Rayne B struck an necessary blow within the battle to keep away from relegation from division one of many Braintree Desk Tennis League with an 8-2 victory over Black Notley B whereas their A crew did them a favour and beat Notley’s A crew by the identical rating.
Having gained solely three factors from their final three matches – together with a defeat by Notley A – Rayne B had been slipping dangerously in direction of the drop zone.
However their win, and Notley A’s defeat, lifts them above their rivals with a match in hand.
Paradoxically, it was ex-Notley participant Victor Chan who was most accountable. He received his three singles and in doing so ended Dan Anderson’s five-match unbeaten run. His 3-1 (11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7) win was solely Anderson’s fifth defeat of the season, and his second by Chan.
Steve Pennell was undefeated for Rayne Some time Notley A’s two wins got here from Paul Nicol, together with a superb 3-2 victory over Adam Buxton that combined the shut with the slightly much less shut: 10-12, 12-10, 11-2, 10-12, 11-2.
Liberal A proceed to dwell dangerously. With out both Brandon Crouchman or Scott Dowsett for the second match operating they tumbled 9-1 to Netts B.
Maria Boulton and Nikki Kennard have been unbeaten for Netts whereas Zach Harrington grabbed a degree for Liberal with a win over Graham Playle.
In division two, Liberal C consolidated second place with a 6-4 win over Notley C whereas Notley D have been held to a draw by Rayne D.
Rev Matthews received his three singles for Notley C, together with solely the sixth defeat this season for Gareth Davies.
Gary Copsey, known as upon for the primary time for the reason that starting of December, racked up three wins in Notley E’s 6-4 win over Rayne C.
High v backside produced a predictable outcome, Notley F 0 Sudbury Nomads 10, though Man McKenzie gave Jack Cansdale one thing to consider, stretching him to 11-9 within the fifth sport.
Division three leaders Sudbury Wanderers had their lead minimize to 6 factors by Rayne E, who’ve a match in hand.
Wanderers had a 7-3 win over Notley H, the place Ian Shrubsole inflicted the fourth defeat of the season on Graham Chinnery, whereas Rayne E went two higher with a 9-1 win over Notley G.
The match between the 2 Netts groups, D and E, ended with a 6-4 win to the previous thanks to 3 singles from Kierlan Richards.
Rayne additionally had two groups going through one another and of their case it was 7-3 to the F crew in opposition to the G crew, Brian How and Adam Pitt remaining unbeaten.