Kingfisher A extend Division One lead with emphatic win – Reading Today Online

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Kingfisher A put some daylight between them and the chasers in Division One with an expected and convincing 10-0 win away to Sonning Sports A.

Kingfisher B scored a 7-3 win over club rivals Kingfisher C with excellent maximums for Julian Telford and Rajan Waterman.

Sonning Common & Peppard A make up the likely top three come the end of the season with a 10-0 drubbing of their D team, the trio of Ed Lush, Ian Cole and Gary Morgan inflicting the damage.

Elsewhere a close encounter between Kingfisher D at home to Tilehurst RBL A ended 4-6 in favour of the visitors.

No player remained unbeaten on the night as Georgi Ivanov came from behind to beat Keith Winter in five sets, a feat expertly matched by Mike Douglas over Marc Brent. Some more tight games were witnessed at Sonning Common and Peppard as their B team fell 3-7 to Tidmarsh A.

Dale Ballard willed the visitors to a 13-11 11-9 8-11 9-11 13-11 win over Daniel Artene as Tom Astle inspired the home team to a 7-11 12-10 11-9 7-11 13-11 victory over Lee Calcutt. Less trouble for Duncan Groves though as he remained unbeaten.

Division Two promotion favourites Reading FC suffered a surprise 6-4 defeat against Kingfisher E despite Michael Childs getting his usual maximum.

Abhay Gore played well for the Kingfisher team including a close 11-9 win in the fifth against Jazz Dhillon.

After two defeats, Tidmarsh C got a welcome 8-2 victory over Kingfisher H with Simon Craig recording a comprehensive three straight maximum, while despite having to field a reserve Tilehurst RBL B managed to beat Tidmarsh B 6-4.

Skipper John Willcocks had a maximum for the Tilehurst team while Tidmarsh player Steven Arrowsmith inflicted a rare defeat on Tilehurst’s star player Kate Maksimenko.

Pangbourne WMC played their first match of the season and recorded a draw against Kingfisher G in a match that featured a number of long sets.

The highlight set was Kingfisher’s Parvin Baishkiyar recovering from two games down to beat John Simmonds 11-9 in the fifth. In another match that had many long sets OLOP A drew with Kingfisher F.

Darek Kaminski had a fine maximum for OLOP and Kingfisher’s Eyup Odemis had a great comeback to beat Alistair Richardson in five after losing the first two games.

In division Four, Sonning Common & Peppard G shared the spoils with Sonning Sports D as the teams drew 5-5.

Tilehurst RBL C moved into second place by beating Our Lady of Peace E 8-2 with Linda King gaining a maximum and John Walker returning to obtain a double. Walter Aldridge and Emrah Bulut starred for Kingfisher K by winning all three to help them beat Sonning Sports C 9-1.

In the local derby between Springfield C and Springfield B it was the ‘C’ team who came out on top by winning 9-1, Marcello Caramba and Ludo Couillard both hitting trebles.

Our Lady of Peace F had a 7-3 win over Springfield B with a hat trick from Gopi Poonawalla helping their cause. Springfield C won 8-2 at Kingfisher L with Richard Saberton-Coe and Benson Shiu both winning all three of their matches.

By Nigel Maltby

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