Is there any catching them?
Premier leaders One Hit Wonders will be even harder to catch after beating second-placed Bullets 7-3.
Victory gave them a seven-point cushion as Marc Burman and Kate Bridger maintained the only 100 per cent records left in the top division. Bridger held her nerve to edge out a determined Tomas Pomej 16-14 in the fifth.
The other Wonder singles win came from 12-year-old Bertrand Siu, while replying for Bullets were Fred Bodeau and Pomej before they teamed up for the doubles win against Burman and Siu.
Dynamos closed the gap on Bullets to two points as they claimed a 6-4 victory over Bats. There was a treble by Dennis Hayden and one apiece for Richard and Matt Caddy. Hayden rounded off a great evening by partnering Matt to the doubles success that sealed victory. For Bats there were two each for Les Hopkins and Bob Hoare.
Hang ‘Em High were held to a draw by two-man Cuckfield, for whom Bev Godfrey and Paul Read claimed two apiece as well as the doubles. Read would have been pleased with his four-set win against Michael Bridger. For High there was one win each on the table for Bridger and Paul Brinkhurst.
There were plenty of close four and five setters as Lindfield Thunderbolts beat Burgess Tigers 7-3. Andrew Sharland was the only treble winner and also teamed up with two-times winner Eric Smith for the doubles victory. David Metcalfe claimed the other Thunderbolts singles win, while winning for Tigers were Angus Ogg and the in-form Mike Day (2).
The top two in Division 1 also clashed but this one ended in a draw. Leaders the X Men were without two of their top players and called up Tom Christophersen from The Wild Bunch. Captain John Bridger led from the front with the only treble and there was one win apiece from Tim Grant and Christophersen.
For Wanderers there were two each for Ray Parker and Phil Harvey, who then combined to defeat Bridger and Grant 11-9 in the fifth game of the doubles to earn the draw. Bridger said afterwards: “It was tense games from the start.”
Bashers beat Ashenground 8-2 thanks to a fine treble by Annabel Bridger plus two each from Kate Bridger and Brian Taite. Annabel and Taite teamed up for the doubles win that helped Bashers leapfrog Wanderers into second place, although Wanderers do have a game in hand. Tony Pells’ two wins for Ashenground included a fifth set success against Taite.
Magiks stayed in the title race with a 7-3 victory over Gangsters as Kevin Deacon contributed a hat-trick as well as partnering two-times winner Tony Turk to the doubles win. Alistair Blue provided the other singles win for the victors as Nilo Danugo (2) and Vincent L’Estrange replied.
In an all-junior clash, New Lads edged past two-man Spin Masters 6-4. Masters were without their No 1 Charlie Hough but doing well in his absence were Sam Oosterbaan (2) and Tom Smith, who also combined to take the doubles. Player of the night was Noah Loncar as his two singles wins included an 18-16 victory in the fifth against Oosterbaan. Peter Booth was the other winner on the table for New Lads, while David Lea had a walkover win.
Paddlers’ Nooch Staplehurst, Rupert Browning and Alex Jeffery had an 8-2 victory over Parents Unite. Jeffery and Staplehurst enjoyed trebles as well as teaming up for the doubles win.
There was one win for team-mate Browning although he lost to both Luca Christophersen and Dean Naude.