Maidenhead League - 27 March 2018
Saxons secure Maidenhead League title
Cippenham Saxons duly completed their quest to win the Maidenhead League title with a 6-4 victory over rivals Old Gords Vultures. And they did it with a match to spare as the title was secured when Saxons scored their second point against the Gords while a further ten points remain up for grabs when they play their final match of the season against NWCA Bluejays next week.
The Cippenham team of Ashley Shaw, Ricky Hardcastle and Graham Trimming all shared in the spoils with two wins apiece. Ricky and Graham both defeated newly crowned Maidenhead League Men’s Singles champion Maciej Dlugozima while Ashley was the only player to beat Mark Dozell. All three also beat Trevor Griffiths.
This was Cippenham’s eighth title altogether in the Maidenhead League. The previous one came six years ago before Cookham Social began their run of successes and the other six titles were all gained in the 1980s; Cippenham having concentrated on the now defunct Slough League in the meantime.
For Graham, this represents his fifth Maidenhead League team title alongside another eight in the Slough League. Ashley also featured in two Slough League title teams a decade or so ago but for Ricky, along with the other team member Albert Cheung, this is their first local league team title with Cippenham.