Delta and Specials maintain fine form
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At Hunworth, Outlaws Jamie Craig, Colin Humphreys and Steve Patterson hosted Deltas Andy Beane, John Vaughan and Tom Baldock-Yaxley. Patterson was playing up from Poachers and all of his matches went the distance.
He started by losing from two sets to one and 8-5 up against Baldock-Yaxley, used his spin to surprise Vaughan at times but just lost out to the Delta's variation of return. He then came back from 3-9 down in the decider to edge out Beane.
Like Patterson, Baldock-Yaxley's three singles also went to five sets as his win over the Outlaw was followed by close losses to both Humphreys and Craig – but team Delta were in control during the other battles as they took the match 7-3.
Vaughan also made an appearance playing up for Cobras alongside James Baldock-Yaxley and Adam Brown as the team hosted Specials Ray Howe, John Paul and Martin Lawes. A 5-0 start in the fifth set saw Lawes to a win against Baldock-Yaxley in the best singles of the night. But three missed serves, including at match-point, cost him a chance of a comeback against Vaughan who also won in straight against Howe. Howe hit good backhand drives at crucial times to defeat Baldock-Yaxley in four and with Paul not dropping a set including the doubles, Specials won 8-2.
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The Sharks hosted Alpha with Dennis Elliott taking the opener in four against Register. The Shark later edged out Sawyer 14-12 in the fourth, while Hudson won from two sets down to Sawyer, taking the last two points from 9-9 in the fifth. Johns defeated Hudson in straight but Betts was on fine form, taking a maximum starting with a win in four against Johns and then defeating Elliott 11-9, 11-8, 11-9. Sawyer's unlucky night continued as Betts won 12-10 in the fourth.
That put Sharks 5-2 up but Alphas rallied. Elliott won in four against Hudson, Johns defeated Register 11-3, 15-13, 11-8 and a four-set doubles win ended the night as a draw.
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