Mason and Thorn double act helps edge Bristelectric away from drop zone

In Premier A of the Grant Matthewson Norwich & District League, Bristelectric A proved the critics wrong to move five points clear of the relegation zone with a very impressive 8-2 win over fourth placed Foxwood A.

Star performers for them with maximum performances were Wayne Mason and Wayne Thorn, which included the doubles to clinch maximum points.

Gothic B moved closer to the top positions with a good win over CEYMS A with a good team performance. Chris Durrant showed his best form of season for Gothic, taking all his singles including a five set win over Ben Thompson, coming back from 2-0 down.

Adam Gigli took a brace, but a key win from Paul Pegg over Shane Underhill proved decisive for the victory.

Foxwood E climbed off the foot of the Premier B table with a hard -fought point at mid-table Telephones B.

Handicapped by illness, Foxwood's two players Stuart Cooper and Ian Layt both produced inspired performances to win three singles between them and secure a valuable point in a 3-7 reverse.

The win lifted Telephones B to a creditable fourth place. Foxwood B hammered Telephones A 9-1 with Carl Matthewson and Trevor Cockburn both recording maximums. Adrian Turner's three set win over Andy Leeds saving the whitewash for Telephones.

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In Division One, Missionaries found themselves 7-0 down against Foxwood G, but despite maximum effort to pick up two games, still came away with no points and an 8-2 defeat.

Foxwood F SFC are still searching for their first win, and gave it everything against Wensum F who just came out winners 4-6.

In a keenly-contested match, Rosebery Rd lost 6-4 to Hospital Drifters in a repeat of their week one encounter.

Wensum G were competitive to the end and gave SFC's Paul Elsegood a fruitless night losing all three plus the doubles. Thanks to Andy Cullum and Paul Arthurs for their six singles over the Wensum trio, of Nigel Metcalf, Tony Park, and Bill Watts, St Faiths Centre stay in contention.

In Division Two the top two teams had good wins to pull away from the teams below them.

Leaders Gothic D beat a strong Telephones D side 7-3, this after being initially 3-1 down in the match.

Gothic showed that little bit of magic by taking the doubles and the remaining singles games to deservedly win 7-3.

Bob Stevenson provided a fine maximum to secure the win. Second-placed CEYMS F welcomed back Barry Howes and fought back at 4-1 down to win 6-4 against Foxwood H.

Fourbees B, without the injured Carl Cowles, managed a valuable draw with Taverham C thanks to spirited maximums from Geoff Critten and Jordan Howard. Ex-Choristers had a good night against a strong UEA C squad and contested well with some hard-fought games and honours were even at the end of the match.

In Division Three, a very entertaining, sporting match saw 12-year-old Thomas Connolly, playing up from Taverham E, excel himself to win both his singles against the experienced Mike Wright and Rod Clayton, the latter being thus far unbeaten this season! A well-earned draw and 2 points for Taverham D.

Norwich Senior Championships March 9 (includes popular 'hardbat' event), Juniors March 23. Entry forms will be on soon.

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