East Anglian derby games go with the formbook

The four East Anglia teams in Division One of the Norfolk SRA Leagues played themselves this week, with the first team meeting East Anglia III and East Anglia II up against the newly-promoted fourths.

Not surprisingly, both matches went to form, with the firsts winning 19-6 and the seconds coming out on top 20-2.

Both Gary Snelling and Steve Mooney won in straight games for the firsts while Ashley Briggs beat Hadleigh Farrer 3-1 and David Youngs came from 0-2 down to beat Tim Allenden. Richard Hunt did have a good win for the thirds as he beat John Cordeaux 10-8 in the fifth.

East Anglia II showed no mercy to the fourths as Paul Gretton, Nigel Gillick and Simon Cullum all won 3-0 while both Mark Rolfe and Dave Gouldby won their matches 3-1.

Broadland maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they beat Oasis, who have now lost three on the trot, 17-5. Richard Barnes and Josh Brooks both won 3-1 against Steve Rudd and Paul Atterton respectively while the former Norfolk champion Richard Millman and the current champion Ian Cox won their matches in straight games. Ali Ponder, who beat Matthew Hawkes 3-0, was the one Oasis winner.

Diss are having a mixed start to their season but they came good at Bannatyne's, winning 17-8 with both Tom Bobbins and Neil Cox winning their matches in straight games while Dan Calver beat Rod Taylor 3-2. For the beaten home side Simon Piper won 3-2 and Max Dawson beat Jack Bell 3-1.

In Division Two, North Norfolk were another team to maintain their unbeaten start as they won their derby at Fakenham 16-6 with Kevin Blake, Martin Pearse and Martin Guppy all winning in straight games. For Fakenham young Alex Oliver had a very good 9-2, 7-9, 6-9, 10-9, 9-2 victory over the experienced Devendra Mahatme while another youngster, Adam Sinkins, beat visiting captain Tim Perry in straight games. Barnham Broom II proved to be too strong for their Bannatyne's counterparts, winning 17-6 as both Jo Bolt and Luke Plumridge won 3-0, while Ben Rawsthorne won 3-1 and Adi Martin beat Peter Dye 3-2. Paul Edwards who won 3-0 against Adam Goodson was Bannatyne's one winner. Broadland II beat Cromer 16-7 thanks to 3-0 wins for Paul Banham and Richard Barnes and a 3-1 win for Mark Woolner. Cromer's newly crowned club champion Richard Keeble won in straight games while Alex Foster came from behind to beat Justin Millar 1-9, 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-6. There was no such joy for Broadland III who, due to a shortage of players, have been forced to withdraw from Division Three. On court in that division, UEA remain unbeaten after beating Cromer II 18-3. The students were too fit for their aging opponents and Long Hui Loo, Ben May, Sam Hazlegrove and Dom Williams were all comfortable straight game winners. John Baker did prevent a complete whitewash as he beat Dom Markham 3-1.