The second weekend of the county championship Veterans Premier Division passed off at Draycott TTC. The weekend began with Hertfordshire main the way in which after three matches. That they had a slight benefit over reigning champions Nottinghamshire on a superior video games benefit after three wins apiece.
Kent had been one level behind the main two on 5 factors having drawn one among their matches towards Sussex within the first spherical of fixtures at Ashford earlier than Christmas.
Nottinghamshire (pictured above) strengthened their hand after the primary spherical of matches with a 9-1 thumping of Sussex. On the similar time Kent leapfrogged Hertfordshire as they beat their rivals in a 6-4 thriller.
The second spherical of matches noticed Nottinghamshire additional strengthen their place however had been pushed all the way in which by Kent earlier than recording a 6-4 victory. Hertfordshire maintained their problem with 7-3 victory over Yorkshire.
The following spherical of matches noticed Nottinghamshire preserve their lead as they comprehensively beat Yorkshire 9-1. This efficiency was mirrored by Hertfordshire who beat Essex by the identical rating. Kent beat Cheshire 7-3 to keep up their problem as all three counties approached the ultimate spherical with an opportunity of a place within the high two.
The ultimate spherical of matches noticed Nottinghamshire face Hertfordshire. Regardless of Notts beginning strongly and racing off to a 3-0 lead, Hertfordshire wouldn’t go away, and so they caught their opponents at 3-3.
After the following three units the match rating stood at 5-4 to Nottinghamshire. Within the last combined doubles, Herts took the opening sport as Eli Baraty & Sara Williams beat Mark & Sarah Brief 11-5. However the reigning champions regrouped and reeled off the following three video games 11, 8 and seven to take the match 6-4 and the title for the eighth successive yr.
With Hertfordshire dropping, their factors complete didn’t enhance and a tough fought 6-4 victory by Kent over Leicestershire noticed them transfer forward of Herts and take the runners-up spot behind Notts.
Notts had been led by Jason Ramage who contributed by successful 12 of his 14 singles over the 2 weekends. He was effectively supported by John Taylor 11 from 13 and Mark Brief 10 from 13. With performances like this they had been all the time going to be robust to beat.
Though Kevin Dolder topped the averages with 10 wins from 10, he missed one session, however he did produce most singles performances once more the highest three counties.
One other notable singles efficiency value mentioning on the boys’s facet was a 12 from 14 season from the evergreen Chris Rogers. This was a serious motive for Leicestershire’s mid-table end and never flirting with relegation – as was the case final season.
Sara Williams of Hertfordshire and Essex participant Wanda Litynska Sydorenko had been the decide of the women’ singles as they each produced six from seven performances.
Sadly, we are saying goodbyes to Cheshire and Essex who crammed the underside two locations on this extremely aggressive division and had been removed from overpowered.
Thanks are as a result of extremely skilled Premier Weekend organiser Barry Snowden who steered the competing counties by way of the 2 weekends along with his regular effectivity.