LAST week’s matches comprised two of the top three teams vying for the runners-up spot in Division I.
This week there were key games involving teams battling it out to avoid relegation.
Kingsmith Eng B, on 41 points from 15 matches, were at home to Woodfield Park B on 32 points from 12, and nestled in between were David Browns A with 40 points from 16.
Kingsmith B led by Janet Adams won seven sets to three to put a 13-point cushion between themselves and their opponents although the latter have three matches in hand.
Adams was outstanding, winning all her sets without dropping a game.
Mike Belk, for Woodfield Park, pushed her to the limit before losing 11-7, 11-8, 13-11.
Adams trailed in all three games, 7-5 in the first, 6-3 in the second and 10-8 in the third, before powering her way to victory. Her speed to take advantage of the slightest opening won her many points, but it is only one of the many facets of her game which makes her a winner.
Only two weeks ago Adams represented Huddersfield Veterans First Teams in the illustrious company of Tim Dyson and Russell Senior in a three-match marathon at Hull. The team did everyone proud, drawing with Bradford and beating both Dewsbury and Leeds I.
Dyson won nine from nine, Senior five from nine and Adams three from nine, thus ensuring First Division status next season.
Peter Fox also won three for Kingsmith. His first set against Steve Knott was a classic, bringing out the best in both players.
Fox’s crispness dominated the first two sets, but thereafter you could not put a sheet of paper between the players.
Knott’s forehand was brilliant and it was only in the fifth game when Fox finally got to grips with it.
Knott’s forehand crosscourt winners were returned with a vengeance.
Fox made three such winning counter hits, the last two giving him a 14-12 fifth-game victory.
He dropped the first game against Derek Moorhouse, edged the next two, before storming to an 11-3 victory in the fourth.
Both Moorhouse and Belk beat John Langfield and together they accounted for the Kingsmith’s pairing of Fox and Langfield to give their score a degree of respectability, but Langfield had the final word beating Knott 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7.