Mens Inter League Report 23rd April 2011

Men’s Division 1 Saturday 23rd April 2011 @ Batts

Round 1.              The first match involved Ilford and Clacton. Ilford’s Essex 1st team player, Matt Spero, proved too strong, winning all his 3 games, whilst Clacton’s Gary Young and Greg Green were almost as strong, winning 2 games each – the match ending in a 5 all draw. In the other match, Southend & Harlow were also evenly matched, with George Reeves and Kevin Read winning a brace each for the ‘Seasiders’ and the very difficult Dave Langham winning 2 for Ilford; Southend just edging it , winning the tie 6-4.

 Round 2.              Harlow made up ground on Southend, with a 7-3 win over Ilford. Matt Spero won his first 2 games but injured his shoulder and lost out in his final game to Maciej Nakieski in 5 sets, 13-11 in the 5th. Maciej went on to win all his games for Harlow, supported by Dave Langham with 2. Southend had another close encounter beating Clacton 6-4, with consistent George Reeves and Kevin Read both winning 2 games for Southend.

Final Round.      Going into the final round, only one point separated Southend and Harlow. Southend beat Ilford 8-2, with Matt Spero conceding his last 2 matches due to his injured shoulder. This left Harlow requiring a most improbable, 9 or 10 victory. But with Paul Cummings and Maciej Nakieski winning 3 each and Dave Langham 2, it all ended up, depending on the result of the last match of the tournament. This was a doubles and Clacton’s Gary Young and Colin Stallwood took the first 2 sets and Harlow’s chances looked slim; but back came Maciej Nakieski and Paul Cummings to level at 2 sets all and 8 points all, before they took the next 3 points and the match.

Southend and Harlow were declared joint winners on the day.

Men’s Division
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Southend 3 3 0 0 20
Harlow 3 2 0 1 20
Clacton 3 1 0 2 10
Ilford 3 0 1 2 10
Round 1 Southend 6   Harlow 4   Clacton 5   Ilford 5
Round 2 Southend 6   Clacton 4   Harlow 7   Ilford 3
Round 3 Southend 8   Ilford 2   Harlow 9   Clacton 1