Crushing win for in-form Ely

IN Division 1, maximums for Andrew Maguire and Hugo Brown - plus two from a rare first team appearance by Rob Pownall - were more than enough to see Ely 1 to a resounding 9-1 at Gazeley.

Bela Szabo scored the home side’s only point with a five-set win over Pownall. This win sets Ely in second place firmly above Comrades 1 and with a game in hand.

Division 2 action saw leaders NCI beat Soham Comrades 3 very comfortably although Colin Taylor suffered a little when he lost NCI’s only game to Martin Logan and had to recover from 2-0 down to beat Mark Sulman. Haddenham 2 braved the snow to go to Fulbourn 3 and were determined to make it worthwhile. Phil and Ed Emmerson and Ben Brown scored two wins each plus the doubles against the Fulbourn team of Tim and Tom Hands and Mike Fricker. Tom Hands won in five against both Brown and Phil Emmerson while Mike accounted for Ed Emmerson but it was Haddenham’s night.

In Division 3, there was more woe for Fulbourn against Haddenham as Fulbourn 6 lost 8-2 to Haddenham 3. Ben Nightingale and Rod Smith won three each, backed up by two from Elliot Smith. Rob Powell scored Fulbourn’s only singles point, while Duncan Gates and Pat Lloyd combined for the doubles.

Syd Rushton saved the blushes of visiting team Soham Comrades 5 when he beat Steven Jugg in four sets to put their only point on the scorecard against Countess. Brian Mitchell and Robin Gammon scored maximums in a win which puts Countess back into second place. In the latest round of Fulbourn derby matches, the Leeks of Fulbourn 4 had a great night, winning all five matches which went to five. Tim and Howard won three each, backed up by one from David. Matt Gunton and Jamie Hampson scored one each for the fives and shared the misery of constantly losing at deuce in the fifth as the fourths triumphed 8-2.