With all five teams in action on the same evening, there was trouble for Team 1 with the absence of Carsten Giebeler for the second consecutive week. With no other players available to play up, Colin Green and David Melrose knew that they were going to be up against it as they hosted high flying Murrayfield 2 in the Premier Division. Although there were a number of close matches and the overall score is a little unfair to the home duo, only Colin recorded a win as they fell to a 9-1 defeat.
Team 2 were in confident mood as they travelled to Corstorphine in a Division 1 relegation battle – a win for the visitors and they would take a huge step towards safety whilst at the same time plunging their opponents into real danger – they were back to full strength with the return of Ian Hislop who joined forces with Charlie Brindley and Gary McDougal. After losses for Charlie and Gary in the first two matches of the night the visitors were up against it but two wins for Ian and 1 for Gary in the next 4 matches saw the scores tied at 3-3 going into the crucial doubles. Charlie and Gary have had some decent doubles performances, but this wasn’t one of them as they went down in straight sets. When the unbeaten Jeff Clark defeated Ian in match 8 the best that could be hoped for was a point. Charlie had a bit of a nightmare of a night and in match 9 he let a 2-1 lead slip as he fell in 5 ends. Despite Gary winning the last match this was a dreadful 6-4 defeat for the visitors which plunges them back into trouble towards the foot of the Division 1 table.
After Team 3’s nightmare loss at Corstorphine in Week 21, they were relieved to get a victory against Haddington 3 to get their promotion hopes back on track in Division 2. 3 wins for Iain Johnstone and 2 each for Krzysztof Laszkiewicz and James Wighton secured the victory and solidified their 2nd place in the Division.
Team 4 had given Division 2 leaders Fife a real scare in the first half of the season, falling to a narrow 6-4 victory – they couldn’t repeat the feat, however, as Julian and Sonny Taylor and Tony Brentnall went down to an 8-2 loss. It seems Team 4’s promotion chances have gone – an 8 point gap to Team 3 at the end of Week 22. Well done to Captain Julian, however, with 2 wins for the visitors.
Finally, Team 5 hosted West Lothian 5 at Ladywood. For only the second time this season, we saw the combination of Kristian Skotzen, Craig Linton and Rachel Petrie take to the table. Their first outing together had resulted in a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Ed Int 4. Maybe this will be the last time we see this combination as they again fell to a 9-1 defeat! Perhaps a little unfair given that they were hosting the runaway Division 3 leaders and in fairness they lost 3 very tight 5 enders. Kristian provided the one win for the hosts.
It’s a really tricky one this week to find a POTW – 4 defeats out of five matches played and only Iain Johnstone undefeated – but as we have said week after week he should be undefeated at this level. There were some decent twos this week and although in a losing team, the award goes to a man who had only got back into the country shortly before the match after another one of his 6-week holidays abroad! Well done to Ian Hislop – he did all he could in Team 2’s narrow loss.
Disappointingly we don’t have time for any controversy this week – too much sun for our Reporter has seemingly made him all happy and positive – well apart from the Heriot Watt saga which we don’t mention anymore – they recorded their first win in Division 1 last week against struggling West Lothian 4. A narrow 6-4 victory for the students, who in three of their wins pulled through in tight deciding ends (an 11-8, 11-7 and a 13-11). That must surely be more proof, if any were needed, that playing for double points is ridiculous – how can anyone say that a result like that would be replicated in a reverse fixture?! But there we have it – 4 points to HW and they’re suddenly only a win away from jumping out of the relegation zone – Crazy! But we’re not talking about it……