Gresham’s have some extra homework


- Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

A busy week for Gresham's School A saw the team play four matches in the Star Paving Services North Norfolk League as they contested two league and two cup ties.

In the first semi-final of the Knockout Singles Cup the team of Jonas Lee, Haken Bennell and Robin Thaxter hosted Backhanders Teucer Wilson, Whil De Neve and Paul Warner. Gresham's won 5-0 with Warner taking a set from Thaxter. The same six players also met in a Premier Division fixture with Warner beating Bennell in four as the School won 9-1.

Colin Humphries took the place of Thaxter as the defending league champions visited Mundesley A's Jonathan Care, Peter Betts and Paul Price with the score again 9-1 in Gresham's favour with a four-set doubles seeing the hosts prevent the whitewash at the very end of the match. Humphries beat Price 8-11, 15-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 and won both his other singles in four while Price took a set from Lee.

In the second round of the Handicap Doubles Cup, Stefan Iwanczyle (30) and Steve Price (25) joined Bennell (5) to host LCC Starfish's Nigel Pegg (33), Neil Edwards (40) and Kelsey Pegg (42). Starfish made a strong start as they took the first three tussles 51-17, 51-43 and 51-28, but Gresham's play became much steadier and some strong chopping helped them make a great recovery as they took the next five games – all very close with a 51-46, 51-47, 51-48 and two 51-49s – to win the tie 5-3.

Jonas Lee (0 – playing down as permitted in handicaps) joined brother Brian (28) and Georgy Bezarashvilli (37) as Gresham's B hosted NWSCB's Dennis Elliott (16), Richard Porritt (18) and Werner Zivna (20) in their second round Handicap Doubles tie. The first half of the match saw wins in alternate order with the visitors twice levelling before the Lees (14) beat Elliott and Porritt (17) 51-34 to move the School 3-2 ahead. The pattern was broken as Brian Lee and Bezarashvilli (32) won the golden point against Porritt and Zivna (16) as their 51-50 win moved the hosts one win from the quarter-finals at 4-2 ahead. However, the visitors fought back to take the next two tussles to set up a deciding encounter, with the Lee brothers (14) beating Porritt and Zivna (16) 51-34 to seal Gresham School B's 5-4 win.