The shock result this week in division 1 was Upton winning their first match over Drayton A, helped by a maximum from John Talbot. Congratulations to Upton on this win which lifts them off the bottom of the table. In other matches Charlie Lanes maximum could not help Moreton A going down 6-4 to an in form Marlborough A side. RAL A continued their serene progress at the top of the table and not even Richard Taylor could stop an 8-2 win for RAL. Marlborough C lost only the doubles in their match against RAL B to stop the clean sweep.
In division 2 Richard Giblinís fighting maximum could not prevent Drayton C going down 7-3 against table topping Moreton B. Claudiu Silaghiís maximum helped Sutton B salvage a draw against Drayton B. A return for Abingdon Aís captain did not go according to plan although maximums from Stuart Pringle and Mike Aistrop helped Abingdon A to an 8-2 win over Wallingford A to go equal on points with Moreton at the top of the table. The top of the division is still very close though with only 5 points separating the top 5 teams.
In division 3 Duncan Vales maximum helped Letcombe B to a 7-3 win over Abingdon B to move themselves up to second in the table. Sutton Cís 10-0 thumping of RAL D moves them up to third in the table.
In division 4 Marc Addisonís maximum helped Drayton G sneak a 6-4 win over Marlborough G. This consolidates Drayton Gís position at the top of the table, indeed they seem to running away with the division currently. Graham Stephensonís maximum helped Drayton E to a 6-4 win over Marlborough G. Not a good week for the Marlborough sides. Robbie Greenfields maximum helped Drayton F salvage a draw against Letcombe C. Despite this result however Letcombe C remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
The only match this week in division 5 saw a comfortable win for table topping Sandford B thanks to maximums for Mick Morbey and Joe Rolls. The top of this division is very tight with the chasing pack having games in hand and not a large gap between them and the top.
Div 1: Marlborough D 1, Marlborough B 9 (P Haycock 3, J Lovelock 3); Marlborough C 9 (N Richardson 3, G Freeman 3, S Ricks 3), RAL B 1; RAL A 8 (K Bushell 3, C Smith 3), Letcombe A 2; Drayton A 4, Upton 6 (J Talbot 3); Marlborough A 6, Moreton A 4 (C Lane 3).
Div 2: Abingdon A 8 (M Aistrop 3, S Pringle 3), Wallingford A 2; Sutton B 5 (C Silaghi 3), Drayton B 5; RAL C 9 (T Griffin 3, K Liquorish 3), Moreton C 1; Drayton C 3 (R Giblin 3), Moreton B 7.
Div 3: Abingdon B 3, Letcombe B 7 (D Vale 3); Sutton C 10 (I Bell 3, G Bosse 3, J Morgan-Smith 3), RAL D 0; Abingdon C 4, Marlborough E 6.
Div 4: Marlborough G 4, Drayton G 6 (M Addison 3); Marlborough F 4, Drayton E 6 (G Stephenson 3); Drayton F 5 (R Greenfield 3), Letcombe C 5.
Div 5: Grove B 3, Sandford B 7 (M Morbey 3, J Rolls 3).
by Owen Brazell
12th Dec 2016