November's Match Reports
Match Report: 26th November 2018
This week's action
With just one Ladies match taking place this week , it was title-chasers Downlands A who put one over their opponents, Newbury B. Downlands took the first but then Newbury hit back with two of their own. Stung into action by the shock turnaround, Downlands pulled out all the stops to get their noses back in front. At the start of the last rubber there was all to play for and the tight three-ender was snatched by the visitors to give Downlands a victory of 4 - 2, putting them into second spot.
In the Mixed competition, the title race is shaping up nicely with three teams going clear at the top. This match would determine who would move into the number one position as Newbury A took on their opponents from Downlands A. Hampered by an injury to their number two pair, Newbury failed to capitalise on the home advantage and the impressive Downlands squad took the win by 7 - 2 to claim the top spot but their reign could be short lived.
At the other end of the division, Shaw A edged away from the foot of the table by taking on and defeating Kennet A. Kennet worked hard and deserved more but the record will show that Shaw A were the victors by 7 - 2.
Bottom of the table Newbury B faced the daunting prospect of an away trip to St Mary's A. It was all St Mary's apart from one tense three-ender which produced an exciting finish as Newbury's number one pair clinched victory and put a point on the board for the visitors. The visitors deserved a second point from another tight rubber that went to the wire but the final score was still a comfortable win for the St Mary's squad by 8 - 1.
In division 2, Bucklebury A are struggling to cope with the level of opposition and this match would only emphasise their predicament as they faced the division leaders from Newbury B. The visitors showed just why they are topping the table and despite spirited resistance from the Bucklebury squad, the result was never in doubt. Final score was a win for Newbury B by 8 - 1 leaving the Bucks firmly rooted to the foot of the table.
High-flying Downlands B took on the struggling team from Shaw C but they threw away their chances of going top of the division by fielding just two pairs. Shaw C gratefully grabbed the three point start and added three more to leave the home side wondering what might have been had they fielded a full squad. Final score was a win for Shaw C by 6 - 3.
Kennet B took on Shaw B hoping to move themselves clear of the relegation zone. It was a close match with four rubbers going the distance but Kennet could not quite manage that little bit extra which would have seen them home. A very close match and the result belies the intensity of the competition but the record will show a clear victory to Shaw by 9 - 0.
In Mixed division 3, the two Bucklebury squads are having mixed fortunes. Bucklebury B, currently topping the division, took on mid-table Whitchurch. The undefeated Bucklebury squad continued in their winning ways but not before a series of wobbles allowed the visitors to grab three points. If fortune had smiled on the Whitchurch squad, they could well have added two more and the match but it was not to be. Bucklebury recorded a somewhat flattering win by 6 - 3 to remain in the top slot.
The Bucklebury C squad are not having the same success as their B team colleagues and they sit ominously close to the bottom slot. With an away match against title-chasing Kennet C, they would need to be at their best. As it was, a powerful Kennet squad gave them no chance to settle and ran out clear winners and with a comfortable victory by 9 - 0.
Match Report: 19th November 2018
This week's action
Shaw A moved to the top of Mens Division One as they sought their first title since the 2010-11 season, with a 8-1 win over Kennet A. In the intervening years their nearest rivals St Marys A have been champions five times, whilst Shaw A have finished runners-up five times in the same period.
Newly promoted Newbury B slipped to their fifth consecutive defeat and remain bottom of Mixed Division One. Their opponents Downlands A completed a 6-3 win to move to second on rubbers won behind Newbury A.
Another promoted side who have found the transition to a higher division difficult are Shaw C who lost their fourth match in a row, this time 8-1 to Downlands B. As a result of this win Downlands B move two points clear at the top of Mixed Division Two, albeit having played two games more than second placed St Marys B.
Bucklebury B extended their lead at the top of Mixed Division Three to four points after edging out Whitchurch 5-4. Their third pair held their nerve, winning the second end of the final rubber 22-20 to ensure maximum points.
Match Report: 12th November 2018
Star Bucks continue unbeaten
The Mixed Leagues saw most action this week in the Newbury District, and Bucklebury's Mixed B team continued to shine in Mixed Division 3. They continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season with a 7-2 win over a two-pair St Mary's C and made it maximum points from 3 fixtures. Whitchurch, however, continued their good run of form to keep the pressure on the Bucks, by beating the early leaders' C team 8-1
Some tasty match ups were also seen in Mixed Division 2, with Downlands B recording a nail biting 5-4 victory at home to Shaw B. The fixture was tied 4-4 going into the last game, and it did not fail to live up to the billing when it went to three ends, with the Downs securing the valuable victory. Downlands B also took on Kennet B, but this time with a much more comfortable margin of victory in the end, notching up a 6-3 win and second place in the table. The leaders of Mixed Division 2, St Mary's B, won convincingly against Shaw C, with Shaw unable to record a single victory in their match ups.
In Mixed Division 1, two title contenders went head to head, with St Mary's A welcoming Downlands A to Elstree. Despite a competitive match, the Saints ran out 7-2 winners, and made sure they continued their unbeaten start to the season. League leaders Newbury continued their perfect start to the season with an 8-1 drubbing of Kennet A, which inflicted Kennet's second defeat of the season.
In the Men's League and in particular Division 2, Downlands B welcomed the visit of Andover, who, despite losing their opening game of the season managed to muster a response to this early setback by pushing aside the Downlands team and securing the tie 7-2.
Match Report: 5th November 2018
This week's action
Ladies Division 1 saw Shaw A play their B team twice in 3 days, the results were convincing wins for the A team on both occasions. The first match saw them win by 5 rubbers to 1 and the second by 6 rubbers to 0.
In the same division St Mary's shared the points as they opened their campaign with a 3 rubbers apiece draw against Kennet B. St Mary's started strongly winning the first 3 rubbers and looked on their way to victory but then everything changed as Kennet B responded by winning the remaining 3 rubbers to register their first point of the season.
Downlands showed that they could be promotion candidates from Ladies Division 2 after defeating Bucklebury B by 6 rubbers to 0.
Kennet A suffered two defeats in 3 days In Mens Division 1. The first match saw a two pair Kennet A lose by 6 rubbers to 3 to Hurst A but the result could have different if Kennet had been able to field a 3rd pair. The second match saw a dominant St Mary's A triumph by 9 rubbers to 0 to join Shaw A at the top of the division.
A two pair St Mary's B moved to the top of Mens Division 2 following a 5 rubbers to 4 win over Kennet B. Newbury A looking for a quick return to the top division following their relegation last season opened up with a 7 rubbers to 2 victory over Shaw C.
Mens Division 3 saw a close match as Hurst B took on Kennet C. Hurst took an early lead winning the first two rubbers, Kennet fought back by taking the next 3 rubbers. Hurst sealed the match by winning the 6th, 7th and 8th rubbers before Kennet picked up the last rubber. Final score was 5 rubbers to Hurst and 4 rubbers to Kennet.
Newbury A joined Downlands and Kennet at the top of Mixed Division 1 following a 7 rubbers to 2 win over their B team.Bucklebury B moved up the Mixed Division 3 table following a convincing 8 rubbers to 1 victory over their C team.
Match Report: 1st November 2018
This week's action
This week's action saw Bucklebury Ladies B take on the Newbury B team. The Newbury Ladies made short work of the Bucks squad and went home with the two points thanks to a 6 - 0 scoreline.
In the Mixed encounters, St Mary's C could only field two pairs when they took on a strong team from Kennet C. Starting three points down, there was only ever going to be one result but if only there had been a third pair to support the St Mary's number one pair, the result may well have been different. As it was though, the Kennet team cruised to a 7-2 victory.
Downlands B took on the St Mary's B squad in a hard fought battle which saw four of the nine rubbers going down to the wire. The two teams grabbed two rubbers apiece but the remainder were not of the same intensity and the St Mary's team eased through these to take the points and a 7 - 2 victory.
In the Men's competition, St Mary's A took on the visitors from Hurst. Dogged resistance from the Hurst squad and lapses in concentration from the St Mary's team gave Hurst hope but it was just a bit too late to stop the St Mary's squad from getting home with the two points. Final score was a win for St Mary's by 7 - 2 but if fortune had been smiling on Hurst, it could have been much closer.
Kennet A played hosts to a Shaw B side which was unable to field a full squad. Nevertheless, the resulting match was hard fought all the way. Four of the six rubbers played went the distance but it was Kennet who took the spoils. The record will show a clear victory for Kennet by 8 - 1 but the score card shows that of the total points scored, it was just a margin of fourteen that separated the two sides on the night.
The Kennet C squad were also out this week as they went away to Newbury B but they did not fare as well as their A team colleagues. Kennet's number three pairing, comprising experience and youth, took two points for their side but the Newbury squad showed no mercy to the rest of the Kennet side as they eased home to a victory of 7 - 2.
When Hurst turned their B side out for this match, it was with just two pairs but the handicap was swiftly cancelled out as the visitors from Whitchurch did the same. In what must have been a fairly short evening, Hurst set about the visitors. Whitchurch never got chance to settle before it was all over. The result on the score card shows a win for Hurst by 4 - 0. After rubbers were handed out to each team for the lack of attendance from the other, the final result is recorded as 6.5 - 2.5.