Top teams take control in Division One – Reading Today Online

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Both top teams in Division One continued their dominance with 10-0 victories.

Sonning Common & Peppard A swept aside their D team with Ian Cole, Jason Roberts and Ed Lush inflicting the damage, despite Simon Berry making Ian and Jason work for their maximums in close encounters.

It was plain sailing as well for Martin Adams, Hari Gehlot and Ross Saxby of Kingfisher A to whitewash Sonning Sports A.

Kingfisher B’s Prayrit Ahluwalia won the battle of the young emerging talent against Kingfisher C’s Theo Kniep, who went on to beat Graham Mendick. 6-4 was the final result.

Jumping up to fourth place, Tilehurst RBL A’s regular trio of Keith Winter, Jon Willis and Marc Brent won two each against visitors Kingfisher D. Marc and Jon lost to Mike Douglas and Ajai Kamath performed well to stop Keith.

Elsewhere Tidmarsh A enjoyed an 8-2 home victory over Sonning Common & Peppard B despite losing both of the fifth setters. Matt Stone did well to edge Antony Baker while Dale Ballard was pipped by Daniel Artene 7-11 10-12 11-8 11-7 12-14.

Second placed Kingfisher F just edged out Our Lady of Peace A 6-4 in division 2 with Akeel Mir getting a good maximum for Kingfisher including beating Darek Kaminski 14-12 7-11 11-6 5-11 11-9 in the fifth.

Tidmarsh B drew 5-5 with Tilehurst RBL B. Kate Maksimenko got a maximum for Tilehurst but she was pushed very hard by Mike Alstrop before she beat him in five 8-11 11-5 9-11 11-8 11-2.

Tidmarsh C won 9-1 at bottom team Kingfisher H, Kingfisher’s Rupesh Ahluwalia had a good win in four against Sayali Bendkhale11-9 7-11 11-9 11-7. Ian Wu and Toby Usher both got maximums for Tidmarsh.

Division Three leaders Kingfisher I went to Tilehurst Methodists B and in a tough match Kingfisher I maintained their position at the top despite Nigel Rowland’s solid performance and Rohit Sengupta’s improving performance earning three points for the home team despite their 7-3 loss.

Sonning Common and Peppard E hosted Tidmarsh D and Ray Webb’s impressive treble was not enough for the team as his teammates failed to join him with some wins as the Sonning Common team strengthened their position to finish on the upper side of the table after winning 7-3.

Sonning Sports B defeated Tilehurst Methodists C 6-4. Despite the treble from Lewis Oke, he could not save his Tilehurst team from defeat.

There were six five-setter games however, the highlight of the match was the thrilling doubles, where the away team came back from 0-2 down to win 6-11 11-13 11-8 11-6 11-7. Our Lady of Peace D beat Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3 with the OLOP team’s substitute Gopi Ponnapalli gaining two

impressive wins to add to Louise Forster’s treble.

Kingfisher J and Our Lady of Peace C. Kingfisher J have improved their performance in the second half of the season so they are giving hard times for every team regardless of their position in the table.

Peter Wilson’s two wins against a top team was impressive and his match against Pradeep Desh was a thriller where he won 4-11 11-5 11-9 18-20 11-3. OLOP however ran out 6-4 winners.

In Division Four, three of the five matches were postponed this week. Springfield C moved into third place by beating bottom side Kingfisher L 9-1 with trebles from Benson Shiu and Richard Sabberton-Coe.

Tom Berryman weighed in with a double. Sonning Sports C were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher K despite a treble from the Sports Stephen Reader.

By Nigel Matlby

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