East Anglia handed squash Premier Division title on a plate after no-show
Results in the Anaco-sponsored Norfolk SRA summer league are few and far between in what should have been the last week of the summer season this week.
East Anglia were handed the Premier Division title on a plate when their scheduled opponents, Bannatyne's, were unable to raise a team for their match at Lime Tree Road – handing the East Anglia side a 16-0 walk-over.
Barnham Broom were another side to end the season with a walk-over as Oasis were unable to raise a team for their scheduled home match – it means Oasis, who now have only one competitive team, will finish the summer bottom of the division.
Oasis could well be replaced in the top flight next summer by Fakenham who, with two games left – at home to Barnham Broom II and away to Bannatyne's II – are level on points in Division One with the Barnham team, who have only that game left.
This week Barnham kept their hopes of filling the top spot alive with a convincing 16-3 maximum against a three-man North Norfolk side. Adie Martin beat Devendra Mahatme in straight games, Adam Goodson won 3-1 against Kevin Blake and Peter Hubbard came from 2-1 down to beat Martin Guppy in the first string match.
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It is looking increasingly likely that Bannatyne's II will finish bottom because, as well as Fakenham they have still got to play North Norfolk. This week they were beaten 14-6 at Cromer, a result which eased the home side's fears of relegation.
Henri Paul beat Gareth Jones 3-1, Ben Herrieven recovered from the loss of the first two games to beat Anthony Baines 3-2 and Richard Keeble won in straight games against Shaun Nicholas. Jordan Creed was Bannatyne's one winner as Cromer's Mike Tudor was forced to retire with a pulled muscle when trailing 2-1 in the first string match.
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In Division Two struggling Long Stratton had an important 13-3 victory over Wensum Lodge while in Division Three Broadland III beat Fakenham II 16-2.