Sunsets on Marown in Peel
There were two top of the table clashes this week in division one with third placed Peel A hosting second placed Marown A in the Sunset City, with the home team recording an outstanding 8-2 home win, backing up my early season prediction that the Peel men had the firepower to damage the top teams. Home team captain Stevie Kelly recorded a 21-5 win over Phil Kelly. Tommy McMeiken continued his fine start to the season with a 21-13 win over Matthew Keggen, with Frank Watson and Gary Smith also winning to the same score over Neil Withers and Dean Kipling. Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly and Jerome Surridge were pushed a lot harder and both won 21-18 over John Gelling and Paul Kelly respectively. For the visitors, captain Paul Dunn led by example to beat Tom Kelly 21-4, with Colin Kelly the other winner 21-13 over David Proctor. This result helped Peel leapfrog Marown to sit in second place one point ahead of the Crosby outfit.
Top of the table South Ramsey A took on Onchan A at home recording a 7-3 win with the result being a fair reflection of the game. Dido Kelly was on form recording a fine 21-5 win over Rob Monk. Glynn Hargraves also won to single figures over Steve Crampton. John Kennish, David Bradford and Peter Collister defeated Matthew Quirk, Phil Kerruish and Mark Kelly respectively. For the visitors Kevin Quirk looks to be playing his way back into form with a 21-11 win over Stefan Kelly, whilst Jordan Cain and Peter Slinger also won for the Onchan men. This result helped the champions extend their lead to nine points.
Douglas A welcomed South Ramsey B to the Villa, however they weren’t so welcoming on the green recording a 10-0 win over South Ramsey B. Stuart Garrett and Shaun Seal both won to single figures, whilst for the visitors Austin Hart continues to challenge in his games this time losing out 18-21 to Ian Moore, with Tony Dugdale losing out by the same score to Mervin Sayle. James Teare couldn’t quite get over the line as he lost out 20-21 to Gary Conwell who ensured the visitors headed home without any points. Douglas sit one point behind fourth placed Onchan A.
Marown B continued their climb up the table by inflicting an 8-2 defeat on rivals Port Erin A. Juan Killip won to single figures, Marown captain Harry Barton won along with Peter Kelly, James Kelly and John Kelly. Arnie Withers was pushed hard before getting over the line 21-19 against Steve Durcan. For the visitors Bernie Durcan beat Brian Kelly 21-9, with Peter Addison the other Port Erin winner defeating Bobby Thorne.
North Ramsey A took on Port St Mary A at Mooragh Park with the visitors missing star man Ewan Cooil who has recently suffered a broken hand. The home team came away with a solid 8-2 win. Steve Walmsley and John Cannan both won to single figures, whilst Geoff Porter, Tony Smart and Steve Parker had fairly comfortable wins. Ray Skelly had to work harder for his 21-19 win over Thomas Keggen. For the visitors Wayne Roberts replied with a 21-10 win over Gary Merrill, whilst Trevor Quayle maintained his winning start to the season with a 21-15 victory over Allan Callow.
Rounding off the first division games Castletown A welcomed Douglas B with the home team recording an 8-2 win. Peter Oates and Jordan Drewett won to single figures, backed up by David Quayle, Dean Kinley, Ian Watson and Mike Hargraves. For the visitors Graham Moore won 21-7 over George Peach, whilst captain Andy Cannell got over the line 21-18 against Jeff Kinley.
In division two Noble’s continued their quest for promotion with an 8-2 home win over Peel C. The two winners for the visitors were Kevin Mort and Jeff Wilson with Robert Middleton just missing out on snatching an extra point for his team losing 20-21 to David Quayle. Winners for Noble’s were Bod Boland, Glenn Boland, Tommy Collister and David Pease.
Second placed Castletown B came away from Onchan Park with a hard earned 6-4 win over Onchan B who sit in third place. Derek Lewney and Mark Saunders had comfortable wins, whilst Dave Faragher edged his game 21-19 against Les McLellan. Ross Moore got pushed even further getting over the line 21-20 against Bernie McPhee. For Onchan the winners were Mike Alexander, Edward Carlyle, Mike Thomas and Colin Spence.
Peel B will have been pleased to come away from Ballaugh A with a 6-4 win to extend the gap to three points between the two teams.
The biggest win in division two this week went to Port St Mary B who won 9-1 at home against Noble’s B with four of the Port St Mary players winning to single figures and the visitors scoring just 88 chalks overall. The lone winner for the visitors was Stewart Cubbon who beat Peter Collins 21-13.
Port Erin B performed well to beat visitors Finch Hill A 6-4 at Breagle Glen with Alan Crebbin, Harry Minor and Ken Horsley all winning to single figures. For the visitors Tony Epifani won to single figures, whilst Peter Hughes got over the line 21-20 against Ed Benson.
Port St Mary C faced North Ramsey B at home and eased their relegation worries with a 9-1 victory which helped them jump from bottom to fourth from bottom with an eight point gap on the bottom two teams.
In division three Marown C remain top despite a shock 7-3 defeat away to Douglas C. Keith Fearnley won to single figures, whilst Andy Foster and Mike Cain were both pushed a lot harder winning 21-18 against Walter McCarthy and Stephen Rundle. For the visitors Carey Dewhirst had a 21-6 win, Steve Wilson won comfortably and Darren Kerruish battled well to win 21-18.
In another shock result Ballaugh B lost 8-2 at home to Castletown C despite the southerners giving away a game being a man short. This result helped Castletown go two points ahead of Ballaugh B who occupy fourth place, with Ballaugh having a game in hand on the three teams above them, which they will look to use to go top.
Ballaugh C currently sit in third place thanks to a 7-3 away win against Onchan C. The visitors will have been pleased with this result, but would have been hoping for two more points with Peter Corlett and Alan Kelly losing out to 18-21 and 19-21 to David Clucas and Mike Kelly.
South Ramsey C had the biggest win of the week with a 10-0 home win over Douglas D who had to give two walkovers, whilst the Home team had three players winning to single figures.
Peel D went level on points with South Ramsey D thanks to a 7-3 home win over the Northerners. For the home team William Lyall won to single figures, whilst Brian Lindsay was pushed all the way to defeat Franz Ten Donkelaar 21-20. Winners for the visitors were Richard Davies, Matthew Corkill and Ian Moore.