Runners-up is realistic target for Braunston despite closing the gap
MTTG continued their quest for the perfect season in the Stamford and Rutland League following an 8-2 victory over Uffington CC A who themselves retained ambitions for honours.
On this occasion, Dave Needham and Andy Goodacre remained unbeaten against determined opposition, for whom Steve Williams and Stacy Collins picked up consolation points which may yet prove important as the season moves towards its conclusion.
Braunston A might claim that they have closed the gap following a 9-1 win at Bourne B but, with a 17 point deficit remaining, the runners-up spot is their realistic target.
There were some competitive encounters in this match with John Buck winning the first two sets against Carl Slevin and also taking Brian Bodycote to five ends. However, he had to settle for a consolation win over Basil Bagshaw.
Slevin and Bodycote earned full-houses for Braunston as they keep the challengers below them at bay.
Stamford School remain third, despite suffering their second 7-3 defeat of the season at the bats of Bourne A.
Harry Jackson remained unbeaten for Bourne with Joe Cox winning twice.
The match of the evening was between Cox and Ryan Chung, Stamford team-mates last season as they won the inter-town Butcher Cup.
Cox won the first end 14-12, but Chung discovered his competitive edge to win the next three. It was an outstanding match between two teenagers who continue to do the league proud.
Braunston B have won two close matches in the past fortnight.
Against Harringworth they could not beat Dave Harvey, but managed a 6-4 team victory thanks to braces of wins for Bill Seese and Dave Webb.
Seese and Webb won the key doubles match to secure the win, but the closest contest was the first one of the evening as Frank Walsh recovered from two sets down to defeat the evergreen Cedric Phillips 13-11 at the fifth end.
Braunston B also defeated Stamford Free Church 6-4 where, on this occasion, Matt Pape continued his fine recent form by remaining unbeaten.
Vic Hoffman also won twice and would have been disappointed to lose against Free Church’s two-time winner Adrian Bradley having won the first two games in their encounter.
Bradley and John Chambers won the final doubles in five games to earn another important point for the visitors.
Tallington travelled to Uffington B and won 9-1.
Richard Allen and Nick McDowall remained unbeaten for Tallington while, for the cricketers, Emily Turner earned a fine win against Paul Ramm.
Tallington remain comfortably in the top half of the table while Uffington stay bottom but, with games in hand, that might see them improve their position.