Dunnington hit back on a night of big wins in YPL

Dunnington bounced back from last week’s rare setback in emphatic style by thumping Chapel Allerton 1 to head into the Christmas break in total control of the Yorkshire Premier League.

The defending champions from York fell to their first defeat of the season last Wednesday night at Pontefract 1 but normal service was resumed this week as they dispatched the visitors from north Leeds with a 5-0 (20-5) triumph.

Although second-placed Hallamshire also won handsomely, 20-0 at Pontefract 2, Dunnington will be highly satisfied with their 21-point lead at the top at the season’s halfway stage.

Ed Shannon began the Dunnington rout with a straight-games win over Declan Christie at fifth string and Michael Andrews maintained his 100% YPL record this season after his opponent, former world No.3 Simon Parke, had to withdraw at 2/1 down due to a calf injury.

Julian Tomlinson was extended to five in a gruelling duel with Kiwi Joe Williams and world No.141 Rob Downer also had to dig deep against Chapel A’s second-string Welshman Owain Taylor before taking the deciding fifth game 11/2.

Guernseyman Chris Simpson made short work of Mark Fuller at top string to complete the Dunnington clean sweep.

Hallamshire matched that feat on their trip to face Pontefract 2 with all five of their line-up winning in straight games.

Dylan Martens stepped up from the Sheffield side’s second team in confident style to beat Dominic Pegg, youngster Oscar Beach saw off Billy Hawes in quick time and Alex Cutts expended little sweat against Matt Godson.

Harry Falconer, a recent quarter-finalist at the Valencia Open, swatted aside Pontefract 2’s Adam Taylor and the top string match was a clash of the recently crowned British Junior champions, U19 title-winner Nick Wall defeating U17 champ Sam Todd in three games.

It was certainly a night of convincing wins, with Barnsley and Queens also winning 5-0. Fifth-placed Barnsley moved a point behind Chapel Allerton 1 by dismissing bottom side Chapel Allerton 2, and once again all five matches were over in straight games.

Hollie Naughton and Millie Tomlinson, both ranked inside the world top 35, won quickly at the bottom of the order, before Tom Bamford ended a personal run of six successive YPL defeats by toppling Cameron Ward.

Stuart MacGregor, playing against his old club, kept up his 100% record by beating Kieran Wardman and, not to be outdone, top string Miles Jenkins also won in three, although Dom Hamilton stretched him to 13/11 in the second game.

The one-sided nature of Queens’ 20-2 victory over Hull & East Riding was more unexpected, although a third appearance of the season for world No.55 Richie Fallows certainly helped the Halifax side.

Husband and wife David and Sarah Campion were winners in routine fashion at the bottom of the order, before James Earles proved too strong for Fiona Moverley at third string.

Connor Sheen dispatched promising junior Ben Sockett with minimal fuss but then another youngster, Ben Smith, showed plenty of guts to take Fallows the full distance before succumbing 11/7 in the fifth.

Wednesday night’s other game was the only one which didn’t end 5-0, Pontefract 1 ‘only’ winning 4-1 (17-4) at second-bottom Abbeydale.

Nick Wall snr was the only player to raise a cheer from the home crowd at the Sheffield club by beating Lews Doughty in three. Elsewhere the honours all went to Ponte with club stalwarts Alex Hodgetts and Sam Wileman winning in three, Taminder Gata Aura in four and recently-recruited top string, Harinder Pal Sandhu, the world No.59 from India, coasting past Adam Turner.

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