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Senior British League 3rd weekend - 16 February 2019

Cippenham win two more matches

The Cippenham team in the Senior British League maintained its challenge at the top of the National Division B-4 table on Saturday with two convincing victories. The four points gained moved Cippenham up one place to third in the table, level on points with Waterside who Cippenham have to play during the final weekend of matches in March. Cippenham and Waterside are both four points behind runaway leaders Ellenborough and both have yet to play the Enfield based team for the second time. It should make for an interesting final weekend.

Cippenham were handicapped by the non-appearance of Silviu Garduli for Saturday morning’s match against Horsham Spinners. However, it made no difference to the end result as Martin Adams, Rob Hansell and Steve Munson all won both their matches in a 7-2 victory. Martin was in imperious forms as he won both his matches against Asa Gauntlett and Rory Scott 3-0, dropping only twenty-nine points over the six games. Rob also beat Scott 3-0 but was made to work much harder against John Robinson for a 3-2 scoreline. Steve had to recover from 2-0 down against the young defender Henry Maric-Murray but finally won 11-9 in the fifth and deciding game and then beat Gauntlett much more comfortably 3-0.

Paul Baker responded to the call to complete the team line-up for the afternoon’s match against Generation 2. Robert Hansell maintained his unbeaten record for the season with two comfortable wins against Valmiki Sinanan and Ugur Saglik while Martin Adams beat Ed Slot 3-0 and Sinanan 3-1. Steve Munson showed good form in beating Mike Rhodes 3-0 but came unstuck against Slot. Paul took the second game off Saglik but eventually lost 3-1 and then lost the last rubber against Mike Rhodes, his Cippenham Veterans’ British League team-mate, making the final score 6-3 in Cippenham’s favour.

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