawford and John Anderson won a couple each against Ken Head and Arthur Pritchard, but it was not enough to see them through.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Aces 5 (Zeesth Naseem 1, Jason Fleming 1, Mark Lundberg 3)

Viscounts 3 (Callum Riddoch 1, David Hay 1, Andrew Nimmo 1)

Viscounts had a great start against Aces following 3-1 victories for Callum Riddoch and David Hay against Zeesth Naseem and Jason Fleming respectively. Mark Lundberg got one back for Aces versus Andrew Nimmo but match four was going Viscounts way when Callum had a dominant third game to go 2-1 up. However, Jason levelled with a 13-11 win in the fourth and he took the match 11-8 in the fifth. Zeesth beat Andrew 12-10 in the fourth and Mark defeated David 12-10 in the third to make it 4-2 to Aces. When Jason went 2-0 up with a 13-11 second game victory the tie looked over, but a brilliant comeback from Andrew saw him win it 3-2 and give Viscounts a lifeline. However, Mark stepped up to the plate and dominated from the off against Callum and his 3-0 victory saw Aces through.

 

 

Week 6 - commencing 15 October 2018

In Division Three Tass played one of their postponed fixtures at home to Buccaneers, and an emphatic victory saw them move four points clear of Comets at the top.

Aces had a hard-fought win over Viscounts in the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy and Knights made it through to the Excelsior Cup second round after they defeated Rockets.

In the Secondary Shield the higher ranked sides all prevailed with one exception, after Earls shocked club-mates Barons. However, Comets were desperately unlucky to lose the Forthill derby against Division two leaders Villa

 

Division 3

Tass 10 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3½, Graeme Elrick 3½)

Buccaneers 0 (Bill Balfour 0, Murray Johnstone 0, Stewart Ferguson 0)

Tass dominated from the off against Buccaneers and won all ten matches for the loss of just two games. Murray Johnstone won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Graeme Elrick and Stewart Ferguson also won one in his 3-1 loss to Jim Houghton. Top performer for Tass was Stewart Clark who won his three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Round 2

Aces 4 (Jason Fleming 1, Grant Williams 1½, Mark Lundberg 1½)

Viscounts 1 (David Hay 1, Callum Riddoch 0, Andrew Nimmo 0)

Viscounts took the lead at Aces after David Hay came from behind to defeat Jason Fleming 3-1. Aces then fought back and won the tie with four match victories in a row, but it took two fifth game triumphs to see them home. Firstly, in match two, Grant Williams was 2-1 down to Callum Riddoch, but a great fightback saw Grant win it 13-11 in the fifth. Two 3-1 victories, with Mark Lundberg greatly involved in both, put Aces in the driving seat, but the second doubles match then went the distance. David and Callum lead 2-0, but Grant and Jason fought back to win three straight games and see Aces through to the next round. Andrew Nimmo fought bravely for Viscounts and even a bad hand injury could not stop him from fighting to the last point of match four after a long injury delay.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 1

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Robert Toth 3, Jacob Munro (Reserve) 0)

Rockets 2 (Peter Yearworth 0, Gary Lowson 1, Jim Dyson 1)

Knights went 2-0 up after first Stuart Halliday came from behind to defeat Pete Yearworth 3-1 and then Robert Toth beat Gary Lowson. Rockets got on the scoreboard after match three where Jim Dyson defeated Jacob Munro 3-0, but 12-14 and 10-12 game defeats show Jacob competed well. However, two further wins for Robert and Stuart put Knights back in control, although Stuart had to come back from 2-1 down to beat Jim. Gary then defeated Jacob, but 16-14 in the second was crucial for Gary. In match seven Jim came from 2-0 down to level but Robert took the fifth comfortably to win the match and the tie for Knights.

 

Secondary Shield Round 2

Prospects 2 (Sandy Pearson 1, Charlie Ross 1, Ian Brumwell 0)

Truants 7 (Sascha Roschy 3, Knut Radmer 1, Graham Wood 3)

Truants took the lead at Prospects after Sascha Roschy defeated Sandy Pearson but Prospects then levelled after a very close second match. Charlie Ross lead 1-0 but Knut Radmer won two in a row to go ahead, however Charlie fought back and won it 3-2 to get Prospects level. The tie then turned and Truants won six matches in a row for the loss of just one game to take the tie. Prospects only game win in the sequence was in Sandy’s 3-1 defeat by Graham Wood. In match nine, Sandy beat Knut 3-1 to get Prospects a second point, but Truants were comfortably through by then.

 

Barons 3 (Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Bill Beattie 1, Steve Wilson (Reserve) 2)

Earls 5 (Stewart Mason 3, Scott Wishart 0, Jamie Harle 2)

Earls got the victory at Barons thanks to a fine hat-trick by Stewart Mason backed up by a Jamie Harle double. Both teams had been ahead, but at three-all it seemed Barons would take the lead again after Bill Beattie led Jamie 2-1. However, two 11-9 wins saw Jamie home. Then in match eight, Steve Wilson levelled at two-all but an 11-8 win in the fifth for Stewart saw Earls through to the next round.

 

Missiles 2 (Craig Fraser 2, David Hunter 0, Lee Nixon (Reserve) 0)

New Kids 5 (Kong Wan 1, Howard Lee 2, Ken Falconer 2)

Missiles went ahead when Craig Fraser defeated Kong Wan, but New Kids soon went 2-1 up after two quick wins for Howard Lee and Ken Falconer against David Hunter and Lee Nixon respectively, although David was unlucky to lose 12-14 in the third against Howard. Match four was anything but quick as David and Kong reached 18-all in the fifth before Kong won it 20-18. Next Craig and Ken also fought out a five game match, but this time it was Craig who won it 12-10 in the fifth to get Missiles back to 2-3 down overall. However, comfortable wins for Howard versus Lee and Ken against David saw New Kids through to the next round.

 

Lairds 0 (Mohammad Alrubayee 0, Chris Riddoch 0, Derek Johnston 0)

Swots 5 (Collin Bleak 2, David Beveridge 1, Nick Shepherd 2)

Lairds fought hard against Swots but the St Andrews side were just too strong in the end and won all of the matches played. Each of the home side won games, with firstly Mohammad Alrubayee taking the lead in his 3-1 defeat by Collin Bleak; later Derek Johnston also won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Nick Shepherd and finally Chris Riddoch got closest to a victory for Lairds when he lost 11-9 in the fifth to Collin Bleak. Dave Beveridge only played the one counting match for Swots and he comfortably defeated Chris 3-0 to win it.

 

Tigers 5 (Logie Anderson 2, Scott Thomson 2, Marion Davidson 1)

Squires 1 (Steve Wilson 0, Scott Wishart (Reserve) 0, Brian Halliday 1)

Tigers won five of the matches against Squires for the loss of just one game to seal the tie. However, Squires Brian Halliday rolled back the years in match three to defeat Marion Davidson 11-9 in the fourth and record his best win so far after several years away. Scott Thomson and Logie Anderson were in powerful form for the Tigers, dominating the matches they played in.

 

Comets 4 (Glenn Christie 1, Jill Milne 2, Fraser Smith 1)

Villa 5 (Ian Hunter 1, Ian McLagan 2, James Pickles 2)

Comets and Villa fought out an epic tie that had seven five-game matches and Villa eventually won five of them to progress to the next round. Comets were ahead 1-0 and later 4-3; they won an incredible twenty-two games on the night and also they won seven of the ten games that reached 10-all, but sadly for them it was not enough to get over the line.  Glenn Christie, Jill Milne and Fraser Smith of Comets and Villa’s Ian Hunter, Ian McLagan and James Pickles were all involved in epic five-game matches but in the end it was four matches all with Glenn to face Ian McLagan in the final match. Glenn won the first game 13-11 but Ian then levelled with a 13-11 win of his own. Ian edged ahead with a 12-10 triumph in game three but a powerful game four saw Glenn level at two-all. However, Ian won the fifth 11-8 to take the match and the tie for Villa.

 

Chieftains 5 (Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 2, Stewart mason (Reserve) 1)

Buccaneers 0 (Stewart Ferguson 0, Bill Balfour 0, Murray Johnstone 0)

Chieftains were in great form against Buccaneers and won the tie for the loss of just one game. Stewart Ferguson won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Jim Tawse, and Stewart was also unlucky to lose the fourth 11-13. Bill Balfour was also unlucky to lose 11-13 in the third to Jim, but Jacob Munro and Stewart Mason were dominant in their matches to see Chieftains through.

 

 

Week 5 - commencing 08 October 2018

Knights continued their perfect start to the Division One season but they were worked hard by Brechin. Aces remain on their tails after they won well at fifth placed Viscounts who were unfortunate not to win more points. Defenders kept up their good start to the season and they won again, this time at home to Star and they are now in fourth place.

In Division Two Villa moved to the top of the table after they comprehensively defeated New Kids and Chieftains had an identical result versus Barons to move to second. Swots got back to winning ways against Sputniks and as a result consolidated third place. Lundin Lasers lost narrowly to Truants but they stay one point above them in joint fourth place with New Kids. Finally, Tigers had a narrow win at Kingsway and consequently have moved a little further away from the bottom two places.

Comets are the new leaders in Division Three after they beat Lairds. Duffers are now second despite not playing. Missiles are third although they lost at home to on the up Telsports who are now fourth. Level on points with Telsports are Earls who had a good win over Astronauts and Tass who were idle and have fixtures in hand. Squires narrowly defeated Prospects to move off the bottom of the table.

In the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Knights had a good win at Rockets and in the Stanley Doubles Telsports got their second win of the week, this time versus Buccaneers.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Brechin 0 (Andrew Crawford 0, Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 0)

Knights won all the matches against Brechin, but Brechin competed well, winning a game in six of the matches.  John Anderson won a game in all three of his defeats and Andrew Crawford won two games and lost two by 12-14. However, Knights were just too strong overall and continue their perfect start to the season having yet to drop a match in three league fixtures.

 

Defenders 6 (Ken Head 2, Arthur Pritchard 1, Jos Berkhout 3)

Star 4 (Andy Ferguson 1, Iain Martin 2½, Jim Hutcheson ½)

Defenders won narrowly against Star, but they were never behind throughout the entire contest. However, this statistic seemed very unlikely when in the opening match Star’s Andy Ferguson went into a 2-0 lead for the loss of just six points, but Ken Head fought back brilliantly to win it 3-2 and get Defenders in front. The sides then shared a 3-0 win each before Andy turned the tables compared to the opening match. Andy was 2-1 down to Arthur Pritchard, but he fought back to win it 3-2. Ken then defeated Jim Hutcheson 3-1 to edge Defenders in front again and in match six another comeback saw them take a 4-2 lead. This time it was Jos Berkhout who came from 2-1 down to defeat Iain Martin 3-2. The doubles match also went the distance but it was the Star pairing of Iain and Jim who won it against Jos and Arthur. Next, Arthur got a bit of revenge when he beat Jim 3-1 to make it 5-3 to Defenders and Jos sealed the overall victory when he defeated Andy. However, Iain had the final say for Star after he beat Ken 3-1.

 

Viscounts 1 (David Hay 1, Andrew Nimmo 0, Callum Riddoch 0)

Aces 9 (Grant Williams 2½, Mark Lundberg 3, Zeesth Naseem 3½)

Viscounts took the lead against Aces when David Hay beat Grant Williams 3-2 with wins of 14-12, 15-13 and 12-10 in games one, three and five respectively. Aces then won all of the remaining nine matches, but amazingly five of them were in the fifth game. Firstly in match two Mark Lundberg came from 2-1 down to beat Andrew Nimmo and next Zeesth Naseem had an even better comeback against Callum Riddoch when he overturned a 2-0 deficit to win it 3-2. In match four Grant beat Andrew 3-2 and then in match six Mark came back from 2-1 down for the second time to defeat Callum 3-2. Finally in match nine Callum had his own comeback against Grant when he levelled from 2-0 down, however Grant refocused and won it 11-9 in the fifth to leave Viscounts with a single point for their efforts after winning a total of fourteen games on the night.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 4 (Willie Cooper 2, Derek Thomson 1, Alan Carrie 1)

Tigers 6 (Logie Anderson 2½, Scott Thomson 3½, Marion Davidson 0)

Kingsway got off to a good start against Tigers with Willie Cooper defeating Logie Anderson, but Scott Thomson levelled by beating Derek Thomson. The next two matches both went the distance and the sides won one each to make it two-all. Firstly, Alan Carrie beat Marion Davidson 11-8 in the fifth, although 16-14 in the second and 12-10 in the third were vital for Alan. Next, Derek was in command when a 12-10 win put him 2-0 up, but a great fightback from Logie saw him win 11-8 in the fifth, although again 14-12 to Logie in the fourth was crucial. Willie then defeated Marion 3-1 to get Kingsway ahead again but Scott got Tigers level for the third time with a win over Alan. Scott then partnered Logie to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Willie and Derek, but Kingsway made it four-all when Derek beat Marion 3-0, 16-14 and 13-11 in games one and two being vital.  However, Tigers then pulled ahead with two comfortable wins for Scott and Logie versus Alan and Willie respectively.

 

Villa 9 (Ian McLagan 3, Ian Hunter 3, Sandy Bertie 3)

New Kids 1 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee ½, Ian Smith ½)

Villa were in devastating form against New Kids and they won all nine singles matches for the loss of just five games. Two of them were in match six when Sandy Bertie and Howard Lee went the distance before Sandy won it for Villa 3-2. Ian Smith won a single game versus Ian McLagan and Ian Hunter and Kong Wan won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Ian McLagan, otherwise it was Villa in command. The doubles match was a different affair and Ian Smith and Howard fought out an immense battle against the two Ian’s from Villa. Eventually it was the New Kids pairing who won it 15-13 in the fifth.

 

Swots 7 (Nick Shepherd 2½, David Beveridge 2½, Collin Bleak 2)

Sputniks 3 (Jack Oughton 3, Carol McLean 0, Eric Brown 0)

Swots won comfortably in the end against Sputniks despite a fine hat-trick from Jack Oughton. In the opening match Jack defeated Nick Shepherd 12-10 in the fifth after Nick had levelled with a 13-11 fourth game win; then in match four he beat Dave Beveridge 3-0 and finally in match nine Jack won 11-9 in the fifth against Collin Bleak. For Swots, Nick and Collin won their other matches without dropping a game, but Dave had a closer match versus Eric Brown winning 3-1, although 15-13 in the second was vital for Dave. In the doubles match Dave partnered Nick to defeat Jack and Eric 13-11 in the fourth. 

 

Truants 6 (Graham Wood 3½, Knut Radmer 1, Dave Beveridge (Reserve) 1½)

Lundin Lasers 4 (Robert Brown 0, Roman Nydza 2, Nat Forno 2)

Truants and Lundin Lasers fought out a see-saw encounter where first Truants were ahead, then behind, then ahead again, pegged-back level at three and then four-all, before pulling away at the end. Graham Wood was the star player for Truants as he won all four matches he played in. Other wins for Truants were single wins for Knut Radmer and Dave Beveridge. For Lundin Lasers Roman Nydza and Nat Forno both won two singles matches each. Only two of the ten matches played were won 3-0 and there were four that went the distance. Dave lost to both Nat and Roman in the fifth and for Truants Graham defeated Nat 11-9 in the fifth after Nat had levelled with a 12-10 win in the fourth. Dave at least got a bit of revenge in the doubles match when he helped Graham to defeat Nat and Roman 11-8 in the fifth after they had being 2-1 behind.

 

Chieftains 9 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 3)

Barons 1 (Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Andy Hughes ½, Bill Beattie ½)

Dominant Chieftains were too good for Barons and won all nine singles matches, although Barons won a game in six of them and lost six times after the score reached 10-all. Closest match was at the start when Tanya Kapelyukh led 2-1, but Fiona Kinloch recovered to win it 3-2. Jacob Munro lost only one game all night and Jim Tawse lost only two. Barons only success came in the doubles match when Bill Beattie and Andy Hughes defeated Jim and Fiona 3-1.

 

Division 3

Comets 7 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Jill Milne 2½, Glenn Christie 3½)

Lairds 3 (Chris Riddoch 1, Derek Johnston 0, Stewart Mason (Reserve) 2)

Lairds took the lead at Comets after Chris Riddoch beat Dougal Ogilvie, but Jill Milne levelled when she defeated Derek Johnston 15-13 in the third.  Two 3-1 wins for first Glenn Christie versus Stewart Mason and then Jill against Chris put Comets in command, but Stewart halved their lead after he beat Dougal. Next Glenn beat Derek in match six and then in the doubles match he partnered Jill to defeat Chris and Stewart in a close five game match. Jill and Stewart then faced each other again and this time it was Stewart who won it in the final game after he had levelled at two-all with a 17-15 fourth game win. Glenn then got his fourth victory of the night against Chris to seal the overall win for Comets and finally Dougal beat Derek 15-13 in the fourth to have the final say for Comets.

 

Missiles 3 (David Hunter ½, Craig Fraser 1½, Lee Nixon (Reserve) 1)

Telsports 7 (Emma Bissett 3, David Axton 2, Robert Fotheringham 2)

Rejuvenated Telsports continued their good start to the season with an excellent victory at Missiles. Emma Bissett was their star player by winning her three singles matches without dropping a game and David Axton and Robert Fotheringham added a couple of wins each to Emma’s hat-trick. Closest win for David was in match ten, when he came from 2-1 down to defeat David Hunter 12-10 in the fifth. David’s other win and both of Robert’s all came in the fourth game. For Missiles, Craig Fraser had a good win versus David Axton, Lee Nixon beat Robert and in the doubles match Craig and David overcame Robert and Emma 14-12 in the fourth.

 

Earls 8 (Scott Wishart 1½, Jamie Harle 3½, Stewart Mason 3)

Astronauts 2 (Heather Gunn 0, Euan Steel 1, Lee Nixon 1)

Earls raced into a 4-0 lead versus Astronauts for the loss of just two games when Jamie Harle came from 2-1 down to defeat Euan Steel 14-12 in the fifth. It looked like 5-0 when Scott Wishart led 2-0, but a great comeback from Lee Nixon got Astronauts on the scoreboard. Earls then took control again and won the next four matches for the loss of three games, with Stewart Mason completing his hat-trick for Earls, losing only a single game all night to Heather Gunn. In match ten, Euan defeated Scott 3-1 to have the final say for Astronauts, but it was not enough to spoil the Earls night.

 

Squires 6 (Winnie Stein 1½, Steve Wilson 3½, Brian Halliday 1)

Prospects 4 (Charlie Ross 2, Dave Goddard 2, Neil Lea 0)

Squires won narrowly against Prospects thanks mainly to a fine unbeaten performance from Steve Wilson. In match two Steve started with a great 3-2 comeback win over Dave Goddard and next he beat Charlie Ross. Steve then won the doubles match with Winnie Stein against Dave and Charlie and then won his final match after Neil Lea unfortunately had to concede due to illness. It could have been better for Squires as three of the Prospects victories came in the fifth game. In match six Brian Halliday led 2-1, but Dave recovered to win it 3-2; then with the overall win confirmed, Brian let a 2-0 lead slip against Charlie and finally in match ten Dave came from 2-1 down to defeat Winnie 3-2.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Round 2

Rockets 1 (Tony O'Shea ½, Gary Lowson 0, Pete Yearworth ½)

Knights 4 (Peter Aird 1½, Robert Toth 1½, Stuart Halliday 1)

Knights won at Rockets, but only once was the match score 3-0. Knights went 3-0 up after winning the first three singles matches, but Rockets got one back in the first doubles match after Tony O'Shea and Pete Yearworth defeated Peter Aird and Stuart Halliday 3-1. However, Robert Toth and Peter then won the second doubles match for Knights to seal the tie.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Telsports 5 (Emma Bissett 2, Robert Fotheringham 1½, David Axton 1½)

Buccaneers 1 (Dale McLeish ½, Stewart Ferguson ½, Murray Johnstone 0)

Telsports had their second good victory of the week, this time against Buccaneers. A good start got Telsports 2-0 up, but in match three Stewart Ferguson and Murray Johnstone looked like they would pull one back when they led 2-1, however a good recovery from Emma Bissett and David Axton saw them win it 11-7 in the fifth game. Next Dale McLeish and Stewart did get one back for Buccaneers after they defeated Robert Fotheringham and David 3-1. Thereafter Telsports took control again and secured the overall victory in the tie with consecutive 3-1 wins.

 

 

Week 4 - commencing 01 October 2018

In Division Two Lundin Lasers had a narrow victory over Swots to move up to joint fourth, but despite losing Swots are still one point ahead in third place.

Division Three saw one fixture played with Earls winning in St Andrews against Prospects. Both teams are now on the same points in mid-table.

In the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Prefects had a good win at Defenders and Up4it came from behind to comfortably defeat Star.

In the Secondary Shield there were wins for all of the higher ranked sides with the exception being Buccaneers, who returned to Brechin after they had a great win at Forthill against Sputniks.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 3, Ron Filsell 1)

Swots 4 (David Beveridge ½, Chris Wroniecki (Reserve) 1, Collin Bleak 2½)

Lundin Lasers went into a 2-0 lead against Swots, had a mid-fixture slump to go 4-3 down and then finished with three match wins in a row to claim a narrow victory. Roman Nydza won all three of his singles matches for the Lasers in the fifth game. The closest was against Collin Bleak in match eight where he had 15-13, 14-12 and 13-11 game wins and was also 2-1 down. Arthur Duncan added a couple of 3-0 wins for Lundin, including the decisive win at the end against Chris Wroniecki. Collin was best for Swots, winning two singles matches 3-1 and the doubles match with Dave Beveridge, also by 3-1.

 

Division 3

Prospects 4 (Charlie Ross 2½, Dave Goddard 1½, Neil Lea 0)

Earls 6 (Stewart Mason 2, Eddie Dougan 2, Jamie Harle 2)

Prospects and Earls fought out a very close contest where six of the ten matches went to the fifth game. Both of the opening matches were won by Earls in the fifth game, with firstly Stewart Mason coming from 2-0 down to defeat Charlie Ross and then Eddie Dougan beating Dave Goddard 11-9 in the fifth. Jamie Harle made it 3-0 with a 3-1 victory over Neil Lea, but Prospects fought back with two fifth game wins of their own. Firstly Dave came from 2-1 down to beat Stewart and then Charlie repeated the result with a 13-11 fifth game triumph over Jamie. Eddie then beat Neil 3-1 to increase the Earls lead, but in the doubles match Charlie and Dave beat Stewart and Eddie 3-2 to make it 4-3 to Earls. Next, in yet another five-game match, Jamie came from 2-0 down to defeat Dave 11-8 in the fifth and Stewart sealed the overall victory for Earls when he defeated Neil 3-0. However, Charlie had the last say for Prospects when he defeated Eddie 3-1.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Round 2

Defenders 2 (Arthur Pritchard 1½, Jos Berkhout ½, Ken Head 0)

Prefects 4 (Bonifac Legrady ½, Jean-Augustin Touton 1, Michael Hahn 2½)

Arthur Prichard got Defenders off to a good start against Prefects when he defeated Bonifac Legrady 3-0, and it looked like Jos Berkout would make it 2-0 when he led 2-1 in match two. However, Jean-Augustin Touton came back to win it 3-2 and get Prefects level. Michael Hahn got Prefects in front after he defeated Ken Head 3-0, and then Michael partnered Bonifac in the first doubles match to beat Ken and Arthur and make it 3-1 to Prefects overall. The second doubles match was a must win for Defenders and Arthur and Jos duly delivered with a 3-0 triumph over Bonifac and Jean-Augustin. Next Michael had the chance to win the tie and he got there 3-1 against Jos to see Prefects home.

 

Up4it 4 (Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Star 1 (Iain Martin 1, Jim Hutcheson 0, Andy Ferguson 0)

Star went ahead after Iain Martin defeated Paul Monteith 3-0, but Up4it quickly levelled when Gillian Edwards beat Jim Hutcheson also by 3-0. In the third match, Up4it took the lead after Ryan Docherty came from behind to defeat Andy Ferguson 3-1. The two doubles matches both went to the fifth game but sadly for Star, Up4it won both of them to take the tie. Firstly Ryan and Paul won the fifth after Andy and Iain had levelled from 2-0 down and next Gillian and Paul defeated Jim and Iain also in the fifth to win the tie for Up4it.

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

Telsports 2 (Emma Bissett 2, Robert Fotheringham 0, Anthony Keeling 0)

Comets 5 (Fraser Smith 2, Glenn Christie 2, Jill Milne 1)

Telsports went ahead after Emma Bissett had an excellent 3-0 victory over Fraser Smith, but three wins in a row got Comets in front. First Glenn Christie beat Rob Fotheringham, next Jill Milne came from behind to defeat Anthony Keeling 3-1 and finally Fraser got a win against Rob. Emma then had a good 3-1 win against Jill to get Telsports back in the tie, but 3-0 victories for first Glenn over Anthony and next Jill versus Rob saw Comets secure the tie win.

 

Villa 6 (Ian McLagan 2, Ian Hunter 2, Sandy Bertie 2)

Tass 0 (Jim Houghton 0, Rob Fotheringham (Reserve) 0, Jim Wotherspoon (Reserve) 3)

Villa won all of the matches played against Tass for the loss of just one game. Ian McLagan and Sandy Bertie won both of their matches 3-0 but Ian Hunter was run close by Jim Houghton in match four.  Ian edged the first two games 14-12 and 11-9 but Jim replied with a 14-12 win of his own. However, Ian regained his composure to win the fourth 11-5 and take the match.

 

Astronauts 3 (Euan Steel 1, Heather Gunn 1, Nairn Nixon 1)

Chieftains 6 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 3)

Chieftains were shorthanded against Astronauts, but Fiona Kinloch and Jim Tawse won all of the six matches played without dropping a game. Nairn Nixon came closest to a game win for Astronauts, losing 12-14 to Jim and 10-12 to Fiona twice.

 

Sputniks 4 (Eric Brown 1, Carol McLean 2, Jim Fleming 1)

Buccaneers 5 (Bill Balfour 0, Gregor O'Neill 2, Stewart Ferguson 3)

Sputniks led 2-0 and 3-1, but Buccaneers fought back to win the tie in the final match. Seven of the nine matches were won 3-0, without the score reaching ten-all once. However, Sputniks won both of the exceptions. Firstly in match two Carol McLean defeated Gregor O’Neil 11-8 in fifth game and then in match eight Jim Fleming beat Bill Balfour 3-1 to level the overall score at four-all. Nevertheless a fine hat-trick by Stewart Ferguson plus a double from Gregor O’Neil was enough to see Buccaneers home.

 

Secondary Shield Round 2

Kingsway 6 (Derek Thomson 3, Stephen Caird 2, Willie Cooper 1)

Duffers 3 (Rich McLaren 1, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 2)

Kingsway defeated Duffers with the help of two fifth-game wins in the first four matches. In the opening match Derek Thomson beat Rich McLaren 11-8 in the fifth and then in match four Stephen Caird also defeated Rich, 11-9 in the fifth, after Rich had led 2-1. Matches two and three were both won 3-0 with the sides winning one each and thus match five became crucial. Derek got his second victory when he defeated Andy Reid 3-1 and in match six Willie Cooper won the tie for Kingsway with a 3-0 triumph over Billy. The final three matches were played out and Duffers won two of them to make the final score look a little better, but it was Kingsway who progressed.

 

 

Week 3 - commencing 24 September 2018

Knights remain top of Division One after they had a big win at Telstars. Aces, despite losing narrowly to Up4it, are in joint second place with Prefects who drew at Star. Viscounts moved up to fourth after they had a good win at Rockets and Defenders had a good win at Brechin to move up to sixth, one point behind Up4it.

There are still joint early leaders in Division Two but it is now Villa and New Kids who lead after they won well against Chieftains and Kingsway respectively. Despite losing, Chieftains are still joint third with Barons who had a good victory at Sputniks. Swots are fifth, but will play their fixture at Lundin a week late and Truants had a narrow win at Tigers to move up to sixth.

In Division Three, Duffers are still top after they won well at Buccaneers. Tass are second with a perfect victory at Astronauts and Comets are third after they had a big victory at Prospects. Missiles are fourth after they defeated Lairds and Telsports are fifth after they had a good victory at home to Earls.

 

Division 1

Rockets 3 (Peter Yearworth 1½, Gary Lowson 1½, Ian McLagan (Reserve) 0)

Viscounts 7 (Callum Riddoch 3, David Hay 3½, Andrew Nimmo 1)

Viscounts raced into a 4-0 lead against Rockets without dropping a game. Pete Yearworth got Rockets onto the scoreboard when first he defeated Andrew Nimmo 3-0 and then later in the doubles match Pete partnered Gary Lowson to beat David Hay and Andrew 11-9 in the fifth. Gary then beat Andrew 3-1 to get it back to 5-3 to Viscounts, but Callum Riddoch’s 3-2 win over Ian McLagan was followed up by David beating Pete 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth to see Viscounts home.

 

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3½, Robert Toth 3)

Knights won all the matches at Telstars, but only three were by 3-0. For Telstars, Ian Farquhar lost 3-1 to all three Knights and Plamen Kostadinov lost 12-14 in the third to Robert Toth, 3-1 to Stuart Halliday and 3-2 to Peter Aird after he had led 2-0. David Monteith also came close to a win for Telstars, but he too lost 3-2 to Peter.

 

Brechin 3 (Andrew Crawford 1, John Anderson 2, Stewart Ferguson (reserve) 0)

Defenders 7 (Ken Head 2½, Jos Berkhout 3½, Richard Tough 1)

Defenders had a good win at Brechin with star player Jos Berkhout winning all four matches he played in. In his three singles matches, Jos only dropped one game versus Andrew Crawford and in the doubles match he partnered Ken Head to defeat John Anderson and Andrew 15-13 in the fourth. Ken came from 2-1 down to defeat Andrew 3-2 and third division reserve Stewart Ferguson won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Richard Tough, but otherwise the remaining matches were all won 3-0.

 

Star 5 (Jim Hutcheson 1½, Iain Martin 2½, Andy Ferguson 1)

Prefects 5 (Michael Hahn 3, Jean-Augustin Touton 1, Graham Wood (Reserve) 1)

Star fought back from 1-3 down against Prefects to lead 5-3 but had to settle for a draw in the end after a late Prefects comeback. Top player was Michael Hahn of Prefects after he won all three of his singles matches, but previously unbeaten Iain Martin run Michael very close and led 2-1 before Michael recovered to win 3-2. Prefects reserve Graham Wood was involved in the two closest matches of the night. First in match three Graham beat Andy Ferguson 13-11 in the fifth and then in match five Graham lost 10-12 in the fifth to Jim Hutcheson. In the final match of the night new player Jean-Augustin Touton got his first win in the DDTTA leagues, 3-1 against Jim, to earn Prefects the overall draw.

 

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 1)

Aces 4 (Grant Williams ½, Pete Yearworth (Reserve) 2, Zeesth Naseem 1½)

Up4it were involved in another four-hour plus marathon contest and emerged as narrow winners against Aces. There were four five-game matches and the sides won two each. In the first match Paul Monteith came from 2-1 down to defeat Grant Williams 12-10 in the fifth and put Up4it ahead. Then in match six, Pete Yearworth edged Ryan Docherty 11-9 in the fifth and he thus stopped Up4it from taking a 5-1 lead. In match nine, Ryan and Grant fought out another very close five game match but Ryan eventually won it 15-13 in the fifth to secure the overall victory for Up4it. However, Aces had the final say when Pete got his second 3-2 victory, this time against Paul. Up4it’s Gillian Edwards won her three singles matches, but she lost two games and also won 12-10 twice in her 3-1 defeat of the unlucky Zeesth Naseem. Zeesth at least got a little revenge in the doubles match when he partnered Grant to comfortably defeat Gillian and Paul 3-0.

 

Division 2

Villa 7 (Sandy Bertie 1½, Ian Hunter 2½, David Sim (Reserve) 3)

Chieftains 3 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 0)

Chieftains went 2-0 up at Villa after two 3-0 wins for Fiona Kinloch against Sandy Bertie and then Jacob Munro versus Ian Hunter although all of the games were close. However, Villa then went on a devastating sequence of seven straight match wins for the loss of just three games. Closest match in the sequence was Ian’s 13-11 fourth game triumph over Jim Tawse. Jacob then beat Sandy 3-1 to get the final say for Chieftains but Villa were overall victors, with the nine game cameo performance from David Sim being crucial to the end result.

 

New Kids 8 (Kong Wan 2, Howard Lee 3½, Ian Smith 2½)

Kingsway 2 (Derek Thomson 2, Alan Carrie 0, Willie Cooper 0)

Kingsway went ahead after Derek Thomson beat Kong Wan 3-1, but New Kids then powered ahead with seven match wins in a row. In match three Ian Smith came from 2-1 down to beat Willie Cooper 3-2 and in match four Derek took a game off of Howard Lee but New Kids won the other five matches without dropping a game. Derek then got his second win for Kingsway when he came from 2-1 down to defeat Ian Smith but Kong had the final say for New Kids when he defeated Alan Carrie 14-12 in the fourth.

 

Tigers 4 (Kenny McLaren 1, Logie Anderson 2, Scott Thomson 1)

Truants 6 (Sascha Roschy 3½, Graham Wood 2½, Knut Radmer 0)

Tigers and Truants were level four times but in the final two matches Truants pulled away with two 3-0 wins. Sascha Roschy remained unbeaten for Truants after he defeated Kenny McLaren, Logie Anderson and Scott Thomson for the loss of just one game to Kenny. Sascha also partnered Graham Wood in the doubles match to defeat Kenny and Scott 3-1. Knut Radmer of Truants played in the two closest matches of the night but unfortunately for him he lost 3-2 to both Kenny and Logie.

 

Sputniks 2 (Jack Oughton 1, Carol McLean 1, Eric Brown 0)

Barons 8 (Bill Beattie 2½, Andy Hughes 3½, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Sputniks got off to a good start when Jack Oughton defeated Bill Beattie 3-0. However, Barons then went on a great run of six victories in a row. The closest match in the sequence was when Tanya Kapelyukh defeated Jack in the fifth game. Sputniks got one back when Carol McLean came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to defeat Tanya 3-2. Barons then won the final two matches but both went to the final game. Firstly, Bill defeated Eric Brown 3-2 after Eric had led 1-0 and 2-1 and secondly Andy Hughes beat Jack 3-2 after Jack had levelled from 2-0 down.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 2 (Murray Johnstone 1, Bill Balfour 1, Dale McLeish 0)

Duffers 8 (Billy Liddle 2, Rich McLaren 3½, Stephen Walker 2½)

Duffers came away with a fine victory at Buccaneers. Six of their wins were by 3-0 and the other two were 3-1 triumphs for Stephen Walker over Bill Balfour and then Billy Liddle against Dale McLeish. Buccaneers had briefly rallied to get back to 2-3 down after 3-1 wins for Bill Balfour versus Billy Liddle and then Murray Johnstone over Stephen but thereafter Duffers remained unbeaten. Rich McLaren won all his matches without dropping a game.

 

Astronauts 0 (Ian Roberts 0, Lee Nixon 0, Heather Gunn 0)

Tass 10 (Jim Houghton 3½, Emma Bissett (reserve) 3½, Stewart Clark 3)

Tass were in great form against Astronauts and they won all ten matches for the loss of just two games. Ian Roberts won one of the games in his 3-1 loss to Jim Houghton and the other was won by Lee Nixon when he was defeated 3-1 by Stewart Clark. Emma Bissett won all four of her matches for Tass, including the doubles, without dropping a game, although Ian was unlucky to lose 13-15 to her in the middle of match ten.

 

Telsports 8 (Paul McDade 2½, Emma Bissett 3½, Robert Fotheringham 2)

Earls 2 (Scott Wishart 0, Jamie Harle 1, Stewart Mason 1)

There was a big win for rejuvenated Telsports at home to Earls. Emma Bissett starred with four victories for the loss of just one game to Stewart Mason. Paul McDade and Robert Fotheringham chipped in with a couple of wins each, and Paul also partnered Emma in their doubles match win. For Earls, Stewart defeated Paul 3-0 and Jamie Harle had a fine 3-1 victory over Robert, 13-11 in the fourth. Unfortunately for Jamie he later became unwell and had to concede his final match against Paul.

 

Lairds 3 (Ryan Connor 1, Mohammad Alrubayee 2)

Missiles 6 (Craig Fraser 3½, Euan Steel (reserve) 2½)

Lairds against Missiles had both sides shorthanded so only five matches were actually played. For Missiles Craig Fraser beat both Ryan Connor and Mohammad Alrubayee by 3-1 and Euan Steel had a fine 3-1 victory over Ryan and the doubles match was also won 3-1. For Lairds, Mohammad Alrubayee came from 2-0 down to defeat Euan 3-2.

 

Prospects 1 (Dave Goddard 0, Chris Wroniecki 1, Neil Lea 0)

Comets 9 (Glenn Christie 3½, Fraser Smith 3½, Doug Ogilvie2)

Comets dominated the majority of their fixture at Prospects but Chris Wroniecki put up some valiant resistance for Prospects and was involved in four five-game matches. First Chris got Prospects level at one-all when he came from 2-1 down to beat Fraser Smith 3-2. Next in match four Chris led 2-1, but Glenn Christie came back and won it 3-2 for Comets. In the doubles match Chris teamed up with Dave Goddard and again he led 2-1, but this time Glenn and Fraser won it 14-12 in the fifth. Finally, Chris played his third singles match against Doug Ogilvie and he came from 2-0 down to level with a 12-10 fourth game win. However, Doug won it for Comets with a 14-12 fifth game triumph.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 1½, Jim Tawse 1½, Jacob Munro 2)

Squires 1 (Winnie Stein ½, Steve Wilson ½, Brian Halliday 0)

Squires took the lead at Chieftains after Winnie Stein and Steve Wilson defeated Fiona Kinloch and Jim Tawse 3-1. However, Chieftains then won five straight matches for the loss of just two games to secure the tie. Jacob Munro won all four matches in which he participated.

 

 

Week 2 - commencing 17 September 2018

The new Division One season started as the old one ended with Knights and Aces at the top. They were both in devastating form against Rockets and Star respectively. Prefects had a big win over Brechin to move into third place and Viscounts and Up4it drew the other fixture played.

There are joint early leaders in Division Two after Swots and Chieftains had big wins at home over Tigers and Sputniks respectively. Villa had a big victory at Kingsway to go third and New Kids are fourth after they had a great win at Truants who were one of the top teams in the division last season. Finally Lundin lasers narrowly defeated Barons to claim fifth place.

In Division Three, Duffers moved to the top after they defeated Astronauts. Missiles are second despite losing narrowly at home to Prospects. Comets won well at home to Squires to draw level with Tass in joint third place and Lairds defeated Earls to move into fifth place.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Peter Aird 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Tony O'Shea 0, Gary Lowson 0)

Knights were in top form against Rockets and they only lost games in three of the ten matches played. Pete Yearworth and Gary Lowson both won a game in their 3-1 losses to Stuart Halliday and Tony O’Shea and Pete took Robert Toth and Stuart to the fifth game of the doubles match before losing 3-2. Otherwise Knights were unstoppable.

 

Aces 10 (Zeesth Naseem 3½, Grant Williams 3½, Jason Fleming 3)

Star 0 (Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin 0)

Aces dominated against short-handed Star and only lost three games all night. Iain Martin won a game in his 3-1 defeats from Zeesth Naseem and Grant Williams and Iain partnered Andy Ferguson in the doubles match and they too won a game in their 3-1 loss to Grant and Zeesth. Jason Fleming comfortably won both the singles matches he played 3-0.

 

Prefects 9 (Michael Hahn 3½, Sascha Roschy (reserve) 2, Justin Yang 3½)

Brechin 1 (Andrew Crawford 0, Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 1)

Promoted Brechin found the going tough against Prefects. John Anderson got Brechin’s sole victory over reserve Sascha Roschy in match eight and Andrew Crawford won a game in each of his two 3-1 defeats to Michael Hahn and Sascha.  In the doubles match Andrew and John took Justin Yang and Michael to the fifth game before losing. Impressively, Justin won his three singles matches 3-0. However, 16-14, 11-9 and 18-16 against Andrew shows it was close throughout the match.

 

Viscounts 5 (Callum Riddoch 2½, David Hay 2½, Andrew Nimmo 0)

Up4it 5 (Ryan Docherty 1, Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 3)

This was a fantastic contest which lasted for nearly four hours. Viscounts went 2-0 up but had to fight to get a draw right at the death after Up4it dominated the middle section of the contest with four wins out of five. Gillian Edwards won her three singles matches for Up4it, but fifth game wins of 12-10 versus Andrew Nimmo and 11-9 against David Hay shows she was pushed really hard. Ryan Docherty of Up4it was also involved in two five-game matches. Firstly Ryan lost 11-7 in the fifth to David and later he defeated Andrew 11-9 in game five of match nine. It was then left to Viscounts captain Callum Riddoch to secure the overall draw for Viscounts with a 3-1 triumph over Paul Monteith in match ten.

 

Division 2

Kingsway 2 (Stephen Caird 1, Derek Thomson 1, Alan Carrie 0)

Villa 8 (Sandy Bertie 2½, James Pickles 2, Ian Hunter 3½)

Kingsway went 2-0 up against Villa after two five-game wins for Stephen Caird against Sandy Bertie and then Derek Thomson versus James Pickles. However Ian Hunter steadied the ship for Villa with a 3-0 victory over Alan Carrie and they then went on to win the remaining seven matches for the loss of only three games. Alan was unlucky to lose to James in five games for Kingsway.

 

Barons 4 (Andy Hughes 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Bill Beattie 1)

Lundin Lasers 6 (Robert Brown 1½, Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 2½)

Lundin recovered from 2-0 down to narrowly defeat Barons. But the Lasers did not secure the overall victory until the final match. Five matches went to the fifth game and Barons won three of them. However, the star player with three wins was Roman Nydza of Lundin. Roman defeated Bill Beattie 3-0 and Tanya Kapelyukh 3-1 and partnered Robert Brown to beat Bill and Tanya 3-0 in the doubles match, but even this was close as 12-10, 11-8 and 13-11 game wins show.

 

Swots 9 (Nick Shepherd 3½, Collin Bleak 3½, Dave Beveridge 2)

Tigers 1 (Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson 1)

Swots had a fantastic triumph over Tigers, although losing three of the last four matches in five games did not help the Tigers cause. Nick Shepherd and Collin Bleak both remained unbeaten for Swots with three singles wins each and they teamed up in the doubles match to defeat Kenny McLaren and Scott Thomson 3-2. Scott got Tigers sole win when he defeated Dave Beveridge 3-2. The other close matches saw Collin defeat Scott 11-9 in game five of match eight and then in match ten Nick beat Kenny 12-10 in the fifth.

 

Truants 3 (Graham Wood 2, Sascha Roschy 1, Knut Radmer 0)

New Kids 7 (Ken Falconer 1, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 3½)

New Kids had a great start to the new season with a tremendous victory at Truants. The contest was close early on with the first four matches shared, including two 3-2 wins for New Kids. However, New Kids then went on a great run with five match victories in a row for the loss of just three games. The final match also looked destined for New Kids when Howard Lee went 2-1 up, but Graham Wood rallied for Truants to take it 3-2. Ian Smith had a brilliant night for New Kids winning his three singles matches and the doubles match with Howard.

                  

Chieftains 9 (Fiona Kinloch 3½, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 3½)

Sputniks 1 (Jack Oughton 0, Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 1)

Chieftains raced ahead of Sputniks from the off and won the first seven matches. Sputniks Carol McLean was unlucky to lose to Fiona Kinloch 3-2, but later in match eight she got the better of Jim Tawse also in five games to get Sputniks on the scoreboard. However, Chieftains then saw out the match with two more victories. Jacob Munro and Fiona won all four matches they played, including the doubles match, 3-1 versus Jack Oughton and Carol.

 

Division 3

Comets 9 (Fraser Smith 3½, Jill Milne 2, Glenn Christie 3½)

Squires 1 (Steve Wilson 1, Winnie Stein 0, Brian Halliday 0)

Losing three five game matches did not help Squires’ cause against Comets. The first was in the opening match when Fraser Smith edged Steve Wilson. Jill Milne made it 2-0 to Comets after she defeated Winnie Stein 3-1 and Glenn Christie defeated Brian Halliday to continue the good Comets start. However, Steve replied with a 3-0 win over Jill to get Squires on the scoreboard. Two further 3-0 wins put Comets in control but the doubles match went to the fifth game before Fraser and Glenn won it 11-7 against Steve and Brian. Next Jill had to come from 2-1 down to beat Brian 3-2 and finally Glenn and Fraser closed out the win for Comets when they had 3-1 victories over Steve and Winnie respectively.

 

Missiles 4 (David Hunter 1½, Craig Fraser 2½, Lee Nixon (reserve) 0)

Prospects 6 (Charlie Ross 2, Christian Wroniecki 3, Dave Goddard 1)

Missiles levelled from 3-0 down against Prospects but eventually lost narrowly in the end. The most crucial matches were at the start and the end of the contest and Prospects won both of them. Firstly, Charlie Ross beat David Hunter 3-2 and at the death Christian Wroniecki came back from 2-1 down to defeat David and thus secure the narrow overall win for Prospects. The only other matches that did not finish 3-0 were in match two where Christian beat Craig Fraser 3-1 and in the doubles match when Craig and David defeated Charlie and Christian 3-1 after losing the opening game 11-13.

 

Earls 3 (Stewart Mason 3, Scott Wishart 0)

Lairds 7 (Ryan Connor 2½, Mohammad Alrubayee 2½, Derek Johnston 2)

Stewart Mason starred for two-player Earls in their loss against Lairds. Stewart won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game to Ryan Connor. Scott Wishart battled hard for Earls and was unlucky to lose 3-2 to Mohammad Alrubayee. The doubles match also went to the fifth game but it was Mohammad Alrubayee and Ryan who won it for Lairds, 11-7 in the fifth.

 

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 1)

Astronauts 2 (Ian Roberts 1, Heather Gunn 0, Euan Steel 1)

The first six matches of the Duffers versus Astronauts fixture were won 3-0, but Euan Steel’s triumph over Billy Liddle was the only win for Astronauts in the sequence. The doubles match was much closer with Rich McLaren and Andy Reid winning 11-8 in the fifth against Ian Roberts and Euan. The next two matches were won 3-1 with Andy defeating Euan for Duffers and Ian then beating Billy in reply for the Astos. Rich then defeated Heather Gunn 3-0 to get the last win for Duffers.

 

 

Week 1 - commencing 10 September 2018

The new season started with the first round of the Stanley Doubles. There was also a full program of Division Three fixtures, with their early start due to there being an extra team in Division Three this season.

In Division Three, Tass are the early leaders after they had a great win at Lairds and Missiles are just behind after they won well at Squires. Buccaneers got off to a good start with a fine win at Astronauts and Duffers narrowly defeated two-player Telsports.

The Stanley Doubles first round had no surprises with all of the higher ranked sides comfortably going through to the second round.

 

Division 3

Astronauts 3 (Lee Nixon 1, Euan Steel 2, Nairn Nixon 0)

Buccaneers 7 (David Clark 2, Dale McLeish 2½, Stewart Ferguson 2½)

Last season’s newcomers Buccaneers stormed ahead of this years’ newbies Astronauts with three straight match wins. However, Euan Steel got Astros their first point with a fine 3-1 victory over David Clark. Three more wins, including the doubles match, for Stewart Ferguson and Dale McLeish put the visitors 6-1 ahead, but a 3-2 win for Euan over Stewart got one back for the home side. David then defeated Nairn Nixon to make it 7-2 to Buccaneers, but Lex Nixon had the final say for Astronauts after he defeated Dale 3-0.

 

Duffers 6 (Richard McLaren 2, Andy Reid 3, Billy Liddle 1)

Telsports 4 (Emma Bisset 2½, Robert Fotheringham 1½)

Two-player Telsports almost snatched a draw at Duffers. There was a crucial match in the doubles, where Emma Bisset and Rob Fotheringham won 16-14 in the fourth against Rich McLaren and Andy Reid to take a very close match. The singles matches were all comfortably won apart from when Andy Reid came from 2-1 down to defeat Emma 12-10 in the fifth and secure the narrow victory for Duffers.

 

Lairds 1 (Chris Riddoch 0, Ryan Connor ½, Mohammad Alrubayee ½)

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Emma Bisset (reserve) 3, Jim Houghton 3)

A very impressive performance at Lairds saw Tass become the early Division 3 leaders. Although losing three matches 3-2 and another three 3-1 shows that Lairds were a bit unlucky to not win some more points. For Tass Stewart Clark defeated Chris Riddoch 3-2, Ryan Connor 3-1 and Mohammad Alrubayee 3-1, 12-10 in the third and fourth; Emma Bisset also won her three singles matches but Mohammad Alrubayee took her to the fifth game before she won it and Jim Houghton came from 2-1 down to beat Chris 3-2. In the doubles match Mohammad Alrubayee and Ryan came from 1-0 down to win 3-1 versus Stewart and Jim and earn Lairds their sole victory.

 

Squires 2 (Brian Halliday 0, Steve Wilson 2, Winnie Stein 0)

Missiles 8 (Craig Fraser 3½, David Hunter 2, Daniel Russell 2½)

The first seven matches of the Squires versus Missiles contest were won 3-0 but it was a dominant Missiles side who won six of them. Steve Wilson then defeated Daniel Russell 3-1 to make it 6-2, but a 3-0 victory for Craig Fraser over Winnie Stein, the fourth of the night for star player Craig, and then a 3-1 triumph for David Hunter over Brian Halliday completed the scoring for Missiles.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Kingsway 0 (Alan Carrie 0, Derek Thomson 0, Stephen Caird 0)

Telstars 5 (Plamen Kostadinov 2, Ian Farquhar 1½, David Monteith 1½)

Telstars won all five matches in their victory over Kingsway, but twice Plamen Kostadinov and David Monteith had to come from behind. First in match three Alan Carrie and Stephen Caird were 2-1 up before losing 3-2 and then in match five Alan Carrie and Derek Thomson were 2-0 up before Plamen and David triumphed 3-2. Ian Farquhar never a dropped a game all night for Telstars.

 

Swots 1 (Nick Shepherd ½, Collin Bleak 0, Chris Wroniecki (reserve) ½)

Viscounts 6 (Callum Riddoch 2, Andrew Nimmo 2, David Hay 2)

Viscounts started well at Swots and they won the first three matches 3-0. They then won 3-1 twice and 3-2 to take the tie, but in match seven  Nick Shepherd and Chris Wroniecki of Swots came from 2-0 down, including 20-18 in the second, to win 3-2 against Andrew Nimmo and David Hay.

 

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Peter Aird 2, Robert Toth 1½)

Comets 1 (Glenn Christie ½, Fraser Smith 0, David Sim (reserve) ½)

Knights went ahead after Stuart Halliday and Peter Aird came from behind to beat Glenn Christie and Fraser Smith 3-1. But Comets levelled after David Sim and Glenn beat Robert Toth and Stuart 3-2. However, Knights then took the tie after four match wins without dropping another game.

 

Duffers 1 (Richard McLaren ½, Andy Reid ½, Billy Liddle 0)

New Kids 5 (Ian Smith 1½, Ken Falconer 1½, Howard Lee 2)

The first match was won 3-0 by Rich McLaren and Andy Reid to put Duffers ahead. But New Kids then won five matches in a row to take the tie. Matches three and four were the crucial ones for the visitors as they won both of them 3-2, 14-12 and then 11-9 in the fifth respectively.

 

Missiles 1 (David Hunter ½, Craig Fraser ½, Daniel Russell 0)

Villa 5 (Ian Hunter 1½, Sandy Bertie 2, James Pickles 1½)

Villa raced into a 4-0 lead against Missiles, with three comfortable 3-0 wins and a not so comfortable 3-2 victory for Sandy Bertie and James Pickles against Craig Fraser and Daniel Russell. In match five, David Hunter and Craig came from 2-0 down to beat Ian Hunter and James 3-2 and get Missiles on the scoreboard. Next David and Daniel fought all the way, but Sandy and James won it in the fifth to take the match and secure the tie for Villa.

 

Aces 5 (Jason Fleming 2, Zeesth Naseem 1½, Grant Williams 1½)

Prospects 0 (Christian Wroniecki 0, Neil Lea 0, Charlie Ross 0)

Aces were dominant throughout against Prospects and did not drop a game all night.

 

Tass 1 (Jim Houghton ½, Stewart Clark ½)

Truants 8 (Graham Wood 2½, Knut Radmer 2½, Howard Lee (reserve) 3)

Tass only had two players due to a late call off and in the three matches actually played Jim Houghton and Stewart Clark won one of them defeating Graham Wood and Knut Radmer 12-10 in the fifth. For Truants Howard Lee partnered Graham and Knut to win both his matches 3-1, although 12-10 three times was hard on Jim and Stewart.

 

Sputniks 0 (Carol McLean 0, Jack Oughton 0, Jim Fleming 0)

Rockets 5 (Peter Yearworth 2, Tony O'Shea 1½, Jim Dyson 1½)

Rockets were dominant from the off against Sputniks and they won all five matches played for the loss of just one game.

 

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 1½, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 2)

Brechin 1 (John Anderson ½, Andrew Crawford ½, Aaron Robertson 0)

Brechin got off to a great start when John Anderson and Andrew Crawford came from 2-0 down to defeat Paul Monteith and Gillian Edwards 14-12 in the fifth game of the opening match. However, Up4it then proceeded to win five matches in a row for the loss of just two games to win the tie. Ryan Docherty won all four matches in which he played.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Prospects v Earls

Div 3

10/09/2018

Not Known

Chieftains v Squires

Stanley Doubles

11/09/2018

Not Known

Telsports v Buccaneers

Stanley Doubles

12/09/2018

Not Known

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.