Tuesday evening saw the first match of the season when Ringstead Raiders were at home to last years champions Hunnys Heroes. The home side had Justin Mullins, Paul Humeniuk and Roger Pincott in action while the Heroes had Rob Yarrow and Graham Keeley from last years team and they were joined by 11 year old Alfie Yarrow making his first appearance in the Heacham League. Last season Alfie played with elder brother Tom in the two player league. Tom will not be playing regularly in the League as he is studying for his A levels. We wish him well in his studies and welcome Alfie to the league. The Heroes came away with a 6-4 win with Rob and Graham both getting maximums. The home trio all had wins over Alfie and Paul and Roger edged home in the doubles over Rob and Alfie. It is nice to see the Heroes bringing youngsters into the league.
Wednesday evening at Sedgeford Village Hall it was a strange Sedgeford Savages side up against the new team Spivs. With all three of the Savages on holiday it was once again the famous Super Subs to the rescue. Debbie Peel back in action after being out last season with knee problems (still on going), Charley Hammond and Bob Richardson. They were up against Spivs (last years Spivs Specials have split into two teams bringing in new players and are now called Spivs and Vips). It was agreed at our meeting if need be Spivs and Vips players could interchange if no Super Sub was available when they were short as both teams only have four players. So the Spivs side with Stephen and Aaron Jackson on holiday was Chris Griggs, Tim Race and from the Vips Jeff Race. Now down to the match, it was a win 6-4 for the Super Sub Savages with Charley and Bob going unbeaten and for Spivs a win each for Chris, Jeff and Tim over Debbie plus Jeff and Tim beat Charley and Debbie in four ends in the doubles.
Thursday and we are back in Sedgeford Village Hall for the match against Sedgeford Stars who had regulars Mike and Dan Witley joined by Super Sub Mike Wade standing in for Paul Richardson who was on holiday. Their opponents Adrian's Oldstars again with regulars Mick Minns and Mike Nobes and they had Super Sub Vaughan Parker. On the night it was the Oldstars who came out on top winning 9-1 but not without a fight, especially from Mike Witley who lost two close five enders, losing out in both 11-9 in the fifth end to Mick and Mike, he also took Vaughan to 4 ends. He got his revenge in the doubles when he teamed up with son Dan to beat Mike and Vaughan in four ends.
On the same Thursday evening in the Top Room at Heacham it was the new team on the block Vips. Captain Jim Race had Stephen Jackson from Spivs, who was back from holiday, subbing for Kim Mann who was on holiday and making up the team Dave Curtis who we welcome to the league. They were up against title favourites BT Victory who had the very strong line up with Captain Steve Hales along side Mick Ruffles and David Howell. That line up would frighten any team plus in their squad they still have players like Mary-Ann Woodhouse, Simon Rayner and Ian Reynolds so that is why they are the favourites to win the league (nothing like putting a bit of media pressure on from the start). However the first game went to the Vips when Jim had a five end win over David. That then was it for the home side as Victory took charge winning all the remaining games. By all accounts it was a great night and the new boy on the block gave a good account of himself after being out of the game I believe for many many years.
Comments on the scorecard: As expected a great friendly evening. Tough night for Dave's debut but he took points in every end. Well Done Dave!
The Heacham League prides itself for good friendly competitive matches and trying to bring in new players, three years ago we started with just five teams we now have eight. Encouraging both young and old to join the league plus we have six ladies registered in the league which I believe is more than in any other local league.
NEXT WEEKS FIXTURES
Monday 10th September 2 Player League with all 8 teams playing two matches during the evening in Heacham Public Hall on four tables. Start time 7.15pm
We will be setting up from 6.30pm and it would be appreciated if anyone can get there early to help set up so we are ready to start prompt 7.15pm so we are not too late finishing.
It is imperative all teams turn up with two players. Cost £2 per player payable on the night. Each match will consist of 4 singles and 1 doubles...playing 3 ends in each game (not best of 3) with a point allocated for each end won. If any end reaches 10 all it is sudden death with next point winning the end 11-10 (no 2 clear points). Teams can have different player/s for each match if they want.