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March 9th

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It took a long time to arrive but Challoner B has recorded their first victory of the season in the Premier Division. A 7-3 win over College Hill A was built on a full house from Maria Taylor-Woodward and braces from Crispian Knight and Steve Collins. Burymead B was teasing me by withholding results. Three 9-1 victories over Godalming B, Challoner B and Merrow D has them sitting on the top of the table. Everything appears settled in the top flight.
In the Fourth Division there was an exceptional performance from Godalming L whitewashing the regular Cranleigh B team. Alan Lewell, Saj Swamy and 12 year-old Anthony Lewis putting the L team into second spot in the table. Burymead E shared the spoils with Godalming J. Simon Parris was unbeaten for Burymead with Tony Laws and John Upham bagging duos for Godalming. Emmanuel TTC picked up a comfortable 9-1 victory over Bramley F. Clive Mattin and Stephen Schofield were unbeaten with John Marrow only losing out to Pam Wells.
Woking LTC A, in the First Division, is spiralling down to the division below with a 9-1 defeat against mid-table Godalming D not helping the cause. Rob Shearman and Yawei Wang were unbeaten for Godalming with Carsten Horne notching a pair. The two Aftermath teams shared the points with Simon Turner unbeaten for the A team. Albert Cheung managed a pair for the A team as did Frank Roberts for the B team who appear to be safe in mid-table. Godalming C cemented their top spot with a 9-1 victory over bottom-placed Bramley B. Alan Hoyle and Fei Fei Pei each won thrice with Matt Craig managing a pair. Fellow promotion favourites, Burymead C, matched this score, their opponents being Merrow E. Richard Parke, Joel Clancy and Mark Batt-Rawden won all their singles. College Hill B are battling for fourth spot and an 8-2 victory over Bramley a will have helped the cause. Martin Sharp was unbeaten for College Hill with both Brian Smithers and Adrian Sharp only losing to Nick Gould.
Normally when a team averages over seven points per match they are certainties for promotion. This is not the case in the Second Division this season where Allianz have shadowed the top two all the campaign but cannot make inroads although a 6-4 defeat of second-placed Woking LTC B gives them an outside chance of promotion. Manoj Shah and Clayton Green picked up all the points for Allianz. This allowed leaders Ash B to extend their advantage with a 9-1 thrashing of Burymead D. Martin Gilbey and Mike Levey both recorded maximums with Alan Gess only succumbing to Jack Harrington. Aftermath C extended no favours to their relegation threatened D teammates. A 7-3 win was built on a full house from James Sellen and duos from Dave Wilson and Martin Strutt. Bramley D notched yet another draw, this one against Merrow F. Yet again Steve Cheeseman was unbeaten for Bramley with Paul Farrant and Simon Dickinson each winning twice for Merrow.
In the Third Division College Hill E has sprinted away from the relegation zone after an 8-2 win over Merrow G.  Harshal Galgale picked up a full house whilst Steve Clement and Richard Loversidge each won a pair. Ash C narrowly got the better of College Hill D 6-4. Sandy Simpson and Dave bentall each won twice for Ash but the star performer of the match was Paul Tanton with a maximum for College Hill. Aftermath E strengthened their promotion credentials with a 7-3 win over Ash D. John Setterfield, Jim Roberts and Dave Thomas all won twice but none could get the better of Dave Mackinnon.