11:46AM, Thursday 10 October 2019
Cippenham Men’s first team enjoyed a flawless opening weekend in the Veterans British League Division 2B, winning all five of their matches.
Andy Trott and Mark Banks both remained unbeaten as the team totted up 28 set wins to only two defeats. Martin Adams and Hari Gehlot were both beaten just once in their 10 matches.
They got off a flyer with a 6-0 demolition of Blackpool Seasiders before coming through a tight affair against Foresters D, one of only two sides to take a set off them.
Banks then came into the team for Saturday afternoon’s game against Ashford which saw Cippenham ease to another 6-0 victory.
South Essex had the temerity to go 1-0 up in Sunday morning’s match – when Adams was beaten 12-10 in the fifth by Richard Hutchinson, however, Trott and Gehlot shut out their rivals as Cippenham ran out 5-1 winners. The weekend then finished with a flourish as Dewsbury were routed 6-0.
The men’s 2nd team weren’t able to exert the same level of control as they finished fifth in Division 4A with four points won from their five matches.
A promising start to the weekend saw the side fight back for a 4-2 win against Archway, inspired by Tony Stead, Mike Rhodes and Paul Baker. The team then earned a creditable 3-3 draw with Border Reivers before Saturday’s final game saw them slip to a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Foresters E. A 3-3 draw followed on the Sunday against Draycott 5ths before the Graham Spicer 2nds inflicted a second 5-1 loss of the weekend, Baker registering their only point.
Cippenham’s women’s team found the going tough in Division 1, losing all five of their matches on the opening weekend.
Sue Hayes and Julie Dean both won two of their 10 individual matches, while team captain Denise Weller managed one victory. Their best display came in the 4-2 defeat to third placed Ellenborough. They were beaten 5-1 by Foresters, Fusion B and Irish Colleens while Lyncrest beat them 6-0.
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