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Northants 2nd Team Division 3 Winners!

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Sounds good doesn't it !

We started the evening needing 16 points to ensure 1st place and make the Kettering result irrelevant.

Ian Shirley opened up at 5 and started strongly, winning the first game 9/3 against Saints' Karl White. Improving his length and width, it got better in the second game, with Ian winning to love. However tiredness set in during the third game and the incessant retrieving of the Saints player led to him winning the next three games and gain an improbable 3-2 victory. However two valuable points were in the bag.

Tim Arthur was on at 4 against Dave Perrin and raced into a 2-0 lead, only losing three points in the process. Dave fought back in the third, however Tim solidly took the tie break 10/9 and the match to register the first win of the night.

Martin Thompson took on Allan Stacey at 2. Can't really report much, I was marking the other court and Martin comfortably took the match 3-0 - still unbeaten then Martin ?!!

The Viking took to the court at 3 and imposed his game immediately on Saints' Captain Peter Taylor, taking the first game to love. Althought Peter but up more of a battle in the remaining games, Pete's (Rhodes) greater consistency and fine shotmaking saw him only lose seven points in a 3-0 victory. Another fine performance from Pete, who's had a great season.

This left debutant Charlie Dewey to bring it home against Nick Andell at 1. Charlie was in full control of the game at all points and despite a valiant effort from the Saint's player, Charlie played well within himself to claim a 3-0 victory, only losing 6 points in the process.

So the league is won - as it happens Kettering lost, so the final margin is 11 points - well done to all.

To those who are off on holiday, thanks for supporting me as Captain all season and very well done - to those that aren't, one more effort please against Kettering in the Knockout final at Club Diana on April 13th.

The picture below only shows those available on the night - however big thanks to regulars Andy (Fraser) and Earl, along with those who only played the odd game - ALL points were vital.


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