With just one week to go before the play-offs in the Blackcat developments Harrogate pool league most teams have a good idea of which competition they will be playing in, but as usual there are still some places up for grabs writes Allan Toole.
Also, for the individual players the Harrogate open will be played in September and players can still enter this prestigious event. Entry fee is £10 and more details can be found on the website. In the league action this week Bilton CC ‘B’ tightened their grip at the top of Section One beating Trades devils 8-3.
Mark White followed up his victory in the singles on Monday night with another solid performance winning his singles and doubles.
The Alex are still hot on their heels and know that next weeks game with Bilton will decide who tops the section.
This week they beat a spirited Empress side 7-4. A couple of disputes over accessories seemed to spoil a very tight game but hopefully didn’t detract from a good match. HHWMC ‘A’ welcomed back skipper Ian Missa and he seemed to do the trick stopping a mid season slump that has seen his team drop to 4th in the league.
His leadership helped his team to an 8-3 win over Sherwood. Catholic club had to make a couple of emergency signings and it worked as they ran out 8-3 winners at Oatlands goodies. Chris Harrison and new boy Dan Savitrescu scoring the bulk of the Catholic’s points. The Tree made it four wins for the season as they won a final frame decider against Harlowgata Mavericks 7-4. Singles wins for Ian Webster, Alex Steadman, John Powell and Lee Rowell set them on the way but the final doubles pair of Jason Howson and John Powell were the real heroes holding their nerve to clinch the match for the Tree.
Beagle Gold secured top spot in Section Two after beating Skipton Wonders 8-3. Sean Taylor 7 balled Steve Charlesworth for the Skippy to give them the early lead but singles wins for Daz Mccann, Simon Hunter, Allan Toole, Callum Waite and Sean Arstrong turned the match the Beagles way and in the process inflicted the Skipton’s first defeat of the season for Martyn Metcalfe’s side. Bilton reunited came back from 3-0 down to beat Beagle Basteads 8-3 to set up a winner takes all clash with the Skipton next week for the second play-off place.
Andy Thackwray celebrated his 34th birthday in style winning both singles and doubles for Bilton. Regency Riot Squad are hitting form at the right time. They hammered Oakbeck ‘B’ 10-1 with the form of Jimmy Percival most pleasing for the riot squad. It all came right on the night for Nash Helen Jones as they registered their biggest ever win in the pool league a 10-1 hammering of Knox Arms. Bilton WMC made it four defeats on the bounce as Oatlands mount came away with a 7-4 win. The only chink of light for the club men was the great form Mark Teggin showed in his singles, dishing nicely from a tough position.
Hammerain Hustle wrapped up Section Three with a 7-4 win against HHWMC ‘B’. Simon Birk made it 8 out of 8 to keep his last man standing hopes well and truly alive. Beagle ‘A’ moved back into 2nd spot beating Stonebeck 8-3.
The lady players Marie Brown and the gorgeous Louise Stubbs showed the men how it should be done winning both their singles and doubles for the Beagle. Harlow Gators suffered a shock 7-4 defeat at the hands of Skipton ‘B’ to see their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs dashed.
Dean Neasham the star on the night for the Skipton.
Harlowgata Pitbulls seem to be enjoying their first season in the league and a 7-4 win at Nash lampoons made their evening even better.
Chris Langdale winning his singles for the pitbulls. Bilton misfits had a great 8-3 win at Harlow muppets.
A seven baller from Mick Dickinson was the highlight of the night and along with youngster Sam Pimblett who won both his singles and doubles the misfits seem to be going in the right direction.
Nash nomads recovered from 2-0 down to beat Manhattan cues 7-4.
They had to thank the fit again Kev Murrell and Pete Allen for the win as they held their nerve in the deciding doubles beating Alex Pace and Richard Dunwell. Bilton CC ‘A’ had no such problems as they saw off Trades ‘A’ 8-3 to guarantee a play off place.
Beagle hounds led 2-0 then 3-1 but still ended up losing 7-4 to Bilton WMC vets. The vets had the evergreen pair of Eric Plumton and Glen Towse to thank for the victory.
They both won their singles then teamed up for the deciding doubles to give their side the victory.
That win lifts them into fourth place not bad for a team of swill heads and old men! Harlow inn beat whipping boys Oakbeck ‘A’ 8-3 thanks to singles wins from Rob Mullins and Adam Stockburn.
Last but not least Devonshire won the battle of mid table teams beating Harrow 7-4 in a nailbiter.
Cam Forbes the star for the Dev’.