4 teams are within 4 points of each other in a highly competitive Division 2
St Leonards B have 2 wins from 2. Dan Cordey/Sam Maltby and Ian Jameson/Malcolm Travis won all 3 of their games in the team’s 7-2 win over St Leonards C.
They followed this up with another 7-2 win, this time over Ringswell B, with Dan/Sam unbeaten and 2 wins apiece for Ian/Malcolm and John Gubbin/Andy Rowe. Rob Price and Richard Burn salvaged 2 points for Ringswell.
Otter Vale impressed with a fine 7-2 win over St Leonards C. It was a marathon match with 7 of the 9 rubbers going to 3, but the Otter Vale pairings of Nic Williamson/Rob Jackson (3), Brian Deem/Dan Clark (3) and James Burgess/Tom Bennett (1) prevailed. Barry Smethurst played as a last minute reserve for St Leonards C and did pick up 1 win with his younger partner Allister Brimble.
However, Otter Vale A stumbled badly against an in- form Chulmleigh, losing 8-1. The Chulmleigh team of Ben Hamill, Matt Harvey, George Suliauskas, Matt Hamill, Martin Griffiths and Adrian Bourner now have 2 wins on the bounce and look to be serious contenders for the Division.
In Division 1 Queens are up to speed after a superb 8-1 win over Exeter A. Lloyd Skinner and Jamie Roberton led the rout with 3 wins, matched by Jim Teal and Ian Kirby, with the remaining 2 points coming from Jamie Dawe and Ben Jordan.
Sidmouth are late starters to the season, but began with a 5-4 win over Exeter A, thanks to 3 wins from the pairing of Dan Corby and Owen Waters, with Martyn Schmidt and Harry Williams picking up the other 2 points.
The Ringswell A team of Nigel Osborne, Barry Harriss, Tony Clark, Adrian Freeman, Ian Walsh and Andy Taylor beat St Leonards A 5-4, to notch up their first win of the season. The Saints pair of Zac Phillips and Charles Wardale continued their fine unbeaten run with a further 3 wins.
Simon Ashenden and Adam Carrow then replaced Nigel and Barry in Ringswell A’s 9-0 whitewash over winless Exeter B.
Only 2 matches to report on in Division 3A.
Otter Vale B lead the Division by a point, despite a 6-3 reverse to Chulmleigh B. The Chulmleigh pairs of Ashley Marshall/Matt Adcock and Joseph Court/Andy Horswell were on top form and were rewarded with 3 wins apiece.
Exeter D and Honiton A’s match went into extra time. Exeter had the Torres brothers – Anton and Carlos – upfront, and they duly delivered by scoring 3 wins. However they ended up on the losing side with Honiton edging the win 5-4. The match was all set at 4-4 going into the final rubber. Honiton’ s Graham Fagg and Glenn Foord held their nerve to beat Ian Halliday and Mike Dickson 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 to seal Honiton’s first win of the season.