Dominators cruise back to the top of the league
PUBLISHED: 16:56 02 February 2012
At the halfway point in the season a new first division leader emerges, or should that be re-emerges.
We’ve grown to expect them as division leaders in recent years and after a slow start to their season the Waveney Dominators fought their way take the top spot for the first time this season following a 7-3 victory over previous leaders Oddbods.
Martin Peek opened the scoring for the Doms with a straight sets win over Martin Clarke which was quickly cancelled out when Ernie George inflicted the same fate on young Lewy Carby. Ryan Moore restored the Doms advantage when he powered his way past the wily Ray Lee. Doms then stretched their lead when Peek continued to find his shots to dispatch George in three. Clarke then produced a fine performance to muscle out Moore in a fifth deciding set. Moore had battled back from 10-5 down to force a deuce but Clarke held his nerve and seal the set 12-10. Carby responded for the Doms in what was the pivotal match of the evening beating Lee for the first time in his career in five hard fought sets. Moore again had to retrieve a deficit in a fifth set against George changing ends 5-1 down to force another deuce. This time Moore hit a couple of clean winners to take the point. Peek completed his three with a win over Lee and then combined with Moore to win a five set doubles and a 7-3 victory.
The Merlins had a battle of their own at Waterlane against chasing Trimwise. David Henderson pulled back from two sets down to beat Ian Brown in the fifth set. Bob Knights meanwhile had a battle royal losing out 14-12 in the final set to Philip Tye and then beating Barney Garrod in five. A final score of 6-4 to Trimwise leaves the first division with just five points between the top five teams.
Terminators beat Tables 7-3 thanks to a maximum three from Charles Goddard and David Boatman. While the College scored well against Sidewaves when Martin Piggot won all his games including a straight three set victory against Terry Shetliffe, and Mike Woolston defied the odds against David Willgoss.
In the second division the Jesters lost out to Arrows whilst The Hits beat the Falcons with maximums from Martyn Drew and Dave Logan. Misfits took full advantage of a weaken Critters team with only Chris Trindall remaining unbeaten.
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