Division 1’s match of the week was between 2 Ryde teams – Ryde Raiders and Ryde Royals. This was a long match between 2 closely matched quality teams, with many games going to the final set.
The Royals’ Hugh Idle continued his fine form winning all his matches, but was pushed to the wire by the Raiders’ Martin Johnstone. The Royals’ Ricky Lock played his heart out to take both higher-ranked Rob Smith and Tim Giles to the final set but ultimately the Raiders players edged both games.
The Raiders’ Smith lost out in another 5-setter to Conal Howells. With the match at 5-4 to the Raiders going into the doubles, the Royals’ Idle and Lock took the game with ease and the match ended in a draw.
Ryde A showed their dominance of the league by beating the siblings of Newport Vics B 10-0, with all the singles being won in straight sets. The doubles between Ryde’s Alex Rorke and Scott Lawson and Vic’s Anna and Sean Joyce was a closer affair and went to 4 sets.
Second-placed Shanklin Sharks also gained an impressive win against Havenstreet Hooters, with only Havenstreet’s Kevin Gatrell managing a win in an epic 5-set thriller against Shanklin’s Tom Johnson. The match ended 9-1 to Shanklin.
|Ryde A||10||Newport Vics B||0|
|Ryde Raiders||5||Ryde Royals||5|
|Shanklin Sharks||9||Havenstreet Hooters||1|
Freshwater A continued their climb up the table with an impressive 8-2 victory over Ryde Raptors. Ryde’s Spike Hughes got on the score sheet with wins against Matt Mair and John Linington, although Freshwater’s Rob Warren won all 3 and has an impressive 92% win average this season.
Ryde Rookies held second-placed Havenstreet Locos to a draw with the Rookies’ Pat Thorley keeping her 100% average as she overcame top-ranked Ian Loosemore in 3 straight sets.
|Ryde Rascals||6||Rookley A||4|
|Newport Vics D||0||Shanklin B||10|
|Ryde Raptors||2||Freshwater A||8|
|Ryde Rookies||5||Havenstreet Locos||5|
Ryde Revellers head the table after their 10-0 win at Ryde Regals, with St Lawrence Lizards 3-points behind in second after their 7-3 win against Ryde Rackets.
Wootton Wombles held the experienced Ryde Rockets to an impressive draw after Jenny Ward and Jeffery Venables took the doubles against Anna Garrioch and Paul Tucker.
|St Lawrence Lizards||7||Ryde Rackets||3|
|Ryde Regals||0||Ryde Revellers||10|
|Wootton Wombles||5||Ryde Rockets||5|