Sweeney’s treble threatens to derail runaway leaders

Chris Blowey claimed a vital win as Free Church C edged out Nomads A 6-4.
Chris Blowey claimed a vital win as Free Church C edged out Nomads A 6-4.

Runaway Leamington & District League Division One leaders Rugby A were finally brought down to earth as they were held to a draw by second-placed St George’s B.

Laurence Sweeney recorded an outstanding treble for St George’s, including inflicting the first defeat of the season on Adrian Pilgrim.

Mark Jackson weighed in with two and it was left to a brace from Pilgrim and singles from Ryan Lines and Matt Outhwaite plus a Pilgrim/Outhwaite doubles win to tie the match.

Rugby had earlier whitewashed St George’s A, Ryan Stockham joining Lines and Outhwaite to complete the win.

Free Church C did their chances of avoiding relegation the power of good with two recent wins.

Firstly, bottom side Nomads A were edged out 6-4 thanks to a Martyn Todd hat-trick and singles from Chris Blowey and Kit Turner, plus a Blowey/Todd doubles win.

Nomads bounced back with Paul Rowan and Tony Thomas each bagging braces.

Free Church C then embarrassed their B team, again winning 6-4.

Sam Weaving won his three for the senior side and Jeff Harris added one but C took the spoils with doubles from Todd and Harry Purewal and a single from Adam Cofler. Purewal and Todd then clinched the doubles.

St George’s B continued their fine run with a 10-0 eclipse of Wellesbourne, Jackson, Sweeney and Ron Vose the men responsible.

Colebridge B will hope to pull clear of relegation after beating Nomads C 9-1.

Vikas Bakshi and Anthony Ellis were unbeaten in singles and doubles and Farooq Kakar won two, losing to Paul Rowan.

Whitnash A sit poised in second place in Division Two after defeating Millennium A 7-3.

Kevin Arris and Paul Riman accounted for all of their points with Michael Harrison, Christian Ward and Rob Warnes all winning one. However, Whitnash could only draw with lowly Colebridge C for whom Neil Wheatley posted an eyecatching treble. Michael Credland supported with two wins, with Whitnash responding through Riman (2) Arris (1) and Dennis Woodhead (1) plus the doubles.

Millennium recovered to defeat Free Church E 7-3 with triples from Jack Garner and Ward and a single from Warnes. Phil Blowey and Livvy Fletcher won a singles apiece and took the doubles.

However, Free Church D proved a different matter and edged them 6-4.

Jack Green and Anthony Smith each had two wins and took the doubles and Cherry Matthews won once. Ward (2) Garner (1) and Warnes (1) scored for the Banbury side.

Free Church D went on to defeat St George’s C 7-3.

Mark Bolshaw’s hat-trick proved crucial and Green (2) and Smith (1) lent support, Bolshaw and Smith notching the doubles.

Len Coonan (2) and Will Fletcher (1) posted St George’s C’s points.

Rugby C eased relegation fears when beating another threatened side, Eathorpe A 8-2.