By Debbie Yates
Shanklin A 5 v Ryde Reprobates 5, Ryde A 9 v Ryde Goshawks 1, Ryde B 6 v Ryde Ravens 4
Ryde A took back control of Division One this week, after a 9-1 win over Ryde Goshawks, with Conal Howells the sole winner for the Goshawks. However, with Ryde C only four points behind, with two games in hand, it will be a struggle for the A team to stay on top.
Shanklin A and Ryde Reprobates contested a close match, with Ryde’s Hugh Idle player-of-the-match, and untroubled in any of his games, whilst his team mate, junior player, Lewis Johnstone, won two. Shanklin’s Don Hobbs was on fine form and also won two. The match rested on the doubles, which Shanklin’s Michael Bulpitt and Jim Hall took in five sets, against father and son combination, Martin and Lewis Johnstone, and the match ended in a draw.
Newport Vics A showed their club-mates, Vics B, who was boss with an easy 9-1 win. However, both teams still languish at the bottom of the table.
Ryde Lizards 1 v Newport Vics C 9, Wootton Wanderers 7 v Ryde Rockets 3
In Division Two, there was a finely balanced contest between Wootton Wanderers and Ryde Rockets, with all the games going to four or five sets, which led to a late night for the players. Ryde Rockets’ sub, Peter Clarke, was player-of-the-match, holding on to win all his games in spirited style, whilst Wootton’s Trevor Jones, Alan Dennis and Guy Golbourn all won two each. Despite the closeness of every game, Wootton took a 7-3 win after winning the doubles in five sets.
Newport Vics C increased their lead at the top, with their 9-1 win over Ryde Lizards.
Shorwell Spinners 7 v Ryde Rustics 3, Newport Vics D 9 v Ryde Frogs 1, Ryde Retailers 10 v Shorwell Saints 0
Ryde Retailers played their match of the season, with a wholly unexpected thrashing of second placed Shorwell Saints. Shorwell did not win a game, as brothers Shane and Paul Cates, along with team-mate, junior Joe Millward all played at the top of their abilities to win 10-0.
Meanwhile, Shorwell Spinners had a much better evening than their club-mates, beating Ryde Rustics by seven games to three and moved into second place behind Newport Vics D.
Image: Martin Johnstone – Ryde Reprobates – Division One