Port Erin Stun Peel
In division one Port Erin A took on Peel A at Breagle Glen on bank holiday Monday with the hosts earning their second win of the season over high flying Peel 6-4. For the Home team Derek Allen, Seamus Whelan and Steve Durcan won whilst Harry Minor took full advantage of his promotion to the A Team to defeat Jerome Surridge 21-20. For the visitors Gary Smith and Stevie Kelly had comfortable wins whilst Tommy McMeiken held on to his 100% record with a 21-17 win over David Cain and Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly got over the line 21-19 against Bernie Durcan.
Port St Mary A took on nearest rivals Onchan A, managed to close the gap following a 7-3 home win. Bernard Thackrah made his second appearance for the A team and overcame Phil Kerruish 21-18, whilst another unbeaten man captain Trevor Quayle inflicted a first league defeat of the season over Matthew Quirk 21-20. Rob Cooil had a good 21-13 win over Kevin Quirk, whilst the other two winners were Ewan Cooil and Paul Skelly both to single figures. For the visitors Jordan Cain and Rob Monk returned the favour with single figure wins and Mike Thomas performed well to beat Wayne Roberts 21-19.
North Ramsey A took on Douglas A in their first home league game of the season and just scraped over the line with a 6-4 win, taking the aggregate by a solitary chalk (143-142). For the home team Jimmy Moffatt, Steve Parker, Steve Walmsley and Allan Callow all won, with Gary Merrill losing out 19-21 against Merv Sayle and Geoff Porter losing 20-21 against Ian Moore. Andy Kennish and Keith Rise were the other winners for the visitors.
South Ramsey B also recorded a 6-4 home win over Marown B, this was their first victory of the season, but they would have been hoping it could have been more with Austin Hart just missing on his first league win of the season 20-21 against Steve Bridson, however this should give the top flights youngest player some encouragement to build on for the rest of the season. Steven Waters also lost out 19-21 to John Kelly. The home team winners were Sid Bolton, Tony Dugdale, along with Ben Dugdale and James Teare who both won to single figures. The other winners for the visitors were captain Harry Barton and Peter Kelly.
Marown A returned to winning ways with a 10-0 home win over Castletown A with three of their players Neil Withers, Matthew Keggen and Dean Kipling all winning to single figures. The result helped lift the Crosby men back into second place five points ahead of Peel A and five points behind South Ramsey A.
South Ramsey A took on Douglas B at the Villa Marina, they also matched Marown’s result with a 10-0 win to build on last week’s win over Marown. Peter Collister, John Kennish and Dido Kelly all won to single figures, whilst David Bradford had to battle to overcome Douglas captain Andy Cannell 21-18. Alan Moore got over the line 21-19 after being a few behind against Graham Moore, visiting captain Glynn Hargraves also had a game on his hands at 13-13 with Gordon Wynne-Smythe before running out to win 21-13.
In division two Noble’s A continued their strong start to the season and came away from their short visit to take on Onchan B with a 7-3 win. David Pease kept up his 100% record, backed up by Steve Cook, Glenn Boland and Tommy Collister. Kevin Firth won to single figures. For the home team the winners were Mike Alexander, Peter Karran and Edward Carlyle.
Castletown B kept up the pressure on Noble’s A by matching their result defeating North Ramsey B 7-3. However this may be seen as points dropped against a side second from bottom. Dave Faragher maintained his winning run, whilst Mark Saunders had a superb 21-1 win, with Derek Lewney, Alan Phair and Ross Moore also winning. For the visitors Bryan Corner, Brian Colquitt and Lee Christian all had comfortable wins.
Result of the week came from Port St Mary B who came away from Finch Hill A with a superb 8-2 victory, despite having to give a game away as they were a player short. For the home team Billy Long was the Finch Hill man who got the walkover and Paul Dougherty beat Ray Maddrell 21-15.
Noble’s B beat Port St Mary C 6-4, unfortunately Port St Mary gave away three games due to being short of players. It is only a few years ago that the club had a D Team playing in the league. Being short on players didn’t affect the teams efforts, as Derek Cain who has recently took up the game will have been delighted to record his first ever league win defeating Stephen Hampson 21-17. The other winners for the visitors were Ken Karran, Colin Leece and Mike Ware.
Peel B recorded a good 9-1 home win over bottom of the table Port Erin B with Michael Kavanagh and Mike Ashmole having two massive wins to 21-1 and 21-2 respectively. Sparing the visitors blushes was Ben Mowle who beat Peter Greenlees 21-16.
Peel C hosted Ballaugh A on Tuesday evening with the home team losing out 3-7 and losing out on the aggregate by just nine chalks. For Peel Robert Middleton inflicted a first league defeat of the season over John ‘Shirt’ Keenan, with Jeff Wilson and Kevin Mort also winning. For the visiting team Richard Fisher and Gordie Moore had to work hard for their victories to 21-18 and 21-20 respectively.
In division three Marown C took on Peel D at Crosby winning 8-2 to stay top. The home team had Carey Dewhirst, Darren Kerruish and Walter McCarthy recording big wins. The two winners for Peel were John Lightfoot and Bert Quayle.
Ballaugh B came away from their visit to Finch Hill B with a 7-3 win to keep the pressure up at the top, whilst Castletown C hosted Onchan C at The Crofts recording a 7-3 win with five of their players winning to single figures. For Onchan Brian Woodall had a single figure victory, whilst Bernard Galka and Mike Kelly worked hard to record wins to 21-18 and 21-20 to ensure a heavier defeat was avoided.
In the bottom of the table battle South Ramsey D visited Douglas D and came away with an outstanding 9-1 win with Ryan Surridge picking up his first league victory taking a 21-8 win, whilst Ryan Hargraves got the better of James Teare 21-18 to also pick up his first league win of the season. For the visitors Richard Davies and Franz Ten Donkelaar otherwise known as ‘Fonzie’ both had single figure wins.
Ballaugh C hosted Douglas C with the Home team picking up a 7-3 home win. In what was a good week for new and young players Patrick Grant held his nerve to win 21-20 over William Cowley. Peter Corlett and Maurice O’Reilly both won to single figures. The winners for the visiting team were captain Andy Foster, Keith Fearnley and Mike Cain.