Liberal C continue to close the gap

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Gareth Davies was unbeaten in both matches as Liberal C racked up their eighth win in a row when they sank Felsted RBL A 9-1, just days after beating one-time leaders Black Notley B 7-3.

Those results meant that after 20 matches they sat only nine points behind leaders Notley C, compared with 21 points before their eight-match winning run began.

Notley C eased away a little more in their 21st match by also accounting for Felsted 9-1, but will be hoping for a timely return from injury for their recent signing Remy De Lynen.

Ashley Butler accounted for Felsted’s point against Liberal with a good win over Jon Fieldsend, whose win average is 15 per cent higher than his.

Nick Butler gained the point against Notley C with an even more creditable win over Tim Huxtable, who is 37 points ahead of him.

Ken Lewis won his three singles for Nomads in their draw with Rayne E, and in doing so avenged his earlier defeat by Dave Punt, one of only two players to beat him so far this season.

Hedingham Lions had only two players for the second match running, but gained a well-earned draw with Notley D after Adam Purslow won all three of his singles.

A week after chalking up their first win over a three-person team, Netts D did it again in Division Three, and this time with an entirely different team compared with the previous week.

It was their junior talent on display in the 7-3 win over Notley F, where Kierlan Richards’ three singles included an excellent win over Vernon King, a player 20 points ahead of the youngster in the individual averages this season.

Warren Baines continued his comeback with three wins in Notley H’s 6-4 win over Rayne G.

Leaders Felsted C sailed serenely on with a 7-3 triumph against Notley G.

Matthew Laws and Mike Pitt were both undefeated, but Laws and Arthur Geen lost in the doubles for only the second time in the last 12 matches.