Handbook, scorecards, postponements and claims

                                                                                                                           

Click here for the handbook but please note the following:

·         On page 3, Brechin’s home night is changed to FRIDAY with effect from league week 2 (week commencing 27/9/21)

·         On page 21, the area code for Ken Head’s landline should be 01382 and his email address should read ‘headken5@.....’

 

An electronic scorecard must be input within 24 hours of a fixture.  Click here for league scorecard or click here for cup scorecard. Cards input after Saturday will miss the weekly match report.  A report covering two fixtures and results is sent to the Evening Telegraph. Paper scorecards for the league can be downloaded here or, for Cups, from the Cups page.  These should be kept safe by the home team until the end of the season, in case there is any dispute over the details entered on the e-scorecard. Do not deposit scorecards at the old collection points (such as the box pinned to notice board in the balcony at Ward Road).

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

This page is reserved for DDTTA league and cup reports (most recent first). Other competitions are reported on the News page.

 

Season 2021/2022

 

Week 27 - commencing 11 April 2022

The Handicap Cup Final was played out by Division 1 sides Brechin and Viscounts. Brechin started very strongly and raced into a 5-0 lead before Viscounts got on the scoreboard. However, Brechin then retook control and won the trophy without dropping another game, although losing games 20-21 twice did not help the Viscounts cause. John Anderson and Andy Crawford were outstanding for Brechin winning four games each with Ian Farquhar securing the cup winning game with three matches to spare.

 

In Division 2 Comets lost at home to third placed Barons with Fiona Kinloch remaining unbeaten for Barons. This result means Comets finish in seventh place just two points behind Telecoms.

 

In Division 3 Duffers lost heavily to divisional runners up Sputniks for whom Carol McLean and Nairn Nixon were undefeated. As a result Duffers finished in fifth place in the division, just one point behind New Kids who finish in fourth place.

 

Handicap Cup Final

Brechin 10 (John Anderson 4, Andy Crawford 4, Ian Farquhar 2)

Viscounts 1 (Andrew Nimmo 0, Justus Ludwig 0, Peter Aird 1)

Brechin dominated from the off against Viscounts and won the trophy with three matches to spare. John Anderson and Andy Crawford both won two matches each. John defeated Andrew Nimmo and Peter Aird and Andy beat Justus Ludwig and Andrew although losing games 20-21 to both John and Andy was tough on Andrew. Peter got Viscounts only game win in his match three draw with Ian Farquhar. Ian got Brechin over the line when he comfortably defeated Justus in the first game of match six.

 

Division 2

Comets 3 (Doug Ogilvie 0, Sandy Bertie 2, Jill Milne 1)

Barons 7 (Fiona Kinloch 3½, Stewart Mason 1½, Jim Tawse 2)

Barons got the victory at Comets, but losing three of the four matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Comets cause. In the opening match Barons took the lead after Fiona Kinloch beat Doug Ogilvie 3-0 but Comets levelled when Sandy Bertie defeated Stewart Mason 3-2 after both players had led. A 3-1 victory for Jim Tawse against Jill Milne got Barons back in front but match four again went the distance. Fiona took the lead twice, but Sandy levelled twice. In the decider Fiona just edged it 12-10 to make it 3-1 to Barons overall. Next in match five Doug started well and he went 2-1 up. But Jim fought back well to win it 3-2 for Barons. Jill then got one back for Comets after she came from behind to defeat Stewart 3-1. The doubles match looked good for Comets after 17-15 and 12-10 game wins put Doug and Sandy 2-0 up. However, Fiona and Stewart turned it around to win it 11-8 in the fifth game for Barons. Next a 3-0 victory for Sandy against Jim did get one back for Comets, however two victories for Barons then completed the scoring. Firstly Fiona beat Jill 13-11 in the fourth game of match nine and finally Stewart beat Doug 3-1, with 14-12 in the second game vital for Stewart.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 8 (Nairn Nixon 3½, Carol McLean 3½, Eric Brown 1)

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

Sputniks were ahead against Duffers for the whole contest but they had several very close match victories along the way. The first was in the opening match. Rich McLaren took the lead, but Nairn Nixon fought back with 12-10 and 11-9 game wins to lead. Rich levelled with a 12-10 victory in game four, but Nairn dominated the decider to get Sputniks in front. Carol McLean defeated Andy Reid 3-0 to double the Sputniks lead but three 11-9 game wins over Eric Brown saw Billy Liddle get Duffers on the scoreboard. Match four again went the distance. Carol went 2-0 up, but 11-9 in the fourth game got Rich level; however Carol then won the fifth game 11-7 to take the match for Sputniks. Nairn then made it 4-1 to Sputniks after he beat Billy 3-0, but next 15-13 in the first game got Andy on his way to defeat Eric 3-0 and get one back for Duffers. The doubles match was comfortably won 3-0 by Carol and Nairn against Andy and Rich and next Carol beat Billy 3-1 to make it 6-2 to Sputniks, although 13-11 twice was tough on Billy. Match nine saw Eric go 2-0 up, but 15-13 in the third game got one back for Rich; however, Eric won the fourth 14-12 to win the match for Sputniks. Finally Nairn beat Andy 3-0 to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

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 26 - commencing 04 April 2022

Tigers were confirmed as the Division 3 Champions when they came from behind to narrowly defeat second placed Sputniks. Scott Thomson remained unbeaten for Tigers and Kenny McLaren sealed the comeback victory in the final match. Fourth place in the division is still undecided after fifth placed Duffers won well against Squires. New Kids are three points ahead of Duffers but Duffers still have one fixture left to play at Sputniks.

 

With the Division 1 League fixtures completed, the Cup competitions came to the fore for several first division teams. It was a great week for Brechin. Early on Brechin had a good victory in their Handicap Cup semi-final versus Division 3 runners up Sputniks; later on Brechin faced Division 1 champions Knights in the Stanley Doubles Cup Final and Brechin completed their great week to take the trophy. Knights themselves had earlier played in the Chairman’s Challenge Cup Final against Viscounts, and after both sides had been in front, Knights eventually won the trophy in the deciding match. The other Handicap Cup Semi-final saw better fortune for Viscounts who got off to a great start in their tie against third Division Missiles and Viscounts then went on to win the tie with a bit to spare.

 

In Division 2 the previously crowned Champions Guthrie Park completed their season by defeating short-handed Comets. Comets remain in seventh place but they are now five points behind Telecoms and nine behind Swots and Comets only have one fixture left to play.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Final

Brechin 5 (Ian Farquhar 1, John Anderson 2½, Andy Crawford 1½)

Knights 2 (Stuart Halliday ½, Jacob Munro ½, Callum Riddoch 1)

Brechin were in front for the entire final against Knights and they eventually won it with a couple of matches to spare; although wining three of the four matches that went to the fifth game certainly helped Brechin’s cause. The first was in the opening match when after Stuart Halliday and Jacob Munro won the first game 14-12, Ian Farquhar and John Anderson fought back to lead 2-1. Back came Stuart and Jacob to level, 11-9 in the fourth. The deciding fifth game saw Ian and John win it 11-8 to get Brechin in front. In the second match 13-11 and 14-12 game wins put Andy Crawford and John 2-0 up versus Callum Riddoch and Stuart and the Brechin pairing won the third game 11-7 to make it 2-0 to Brechin overall. Andy and Ian started match three well and won the opening game 11-7 but Jacob and Callum then fought back to lead 2-1; 19-17 in the fourth got Andy and Ian level. However, the decider saw Jacob and Callum dominate to take the match and get Knights on the scoreboard. Stuart and Jacob started the fourth match well to win the opening game 11-8. But John and Andy then went on the comfortably win the next three games and Brechin were 3-1 up. Next Jacob and Callum won games one and three of match five 11-8 but two 11-8 game wins for Ian and John levelled twice and they then went on to win the decider 11-6 and make it 4-1 to Brechin. Knights were on the brink and initially they responded well with Callum and Stuart beating Andy and Ian 3-0 to get one back for Knights. However, in match seven 12-10 and 11-9 game wins put John and Andy 2-0 up and one game win from the trophy. Back came Jacob and Callum strongly to level at two-games all. In the deciding game John and Andy played a strong game and they won it 11-6 to take the match and the trophy for Brechin.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Cup Final

Viscounts 3 (Richard Clarke 0, Andrew Nimmo 2, Peter Aird 1)

Knights 4 (Stuart Halliday 2, Callum Riddoch 1½, Jacob Munro ½)

The first three singles matches between Viscounts and Knights were all won by scores of 3-1. Initially Stuart Halliday came from behind to defeat Richard Clarke to get Knights in front but two victories in a row for Andrew Nimmo and Peter Aird against Callum Riddoch and Jacob Munro respectively got Viscounts 2-1 up. The first doubles match saw Jacob and Stuart go ahead twice, but both times Peter and Richard levelled. In the deciding game Jacob and Stuart won it 11-8 to get Knights level. Richard and Andrew started the second doubles match well and 14-12 in the first game saw them take the lead. However, three straight 11-6 game wins saw Callum and Stuart win it for Knights and make it 3-2 overall to Knights. Viscounts had to win the final two matches but it started well in match six for Jacob who won the first game 11-9. Back came Andrew to win it 11-8 in the fourth and set up a winner-takes-all final match. Peter started it well and won the first game 11-7. A strong comeback saw Callum got 2-1 up and in the fourth game Callum dominated early on to take a big lead. Back came Peter to get within one point, but Callum then won it 11-8 to win the match and take the trophy for Knights.

 

Handicap Cup Semi-finals

Brechin 10 (Ian Farquhar 2, Andy Crawford 5, John Anderson 3)

Sputniks 3 (Carol McLean 1, Eric Brown 1, Nairn Nixon 1)

Brechin built up a big lead against Sputniks and although Sputniks recovered a bit it was too little to stop Brechin from progressing. The opening match was shared between Ian Farquhar and Carol McLean, but three match wins in a row saw Brechin take command. Initially Andy Crawford beat Eric Brown, although 31-30 in their first game was tough on Eric; then John Anderson defeated Nairn Nixon and finally Andy beat Carol to make it 7-1 overall. In match five Nairn started well and he won the first game 31-29 but Ian recovered to take the second game for Brechin. John then won his first game against Eric 31-26, but Eric recovered well to get one back for Sputniks. However, Andy then beat Nairn 31-28 in their first game to take the tie and seal Brechin’s place in the final.

 

Missiles 3 (Lee Nixon 1, Logan Smith 0, Ian Roberts 2)

Viscounts 11 (Peter Aird 4, Richard Clarke 2, Andrew Nimmo 5)

Viscounts dominated from the off against Missiles and although Missiles tried to get back into the tie Viscounts won it with two matches to spare. Viscounts won the first four matches to lead 8-0 following victories for Peter Aird versus Lee Nixon, Richard Clarke against Logan Smith, Andrew Nimmo versus Ian Roberts and finally Peter defeated Logan. In the sequence, defeats of 31-29 and 31-28 twice each show Missiles were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard. However, in match five Lee did get Missiles a game win against Andrew, but then Andrew won their second game with a few points to spare. Next Ian did even better for Missiles after he defeated Richard but Andrew then beat Logan to win the overall tie for Viscounts.

 

Division 2

Comets 1 (Jill Milne 0, Sandy Bertie 1)

Guthrie Park 9 (Murray Johnstone (Reserve) 2½, Derek Beaton 3, Aaron Robertson 3½)

Guthrie Park completed their season with a comfortable victory at short-handed Comets. However, Comets fought well and won games in four of the matches actually played. In the opening match Murray Johnstone beat Jill Milne 3-0 to get Guthrie Park in front but next it seemed Comets would level when Sandy Bertie went 2-1 up. However, Derek Beaton fought back well to win it 3-2 for Guthrie Park. Aaron Robertson then defeated Jill 3-1 to get another for Guthrie Park but next Sandy defeated Murray 13-11 in the third game to get Comets on the scoreboard. Derek then defeated Jill 12-10 in the third game to make it 4-1 to Guthrie Park and Aaron then beat Sandy 11-9 in the fourth in the last singles match played. In the doubles match Murray and Aaron dominated to win it 3-0 and complete the scoring for Guthrie Park.

 

Division 3

Tigers 6 (Kenny McLaren 2½, Arthur Pritchard 0, Scott Thomson 3½)

Sputniks 4 (Jack Oughton 2, Eric Brown 1, Carol McLean 1)

Tigers came from 1-3 down to narrowly defeat Sputniks and secure the Divisional Title. Sputniks started very well and went 2-0 up. Initially Jack Oughton beat Kenny McLaren 14-12 in third game and next Eric Brown defeated Arthur Pritchard 3-1 to double the Sputniks lead. Scott Thomson responded well for Tigers with a 13-11 game three victory against Carol McLean. In match four after both players had led, Jack beat Arthur 11-6 in the fifth game to make it 3-1 to Sputniks overall. The fifth match was equally as close but this time it was Kenny who won it for Tigers in the fifth game against Carol. The sixth match saw Scott win the opening game 16-14 and Scott then went on to beat Eric 3-1 to make it three-matches all. The doubles match was comfortably won by Kenny and Scott against Jack and Eric and Tigers were ahead for the first time. Back came Sputniks and Carol beat Arthur 3-2 to make it four-all. Match nine saw Scott get Tigers back in front after he defeated Jack 11-9 in the fourth game and Kenny then sealed the overall victory for Tigers when he beat Eric 3-0.

 

Squires 2 (Steve Wilson 1, Eddie Dougan 1, Winnie Stein 0)

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

Duffers were nearly 0-2 down at the start to Squires, but Duffers recovered to win well in the end. The opening match saw Steve Wilson go 2-0 up, but Rich McLaren fought back well to win it 3-2 for Duffers. Eddie Dougan had better fortune in the second match and Eddie defeated Billy Liddle 11-9 in the third game to get Squires level. Andy Reid got Duffers back ahead after he beat Winnie Stein 3-0, but Eddie started match four well to win the first game 11-8. Back came Rich and three straight games meant Rich made it 3-1 overall to Duffers. Another 3-1 match win for Andy against Steve increased the Duffers lead and in match six Billy beat Winnie 13-11 in the third game to make it 5-1 to Duffers. The doubles match went the distance. Game wins of 12-10 and 14-12 got Steve and Eddie level twice after Andy and Rich had taken the lead twice. The decider saw Rich and Andy win it for Duffers with a few points to spare. Two comfortable 3-0 match victories for Andy and Rich against Eddie and Winnie respectively made it 8-1 to Duffers. In the final match Billy won the opener 11-9 but Steve fought back to win it 3-1 and have the final say for Squires.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Sputniks v Duffers

Div 3

14/03/2022

11/04/2022

Brechin v Viscounts

Handicap Cup Final

By 25/03/2022

15/04/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 25 - commencing 28 March 2022

Knights are the Division 1 Champions with a fixture to spare after they had an unbeaten victory at Villa. Up4it had a big victory against Brechin and finish in second place eighteen points ahead of Viscounts who narrowly defeated Brechin to finish in third place. Brechin gained enough points in their defeats to move two points clear of Aces in fourth place. However, later in the week Brechin visited Aces to complete their season and it was Aces who triumphed to finish in fourth place with Brechin finishing in fifth place.

 

In Division 2 Defenders completed their season by narrowly defeating Comets, which confirmed Defenders second placed finish behind the Champions Guthrie Park.  Comets remain in seventh but they are now just six points behind Telecoms and ten behind Swots and they still have two fixtures left to play.

 

In Division 3 the title will be decided next week when the leaders Tigers host second placed Sputniks. Buccaneers had an unbeaten victory at Missiles to complete their season and finish in third place. Fourth place is still undecided after fifth placed Duffers won well against Squires. Duffers are eleven points adrift of New Kids, but they still have two fixtures left to play. 

 

In the Stanley Doubles Cup Semi-final Up4it and Knights fought out a brilliant tie. Up4it took the lead three times after fifth game match wins. However, Knights levelled in the next game each time and eventually won the tie 5-4 to reach the final. The other semi-final saw Brechin dominate at Villa, with Brechin winning the tie 5-0 for the loss of just two games.

 

Division 1

Villa 0 (Ian Hunter 0, Euan Steel 0, Glenn Christie 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Jacob Munro 3)

Knights had an unbeaten performance against Villa to secure the Division 1 title. Knights started very strongly and won the opening four matches 3-0, with Stuart Halliday beating first Ian Hunter and later Euan Steel; Callum Riddoch also beat Euan and Jacob Munro defeated Glenn Christie. In match five Jacob went 2-0 up but 12-10 in the fourth saw Ian’s fight back make it two-games all. However, Jacob refocussed to comfortably win the fifth game. Next Callum came from behind to defeat Glenn 3-1 and then in the doubles match Stuart and Callum beat Ian and Euan 3-0 with 13-11 in the second game vital for the Knights pairing. Match eight was looking good for Euan when he went 2-1 up, but Jacob fought back well to win the match 3-2. The final two matches saw Villa players Glenn and Ian take the lead, but both Stuart and then Callum fought back to win their matches 3-1, although in Callum’s case 12-10 in the second game was vital to secure his victory.

 

Viscounts 6 (Andrew Nimmo 3, Peter Aird 2, Richard Clarke 1)

Brechin 4 (Andy Crawford 1½, Ian Farquhar 0, John Anderson 2½)

Viscounts dominated early on, but a late comeback by Brechin narrowed Viscounts margin of victory. Viscounts won five of the first six matches but only one was won 3-0. In the opener Andrew Nimmo came from behind to defeat Andy Crawford 3-1 and Peter Aird doubled the Viscounts lead after he beat Ian Farquhar 3-0. Brechin then got one back when John Anderson beat Richard Clarke 3-1. Match four started well for Andy when he won the opening game 13-11, but Peter fought back well to win it 12-10 in the fourth for Viscounts. Next Andrew had a similar result when he came from behind to defeat John 3-1 and Richard added another 3-1 victory for Viscounts when he beat Ian. The doubles match had the opposite outcome after Richard and Andrew won the opening game and thereafter John and Andy dominated to win it 3-1 for Brechin. John then got another back for Brechin when he beat Peter 3-1, but 11-13 and 10-12 game losses were tough on Peter. Things got even better for Brechin when Andy beat Richard 3-0 and they were only one behind. Match ten saw Ian trying to secure a draw for Brechin, but Andrew dominated from the off to win it 3-0 and secure the overall victory for Viscounts.

 

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3, Iain Martin 3, Ryan Docherty 3)

Brechin 1 (Andy Crawford ½, John Anderson ½, Ian Farquhar 0)                        

Up4it won well against Brechin but needed a couple of fifth game victories along the way. Up4it won the first six matches for the loss of just two games, Iain Martin in his come from behind 3-2 victory over John Anderson. Although the other five matches in the sequence were won 3-0 Up4it had to work hard with two games won 13-11 and another 12-10. The doubles match saw Brechin get on the scoreboard with Andy Crawford and John coming from behind to defeat Paul Monteith and Iain 3-1. However, Up4it then got back to winning ways. Firstly Iain beat Ian Farquhar 3-0; next Ryan Docherty defeated Andy 3-2 in a match that went one way and then the other; and then finally Paul beat John 11-9 in the third game to complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

Aces 7 (Grant Williams 3, Jim Dyson 2, Gary Lowson 2)

Brechin 3 (John Anderson ½, Ian Farquhar 0, Andy Crawford 2½)                      

Aces got the victory over Brechin that saw them leapfrog them in the table. It started well for Aces when they won the first two matches. Firstly Grant Williams beat John Anderson 3-1 and next Jim Dyson defeated Ian Farquhar 3-0 to double the Aces lead. Brechin got one back after Andy Crawford beat Gary Lowson 3-0, but Aces then went on the offensive to take command with three match wins in a row. The first was for Jim 3-0 against John; then Grant defeated Andy 3-1, with 12-10 in the first game crucial for Grant, and finally Gary made it 5-1 to Aces when he came from behind twice to beat Ian 3-2. The doubles match saw a better outcome for Brechin when John and Andy defeated Grant and Jim 11-9 in the fourth game and Brechin then got another after Andy beat Jim 3-0. In match nine Gary started well and won the opening game 11-7 but John levelled with a 12-10 game win. 12-10 in the third got Gary ahead again and then another 11-7 game win saw out the match for Gary. In the final match Grant beat Ian 3-0 to have the final say for Aces.

 

Division 2

Defenders 6 (Ken Head 2½, Tony O'Shea 3½, Kenny McLaren (Reserve) 0)

Comets 4 (Doug Ogilvie 1, Sandy Bertie 2, Jill Milne 1)

Defenders were ahead for the whole contest, but two late match wins reduced the final margin of defeat for Comets. A 3-0 victory for Ken Head against Doug Ogilvie got Defenders ahead and Tony O’Shea doubled their lead after he came from behind to defeat Sandy Bertie 3-1. Kenny McLaren started match three well and won the opening game, but Jill Milne fought back to win it 11-9 in the fourth game and get Comets on the scoreboard. Tony then defeated Doug 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Defenders but in match five Jill dominated the early proceedings to move 2-0 up. At 10-all in the third Jill was two points from victory but Ken won them and then he went on to dominate thereafter and take the match 3-2 for Defenders. Next Sandy defeated Kenny 13-11 in the third game to get one back for Comets and in the doubles match Sandy partnering Jill led 1-0 and 2-1. However, Ken and Tony won the fourth game to level and 12-10 in the fifth saw them win it for Defenders. In match eight 13-11 in the second got Jill level, but another 13-11 game win for Tony made it 2-1 and Tony then won the fourth game 11-8 to win the match for Defenders and secure the overall victory. Comets then finished well to take the last two matches. Firstly Doug came from behind to defeat Kenny 12-10 in the fourth game and then Sandy beat Ken 3-1 to have the final say for Comets.

 

Division 3

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

Squires 2 (Scott Wishart 1, Winnie Stein 1, Steve Wilson 0)

Duffers started very strongly and ended with a good victory against Squires. Duffers dominated early on and won the first five matches. Initially Rich McLaren came from behind to defeat Scott Wishart 3-1 with 12-10 in the second game crucial for Rich. Andy Reid then defeated Winnie Stein 3-0 and next Billy Liddle beat Steve Wilson 3-1 to get another for Duffers. Andy then added another with a 3-0 victory against Scott, but Squires were favourites to get on the scoreboard in match five when Steve went 2-1 up. However, Rich fought back well to win it 3-2 for Duffers. Squires then did get on the scoreboard after Winnie beat Billy 3-0, but 16-14 in the opening game was crucial for Winnie’s success. The doubles match was close with Andy and Rich going ahead twice and then Scott and Steve levelled twice. However, Andy and Rich won the fifth game with a few points to spare to win it for Duffers. Next Andy beat Steve 3-0 to make it 7-1 to Duffers but Scott then got one back for Squires after he defeated Billy 3-1. In the final match Winnie won the opening game 16-14 but Rich dominated thereafter to win it 3-1 and complete the scoring for Duffers.

 

Missiles 0 (Lee Nixon 0, Logan Smith 0, Ian Roberts 0)

Buccaneers 10 (Steve Stranock 3½, Murray Johnstone 3, Stewart Ferguson 3½)

Missiles were mostly dominant against Missiles and they ended the contest unbeaten. The opening match was a tight affair. Lee Nixon won the opening game but 18-16 in the second game got Steve Stranock level and Steve went on to win it 11-8 in the fourth game and get Buccaneers ahead. Buccaneers then dominated the next eight matches and won them all 3-0 without reaching ten-all even once. Steve won two of them; Murray Johnstone also won two matches and Stewart Ferguson won all three of his singles matches and the doubles match partnering Steve against Logan Smith and Ian. The final match was much closer though. Lee led 1-0 and 2-1, but Murray levelled twice and then won the fifth game to complete the scoring for Buccaneers.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Semi-finals

Villa 0 (Ian Hunter 0, David Sim 0, Euan Steel 0)

Brechin 5 (Andy Crawford 2, Ian Farquhar 1½, John Anderson 1½)

Brechin dominated from the off against Villa and they won the tie for the loss of just two games. Brechin went three matches ahead after three 3-0 victories. Matches one and three were fairly comfortable, but match two was much tighter with Ian Farquhar and John Anderson winning the opening game versus David Sim and Euan Steel 12-10. The second game was won 11-8, but it required a close 13-11 game three win for John and Ian to secure the match victory. The fourth match started better for Villa, when David and Euan won the opening game 11-8, but Andy Crawford and Ian fought back to win it 3-1 for Brechin although 16-14 and 13-11 in the third and fourth games show it was very close. Next Ian Hunter and David won the opening game for Villa, but John and Andy fought back to win the match 14-12 in the fourth game and secure the overall tie victory for Brechin.

 

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty 2, Paul Monteith 1, Iain Martin 1)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Jacob Munro 1, Callum Riddoch 2)

Up4it went ahead 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 but each time Knights levelled straight away and then Knights went on to win the tie in the final match. In the opening match Stuart Halliday and Jacob Munro took the lead twice, but Ryan Docherty and Paul Monteith levelled twice and then Ryan and Paul went on to win the match 11-8 in the fifth to get Up4it in front. A 3-1 victory for Callum Riddoch and Stuart against Iain Martin and Ryan got Knights level and a 3-0 win for Jacob and Callum versus Paul and Iain put Knights ahead. However, two match wins in a row put Up4it back in front. Firstly, Iain and Ryan defeated Stuart and Jacob 3-0 and next Ryan and Paul levelled twice against Jacob and Callum before going on comfortably win the decider and get Up4it in front. Back came Knights and a 3-1 win for Stuart and Callum against Paul and Iain made it three matches all. In match seven it looked good for Knights when Callum and Jacob raced into a 2-0 lead. However, 12-10 and 11-9 game wins got Iain and Ryan back level and they then won the decider with a few points to spare and make it 4-3 to Up4it. Knights levelled for the third time when Stuart and Jacob defeated Paul and Iain 3-1. In the final match Ryan and Paul started well and went 9-5 up, but six points in a row saw Stuart and Callum take the first game. Ryan and Paul won the second game 11-9 to level then at 13-all in the third it was anybody’s game. But Stuart and Callum won it 15-13 and then they won the fourth game 11-7 to take the match and secure Knights place in the final.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

04/04/2022

Squires v Duffers

Div 3

08/03/2022

05/04/2022

Tigers v Sputniks

Div 3

09/03/2022

06/04/2022

Sputniks v Duffers

Div 3

14/03/2022

11/04/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 24 - commencing 21 March 2022

Knights are still top of Division 1 after they narrowly defeated Viscounts who will now finish in third place. Second placed Up4it had an unbeaten victory at Lundin Lasers to cut the Knights lead to six points. However, Knights now need just five points from their remaining two fixtures to claim the title. In the other fixture Aces won well at Villa with Grant Williams and Jim Dyson remaining unbeaten. This result means Aces move three points ahead of Brechin in fourth place, although Brechin still have three fixtures left to play. Villa will now finish their League season in sixth place, one place ahead of Lundin Lasers.

 

Guthrie Park were confirmed as Division 2 champions when Defenders dropped a couple of points in their victory against Telecoms. Guthrie Park themselves did not play as player unavailability meant Comets decided to concede their fixture. The other fixture played saw Swots and Barons play out a close draw, and this result means Barons are in third place twelve points behind Defenders. Truants have finished fourth and Swots draw puts them in fifth place four points ahead of Telecoms. Comets remain in seventh, fourteen points behind Swots, but they still have three fixtures left to play.

 

Tigers increased their lead at the top of Division 3 when they won well against Buccaneers and saw nearest rivals Sputniks draw at Squires. Tigers are sixteen points clear, but Sputniks have a fixture in hand, and they also have to play Tigers in their final fixture. Buccaneers came from 1-3 down to narrowly defeat Duffers and as a result they have as good as secured third place with Duffers now twenty-seven points behind in fifth. New Kids had a big victory against Missiles but remain in fourth place.

 

In the Handicap Cup Brechin stage a remarkable fightback to come from 3-9 behind to defeat Duffers 10-9. In the other tie Missiles started very well at Lundin Lasers and in the end won the tie with a match to spare.

 

Division 1

Villa 2 (Ian Hunter 0, Euan Steel 1, Glenn Christie 1)

Aces 8 (Pete Yearworth 1, Grant Williams 3½, Jim Dyson 3½)

Aces won well against Villa, but losing all four matches that reached the fifth game did not help the Villa cause. The first time was in the opening match when Pete Yearworth came from 1-2 down to defeat Ian Hunter 3-2. Next two 3-0 victories increased the Aces lead, with Grant Williams and Jim Dyson beating Euan Steel and Glenn Christie respectively. In match four 15-13 in the second game got Euan level with Pete and Euan then went on to win it 11-9 in the fourth to get Villa on the scoreboard. Aces then got back on track when first Jim came from behind to defeat Ian 3-1 and next Grant defeated Glenn 3-0 to make it 5-1 to Aces. The doubles match went one way then the other but eventually Grant and Jim won it 3-2 for Aces against Ian and Euan. Match eight saw Euan move into a 2-0 lead, but Jim fought back to win it 12-10 in the fifth game for Aces. Glenn then got one back for Villa after he came from behind to defeat Pete 14-12 in the fourth game. The final match saw Ian go 2-0 up following 12-10 and 14-12 game wins. A strong third game got Grant back into it but game four saw Ian get agonisingly close to victory but Grant won it 16-14 to level. The decider saw Grant win it for Aces with a few points to spare.

 

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

Up4it 10 (Iain Martin 3½, Paul Monteith 3, Ryan Docherty 3½)

Up4it won all their matches at Lundin Lasers for the loss of just four games. The first was in match four when Iain Martin defeated Roman Nydza 3-1; next Ryan Docherty beat Arthur Duncan 11-9 in the fourth with 15-13 in the second game crucial for Ryan; then in match six Paul Monteith came from behind to defeat Nat Forno 11-9 in the fourth game with 13-11 in the third game vital for Paul. Later in match eight came from behind to beat Roman 3-1. Otherwise Up4it were in control and won all the other matches 3-0 with the game score reaching 10-all only once more in the first game of Iain’s victory over Nat.

 

Viscounts 4 (Justus Ludwig 0, Peter Aird 1½, Andrew Nimmo 2½)

Knights 6 (Callum Riddoch 2, Jacob Munro 2, Robert Toth 2)

After both sides had led, Knights edged ahead of Viscounts and they only confirmed their narrow overall victory after the final match. A 3-0 win for Callum Riddoch versus Justus Ludwig got Knights in front, but a 3-1 victory for Peter Aird against Jacob Munro got Viscounts level. The third match saw Robert Toth win the opener 11-9 and take game three 13-11, with Andrew Nimmo replying 13-11 in the second. Andrew dominated the fourth to level and then he won the fifth game 11-8 to take the match and get Viscounts in front. However, three match wins in a row got Knights 4-2 up. Firstly Callum beat Peter 3-0, with 12-10 in the second vital for Callum; then Justus and Robert shared a 12-10 game win each but Robert dominated the fourth game to win it 3-1 and finally Jacob beat Andrew 13-11 in the third game. The doubles match saw Callum and Jacob go 2-1 up but Andrew and Peter fought back well to win it 3-2 for Viscounts. Robert beat Peter 3-0 to make it 5-3 to Knights and it looked like 6-3 when Callum went 2-0 up in match nine. However, a good comeback by Andrew saw him eventually win it 13-11 in the fifth game to get one back for Viscounts. In match ten 17-15 in the third game got Justus back into the match at 1-2 down, but Jacob refocused to win the fourth game and complete the scoring for Knights.

 

Division 2

Swots 5 (Ivan Szabolcs (Reserve) 3½, Louis MacLeod 0, Ian Smith 1½)

Barons 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Andy Hughes 2, Stewart Mason 1)

Swots were ahead four times but after Barons had levelled four times, Swots then needed a final match victory by star player Ivan Szabolcs to get an overall draw. Ivan started the contest with a 3-1 victory against Fiona Kinloch; later Ivan came from behind to defeat Stewart Mason 3-1 and at the death Ivan beat Andy Hughes 3-1. Ivan added another after the doubles match where he partnered Ian Smith to defeat Fiona and Stewart 13-11 in the third game. Ian himself got Swots other match victory when he defeated Stewart 3-0. For Barons, Andy and Fiona both came from behind to defeat Louis MacLeod 3-1 with game two wins of 12-10 and 16-14 vital for Andy and Fiona respectively; and Stewart defeated Louis 12-10 in the third to get Barons level for the fourth time in match eight. Earlier Andy came from behind to defeat Ian 3-1 and then Fiona beat Ian 3-0 to get Barons ahead at 5-4, before Ivan came from behind to finish very strongly against Andy and earn Swots the overall draw.

 

Defenders 7 (Ian McLagan 2, Tony O'Shea 3½, Richard Tough 2½)

Telecoms 3 (Stewart Clark 0, David Monteith 2, Rob Fotheringham 0)

Defenders won well against Telecoms, but losing all three matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Telecoms cause. The first was in the opening match. It started well for Stewart Clark when he went 2-0 up but Ian McLagan fought back with 12-10 and 15-13 game wins to level and Ian then comfortably took the decider to get Defenders ahead. Tony O’Shea then beat David Monteith 3-2 to double the Defenders lead after David had levelled twice. Richard Tough beat Rob Fotheringham 3-0 to make it 3-0 to Defenders and Tony added another when he defeated Stewart 3-0. Next Ian beat Rob 3-0, but David got Telecoms on the scoreboard after he defeated Richard 3-1. It looked good in the doubles match for Telecoms when 13-11 and 15-13 game wins put David and Rob 2-0 up, but Tony and Richard fought back well to take the match 3-2 for Defenders. Two further 3-0 wins made it 8-1 to Defenders with Tony and Richard defeating Rob and Stewart respectively. In the final match David finished strongly for Telecoms to defeat Ian 3-0.

 

Guthrie Park 10 Comets 0

Due to player unavailability Comets conceded their fixture at Guthrie Park.

 

Division 3

New Kids 9 (Charlie Ross 2, Dave Beveridge 3½, Victor Trojan 3½)

Missiles 1 (Lee Nixon 0, Logan Smith 1, Ian Roberts 0)

New Kids dominated from the off against Missiles with New Kids winning the first nine matches for the loss of just one game, Dave Beveridge, 11-13 in game two of his 3-1 victory against Ian Roberts. Charlie Ross, Victor Trojan and Dave won the other eight matches 3-0, although Lee Nixon was unlucky to lose a game 10-12 to each of his opponents. In match ten Charlie was 2-1 up, but 12-10 in the fourth game got Logan Smith level and Logan then won it 11-8 in the fifth game to get Missiles on the scoreboard.

 

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 1, Andy Reid 2, Billy Liddle 1)

Buccaneers 6 (Steve Stranock 2½, Stewart Ferguson 1½, Murray Johnstone 2)

Duffers led 3-1 but Buccaneers fought back to secure a narrow overall victory. The opening match saw Steve Stranock move into a 2-0 lead but Rich McLaren fought back to level. However, in the decider Steve refocused and took the game 11-7 to get Buccaneers in front. Duffers then surged ahead with three match wins in a row. Initially Andy Reid beat Stewart Ferguson 3-0; next Billy Liddle defeated Murray Johnstone 3-1 and finally Andy beat Steve 3-1, with 14-12 in the first vital for Andy. It looked like four in a row for Duffers when Rich went 2-0 in match five, but 12-10 in the third got Murray back into it and Murray won the fifth game 11-9 to secure the match for Duffers. This seemed to turn the contest on its head as Buccaneers then won the next four matches. Initially Stewart beat Billy 3-0; then in the doubles match Stewart partnered Steve to come from behind and defeat Andy and Rich 3-1; Murray added another beating Andy 3-0 and Steve made it four in a row with a 3-0 victory over Billy. In match ten Rich started well to lead 2-0, but Stewart then got one back in the third game. However, Rich then dominated the fourth game to have the final say for Duffers.

 

Squires 5 (Bill Beattie 3½, Steve Wilson 1½, Winnie Stein 0)

Sputniks 5 (Nairn Nixon 2, Jack Oughton 1, Eric Brown 2)

Squires were ahead for most of the contest, but after Sputniks had levelled three times, Squires star player Bill Beattie won match ten 3-0 versus Jack Oughton to earn Squires an overall draw. Bill opened for Squires and he had to come from 1-2 down to defeat Nairn Nixon 3-2; then in match five Bill repeated the feat when he came from 1-2 down to beat Eric Brown 3-2. Squires also won the doubles match 3-0 with Bill partnering Steve Wilson against Nairn and Eric. Steve himself got Squires other victory when he came from behind to beat Jack 3-1. For Sputniks Eric beat Winnie Stein and Steve 3-0; Nairn defeated Steve 3-0 and Winnie 3-1 and Jack beat Winnie 3-0 for their final match victory.

 

Tigers 7 (Marion Davidson 1, Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 3½)

Buccaneers 3 (Steve Stranock 1, Glyn Pritchard 0, Stewart Ferguson 1)

Tigers got the victory they needed in the end against Buccaneers but it was close throughout with five matches going to the fifth game. In the opening match, 12-10 in the third game got Marion Davidson 2-1 up but Steve Stranock fought back well to win it 3-2 and get Buccaneers in front. Scott Thomson levelled when he defeated Glyn Pritchard 3-1 after another close match. In match three 12-10 in the fourth got Stewart Ferguson level, but Kenny McLaren won the decider 12-10 to get Tigers in front. Steve started match four well with 14-12 and 12-10 game wins putting him 2-0 up. However, 14-12 in the fourth got Scott level and Scott dominated the fifth game to make it 3-1 to Tigers. Stewart then beat Marion 12-10 in the fourth to get one back for Buccaneers but a good 3-0 victory for Kenny against Glyn made it 4-2 to Tigers. The doubles match went the distance. Steve and Glyn won the first and third games but Scott and Kenny levelled twice; but Steve and Glyn won the fifth game 11-8 to take the match for Buccaneers. However, Tigers then won the final three matches to secure the overall victory. Firstly, Scott beat Stewart 3-0; then Kenny came from 0-2 down to beat Steve 12-10 in the fifth game and finally Marion defeated Glyn 12-10 in the fourth game to complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Duffers 9 (Richard McLaren 4, Billy Liddle 2, Andy Reid 3)

Brechin 10 (John Anderson 3, Steve Stranock (Reserve) 4, Ian Farquhar 3)

After six matches Brechin were on the brink at 3-9 down to Duffers. However, Brechin then staged a remarkable fightback to win it after the extra end 10-9. A comfortable 2-0 win for Rich McLaren against John Anderson put Duffers ahead. In match two Billy Liddle and Steve Stranock shared a 31-26 game win each to make it 3-1 to Duffers. Ian Farquhar beat Andy Reid 31-30 in their first game, but Andy fought back to win their second game 31-28 and it was 4-2 to Duffers. Match four saw Billy and John share a 31-27 game win each to make it 5-3 to Duffers. Next Duffers surged ahead with two match victories in a row, Rich versus Ian and then Andy against Steve. Brechin now had no margin for error and match six saw Ian beat Billy 31-29 twice to reduce the gap. Next John beat Andy 31-29 and 31-26 to reduce Brechin’s gap to two. Steve had to win the final match against Rich to keep Brechin in it and he delivered to force a deciding extra game. Sadly for Duffers Steve won it 31-25 to secure the overall tie victory for Brechin.

 

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 3, Nat Forno 1)

Missiles 12 (Lee Nixon 4, Ian Roberts 4, Jim Fleming 4)

Missiles started very strongly at Lundin Lasers and although the home side fought back, Missiles won the tie with a match to spare. In the opening match Lee Nixon defeated Arthur Duncan 31-29, 31-27 and Ian Roberts doubled the Missiles lead after he defeated Roman Nydza 31-28, 31-26. Jim Fleming made it 6-0 to Missiles when he beat Nat Forno in identical game scores to Lee’s earlier victory. Lundin seemed in trouble but Roman got them back in the tie when he defeated Lee with a few points to spare. Match five saw Arthur and Jim share a 31-24 game win each to make it 7-3 to Missiles and next Nat got another back for Lundin but Ian won their second game to keep Missiles lead at four games. Match six saw Roman and Jim share a 31-30 game win each to put the Lasers on the brink and Lee then got Missiles over the line when he defeated Nat. The sides played out the final match with Ian winning game seventeen with a few points to spare. However, Arthur had the final say for Lundin when he won the second game 31-30.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

31/03/2022

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

30/03/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

29/03/2022

Aces v Brechin

Div1

24/02/2022

31/03/2022

Viscounts v Brechin

Div 1

08/03/2022

28/03/2022

Squires v Duffers

Div 3

08/03/2022

05/04/2022

Defenders v Comets

Div 2

09/03/2022

28/03/2022

Tigers v Sputniks

Div 3

09/03/2022

06/04/2022

Sputniks v Duffers

Div 3

14/03/2022

Unknown

Villa v Brechin

Stanley Doubles

25/03/2022

01/04/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 23 - commencing 14 March 2022

In the Stanley Doubles Cup Aces and Knights fought out a marathon battle. After being 3-0 down, including two fifth game losses, Aces won four five-game matches in a row to lead 4-3. However, it ended in agony for Aces when Knights won the tie 5-4 after the fifth game of the final match.

 

Knights increased their lead at the top of Division 1 after they won well at home to Villa, with Callum Riddoch and Jacob Munro unbeaten. The second and third placed sides both lost ground after they faced each other, with Up4it narrowly defeating Viscounts thanks mainly to a hat-trick of match wins from Ryan Docherty.  Knights have played a fixture less than their rivals and are now ten points ahead of Up4it, with Viscounts a further nine points back.

 

The Division 2 top two sides were back in action after their clash last week was cancelled. The leaders Guthrie Park won well at third placed Barons, but second placed Defenders only earned a draw at fourth placed Truants after a very late fightback. These two results mean Guthrie Park now need only one more point to secure the title and they still have four fixtures left to play. Defenders are now nine points ahead of Barons with both sides having three fixtures left to play. Truants are only four points behind Barons in fourth place, but they have completed their season; however they are twenty points ahead of fifth place. The other fixture saw sixth placed Telecoms narrowly defeat fifth placed Swots. This means Swots are now just one point ahead of Telecoms, and both sides have a single fixture left to play. Comets are a further eight points back in seventh place, but they have played three fixtures less than Swots and Telecoms.

 

Tigers surged back to the top of Division 3 after they had two good away victories. Firstly Tigers had an unbeaten win at Missiles and later they defeated short-handed Buccaneers who remain in third place after their loss. Scott Thomson starred for Tigers and remained unbeaten over the two fixtures. Sputniks saw their fixture at Duffers postponed and they drop to second place, now fourteen points behind Tigers. The other fixture saw Squires win at Missiles but they remain in sixth place.

 

In the Handicap Cup Viscounts came from behind to defeat Defenders with a match to spare.

 

Division 1

Knights 8 (Jacob Munro 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 1)

Villa 2 (Glenn Christie 1, Jill Milne (Reserve) 0, Euan Steel 1)

Knights won well against Villa in a contest where eight of the ten matches were won 3-0. The exceptions were in matches five and six where firstly Jacob Munro beat Euan Steel 3-1 and next Bill Beattie came from behind to defeat Jill Milne 3-1. Callum Riddoch won all of his matches 3-0, with Euan coming closest, losing 11-13 in their second game. Jacob added another couple of 3-0 wins against Glenn Christie and Jill, with Jill losing their opener 10-12. For Villa, Euan and Glenn both defeated Bill 3-0, although Bill was unlucky to lose 12-14 to Glenn in their second game.

 

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2, Iain Martin 1, Ryan Docherty 3)

Viscounts 4 (Peter Aird 1½, Andrew Nimmo 2½, Justus Ludwig 0)

Up4it just managed to keep Viscounts at bay and they ended with a narrow overall victory. Up4it went in front after Paul Monteith defeated Peter Aird 3-0, but Andrew Nimmo got Viscounts level after he came from 1-2 down to defeat Iain Martin 3-2. Up4it went back in front when Ryan Docherty beat Justus Ludwig 3-1; but back came Viscounts with Peter beating Iain 3-0 to make it two matches all. Paul beat Justus 3-0 to put Up4it ahead again, and after both players had led, Ryan eventually overcame Andrew 11-8 in the fifth to make it 4-2 to Up4it overall. The doubles match started well for Iain and Ryan and they took the opening game 12-10. However, Peter and Andrew fought back well to take the match 3-1 for Viscounts. Match eight saw Iain beat Justus 14-12 in the third game for Up4it but it seemed Peter would then get one back for Viscounts when he went 2-1 up. However, yet another turn saw Ryan win it 3-2 for Up4it to make it 6-3 overall. Andrew then had the final say for Viscounts when he defeated Paul 11-9 in the third game.

 

Division 2

Barons 2 (Andy Hughes 1, Fiona Kinloch 1, Stewart Mason 0)

Guthrie Park 8 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 1, Aaron Robertson 3½)

Guthrie Park won well at Barons and they were mostly in command throughout. Guthrie Park went ahead after Derek Mitchell beat Andy Hughes 3-0, but Barons levelled when Fiona Kinloch came from behind to defeat Derek Beaton 3-1. Next Aaron Robertson defeated Stewart Mason 3-0 to get Guthrie Park back in front. Match four saw Fiona on course to get Barons level again when she led 2-0, but a strong fight back by Derek Mitchell made it two-games all. The decider saw Fiona start better to lead 6-2 but she missed a couple of chances to increase her lead and Derek then hit a purple patch at the right time to win it 11-8 for Guthrie Park. Sadly for Barons, Guthrie Park then won the next five matches for the loss of just one game, Derek Mitchell and Aaron in their 3-1 doubles match victory against Fiona and Andy. During the run Aaron won two singles matches and the Derek’s got a match win each. In match ten the opening game saw both Derek Beaton and Andy have game points but it was Andy who won it 15-13. In the second game with the score at 7-3 to Andy, Derek injured himself and could not continue so he unfortunately had to concede the match.

 

Telecoms 6 (Graeme Elrick 2½, Stewart Clark 0, David Monteith 3½)

Swots 4 (Sandy Pearson 1, Louis MacLeod 1, Ian Smith 2)

Swots came from behind to lead half way through the fixture, but Telecoms then dominated thereafter to get the overall narrow victory. The opening two matches were decided after the fifth game with the sides taking one win each. Both Graeme Elrick and next Louis MacLeod came from 1-2 down to beat Sandy Pearson and Stewart Clark respectively. In match three David Monteith beat Ian Smith 3-0 to put Telecoms back in front but two match wins in a row saw Swots go ahead for the first time. Firstly Sandy defeated Stewart 3-1 and next Ian beat Graeme 12-10 in the third game. In match six two 12-10 game wins helped David to defeat Louis 3-0 and get Telecoms back level. The doubles match swung one way then the other, but eventually it was Graeme and David who won it 3-2 against Louis and Ian to make it 4-3 overall to Telecoms. The sides then shared a 3-0 win each; Ian versus Stewart and next David against Sandy. In the final match 14-12 in the third game put Louis 2-1 up, but Graeme fought back well to win it 3-2 and secure the narrow overall victory for Telecoms.

 

Truants 5 (Knut Radmer 0, Howard Lee 2½, Graham Wood 2½)

Defenders 5 (Tony O'Shea 2, Ian McLagan 1, Richard Tough 2)

Truants came from behind to lead early on and then they had three fifth game match victories to lead 5-2 overall. But three match victories in a row for Defenders meant the sides had to settle for an overall draw. Defenders went ahead after Tony O’Shea beat Knut Radmer 3-0, but three match wins in a row saw Truants surge ahead. Firstly Howard Lee beat Ian McLagan 3-2, next Graham Wood defeated Richard Tough 3-1 and finally Howard did it again to beat Tony 3-2, with 15-13 in the third game vital for Howard. A 3-0 win for Richard against Knut got one back for Defenders, but Graham then defeated Ian 3-0 for Truants. The doubles match saw both pairings lead but a strong finish saw Graham and Howard win it 3-2 versus Tony and Richard and Truants were 5-2 up overall. However, the contest then turned and a strong finish saw Defenders win the last three matches for the loss of just one game, Ian in his 3-1 victory against Knut.

 

Division 3

Missiles 3 (Lee Nixon 1½, Logan Smith 1½, Ian Roberts 0)

Squires 7 (Winnie Stein 2, Eddie Dougan 2, Scott Wishart 3)

Squires led from the off at Missiles and ended with a good victory, although Missiles had two good match wins in the second half. Squires went 3-0 up but the matches were close. Firstly Winnie Stein came from behind to defeat Lee Nixon 3-2; next Eddie Dougan defeated Logan Smith 17-15 in the third game and finally Scott Wishart beat Ian Roberts 3-1, with 13-11 in the third vital for Scott. Two 14-12 game wins helped Logan to beat Winnie 3-0 and Missiles were on the scoreboard. Match five started well for Lee who dominated the first game, however Scott fought back to win it 3-1 for Squires and next a comfortable 3-0 win for Eddie versus Ian made it 5-1 to Squires. The doubles match saw both pairings lead, but 13-11 in the fifth game saw Lee and Logan take the match for Missiles versus Eddie and Scott. Scott immediately got a bit of revenge after he beat Logan 3-0 and Winnie then added another for Squires when she defeated Ian 3-1. The final match saw Lee have the final say for Missiles when he beat Eddie 3-0.

 

Buccaneers 3 (Murray Johnstone 2, Stewart Ferguson 1)

Tigers 7 (Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 2½, Arthur Pritchard 1)

Tigers won at short-handed Buccaneers to consolidate their position at the top of the Division. However, Buccaneers did well to win three of the seven matches actually played. Tigers started well and Scott Thomson defeated Murray Johnstone 3-1 in the opener. Next Kenny McLaren beat Stewart Ferguson 3-2 after Stewart levelled from 0-2 down to increase the Tigers lead. It seemed Arthur Pritchard would get another for Tigers when he went 2-0 up but Murray fought back well to win it 3-2 and get Buccaneers on the scoreboard. Next Scott defeated Stewart 3-1 to get another for Tigers but Buccaneers then won the remaining two singles matches. Firstly, Murray got his second win after he came from behind to defeat Kenny 3-1, with 14-12 in the second crucial for Murray; then Stewart got another for Buccaneers when he beat Arthur 3-0. The doubles match was fairly one-sided early on but Scott and Kenny needed a 12-10 win in game three to secure the match win for Tigers and complete the scoring.

 

Missiles 0 (Jonny Laing 0, Lee Nixon 0, Ian Roberts 0)

Tigers 10 (Scott Thomson 3½, Arthur Pritchard 3½, Marion Davidson 3)

Tigers had an unbeaten night at Missiles and they won all ten matches for the loss of just three games, although losing all five games that reached ten-all did not help the Missiles cause. The opening match saw Scott Thomson defeat Jonny Laing 3-1; then in match three Marion Davidson came from behind to defeat Ian Roberts 3-1 and finally in match eight Marion beat Lee Nixon 3-1. Arthur Pritchard won all of his matches 3-0, including the doubles match partnering Scott versus Jonny and Lee.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 3

Aces 4 (Pete Yearworth 1, Gary Lowson 1½, Grant Williams 1½)

Knights 5 (Callum Riddoch 1½, Stuart Halliday 2, Jacob Munro 1½)

Aces and Knights fought out a marathon cup-tie which was not decided until the fifth game of the final match. The opening match saw Callum Riddoch and Stuart Halliday come from 1-2 down to beat Pete Yearworth and Gary Lowson 14-12 in the fifth game and get Knights ahead. A 3-1 victory for Jacob Munro and Stuart versus Grant Williams and Gary saw the Knights lead doubled and another come from behind 3-2 victory for Callum and Jacob against Grant and Pete made it 3-0 to Knights. However, four 3-2 match wins in a row saw Aces go 4-3 up. Firstly, Gary and Grant were behind twice but won it 14-12 in the fifth game against Callum and Stuart. Then Pete and Gary came from behind to beat Callum and Jacob 3-2 and next Grant and Pete defeated Jacob and Stuart after the Knights pairing had levelled twice. Finally, Grant and Gary came from 0-2 down to beat Callum and Jacob and Knights were on the brink. Match eight saw Knights back level after Callum and Stuart beat Grant and Pete 3-1. The final match saw Jacob and Stewart go 2-0 up following 13-11 and 12-10 game wins. Aces pairing Pete and Gary then fought back very strongly to level at two-games all. Sadly for Aces Jacob and Stuart won the deciding game with a few points to spare to take the tie for Knights.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Defenders 6 (Richard Tough 2, Tony O'Shea 3, Ian McLagan 1)

Viscounts 10 (Andrew Nimmo 5, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 2, Peter Aird 3)

After match five Defenders and Viscounts were tied at five games all, but Viscounts then surged ahead to take the tie with a match to spare. The opening match saw Richard Tough and Andrew Nimmo get a game win each but next Tony O’Shea beat Bill Beattie to get Defenders in front, although 26-25 in the first game was tough on Bill. Ian McLagan and Peter Aird shared a game win each to make it 4-2 to Defenders but Andrew then beat Tony 26-22 twice to tie the scores at four games all. Match five was also tied with Peter getting Viscounts in front but Richard coming back strongly to level. Bill then beat Ian to put Viscounts two up. Peter won his first game against Tony 26-25 to make it 8-5 to Viscounts but Tony then won their second game 26-23 to get one back for Defenders. In match eight Andrew defeated Ian 26-23 twice to see Defenders win the overall tie.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

31/03/2022

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

30/03/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Aces v Brechin

Div1

24/02/2022

31/03/2022

Guthrie Park v Defenders

Div 2

24/02/2022

31/03/2022

Viscounts v Brechin

Div 1

08/03/2022

Unknown

Squires v Duffers

Div 3

08/03/2022

05/04/2022

Defenders v Comets

Div 2

09/03/2022

28/03/2022

Tigers v Sputniks

Div 3

09/03/2022

06/04/2022

Sputniks v Duffers

Div 3

14/03/2022

Unknown

Duffers v Brechin

Handicap Cup

15/03/2022

22/03/2022

Lundin Lasers v Missiles

Handicap Cup

18/03/2022

24/03/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 22 - commencing 07 March 2022

Viscounts’ time at the top of Division 1 was ended after a single week when they lost heavily to Knights on Monday. On the same night Up4it returned to the top of the table after they won well at Villa. Then on Tuesday Knights had a strong victory at Up4it to cut Up4it’s lead. Knights then played two more re-scheduled fixtures to firstly defeat Aces and then Brechin at the end of the week. These results mean Knights are now eight points clear of Up4it, with Viscounts another seven points back in third place, and Knights still have a fixture in hand on their two title rivals. For Knights Robert Toth and Callum Riddoch both remained unbeaten in nine singles matches played during the week. The other fixture played saw Brechin get an unbeaten victory at Lundin Lasers which means Brechin rise to fourth place above Aces, five points ahead with a fixture in hand.

 

There were only two fixtures played in Division 2. Third placed Barons won well against Telecoms to cut the gap on second placed Defenders to six points and fourth placed Truants drew at Swots who are now in fifth place. Telecoms are just three points behind Swots with Comets another two points behind in seventh, albeit Comets have played two fixtures less than their two nearest rivals.

 

There were a couple of late match postponements in Division 3 so only one fixture was played. Buccaneers visited New Kids and they won well to leap-frog their hosts into third place, five points ahead and with three fixtures in hand. Steve Stranock and Glyn Pritchard both achieved three singles match victories for Buccaneers.

 

Division 1

Villa 1 (Glenn Christie 0, Euan Steel 0, David Sim 1)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 3½, Iain Martin 3½)

Up4it won well at Villa, but Villa fought hard throughout. The first eight matches saw Villa win seven games but find themselves 8-0 down. The opening match was won 3-0 by Paul Monteith against Glenn Christie but 10-12 and 13-15 game losses show Glenn was unlucky not to take it further. The next three matches were all won 3-1 by Up4it. Firstly Ryan Docherty defeated Euan Steel, but 18-16 in the first was vital for Ryan; next Iain Martin best David Sim 11-9 in the fourth and finally Paul came from behind to defeat Euan, with 12-10 in the third crucial for Paul. Iain beat Glenn 3-0 to make it 5-0 overall, but match six saw David in command at 2-1 up. However, Ryan fought back strongly to win it 3-2 for Up4it. The doubles match saw Iain and Ryan come from behind to beat Euan and David 3-1 but 11-9, 10-12, 9-11 and 8-11 game scores show it was close throughout. Match eight was evenly poised at one game all, but Iain dominated thereafter to defeat Euan 3-1. Next Villa finally got on the scoreboard when David defeated Paul 3-1 but Ryan then defeated Glenn 3-1 to complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

Aces 1 (Jim Dyson ½, Gary Lowson 0, Pete Yearworth ½)

Knights 9 (Robert Toth 3, Callum Riddoch 3, Jacob Munro 3)

Knights won well at Aces and were unbeaten in the singles matches. Robert Toth and Callum Riddoch were in devastating form and each won three singles matches 3-0, although they both required one 12-10 game win. Jacob Munro also won his three singles matches for Knights but not quite as decisively. Firstly in match three Jacob came from behind to defeat Pete Yearworth 3-1; next Jacob beat Jim Dyson 11-9 in the third game and finally in match nine Jacob came from 0-2 down to defeat Gary Lowson 3-2. The doubles match was a different affair with Jim and Pete coming from behind to defeat Callum and Jacob 3-1 and get Aces on the scoreboard.

 

Up4it 2 (Ryan Docherty 0, Iain Martin 0, Paul Monteith 2)

Knights 8 (Robert Toth 3, Jacob Munro 2½, Stuart Halliday 2½)

A good overall performance saw Knights win well at Up4it but losing four times in the fifth game was tough on Up4it. The first was in the opening match when Robert Toth beat Ryan Docherty 3-2. Robert started with two 13-11 game wins but Ryan then levelled with 11-9 and 12-10 game wins. However, Robert dominated the decider to win it for Knights. Next, Jacob Munro came from 0-2 down to finish strongly and beat Iain Martin 3-2. Later Jacob did it again when he came from 1-2 behind to beat Ryan 3-2. The doubles match also went to game five and this time it was Stuart Halliday and Jacob who triumphed 3-2 for Knights against Paul Monteith and Ryan after both pairings had led. The other four victories for Knights were two when Robert beat Iain 3-0 and Paul 3-1; and another two for Stuart after he defeated Ryan 3-0 and Iain 3-1. For Up4it Paul beat Stuart 12-10 in the third and Paul also defeated Jacob 11-9 in the fourth game.

 

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

Brechin 10 (Ian Farquhar 3, Andy Crawford 3½, John Anderson 3½)

Brechin were in devastating form at Lundin Lasers.  Ian Farquhar, Andy Crawford and John Anderson won all ten matches without dropping a game and only four of their thirty game wins were by the minimum two points.

 

Knights 8 (Robert Toth 3, Stuart Halliday 2, Callum Riddoch 3)

Viscounts 2 (Andrew Nimmo 1½, Peter Aird ½, Richard Clarke 0)

Knights led from the off against Viscounts and although they had a few scares along the way they ended with a dominant overall victory. Knights won the first three matches in varying circumstances. Initially Robert Toth beat Andrew Nimmo 3-1; then Stuart Halliday defeated Peter Aird 11-9 in the fifth after both players had led and finally Callum Riddoch comfortably beat Richard Clarke 3-0. Viscounts then got on the scoreboard when Andrew beat Stuart 3-2 after Stuart had levelled from 0-2 down. But then two more match wins made it 5-1 to Knights. After Robert had defeated Richard 3-0, Callum then beat Peter 3-1. The doubles match was close throughout but Andrew and Peter came from behind to beat Stuart and Callum 3-1 and get one back for Viscounts. However, Knights the turned the screw and won the remaining three matches 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

Brechin 2 (Andy Crawford 2, John Anderson 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Knights 8 (Stuart Halliday 2½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Jacob Munro 2)

Brechin were narrowly behind at the midway point, but Knights dominated the scoreboard thereafter, albeit Brechin were unlucky to lose 2-3 three times. Brechin went in front after Andy Crawford beat Stuart 11-8 in the fifth game after Stuart had levelled from 0-2 down. However, Knights went ahead following two 3-0 victories for Callum Riddoch and Jacob Munro against John Anderson and Ian Farquhar respectively. Next Stuart got another match win for Knights when he defeated John 3-1. In the second game of match five 12-10 put Andy 2-0 up but Jacob fought well to level at two games all. The deciding fifth game was very close, but it was Andy who won it 13-11 to get Brechin just one match behind. A comfortable 3-0 win for Callum against Ian made it 4-2 to Knights and two more fifth game wins made it 6-2. Firstly in the doubles match Stuart and Callum beat Andy and John 3-2 after the Brechin pairing had levelled twice; then in match eight 12-10 and 13-11 game wins put John 2-1 up, but Jacob fought back well to win it 3-2 for Knights. Stuart then defeated Ian 3-0 to add another for Knights but it looked like Andy was having the final say for Brechin in match ten when 13-11 put him 2-0 ahead. However, in one final twist Callum fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth for Knights. 

 

Division 2

Swots 5 (Sandy Pearson 1, Louis MacLeod 2, Ian Smith 2)

Truants 5 (Graham Wood 2½, Charlie Ross (Reserve) 0, Howard Lee 2½)

Swots and Truants fought out a very even contest overall that ended in a draw. Four of the matches played were decided in the fifth game and the first was in the opening match when Graham Wood came from 0-2 down to defeat Sandy Pearson 3-2 to get Truants in front. A 3-0 victory for Louis MacLeod against Charlie Ross got Swots level, but another 3-0 win for Howard Lee versus Ian Smith put Truants back in front. Match four saw Graham open up a 2-0 lead, but Louis fought back to level at two games all. The deciding game saw Graham win it with a few points to spare and Truants were 3-1 ahead. A comfortable 3-0 win for Howard versus Sandy made it 4-1, but Ian then beat Charlie 3-1 to get one back for Swots. The doubles match was very close and after Sandy and Louis had led twice, Graham and Howard fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth for Truants. Swots then staged a great fight back to win the last three matches and earn an overall draw. Firstly, Louis beat Howard 3-0; then Ian came from 1-2 down to defeat Graham 3-2 and finally Sandy beat Charlie 3-1 to get Swots the overall draw.

 

Barons 7 (Andy Hughes 3½, Fiona Kinloch 3½, Stewart Mason 0)

Telecoms 3 (Graeme Elrick 1, Rob Fotheringham 1, David Monteith 1)

Barons were ahead for the whole fixture against Telecoms, but the final result turned on a couple of close matches. The opening match saw Graeme Elrick win the first game in rapid time, but Andy Hughes fought back well to win it 3-1; and Fiona Kinloch doubled the Barons lead following a comfortable 3-0 victory against Rob Fotheringham. A similar result for David Monteith versus Stewart Mason saw Telecoms back into it. However, another 3- 0 victory for Fiona against Graeme made it 3-1 to Barons overall. Match five seemed pivotal and it went the distance. Andy won the first, but 12-10 in the second got David level. The third was won 11-9 by Andy but David levelled with a strong fourth game. However, an even stronger fifth game saw Andy win it 3-2 for Barons. Telecoms then got one back after Rob beat Stewart 11-9 in the fourth, but a strong 3-0 doubles match victory for Fiona and Andy made it 5-2 overall to Barons. Match eight was another cracker. David won the first 14-12, but 15-13 in the second got Fiona level. The third game again reached ten-all but this time Fiona won it 12-10 to go 2-1 up, and a strong fourth game saw her win it 3-1 for Barons. Telecoms then got another back after Graeme defeated Stewart 3-1, but Andy then completed the scoring for Barons with a 3-0 win versus Rob.

 

Division 3

New Kids 2 (Victor Trojan 0, Martin Turnbull 1½, Dave Beveridge ½)

Buccaneers 8 (Steve Stranock 3, Glyn Pritchard 3, Stewart Ferguson 2)

Buccaneers led from the start at New Kids and ended with a big away victory. Buccaneers won the first six matches for the loss of just two games. Steve Stranock and Stewart Ferguson were dominant to win both of their matches 3-0, but Glyn Pritchard twice came from behind to win 3-1. In match two Glyn lost the opener 13-15 to Martin Turnbull, but Glyn then recovered to win it 11-9 in the fourth game. Then in match six Dave Beveridge won the opening game 14-12, but Glyn again recovered well to win 3-1. The doubles match saw a change in fortunes for New Kids. Steve and Glyn won the opening game 21-19 and then game three by 13-11 to lead 2-1; but Dave and Martin fought back well to win the match 11-9 in the fifth game for New Kids. Martin then got another back for new kids when he defeated Stewart 3-1; but Steve then beat Dave 3-0 to make it 7-2 to Buccaneers. The final match saw Glyn race into a 2-0 lead, but 14-12 and 12-10 game wins for Victor Trojan made it two games all. Glyn then stopped Victor’s fight-back with a strong fifth game to take the match for Buccaneers.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Sputniks 10 (Nairn Nixon 1, Carol McLean 5, Eric Brown 4)

Swots 3 (Sandy Pearson 2, Louis MacLeod 0, Ian Smith 1)

Sputniks went through fairly comfortably against Swots and won the tie with a couple of matches to spare. Yet it started well for Swots after Sandy Pearson beat Nairn Nixon 26-24, 26-22. However, three match wins in a row saw Sputniks surge ahead. Firstly Carol McLean beat Louis MacLeod; next Eric Brown defeated Ian Smith and then Carol beat Sandy, with 23-26 twice the closest Swots came in their six game losing run. Match five saw Nairn and Ian share a game win each to make it 7-3 overall to Sputniks. However, Eric then beat Louis to make it 9-3 and next Carol saw out the tie for Sputniks after she comfortably won her opening game versus Ian.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

31/03/2022

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

30/03/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

Aces v Knights

Stanley Doubles

17/02/2022

17/03/2022

Aces v Brechin

Div1

24/02/2022

24/03/2022

Guthrie Park v Defenders

Div 2

24/02/2022

31/03/2022

Viscounts v Brechin

Div 1

08/03/2022

Unknown

Squires v Duffers

Div 3

08/03/2022

Unknown

Defenders v Comets

Div 2

09/03/2022

Unknown

Tigers v Sputniks

Div 3

09/03/2022

06/04/2022

Sputniks v Duffers

Div 3

14/03/2022

Unknown

Duffers v Brechin

Handicap Cup

15/03/2022

22/03/2022

Lundin Lasers v Missiles

Handicap Cup

18/03/2022

24/03/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 21 - commencing 28 February 2022

For the first time since September Up4it are off the top of Division 1. Up4it won well against Aces, but Viscounts fixture at Lundin Lasers was conceded and as a result Viscounts move two points clear at the top, albeit Up4it have a fixture in hand. Third placed Knights also had a good victory versus Brechin and they are now sixteen points off the top, but they have played four fixtures less than the new leaders. Brechin narrowly defeated Villa although the sides remain in fifth and sixth place respectively.

 

The top two sides in Division 2, Guthrie Park and Defenders, both won well away at Telecoms. However, Guthrie Park’s slightly better victory in their scheduled fixture means their lead is now twenty-seven points. Barons moved five points ahead of Truants into third place following a good victory against their nearest rivals. Swots narrowly defeated Comets to go level on points with them, although Comets have a fixture in hand. Following their heavy defeats to the top two, Telecoms are now seventh but they are only one point behind Comets and Swots.

 

There is also a new leader of Division 3 after the long-time leaders Tigers were usurped. Sputniks had an unbeaten victory over third placed New Kids and as a result they move three points clear of Tigers who themselves had a narrow victory over fifth placed Duffers. Crucially Tigers have a fixture in hand, but before that Sputniks visit their title rivals next week in a scheduled fixture. Buccaneers had an unbeaten result against Missiles and although they remain in fourth place, they are just one point behind New Kids with three fixtures in hand.

 

Division 1

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 2½, Iain Martin 2, Ryan Docherty 2½)

Aces 3 (Grant Williams 1, Pete Yearworth 0, Jim Dyson 2)

Up4it and Aces fought out a marathon contest with half of the matches played going to the fifth game, and another four matches being won 3-1. Up4it started better and won the opening three matches 3-1. In the opening match 14-12 in the second helped Paul Monteith to defeat Grant Williams and then two more wins followed for Iain Martin and next Ryan Docherty against Pete Yearworth and Jim Dyson respectively. Match four saw Up4it increase their lead when Iain came from 1-2 down to beat Grant 3-2, after the players had opened with a 13-11 game win each. Next Aces got on the scoreboard when Jim beat Paul 3-2 in a match that went one way then the other. However, Up4it then moved further ahead. Firstly Ryan beat Pete 3-0 and then in the doubles match Ryan partnered Paul to defeat Jim and Grant 3-1. Aces kept battling away and they were rewarded with two come-from-behind fifth game match victories. Firstly 13-11 in the third helped Jim to defeat Iain and next Grant came from 0-2 down to defeat Ryan 14-12 in the fifth. In match ten it seemed Pete would have the final say for Aces when he raced into a 2-0 lead, but three 11-7 game wins in a row saw Paul complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

Brechin 6 (Andy Crawford 2½, John Anderson 2½, Ian Farquhar 1)

Villa 4 (Glenn Christie 0, Ian Hunter 1, David Sim 3)

Brechin led for the majority of their clash with Villa, but they did not secure the overall victory until the final match. Brechin started well with two 3-0 match victories. Firstly, Andy Crawford beat Glenn Christie and next John Anderson defeated Ian Hunter. Matches three and four followed a similar pattern, but this time Villa won one of the matches. Firstly, David Sim defeated Ian Farquhar to get Villa on the scoreboard but next John made it 3-1 to Brechin after he defeated Glenn 13-11 in the third game. Villa then got one back when David beat Andy 3-1 and next Ian Hunter came from behind to defeat Ian Farquhar 3-1 to get Villa level, although 10-12, 11-13 and 11-13 game losses show Ian Farquhar was extremely close to taking the match further. The doubles match now seemed crucial and it was Andy and John that triumphed for Brechin, 3-0 versus David and Glenn. Back came Villa and David defeated John 3-1 to make it 4-4 overall. Match nine was close early on, but Ian Farquhar came on strong to defeat Glenn 3-1 and get Brechin ahead again. Ian Hunter then had the chance to get Villa an overall draw in match ten, but it was Andy that dominated early on and he then won it 11-9 in the third game to secure the overall victory for Brechin.

 

Lundin Lasers 0 Viscounts 10

Due to player unavailability Lundin Lasers conceded their fixture at home to Viscounts.

 

Knights 8 (Jacob Munro 1, Callum Riddoch 3½, Robert Toth 3½)

Brechin 2 (Andy Crawford 1, Ian Farquhar 0, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 1)

Knights were only just ahead of Brechin at the half-way point but dominated thereafter. Brechin went ahead when Andy Crawford came from behind to defeat Jacob Munro 3-1, but three match wins in a row got Knights in front. Initially Callum Riddoch beat Ian Farquhar 3-1, with both players having an 11-9 game win; next Robert Toth defeated Aaron Robertson 3-0 and then two 12-10 game wins helped Callum to beat Andy. Match five saw Brechin right back in it at 2-3 down after Aaron defeated Jacob 12-10 in the third game. Sadly for Brechin, Knights then saw out the contest with five 3-0 match victories in a row. Losing by two points six times in the run did not help Brechin’s cause and Ian was unlucky to lose 12-10, 12-10 and 11-9 to Jacob in match ten.

 

Viscounts 10 Lundin Lasers 0

Due to player unavailability Lundin Lasers conceded their fixture at Viscounts.

 

Division 2

Telecoms 1 (David Monteith 1, Rob Fotheringham 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

Guthrie Park 9 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 2, Aaron Robertson 3½)

Guthrie Park started well against Telecoms and won the first three matches 3-1. Initially Derek Mitchell beat David Monteith; then Derek Beaton defeated Rob Fotheringham, with 12-10 in the second vital for Derek, and finally Aaron Robertson beat Graeme Elrick. However, Guthrie Park then went on a devastating run winning six matches in a row for the loss of just one game, Aaron in his 12-10 fourth game victory against David. In match ten David got Telecoms on the scoreboard when he defeated Derek Beaton 3-0.

 

Truants 2 (Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 1, Dave Beveridge (Reserve) 1)

Barons 8 (Fiona Kinloch 3½, Andy Hughes 3½, Stewart Mason 1)

Barons won well in the end at Truants but there were several close matches along the way. Barons went ahead when Fiona Kinloch defeated Knut Radmer 3-0 and Andy Hughes beat Graham Wood 11-9 in the fourth to double their lead, although 13-11 in the second was tough on Graham. Truants got one back after Dave Beveridge came from behind to defeat Stewart Mason 3-1. However, Barons won the next trio of singles matches to surge ahead. Firstly Fiona beat Graham 3-1; then Stewart defeated Knut 3-0 and finally Andy came from behind to beat Dave 13-11 in the fourth after Dave had saved four match points. The doubles match saw Barons increase their lead to 6-1 when Fiona and Andy defeated Dave and Graham 3-1. Next Truants got another back when Graham beat Stewart 3-0, but comfortable 3-0 wins for Fiona and Andy versus Dave and Knut respectively completed the scoring for Barons.

 

Comets 4 (Doug Ogilvie 1, Fraser Smith 2, Sandy Bertie 1)

Swots 6 (Sandy Pearson 1, Louis MacLeod 2½, Ian Smith 2½)

Swots dominated from the off but a late come-back meant Comets lost by the narrowest of margins. Swots went ahead with three 3-1 victories in a row. Firstly Sandy Pearson defeated Doug Ogilvie; then Louis MacLeod beat Fraser Smith, although 10-12 and 11-13 game losses were tough on Fraser and finally Ian Smith defeated Sandy Bertie 13-11 in the fourth game. Match four saw Comets get one back with Fraser defeating Sandy Pearson 3-0, but again 12-14 and 10-12 game losses were hard on Sandy. Match five saw both players lead, but eventually Ian came from 1-2 down to defeat Doug 3-2 to make it 4-1 to Swots. Louis beat Sandy Bertie 3-0 to make it 5-1 overall and Louis then partnered Ian to defeat Doug and Fraser 12-10 in the fourth and make it 6-1 to Swots. However, Comets then staged a late rally and won the last three matches. Firstly, Fraser beat Ian 3-1 and then two 3-0 victories for Sandy Bertie and Doug against Sandy Pearson and Louis respectively got the last say for Comets, although Swots went away with the overall victory.

 

Telecoms 2 (Stewart Clark 1, Graeme Elrick 1)

Defenders 8 (Ian McLagan 2, Tony O'Shea 3½, Richard Tough 2½)

Defenders won well at shorthanded Telecoms, but only once was a match won in straight games. Defenders won the opening two matches 3-1 with firstly Ian McLagan defeating Stewart Clark and next Tony O’Shea beat Graeme Elrick. However, Telecoms responded with two 3-1 victories of their own. Initially Stewart beat Richard Tough 13-11 in the fourth game and then Graeme defeated Ian McLagan. Sadly for Telecoms that was as good as it got and Defenders won the remaining three matches played. Tony came from behind to beat Stewart 3-1; Richard defeated Graeme 3-0 and Richard and Tony won the doubles match 3-1 to complete the scoring for Defenders.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 10 (Steve Stranock 3½, Murray Johnstone 3, Glyn Pritchard 3½)

Missiles 0 (Jonny Laing 0, Lee Nixon 0, Logan Smith 0)

Buccaneers dominated from the off against Missiles and they won all ten matches for the loss of just two games, Steve Stranock and Murray Johnstone in their 3-1 defeats of Lee Nixon.  Jonny Laing and Logan Smith both lost a game 10-12 to Murray but otherwise Buccaneers were dominant with Glyn Pritchard winning all his matches 3-0 without reaching 10-all even once.

 

Sputniks 10 (Nairn Nixon 3½, Carol McLean 3, Eric Brown 3½)

New Kids 0 (Martin Turnbull 0, Charlie Ross 0, Victor Trojan 0)

Sputniks got a big victory against New Kids but there were several close matches along the way. In the opening match 12-10 in the first game helped Nairn Nixon on his way to beating Martin Turnbull 3-0 and next Carol McLean beat Charlie Ross 15-13 in the third to double the Sputniks lead. Match three saw Eric Brown beat Victor Trojan 3-1 and next Carol and Martin traded games until Carol dominated the fifth to win it 3-2 for Sputniks. Nairn then beat Victor 14-12 in the fourth to continue Sputniks good run and Eric came from behind to defeat Charlie 3-1 and make it 6-0 overall. Sputniks then saw out the contest winning the final four matches for the loss of just one game, Eric in his 3-1 defeat of Martin.

 

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

Tigers 6 (Scott Thomson 3½, Marion Davidson 1, Kenny McLaren 1½)

Tigers had to settle for a narrow overall win at Duffers after both teams had had some strong match victories. The opening match saw Rich McLaren 2-1 up, but 11-7 and 11-8 game wins meant Scott Thomson took the match 3-2 for Tigers. A 3-1 victory for Andy Reid against Marion Davidson got Duffers but Tigers went back in front after Kenny McLaren beat Billy Liddle 3-0. A 3-1 victory for Scott versus Andy made it 3-1 to Tigers, but Rich then got one back for Duffers when he defeated Kenny 3-0. Two further 3-0 match wins put Tigers in control. Firstly Marion beat Billy and next Scott and Kenny defeated Andy and Rich to make it 5-2 to Tigers overall. The sides then traded 3-0 victories to make it 6-3 to Tigers. Firstly Andy defeated Kenny and next Scott replied for Tigers against Billy. Match ten initially saw Rich and Marion very closely matched after they each won a game 13-11. However, Rich then won the next two games 11-8 to take the match for Duffers and complete the scoring.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

11/04/2022

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

08/03/2022

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

10/03/2022

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

30/03/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

11/02/2022

11/03/2022

Aces v Knights

Stanley Doubles

17/02/2022

17/03/2022

Aces v Brechin

Div1

24/02/2022

24/03/2022

Guthrie Park v Defenders

Div 2

24/02/2022

Unknown

Defenders v Comets

Div 2

09/03/2022

Unknown

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 20 - commencing 21 February 2022

In Division 1 the leaders Up4it were defeated by Knights for whom Robert Toth remained unbeaten. Up4it now lead the table by eleven points from Viscounts, but Knights have three fixtures in hand on both of their rivals and they are now just fifteen points off the top. Lundin Lasers conceded their fixture at Villa, but Villa are still in sixth place albeit they are now just one point behind Brechin.

 

The top two sides in Division 2, Guthrie Park and Defenders were due to meet in Brechin but their fixture was a late postponement. Third placed Truants lost narrowly at Telecoms for whom Graeme Elrick remained unbeaten. Nearest rivals Barons took advantage with a big victory over Comets to move to just one point behind Truants. Swots and Telecoms played a rescheduled fixture and it was Swots who triumphed. Swots are still in seventh place but they are now only two points behind Comets and Telecoms who are in joint fifth place although they are both twenty one points behind Truants.

 

The top two sides in Division 3 both had good weeks. Leaders Tigers won well at Squires and Sputniks had an even better victory at Missiles. Sputniks also played a re-scheduled fixture against Squires and although they won well it was just not enough to overtake Tigers. Although Tigers lead is now just one point they have played a fixture less than Sputniks. The other fixture saw New Kids consolidate third place with a narrow victory over fifth placed Duffers.

 

Division 1

Villa 10 Lundin Lasers 0

Due to player unavailability Lundin Lasers conceded their fixture at Villa.

 

Knights 7 (Stuart Halliday 2, Callum Riddoch 2, Robert Toth 3)

Up4it 3 (Ryan Docherty 2½, Paul Monteith ½, Iain Martin 0)

Knights were behind early on against Up4it and it remained very close until three match wins at the end sealed the victory for Knights. Up4it took the lead when Ryan Docherty came from behind to defeat Stuart Halliday 11-9 in the fourth game. Two game five wins then got Knights in front. Firstly, Callum Riddoch beat Paul Monteith after Paul had levelled from 0-2 down and then similarly Robert Toth defeated Iain Martin after Iain had also levelled from 0-2 down. Up4it then levelled with another fifth game victory. This time it was Callum who levelled from 0-2 down but Ryan refocused to win the fifth game and get Up4it level. Two 3-0 match wins got Knights back in front, with Stuart beating Iain and Robert defeating Paul 12-10 in the third. Up4it got back into the contest with a 3-1 doubles match victory for Paul and Ryan versus Stuart and Robert. However, Knights then saw out the contest with three match wins. Firstly, Callum beat Iain 3-0 and then both Robert and Stuart came from behind to win 11-8 in the fourth game against Ryan and Paul respectively, although 15-17 in the second was tough on Paul.

 

Division 2

Barons 9 (Andy Hughes 3½, Stewart Mason 2, Fiona Kinloch 3½)

Comets 1 (Doug Ogilvie 0, Sandy Bertie 0, Fraser Smith 1)

Barons won well in the end versus Comets, but losing six games by just two points did not help the Comets cause. Barons went 2-0 up following 3-0 wins for Andy Hughes and Stewart Mason against Doug Ogilvie and Sandy Bertie respectively. Fraser started match three for Comets well when he took the opening game 11-7, but a good comeback, finishing with 11-9 in games three and four, saw Fiona Kinloch win it 3-1 for Barons. Similarly in match four Doug won the opener 13-11, but a fine comeback from Stewart saw him win it 3-1 to make it 4-0 overall to Barons. Three 3-0 victories in a row then increased the Barons lead; first Andy versus Fraser, next Fiona against Sandy and finally Fiona and Andy in the doubles match versus Sandy and Doug although the Comets pairing were extremely unlucky to lose the match 11-13 in the third. Comets got on the scoreboard following a comfortable 3-0 victory for Fraser against Stewart but Barons then won the last two matches in similar circumstances. Both times the matches were very evenly poised at one game all, but then first Fiona against Doug and next Andy versus Sandy dominated the latter stages to secure 3-1 match victories for Barons.

 

Telecoms 6 (Graeme Elrick 3½, David Monteith 2½, Stewart Clark 0)

Truants 4 (Martin Turnbull (Reserve) 1, Howard Lee 2, Graham Wood 1)

Telecoms narrowly won against Truants thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance from Graeme Elrick. Graeme started with 3-1 victories against first Martin Turnbull in the opener and next in match five versus Graham Wood. Then at the end in match ten Graeme secured the overall victory for Telecoms when he came from 1-2 down to defeat Howard Lee 3-2. Graeme also partnered David Monteith in the doubles match and they came from behind to defeat Howard and Graham 3-1. David himself had two 3-1 singles match victories against Martin and later Graham. For Truants Howard had 3-1 wins against David and Stewart; Graham also beat Stewart 3-1, 14-12 in the fourth game and Martin had a fine 3-0 victory against Stewart in match nine.

 

Swots 7 (Sandy Pearson 2, Ivan Szabolcs (Reserve) 3, Ian Smith 2)

Telecoms 3 (Rob Fotheringham ½, Stewart Clark 0, Graeme Elrick 2½)

Swots led from the off and ended with a good victory against Telecoms. Two fairly comfortable 3-0 victories for Sandy Pearson and Ivan Szabolcs against Rob Fotheringham and Stewart Clark got Swots in front. Next Graeme Elrick got one back for Telecoms when he defeated Ian Smith 3-1, but a strong 3-0 win for Ivan versus Rob made it 3-1 overall to Swots. Back came Telecoms when Graeme came from behind to defeat Sandy 3-1, with 12-10 in the third game vital for Graeme. Swots made it 4-2 when Ian comfortably defeated Stewart 3-0, but Telecoms responded with a 3-2 doubles match win for Rob and Graeme versus Ivan and Sandy. Match eight started well for Telecoms when Graeme won the opener, but a fine response from Ivan saw him win it 3-1 and make it 5-3 to Swots. Swots then closed out the contest with two more victories for Ian and Sandy against Rob and Stewart respectively.

 

Division 3

New Kids 6 (Dave Beveridge 2½, Martin Turnbull 2½, Charlie Ross 1)

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 3, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 1)

Five victories in the last six matches saw New Kids come from behind to narrowly defeat Duffers. Duffers took the lead when Rich McLaren defeated Dave Beveridge 3-1, but a 3-0 victory for Martin Turnbull against Billy Liddle got New Kids level. Another comfortable 3-0 win, this time for Andy Reid versus Charlie Ross, got Duffers back in front and an 11-9 game four victory for Rich against Martin made it 3-1 overall to Duffers. Match five went the distance with Dave leading twice before Andy levelled twice. In the game five decider Dave dominated to get one back for New Kids. The contest then turned with three 3-1 victories in a row for New Kids. Firstly Charlie beat Billy; next Dave and Martin won the doubles match 11-9 in the fourth against Andy and Rich and finally Martin defeated Andy 11-9 in the fourth game to make it 5-3 overall to New Kids. Another 3-1 win, this time for Rich for his hat-trick against Charlie, got Duffers back into it. However, in match ten Dave came from behind to defeat Billy 13-11 in the fourth and secure the narrow overall victory for New Kids.

 

Missiles 1 (Lee Nixon ½, Jim Fleming 0, Ian Roberts ½)

Sputniks 9 (Eric Brown 3, Billy Liddle (Reserve) 3, Jack Oughton 3)

Sputniks won well at Missiles, but losing all three singles matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Missiles cause. The opening match saw Lee Nixon start well to lead 2-0, but Eric Brown fought back well to get Sputniks in front. A 3-0 win for Billy Liddle against Jim Fleming doubled the Sputniks lead before another five game match ensued. Jack Oughton came from behind to lead 2-1 but Ian Roberts won the fourth game 11-8 to level. However, Jack then dominated the fifth game to win it for Sputniks and three comfortable 3-0 victories in a row then made it 6-0 to Sputniks. The doubles match then went the distance. Lee and Ian started well to lead 2-0 but Eric and Billy fought back to level. The fifth game was this time dominated by Lee and Ian to take the match and get Missiles on the scoreboard. However, Sputniks refocussed to take the next two matches 3-0, firstly Jack against Jim and next Eric versus Ian. Match ten again went the distance. Lee came from behind to lead 2-1, but Billy then levelled with an 11-8 game four win. Billy then won the fifth game with a few points to spare to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

Squires 2 (Bill Beattie 2, Scott Wishart 0, Winnie Stein 0)

Tigers 8 (Scott Thomson 2½, Kenny McLaren 3½, Marion Davidson 2)

Two five-game match wins kept Squires in the contest early on, but two five-game losses for Squires at the end ensured a good overall victory for Tigers. The opening match started well for Tigers’ Scott Thomson and he went 2-0 up. However, a good fightback saw Bill Beattie win it 3-2 to get Squires in front. Tigers then won three matches in a row to lead. Firstly, Kenny McLaren beat Scott Wishart 3-0; next Marion Davidson defeated Winnie Stein 3-1, with 11-13 in the third game hard on Winnie and finally Scott Thomson beat Scott Wishart 3-0. Match five saw Bill lead 2-0, but a good fightback got Marion level at two-games all. However, Bill won the decider with a few points to spare and get Squires back into the contest. But next two 3-0 match wins for Tigers made things easier for them. Firstly Kenny beat Winnie 13-11 in the third and then in the doubles match Scott Thomson and Kenny beat Scott Wishart and Bill 12-10 in the third. Match eight saw Scott Wishart level twice after Marion had led, but Marion saw out the match with a comfortable game five win that made it 6-2 overall to Tigers. Scott Thomson then comfortably defeated Winnie 3-0 to get another for Tigers. In the final match Kenny started well to lead 2-0; however a strong fightback got Bill level at two-games all. The decider was very close, but it was Kenny who won it 11-9 to complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Sputniks 7 (Jack Oughton 2, Eric Brown 1½, Nairn Nixon 3½)

Squires 3 (Bill Beattie 2, Steve Wilson 1, Eddie Dougan 0)

Squires were dominant early on but Sputniks fought back well to secure a good victory in the end. The opening match swung one way then the other. Bill Beattie won the opener 14-12, but Jack Oughton fought back to lead 2-1. However, the match turned again with Bill winning it 3-2 to get Squires in front. Squires lead was doubled when Steve Wilson came from behind to defeat Eric Brown 3-1. Match three saw Sputniks get one back when Nairn Nixon beat Eddie Dougan 3-0; but another 3-0 win, this time for Bill against Eric, made it 3-1 overall to Squires. Match five was evenly poised at one-game all but Jack dominated thereafter to defeat Eddie 3-1. Jack’s win changed the whole flow of the contest as Sputniks then went on to win the remaining five matches for the loss of just one game. This was in the doubles match when Eric and Nairn came from behind to defeat Bill and Steve 3-1, although Bill and Steve were both unlucky to lose 12-10 in game three of their defeats by Nairn and Jack respectively.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

08/03/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

10/03/2022

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

30/03/2022

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

11/02/2022

11/03/2022

Aces v Knights

Stanley Doubles

17/02/2022

17/03/2022

Aces v Brechin

Div1

24/02/2022

24/03/2022

Guthrie Park v Defenders

Div 2

24/02/2022

Unknown

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 19 - commencing 14 February 2022

In the Handicap Cup Duffers comfortably defeated Truants and Lundin Lasers came from behind to defeat Barons with a match to spare. However, the other three ties were much closer. Brechin lost a good lead to Villa but then fought back to win it in the last match; Telecoms came from behind to lead 6-5 but a strong finish saw Sputniks home and after Comets had come from behind to lead 8-6, Viscounts won the last two matches to progress.

 

The Stanley Doubles saw comfortable victories for Division one sides Villa, Brechin and Up4it against Sputniks, Tigers and Swots respectively. However, the ties were all played in very good spirits and the underdogs all competed well and pushed their higher ranked rivals hard at times.

 

The Chairman’s Challenge Trophy semi-final saw Knights comfortably defeat Division one rivals Aces to reach the final.

 

In Division 3 Buccaneers narrowly defeated Duffers but they remain in fourth place with Duffers in fifth. However, Buccaneers are now just five points behind third placed New Kids and have two fixtures still in hand.

 

Handicap Cup Round 2

Truants 2 (Graham Wood 1, Howard Lee 0, David Beveridge (Reserve) 1)

Duffers 10 (Billy Liddle 4, Rich McLaren 4, Andy Reid 2)

Duffers won well at Truants to progress. Duffers got off to a good start with victories for Billy Liddle and Rich McLaren against Graham Wood and Howard Lee respectively, although a couple of games were won with only a few points to spare. Match three saw Dave Beveridge and Andy Reid share a 26-19 game win each to make it 5-1 to Duffers overall. Next Billy beat Howard to make it 7-1 and then Graham and Andy shared the points to make it 8-2 to Duffers. In match six Dave and Rich started from the same handicap, but it was Rich who won both games with a few points to spare to seal the overall tie for Duffers.

 

Villa 8 (Tony O'Shea (Reserve) 1, Euan Steel 3, David Sim 4)

Brechin 10 (Andy Crawford 3, Ian Farquhar 4, Steve Stranock (Reserve) 3)

Brechin were ahead for most of their tie against Villa but they had to win the last match to secure the overall victory. After Tony O'Shea and Andy Crawford had shared the opening match with a fairly comfortable game win each, Brechin then edged ahead with a very narrow 21-20, 21-18 victory for Ian Farquhar versus Euan Steel. Match three was again shared with David Sim first getting one back for Villa and next Steve Stranock making it 4-2 to Brechin overall.  Then there was another shared match between Euan and Andy, but 21-20 and 19-21 game scores show it was a very close match. Brechin then extended their lead to 7-3 after Steve beat Tony, but again 31-30 and 31-28 game scores show how close it was. Villa then fought back to take the lead. Firstly David defeated Ian; next Euan beat Steve and then in the first game of match eight David dominated to make it 8-7 to Villa overall. However, the tie then turned once more. In the second game of match eight David had a chance to make it 9-7 to Villa but at 20-all Andy won the deciding point for Brechin to make it 8-games all. Then in the final match Ian beat Tony to take the tie for Brechin.

 

Telecoms 7 (Graeme Elrick 3, Rob Fotheringham 0, David Monteith 4)

Sputniks 10 (Carol McLean 4, Eric Brown 4, Sandy Bertie (Reserve) 2)

Telecoms twice fought back from behind to lead 6-5 but a late recovery saw Sputniks home. The opening game was won 26-25 by Graeme Elrick but Carol McLean won the second game 26-22 to level. Sputniks went in front when Eric Brown defeated Rob Fotheringham but Telecoms levelled after David Monteith beat Sandy Bertie. The tie turned again twice when firstly Carol beat Rob to get Sputniks in front again and next Graeme defeated Sandy to get Telecoms back level again. In match six a 26-24 game win for David got Telecoms in front but Eric fought back to get Sputniks back level. Sputniks then re-took the lead when Sandy defeated Rob but match eight was shared by David and Carol to make it 9-7 to Sputniks overall. Graeme had to win the final match to keep Telecoms in it but Eric won their first game 26-24 to take Sputniks through to the next round.

 

Lundin Lasers 10 (Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 2, Nat Forno 6)

Barons 6 (Andy Hughes 1, Fiona Kinloch 4, Stewart Mason 1)

Barons led at the half-way point but a strong run saw Lundin Lasers home. Overall it was a closely fought tie, with only one individual losing game score out of the sixteen played below 20 points. Barons led 5-4 thanks mainly to two victories for Fiona Kinloch versus Arthur Duncan and Roman Nydza. Nat Forno replied for Lundin by beating Stewart Mason and Roman drew his match with Andy Hughes. In match five Arthur beat Stewart 26-25, 26-23 to get the Lasers level at five-games all and next Nat beat Andy to get Lundin in front for the first time. Roman and Stewart drew their match with a 26-23 game win each to make it 8-6 overall to the Lasers. In match eight the two unbeaten players, Nat and Fiona, met and it was Nat who kept his unbeaten record, 26-23, 26-21 to take Lundin through to the next round.

 

Missiles W/O versus Knights

Due to fixture congestion Knights withdrew from the competition and thus the tie was awarded to Missiles.

 

Comets 8 (Fraser Smith 2, Sandy Bertie 4, Jill Milne 2)

Viscounts 10 (Peter Aird 5, Richard Clarke 5, Justus Ludwig 0)

Both teams had the lead at different stages of the tie, but four game wins in a row at the end got Viscounts the narrow victory against Comets. Viscounts went ahead when Peter Aird beat Fraser Smith, but it was very close as 26-25 and 26-24 game scores show. Match two saw Sandy Bertie and Richard Clarke share a game win each but Comets the levelled when Jill Milne defeated Justus Ludwig. Sandy and Peter shared match four to make it four games all, but Comets then went ahead after Fraser defeated Justus. Richard then got Viscounts back level after he beat Jill 26-23, 26-24. Match seven saw Comets go in front again when Sandy beat Justus. In match eight the first game reached 25-all but Peter won the next point to reduce Viscounts deficit to one game. Peter then won the second game to get Viscounts level with Jill unlucky to lose 26-24. The final match saw Richard defeat Fraser 26-20, 26-19 to seal the overall tie for Viscounts.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 3

Villa 6 (Ian Hunter 2, Euan Steel 2, Glenn Christie 2)

Sputniks 0 (Carol McLean 0, Lee Nixon (Reserve) 0, Eric Brown 0)

Villa won their tie against Sputniks for the loss of just one game, Euan Steel and Glenn Christie in their 3-1 victory against Carol McLean and Lee Nixon. However, the club-mates fought out the tie in very good spirits with Sputniks coming close to winning another game several times. Villa’s Ian Hunter was involved in four matches that were all won 3-0 without reaching 10-all once

 

Tigers 0 (Scott Thomson 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Kenny McLaren 0)

Brechin 5 (Ian Farquhar 1½, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 2, Andy Crawford 1½)

The opening match saw Tigers’ Scott Thomson and Brechin’s Ian Farquhar and Aaron Robertson evenly matched. At one game all, 12-10 in the third put Ian and Aaron ahead and 11-9 in the fourth got Brechin in front. Thereafter Brechin dominated and won the tie without dropping another game, although in match three Tigers’ Kenny McLaren and Scott were unlucky to lose 12-10 twice to Aaron and Ian. Brechin’s Andy Crawford played in three matches and games in which he played did not reach 10-all once.

 

Swots 0 (Sandy Pearson 0, Louis MacLeod 0, Ian Smith 0)

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 2, Iain Martin 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Up4it won their tie versus without dropping a match, but Swots fought very hard throughout. In the opening match the sides were evenly poised at one game all, but Paul Monteith and Iain Martin dominated thereafter to defeat Sandy Pearson and Louis MacLeod 3-1. Match two was even closer. Ian Smith and Louis won the opener 12-10 and then a great fourth game got them level at two-games all. However, Ryan Docherty and Iain dominated the other three games to win it 3-2. Match three again saw a game win for each side, but Ryan and Paul then dominated to win it 3-1 versus Sandy and Ian. Match four was looking good for Swots when Louis and Ian went 2-1 up versus Paul and Iain. However, another good fightback saw the Up4it pairing win it 3-2. The fifth match was dominated by Ryan and Paul from the off and they took the match 3-0 against Louis and Sandy to seal the tie for Up4it.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Semi-Final

Knights 4 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Jacob Munro 1, Callum Riddoch 1½)

Aces 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Jim Dyson 0, Grant Williams 0)

Knights won their tie versus Aces without dropping a match, but it was much closer than it looks. The opening match saw Callum Riddoch defeat Grant Williams 3-0, and next Jacob Munro beat Jim Dyson 3-1 to double the Knights lead. Match three was also going Knights way when Stuart Halliday went 2-0 up, but two 12-10 game wins got Pete Yearworth level. The decider saw Stuart re-focus to win it 11-6 and take the match for Knights. Aces had to win match four and it was evenly poised at one-game all but Stuart and Callum then saw out the match 3-1 against Pete and Grant to take Knights through to the final.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 6 (Steve Stranock 2, Stewart Ferguson 2, Murray Johnstone 2)

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

Buccaneers narrowly defeated Duffers but it was close throughout with only two of the matches being won 3-0. In the opening match Billy Liddle started well and won the first game 12-10 but Steve Stranock recovered to win it 3-1 and get Buccaneers in front. Next Stewart Ferguson came from behind to defeat Rich McLaren 3-2 and double their lead. In match three Duffers pulled one back. Andy Reid mostly dominated against Murray Johnstone to win 3-0, but 12-10 in the second game was close. Buccaneers then made it 3-1 after Stewart beat Billy 14-12 in the third. Match five was a cracker and game scores of 12-10, 8-11, 9-11 and 11-9 saw Steve and Andy level at 2-games all. The decider was a bit more one sided with Andy taking the match for Duffers with several points to spare. Rich started match six well and won the opener 11-9, but Murray recovered to win it 11-8 in the fourth for Buccaneers. The doubles match was another very close affair. Steve and Stewart were looking good at 2-1 up, but Rich and Andy fought back to win it 3-2 for Duffers. Andy then continued his unbeaten night in match eight. Andy started well to lead 2-0 and Stewart then got one back, but Andy them dominated the fourth game to win it 3-1 and the overall score was four matches all. However, Buccaneers then saw out the contest with two 3-1 victories for Murray and Steve against Billy and Rich respectively.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

08/03/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

21/02/2022

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

11/02/2022

11/03/2022

Aces v Knights

Stanley Doubles

17/02/2022

17/03/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 18 - commencing 07 February 2022

The Division 1 leaders Up4it had a setback in their title quest when they narrowly lost to second placed Viscounts, for whom Andrew Nimmo remained unbeaten. Viscounts are now eight points off the top after they won their scheduled match at home to Villa, although Up4it have played a fixture fewer. Third placed Knights did not play and although they are now nineteen points behind Up4it they have three fixtures in hand. Aces consolidated their position in fourth place after they won away twice. Early in the week they were shorthanded at Lundin Lasers but still managed a good victory. Then later in the week Aces visited fifth placed Brechin and came away with a narrow victory with Grant Williams remaining unbeaten for Aces.

 

The top two in Division 2 both had good victories by the same score. Guthrie Park beat third placed Truants; and Defenders defeated Swots despite an excellent hat-trick of singles match wins for Swots Ian Smith. This means Guthrie Park remain twenty-six points in front of Defenders, who themselves have a sixteen point lead over Truants. Fourth placed Barons lost narrowly to Swots and Comets and Telecoms fought out a close draw.

 

In Division 3 the leaders Tigers won well against short-handed New Kids who remain in third place. Second placed Sputniks had a slightly lesser victory at Duffers so they are now nine points behind Tigers. Fourth placed Buccaneers won narrowly at Squires; and fifth placed Duffers won well against Missiles to narrow the gap to Buccaneers to seven points.

 

Division 1

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

Aces 7 (Grant Williams 3½, Pete Yearworth 3½)

Aces were shorthanded at Lundin Lasers but Grant Williams and Pete Yearworth remained unbeaten. They won all seven matches actually played for the loss of just one game, Pete in his 3-1 victory over Arthur Duncan. However, the other Lasers players Roman Nydza and Nat Forno were unlucky to lose between them all five games that reached ten-all.

 

Viscounts 8 (Andrew Nimmo 3½, Richard Clarke 2½, Justus Ludwig 2)

Villa 2 (Jill Milne (Reserve) 0, Ian McLagan (Reserve) 0, Euan Steel 2)

Viscounts won well against a Villa team that had to include two reserves due to unavailability of several of their regular players. Viscounts went 2-0 up following comfortable 3-0 victories for Andrew Nimmo and Richard Clarke against Jill Milne and Ian McLagan respectively. However, Villa got back into it when Euan Steel had an equally comfortable 3-0 win versus Justus Ludwig. The next two matches saw Villa players win the opening game 13-11, but in both cases Viscounts players fought back to win 3-1. Firstly Richard beat Jill 12-10 in the fourth and next Andrew defeated Euan 11-8 in the fourth. Match six saw Justus defeat Ian 3-0 to make it 5-1 to Viscounts. The doubles match followed and again Euan and Ian won the first game for Villa. However, as in their previous singles matches Andrew and Richard fought back to win it 3-1 for Viscounts. Match eight was the closest of the night. Euan won the opener but two 11-9 game wins put Richard ahead. But Euan then took control to win it 3-2 for Villa. However, Villa’s comeback was short-lived and two comfortable 3-0 victories then saw out the contest for Viscounts with Justus defeating Jill and next Andrew beating Ian.

 

Brechin 4 (Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 2, Andy Crawford 2, Ian Farquhar 0)

Aces 6 (Grant Williams 3½, Gary Lowson 1, Pete Yearworth 1½)

Aces got the narrow overall victory at Brechin, but it was close throughout with five matches going to the fifth game. Aces went ahead when Grant Williams defeated Aaron Robertson 3-1 after a 12-10 game win each. Brechin levelled after Andy Crawford beat Gary Lowson 13-11 in the third. In match three 14-12 in the fourth game got Ian Farquhar level after a 12-10 game win for each player. However, Pete Yearworth had a strong fifth game to take the match for Aces. Aces made it 3-1 when Grant defeated Andy 3-2 after Andy had come back from 0-2 down. It looked like another Aces win in match five when Pete raced into a 2-0 lead. But 12-10 in the third got Aaron back into it and a strong finish saw Aaron take the match 3-2 for Brechin. In match six Ian went 2-1 up but another strong finish saw Gary take the match 3-2 for Aces. The doubles match saw Aces increase their lead to 5-2 overall when Grant and Pete beat Andy and Ian 11-9 in the third game. In match eight Pete started well and went 2-0 up but Andy fought back and eventually won it 12-10 in the fifth game for Brechin. Grant made it 6-3 to Aces when he came from behind to defeat Ian 3-1. However, Aaron had the final say for Brechin when he defeated Gary 11-9 in the third game, with 13-11 in the first also vital for Aaron.

 

Viscounts 6 (Andrew Nimmo 3½, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 0, Peter Aird 2½)

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty 1, Paul Monteith 2, Iain Martin 1)

Viscounts got the narrow victory against Up4it with Andrew Nimmo remaining unbeaten. Andrew started with a 3-0 win over Ryan Docherty, 14-12 in the second; then Andrew beat Iain Martin 3-1, 12-10 in the first, and finally Andrew defeated Paul Monteith 3-1 with 12-10 in the first and fourth games tough on Paul. Andrew also won the doubles match partnering Peter Aird, 3-1 versus Paul and Iain. Peter himself achieved two singles match victories, 3-1 versus Iain with 13-11 in the second vital for Peter, and later Peter defeated Ryan 3-0. For Up4it Paul had a good 3-1 victory over Peter and Viscounts reserve Bill Beattie battled well with some close games but Bill lost 3-0 to all three Up4it players.

 

Division 2

Comets 5 (Dougal Ogilvie 0, Fraser Smith 3, Sandy Bertie 2)

Telecoms 5 (Stewart Clark 1, David Monteith 2½, Graeme Elrick 1½)

Comets and Telecoms had to settle for the draw in the end after both teams had led at one point. There were six five game matches in the first seven games although surprisingly not one game in the sequence reached ten-all. The first two matches went one way then the other before first Stewart Clark beat Dougal Ogilvie 3-2 to get Telecoms in front and next Fraser Smith defeated David Monteith 3-2 to get Comets level. Match three saw Sandy Bertie come from 1-2 down to beat Graeme Elrick 3-2 and edge Comets in front.  Fraser then extended the Comets lead with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stewart, but match five again went the distance. Dougal raced into a dominant 2-0 lead but Graeme got better and better throughout the match and comfortably won the fifth game in the end to get Telecoms back to within one match overall. David then beat Sandy 3-2 to get Telecoms level and in the doubles match David partnered Graeme to defeat Fraser and Dougal 3-2 after the home pairing had levelled from 0-2 down. Back came Comets to take the lead again. Firstly Fraser defeated Graeme 3-1 and next Sandy beat Stewart 3-0. Match ten saw David defeat Dougal 3-0 to get Telecoms the overall draw, but 15-13 in the second was tough on Dougal.

 

Defenders 7 (Ken Head 2½, Tony O'Shea 2½, Richard Tough 2)

Swots 3 (Sandy Pearson 0, Louis MacLeod 0, Ian Smith 3)

Defenders won well against Swots but the star player was Ian Smith who had a brilliant hat-trick for Swots. Ian started with a come from behind 3-1 triumph against Richard Tough; then Ian beat Ken Head 3-0 and finally Ian came from 0-2 down against Tony O’Shea to win it 3-2. Sadly for Swots Defenders won all the other matches played. Sandy Pearson and Louis MacLeod both lost 3-1 to Ken and to Tony. However they fared much differently against Richard. Sandy lost 3-0 to Richard but Louis pushed Richard all the way before losing it in the fifth game. The doubles match was also won by Defenders with Ken and Tony beating Sandy and Ian a very close 18-16 in the fourth game.

 

Guthrie Park 7 (Stewart Ferguson (Reserve) 0, Aaron Robertson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Truants 3 (Graham Wood 1, Howard Lee 1, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 1)

Guthrie Park won well in the end against Truants after Truants had taken the lead. Stewart Ferguson took the opening game but Graham Wood responded well to win it 3-1 and get Truants ahead. However, Guthrie Park were soon in front and won seven of the remaining nine matches, all of which were won 3-0. The only game to reach ten-all in the nine match sequence was in match nine when Derek Mitchell won the first 12-10 against Graham followed by two 11-8 game wins to take the match for Guthrie Park. Aaron Robertson remained unbeaten for Guthrie Park and was rarely taken deep into games. Truants other wins came for Howard Lee and Sandy Pearson, both also 3-0 victories against Stewart.

 

Barons 4 (Andy Hughes 1½, Fiona Kinloch 2½, Stewart Mason 0)

Swots 6 (Sandy Pearson 1, Louis MacLeod 3, Ian Smith 2)

Swots just edged their visit to Barons with six matches reaching the fifth game. The first was in the opener where 13-11 in the fourth got Andy Hughes level after Sandy Pearson had started better to lead 2-1. The decider saw Andy put Barons in front with a few points to spare. Swots levelled when Louis MacLeod beat Stewart Mason 3-0, but game scores of 12-10 and 11-9 twice show it was close throughout. Barons retook the lead after Fiona Kinloch beat Ian Smith 11-7 for three games in a row. However, Swots hit a purple patch to move ahead. Firstly Sandy beat Stewart 3-0; then Ian beat Andy 12-10 in the fifth after he had lost match points in game four and saved match points in game five. Finally Louis came from 1-2 down to defeat Fiona 11-9 in the fifth. The doubles match saw Barons get one back when Fiona and Andy beat Louis and Sandy 3-2. Swots increased their lead to 5-3 when Ian came from behind to defeat Stewart 3-1. Match nine was the closest of the night where 12-10 in the first put Sandy in front and then 12-10 in the fourth got Fiona level. The decider saw both players save match points but Fiona eventually won it 13-11 to get Barons back to one behind. The final match saw Louis start well to take the opener, but Andy fought back to lead 2-1. However, Louis turned it round to win it 3-2 and secure the overall victory for Swots.

 

Division 3

Duffers 9 (Rich McLaren 3, Andy Reid 3, Billy Liddle 3)

Missiles 1 (Lee Nixon ½, Logan Smith ½, Ian Roberts 0)

Missiles started well against Duffers with Lee Nixon winning the opening two games. However, 12-10 in the third game got Rich McLaren back into it and two 11-8 game wins for Rich got Duffers ahead. Duffers then dominated and won the next five games 3-0. In match four Andy Reid defeated Lee 14-12 in the third and then in match six Billy Liddle won the opener versus Logan Smith 12-10. Otherwise Duffers won all of the games in the sequence without reaching ten-all once. The doubles match was a different affair. Lee and Logan won the opening game 12-10 before Rich and Andy fought back well to level. Lee and Logan won the third 11-9 but Rich and Andy then levelled with a 12-10 game win of their own. The deciding game saw Lee and Logan triumph with a few points to spare to get Missiles on the scoreboard. However, Duffers then retook control and won the remaining three matches. Firstly, Andy beat Ian 3-0; then Billy defeated Lee 3-2 after Lee had levelled from 0-2 down and finally Rich beat Logan 11-9 in the third to complete the scoring for Duffers.

 

Tigers 8 (Marion Davidson 1, Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 3½)

New Kids 2 (Charlie Ross 1, Martin Turnbull 1)

Tigers won well against shorthanded New Kids but only won two matches 3-0. The opening match saw Marion Davidson lead 2-1, but Charlie Ross fought back well to win it 3-2 and get New Kids in front. Tigers were soon level when Scott Thomson beat Martin Turnbull 3-0 and next Kenny McLaren defeated Charlie 3-1 to get Tigers in front. New Kids levelled when Martin beat Marion 3-1, however, Tigers then dominated to win the remaining three matches played. Firstly Scott beat Charlie 3-0, next Kenny came from behind to defeat Martin 11-9 in the fourth and finally in the doubles match Scott and Kenny had to come from 0-2 down to beat Martin and Charlie 3-2.

 

Squires 4 (Bill Beattie 3, Winnie Stein 1, Eddie Dougan 0)

Buccaneers 6 (Stewart Ferguson 2½, Glyn Pritchard 1½, Steve Stranock 2)

Buccaneers got the narrow victory at Squires but the star player was Bill Beattie of Squires who won his three singles matches. Bill started by defeating Stewart Ferguson 3-0; then he defeated Steve Stranock 3-1 and finally at the end Bill beat Glyn Pritchard 3-0. Sadly for Squires Buccaneers won six of the seven other matches played to secure the narrow victory. The exception was in match two when Winnie Stein defeated Glyn 3-0. For Buccaneers Stewart beat Winnie 3-0 and Steve came from behind to defeat Winnie 3-1. All three Buccaneers defeated Eddie Dougan: both Steve and Glyn had to come from behind to beat Eddie 3-1, but Stewart defeated Eddie 3-0. Stewart and Glyn also had to come from behind to defeat Winnie and Eddie 3-1 in the doubles match.

 

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

Sputniks 7 (Nairn Nixon 2½, Eric Brown 1½, Carol McLean 3)

Sputniks won well in the end at Duffers, but losing 3-2 four times out of five did not help the Duffers cause. It started well for Duffers who went 2-0 up. Firstly Rich McLaren beat Nairn Nixon 3-0, 13-11 in the first two games, and next Andy Reid defeated Eric Brown 3-2 after Eric had levelled from 0-2 down. However Sputniks then fought back and won seven matches in a row. The first three were all 3-2 victories. Firstly, Carol McLean beat Billy Liddle; next Nairn defeated Andy after Andy had levelled from 0-2 down and finally Carol came from behind to defeat Rich 11-9 in the fifth game. Match six saw Eric beat Billy 3-1, but 13-11 and two 11-9 game defeats were tough on Billy. The doubles match was won 3-1 by Nairn and Eric versus Rich and Andy but a 17-15 game win for each side shows it was hard fought. Carol then beat Andy 3-2 to make it 6-2 to Sputniks and Nairn added another when he defeated Billy 3-1. In match ten Rich had the final say for Duffers when he defeated Eric 3-0, although 13-11 in the first game was crucial for Rich.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

11/02/2022

11/03/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 17 - commencing 31 January 2022

The Division 1 leaders Up4it saw their fixture against Brechin postponed and main rivals Knights took advantage with a big victory against Villa, although there were numerous close matches along the way. Knights are fifteen points behind Up4it but still have two fixtures in hand. Third placed Viscounts drew at fourth placed Aces but both now seem out of the title race.

 

The top three in Division 2 all had good victories to keep the status quo at the top.  Leaders Guthrie Park had an unbeaten night at Swots; second placed Defenders heavily defeated Barons and Truants had a strong victory versus Comets. However, with a twenty-six points lead Guthrie Park remain well on course to claim the title.

 

In Division 3 the leaders Tigers saw their fixture at Missiles postponed. But second placed Sputniks were shorthanded at Buccaneers and did well to earn an overall draw and hence cut Tigers lead to eight points. Carol MacLean starred for Sputniks and remained unbeaten on the night. Third placed New Kids won well at home to Squires to consolidate their position and Squires themselves had a good victory over Missiles in a rescheduled fixture.

 

The Stanley Doubles second round saw Sputniks come from behind three times at Buccaneers and then win the tie with two 3-2 match victories from an overall score of three matches all.

 

Division 1

Aces 5 (Gary Lowson 1, Grant Williams 2, Pete Yearworth 2)

Viscounts 5 (Peter Aird 3½, Richard Clarke 1½, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 0)

Aces were ahead for most of the contest but Viscounts rallied at the end to secure an overall draw. Viscounts took the lead after Peter Aird defeated Gary Lowson 3-1, including a 12-10 game win for each player. However, Aces fought back to take the lead. Firstly Grant Williams beat Richard Clark 3-1 and next Pete Yearworth defeated Bill Beattie 3-0. Match four went the distance, but it was Peter who eventually triumphed 13-11 in the fifth game versus Grant to get Viscounts back level. Aces then surged ahead following a 3-0 win for Gary against Bill and next a 3-1 victory for Pete versus Richard. The opening game of the doubles match was very close, but after Peter and Richard won it 14-12, they then went on to defeat Gary and Grant 3-1 following a strong finish. Aces increased their lead to 5-3 when Grant defeated Bill 3-1 but a 3-1 win for Peter against Pete got Viscounts back to within one match. The final match saw Richard beat Gary 3-0 to earn Viscounts a draw but 13-11 and 14-12 game scores were tough on Gary.

 

Knights 9 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Jacob Munro 2)

Villa 1 (Glenn Christie 0, David Sim 1, Euan Steel 0)

Knights won well against Villa but Villa were a bit unlucky not to win more than one match. After two comfortable 3-0 victories, to put Knights two up, for Stuart Halliday and Callum Riddoch versus Glenn Christie and David Sim respectively, match three was very close. After both players had led, Jacob Munro eventually won the match 11-7 in the fifth game versus Euan Steel to increase the Knights lead. The next two matches saw Callum and Stewart both come from behind to defeat Glenn and Euan respectively and both also needed a 13-11 game win along the way. Match six saw Villa get on the scoreboard when David defeated Jacob 3-0 and next in the doubles match David and partner Euan came close to adding another. However, Stuart and Callum won it 3-2 for Knights after the match had swung one way then the other. Villa kept fighting hard but lost the final three singles matches all by 3-1 score lines.

 

Division 2

Swots 0 (Sandy Pearson 0, Louis MacLeod 0, Ian Smith 0)

Guthrie Park 10 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 3½, Aaron Robertson 3)

Guthrie Park won all their matches at Swots and only lost games in three of them. The first was in match two when Derek Beaton defeated Louis MacLeod 3-1, although 13-15 and 11-13 game losses were hard on Louis. Then in match nine Ian Smith had Derek Mitchell’s unbeaten record under threat when a strong fourth game for Ian made it two-games all. However, Derek refocussed to take the match 11-7 in the fifth game. Then in the final match Derek Beaton defeated Sandy Pearson 3-1. Aaron Robertson was in great form for Guthrie Park and he won his three singles matches 3-0 without reaching ten-all once.

 

Barons 1 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 0, Stewart Mason 0)

Defenders 9 (Ken Head 2, Richard Tough 3½, Tony O'Shea 3½)

Barons took the lead against Defenders when Fiona Kinloch beat Ken Head 3-0, but Defenders then went on to dominate and win all nine of the remaining matches. Five were comfortably won 3-0, but the other four were much closer. In match four Bill Beattie went 2-1 up but a strong finish saw Ken Head win it 3-2. Then in match six, 12-10 got Stewart Mason level at two-games all after Richard Tough had won the second game 14-12. However, Richard won the decider 11-7 to take the match for Defenders.  In match nine Stewart was 2-1 up but a good fightback by Ken saw him win it 3-2. Finally in the last match Richard came from behind to defeat Fiona 3-1. Tony O’Shea was the star player for Defenders and won all four matches that he played in 3-0.

 

Truants 8 (Graham Wood 3½, Howard Lee 2½, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 2)

Comets 2 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Sandy Bertie 0, Fraser Smith 1)

Truants and Comets were evenly matched early on but two fifth game victories set Truants on their way to a comfortable victory in the end. Truants went 2-0 up following a 3-0 victory for Graham Wood versus Dougal Ogilvie and then a come from behind 3-1 win for Howard Lee against Sandy Bertie. Comets then fought back to level. Firstly Fraser Smith beat Sandy Pearson 3-1 and next Dougal defeated Howard 3-1. A 3-0 win for Graham against Fraser got Truants back in front but the next two matches went the distance. Truants won both of them with Sandy Pearson coming back from 1-2 down to beat Sandy Bertie 3-2 and next Graham and Howard defeated Fraser and Sandy 11-7 in the fifth to win the doubles match. Truants then dominated after and won the final three matches for the loss of just one game, Sandy Pearson in his come from behind 3-1 defeat of Dougal.

 

Division 3

New Kids 9 (Victor Trojan 2½, Martin Turnbull 3, Charlie Ross 3½)

Squires 1 (Winnie Stein 0, Scott Wishart 0, Steve Wilson 1)

New Kids won well in the end against Squires but half of the ten matches played went to the fifth game. Victor Trojan beat Winnie Stein 3-1 to get New Kids ahead but two comebacks then saw New Kids increase their lead. Firstly, Martin Turnbull fought back from 0-2 down to beat Scott Wishart 3-2 and next Steve Wilson led 2-1 but Charlie Ross won it 11-7 in the fifth for New Kids. A 3-0 win for Martin versus Winnie made it 4-0, but Squires then got on the scoreboard following the closest match of the night. Steve won the first two games 14-12 and 12-10, but Victor levelled following 12-10 and 11-9 game wins. The decider reached 13-all but Steve then won it 15-13 for Squires. A 3-1 victory for Charlie versus Scott made it 5-1 and then in the doubles match Charlie partnered Victor to defeat Scott and Steve 3-2. Two further 3-0 wins made it 7-1 to New Kids but the final match again went the distance. Victor went 2-0 up but a good fightback saw Scott level at two games all. However, Victor took the fifth with a few points to spare and complete the scoring for New Kids.

 

Buccaneers 5 (Glyn Pritchard 1, Stewart Ferguson 2, Steve Stranock 2)

Sputniks 5 (Eric Brown 1½, Carol McLean 3½)

Sputniks were short-handed at Buccaneers but ended up with an overall draw thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance by Carol McLean. However, Carol came very close to losing her opening match to Stewart Ferguson. Stewart started well and led 2-0 but a great fightback by Carol saw her win it 12-10 in the fifth game. Later Carol firstly defeated Steve Stranock 3-0 and then she came from behind to defeat Glyn Pritchard 13-11 in the fourth game. In the doubles match Carol partnered Eric Brown to beat Glyn and Stewart 3-0. Eric added Sputniks other victory when he defeated Glyn 3-0 in the opening match of the night. Buccaneers match wins came when Stewart beat Eric 3-2 after Eric had fought back from 0-2 down; and Steve defeated Eric 3-0.

 

Squires 8 (Scott Wishart 2, Steve Wilson 2½, Eddie Dougan 3½)

Missiles 2 (Ian Roberts 0, Lee Nixon 2, Logan Smith 0)

Squires won well in the end against Missiles but the overall affair was much closer with only two of Squires wins 3-0. The first three matches were all won 3-1. Firstly Scott Wishart beat Ian Roberts to get Squires ahead; then Lee Nixon defeated Steve Wilson to get Missiles level before Eddie Dougan beat Logan Smith to edge Squires ahead again. It looked like Ian would get Missiles level again when 15-13 in the third game put him 2-1 up, but a strong finish by Steve Wilson won it 3-2 for Squires. After a comfortable win for Scott versus Logan, Eddie came from behind to defeat Lee 3-1 and make it 5-1 to Squires overall. The doubles match was going Lee and Ian’s way when 12-10 in the third put them 2-1 up, but a good comeback by Steve and Eddie won it 3-2 for Squires. Next Steve beat Logan 3-0 and Eddie defeated Ian 3-1 to make it 8-1 to Squires, but Lee had the final say for Missiles when he defeated Scott 3-0.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Buccaneers 3 (Stewart Ferguson 1½, Glyn Pritchard 1, Steve Stranock ½)

Sputniks 5 (Carol McLean 2, Nairn Nixon 1½, Eric Brown 1½)

Buccaneers were never behind until Sputniks won two matches 3-2 late on to take the tie. Two 3-0 wins for Buccaneers early on saw them take the lead 2-1. Match four saw Sputniks level when Carol McLean and Nairn Nixon came from behind to defeat Glyn Pritchard and Steve Stranock 3-1, although 10-12 and 11-13 game losses were tough on the Buccaneers pairing. In the next match Buccaneers re-took the lead for the third time after Stewart Ferguson and Glyn beat Eric Brown and Nairn 3-2, but 12-10, 13-15 and 13-11 in the first three games shows how close it was. Sputniks levelled again when Carol and Eric came from behind to defeat Steve and Stewart 3-1. Sputniks then took the lead for the first time when Eric and Nairn beat Glyn and Steve 3-2, with 13-11 in the third being the crucial game for Sputniks. Then Sputniks won the tie with another 3-2 victory. Carol and Nairn went into a 2-0 lead but Steve and Stewart fought back well to level. The decider saw Carol and Nairn refocus to take the game 11-8 and seal the overall tie for Sputniks.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

18/02/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Up4it v Brechin

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

Missiles v Tigers

Div 3

03/02/2022

16/03/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 16 - commencing 24 January 2022

In the Handicap cup first round there were comfortable victories for Villa, Duffers, and Brechin against New Kids, Guthrie Park and Tigers respectively. The other two ties were very close, only being decided by the extra game. Firstly Aces were never behind in their tie against Truants until the final match. Graham Wood took the first game 26-24 before Grant Williams then levelled at nine matches all with a 26-25 game win. The extra game was then won 26-22 by Graham to take the tie for Truants. In the other close tie Telecoms led from the off and were still ahead at the half-way mark. However, Up4it then got ahead and stayed there until the final match and with Up4it leading 9-7 Graeme Elrick had to win both matches to keep Telecoms in it. Graeme comfortably won the first game and although Paul Monteith almost won the tie for Up4it in the second game Graeme held on to win 26-24. The extra game saw Graeme dominate to take the tie for Telecoms.

 

The Handicap second round saw Swots defeat Buccaneers with two matches to spare, but the other tie between Squires and Defenders went the distance. Defenders led 5-1 early on but Squires fought back to make it 9-8 to Defenders. However, Ian McLagan won the final game 26-24 against Winnie Stein to win the tie for Defenders.

 

The Stanley Doubles first round saw comfortable victories for Tigers, Brechin and Aces against New Kids, Guthrie Park and Truants respectively. Swots defeated Barons with a strong finish after the sides were evenly matched early on and Viscounts conceded their tie with Knights as they could not field a team.

 

In Division 1 Lundin Lasers conceded their fixture at Brechin as they are unable to field a team.

 

Handicap Cup Round 1

Truants 10 (Graham Wood 3, Howard Lee 2, Dave Beveridge (Reserve) 5)

Aces 9 (Jim Dyson 1, Grant Williams 3, Pete Yearworth 5)

Aces were never behind until the seventeenth game when Graham Wood beat Grant Williams 26-24. The next game saw Grant level with an even closer 26-25 game win. The extra nineteenth game saw Graham win it 26-22 to take the tie for Truants. The star players with five game wins each were Dave Beveridge of Truants and Pete Yearworth of Aces. Their only game defeats came when they met each other and these too were incredibly close; 26-25 to Dave and 26-24 to Pete.

 

Duffers 10 (Andy Reid 3, Rich McLaren 4, Billy Liddle 3)

Guthrie Park 3 (Aaron Robertson 2, Ian Farquhar (Reserve) 0, Derek Beaton 1)

Guthrie Park took the lead when Aaron Robertson won the opening game 26-23, but Andy Reid fought back to level for Duffers. Match two saw Rich McLaren win the opener 26-25 versus Ian Farquhar, but a more comfortable second game win saw Duffers increase their lead to 3-1. Next Billy Liddle and Derek Beaton shared two incredibly close games with a 26-25 win each. Match four between Rich and Aaron was tied but Duffers then surged ahead with wins for Andy and Billy against Derek and Ian respectively. Rich then sealed the tie for Duffers with a win in his first game against Derek.

 

Villa 16 (Glenn Christie 6, Euan Steel 4, David Sim 6)

New Kids 2 (Charlie Ross 1, Victor Trojan 1, Martin Turnbull 0)

Villa won their tie with New Kids with three matches to spare, but losing games 31-29 and 31-28 eight times in total did not help the New Kids cause. Glenn Christie and David Sim remained unbeaten for Villa.

 

Tigers 4 (Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson 3, Marion Davidson 1)

Brechin 10 (Ian Farquhar 3, Andy Crawford 2, Steve Stranock (Reserve) 5)

Tigers and Brechin were evenly matched to begin with and after four matches the score was four games each. However, three 2-0 match wins in a row saw Brechin take the tie with two matches to spare. In their final run of three match victories, Brechin’s Steve Stranock won four games against Kenny McLaren and Scott Thomson respectively. The other match win was for Andy Crawford versus Marion Davidson. Earlier, Ian Farquhar won three out of the four games he played to keep Brechin level early on.

 

Telecoms 10 (David Monteith 4, Graeme Elrick 4, Rob Fotheringham 2)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 2, Iain Martin 3, Ryan Docherty 4)

The tie between Telecoms and Up4it swung one way then the other, but a final match come back saw Telecoms triumph in the end. A comfortable 2-0 win for David Monteith versus Paul Monteith got Telecoms ahead. The second match saw Iain Martin win the opener 26-25, but Graeme Elrick won the second game to make it 3-1 Telecoms. Match three was very close, Ryan Docherty won the first game 26-24, but Rob Fotheringham won the second game 26-25 to keep Telecoms two ahead at 4-2. Next Iain won 26-25 to narrow the gap but a more comfortable game win for Graeme put Telecoms back two ahead. A 26-25 and 26-22 match win for Paul versus Rob got Up4it level and Ryan then beat Graeme 2-0 to get Up4it in front for the first time. A game win each for Iain and Rob and next Ryan and David made it 9-7 to Up4it with one match to go. The decider saw Graeme win it 2-0 and then Graeme completed the comeback in the extra game to take the tie for Telecoms.

 

Handicap Cup Round 2

Buccaneers 4 (Steve Stranock 0, Stewart Ferguson 1, Glyn Pritchard 3)

Swots 10 (Sandy Pearson 4, Louis MacLeod 1, Ian Smith 5)

Swots were never behind at Buccaneers and took the tie with two matches to spare. The star players for Swots were Sandy Pearson, who won all four games he played, and Ian Smith who won five out of six games played. Glyn Pritchard was best for Buccaneers and won three out of the four games he played.

 

Squires 8 (Winnie Stein 2, Eddie Dougan 2, Bill Beattie 4)

Defenders 10 (Tony O'Shea 1, Ian McLagan 3, Richard Tough 6)

Defenders were ahead for most of their tie at Squires, but they only secured the overall victory in the final game of the night. Winnie Stein won the opening game but Tony O’Shea got Defenders level by winning their second game. Match wins for Ian McLagan and Richard Tough against Eddie Dougan and Bill Beattie respectively saw Defenders surge ahead but two 26-25 game losses were tough on Squires. A good match win for Eddie versus Tony got Squires back into it, but a 26-25, 26-23 match win for Richard against Winnie got Defenders to 7-3 overall. Another good match win for Bill against Ian for Squires halved the deficit but Richard then beat Eddie 2-0 to make it 9-5 to Defenders. Squires weren’t giving up and a 2-0 match victory for Bill against Tony kept them in it. The final match saw Winnie win the opener 26-21 to leave Squires just one game down. Winnie came close in the final game but fell two points short after Ian won it 26-24 to take the overall tie for Defenders.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Tigers 6 (Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 2, Arthur Pritchard 2)

New Kids 0 (Martin Turnbull 0, Victor Trojan 0, Charlie Ross 0)

Tigers comfortably won their tie against New Kids for the loss of just three single games: Kenny McLaren and Scott Thomson versus Martin Turnbull and Victor Trojan; Arthur Pritchard and Scott against Martin and Victor again and finally Arthur and Kenny versus Charlie Ross and Martin.

 

Guthrie Park 1 (Aaron Robertson ½, Derek Beaton 0, Derek Mitchell ½)

Brechin 5 (Ian Farquhar 1½, John Anderson 1½, Andy Crawford 2)

Brechin won well in the end but there were two very close matches. Firstly in match two 14-12 in the fourth game got Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson back level at two-games all. However, Andy Crawford and John Anderson refocussed to take the match 11-6 for Brechin. Then in match four Derek and Aaron fought back from 1-2 down to defeat Ian Farquhar and John 11-7 in the fifth game for Guthrie Park. Brechin won the other four matches for the loss of just one game Ian Farquhar and Andy in their 3-1 victory against Derek Beaton and Aaron.

 

Barons 2 (Andy Hughes ½, Fiona Kinloch ½, Stewart Mason 1)

Swots 5 (Sandy Pearson 1½, Louis MacLeod 1½, Ian Smith 2)

A strong finish comfortably won Swots their tie at Barons, but it was much closer early on. In the opening match, 15-13 in the fifth for Sandy Pearson and Louis MacLeod against Andy Hughes and Fiona Kinloch got Swots in front. Then another 15-13 game win helped Ian Smith and Louis to defeat Stewart Mason and Fiona 3-1 to make it 2-0 Swots. However, two 3-1 victories for Stewart partnering Andy and then Fiona against Sandy partnering Ian and then Louis got Barons level at two matches all. In another twist Swots won the remaining three matches 3-0 to take the tie, although Stewart and Andy were unlucky not to win a game in their 10-12, 11-13, 11-13 defeat to Louis and Ian.

 

Aces 6 (Peter Yearworth 2, Gary Lowson 2, Grant Williams 2)

Truants 0 (Graham Wood 0, Howard Lee 0, Dave Beveridge (Reserve) 0)

Aces won their tie against Truants for the loss of only one game. In match six Graham Wood and Dave Beveridge won the second game 14-12 in their 1-3 loss to Peter Yearworth and Grant Williams. Gary Lowson was involved in four matches and did not drop a game all night for Aces.

 

Viscounts 0 Knights 5

Viscounts could not raise a team so conceded their tie against Knights.

 

Division 1

Brechin 10 Lundin Lasers 0

Lundin Lasers could not raise a team so conceded their fixture at Brechin.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

03/02/2022

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

18/02/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

Knights v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

01/02/2022

Unknown

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 15 - commencing 17 January 2022

After an extended winter break due to the ongoing pandemic situation the D&D Table Tennis Leagues restarted with several rearranged fixtures.

 

The Division 1 leaders Up4it had an unbeaten night against Lundin Lasers but there were several close matches along the way. Villa narrowly defeated Aces at Forthill with David Sim remaining unbeaten for Villa.

 

In Division 2 second placed Defenders had a good victory against short-handed Truants. Tony O’Shea starred for Defenders with an unbeaten performance, but he had to come from 1-5 down to defeat Graham Wood 11-7 in the fifth game to remain unbeaten.

 

In Division 3 New Kids had a strong overall victory at Missiles. However, only three of the ten matches were won in three straight games showing Missiles were unlucky not to win more points.

 

The Stanley Doubles first round saw comfortable victories for Up4it and Villa against Telecoms and Duffers respectively.

 

Division 1

Aces 4 (Gary Lowson 2, Jim Dyson 1, Pete Yearworth 1)

Villa 6 (David Sim 3½, Ian Hunter 0, Euan Steel 2½)

Villa were never behind against Aces and they sealed the narrow overall victory with a match to spare. David Sim was the star player for Villa after he won all the matches he played in. Initially David had to come from 1-2 down to defeat Gary Lowson 3-2; then David defeated Jim Dyson 3-1 and finally David beat Pete Yearworth 3-1. David also won the doubles match for Villa partnering Euan Steel. However, 11-9 in the fourth game shows Gary and Jim were unlucky not to take the match further. Euan added a couple of singles match victories to complete Villa’s scoring. Firstly Euan beat Pete 3-1 with 18-16 in the second vital for Euan. Later Euan beat Jim 3-0 but 14-12 and 12-10 in the first two games was tough on Jim. In between these wins Euan lost 2-3 to Gary with 13-11 in the third being the difference for Gary. Aces other match wins all came against Ian Hunter and losing 2-3 to Pete was the closest Ian came to a victory.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3½, Iain Martin 3)

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

Up4it got the perfect result against Lundin Lasers but dropped games in four of the matches. In the opening match Arthur Duncan took the first game 11-9, but a strong fightback by Paul Monteith saw Paul win it 3-1. Next Ryan Docherty defeated Roman Nydza 3-1 and four 3-0 victories in a row secured the overall victory for Up4it, although 16-14 in the first game of match six for Iain Martin was tough on Roman. Up4fit saw out the contest with four more match wins but two of them went to the fifth game. In the doubles match Paul and Ryan had to come from 1-2 down to defeat Nat Forno and Roman 3-2 and then in match nine Arthur led 2-0 after he took the second game 15-13. At 11-all in the third Arthur was two points from victory but Iain won them to win the game 13-11 and Iain then comfortably won the fourth and fifth games to take the match for Up4it.

 

Division 2

Defenders 7 (Richard Tough 2½, Tony O'Shea 3½, Ian McLagan 1)

Truants 3 (Graham Wood 2, Martin Turnbull (Reserve) 1)

Defenders got the victory against short-handed Truants but they only won four of the seven matches actually played. For Truants Graham Wood defeated Richard Tough and Ian McLagan 3-1, but Graham had to come from behind to defeat Ian. Truants other win saw Martin Turnbull come from 1-2 down to defeat Ian 12-10 in the fifth game. For Defenders Tony O’Shea and Richard both defeated Martin Turnbull 3-0. However, 12-10 in the first game in both games was hard on Martin. Defenders other singles match victory came when Tony beat Graham 3-2 after the first three games ended 12-10, with Tony then leading 2-1. The doubles match was comfortably won 3-0 by Richard and Tony.

 

Division 3

Missiles 1 (Logan Smith 0, Lee Nixon 1, Jim Fleming 0)

New Kids 9 (Charlie Ross 3½, Dave Beveridge 3½, Victor Trojan 2)

New Kids won well in the end at Missiles but they had numerous scares along the way. The first was in the opening match when Charlie Ross just defeated Logan Smith 11-9 in the fifth game after Logan had levelled from 0-2 down. Next Dave Beveridge had an equally close 11-9 fifth game victory against Lee Nixon after Lee had come from behind twice. Match three saw Victor Trojan defeat Jim Fleming 3-1, but 17-15 in the first game was vital for Victor. Match four was again very close. Three 11-9 game results saw Charlie lead Lee 2-1 and 12-10 in the fourth game secured the match for Charlie. Next Victor made it 5-0 to New Kids after he came from behind to defeat Logan 15-13 in the fourth and 12-10 in the third game saw Dave beat Jim to make it 6-0. Dave then partnered Charlie to win the doubles match 3-0 against Lee and Logan but 12-10 in the second game helped the visitors cause. It looked like another New Kids win in match eight when Victor went 2-1 up, but 12-10 and 11-8 game wins meant Lee took the match 3-2 for Missiles. In match nine Charlie defeated Jim 13-11 in the fourth and next Dave completed the scoring for New Kids after he comfortably defeated Logan 3-0.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Telecoms 0 (David Monteith 0, Rob Fotheringham 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

Up4it 6 (Iain Martin 2, Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

This tie was played just before the winter break and Up4it won the tie for the loss of just one game.

 

Villa 5 (Euan Steel 2, Glenn Christie 1½, Ian Hunter 1½)

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

Villa won the tie without losing a match but they needed two very close match victories to triumph. In the opener, 13-11 and 14-12 got Rich McLaren and Andy Reid 2-0 up, but a strong fightback by Euan Steel and Glenn Christie won the match for Villa 3-2. Then in match four 15-13 in the fourth game got Rich and Andy level at two games all. However, a strong fifth game saw Ian Hunter and Euan win the match for Villa. Villa won the other three matches 3-0, without reaching 10-all once, to take the tie.

 

Postponements (Non DDTTA Shutdown Related Only)

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

28/02/2022

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

Unknown

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 14 - commencing 13 December 2021

The Division 1 leaders Up4it won well in the end against Villa but they had to work hard for their victory. Second place Viscounts matched the Up4it victory margin away to Brechin and remain thirteen points behind Up4it. Knights had an unbeaten night against Aces and are now fourteen points off the top but with two fixtures in hand on both their title rivals. Knights’ reserve David Hay won his three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

In Division 2 second placed Defenders had a strong victory against Comets with Richard Tough unbeaten. Defenders have increased their lead to third place to four points because Barons could only win narrowly win at Telecoms, albeit Barons have played a fixture less. Graeme Elrick of Telecoms had a very long night following three excellent 3-2 singles match victories. Truants had a very good victory against Swots to consolidate fourth place and move to just three points behind Barons with Howard Lee and Graham Wood having unbeaten performances.

 

The Division 3 leaders Tigers were narrowly defeated by second placed Sputniks. However, Tigers still have a thirteen point lead albeit Sputniks have played a fixture less than their title rivals. Buccaneers had a good victory against New Kids with Steve Stranock and Stewart Ferguson remaining unbeaten. Buccaneers remain fourth but are now just two points behind New Kids with two fixtures in hand.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (David Hay (Reserve) 3½, Jacob Munro 3, Stuart Halliday 3½)

Aces 0 (Grant Williams 0, Jim Dyson 0, Pete Yearworth 0)

Knights had an unbeaten performance against Aces, but they lost a game in five matches. In the opening match David Hay defeated Grant Williams 3-0 to get Knights ahead. Two 3-1 victories increased the Knights lead with Jacob Munro and Stuart Halliday beating Jim Dyson and Pete Yearworth respectively. Next Jacob added another 3-1 win against Grant but 11-13 and 10-12 game losses were tough on Grant. Knights increased their lead further with two 3-0 victories for David versus Pete and Stuart 12-10 in the third game against Jim. In the doubles match Grant and Jim won the opening game 12-10, but David and Stuart fought back to win the match 11-9 in the fourth game. Next Jacob defeated Pete 16-14 in the third and then Stuart came from behind to defeat Grant 3-1. In the final match David completed a fine night for Knights with a 3-0 victory against Jim.

 

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Iain Martin 3½, Ryan Docherty 2)

Villa 1 (Euan Steel 0, Glenn Christie 0, Ian Hunter 1)

Up4it won well against Villa but Villa won games in six of the matches. Paul Monteith defeated Euan Steel to get Up4it ahead and Iain Martin beat Glenn Christie 11-9 in the third game to double their lead. Match three was looking like a comfortable win for Ryan Docherty when he went 2-0 up for the loss of just ten points. Ian Hunter then fought back well to level with 11-9 and 11-8 game wins. The decider was an absolute cracker and both players had multiple chances to win it. However, a mixture of resolute defending and big counter hitting saw Ian eventually win it 18-16 to get Villa on the scoreboard. Match four was also a marathon encounter and after scores of 14-12, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11 and 11-9 Iain won it for Up4it against Euan. Two 3-1 victories saw Up4it increase their lead with Paul beating Ian 11-9 in the fourth and Ryan defeating Glenn 14-12 in the fourth. Up4it then added two comfortable 3-0 victories; Paul and Iain versus Euan and Glenn in the doubles match and Iain versus Ian in match eight. Up4it then saw out the contest following a 3-1 victory for Ryan versus Euan and next a 3-0 win for Paul against Glenn. 

 

Brechin 1 (John Anderson 1, Andy Crawford 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Viscounts 9 (David Hay 3½, Peter Aird 3½, Richard Clarke 2)

Viscounts had a good victory at Brechin but they were pushed hard several times during the fixture. Viscounts started very strongly and went 4-0 up without dropping a game. In the run David Hay defeated John Anderson and Andy Crawford; Peter Aird beat Andy and Richard Clarke defeated Ian Farquhar 12-10 in the third. Match five was also going Viscounts way when Richard went 2-0 and at 10-all in the third he was two points from victory. However, John won the game 13-11 and eventually took the match 11-9 in the fifth to get Brechin on the scorecard. Two 3-0 victories in a row put Viscounts back on track with first Peter beating Ian and next David and Peter defeated John and Andy 12-10 in the third of the doubles match. Match eight saw Andy go 2-1 up but 15-13 in the fourth got Richard back level and Richard then won the fifth game 11-8 to take the match for Viscounts. Next Ian got into an even stronger position when he went 2-0 up, but a great fight back saw David win it 3-2 for Viscounts. The final match was evenly poised at one game all when Peter upped the pace to defeat John 3-1 and complete the scoring for Viscounts.

 

Division 2

Telecoms 4 (David Monteith 1, Graeme Elrick 3, Rob Fotheringham 0)

Barons 6 (Stewart Mason 1, Andy Hughes 2½, Fiona Kinloch 2½)

Barons got the narrow victory in the end but Telecoms dominated early on and led 3-1 before the fightback. Graeme Elrick was the star player and defeated all three Barons in the fifth game, with 15-13 in the fifth against Fiona Kinloch being the closest Graeme came to losing a match. David Monteith got Telecoms other match win after he beat Stewart Mason 3-2 after 13-11 in the fourth got Stewart level. For Barons Fiona beat David and Rob Fotheringham 3-0; Andy Hughes defeated David 3-1 and Rob 3-0; and Stewart beat Rob 13-11 in the fifth in a match that could have went either way. Fiona and Andy comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 against Rob and Graeme to complete the scoring for Barons.

 

Truants 9 (David Beveridge (Reserve) 2, Graham Wood 3½, Howard Lee 3½)

Swots 1 (Sandy Pearson 0, Kong Wan 0, Ian Smith 1)

Truants finished with a big victory against Swots, but it was more competitive than the final score line suggests as Swots won at least a game in seven matches. The opening match went the distance and after both players had led, Dave Beveridge beat Sandy Pearson 13-11 in the fifth to get Truants in front. Graham Wood defeated Kong Wan 3-0 to double the Truants lead and two 3-1 victories made it 4-0 to Truants. Firstly Howard Lee beat Ian Smith and next Graham defeated Sandy. Swots then got one back after a relatively comfortable 3-0 victory for Ian against Dave but a similar result for Howard versus Kong made it 5-1 to Truants. The doubles match saw both teams lead but eventually Howard and Graham won it 3-2 against Ian and Sandy for Truants. Two 3-1 victories then increased the Truants lead with first Graham beating Ian 14-12 in the fourth and next Howard defeated Sandy after Sandy had won the opening game 13-11. The final match saw Dave post a comfortable 3-0 win against Kong to complete the scoring for Truants.

 

Comets 2 (Fraser Smith 1, Sandy Bertie 0, Dougal Ogilvie 1)

Defenders 8 (Tony O'Shea 2½, Ken Head 2, Richard Tough 3½)

Defenders dominated the majority of the fixture but a late rally saw Comets get a couple of match victories at the end. In the opening match Tony O’Shea beat Fraser Smith 11-9 in the fourth to get Defenders in front and a comfortable 3-0 win for Ken Head against Sandy Bertie doubled the lead. In match three, Dougal Ogilvie came from 0-2 down to level but Richard Tough refocused to win it 3-2 for Defenders. The next four matches saw Defenders turn the screw and they won all four matches without dropping a game with 13-11 in the third for Richard against Fraser being the only time in the sequence 10-all was reached. In match eight Sandy won the opening game but a strong comeback saw Richard win the match 3-1 to make it 8-0 to Defenders. Next Comets finally got on the scorecard after Dougal beat Tony 3-1 and at the death Fraser came from behind to defeat Ken 3-1 and add another for Comets.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 7 (Steve Stranock 3½, Stewart Ferguson 3½, Murray Johnstone 0)

New Kids 3 (Dave Beveridge 1, Martin Turnbull 1, Charlie Ross 1)

Buccaneers were ahead for the whole contest and finished with a good win against New Kids. Steve Stranock got Buccaneers in front when he won the opening match 3-1 against Dave Beveridge. The Buccaneers lead was doubled after Stewart Ferguson beat Martin Turnbull 3-0 and in match three Murray Johnstone was looking good to increase the lead further when a strong game three put him 2-1 up. However, 17-15 in the fourth game got Charlie Ross level and Charlie won the decider 11-8 to get New Kids on the score card. Dave started well in match four and took the opening game 14-12, but Stewart fought back strongly to win it 3-1 for Buccaneers. A comfortable victory for Steve against Charlie made it 4-1 to Buccaneers, but next an equally comfortable win for Martin versus Murray got one back for New Kids. The doubles match was won 3-0 for Buccaneers by Steve and Stewart, but Dave and Charlie were unlucky to lose games 12-10 and 11-9. Match eight saw Stewart beat Charlie 3-0, but 15-13 in the second was crucial for Stewart. New Kids got their third victory of the night when Dave beat Murray 3-1 but Steve then completed a good night for Buccaneers after he defeated Martin 11-9 in the fourth game.

 

Sputniks 6 (Eric Brown 2, Carol McLean 2, Nairn Nixon 2)

Tigers 4 (Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 1½, Scott Thomson 2½)

Sputniks were behind 3-4 but a strong finish saw them get the narrow victory against Tigers. It started well for Sputniks when Eric Brown beat Marion Davidson 3-0 with 14-12 in the second vital for Eric. It looked good in match two for Carol McLean when she went 2-1 up, but Kenny McLaren fought back to win it 3-2 and get Tigers level. A come from behind 3-1 victory for Scott Thomson versus Nairn Nixon then got Tigers in front. But Carol got Sputniks level with a 3-0 win over Marion, although 12-10 and 13-11 game wins were hard on Marion. Next the teams traded 3-1 victories to make it three matches all. Firstly Scott beat Eric and then Nairn beat Kenny after a 12-10 game win for each player. The doubles match was going Sputniks way when Carol and Nairn went 2-1 up, but two 11-9 game wins meant Scott and Kenny took the match 3-2 for Tigers. In match eight Scott won the opening game 11-9, but two 12-10 game wins put Carol in front and 11-8 in the fourth game meant Carol got Sputniks back level for the third time. A comfortable 3-0 victory for Nairn against Carol made it 5-4 to Sputniks but Kenny was on course to level when a strong game three put him 2-1 up in the final match. However, Eric levelled and eventually took the match 13-11 in the fifth to secure the narrow overall victory for Sputniks.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

Unknown

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

14/01/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Duffers v Squires

Div 3

16/12/2021

Unknown

Guthrie Park v Brechin

Stanley Doubles

06/01/2022

29/01/2022

 Tigers V New Kids

Stanley Doubles

05/01/2022

19/01/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Cup Finals – Ward Road Gym – Saturday 11th December 2021

The semi-finals and finals of the Excelsior Cup, Secondary Shield and Consolation Cup trophies were played out at Ward Road Gym on Saturday 11th December 2021.

In the Excelsior Cup semi-finals Viscounts defeated Barons with a couple of matches to spare and Knights came from 3-1 down to beat Up4it with a match to spare in the other tie. The final saw Viscounts ahead twice, but Knights fought back both times and ultimately they lifted the cup with a match to spare.

In the Secondary Shield semi-finals Defenders had a comfortable victory against Comets and Barons were unbeaten against Tigers. In the Final Defenders were too strong for Barons and they secured the trophy with a couple of matches to spare.

In the Consolation Cup semi-finals Swots had a fairly comfortably victory against Buccaneers but Duffers and Telecoms went to the final match with Telecoms just prevailing. In the final both teams led and the contest went one way and then the other. Ultimately in the final match Stewart Clark came from behind to defeat Louis MacLeod 3-2 and win the trophy for Telecoms.

 

 

Excelsior Cup

Semi-Finals

Viscounts 5 (Andrew Nimmo 2, Peter Aird 3, Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 0)

Barons 2 (Stewart Mason 0, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 1, Fiona Kinloch 1)

Viscounts comfortably defeated Barons with Peter Aird winning three matches 3-0 and Andrew Nimmo won two. For Barons, Fiona Kinloch and Bill Beattie defeated Eddie Dougan 3-0.

 

Up4it 3 (Paul Monteith 0, Ryan Docherty 2, Iain Martin 1)

Knights 5 (Callum Riddoch 2, Stuart Halliday 1, Jacob Munro 2)

Knights started well against Up4it and led when Callum Riddoch beat Paul Monteith 3-2. Up4it then fought back the win three matches in a row. Firstly Ryan Docherty beat Stuart Halliday 3-0 and then Iain Martin defeated Jacob Munro 3-1; finally Ryan beat Callum 11-9 in the fifth to make it 3-1. Knights then fought back with four wins in a row to take the tie. Match five was the closest with Jacob beating Paul 11-9 in the fifth.

 

Final

Viscounts 3 (Andrew Nimmo 2, Peter Aird 1, Eddie Dougan (Reserve) 0)

Knights 5 (Callum Riddoch 2, Stuart Halliday 1, Jacob Munro 2)

Knights came from two matches down to defeat Viscounts with a match to spare. Viscounts took the lead when Andrew Nimmo defeated Callum Riddoch 3-1 and Peter Aird doubled their lead when he beat Stuart Halliday 3-2 in a see-sawing match that went one way and then the other. Knights got on the scoreboard after Jacob Munro beat Eddie Dougan 3-0 and Knights levelled when Callum beat Peter 3-1. A fine 3-0 victory for Andrew against Jacob got Viscounts ahead again but Knights quickly levelled after Stuart defeated Eddie 3-0. In match seven Peter led twice, but Jacob levelled twice. In the decider Peter built a lead, but Jacob fought back to win it 12-10 to get Knights ahead for the first time. Callum then secured the trophy for Knights when he defeated Eddie 3-0.

 

 

Secondary Shield

Semi-Finals

Comets 1 (Dougal Ogilvie 0, Sandy Bertie 1, Jill Milne 0)

Defenders 5 (Tony O'Shea 2, Ken Head 1, Richard Tough 2)

Defenders went in front after Tony O’Shea beat Dougal Ogilvie 3-0, but Comets levelled when Sandy Bertie came from behind to defeat Ken Head 3-2. Richard Tough beat Jill Milne 3-0 to get Defenders ahead again and they never looked back sealing the tie with three more match wins for the loss of just one game, Ken in his 3-1 defeat of Jill.

 

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

Barons 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Andy Hughes 1, Stewart Mason 2)

Barons hit top form from the off and won all five matches for the loss of just two games, Andy Hughes in his 3-1 defeat of Scott Thomson and Stewart Mason in his 3-1 defeat of Kenny McLaren. Fiona Kinloch won both her matches 3-0, but twice won games 12-10.

 

Final

Defenders 5 (Ken Head 2, Tony O'Shea 2, Richard Tough 1)

Barons 2 (Andy Hughes 0, Fiona Kinloch 2, Bill Beattie (Reserve) 0)

Defenders started well and Ken Head went 2-0 up with 12-10 and 13-11 game wins. Andy Hughes got one back but Ken saw out the match 3-1 to get Defenders in front. In match two 12-10 in the opener set Fiona Kinloch on her way to a 3-0 victory over Tony O’Shea and Barons were level. However, two 3-1 victories put Defenders in command with Richard Tough beating Bill Beattie and Tony defeating Andy. Ken then made it 4-1 to defenders after he defeated Bill 3-0, but Fiona got one back for Barons with a 3-0 victory against Richard. However, Tony then defeated Bill 3-0 to secure the contest for Defenders with two matches to spare.  

 

 

Consolation Cup

Semi-Finals

Buccaneers 1 (Steve Stranock 0, Murray Johnstone 1, Peter Cassidy 0)

Swots 5 (Louis MacLeod 2, Sandy Pearson 1, Ian Smith 2)

Swots went ahead when Louis MacLeod defeated Steve Stranock 3-1 but Murray Johnstone then repeated the score against Sandy Pearson to get Buccaneers level. Swots retook the lead after Ian Smith beat Peter Cassidy 3-0 and thereafter Swots sealed the tie without dropping a further game.

 

Duffers 4 (Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 2, Rich McLaren 1)

Telecoms 5 (Rob Fotheringham 0, Stewart Clark 2, David Monteith 3)

Duffers started strongly against Telecoms and went 2-0 up after two 3-0 victories. Initially Billy Liddle defeated Rob Fotheringham 13-11 in the third and in match two Andy Reid beat Stewart Clark. A 3-0 victory for David Monteith against Rich McLaren got one back for Telecoms but Andy defeated Rob 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Duffers overall. Telecoms got back level following a 3-0 win for David against Billy and next Stewart defeated Rich 3-1. Telecoms then took the lead for the first time when David beat Andy 3-2 after Andy had levelled from 0-2 down. A come from behind 3-1 victory for Rich against Rob made it four matches all. In the deciding match Stewart overcame Billy 3-0 to see Telecoms through to the final.

 

Final

Swots 4 (Louis MacLeod 1, Sandy Pearson 1, Ian Smith 2)

Telecoms 5 (Rob Fotheringham 0, Stewart Clark 2, David Monteith 3)

Swots and Telecoms fought out a great final that went one way and then the other. Louis MacLeod beat Rob Fotheringham 3-0 to get Swots ahead, but two 3-0 victories for Telecoms turned it around. Firstly, 12-10 and 14-12 game wins saw Stewart Clark defeat Sandy Pearson and next David Monteith beat Ian Smith. Swots were level after Sandy beat Rob 3-0, but Telecoms retook the lead following a 3-1 victory for David versus Louis. A strong victory for Ian against Stewart made it three matches all, but 12-10 in the first helped David to defeat Sandy 3-0 and Telecoms were ahead again. Back came Swots with Ian beating Rob 3-0 to make it four-all. The deciding match saw Stewart take the lead but Louis fought back to lead 2-1. 11-9 in the fourth saw Stewart back level and Stewart then took the fifth game 11-7 to secure the match and the trophy for Telecoms.

 

 

Week 13 - commencing 06 December 2021

In Division 1 the leaders Up4it won well at Aces to move thirteen points clear of Viscounts who did not play. Third placed Knights also did not play and they are now fifteen points behind Up4it but have two fixtures in hand on both of their rivals. Brechin led for most of the night against Villa at Forthill but Brechin only secured an overall draw when unbeaten John Anderson won the final match of the fixture. The draw means Brechin remain six points ahead of Villa in fifth place.

 

The Division 2 leaders Guthrie Park comfortably defeated Telecoms to seemingly continue on their way to the title. Third placed Barons had a good victory against Truants with Fiona Kinloch and Andy Hughes remaining unbeaten. Barons moved to two points behind second placed Defenders, who did not play, and Barons still have a fixture in hand. Bottom side Swots got their first league victory of the season against Comets where Ian Smith had a fine unbeaten night. Comets were very unlucky to lose 3-2 five times though and remain four points behind fourth placed Truants with a fixture in hand.

 

Tigers increased their lead at the top of Division 3 by one point after they defeated fifth placed Duffers. Tigers were behind 3-2 after five matches but had an unbeaten finish to get back on track, with Scott Thomson finishing unbeaten. Second placed Sputniks had a lesser victory than rivals Tigers at third placed New Kids although Nairn Nixon had a fine performance for Sputniks and remained unbeaten.

 

 

Division 1

Villa 5 (Glenn Christie 0, Euan Steel 2½, David Sim 2½)

Brechin 5 (Ian Farquhar 1, John Anderson 3, Andy Crawford 1)

Brechin led for most of the night against Villa but had to win the final match to secure an overall draw. Brechin went 2-0 up following 3-0 victories for Ian Farquhar and John Anderson versus Glenn Christie and Euan Steel respectively, although four of the six games were won 11-9. Match three saw David Sim move into a comfortable 2-0 lead, but Andy Crawford levelled following a 12-10 game four win. The decider went to 12-all but David won it 14-12 to get Villa on the scoreboard. A 3-1 win for Euan against Ian got Villa level, but 3-1 victories for Andy and John against Glenn and David respectively got Brechin 4-2 up overall. The doubles match saw both teams ahead, but David and Euan eventually won it 3-2 for Villa. A further two 3-1 victories then saw Villa ahead for the first time: firstly Euan defeated Andy 11-9 in the fourth; and next David beat Ian to make it 5-4 to Villa overall. However, Brechin earned the overall draw in the final match which saw John dominate from the start to defeat Glenn 3-0 and also earn John a singles match hat-trick.

 

Aces 1 (Grant Williams 0, Jim Dyson 1, Pete Yearworth 0)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3, Iain Martin 2½)

Up4it won well in the end at Aces but they could easily have been 2-0 down early on. In the opening match Grant Williams led 2-1 but Paul Monteith levelled. The decider could have gone either way, but Paul eventually won it 14-12 to get Up4it ahead. The second match was similar with Jim Dyson 2-1 up, but Ryan Docherty fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth and double the Up4it lead. Iain Martin comfortably defeated Pete Yearworth to make it 3-0 and next Paul defeated Jim 13-11 in the fourth for Up4it. Two 3-0 Up4it victories then made it 6-0 going into the doubles match. Paul and Iain led 2-1 when a 16-14 game four victory for Grant and Jim levelled it up. The decider was close, but Paul and Iain won it 11-9 for Up4it. Aces got on the scoreboard after Jim beat Iain 3-0, but 15-13 in the opener of match nine saw Paul on his way to a 3-0 win against Pete. Ryan then defeated Grant 3-0 to complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

 

Division 2

Swots 7 (Kong Wan 1, Louis MacLeod 2½, Ian Smith 3½)

Comets 3 (Sandy Bertie 2, Fraser Smith 1, Dougal Ogilvie 0)

Swots achieved their first league victory of the season against Comets, although winning all five matches that went to the fifth game helped the Swots cause greatly. Kong Wan won the opening game of the night 16-14, but Sandy Bertie recovered well to win it 3-1 and get Comets ahead. Swots then turned it around with two 3-2 victories in a row. Firstly Louis MacLeod defeated Fraser Smith after Fraser had levelled twice and next Ian Smith came from 1-2 down to defeat Dougal Ogilvie. Comets levelled after Sandy came from behind to defeat Louis 3-1, but Swots then went ahead with yet another two fifth game victories. In match five Kong came from 1-2 down to defeat Dougal and next Ian beat Fraser 3-2 in a match that swung one way then the other. After the numerous five-game singles matches that preceded it, the doubles match was surprisingly won 3-0 with Ian and Louis beating Dougal and Sandy to make it 5-2 to Swots overall. Match eight started well for Dougal but Louis turned it round to lead 2-1. Dougal then levelled with a good fourth game but Louis finished strongly taking the match for Swots.  Swots then added another victory when Ian beat Sandy 3-1 but Fraser had the final say for Comets when he came from behind to defeat Kong 3-1, although 13-11 in the second game was vital for Fraser.

 

Barons 7 (Andy Hughes 3½, Stewart Mason 0, Fiona Kinloch 3½)

Truants 3 (Graham Wood 1, Howard Lee 1, Ian Smith (Reserve) 1)

Barons and Truants were evenly matched but two 3-2 victories gave Barons the edge. In the opening match Andy Hughes beat Graham Wood 11-8 in the fifth after Graham had levelled twice. Truants were level when Howard Lee defeated Stewart Mason 3-0, with 13-11 in the first crucial for Howard. In match three 15-13 in the second game was vital for Fiona Kinloch in her 3-0 victory against Ian Smith that saw Barons retake the lead. The sides then traded comfortable 3-0 victories with firstly Graham defeating Stewart and next Andy beating Ian. Fiona then made it 4-2 to Barons overall when she defeated Howard 11-9 in the third. Truants went ahead in the doubles match with Howard and Graham 2-1 up, but Fiona and Andy quickly levelled at two-all. The decider went to 10-all, but in a game that saw both teams have Match points saved, Fiona and Andy just edged it 12-10 for Barons. Next Truants did get one back after Ian beat Stewart 3-0. Match nine was very close early on but after 16-14 and 12-10 game wins Fiona was 2-0 up. Graham then fought back with a strong third game win, but an equally strong fourth game win for Fiona saw the match out. Howard went in front in the final match with a 12-10 opening game win; however a strong comeback saw Andy 2-1 up. The fourth game was very close, but Andy won it 11-9 to have the final say for Barons.

 

Guthrie Park 8 (Glyn Pritchard (Reserve) 2, Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 2½)

Telecoms 2 (Rob Fotheringham 0, Stewart Clark 0, David Monteith 2)

Guthrie Park defeated Telecoms after they won five straight matches in a row to complete the fixture. In the opening match Glyn Pritchard came from behind to defeat Rob Fotheringham 15-13 in the fourth game to get Guthrie Park ahead. They doubled their lead after Derek Mitchell defeated Stewart Clark 3-0, but David Monteith got one back for Telecoms when he beat Derek Beaton 12-10 in the third game. Derek Mitchell made it 3-1 to Guthrie Park with a 3-0 victory over Rob, but Telecoms fought back with a 3-1 win for David against Glyn. However, Guthrie Park dominated the second half of the contest winning the four singles matches 3-0 without reaching 10-all once. The doubles match was closer but the two Derek’s won it 3-1 after Rob and David had won the third game 13-11.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 4 (Charlie Ross 2, Martin Turnbull 0, Dave Beveridge 2)

Sputniks 6 (Eric Brown 1, Carol McLean 1½, Nairn Nixon 3½)

Sputniks narrowly defeated New Kids but two late match victories for New Kids may hurt the Sputniks title aspirations. In the opening match Eric Brown came from behind to lead 2-1, but two 11-9 game wins meant Charlie Ross won it 3-2 for New Kids. Carol McLean defeated Martin Turnbull 3-1 to get Sputniks level and a 16-14 game three victory for Nairn Nixon against Dave Beveridge put Sputniks in front. A comfortable 3-0 victory for Eric against Martin made it 3-1 but Charlie was on course to get one back for New Kids when he went 2-0 up in match five. However, a great comeback by Nairn saw him win it 3-2 for Sputniks. Match six followed a similar pattern with 13-11 in the second putting Carol 2-0 up. This time it was New Kids who benefited from a great comeback with Dave winning three straight games to take the match. Carol immediately got a bit of revenge when she partnered Nairn to win the doubles match 3-0 against Dave and Martin. Next Nairn completed a fine performance with a 3-0 victory over Martin to make it 6-2 to Sputniks. However, New Kids weren’t quitting and took the final two matches to narrow their overall loss: firstly Dave beat Eric 13-11 in the third and then Charlie defeated Carol 3-1 to complete the scoring for New Kids.

 

Tigers 7 (Marion Davidson 1, Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 2½)

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

Duffers led at the half-way point but Tigers dominated the scoring thereafter to win well in the end, although Duffers fought hard all the way. Duffers went ahead when Rich McLaren came from behind to defeat Marion Davidson 11-9 in the fourth. A comfortable 3-0 victory for Scott Thomson against Billy Liddle got Tigers level but Andy Reid got Duffers ahead again after he came from behind to defeat Kenny McLaren 3-1. Another 3-0 win for Scott, this time against Rich, got Tigers level again, but a comfortable 3-0 victory for Andy versus Marion made it 3-2 to Duffers overall. Tigers were level for the third time after Kenny defeated Billy 3-0, with the now crucial doubles match next. It ended up a cracker with Rich and Andy coming from 0-2 down to level, however Scott and Kenny refocussed to win it 3-2 for Tigers. Match eight was tied at one game all when Andy won the second game 12-10, but Scott won it 11-9 in the fourth to make it 5-3 to Tigers. Kenny then won another for Tigers 3-2 against Rich but game scores of 9-11, 11-8, 13-11, 9-11 and 11-9 show it was close throughout. Billy started the final match well to win the opening game 13-11, but Marion fought back well to win it 3-1 and complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

14/01/2022

Viscounts v Lundin Lasers

Div 1

07/12/2021

Unknown

Missiles v Buccaneers

Div 3

09/12/2021

Unknown

Guthrie Park v Brechin

Stanley Doubles

06/01/2022

29/01/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 12 - commencing 29 November 2021

The only Division 1 fixture played was at Lundin Links where Villa had an unbeaten victory against Lundin Lasers with David Sim winning his three singles matches without dropping a game. Villa are still in second bottom place but they are now only six points behind Brechin.

 

The Division 2 leaders Guthrie Park travelled to Forthill to meet nearest rivals Defenders. Guthrie Park returned to Brechin after a comprehensive victory and even though they are only half way through their fixtures for the season, it now seems only a matter of time before Guthrie Park secures the title. Truants had a strong win against Telecoms in Gauldry and as a result move above Comets into fourth place. The star player for Truants was Howard Lee who remained unbeaten on the night.

 

Tigers remain clear at the top of Division 3 after they won at home to Squires, with Kenny McLaren remaining unbeaten for Tigers. Second placed Sputniks had an unbeaten night against club-mates Missiles and as a result narrowed the gap to Tigers to fourteen points with a fixture in hand. New Kids drew at Duffers to move just two points above Buccaneers into third place. Duffers are four points behind Buccaneers in fifth place but New Kids have played a fixture more than their two rivals for third place.

 

 

Division 1

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Roman Nydza 0, Robert Brown 0)

Villa 10 (Ian Hunter 3½, David Sim 3, Euan Steel 3½)

Villa had a strong night and won all their matches against Lundin Lasers. However, there were a couple close matches along the way and the first was in the opening match. Arthur Duncan led 2-1, but 14-12 and 11-9 game wins meant Ian Hunter won it 3-2 for Villa. Then in match five Arthur fought back from 0-2 down to level at two games all, but 14-12 in the fifth game saw Euan Steel win it for Villa again. In the doubles match Arthur partnering Robert Brown got Lundin 1-0 up. Game two was very close but Euan and Ian won it 15-13 to level and they then went on to take the match 3-1 following two 11-8 game victories. All the other matches were comfortably won 3-0 by Villa with David Sim in particularly strong form for Villa.

 

 

Division 2

Truants 8 (Graham Wood 2½, Howard Lee 3½, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 2)

Telecoms 2 (Rob Fotheringham 0, Stewart Clark 1, Graeme Elrick 1)

Truants won well against Telecoms but the majority of the matches played were close affairs. The opening match was won 14-12 in the third by Graham Wood against Rob Fotheringham and Truants doubled their lead following a strong 3-0 victory for Howard Lee against Stewart Clark. In match three Sandy Pearson went 2-0 up, but 13-11 in the fourth got Graeme Elrick level at two games all. However, Sandy turned it around and won it 3-2 for Truants. Next Howard beat Rob 3-1 to make it 4-0 overall to Truants but two match wins in a row saw Telecoms back in the contest. Firstly 15-13 and 11-9 game wins saw Graeme come from behind to defeat Graham 3-2 and then Stewart defeated Sandy 3-2 after Sandy had levelled from 0-2 down. The doubles match gave Telecoms the chance to narrow the gap to one but it was Graham and Howard that dominated for Truants to win it 3-0 against Graeme and Rob. Match eight was evenly poised at one game all but 12-10 and 11-9 game wins saw Howard win it 3-1 for Truants versus Graeme. Then Sandy had a strong 3-0 victory against Rob to make it 7-2 to Truants. Stewart started the final match strongly and went 1-0 up, but three straight game wins meant Graham won it 3-1 to complete the scoring for Truants.

 

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 1, Richard Tough 0, Ian McLagan 0)

Guthrie Park 9 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 2, Aaron Robertson 3½)

There were several close matches on the night, but in the end Guthrie Park were too strong for Defenders and achieved a comprehensive overall victory. Guthrie Park were dominant in the first half of the contest and they raced into a 5-0 lead for the loss of just two games: in match two when Derek Beaton defeated Richard Tough 12-10 in the fourth; and then in match five Aaron Robertson defeated Ken Head 3-1, including 12-10 in the opener. In match six Derek Beaton just got the better of Ian McLagan 13-11 in the fourth and then in the doubles match Derek Mitchell and Aaron defeated Ken and Richard 3-1. It seemed Richard was on course to win match eight when he went 2-1 up but a strong fightback saw Aaron win it 3-2 for Guthrie Park. Derek Mitchell then completed his third 3-0 win with a comfortable victory over Ian. The final match was a cracker with Ken coming from behind to lead 2-1 following a 14-12 game three win. Derek Beaton then levelled at two games all, but it was Ken who prevailed 11-9 in the fifth to have the final say for Defenders and stop the Guthrie Park whitewash.

 

 

Division 3

Sputniks 10 (Nairn Nixon 3½, Carol McLean 3½, Eric Brown 3)

Missiles 0 (Lee Nixon 0, Jim Fleming 0, Jonny Laing 0)

Sputniks got the unbeaten victory in the end against Missiles, but early on there were a couple of five-game matches. The opening match saw Nairn Nixon and Lee Nixon trade games until Lee made it two-games all with a 14-12 fourth game victory. However, Nairn dominated the fifth game to get Sputniks ahead. Next comfortable 3-0 victories for Carol McLean and Eric Brown against Jim Fleming and Jonny Laing respectively got Sputniks further ahead. In match four Lee was 2-0 up early on and at 10-all in the fourth he was two points from victory. However, Carol won it 12-10 and then won the fifth 11-7 to make it 4-0 to Sputniks overall. Next Jonny started well and won the opening game 11-9, but 12-10 in the third got Nairn ahead and he went on to win the match 3-1. Sputniks then dominated the second half of the contest and won the remaining five matches for the loss of just one game. In match nine when Lee won the opener 11-9, but Eric recovered well to win it 3-1 for Sputniks.

 

Duffers 5 (Billy Liddle 0, Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 2½)

New Kids 5 (Charlie Ross 1, Martin Turnbull 2, Dave Beveridge 2)

Duffers fought back from 1-4 down to lead 5-4 but New Kids secured the overall draw in the end. New Kids went 3-0 up but all three matches were close. In the opener Charlie Ross beat Billy Liddle 16-14 in the third and next Martin Turnbull fought back from 0-2 down to defeat Rich McLaren 3-2. Then in match three Dave Beveridge came from 1-2 down to defeat Andy Reid 11-9 in the fifth and complete the excellent start for New Kids. Duffers got one back when Rich beat Charlie 3-0 but Dave made it 4-1 to New Kids with a 3-1 victory against Billy. The Duffers fight back started with a comfortable 3-0 victory for Andy against Martin and next Andy repeated the feat partnering Rich against Martin and Dave in the doubles match. Duffers were then back level when Rich beat Dave 11-9 in the third and a comfortable 3-0 win for Andy against Charlie saw Duffers ahead for the first time. In match ten Martin kept his cool to defeat Billy 3-0 and earn an overall draw for New Kids although losing 10-12 twice was tough on Billy.

 

Tigers 7 (Kenny McLaren 3, Scott Thomson 2½, Marion Davidson 1½)

Squires 3 (Bill Beattie 2, Scott Wishart 1, Steve Wilson 0)

Tigers got the win against Squires but there were a couple of surprises along the way. The opening match saw Bill Beattie go 2-1 up, including 15-13 in game two. However, Kenny McLaren fought back to win it 3-2 and get Tigers ahead. Two 3-0 victories put Tigers further ahead with Scott Thomson defeating Scott Wishart 12-10 in the third and Marion Davidson beating Steve Wilson. Match four saw a big surprise when Tigers Scott Thomson lost his unbeaten league record for the season with a 3-1 defeat by Bill.  Next Kenny beat Steve 3-0 to make it 4-1 to Tigers but then there was another upset when Scott Wishart came from behind to defeat higher-ranked Marion 3-2 and get another match back for Squires. The doubles match saw Tigers pairing Scott Thomson and Marion defeat Scott Wishart and Bill 3-1 and Scott then defeated Steve 3-0 to make it 6-2 to Tigers. Match nine saw Marion start well when she won the first game 12-10, but a strong come-back by Bill got him the 3-1 victory for Squires. Kenny then had the final say for Tigers with a 3-0 victory against Scott Wishart, but losing 11-9 twice was hard on Scott.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

07/12/2021

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021

Comets v Barons

Div 2

29/11/2021

Unknown

Up4it v Knights

Div 1

30/11/2021

Unknown

Brechin v Aces

Div 1

03/12/2021

14/01/2022

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 11 - commencing 22 November 2021

The Division 1 leaders Up4it did not play and their lead at the top was cut to four points after Viscounts managed a good victory at Villa. Viscounts move just above Knights into second place, with Peter Aird unbeaten. Aces had an unbeaten victory against Lundin Lasers to move above Brechin into fourth place, but they are still eight points behind Knights.

 

In Division 2 Truants could not field a team against Guthrie Park and conceded their fixture. Guthrie Park are now twenty-four points clear at the top after second placed Defenders could only achieve a narrow victory in St Andrews at Swots. The star player however was Swots Louis MacLeod who had a fine trio of singles match wins. Comets came from behind to narrowly defeat Telecoms and move up to fourth place above Truants who drop to fifth place. Fraser Smith got three singles match victories for Comets.

 

Tigers remain clear at the top of Division 3 after they won narrowly at New Kids, with Scott Thomson remaining unbeaten for Tigers. Buccaneers had a strong victory against Squires to move above New Kids into third place just one point behind second placed Sputniks who did not play. Duffers had a good win at Missiles but remain in fifth place.

 

 

Division 1

Villa 3 (Ian Hunter 1, Euan Steel 1, David Sim 1)

Viscounts 7 (Peter Aird 3, Richard Clarke 1½, Andrew Nimmo 2½)

Viscounts came from behind to win fairly well at Villa but there were numerous close matches.  Viscounts went in front after Peter Aird defeated Ian Hunter 3-0, but two excellent fifth game wins in a row got Villa in front. Firstly Euan Steel came from 1-2 down to defeat Richard Clarke 13-11 in the fifth and next David Sim came from 0-1 down to beat Andrew Nimmo 3-2. Peter then got Viscounts back level when he defeated Euan 3-0 and Andrew got them ahead with a 3-1 victory against Ian. Match six was an absolute cracker. Richard went ahead after winning the first game 13-11, but David soon levelled with a comfortable game two win. Richard then went 2-1 up with an equally comfortable game win but David won game four 12-10 to level. The decider went Richard’s way and at 6-10 down David was on the brink. David saved four match points in a row but agonisingly lost 14-16 with Richard massively relieved. Viscounts then took control and won the next three matches for the loss of just one game, Andrew and Richard in their 3-1 doubles match victory versus Euan and David. Match ten saw Ian defeat Richard 3-1 to have the final say for Villa, although 12-10 and 11-9 game wins early on certainly helped Ian get the match victory.

 

Aces 10 (Gary Lowson 3½, Jim Dyson 3, Grant Williams 3½)

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Roman Nydza 0, Robert Brown 0)

Aces won all the matches against Lundin Lasers and lost a game in only three matches. In match two Jim Dyson won the opening game 12-10 and went on to defeat Roman Nydza 3-1. Then in match four Jim defeated Arthur Duncan 11-9 in the fourth; and in match ten Gary Lowson beat Roman 3-1 after losing the first game 13-15 and winning the second game 16-14. Robert Brown of Lundin was unlucky to lose games 10-12 and 13-15 to Gary and Jim respectively. Grant Williams won all three of his singles matches and the doubles match partnering Gary 3-0, although Grant won 11-9 five times and defeated Arthur 18-16 in the closest game of the fixture.

 

 

Division 2

Swots 4 (Kong Wan 0, Louis MacLeod 3, Ian Smith 1)

Defenders 6 (Tony O'Shea 2½, Ken Head 2½, Richard Tough 1)

Swots led at the half way mark, but Defenders fought back well to achieve the narrow overall victory. Defenders went in front when Tony O’Shea beat Kong Wan 3-0, but Swots were level after Louis MacLeod came from behind to defeat Ken Head 3-2. A good 3-0 victory for Ian Smith against Richard Tough put New Kids ahead and Louis increased their lead when he beat Tony 3-2 after Tony had levelled from 0-2 down. Defenders then fought back to level. First Richard beat Kong 3-0 and next Ken defeated Ian 3-2 in a match that went one way then the other. The doubles match was close with three games won 13-11, but it was Ken and Tony who eventually won it 3-2 against Ian and Louis to put Defenders in front for the first time. New Kids got back level when Louis defeated Richard 3-1 and Ian started well in match nine to lead. However, three straight 11-9 game wins saw Tony win it for Defenders. Ken then secured the narrow overall victory for Defenders when he defeated Kong 3-0.

 

Telecoms 4 (David Monteith 2½, Stewart Clark 0, Graeme Elrick 1½)

Comets 6 (Sandy Bertie 2, Fraser Smith 3, Jill Milne 1)

Telecoms were ahead or level from the start but a late rally saw Comets secure the narrow overall victory. Telecoms went in front when David Monteith came from behind to defeat Sandy Bertie 3-1 but Comets levelled after Fraser Smith beat Stewart Clark 3-0, although 18-16 in the second was vital for Fraser. A 3-0 victory for Graeme Elrick against Jill Milne got Telecoms ahead again and it seemed they would increase their lead when Stewart went 2-1 up in match four. However, Sandy fought back well to win it 3-2 and get Comets level again. Next David got Telecoms in front for the third time after he defeated Jill 3-0. In match six both players came from behind, but after 11-9 in the fourth game got Graeme level Fraser dominated the fifth game decider to get Comets level again. Telecoms took the lead for the fourth time after the doubles match with David and Graeme beating Sandy and Fraser 13-11 in the fourth. A fine 3-0 victory for Jill against Stewart got Comets level for the fourth time and match nine saw them take the lead for the first time with Sandy defeating Graeme 3-1. David started well in the final match and went 1-0 up, but a good fight back saw Fraser win three straight games to take the match for Comets and secure their narrow overall victory.

 

Truants 0 Guthrie Park 10

Truants were unable to field a team and conceded the fixture to Guthrie Park.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 4 (Martin Turnbull 2, Victor Trojan 1, Charlie Ross 1)

Tigers 6 (Marion Davidson ½, Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 3½)

Tigers won narrowly at New Kids after a strong finish from the hosts. The opening match saw a very strong start by Marion Davidson to lead 2-0. However, 16-14 and 12-10 game wins got Martin Turnbull back level and an 11-7 fifth game win meant Martin got New Kids ahead. Tigers levelled when Kenny McLaren defeated Victor Trojan 14-12 in the third. Match three saw Charlie Ross start well with an 11-9 opening game win, but Scott Thomson fought back well to win it 3-1 and get Tigers in front. New Kids levelled when Victor beat Marion 3-1, but losing 11-13 twice was tough to Marion. Tigers then took control with four very comfortable 3-0 victories in a row, two for Scott, one for Kenny and Marion and Scott in the doubles match versus Martin and Victor. Despite their bad run New Kids weren’t giving up. Match nine saw Charlie defeat Marion 11-9 in the fifth after Marion had come back from 0-2 down and the final match saw New Kids get another when Martin came from 1-2 down to defeat Kenny 3-2.

 

Missiles 2 (Lee Nixon 1, Logan Smith 0, Ian Roberts 1)

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

Duffers won the first five matches against Missiles but four of them were won 3-1. Rich McLaren defeated Lee Nixon and Logan Smith in two of them and Andy Reid won the other two against Ian Roberts and Lee. The fifth match in the opening half was won 3-0 by Billy Liddle against Logan. Match six saw Missiles on the scoreboard when Ian defeated Billy 3-0, but Duffers then surged ahead with three 3-0 victories in a row for Andy and Rich, including the doubles match as a pairing. In match ten Billy started well and won the opening game, but 11-9 and 14-12 game wins saw Lee in front. Game four was won 11-9 by Billy to level at two games all but Lee won the decider 11-7 to have the final say for Missiles.

 

Buccaneers 9 (Murray Johnstone 3½, Stewart Ferguson 3½, Glyn Pritchard 2)

Squires 1 (Steve Wilson 0, Winnie Stein 1, Eddie Dougan 0)

Buccaneers raced into a 5-0 lead against Squires without dropping a game with Murray Johnstone and Stewart Ferguson winning twice each in the run. In match six Glyn Pritchard won the opening match but a good comeback saw Winnie Stein win it 3-1 and get Squires on the scoreboard. Murray and Stewart continued their good form in the doubles match when they defeated Eddie Dougan and Winnie 3-1, although 13-11 and 11-9 game scores were tough on the visitors. Two 11-9 game wins put Eddie in control of match eight, but a great fight back saw Stewart win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. In the next match Steve Wilson won the opening game but Glyn fought back to win 3-1 and Murray then completed the scoring for Buccaneers when he defeated Winnie 3-0.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021 (Provisional)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 10 - commencing 15 November 2021

The Division 1 leaders Up4it won well at Brechin to remain on top but it was tough for them with numerous close matches. However, an unbeaten performance by Knights at Lundin Lasers means Knights are now just six points behind Up4it with a fixture in hand. Viscounts were short-handed after a late injury call off but they still managed a narrow victory against Aces to remain comfortably in third place, with Andrew Nimmo unbeaten for Viscounts.

 

In Division 2, Swots could not field a team at Guthrie Park and conceded their fixture. As a result Guthrie Park increased their lead at the top to twenty points. Defenders defeated Barons and consequently overtook them in second place by two points. Tony O’Shea and Ian McLagan starred for Defenders with both of them remaining unbeaten on the night. Truants fought out a close draw at Comets and they remain in fourth and fifth places respectively.

 

Tigers remain comfortably at the top of Division 3 after they won convincingly against Missiles. Second placed Sputniks won well at home to Buccaneers but still lost a little ground to the top and they are now eleven points behind Tigers. New Kids move above Buccaneers into third place after they had a good victory away to Squires with Charlie Ross and Dave Beveridge unbeaten on the night.

 

In the Stanley Doubles Cup Duffers had a comfortable victory at home to Squires.

 

Note: The preliminary round of the Stanley Doubles has now been completed. The revised draw for the last sixteen is as follows, with the ties scheduled to be played during the week commencing Monday 3rd January 2022.

1.      Villa v Duffers             2. Buccaneers v Sputniks        3. Tigers v New Kids    4. Guthrie Park v Brechin

5. Barons v Swots              6. Telecoms v Up4it                7. Aces v Truants         8. Viscounts v Knights

 

Note 2: The first round of the Handicap Cup is scheduled for the same week, i.e. commencing Monday 3rd January 2022.

1.      Truants v Aces             2. Duffers v Guthrie Park        3. Villa v New Kids       4. Tigers v Brechin      5. Telecoms v Up4it

 

Some of the above Doubles and/or Handicap Cup ties may/will have to be rearranged from their scheduled dates. Can team secretaries please contact each other to re-arrange if there is an issue with regard to the scheduling of the above ties.

 

 

Division 1

Brechin 2 (Andy Crawford 1½, John Anderson ½, Ian Farquhar 0)

Up4it 8 (Ryan Docherty 2, Paul Monteith 3, Iain Martin 3)

Up4it won well at Brechin but it was much tougher than the final score suggests.  Brechin went in front when Andy Crawford defeated Ryan Docherty 3-2 after Ryan had levelled twice. It looked like Brechin would double their lead when 12-10 in the third put John Anderson 2-1 up, but Paul Monteith fought back to win it for Up4it 12-10 in the fifth. Next Up4it’s Iain Martin came from behind to defeat Ian Farquhar 3-1 and two hard fought 3-0 wins put Up4it 4-1 ahead. Match six saw Ian take the lead but a good comeback for Paul saw him win it 3-1 for Up4it. The doubles match went the distance. Ryan and Iain came from behind to lead 2-1, but 12-10 twice saw John and Andy win it 3-2 for Brechin. John kept up his good form and won the opening game of match eight 12-10, but Iain turned it round to win 3-1 with 14-12 in the third vital for Iain. Ryan made it 8-1 to Up4it when he defeated Ian 3-1 but 14-12 and 11-9 game wins for Ryan were tough on Ian. It seemed Brechin would have the final say when 14-12 and 11-9 game wins put Andy 2-0 up. However, a strong comeback by Paul made it two games all. The decider reached 11-all, but Paul got over the line 13-11 to take the match for Up4it.

 

Lundin Lasers 0 (Roman Nydza 0, Arthur Duncan 0, Robert Brown 0)

Knights 10 (Callum Riddoch 3, Stuart Halliday 3½, Jacob Munro 3½)

Knights won all the matches against Lundin Lasers and lost games in only two matches. Knights raced into a 6-0 lead without dropping a game, although in match four Arthur Duncan was unlucky to lose 10-12 and 11-13 to Callum Riddoch. The doubles match saw Roman Nydza and Arthur win the opening game 12-10, but Stuart Halliday and Jacob Munro fought back well to win it 3-1 for Knights. The next match saw Arthur go in front after a 19-17 opening game win. Arthur extended his lead with a comfortable game two win, but Jacob fought back to level at two games all. The fifth game decider was close, but Jacob won it 11-9 for Knights. Knights then closed out the contest with two comfortable 3-0 victories for Callum against Robert Brown and then Stuart versus Roman.

 

Viscounts 6 (Andrew Nimmo 3½, Richard Clarke 2½)

Aces 4 (Grant Williams 2, Pete Yearworth 1, Glenn Christie (Reserve) 1)

A late call off meant Viscounts were short-handed, but they still managed the narrow victory against Aces. For Knights Andrew Nimmo won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game in his 3-1 victory against Pete Yearworth and Richard Clarke won two matches. First Richard had a good 3-0 victory versus Pete and later Richard came from 0-2 down to defeat Glenn Christie 3-2. Andrew and Richard also had a comfortable 3-0 win in the doubles match against Grant Williams and Pete. For Aces Grant defeated Richard 3-0 to add to the three points awarded due to Viscounts being short-handed.

 

 

Division 2

Comets 5 (Dougal Ogilvie 2, Jill Milne 1, Fraser Smith 2)

Truants 5 (Howard Lee 1½, Charlie Ross (Reserve) 0, Graham Wood 3½)

Comets got off to a good start against Truants and went 2-0 up. Initially Dougal Ogilvie beat Howard Lee 12-10 in the fourth and next Jill Milne defeated Charlie Ross 3-0, with 12-10 in the second vital for Jill. Match three saw Graham Wood go two games up, but 14-12 in the fourth meant Fraser Smith was back level at two games all. The decider was fairly comfortably won by Graham for Truants. A strong victory for Howard against Jill got Truants back level and after his second five-game match Graham got Truants in front when he beat Dougal 3-2. Comets were soon level at three matches all when Fraser comfortably defeated Charlie 3-0. The doubles match was won 3-0 by Howard and Graham for Truants, but Dougal and Fraser were unlucky to lose 11-13 three times. Match eight saw Truants go further ahead when Graham defeated Jill 3-0, but 12-10 in the first was required to see Graham on his way. A 3-1 victory for Fraser against Howard got one back for Comets and Dougal secured the overall draw for Comets when he comfortably defeated Charlie 3-0.

 

Defenders 7 (Ken Head 0, Tony O'Shea 3½, Ian McLagan 3½)

Barons 3 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Andy Hughes 1, Stewart Mason 1)

Defenders won well to leap-frog their previously second placed visitors Barons, but winning four of the five matches that went to the fifth game was crucial to Defenders overall victory. It was very close throughout with twenty-three games decided by the minimum two points and five of these were in the fifth game of a match. Tony O’Shea and Ian McLagan remained unbeaten for Defenders. Tony saved a combined six match points in his first two matches but both times kept his nerve brilliantly to firstly defeat Andy Hughes 11-9 and then Fiona Kinloch 13-11 both in the fifth. Tony also defeated Stewart Mason 3-0. Ian started by coming from behind to defeat Stewart 3-1, although 13-11 twice was tough on Stewart.  Ian then defeated Andy 11-9 in the fifth and finally Ian beat Fiona 3-1 with 12-10 twice hard on Fiona. Ian and Tony also won the doubles match 11-9 in the fifth after Fiona and Stewart had led 2-1. For Barons Fiona defeated Ken Head 3-0, but 12-10, 11-8 and 11-9 show it was close throughout the match. Later Stewart beat Ken 3-1 and at the death Andy came from 1-2 down to defeat Ken 16-14 in the fifth after both players had squandered multiple match points.

 

Guthrie Park 10 Swots 0

Swots were unable to field a team and conceded the fixture to Guthrie Park.

 

 

Division 3

Sputniks 7 (Jack Oughton 2½, Nairn Nixon 2½, Eric Brown 2)

Buccaneers 3 (Steve Stranock 1, Peter Cassidy 0, Stewart Ferguson 2)

Sputniks lost two of the first three matches to Buccaneers, but fought back to win well in the end. An excellent 3-0 victory for Steve Stranock against Jack Oughton got Buccaneers in front but Sputniks quickly levelled when Nairn Nixon beat Peter Cassidy 3-0 with 12-10 in the second vital for Nairn. A comfortable 3-0 win for Stewart Ferguson versus Eric Brown got Buccaneers back in front, however four match wins in a row put Sputniks in control. Firstly Nairn beat Steve 3-1 and then Jack repeated the same score against Stewart. A 3-0 win for Eric against Peter made it three in a row for Sputniks, but 13-11 and 11-9 game wins for Eric show it was close. The doubles match also went Sputniks way with Jack and Nairn defeating Steve and Stewart 3-1. Match eight saw Buccaneers get one back, with Stewart defeating Nairn 3-0 but a 3-0 victory for Eric against Steve made it 6-3 to Sputniks. The final match saw Peter take the first 12-10, but a strong comeback for Jack meant he won it 3-1 to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

Tigers 9 (Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3½, Marion Davidson 2)

Missiles 1 (Jonny Laing 1, Lee Nixon 0 Logan Smith 0)

Tigers won well against Missiles where nine of the ten matches were won 3-0. The exception was in match six when Lee Nixon won the opener but Marion Davidson fought back to win it 3-1 for Tigers. Scott Thomson and Kenny McLaren each won their three singles matches for Tigers without reaching 10-all once, although in their doubles match Logan Smith and Jonny Laing took Scott and Kenny to 10-all in the opening game before losing 10-12, and subsequently 0-3. Similarly Marion won the opening game 12-10 of her 3-0 victory against Logan. Missiles sole success came when Jonny defeated Marion 3-0 in match nine.

 

Squires 2 (Winnie Stein 0, Steve Wilson 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

New Kids 8 (Victor Trojan 1, Charlie Ross 3½, Dave Beveridge 3½)

New Kids won well in the end at Squires, but losing the fifth game four times was tough on Squires. In the opening match Winnie Stein led 2-1 but 15-13 and 11-9 game wins saw Victor Trojan get New Kids ahead. Next Steve Wilson fought back from 0-2 down, but Charlie Ross won the decider 11-8 to make it 2-0 to New Kids. Match three followed a similar pattern with Eddie Dougan levelling at two games all before Dave Beveridge won the fifth game for New Kids 13-11. Match four saw Squires on the scoreboard when Steve beat Victor 3-1, but two 3-0 victories put New Kids in control. First Dave beat Winnie then Charlie defeated Eddie with 15-13 in the first game vital for Charlie. The doubles match saw both teams lead, but Dave and Charlie eventually won it for New Kids with a strong fifth game. In match eight Steve took the lead, but Dave fought back strongly to win it 3-1 for New Kids. Match nine saw Victor go ahead however, Eddie hit back to win three straight games and take the match for Squires. New Kids had the final say when Charlie comfortably defeated Winnie 3-0.

 

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Duffers 9 (Rich McLaren 3, Billy Liddle 3, Andy Reid 3)

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

Duffers had a fairly comfortable victory over Squires but lost games in five matches. The first three matches were won 3-0, but the second trio of matches were all won 3-1 to secure the tie for Duffers. In match four Rich McLaren and Andy Reid defeated Eddie Dougan and Winnie Stein. Then Billy Liddle and Rich came from behind to defeat Steve Wilson and Winnie 3-1; and finally Andy and Billy defeated Eddie and Steve 3-1. Although the tie was won, the teams played out the remaining matches. Duffers won all of them too with the closest match at the end when Rich and Billy beat Steve and Eddie 11-9 in the fifth game.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021 (Provisional)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 9 - commencing 08 November 2021

The Division 1 leaders Up4it had an unbeaten performance at Lundin Lasers to strengthen their position at the top to eight points in front. A strong performance by Knights meant they leap-frog club mates Viscounts into second place by one point, with Robert Toth remaining unbeaten for the victors. Aces won well at Villa to narrow the gap to fourth placed Brechin to four points.

 

In Division 2, Guthrie Park increased their lead at the top to fifteen points when they comfortably defeated short-handed Comets. Barons remain in second place after they had a good victory at Swots. Third placed Defenders narrowed the gap to second to just two points when they had a stronger victory than Barons against Telecoms with Ken Head and Ian McLagan remaining unbeaten.

 

Tigers remain comfortably at the top of Division 3 after they won convincingly at Duffers. Second placed Sputniks narrowed the gap to nine points when they had an unbeaten night at Squires. Buccaneers drop to third place after they lost narrowly to Duffers in a fantastic contest where seven of the ten matches went to the fifth game. Andy Reid had an unbeaten performance for Duffers. New Kids are up to fourth after they had a good victory at home to Missiles with Dave Beveridge not losing a game in his three singles match victories.

 

Division 1

Villa 3 (Glenn Christie 0, Euan Steel 1, David Sim 2)

Aces 7 (Jim Dyson 1½, Gary Lowson 2½, Pete Yearworth 3)

Aces got the victory at Villa but winning three of the four matches that went to the fifth game helped their cause. The first was in match two after Jim Dyson had defeated Glenn Christie 3-1 in the opener to get Aces ahead. Gary Lowson raced into a 2-0 lead, but Euan Steel fought back well to level at two games all. The decider went to 10-all but Gary won it 12-10 to double the Aces lead. In match three Pete Yearworth came from behind to defeat David Sim 3-1 and make it 3-0 to Aces. Next Euan went the distance to game five for the second time of the contest, but this time he got over the line 11-8 versus Jim and Villa were on the scoreboard. Match five saw Pete defeat Glenn 3-1 to make it 4-1 to Aces and next David defeated Gary 3-1 to get one back for Villa. The doubles match was also going Villa’s way when David and Euan went 2-0 up. However, a great comeback by Jim and Gary won it 3-2 for Aces. Euan then came back from 0-2 down for the second time of the contest, but Pete dominated the decider to make it 6-2 to Aces. David then got one back for Villa after he defeated Jim 3-0, but 13-11 in the second was vital for David. Match ten was won 3-0 for Aces by Gary however, losing 10-12 three times was very hard on Glenn. 

 

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Robert Brown 0, Roman Nydza 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3, Iain Martin 3½)

Up4it won all the matches against Lundin Lasers and lost games in only four matches. Up4it’s Paul Monteith won the opener 3-0 versus Arthur Duncan and in match two Robert Brown won the opener but Ryan Docherty won the next three games to win it for Up4it. The next match was even closer, but Iain Martin eventually won it 3-2 against Roman Nydza to increase the Up4it lead. Five 3-0 victories in a row then put Up4it in full control. Roman won game three of match nine 14-12 but Paul dominated the other three to win it 3-1. The final match saw Arthur take the lead with a strong first game but Ryan recovered well to win it 3-1 and complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

Viscounts 2 (Andrew Nimmo 2, Justus Ludwig 0, Richard Clarke 0)

Knights 8 (Robert Toth 3, Jacob Munro 2½, Stuart Halliday 2½)

Knights won well at Viscounts, but losing three of the four matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Viscounts cause.  Robert Toth won the opening game 14-12 and then went on to defeat Andrew Nimmo 3-0 and get Knights ahead. Two 3-1 victories then increased the Knights lead with first Jacob Munro beating Justus Ludwig and next Stuart Halliday defeating Richard Clarke. In match four it looked good for Justus when two 12-10 game wins put him 2-1 up, but a strong comeback saw Robert win it 3-2 to make it 4-0 overall. Match five saw Viscounts on the scoreboard. Andrew won the opener 12-10 and then dominated to win it 3-0 against Stuart. Another 3-1 victory for Knights made it 5-1 overall with Jacob beating Richard. The doubles match ebbed and flowed but Jacob and Stuart eventually won it 11-9 in the fifth against Andrew and Justus. Match eight saw Justus level twice, but Stuart won it with a strong fifth game for Knights. A comfortable victory for Robert versus Richard made it 8-1 overall. The final match was looking good for Knights when Jacob went 2-0 up, but a strong fightback by Andrew saw him level at two games all. The decider made it all the way to 14-all but Andrew then won the next two points to take the match and get the win for Viscounts.

 

 

Division 2

Swots 3 (Charlie Ross (Reserve) 0, Louis Macleod 1, Ian Smith 2)

Barons 7 (Fiona Kinloch 2½, Andy Hughes 3, Stewart Mason 1½)

Barons got off to a good start and won the opening two matches against Swots. Fiona Kinloch beat Charlie Ross 3-1 and Andy Hughes defeated Louis Macleod 3-0. Swots then got one back when Ian Smith beat Stewart Mason 3-0 however; Barons then surged ahead with three victories in a row. Two of them were 3-1 victories for Fiona and Andy against Ian and Louis respectively, but the other was even closer. Alternate 11-9 and 12-10 game wins saw Charlie and Stewart at two games all, but eventually Stewart won the decider 11-9 to take the match for Barons. The doubles match saw Ian and Louis dominate the first two games for Swots. They then had several chances to win the match during games three and four, but lost them both 11-13. Then in the decider Fiona and Stewart won it 11-9 to make it 6-1 to Barons overall. However, Swots then staged a mini fight back with both Ian and Louis getting some revenge for their tight doubles match defeat. Both of their matches went to the fifth game, with Louis defeating Stewart 11-9 and Ian beating Fiona 12-10 in their deciders. The final match saw Andy defeat Charlie 3-0 to have the final say for Barons, but 13-11 in the first was tough on Charlie.

 

Defenders 9 (Ken Head 3½, Richard Tough 2½, Ian McLagan 3)

Telecoms 1 (David Monteith 1, Stewart Clark 0, Rob Fotheringham 0)

Defenders won five of the first six matches against Telecoms with both Ken Head and Ian McLagan having two 3-0 victories each. Richard Tough played the other two matches for Defenders and in match two Richard came from behind to defeat Stewart Clark 3-1. Then in match four Richard went 2-0 up after a 12-10 second game win. However, David Monteith had a great comeback to win it 11-9 in the fifth game for Telecoms. The doubles match saw Rob Fotheringham and David go in front, but Ken and Richard fought back to win it 13-11 in the fourth for Defenders. Richard then defeated Rob 13-11 in the third to make it 7-1 to Defenders but match nine went the distance. Ian and David traded comfortable game wins to make it 2-all, but Ian dominated the fifth game to win it for Defenders. Ken then completed a good night for Defenders after he defeated Stewart 3-1.

 

Guthrie Park 10 (Derek Beaton 3, Aaron Robertson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Comets 0 (Jill Milne 0, Sandy Bertie 0)

Guthrie Park were ruthless against short-handed Comets and only dropped games in two matches. In the opening match Jill Milne dominated the first game, but Derek Beaton responded well to win it 3-1. Later Sandy Bertie made it two-games all with a 13-11 game win, but Derek Beaton dominated the decider to win it 3-2. Aaron Robertson and Derek Mitchell won both their singles matches and the doubles match all 3-0 without reaching 10-all even once, although in three matches Jill and Sandy lost a game 9-11.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 9 (Victor Trojan 3, Martin Turnbull 3, Dave Beveridge 3)

Missiles 1 (Jim Fleming 0, Lee Nixon ½, Jonny Laing ½)

New Kids won all of the singles matches against Missiles for the loss of just three games with Dave Beveridge starring with three comfortable 3-0 victories. In match two Martin Turnbull came from behind to defeat Lee Nixon 3-1; then in match five Victor Trojan defeated Jonny Laing 3-1 and finally in match eight Martin beat Jonny 3-1. The doubles match had a different outcome with Jonny and Lee coming from behind to defeat Victor and Martin 3-1 and get Missiles on the scoreboard.

 

Duffers 6 (Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 0)

Buccaneers 4 (Murray Johnstone 1, Steve Stranock 2, Stewart Ferguson 1)

Duffers and Buccaneers played out a mammoth contest where seven of the ten matches went to the fifth game. Duffers took the lead when Rich McLaren beat Murray Johnstone 12-10 in the fourth game; however, it seemed Buccaneers would level when Steve Stranock went 2-1 up in match two. But a strong comeback from Andy Reid won it for Duffers. Match three followed the same pattern as match two. Billy Liddle came from behind to lead 2-1, but Stewart Ferguson fought back to win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. Next Murray went 2-1 up but Andy fought back for the second time to win it 3-2 and make it 3-1 to Duffers overall. Incredibly for the third match in a row the player winning 2-1 went on to lose 3-2, with this time Rich triumphing against unlucky loser Stewart. Match six saw Billy lead 2-1 following two 11-9 game victories, but yet another fight back saw Steve win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. The doubles match saw Duffers increase their lead to 5-2 overall. Andy and Rich were 1-2 down again, but 13-11 in games four and five saw them win it for Duffers. Match eight saw Andy complete his unbeaten night with a 13-11 fourth game victory against Stewart and next Buccaneers got one back. Stewart went 2-0 up after 11-9 and 12-10 game victories, but Billy levelled following 11-9 and 11-8 game wins. The decider saw a strong game from Stewart to take the match for Buccaneers. There was still time for another close match and Steve and Rich duly delivered. Game wins of 11-9 and 14-12 put Steve 2-0 up but Rich replied 11-7 to get a game back. However, another 14-12 game win for Steve saw him win the match 3-1 and have the final say for Buccaneers.

 

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

Sputniks 10 (Eric Brown 3, Nairn Nixon 3½, Carol McLean 3½)

Sputniks were dominant from the off against Squires and completed the night undefeated. Carol McLean had a brilliant night winning her three singles matches and the doubles match partnering Nairn Nixon all comfortably 3-0. Nairn won all of his singles matches but with differing outcomes. Firstly Nairn very narrowly defeated Steve Wilson 11-9 in the fifth game; then Nairn had a comfortable 3-0 victory against Eddie Dougan and finally in match ten Nairn beat Winnie Stein 3-1. Eric Brown also won his three singles matches with three steady 3-1 victories, although Eric had to come from behind to defeat Steve.

 

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

Tigers 8 (Marion Davidson 1, Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3½)

Duffers took the lead against Tigers with Rich McLaren beating Marion Davidson 3-1, but scores of 11-9, 10-12, 13-11 and 11-8 show it was close throughout. It seemed Duffers would double their lead when Andy Reid went 2-1 up, but a good come back saw Kenny McLaren win it 3-2 for Tigers. A comfortable 3-0 win for Scott Thomson versus Billy Liddle got Tigers in front but an equally comfortable victory for Andy against Marion got Duffers back level at two matches all. Match five saw Rich win the opener 14-12, but then Scott and Rich traded 11-6 game wins to make it 2-1 to Rich. However, Scott then took control and saw the match out 3-2 for Tigers. Next two comfortable 3-0 victories saw Tigers surge ahead. Firstly Kenny beat Billy and then in the doubles match Kenny and Scott defeated Rich and Andy. Tigers then saw out the contest with three 3-1 match victories in a row: Scott versus Andy; Marion against Billy and Kenny versus Rich.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021 (Provisional)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 8 - commencing 01 November 2021

The Division 1 leaders Up4it lost their first league fixture to second placed Viscounts with Andrew Nimmo and Peter Aird unbeaten for the visitors. Knights did not play and drop to third place. They are joined on points by Brechin who won well against shorthanded Lundin Lasers and drew with Aces in a re-scheduled fixture.

 

In Division 2, Guthrie Park increased their lead at the top to twelve points when they won at second placed Barons with Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson winning all of their singles matches. Truants and Defenders fought out a very close draw but both sides still move above Comets who did not play. Telecoms had a good victory against bottom side Swots and are now just three points behind Comets.

 

Tigers increased their lead at the top of Division 3 to eleven points after they won narrowly against second placed Buccaneers. Scott Thomson starred for Tigers and he remains unbeaten for the season.  Sputniks are now in joint second place after they had a good victory against Duffers with Jack Oughton remaining unbeaten for Sputniks. Squires narrowly defeated Missiles to move further away from the bottom spot.

 

In the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Viscounts came from behind to defeat Villa and the tie was not won until the fifth game of the final match.

 

The Stanley Doubles saw Buccaneers shock their higher ranked visitors Comets and Buccaneers won with a couple of matches to spare.

 

Division 1

Up4it 3 (Paul Monteith 1, Iain Martin 1, Ryan Docherty 1)

Viscounts 7 (Peter Aird 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Justus Ludwig 0)

Up4it lost their first league fixture of the season to Viscounts thanks to unbeaten performances from Viscounts’ Peter Aird and Andrew Nimmo. Peter defeated Paul Monteith 3-0, Iain Martin 3-1 and Ryan Docherty 3-2. Andrew beat Ryan 3-0 and Iain and Paul 3-1 after losing the opening game 11-13 to both of them. Peter and Andrew also won the doubles match for Viscounts defeating Ryan and Paul 3-1. For Up4it Ryan came from behind to defeat Justus Ludwig 3-1; Paul beat Justus 3-0 and Iain defeated Justus 3-0, but 14-12 and 12-10 game wins show it was close.

 

Brechin 10 (John Anderson 3½, Andy Crawford 3½, Ian Farquhar 3)

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Roman Nydza 0)

Brechin won all seven matches actually played against Lundin Lasers for the loss of just two games. Both times Andy Crawford lost the opening game but recovered to win the match 3-1, against firstly Roman Nydza and then later Arthur Duncan. Ian Farquhar and John Anderson both won 3-0 twice, with Arthur coming closest to a game in these defeats when he lost 11-13 to Ian. The doubles match was also won 3-0 by John and Andy, but 12-10 and 13-11 game wins show it was closer.

 

Aces 5 (Pete Yearworth 1, Gary Lowson 2, Jim Dyson 2)

Brechin 5 (Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 1, Ian Farquhar ½, Andy Crawford 3½)

Brechin took the lead four times against Aces, but in the end had to settle for a draw.  Pete Yearworth took the opening game 16-14, but Aaron Robertson recovered well to win it 3-1 and put Brechin ahead. Gary Lowson got Aces level after he defeated Ian Farquhar 11-9 in the third, but a 3-1 victory for Andy Crawford against Jim Dyson got Brechin in front again. Back came Aces with a 3-1 win for Gary against Aaron, however Andy made it 3-2 to Brechin with a 3-0 triumph against Pete. Aces were level for the third time when Jim beat Ian 14-12 in the third game of match six. The doubles match seemed crucial and it was Ian and Andy who won it 14-12 in the fifth game against Gary and Jim to get Brechin in front for the fourth time. Match eight saw Brechin consolidate their lead with Andy defeating Gary 3-1. Aces weren’t giving up though and Jim cut the deficit when he defeated Arron 11-9 in the fourth game. The final match swung one way then the other for four games but the decider went to 10-all before Pete won the match 13-11 versus Ian to earn Aces the overall draw.

 

 

Division 2

Barons 3 (Andy Hughes 1½, Fiona Kinloch 1½, Stewart Mason 0)

Guthrie Park 7 (Derek Mitchell 3, Derek Beaton 1, Aaron Robertson 3)

Guthrie Park got the win at Barons after Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson kept up their season long unbeaten record when they both won their three singles matches 3-0, although both Stewart Mason and Andy Hughes at least took Aaron to 10-all once each before losing 10-12. Guthrie’s other victory came when Derek Beaton defeated Stewart 3-1. For Barons Fiona Kinloch beat Derek Beaton 3-0 in match two and then she paired up with Andy to surprisingly win the doubles match 3-0 versus previously unbeaten partnership Derek Mitchell and Aaron. In match ten Derek Beaton blasted his way into a 2-0 lead, but 13-11 in the fourth saw Andy level. The fifth game saw Derek build an early lead, but Andy fought back to win it 11-8 and have the final say for Barons.

 

Telecoms 7 (Graeme Elrick 3, David Monteith 2, Stewart Clark 2)

Swots 3 (Kong Wan 0, Louis Macleod 1½, Ian Smith 1½)

Telecoms won the first five matches, but Swots did better in the second half of the fixture. Graeme Elrick beat Kong Wan 3-0 in the opener but in the second match David Monteith had to come from 0-2 down to defeat Louis MacLeod 13-11 in the fifth. Match three saw Ian Smith dominate early on and at 10-all in the third Ian had the chance to win it 3-0. However, 15-13 in the third turned it around and Stewart Clark eventually won it 3-2 for Telecoms. David made it 4-0 to Telecoms when he beat Kong 3-0 and next Graeme defeated Ian 3-1 to increase their lead. Match six saw Stewart win the opening game but Louis fought back to win it 11-9 in the fourth and get Swots on the scoreboard. Louis continued his good form in the doubles match partnering Ian when they came from 1-2 down to defeat David and Graeme 3-2. Ian then got Swots third match win in a row when he had a fine 3-0 victory against David. However, Telecoms stopped the rot with two 3-0 match victories to complete the scoring. In match nine 12-10 in the first helped Stewart on his way to victory against Kong; and 13-11 in the second did likewise for Graeme versus Louis.

 

Truants 5 (Graham Wood 2, Howard Lee 2, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 1)

Defenders 5 (Ian McLagan 0, Richard Tough 1½, Tony O’Shea 3½)

Truants were on top early on before Defenders took control, but in the end they had to settle for a draw. A 3-0 victory for Graham Wood against Ian McLagan got Truants in front and Howard Lee doubled their lead when he beat Richard Tough 3-2 after Richard had levelled from 0-2 down. In match three 12-10 in the fourth got Sandy Pearson level after he had been 0-2 down, but Tony O’Shea dominated the fifth to win it for Defenders. Howard then came from behind to defeat Ian 3-1 for Truants but match five saw Defenders get one back when Tony came from 1-2 down to beat Graham 3-2. Defenders were level after Richard beat Sandy 12-10 in the third and the doubles match saw Defenders in front for the first time when Tony and Richard came from 0-2 down to defeat Graham and Howard 13-11 in the fifth game. Match eight saw Defenders win their fourth match in a row to lead 5-3 with Tony beating Howard 11-9 in the fourth. Sandy got Truants back in the contest when he defeated Ian 3-0, but games scores of 11-9, 13-11 and 15-13 show it was close throughout. In the final match Richard won the opener, but 13-11 in the third saw Graham ahead. Back came Richard to level at 2-games all, but Graham dominated the decider to win the match for Truants and earn an overall draw.

 

 

Division 3

Missiles 4 (Lee Nixon 2, Logan Smith 0, Ian Roberts 2)

Squires 6 (Scott Wishart 2½, Winnie Stein 1, Eddie Dougan 2½)

Squires came from behind to secure a narrow overall victory at Missiles. The opening match went the distance but it was Lee Nixon who got Missiles in front when he defeated Scott Wishart 3-2, after Scott had levelled from 0-2 down. Match two saw Squires level when Winnie Stein came from behind to defeat Logan Smith 11-9 in the fourth. It seemed Squires would go in front after Eddie Dougan went 2-0 up, but a great fight back by Ian Roberts saw Ian win it 3-2 to get Missiles ahead again. However, Squires turned it round with two match wins in a row. Firstly Scott beat Logan 3-1 and next Eddie defeated Lee 3-0. Back came Missiles to level again after Ian beat Winnie 3-1. The doubles match seemed vital and it was Eddie and Scott who won it 3-0 for Squires against Lee and Ian. Match eight saw Eddie increase the Squires lead when he defeated Logan 14-12 in the third and next Scott made it 6-3 to Squires after a fine 3-0 victory against Ian. Lee then had the final say for Missiles when he defeated Winnie, although Lee had to come back from 1-2 down to win it 3-2.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Glyn Pritchard 1, Stewart Ferguson 2, Murray Johnstone 1)

Tigers 6 (Kenny McLaren 2½, Scott Thomson 3½, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Buccaneers led at the half-way point but Tigers fought back to obtain the narrowest of victories. Tigers started well and went 2-0 up although both victories came after the fifth game. Initially Kenny McLaren beat Glyn Pritchard 3-2 after Glyn had levelled from 0-2 down; then Scott Thomson came from behind to defeat Stewart Ferguson 13-11 in the fifth. The next three matches also went to a fifth game, but this time Buccaneers won them all. In match three Murray Johnstone beat Arthur Pritchard 3-2 after Arthur had levelled from 0-2 down; then Stewart beat Kenny 11-9 in the fifth and finally Glyn came from behind to defeat Arthur 3-2. Tigers were shocked into action and two 3-0 victories put them back in front. Firstly Scott beat Murray and next in the doubles match Scott partnered Kenny to defeat Stewart and Murray. Buccaneers then got back level when Stewart beat Arthur 3-1 and it seemed they would take the lead again after match nine when Murray went 2-1 up. However, a strong fight back by Kenny saw him win it 3-2 for Tigers. Buccaneers could still get a draw but Scott had other ideas and a comfortable 3-0 victory against Glyn secured the narrow victory for Tigers.

 

Sputniks 8 (Nairn Nixon 2, Carol McLean 2½, Jack Oughton 3½)

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

Sputniks won well in the end against Duffers, but losing 2-3 twice after they had been 2-1 up did not help the Duffers cause. It seemed Rich McLaren would get Duffers in front when he went 2-1 up in the opening match, but Nairn Nixon fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth and take the match for Sputniks. A 3-0 victory for Carol McLean against Billy Liddle doubled their lead and next Jack Oughton beat Andy Reid 3-1 to make it 3-0 to Sputniks, although 12-14 in the first was tough on Andy. Match four saw Duffers on the scoreboard after Rich defeated Carol 14-12 in the third and Andy added another with a 3-1 victory versus Nairn. In match six Jack beat Billy 3-0 to make it 4-2 to Sputniks. In the doubles match Jack added another for Sputniks partnering Carol when they came from 1-2 down to defeat Andy and Rich 3-2. In match eight Carol beat Andy 12-10 in the fourth game and Sputniks then saw out the contest with two 3-0 victories for Jack and Nairn against Rich and Billy respectively.

 

 

Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Semi-Final

Villa 3 (Glenn Christie 0, Euan Steel 1½, David Sim 1½)

Viscounts 4 (Andrew Nimmo 2½, Justus Ludwig 1, Richard Clarke ½)

Villa got off to a great start and won the first two matches. Firstly David Sim beat Richard Clarke 3-1 and next Euan Steel defeated Justus Ludwig also by 3-1, after Justus had won the first game 12-10. Viscounts then fought back to level. Firstly Andrew Nimmo beat Glenn Christie 3-0 and then in the first doubles match Andrew partnered Richard to defeat Glenn and David 3-2 after they had been 1-2 down. The second doubles match saw Villa back in front with David and Euan comfortably defeating Justus and Richard 3-0. Viscounts were level again after match six when Andrew defeated Euan 3-1. The deciding match saw Justus go 2-0 up, but Glenn fought back bravely to level with 13-11 in the third being crucial for Glenn. The fifth game ‘tie’ decider reached 10-all, but it was Justus who eventually won it 14-12 for Viscounts to take them through to the final.

 

 

Stanley Doubles Cup Round 1

Buccaneers 5 (Glyn Pritchard 2, Steve Stranock 1, Murray Johnstone 2)

Comets 2 (Jill Milne 1, Dougal Ogilvie 0, Sandy Bertie 1)

Buccaneers got off to a great start against Comets and comfortably won both of the opening two matches 3-0. Initially Glyn Pritchard and Steve Stranock defeated Jill Milne and Dougal Ogilvie and next Glyn partnered Murray Johnstone to defeat Sandy Bertie and Dougal. Match three saw Comets back in the contest when Jill and Sandy beat Murray and Steve 3-1, although 13-15 and 10-12 game losses were tough on the Buccaneers pairing. Another 3-0 victory for Murray and Glyn, this time versus Jill and Dougal made it 3-1 to Buccaneers. Comets needed a response and got it in a long match five. In the third Jill and Sandy won it 13-11 to go 2-1 up, but Steve and Glyn levelled with a 14-12 game four victory.  The deciding fifth game was dominated by Jill and Sandy who took the match for Comets to make it 3-2 to Buccaneers overall. The opening game of match six seemed crucial and Murray and Steve won it 15-13 and then went on to win the match 3-1 against Sandy and Dougal. Buccaneers needed just one more match victory to take the tie and Glyn and Murray duly delivered with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Sandy and Jill.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Duffers v Tigers

Div 3

21/10/2021

10/11/2021

Knights v Villa

Div 1

02/11/2021

Unknown

Knights v Brechin

Div 1

23/11/2021

21/12/2021 (Provisional)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 7 - commencing 25 October 2021

Up4it moved three points clear at the top of Division 1 after they had an unbeaten performance against Villa, where Iain Martin did not drop a game all night. Previous co-leaders Viscounts drew with Brechin and drop to third place after second placed Knights won well twice, first at Aces, and then later in a re-scheduled fixture at Brechin.

 

In Division 2, runaway leaders Guthrie Park were not playing and second placed Barons cut the gap at the top to eight points after they won well against Telecoms. Comets remain in third place four further points back after they lost narrowly to fourth placed Defenders who fought back from 4-2 down to win, thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance by Tony O’Shea. Truants had a narrow victory versus Swots and are only one point behind Defenders but a massive 15 points from the top.

 

Tigers increased their lead at the top of Division 3 to nine points after they won well against third placed Sputniks. Buccaneers remain in second place but could only draw at New Kids who are now level on points with Sputniks, four behind Buccaneers. Fifth placed Duffers had a good victory at Squires with Andy Reid and Rich McLaren remaining unbeaten and they have a fixture in hand on all of their rivals.

 

In the Excelsior Cup Up4it and Aces fought out an epic battle and after drawing level four times Up4it took the tie in the final match.

 

Telecoms had a comfortable victory over Missiles to progress to the semi-finals of the Consolation Cup.

 

Division 1

Villa 0 (Glenn Christie 0, David Sim 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3, Ryan Docherty 3½, Iain Martin 3½)

Up4it won all ten matches against Villa for the loss of just three games, but fourteen times the Up4it game winning margin was by the minimum two points. The closest match was between David Sim and Paul Monteith. Paul won the opener 11-9 and went 2-0 up after a 21-19 game two victory. David won game three 11-8 but Paul then replied with another 11-8 game win to take the match. The other two games won by Villa were by Ian Hunter in his 1-3 losses to Ryan Docherty and Paul. Iain Martin was Up4it’s strongest performer and Iain won his three singles matches 3-0 and the doubles match partnering Ryan 3-0 against Glenn Christie and David.

 

Aces 2 (Gary Lowson 0, Pete Yearworth 0, Jason Fleming 2)

Knights 8 (Peter Aird (Reserve) 2, Jacob Munro 2½, David Hay (Reserve) 3½)

Knights raced into a 5-0 lead against Aces without dropping a single game. Match six saw Aces on the scoreboard when Jason Fleming had an equally comfortable 3-0 victory against Jacob Munro. Jacob then got a bit of revenge in a very close doubles match partnering David Hay against Gary Lowson and Jason. The match went the distance with Jacob and David eventually winning it 14-12 in the fifth game. Next David completed his unbeaten night with a 3-0 victory over Pete Yearworth and then Jason got one back for Aces after he defeated Peter Aird 11-9 in the fourth game. Jacob had the final say for Knights when he defeated Gary 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

Viscounts 5 (David Hay 3½, Justus Ludwig 1½, Richard Clarke 0)

Brechin 5 (Ian Farquhar 2, Andrew Crawford 2, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 1)

Brechin were stronger early on against Viscounts but in the end had to settle for a draw. Viscounts went ahead after David Hay beat Ian Farquhar 3-0, but three victories in a row saw Brechin surge ahead. Firstly Andrew Crawford beat Justus Ludwig 3-0 with 13-11 in the second being vital for Andrew. Next Aaron Robertson just got the better of Richard Clarke 3-2 and finally Ian made it 3-1 to Brechin overall when he beat Justus 11-9 in the fourth, although 13-11 in the second was tough on Justus. Match five saw David get one back for Viscounts after he defeated Aaron 3-1, but Andrew made it 4-2 to Brechin when he beat Richard 13-11 in the third game. The doubles match saw David and Justus dominate against Ian and Andrew and next Justus beat Aaron 3-1 to get Viscounts level at four matches all. Brechin were back in front when Ian beat Richard 3-1, but a comfortable 3-0 victory for David versus Andrew meant the sides had to settle for an overall draw.

 

Brechin 1 (John Anderson 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Andrew Crawford 1)

Knights 9 (Callum Riddoch 3½, Andrew Nimmo (Reserve) 3, Jacob Munro 2½)

Knights won in the end against Brechin, but most of the matches were closely fought. Knights went 2-0 up following victories for Callum Riddoch, 3-1 versus John Anderson, and then 3-0 for Andrew Nimmo against Ian Farquhar. Brechin got one back when Andrew Crawford defeated Jacob Munro 3-1, with 12-10 in the second game vital for Andrew. A comfortable 3-0 win for Callum against Ian made it 3-1 to Knights and next Jacob came from behind to defeat John 3-1 and increase the Viscounts lead. The two Andrews then fought out a long battle but in the end it was Andrew Nimmo that won it 3-2 for Viscounts after Andrew Crawford had levelled twice. Callum and Jacob won the doubles match for Viscounts 3-1 versus John and Ian and Jacob then repeated the feat against Ian in match eight. Callum then beat Andrew 3-0 to make it 8-1 to Viscounts, but 14-12 in the second was vital for him. It seemed John would have the final say for Brechin when he comfortably went 2-0 ahead in match ten. However, Andrew Nimmo turned the match around to win it 3-2 for Viscounts.

 

 

Division 2

Swots 4 (Kong Wan 0, Sandy Pearson 1½, Ian Smith 2½)

Truants 6 (Howard Lee 3, Graham Wood 2, Louis MacLeod (Reserve) 1)

Truants dominated the first half of the contest against Swots to lead 4-1, but in the end only secured the overall victory after the final match. Truants went ahead after Howard Lee beat Kong Wan 3-0 and Graham Wood doubled their lead when he came from behind to defeat Sandy Pearson 3-2. Swots were on the scoreboard after Ian Smith defeated Louis MacLeod 3-1, but a 3-1 victory for Howard against Sandy increased the Truants lead. Match five saw Kong come from behind to lead 2-1, but Louis levelled and then won it for Truants 14-12 in the fifth game. The Swots fight back started when Ian defeated Graham 16-14 in the fourth game and next Ian partnered Sandy to defeat Graham and partner Howard 3-1 in the doubles match. Swots were then level after Sandy had a 3-0 victory against Louis and it seemed Swots would go ahead after match nine when Ian came from behind to lead 2-1. However, another twist saw Howard turn it around and win it 3-2 for Truants. The final match saw Graham dominate against Kong to win it 3-0 and secure the overall victory for Truants.

 

Barons 8 (Andy Hughes 3, Jim Tawse 2½, Fiona Kinloch 2½)

Telecoms 2 (Stewart Clark 0, Graeme Elrick 2, Rob Fotheringham 0)

Barons went ahead when Andy Hughes defeated Stewart Clark 3-0 but Telecoms were level after Graeme Elrick came from behind to beat Jim Tawse 3-2. Barons were back in front when Fiona Kinloch defeated Rob Fotheringham 3-0, but match four was a marathon that went the distance. After both players had led and had match points, Jim eventually won it for Barons 15-13 in the fifth game against Stewart. Rob started well in match five, but Andy fought back to win the match 3-1 and increase the Barons lead. However, Graeme then got one back for Telecoms when he defeated Fiona 3-1. The doubles match was really close to begin with but after Jim and Fiona won the opening game 14-12 they went on to comfortably win 3-0 versus Stewart and Graeme. Next two 3-0 victories for Jim and Fiona against Rob and Stewart respectively increased the Barons lead. The final match saw Graeme dominate for a game and a half, but three 11-9 game wins saw Andy win it for Barons.

                                      

Defenders 6 (Ken Head 1½, Tony O'Shea 3½, Ian McLagan 1)

Comets 4 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Sandy Bertie 1, Fraser Smith 2)

After a slow start that saw them 2-4 down, Defenders fought back against Comets and finished with a narrow overall victory. Comets went ahead when Dougal Ogilvie defeated Ken Head 12-10 in the fourth game. Defenders then levelled after Tony O’Shea beat Sandy Bertie 13-11 in the third. But Fraser Smith overcame Ian McLagan 3-1 to get Comets in front again. Tony then won again to get Defenders back level, this time 3-1 versus Dougal. However, Comets turned things around to lead 4-2 after two close match victories. Firstly Fraser beat Ken 3-1 and next Sandy came from behind to defeat Ian 3-2. Dougal and Fraser started well in the doubles match and took the opening game, but three 11-8 game wins saw Ken and Tony win it 3-1 for Defenders. Next Tony continued his good form when he beat Fraser 3-1 to get Defenders back level at four matches all. Match nine saw Dougal win the opening game, but Ian fought back well to win it 3-1 and get Defenders ahead for the first time and Ken then secured the overall victory for Defenders when he defeated Sandy 12-10 in the fourth game.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 5 (Dave Beveridge 1, Martin Turnbull 2½, Charlie Ross 1½)

Buccaneers 5 (Peter Cassidy 0, Glyn Pritchard 2, Stewart Ferguson 3)

New Kids started really well against Buccaneers but in the end had to win the doubles match just to get a draw. Two hard fought match wins saw New Kids surge ahead with initially Dave Beveridge coming from behind to defeat Peter Cassidy 11-8 in the fifth game. Next Martin Turnbull beat Glyn Pritchard 11-9 in the fourth game to double the New Kids lead. Charlie Ross started well and won the opening game of match three but Stewart Ferguson fought back to win it 3-1 and get Buccaneers on the scoreboard.  A comfortable 3-0 win for Martin against Peter made it 3-1 overall to New Kids, but two 3-1 victories drew Buccaneers level. Firstly Stewart beat Dave and next Glyn defeated Charlie. Buccaneers then edged ahead after Stewart beat Martin 3-2, but New Kids levelled at four matches all when Charlie beat Peter 13-11 in the fourth. In match nine it seemed New Kids would move ahead when Dave came from behind to lead 2-1, but Glyn turned it round to win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. The sides played the doubles match last and a strong performance from Martin and Charlie won the match 3-0 for New Kids to secure an overall draw.

 

Tigers 8 (Kenny McLaren 2½, Scott Thomson 3, Arthur Pritchard 2½)

Sputniks 2 (Eric Brown 0, Nairn Nixon 1, Carol McLean 1)

Tigers and Sputniks fought out an encounter that was much closer than the final result suggests. Kenny McLaren got Tigers in front when he defeated Eric Brown 13-11 in the third and Scott Thomson doubled the Tigers lead with a 3-1 victory over Nairn Nixon. Match three saw Arthur Pritchard come from behind to defeat Carol McLean 3-1 to make it 3-0 overall to Tigers. Scott made it 4-0 with another 3-1 victory, this time versus Eric, although 14-12 in the first was vital for Scott. Match five was a cracker that went the distance. Carol won the first game 14-12, but Kenny fought back to lead 2-1. Carol won the fourth 18-16 as Kenny came agonisingly close to winning the match, but Carol then won the decider much more comfortably to get Sputniks on the scoreboard. Nairn then beat Arthur 13-11 in the third to get another back for Sputniks. Nairn and Carol continued their good spell in the doubles match and won the opening game 13-11, but Arthur and Kenny fought back well to win it for Tigers. Match eight was another marathon. Scott won the first 15-13, but Carol fought back to lead after 13-11 and 12-10 game wins. However, Scott refocused to fight back and win it 3-2 for Tigers and next Arthur beat Eric 16-14 in the third to win another match for Tigers. The final match also went to a fifth game but after both players had led Kenny eventually won it 11-9 in the decider against Nairn to complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Squires 3 (Scott Wishart 1, Steve Wilson 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

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

Duffers were in command for most of their fixture at Squires and finished with a good win thanks to unbeaten performances from Andy Reid and Rich McLaren. Andy won his three singles matches for the loss of just one game in his 3-1 victory against Eddie Dougan and Rich went one better winning his three singles matches 3-0. Andy and Rich also won the doubles match 3-0 versus Steve Wilson and Eddie. For Squires Steve defeated Billy Liddle 3-0, Eddie came from behind to defeat Billy 3-1 and finally Scott Wishart also defeated Billy 3-1 in match ten to have the final say for Squires.

 

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 1, Iain Martin 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Aces 4 (Pete Yearworth 1, Jim Dyson 0, Jason Fleming 3)

The Division one leaders Up4it levelled four times against Aces and then took the lead for the first time to win the tie. Aces went in front when Pete Yearworth comfortably defeated Paul Monteith 3-0, but Up4it levelled when Iain Martin defeated Jim Dyson 12-10 in the fifth after Jim had come back from 0-2 down. It looked like 2-1 to Up4it when 12-10 in the third put Ryan Docherty ahead, but Jason Fleming fought back to win it 3-2 and put Aces in front again. Match four saw Up4it level again after Iain beat Jim 3-0, but Jason put Aces in front for the third time with a strong 3-0 victory over Paul. A 3-1 win for Ryan against Jim made it three matches all, but Jason got Aces ahead for the fourth time when he defeated Iain 3-1. Match eight saw Up4it level for the fourth time when Ryan beat Pete 13-11 in the fourth. The deciding match was between Paul and Jim and it was Paul who started well and then kept his focus throughout to take the match 3-0 and win the overall tie for Up4it.

 

 

Consolation Cup Round 1

Missiles 0 (Jim Fleming 0, Ian Roberts 0, Logan Smith 0)

Telecoms 6 (Stewart Clark 2, Rob Fotheringham 2, David Monteith 2)

The opening match saw Stewart Clark defeat Jim Fleming 3-1 to get Telecoms in front. However, Telecoms then secured the tie with four 3-0 victories in a row with David Monteith winning two of them. The sides played a sixth match and it was the closest of the tie. Rob Fotheringham won the first and third games but Logan Smith levelled twice with two 11-9 victories. The decider saw Rob dominate from the off to take the match for Telecoms.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Aces v Brechin

Div 1

07/10/2021

04/11/2021

Duffers v Tigers

Div 3

21/10/2021

10/11/2021

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 6 - commencing 18 October 2021

Up4it and Viscounts had unbeaten performances against Aces and Lundin Lasers respectively to remain at the top of Division 1, although Aces in particular were unlucky not to win any matches. Knights did not play and are now in third place but with a fixture in hand. Brechin got their first victory of the season against Villa to move off the bottom with Andrew Crawford remaining unbeaten.

 

In Division 2, Guthrie Park have opened up a massive sixteen point lead at the top after they had a fine victory at Telecoms. Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson remained unbeaten for Guthrie. Barons had a narrow victory against Truants to move into second place although Truants fought back from 1-5 down and almost achieved a draw. Comets are on the same points won as Barons after they too had a narrow victory versus Swots. Sandy Bertie starred for Comets after an unbeaten performance.

 

Buccaneers were in devastating form against Missiles and moved up to second place in Division 3, six points behind the leaders Tigers who did not play. Murray Johnstone starred for Buccaneers and he did not drop a game throughout the contest. Sputniks drop to third place after they fought out a very close draw against fourth place New Kids.

 

In the Stanley Doubles Cup at Forthill, Villa had a comfortable victory against club-mates Defenders.

 

Division 1

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3, Iain Martin 3½)

Aces 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Jim Dyson 0, Sandy Bertie (Reserve) 0)

Up4it won all the matches against Aces, but three times they won matches in the fifth game. The first was in match two when Ryan Docherty defeated Jim Dyson 11-8 in the fifth; two matches later Ryan did it again when he beat Pete Yearworth 3-2, after Pete had levelled from 0-2 down and finally in match six Jim lost a 2-1 lead against Iain Martin with Iain taking the fifth game 12-10. Aces led in the doubles match, but Paul Monteith and Iain fought back to win it 3-1 against Pete and Jim. Paul was in dominant form for Up4it in his singles matches, winning all three 3-0.

 

Brechin 8 (Ian Farquhar 1, Derek Mitchell (Reserve) 3½, Andrew Crawford 3½)

Villa 2 (Euan Steel 1, Ian Hunter 0, David Sim 1)

Villa started well at Brechin and Euan Steel took the opening match against Ian Farquhar 3-1. However, Brechin took command with three match victories in a row. Firstly Derek Mitchell defeated Ian Hunter 3-2 after Ian had levelled from 0-2 down; then Andrew Crawford beat David Sim 3-0, but 16-14 in the second was vital for Andrew and then in match four Derek fought back to win it 3-1 after Euan had won the first game 15-13. Match five saw Villa get one back with David defeating Ian Farquhar 3-0 but Brechin then forged ahead with four 3-1 match victories in a row. The closest was in match eight when Derek came from behind to defeat David 16-14 in the third and 11-9 in the fourth game. The final match went the distance but it was Ian Farquhar who won it 3-2 for Brechin against Ian Hunter, with 15-13 in the third ultimately being the difference between the players.

 

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Robert Brown 0, Roman Nydza 0)

Viscounts 10 (Peter Aird 3, Richard Clarke 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Viscounts were in devastating form at Lundin Lasers and they won all ten matches for the loss of just three games. Arthur Duncan won two of them in his 1-3 defeats by Richard Clarke and Andrew Nimmo and Robert Brown won the other when he was defeated 3-1 by Andrew. Richard and Andrew comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 versus Roman Nydza and Robert. Peter Aird won his three singles matches 3-0 for Viscounts without reaching 10-all once.

 

 

Division 2

Telecoms 1 (David Monteith 1, Rob Fotheringham 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

Guthrie Park 9 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 2, Aaron Robertson 3½)

Guthrie Park hit top form from the off against Telecoms and won the first nine matches for the loss of just two games. In match two Rob Fotheringham won the opening game of his 1-3 loss to Derek Beaton and later in match eight Rob won another game in his 1-3 defeat by Aaron Robertson. Derek Mitchell was in great form for Guthrie Park and he won his three singles matches and the doubles match partnering Aaron without dropping a game. In the final match Derek Beaton won the opener, but David Monteith fought back to win it 3-1 and have the final say for Telecoms.

 

Truants 4 (Graham Wood 1½, Howard Lee 2½, Knut Radmer 0)

Barons 6 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Andy Hughes 2, Jim Tawse 2)

Truants fixture versus Barons was delayed due to traffic problems but the home side came from 1-5 down to almost snatch a draw.  Barons went 2-0 up although both victories were very close. Firstly Fiona Kinloch came from behind to defeat Graham Wood 3-1, although 15-13 and 12-10 game wins were tough on Graham. Then Andy Hughes beat Howard Lee 3-2 after Howard had levelled twice. Jim Tawse won match three versus Knut Radmer 3-0 and next Fiona won the first game of match four. However, a strong comeback by Howard saw him win it 3-1 for Truants. Barons then retook control with two 3-0 victories for Jim against Graham and Andy versus Knut. The doubles match went one way then the other but Graham and Howard eventually won it 3-2 against Jim and Fiona to get one back for Truants. Howard then got another back with a comfortable 3-0 win against Jim. Match nine also started well for Truants and Knut had game points to go 2-0 up, but Fiona eventually won the second game 14-12 and then she completed her fightback to win it 3-1 and secure the overall victory for Barons. The final match saw Graham have the last say for Truants after he defeated Andy 14-12 in the third.

                                      

Comets 6 (Dougal Ogilvie 0, Jill Milne 2½, Sandy Bertie 3½)

Swots 4 (Sandy Pearson 1, Louis McLeod (Reserve) 2, Ian Smith 1)

After a slow start Comets fought back against Swots and finished with a narrow victory overall. Swots started well and went 2-0 up. Firstly Sandy Pearson beat Dougal Ogilvie 3-1 and Louis MacLeod doubled their lead when he defeated Jill Milne 3-0. 13-11 in the third helped Sandy Bertie to defeat Ian Smith 3-1 and Comets were on the scoreboard. Comets were level after Jill fought back from 1-2 down to defeat Sandy Pearson 3-2, but a fine 3-0 victory for Ian against Dougal got Swots back in front. However, Comets then hit a purple patch with four match victories in a row to lead. Sandy Bertie was at the heart of this run with three victories. Firstly Sandy beat Louis 3-2 after 12-10 and 16-14 game wins had got Louis level at two games all; next Sandy partnered Jill to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Louis and Ian. Jill continued the good Comets run when she defeated Ian 12-10 in the fifth and Sandy Bertie secured the fourth match victory in a row for Comets with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sandy Pearson. Match ten saw Swots narrow the final score after Louis beat Dougal 3-0.

 

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 10 (Peter Cassidy 3½, Murray Johnstone 3½, Steve Stranock 3)

Missiles 0 (Lorand Lezsak 0, Lee Nixon 0, Logan Smith 0)

Buccaneers had a strong overall performance against Missiles and only lost games in three matches. Firstly in match five Peter Cassidy defeated Logan Smith 3-1, then in the next match Steve Stranock was pushed even further by Lee Nixon, but Steve eventually won it 12-10 in the fifth after Lee had levelled from 0-2 behind. Finally in match ten Lee levelled with a 13-11 game two victory, but Peter refocused and won it 3-1 for Buccaneers. Murray Johnstone was in excellent form for Buccaneers and Murray won his three singles matches 3-0, and the doubles match partnering Peter against Lorand Lezsak and Logan also 3-0, without even reaching 10-all once all night.

 

Sputniks 5 (Jack Oughton 2, Carol McLean 1, Nairn Nixon 2)

New Kids 5 (Charlie Ross 1, Martin Turnbull 1½, Dave Beveridge 2½)

Sputniks and New Kids fought out a very close contest and in the end the sides had to settle for a draw. The opening match saw Jack Oughton defeat Charlie Ross 14-12 in the third to get Sputniks ahead and Carol McLean doubled their lead after she defeated Martin Turnbull 3-2. New Kids then fought back to level at two matches all. Firstly Dave Beveridge defeated Nairn Nixon 3-0 and next Charlie came from behind to defeat Carol 3-1. Sputniks edged back in front when Jack fought back to beat Dave 3-1, although 12-10 and 13-11 in the third and fourth was tough on Dave. Match six saw Nairn make it 4-2 to Sputniks overall after he defeated Martin 3-0. The doubles match went the distance but eventually Dave got a bit of revenge when he partnered Martin to defeat Jack and Carol 3-2. Dave then got New Kids back level at four matches all when he beat Carol 13-11 in the fourth. It seemed New Kids would go in front after match nine when Charlie went 2-1 up, but Nairn fought back to win it 3-2 and get Sputniks in front again. The final match also went the distance, but after both players had led, it was Martin who edged it 3-2 against Jack to earn New Kids the overall draw.

 

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Tony O'Shea 0, Kenny McLaren (Reserve) 0)

Villa 6 (Ian Hunter 2, Euan Steel 2, David Sim 2)

Villa had a fairly comfortable victory against Defenders and won all the matches played for the loss of just three games. In the opening match Ian Hunter and Euan Steel defeated Ken Head and Tony O’Shea 3-1 and later in match five Ken and Tony led David Sim and Euan 2-1, but the Villa pairing fought back to win it 11-8 in the fifth. Otherwise Villa won all the games played although a couple of times they won games after a 10-all game score was reached.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

Aces v Brechin

Div 1

07/10/2021

Not Known

Up4it v Aces

Excelsior Cup Round 2

12/10/2021

Not Known

Missiles v Telecoms

Consolation Cup Round 1

14/10/2021

28/10/2021

Duffers v Tigers

Div 3

21/10/2021

10/11/2021

(Provisional)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 5 - commencing 11 October 2021

Viscounts qualified for the semi-finals of the Excelsior Cup after a fairly comfortable victory over Brechin. Peter Aird and Andrew Nimmo won both of the matches they played for Viscounts for the loss of just one game each and Justus Ludwig saw Viscounts home with a comfortable 3-0 victory in his second match.

 

The Secondary Shield saw three ties played. New Kids and Comets were very evenly matched for the first five matches, but Comets then pulled away to secure the tie with a match to spare with Sandy Bertie finishing unbeaten for Comets. Defenders overcame Truants with three matches to spare but generally it was an evenly fought tie with several very close matches. Finally Sputniks and Tigers were neck and neck throughout the tie with Tigers not prevailing until the final match.

 

In the Consolation Cup the sole tie played saw Buccaneers defeat Squires following a fairly straightforward performance. Murray Johnstone and Stewart Ferguson remained undefeated for Buccaneers.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Viscounts 5 (Peter Aird 2, Andrew Nimmo 2, Justus Ludwig 1)

Brechin 1 (Ian Farquhar 0, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 0, Andrew Crawford 1)

Viscounts Started well against Brechin and went 2-0 up. Firstly Peter Aird beat Ian Farquhar 3-1 after Ian won the second game 12-10 and next Andrew Nimmo defeated Aaron Robertson 3-0 to double the Viscounts lead. Brechin pulled one back when Andrew Crawford beat Justus Ludwig 3-0. However, Viscounts then got back in command and saw out the tie with three match victories in a row for the loss of just one game, Andrew Nimmo in his 3-1 victory against Ian Farquhar.

 

 

Secondary Shield Round 2

New Kids 3 (Charlie Ross 1, Louis MacLeod 2, Dave Beveridge 0)

Comets 6 (Jill Milne 1, Sandy Bertie 3, Dougal Ogilvie 2)

The opening match saw New Kids take the lead versus Comets. Jill Milne won the opening game but 12-10, 12-10 and 13-11 game wins meant Charlie Ross won it 3-1 for New Kids. After match two Comets levelled when Sandy Bertie defeated Louis MacLeod 3-1. Two 13-11 game wins put Dave Beveridge in charge of match three, but a great fightback by Dougal Ogilvie saw him win it 3-2 to put Comets in front. Match four also went the distance but Louis eventually won it 13-11 in the fifth game against Jill and the sides were tied at two all. It seemed New Kids would take the lead again after match five when Charlie went 2-1 up but another fight back by Dougal saw him win it 3-2 to get Comets ahead again. Sandy extended the Comets lead with a 3-0 win against Dave but in match seven Louis got one back for New Kids when he won the fifth game against Dougal 11-9. However, Comets then surged ahead to win the tie. Firstly Jill beat Dave 3-0 and finally Sandy defeated Charlie 3-0 to complete the scoring for Comets.

 

Defenders 7 (Ken Head 1, Tony O'Shea 3, Richard Tough 3)

Truants 2 (Graham Wood 1, Sandy Pearson (Reserve) 1, Howard Lee 0)

Truants took the lead at Defenders when Graham Wood defeated Ken Head 3-1. However, five match wins in a row for Defenders saw them take the tie. Firstly Tony O’Shea defeated Sandy Pearson 3-0 and next Richard Tough beat Howard Lee 3-2, but 15-13 in the third and 13-11 in the fifth was tough on Howard. A 3-0 victory for Tony versus Graham made 3-1 to Defenders overall. It seemed Howard would get one back for Truants when he went 2-1 up in match five, but Ken fought back to win it 11-9 in the fifth for Defenders. Richard then secured the tie for Defenders with a 3-0 victory against Sandy. The teams played on for three more matches. Firstly Tony beat Howard 12-10 in the third to make it 6-1 overall and next Richard came from behind to defeat Graham 3-1 and it was 7-1 to Defenders overall. Match nine saw Ken go 2-1 up, but Sandy then won the next two games to take the match and have the final say for Truants.

 

Sputniks 4 (Jack Oughton 2, Nairn Nixon 0, Eric Brown 2)

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

Sputniks and Tigers were neck and neck throughout the tie with Tigers not prevailing until the final match. Sputniks went ahead after Jack Oughton came from behind to defeat Marion Davidson 3-1. Tigers soon levelled when Kenny McLaren beat Nairn Nixon 3-0 and a 15-13 game four win for Scott Thomson against Eric Brown put Tigers ahead. Marion then increased the Tigers lead when she defeated Nairn 13-11 in the fourth. A fine 3-1 victory for Jack against Scott got one back for Sputniks and Eric then got them back level after he defeated Kenny 3-0. Match seven saw Tigers go in front again after Scott defeated Nairn 12-10 in the third. Next another good 3-1 victory for Eric versus Marion saw the sides back level at four matches all, although 12-10 twice for Eric was hard on Marion. Match nine saw unbeaten Jack take on Kenny for the overall tie. Kenny started well and went 2-0 up but in the third it went to 13-all before Kenny won it 15-13 to take the game, match and overall tie for Tigers.

 

 

Consolation Cup Round 1

Buccaneers 8 (Stewart Ferguson 3, Peter Cassidy 2, Murray Johnstone 3)

Squires 1 (Steve Wilson 1, Winnie Stein 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Buccaneers raced into a 3-0 lead against Squires following 3-0 victories for Stewart Ferguson, Peter Cassidy and Murray Johnstone against Steve Wilson, Winnie Stein and Eddie Dougan respectively. Match four saw Squires back in it when Steve defeated Peter 3-2. However, Buccaneers then sealed the tie with a couple more 3-0 victories, Stewart against Eddie and Murray versus Winnie. The sides played out the remaining matches and Buccaneers won them as well for the loss of just two games when Stewart came from 1-2 down to defeat Winnie 3-2.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

Aces v Brechin

Div 1

07/10/2021

Not Known

Up4it v Aces

Excelsior Cup Round 2

12/10/2021

Not Known

Missiles v Telecoms

Consolation Cup Round 1

14/10/2021

28/10/2021

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 4 - commencing 04 October 2021

Thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance from Paul Monteith, Up4it narrowly defeated Knights to join them at the top of Division 1. Viscounts did not play but they are still level on points with Up4it and Knights. Aces are one point off the top three after their fixture at home to Brechin was postponed. Lundin Lasers started and finished well at Villa, but Villa were dominant in between to win comfortably overall. David Sim was the star player for Villa and won his three singles matches without losing a game.

In Division 2, after a slow start leaders Guthrie Park were devastating against second placed Defenders with Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson remaining unbeaten. Barons had a good victory against Comets to leapfrog them into third place but Comets were a bit unlucky to win just one match. Telecoms narrowly defeated Truants thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance from David Monteith.

Tigers were in devastating form against Squires and had an almost perfect performance to move further clear at the top of Division 3. Sputniks were in command from the off against Missiles and ended up with an almost perfect victory to move into second place. Duffers remain in third place despite losing to New Kids. The sides were mostly evenly matched, but an unbeaten night for Louis MacLeod made the difference for New Kids.

In the Secondary Shield Telecoms had a fine performance to defeat their higher ranked visitors Telecoms with a couple of matches to spare.

 

Division 1

Villa 8 (Glenn Christie 1, Euan Steel 3½, David Sim 3½)

Lundin Lasers 2 (Arthur Duncan 1, Roman Nydza 1, Robert Brown 0)

Lundin Lasers started and finished well at Villa, but Villa were dominant in between to win comfortably overall. David Sim was the star player for Villa and won his three singles matches without losing a game. David also won the doubles match partnering Euan Steel 3-1 versus Arthur Duncan and Roman Nydza. Euan himself also won a hat-trick of singles matches 3-0, but 14-12 in the second game versus Roman, 12-10 in the second game against Arthur and 12-10 in the third game versus Rob Brown were all vital for Euan. Villa’s other victory came when Glenn Christie defeated Rob 14-12 in the third. For Lundin Arthur won the first match after he came from behind to defeat Glenn 3-2 then at the death in match ten Roman also defeated Glenn 3-2 but losing 10-12 twice was tough on Glenn.

 

Knights 4 (Andrew Nimmo (Reserve) 2, Callum Riddoch 2, Jacob Munro 0)

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 3½, Iain Martin 1, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Up4it narrowly defeated Knights thanks mainly to an unbeaten performance from Paul Monteith. Four 3-1 victories for Paul made the difference for Up4it. His three singles match wins were added to when Paul partnered Ryan Docherty to win the doubles match against Callum Riddoch and Jacob Munro. Up4it’s other two victories were in five games and both times Jacob was the unlucky loser. Firstly in match three Jacob led 2-1, but Ryan fought back to win it 13-11 in the fifth for Up4it. Then in match six Jacob suffered even more agony. At 2-0 up Jacob was cruising but a great fight back saw Iain Martin win it 12-10 in the fifth. For Knights, Andrew Nimmo came from behind twice, defeating Ryan 11-9 in the fifth and Iain 3-1 and Callum Riddoch beat both Iain and Ryan 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

 

Division 2

Barons 9 (Andy Hughes 3, Jim Tawse 3, Fiona Kinloch 3)

Comets 1 (Fraser Smith 0, Eric Brown (Reserve) ½, Carol McLean (Reserve) ½)

Barons dominated the score-line against Comets but the visitors were unlucky to only win one match. Jim Tawse starred for Barons with three 3-0 singles match wins, although 16-14 in his opening game of the night was tough on Eric Brown. Fiona Kinloch won her three singles matches 3-1 but opening game wins of 14-12 and 17-15 versus Carol McLean and Fraser Smith respectively were crucial for Fiona’s successes. Andy Hughes also won three singles matches, beating Fraser and Eric 3-0 but against Carol he had to fight back from 0-2 down to edge it 3-2. The doubles match was a different matter. Jim and Fiona won the first game comfortably but Carol and Eric fought back well to win it 11-8 in the fourth game and get Comets’ only match success of the contest.

 

Telecoms 6 (Rob Fotheringham 1, David Monteith 3½, Graeme Elrick 1½)

Truants 4 (Howard Lee 2, Graham Wood 2, Knut Radmer 0)

Telecoms and Truants had a close contest overall, but an unbeaten performance from David Monteith saw Telecoms just edge it. Truants took the lead after Howard Lee beat Rob Fotheringham 3-0, but Telecoms fought back to move ahead. Firstly David Monteith defeated Graham Wood 3-0 then Graeme Elrick beat Knut Radmer 3-0. Match four saw David and Howard level at two games all but David dominated the fifth game to win it 3-2 for Telecoms. Rob then defeated Knut 3-1 to increase the Telecoms lead. Match six was the closest of the night with Graeme levelling at two-all from 0-2 down, but Graham refocused to win the fifth game for Truants. Two 3-0 victories saw telecoms move 6-2 up. David and Graeme won the doubles match versus Howard and Graham and next David beat Knut. Truants then had a late rally and won the final two matches. In match nine Howard defeated Graeme 13-11, 11-8 and 11-9 and in the final match Graham beat Rob 3-1 to have the final say for Truants.

                                      

Guthrie Park 9 (Derek Beaton 2, Aaron Robertson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 1, Ian McLagan 0, Tony O’Shea 0)

After a slow start Guthrie Park were devastating against Defenders with Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson remaining unbeaten. Defenders went in front after the opening match when Ken Head defeated Derek Beaton 3-2. Guthrie Park then levelled after Aaron Robertson defeated Ian McLagan 3-0. In match three Derek Mitchell beat Tony O’Shea 3-1 and Guthrie Park were in front. Another fine 3-0 victory for Aaron this time versus Ken put Guthrie Park 3-1 ahead. Match five seemed to be going Defenders way when Tony went 2-1 up, but Derek Mitchell fought back to win it 11-8 in the fifth game for Guthrie Park. However, Guthrie Park then hit a devastating run of form and won the final five matches without dropping a game. During the run twice the game score reached 10-all but both were won by Guthrie Park 12-10, Aaron against Tony and later Derek Beaton versus Ian.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 7 (Martin Turnbull 2, Louis MacLeod 3½, Charlie Ross 1½)

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

New Kids and Duffers were very evenly matched, but an unbeaten night for Louis MacLeod made the difference. New Kids started well and went 2-0 up. First Martin Turnbull defeated Billy Liddle 3-0 and next Louis MacLeod came from behind to beat Rich McLaren 3-1. It looked like 3-0 to New Kids when Charlie Ross went 2-1 up but 11-9 twice saw Andy Reid win it 3-2 for Duffers. In match four it seemed Billy would get Duffers level when 13-11 and 11-8 game wins saw him 2-1 up, but a good fight back saw Louis win it 3-2 for New Kids. However, Duffers did get level at three matches all after two match wins in a row. First Andy defeated Martin 3-0 and next Rich fought back from 0-1 and 1-2 down to beat Charlie 3-2. The doubles match was now crucial and it was New Kids that took it after Louis and Charlie beat Rich and Andy 3-0. Match eight was very close but Louis eventually won it 13-11 in the fifth game to edge New Kids further ahead. Two 3-1 victories then saw New Kids home. Firstly Charlie beat Billy and then league rookie Martin completed a fine night against Rich, although 12-10 in the third and fourth games was tough on Rich.

 

Missiles 0 (Lee Nixon 0, Logan Smith 0, Lorand Lezsak 0)

Sputniks 10 (Jack Oughton 3½, Eric Brown 3, Carol McLean 3½)

Sputniks were in command from the off against Missiles and ended up with an almost perfect victory. The opening match saw Lee Nixon level at two games all, but Jack Oughton played a strong fifth game to win it for Sputniks. Thereafter Eric Brown, Carol McLean and Jack won all the remaining matches 3-0 with the game scores reaching ten-all only once in their winning sequence. In the opening game of the doubles match the score eventually reached 15-all but Jack and Carol then won it 17-15 against Lee Nixon and Lorand Lezsak and they then went on to comfortably take the match 3-0.

 

Squires 0 (Scott Wishart 0 Winnie Stein 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Tigers 10 (Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 3½, Marion Davidson 3)

Tigers were in devastating form against Squires and had an almost perfect performance. Scott Thomson, Kenny McLaren and Marion Davidson won the nine singles matches without dropping a game. Twice Scott was taken to 10-all, but both times he won the games 12-10 against Scott Wishart and Eddie Dougan respectively. The doubles match was a much closer contest. Kenny and Scott quickly got Tigers into a 2-0 lead but Winnie Stein and Eddie fought back really well to level at two games all. However, the fifth game decider was a one-sided affair with Kenny and Scott dominating to take the match for Tigers.

 

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

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

Telecoms 2 (David Monteith 0, Graeme Elrick 2, Stewart Clark 0)

Telecoms had a fine performance to defeat their higher ranked visitors Telecoms with a couple of matches to spare. Kenny McLaren got Tigers off to a good start when he defeated David Monteith 3-1, but the second match saw Telecoms level after Graeme Elrick came from behind to defeat Scott Thomson 3-2. Tigers went back in front after Marion Davidson beat Stewart Clark 3-0, but games scores of 12-10, 11-9 and 12-10 show it was very close. Scott then made it 3-1 to Tigers overall when he defeated David 3-1. Match 5 was going Telecoms way with Stewart 2-1 up, but a fine fight back saw Kenny win it 3-2 for Tigers. Telecoms were on the brink, but Graeme got one back after he defeated Marion 3-1. However, Scott then got Tigers home when he beat Stewart 13-11 in the third game of match seven.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

Aces v Brechin

Div 1

07/10/2021

Not Known

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 3 - commencing 27 September 2021

Viscounts won well against Villa to move to the top of Division 1 but there were several close matches along the way. Aces were strong winners at Lundin Lasers to move up to second place with Jason Fleming in dominant form. Knights dropped to third place after their fixture at Brechin was re-scheduled.

In Division 2 Guthrie Park are on top and won well versus Truants thanks to fine unbeaten performances from Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson. Defenders are in second place and dominated the scoring against Swots from the off, but Swots kept fighting and won a couple of matches in the second half of the contest. Short-handed Telecoms almost got a draw after David Monteith had a fine hat-trick but Comets won narrowly in the end to remain in third place.

In Division 3 Tigers were in command for most of their fixture against New Kids and won well in the end to remain in first place. Buccaneers moved up to second place after they won well at Squires although there were numerous close matches along the way. Duffers are third after they opened their season with a dominant display versus Missiles.

 

Division 1

Lundin Lasers 2 (Arthur Duncan 1, Roman Nydza 1, Robert Brown 0)

Aces 8 (Jason Fleming 3½, Pete Yearworth 3½, Tony O’Shea (Reserve) 1)

Aces were strong winners at Lundin Lasers. Jason Fleming and Pete Yearworth remained unbeaten for Aces with Jason winning all of his singles matches and the doubles match with Pete without dropping a game. Pete defeated Roman Nydza and Robert Brown 3-0, although 12-14, 10-12 and 8-11 indicates Roman was unlucky to not take it further. Against Arthur Duncan in match ten Pete came from behind to win it 3-1, 12-10 in the third and 11-9 in the fourth. Aces final victory came when Tony O’Shea defeated Robert 3-0. For the Lasers, in match five Arthur led 2-0, but Tony fought back to level. The fifth saw Arthur edge it 12-10 to get Lundin on the scoreboard. Later in match eight Roman had a fine 3-0 victory against Tony.

 

Viscounts 9 (Peter Aird 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Justus Ludwig 2)

Villa 1 (Euan Steel 1, Sandy Bertie (Reserve) 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Viscounts won well against Villa, but there were several close matches along the way. Peter Aird defeated Euan Steel 3-1 to get Viscounts in front and a 3-0 victory for Andrew Nimmo against Sandy Bertie doubled their lead. Match three saw Ian Hunter win the first game but Justus Ludwig fought back well to win it 3-1 for Viscounts. Viscounts then won the next three matches for the loss of just one game, Justus in his 3-1 victory versus Sandy. The doubles match seemed to be going the same way with Peter and Andrew 2-0 up, but 14-12 in the third saw Sandy and Ian back in it. However, a strong fourth game saw Peter and Andrew win it and make it 7-0 to Viscounts. The final three matches saw Andrew and Peter get comfortable 3-0 wins against Ian and Sandy respectively. But in between these Euan got Villa on the scoreboard when he defeated Justus 11-9 in the fourth.

 

 

Division 2

Comets 6 (Sandy Bertie 2½, Jill Milne 1, Fraser Smith 2½)

Telecoms 4 (David Monteith 3, Stewart Clark 1)

Short-handed Telecoms almost got the draw but Comets won narrowly in the end. David Monteith had a fine hat-trick of singles match victories for Telecoms to star. David had comfortable 3-0 wins against Sandy Bertie and Jill Milne, but his victory against Fraser Smith was far from comfortable. Fraser led 1-0 and 2-1 but David levelled at two games all and then he won a very tight fifth 15-13. Telecoms other victory came when Stewart Clark defeated Jill 3-0. For Comets, Fraser and Sandy defeated Stewart in two very close matches. Fraser won a mammoth first game 20-18 then won the next two 12-10; Sandy levelled twice before eventually overcoming Stewart 11-8 in the fifth. Comets comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 to ultimately secure the overall victory with Fraser and Sandy never troubled.

 

Defenders 8 (Ian McLagan 3, Tony O'Shea 3, Richard Tough 2)

Swots 2 (Sandy Pearson ½, Louis MacLeod (Reserve) 1½, Ian Smith 0)

Defenders dominated the scorecard against Swots from the off, but Swots kept fighting and won a couple of matches in the second half of the fixture. Defenders raced into a 5-0 lead for the loss of just two games. In match two Tony O’Shea beat Louis MacLeod 13-11 in the fourth and Ian Smith won the third game 16-14 in his 1-3 loss to Ian McLagan. Ian Smith was also unlucky in match three when he lost 13-11, 12-10 and 12-10 to Richard Tough. Match six saw Swots on the scoreboard after Louis MacLeod defeated Richard 3-1. Next Louis repeated the feat when he partnered Sandy Pearson to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Ian and Richard. Two comfortable 3-0 wins then put Defenders back in control. Firstly Tony beat Ian and next Richard defeated Sandy. Match ten was also won 3-0 for Defenders by Ian against Louis, but game 1 and 2 scores of 14-12 and 12-10 respectively show Louis was unlucky to have not taken it further.

                                      

Guthrie Park 8 (Derek Beaton 1, Aaron Robertson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Truants 2 (Howard Lee 1, Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 1)

Guthrie Park won well versus Truants thanks to fine unbeaten performances from Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson. Truants went in front after Howard Lee defeated Derek Beaton 3-1, but comfortable 3-0 victories for Aaron Robertson and Derek Mitchell against Knut Radmer and Graham Wood respectively saw Guthrie Park 2-1 up. Match four saw Aaron win 3-0 again, this time versus Howard to make it 3-1 to Guthrie Park overall. Truants then got one back when Graham beat Derek Beaton 11-9 in the third. However, Guthrie Park dominated thereafter and won all the remaining matches for the loss of just one game when Graham won the first 11-9 in his 1-3 loss to Aaron.

 

 

Division 3

Duffers 10 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 3)

Missiles 0 (Jim Fleming 0, Logan Smith 0, Lorand Lezsak 0)

Duffers opened their season with a dominant display against Missiles. Rich McLaren, Andy Reid and Billy Liddle won all ten matches 3-0 without reaching 10-all once in a great overall team performance.

 

Tigers 8 (Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3½, Marion Davidson 1)

New Kids 2 (Dave Beveridge 1, Martin Turnbull 1, Victor Trojan 0)

Tigers were in command for most of their fixture against New Kids and won well in the end. Tigers raced into a 5-0 lead without dropping a game, although 12-10 twice for Scott Thomson was hard on Dave Beveridge. New Kids were on the scoreboard after match six when Martin Turnbull defeated Marion Davidson 3-0. But a 3-0 victory for Scott and Kenny in the doubles match versus Dave and Martin got Tigers back in control and Scott then defeated Victor Trojan 3-0 to increase the Tigers lead. New Kids won match nine though with Dave beating Marion 3-0. Match ten saw Kenny beat Martin 3-1 to complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Squires 2 (Scott Wishart ½, Winnie Stein ½, Eddie Dougan 1)

Buccaneers 8 (Stewart Ferguson 3, Peter Cassidy 2, Murray Johnstone 3)

Buccaneers won well at Squires but there were numerous close matches along the way. The opening match was going Squires way when Scott Wishart led 2-1, but Stewart Ferguson fought back to win it 3-2 for Buccaneers. A comfortable 3-0 victory for Peter Cassidy against Winnie Stein doubled the lead and another 3-0 win for Murray Johnstone versus Eddie Dougan made it 3-0 overall to Buccaneers, although 12-10 twice was tough on Eddie. Match four went the distance, but Stewart eventually won it 11-9 in the fifth against Winnie for Buccaneers and next Murray beat Scott 3-1 to make it 5-0. Match six saw Peter completely dominate early on but a great fightback saw Eddie win it 3-1 for Squires. Peter and Murray also started the doubles match well and won the first game. But another good comeback saw Scott and Winnie win it 16-14 in the fourth to get Squires second victory in a row. However, Buccaneers then saw out the contest with three 3-1 victories in a row, twice coming from 0-1 down.

 

 

Excelsior Cup Round 1

Villa 0 (Euan Steel 0, Sandy Bertie (Reserve) 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Viscounts 5 (Peter Aird 2, Andrew Nimmo 2, Justus Ludwig 1)

Viscounts had a comfortable victory against Villa to qualify for the second round.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Tigers v Telecoms

Secondary Shield

15/09/2021

06/10/2021

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 2 - commencing 20 September 2021

The opening league fixtures saw Knights move to the top of Division 1 after they had a dominant victory against short-handed Lundin Lasers. Up4it won well against Brechin to take second place and Aces and short-handed Viscounts fought out a close draw at Forthill.

In Division 2 Guthrie Park were big winners in St Andrews against Swots to go top.  Defenders came from 1-3 down at Barons to narrowly win but it was not decided until the fifth game of match ten. Comets won narrowly at Truants but both sides led in the fixture and Comets won the last three singles matches 3-2 to secure the overall victory.

In Division 3 Tigers dominated from the start against Missiles to go top. A strong finish saw Squires win narrowly at New Kids with their victory only secured in the final two matches. Finally, Sputniks came from 0-2 down to win narrowly in Brechin against Buccaneers with 3-2 wins in the final two matches seeing them edge the overall victory.

 

Division 1

Aces 5 (Gary Lowson 1, Jim Dyson 1, Jason Fleming 3)

Viscounts 5 (Peter Aird 2½, Andrew Nimmo 2½)

Viscounts were short-handed at Aces but won five of the seven matches actually played to secure an overall draw. Aces’ Jason Fleming was the star player though and he won both of his singles matches 3-0. Firstly, Jason defeated Peter Aird, with 14-12 in the first vital for Jason and later Jason beat Andrew Nimmo. For Viscounts, Peter came from 1-2 down to defeat Gary Lowson 3-2 and later Peter beat Jim Dyson 3-0. Andrew started with 3-1 versus Jim and next defeated Gary 3-0. The doubles match was a very close encounter with three games going to 10-all. Eventually Peter and Andrew came from 1-2 down to defeat Jim and Jason 3-2.

 

Knights 10 (Jacob Munro 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Peter Aird (Reserve) 3)

Lundin Lasers 0 (Arthur Duncan 0, Roman Nydza 0)

Knights were dominant against short-handed Lundin Lasers. Jacob Munro, Callum Riddoch and Peter Aird won all seven matches actually played 3-0, although Arthur Duncan and Roman Nydza almost took game two of the doubles match but lost that 12-14.

 

Up4it 8 (Paul Monteith 3, Iain Martin 2, Ryan Docherty 3)

Brechin 2 (Ian Farquhar ½, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 0, Andrew Crawford 1½)

Up4it won well against Brechin but there were several close matches along the way. The opening match saw Paul Monteith defeat Ian Farquhar 3-1, but 11-9, 11-9 and 13-11 game wins for Paul confirm he had to work very hard. Up4it then won the next four matches 3-0 with Iain Martin having two very dominant victories against Aaron Robertson and then Ian. Ryan Docherty then beat Aaron 3-1 to make it 6-0 overall, but game scores of 10-12, 12-10, 13-11 and 11-9 show it was very close. The doubles match saw Brechin get on the scoreboard after Andrew Crawford and Ian defeated Iain and Ryan 3-1. Brechin also took match eight when Andrew came from behind to defeat Iain 12-10 in the fifth game. Next Ian started well and won first but Ryan fought back well to win it 3-1 for Up4it. Match ten saw Aaron comfortably go 2-0 up, but a dominant comeback saw Paul win it 3-2 and complete the scoring for Up4it.

 

 

Division 2

Swots 1 (Sandy Pearson 0, Louis MacLeod (Reserve) 0, Ian Smith 1)

Guthrie Park 9 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Derek Beaton 2, Aaron Robertson 3½)

Guthrie Park won well in St Andrews against Swots, but there were several close matches along the way. Guthrie Park started strongly and won the first five matches for the loss of just two games, Derek Mitchell in his 3-1 victories against Sandy Pearson and Louis MacLeod. Match six was a see-sawing affair but Ian Smith eventually won games 1, 3 and 5 to defeat Derek Beaton 3-2 and get Swots on the scoreboard. The doubles match was won by Derek Mitchell and Aaron 12-10 in the third against Louis and Ian. The final three matches were all won 3-1 by Guthrie Park players, but 12-10 game wins were crucial for both Derek Mitchell and Aaron against Ian and Louis respectively. Derek Beaton completed the scoring for Guthrie Park with a very strong final game against Sandy.

 

Barons 4 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 2, Stewart Mason 1)

Defenders 6 (Ian McLagan 1, Richard Tough 3½, Tony O'Shea 1½)

Defenders came from 1-3 down at Barons to narrowly win but it was not decided until the fifth game of match ten. Throughout it was very close with six of the nine singles matches going to the fifth game. Fiona Kinloch beat Ian McLagan 3-0 to get Barons ahead, but match two went the distance. Richard Tough went 2-0 up but 12-10 in the fourth saw Jim Tawse level. However, Richard took control in the fifth game to get Defenders level. In match three Tony O’Shea went 2-1 up on Stewart Mason but was losing heavily in game four. Tony saved six game points but then Stewart won it 12-10 to level at two games all. The decider saw Stewart dominate to get Barons back in front again. Jim and Ian then shared the first four games of match four, but Jim dominated the fifth game to win it 3-2 and put Barons 3-1 ahead. Match five saw Tony prevail 3-2 against Fiona after a strong finish by Tony although earlier Fiona saved six game points in game two before winning it 12-10. Defenders then levelled at three-all after Richard defeated Stewart 3-2 and they then went ahead for the first time when Richard paired up with Tony to win the doubles match 3-0 against Fiona and Jim. Next Barons were back level when Jim beat Tony 12-10 in the fourth but a 3-0 triumph for Ian against Stewart got Defenders back in front again. The final match saw Fiona move 2-1 ahead but 11-8 and 11-9 game wins saw Richard win it 3-2 and seal the overall victory for Defenders.

                                      

Truants 4 (Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 2½, Howard Lee 1½)

Comets 6 (Fraser Smith 2, Sandy Bertie 1, Dougal Ogilvie 3)

Comets won narrowly at Truants but both sides led in the fixture. The last four fixtures were won 3-2 with Comets winning the last three singles matches to secure the overall victory. The star player was Comets’ Dougal Ogilvie who completed a great hat-trick of singles match victories. Firstly Dougal came from behind to defeat Howard Lee 3-2; then Dougal beat Knut Radmer 13-11 in the third and finally Dougal defeated Graham Wood 11-9 in the fifth to complete his hat-trick of wins. Comets other victories were for Fraser Smith 3-1 versus Knut and 3-2 in match nine against Howard to get Comets 5-4 ahead and Sandy Bertie completed the scoring for Comets in match ten with a vital come-from-behind 3-2 triumph against Knut. For Truants Graham Wood defeated Sandy 3-0 and Fraser 12-10 in the fourth and Howard beat Sandy 3-1. The doubles match saw Graham and Howard come from behind to win it 11-9 in the fifth against Fraser and Dougal.

 

 

Division 3

New Kids 4 (Dave Beveridge 2, Victor Trojan 0, Charlie Ross 2)

Squires 6 (Winnie Stein 1, Eddie Dougan 3½, Steve Wilson 1½)

A strong finish saw Squires, who were behind three times, win narrowly at New Kids with their victory only secured in the final two matches. Dave Beveridge got New Kids in front with a 3-0 win versus Winnie Stein but Eddie Dougan beat Victor Trojan 3-1 to get Squires level. New Kids went in front again after Charlie Ross beat Steve Wilson 3-0. But a 3-1 victory for Winnie against Victor got Squires level again, although 16-14 in the first was vital for Winnie. Match five saw Dave come from behind to defeat Steve 3-1 and New Kids were ahead again. Next Eddie got Squires back level when he came from 0-1 down to defeat Charlie 3-1, but 14-12 and 12-10 game wins for Eddie suggest Charlie was unlucky not to take it to the fifth game. Squires went in front for the first time after Steve defeated Victor 3-1, but Charlie got New Kids back level when he defeated Winnie 12-10, 14-12 and 11-7. A more comfortable 3-0 win for Eddie against Dave saw Squires 5-4 ahead and a 14-12 third game win for Steve and Eddie versus Dave and Victor saw Squires secure the overall victory.

 

Missiles 0 (Logan Smith 0, Lee Nixon 0, Ian Roberts 0)

Tigers 10 (Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3½, Marion Davidson 3)

Tigers dominated against Missiles and Kenny McLaren, Scott Thomson and Marion Davidson won the nine singles matches without reaching 10-all once. The doubles match was much closer with Kenny and Scott defeating Logan Smith and Lee Nixon. However, 13-11 in the first and 12-10 in the third shows that Logan and Lee were unlucky to not take it further.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Murray Johnstone 2, Stewart Ferguson 2, Glyn Pritchard 0)

Sputniks 6 (Jack Oughton 2½, Carol McLean 2½, Eric Brown 1)

Sputniks were behind for almost the whole first half of the contest against Buccaneers but they fought back well to win narrowly. The opening match went the distance when Murray Johnstone just got the better of Jack Oughton 11-8 in the fifth to put Buccaneers in front. Their lead was doubled after match two where two 12-10 game wins helped Stewart Ferguson to defeat Carol McLean 3-1. It looked like 3-0 with Glyn Pritchard 2-0 up in match three, but a great comeback saw Eric Brown win it 3-2 to get Sputniks on the scoreboard. Match four saw another comeback with Jack defeating Stewart 3-2 and Sputniks were level. Match five saw an epic first game reach 16-all but Murray won it 18-16 and he then went on to defeat Eric 12-10 in the fourth and Buccaneers were 3-2 ahead. Sputniks then turned it around, first Carol defeated Glyn 3-0 and next she partnered Jack to defeat Murray and Stewart 3-0 in the doubles match. Stewart then got Buccaneers back level when he came from behind to defeat Eric 3-2. Matches nine and ten followed an almost identical pattern. Glyn and Murray both went 2-1 up, but Jack and then Carol both fought back to win a dominant fifth game and take the match for Sputniks and secure the narrow overall victory.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Tigers v Telecoms

Secondary Shield

15/09/2021

06/10/2021

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Week 1 - commencing 13 September 2021

The new season started with the first rounds of the Chairman’s Challenge trophy and the Secondary Shield. In the Chairman’s Challenge there were comfortable victories for Villa at Brechin and for Viscounts at Up4it. The Secondary Shield saw the Guthrie Park v Sputniks and the Tigers v Telecoms ties rescheduled. In the ties that were played Barons and Defenders had comfortable home wins against Squires and Missiles respectively; Division 3 New Kids shocked Division 2 club mates Swots; Truants overcame Buccaneers in Brechin after a few scares and finally Comets overcame club mates Duffers in a very close affair.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Round 1

Brechin 0 (Ian Farquhar 0, Andrew Crawford 0, Aaron Robertson (Reserve) 0)

Villa 5 (David Sim 2, Euan Steel 1½, Ian Hunter 1½)

Villa won well at Brechin but there were several close matches. Initially David Sim beat Ian Farquhar 3-0, but 12-10 in the first was vital for David. Match two went the distance with first Euan Steel dominating to lead 2-0 and then Andrew Crawford equally dominant to level at two games all. However, Euan re-focused and comfortably won the fifth game to make it 2-0 to Villa. Match three saw Ian Hunter edge 2-1 ahead against Aaron Robertson but Ian dominated the fourth game to make it 3-0 overall to Villa. The first doubles match saw Ian Hunter and David defeat Ian Farquhar and Aaron 12-10 in the third to take the match and the tie for Villa. The teams played out the second doubles match with Euan and David defeating Ian Farquhar and Andrew 3-0 to complete the scoring for Villa.

 

Up4it 1 (Iain Martin 0, Ryan Docherty 0, Paul Monteith 1)

Viscounts 4 (David Hay 2, Andrew Nimmo 1½, Richard Clarke ½)

Two comfortable 3-0 victories for David Hay against Iain Martin and then Andrew Nimmo versus Ryan Docherty saw Viscounts move 2-0 ahead against Up4it. However, another strong 3-0 victory for Paul Monteith against Richard Clarke saw Up4it back in the tie. The first doubles match was going well for the Up4it pairing of Paul and Iain when they went 2-1 up against Richard and David. Game four was close but at 10-9 Iain and Paul had a match point. However, Richard and David saved the match point and went on to take the game 13-11. The deciding fifth game saw Richard and David win it 11-6 to take the match and make it 3-1 to Viscounts overall. The second doubles match saw Andrew and David defeat Ryan and Iain 12-10 in the third to secure the tie for Viscounts.

 

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

Swots 4 (Sandy Pearson 2, Victor Trojan (Reserve) 0, Ian Smith 2)

New Kids 5 (Charlie Ross 1, Dave Beveridge 1, Louis MacLeod 3)

New Kids shocked their club-mates Swots with a fine hat-trick by Louis MacLeod being crucial for New Kids. Swots started well with Sandy Pearson coming from behind to defeat Charlie Ross 3-1. New Kids then levelled after Dave Beveridge come from behind to defeat teammate Victor Trojan, who was playing as a reserve for the hosts, 13-11 in the fourth. Match three saw Ian Smith move 2-1 up but Louis fought back to win it 3-2 and put New Kids ahead overall. New Kids increased their lead when Charlie came from behind to defeat Victor 11-9 in the fourth and then Louis defeated Sandy 12-10 in the fourth to make it 4-1 overall to New Kids. A comfortable 3-0 win for Ian against Dave got one back for Swots but Louis then secured the tie 5-2 for New Kids when he defeated Victor 3-0, with 13-11 in the first being crucial for Louis. The teams played out the final two matches and Swots won both of them to make the final score closer. Firstly in match eight Ian beat Charlie 3-0 and then in match nine Sandy came from behind to defeat Dave 3-2 and complete the scoring for Swots.

 

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 3, Andy Reid 1, David Hunter 0)

Comets 5 (Fraser Smith 2, Sandy Bertie 2, Carol McLean (Reserve) 1)

Duffers lost their tie at home to higher ranked club mates Comets despite a brilliant hat-trick from their team captain Rich McLaren. Rich won his three matches for the loss of just one game in his 3-1 victory over Fraser Smith in the opening match. Duffers other victory came in match seven after Andy Reid came from behind to defeat Carol McLean 3-1. However, Duffers downfall came mainly due to losing all three matches that went to the fifth game. Firstly in match three Carol came from 1-2 down to defeat David Hunter 3-2; then in match four Fraser also came from 1-2 down to beat Andy 3-2 and finally in match eight Fraser came from 0-2 down to defeat David 3-2 and secure the overall tie for Comets 5-3. Sandy Bertie had Comets other two wins by defeating Andy 3-1 and David 3-0.

 

Defenders 9 (Ken Head 3, Tony O'Shea 3, Richard Tough 3)

Missiles 0 (Ian Roberts 0, Jim Fleming 0, Logan Smith 0)

Defenders dominated their tie against Missiles and won all their matches for the loss of just one game.  In match five Logan Smith won the opener 13-11, but Ken Head fought back to win it 3-1 for Defenders. Tony O’Shea and Richard Tough won all of their matches for Defenders without dropping a game.

 

Buccaneers 3 (Glyn Pritchard 0, Murray Johnstone 2, Peter Cassidy 1)

Truants 6 (Graham Wood 3, Martin Turnbull (Reserve) 1, Howard Lee 2)

Truants progressed in their tie against Buccaneers in Brechin but their progression was only secured after match eight when Graham Wood won his third match of the evening, 12-10 in the fourth against Peter Cassidy. Graham’s first win came in the opening match, 3-2 versus Glynn Pritchard and then in match four Graham defeated Murray Johnstone 3-0. Truants other victories were two for Howard Lee, 3-1 versus Peter and 3-0 against Glyn; and Martin Turnbull making his debut as a reserve defeated Glyn 3-2 in match nine. For Buccaneers Murray had two fine wins 3-2 against Howard and 3-0 versus Martin and Peter defeated Martin 3-0.

 

Barons 9 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 3, Stewart Mason 3)

Squires 0 (Winnie Stein 0, Scott Wishart 0, Eddie Dougan 0)

Barons defeated their club mates Squires for the loss of just two games. In match five Eddie Dougan took the opening game, but Fiona Kinloch recovered to win it 3-1. Similarly in match eight Winnie Stein took the opener but Stewart Mason fought back to win it 3-1. Jim Tawse was dominant for Barons winning his three matches 3-0, without reaching 10-all even once.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Guthrie Park v Sputniks

Secondary Shield

16/09/2021

04/10/2021

Tigers v Telecoms

Secondary Shield

15/09/2021

22/09/2021

Brechin v Knights

Div 1

01/10/2021

29/10/2021

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Coronavirus – seasons 2019/20 and 2020/21

The Management Committee has considered further the implications of the coronavirus lockdown for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 competitive seasons. The following decisions have been taken, first and foremost, with the safety of our members in mind.  In preparing this statement we taken account of Table Tennis Scotland’s most recent Covid-19 update, dated 6 May, which you can read at https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/coronavirus-covid19-update/

1  Season 2019/20

Leagues

We have concluded that the remaining 2019/20 league fixtures cannot be played without impacting the safety of members and our ability to plan for season 2020/21.  The league competition is therefore deemed complete and the final positions based on the average points earned per fixture played. The final tables are attached.  Congratulations to the title winners (Viscounts, Barons and Sputniks) and to the runners up. 

For individual players’ averages, the minimum number of matches required to be played (2/3 of the ‘available’ matches) has been calculated using the number of fixtures played to date by each player’s own team.  Congratulations go to John Hannah (100%), David Monteith (86%) and Aaron Robertson (95%) who hold the leading average in Divisions 1-3, respectively.  We will aim to hold a 2019/20 presentation event in due course.

 

Gillis and Halliday Cups - these competitions have been cancelled.

 

Stanley Doubles Cup – the Stanley Doubles will not now be completed for 2019/20 as it is almost certain that doubles play will not be permitted for some time. 

 

Handicap Cup - we will aim to play the final of the Handicap Cup as soon as possible after play can be resumed.  The teams will, of course, require to be selected from the players registered for season 2019/20.

 

2  Season 2020/21

It is impossible at present for us, or any indoor sport, to predict when we will be able to resume play.  It is unclear when government restrictions will be lifted sufficiently, when Table Tennis Scotland will lift its suspension, when venues will re-open, how social distancing rules will be applied and what sanitation arrangements might be imposed.  It remains to be seen also how many players and volunteers will want to be involved before the risk of virus transmission is further reduced.

 

However, season 2020/21 may yet go ahead on its usual timetable, if the aforementioned obstacles can be overcome, although we may need to review the format of the competition. For example, it is likely that doubles play will be excluded from all 2020/21 competitions.  The management committee will monitor developments and keep next season under review over the next couple of months and aim to give a more definitive statement of intent in early July so that clubs have enough time to prepare and submit team and players’ registrations.  If we are still unsure then about the prospect of resuming play we will likely defer registrations and the start of season 2020/21 to a later date.

 

3  Practice and community ‘active and healthy’ TT sessions

For the same reasons set out above, we can only monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months and provide another update in due course.  It will be appreciated that resuming active and healthy sessions in their current form is especially challenging due to the age profile and high number of attendees, the frequency of doubles play and the regular rotation of partners and opponents.

 

Please feel welcome to give us your thoughts and ideas about resuming play so that we can take these into account before issuing our next statement.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Arthur Pritchard   

Chairman                                                                                                                             11 May 2020

 

 

 

Season 2019/2020

Urgent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, 19th March 2020:

Following instruction from Table Tennis Scotland, all DDTTA table tennis activities (i.e. league competition, practice/coached sessions and ‘active and healthy’ community TT) are suspended until further notice.

Elaine Forbes (Chair)