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December 13th

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A major surprise in the Premier Division with Godalming A inflicting the first defeat on Burymead B since October 2008. It was a strange match in that Godalming only had two players and Burymead’s Matt Pernet had to retire injured at 2-2 in his first match which was against Ben Larcombe. Larcombe beat Chris Bush but did lose in five games to Richard Tanner. Alain Choo-Choy was undefeated for Godalming and Larcombe and Choo-Choy teamed up to take Burymead’s unbeaten doubles record. This allowed Burymead A to close the gap with a 7-3 win over College Hill A. All the Burymead players, Phil Snelson, Ramesh Bhalla and Gordon Holmes notched pairs but none could better Jorge Dominguez. The struggles for Merrow A continue with a defeat to merrow b, 7-3, the most recent setback. Gary Bonner was unbeaten for the B team with Richard Seymour and Graham Faulkner both losing to the A team’s Koray Ozcan.
Burymead E, in the Fourth Division, remains the only team in the entire league not to have at least drawn. So they will welcome back Eddie Hounslow after injury who was unbeaten in the 7-3 defeat to leaders Godalming H. Shula Laws, David Livingstone and Helen Ross ensured that Godalming remains firmly on track for promotion. Godalming J and Cody B fought out a draw which keeps both sides in contention. John Upham remained unbeaten for Godalming with Mick Strode bagging a brace for Cody. Perhaps a better bet for promotion is Godalming L who got the better of their M team, 6-4. Juri Artamanov being unbeaten and Alan Lewell winning twice for the L team whilst Ben Tahouri notched a pair for the M team. Bramley F secured a welcome win against Cranleigh B with all their players, Mike Smith, Pam Wells and Mark Wells picking up pairs but none able to defeat Chris Ray who notched yet another full house for Cranleigh.
After Christmas one of the most intriguing areas of the league will be the battle at the foot of the Second Division. Challoner C did their prospects of avoiding the drop a power of good by defeating fellow strugglers Bramley D, 7-3. All the points for Bramley were won by Steve Cheeseman with Jason Gee, Tom Taylor-Woodward and Gareth Warmingham winning twice apiece for Challoner. Bramley C only had two players against Aftermath D but Linda Makepeace and Bill Willson won all their singles to record a 6-4 win.
In the Third Division Abinger beat College Hill D 8-2 with Brendan Bayley unbeaten and Keith Sutton and Jim Faulkner both losing to Peter Caudrey. This defeat leaves College Hill with real relegation problems. Also at the bottom is Bramley E who lost to the other College Hill team, the E side, 7-3. Derek Hubbard and Lesley Clement both recorded maximums for the Brook based team who are now moving away from danger.
All players are reminded about the Handicap tournament being held on Tuesday January 10th and Wednesday January 11th at Christs’ College. Also all teams are reminded that the Christmas break should be used to play any outstanding postponed fixtures from the first half of the season.