Fixture pile-up faces teams

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The Spalding and District League, sponsored by Vital Recruitment, enters the final quarter of the season with five competitions underway and others to come. As a consequence, postponements and unfinished matches are beginning to pile up, including both Marylands semi-finals after postponement and four of the scheduled eight league fixtures.

However, Casey’s Pingers and Defenders got together to catch up with their round two match which saw the latter have single-figure handicaps against Pingers middle-20s.

Although all the games went to three ends, the difference proved too much for Defenders who lost 3 – 1.

Pingers now meet Castle Sports in the semi-finals.

Defenders went on to double up and play their league fixture with Outsiders where Alan Fear scored a double to set up the win, although he had to come from behind in both sets to win in four and five ends respectively.

Martyn Green took the other rubber before the pair won the doubles for a 4 – 1 victory.

Keith Davey won for Outsiders as both of his games went to five ends

Meanwhile, JDM scored their first maximum of the season in their match with JAG.

John Chesworth and Phil Chandler took the singles for the loss of just two ends before they were forced to come from behind to win the doubles in five.

Bladerunners played just two games in their unfinished match with South Holland and took both.

In Division Two, the only completed matches saw all four players win one game each and the match decided by the doubles.

Hope for the Best moved further ahead at the top of table thanks to their defeat of Mine’s a Pint, taking them seven points clear of Castle Sports who didn’t play.

Richard Matthews, Stewart Duffill, Jeremy Hitcham and Andrew Hay all scored for the Hope team.

But the surprise of the night saw the last 100 per cent record in the division fall as Practice makes Perfect beat Saunter Together.