Essex stormed to the top of the table with a crushing 28-11 win at home to Oxfordshire, while Lancashire kept the pressure on with a 26-13 win away against Devon. Yorkshire were made to work extremely hard by Kent for their 22-17 win, while Glamorgan and Cheshire were also winners. In the high averages the plaudits go to the ladies. Thirteen year old Natasha Eaves picked off an impressive 23.86 for Lancashire ‘B’, while in the ‘A’ matches both Yorkshire’s Rachel Brooks and Oxfordshire’s Deta Hedman both hit an impressive 29.47. However even those weren’t good enough, because Cheshire’s Anastasia Dobromyslova warmed up for the forthcoming Zuiderduin Masters with a fantastic 31.98. In the Men's averages it was Lakeside bound Wayne Warren of Glamorgan with 33.29 who was the pick of the pack.
Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and Cornwall have pulled clear of the chasing pack after all three had good wins over the weekend. At the foot of the table, only six points separate the bottom five, so it will be all to play for when the fixtures resume in January. In the top averages, Jamie Hughes of the West Midlands continued his good form with a division topping 31.07, while County Durham’s Jennifer Summerson found the long trip to Cambridgeshire worthwhile by topping the Ladies averages with 25.44.
London, Lincolnshire and Berkshire have pulled clear at the top of the table as all produced good wins over the weekend. However, at the bottom Bedfordshire and Norfolk both look in need of good performances in January or they will be cast adrift. It was an all Hertfordshire affair on the divisional high averages, with Alfie Smith’s 30.67 and Jane Phillips 21.78 beating the rest.
Cleveland are the runaway leaders of this division - already fifteen points clear of third placed Gloustershire, following their 29-10 victory over Middlesex. Shropshire are eight points adrift after beating Buckinghamshire 24-15, while Leicestershire moved up to fourth following their win against Worcestershire. The other two matches were both draws. In the averages it was Cleveland’s Alan Edwards with 31.72 who took the mens honours, with Buckinghamshire’s Barbara Legge picking up the ladies award with 25.47.
Just five points separate the top five in this division, with Northumberland’s 30-9 victory against the Isle of Wight putting them on top. Merseyside and Cumbria are just two points adrift following wins against West of England and Breconshire respectively, while Pembrokeshire and Clwyd were the other two winners in the Division. Unusually both the mens and ladies top averages came from ‘B’ team matches: Pembrokeshire’s Paul Morgans hit a 30.67, while in the same match Tyne and Wear’s Joyce Stead hit an impressive 25.05.
Fife have stormed clear at the top of the table with an emphatic 32-4 victory over East Stirlingshire, and with Grampian having the weekend off, Tay Valley move into second despite going down 19-17 at home to Highland. In the other two fixtures Clackmannanshire went down 23-13 at home to Perthshire, while Angus are now just a point from moving off the bottom of the table as they won 21-15 at home to Central. In the averages Fife’s Rab Shaw was the weekends overall highest man, with 34.15, while the ladies highest went to Highland’s Olive Byamukama with 21.53.
Ayrshire head the table, just three points clear of local rivals West Ayrshire as both counties had emphatic wins against Lothian and East Renfrewshire respectively. Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire were the other two winners, which leaves West Lothian a long way adrift at the foot of the table. It was West Ayrshire’s Andy Boulton with 31.47 who topped the division’s averages while Lothian’s Scottish International Frances Lawson topped the ladies with 25.47.
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