Four matches were played in League format. Ros Beck, John MacLeod and the ever improving young Jamie Toner took on Louis McLeod, Rachel Petrie & Kristian Skotzen in a hotly contested affair. At 3-3 going into the doubles, all was to play for. A five setter went the way of WL and they never looked back winning the last 3 matches for a 7-3 win.
That win was cancelled out by the home side's Gary Woodhouse, James Wighton & Julian Taylor as they comfortably defeated Barrie Hills, Holly Stephen and Graham Honeyman by a 9-1 scoreline, Graham picking up the solitary win for the visitors.
Match 3 saw David MacRae, Jordan Welsh & Tommy Toner take on Adam Woodhouse, Craig Linton & Hannah McDonell. 2 five setters in the first three games of the night went the way of WL and they never looked back from those wins recording an 8-2 victory.
With WL ahead, Match 4 saw Craig Johnson, Mille Bennett & Sonny Taylor take on Steve Hastings, Bob Lander & Sean Lennon - hang on a minute - Sean who?? Sean was drawn out the hat to make up the numbers for WL and no one can say that he didn't put his all into the matches - He certainly got his money worth - all three games were decided deuce in the fifth - a 12-10 win against Sonny, a loss by the same score to Craig and a 17-15 loss in the fifth against Millie. Bob picked up the only other win for the visitors in an 8-2 victory for Penicuik.
So across the board the score was 22-18 to Penicuik.
The other players on the night played in two round robin groups. In the first of those groups Steve Collins and Keith McKay played a total of 6 matches against Penicuik opposition (David Melrose, Gary Mcdougal & Abby Wighton) and they recorded 3 wins from those 6 matches for a 3-3 draw. For what it's worth after everyone played everybody, David came out on top, Steve 2nd, Gary 3rd, Keith 4th & Abby 5th.
Penicuik therefore held a 25-21 lead going into the final 6 player group. In that group, Andy Honeyman and Stuart Gibson played a total of 8 matches against Penicuik players (Colin Green, Iain Johnstone, Ian Hislop and at the last minute thinking he needed some match practice, Greig McDonell!). There were some cracking tight matches but in the end only Stuart added to the West Lothian score with a win against Ian Hislop. The group win was battled out between teammates Colin & Greig, with Colin coming back from 2-1 down to win in the fifth set.
A cracking night at Ladywood and it was great to see the full hall used to it's potential with 10 tables on the go. The invisible Trophy was retained by the home side - the final score on the night was Penicuik 32 West Lothian 22.
Thanks to all from West Lothian who made the journey through and to all our guys who took part - a fun night played in a good atmosphere (mainly) and that's what these occasions are meant to be - Good luck to our West Lothian opponents in the League - let battle commence....