THEY had to wait until their 11th match of the season.
But Kingsmith PW have finally recorded victory in Division II – and pretty impressive it was too!
Entertaining a strong Shelley trio of Ed Bowen, Phil Cockayne and Ian Jessop, Peel Walker won comfortably 8-2, with Mick Hodson and Chris Haw both unbeaten and combining to take the doubles, while Ian Charlton picked up the other set.
The all-Kingsmith clash between the D and E teams ended all square – the 11th draw already this season in a very evenly-contested Second Division.
Stuart Waring has made a welcome return to the Kingsmith club after two seasons away in the Midlands and he was brought into the D team to cover for David Arnold’s absence.
His only victory of the evening came at the end of an epic struggle with Steve Cook, 11-8,14-16,11-9,4-11,12-10.
Cook, however, finished on the right side of a similarly tight battle with Dave Barrow, this time winning the fifth game 12-10!
Barrow had earlier completed impressive victories over Chris Williams and John Langfield. Peter Heywood beat Williams and combined with Barrow to take the doubles.
In yet another drawn game, Kingsmith C shared the points with Woodfield Park B.
Alex Beresford was outstanding in remaining unbeaten against Steve Knott, Mike Belk and Andy Sansom. Knott had a notable victory over the in-form Pewist Osman.
Leaders Marsh D had an emphatic 9-1 victory over Deighton C to increase their advantage at the top.
In the First Division, Brooks B had a scare at Wilshaw when they had to settle for a 5-5 draw.
Shaun Ellis was imperious on the night, displaying his full repertoire of point-winning shots.
But it was Harry Ness who clinched the draw in a fine battle with Francis Cioffi. Having lost the first two games 16-18, 8-11, he came back to win the next two 11-5, 11-7 before clinching the decider 13-11.
Ellis and Ness have the makings of an excellent doubles pairing and were rarely troubled against Cioffi and Ken Ward.
Earlier, Ness lost his two other matches against Geoff Ogden and Ken Ward who both showed their experience to overcome some ferocious attacking from the youngster.
The League Management Committee, meeting last week, expressed concern at the number of fixtures which have been postponed for a variety of reasons.
Clubs are reminded that all unplayed matches must be completed before the start of the second half of the season on January 7 – so a busy festive season for several teams!
Next week the first-round matches of the CSD Logistics Cup are due to be played.
This competition is played under the old scoring system of 21-up and, as such, is revered by many of the traditionalists.
Holders Deighton B begin their defence at home to Brooks C.