A depleted 5 man squad travelled to Coventry at the weekend to face Avon, Cheshire and Warwickshire in the Stage 2 Premier Division relegation battle.
First game for Yorkshire was against a very strong Avon side. First on court were Steve Everitt at No.5 and Captain David Lines at No.3. Despite taking the first game for Yorkshire, Steve eventually lost his match 1/3. David Lines at No.3 string had no answer against an inspired Avon opponent who was hitting winning shots from all areas of the court, so sadly lost 0/3. At No.4 Mark Shipley took a tight second game to level at 1/1, but his opponent took charge of the match from this point and took the tie 3/1 for Avon. Playing at No.1 Phil Wakefield faced England International, Jeremy Goulding, and despite a valiant effort from Phil, he lost 0/3.
The final tie saw Keith Hinds at No.2 play current England International, Mark Taylor. This was a terrific battle between two quality players with Mark taking the first two game for Avon and Keith edging the third for Yorkshire. However, the fourth saw Mark take full control to record a 1/3 win for Avon.
Yorkshire 3 Avon 20
The second game of the day saw Yorkshire up against Cheshire in what was very much a must win match if there was to any chance of avoiding relegation.
At No.5 in a very tight match Steve went down 0/3. David Lines, produced a Captain’s performance at No.3 to record a 3/1 win for Yorkshire and also avenge his defeat by the same player in the Stage 1 match earlier in the season.
The next two ties also saw return matches for both Mark Shipley and Phil Wakefield from the Stage 1 encounter in Newcastle and sadly there was also repeat of the score lines with Cheshire taking both rubbers 2/3.
This left Keith to play the final tie of this match and he cruised to a comfortable 3/0 victory for Yorkshire.
Yorkshire 10 Cheshire 15.
The final match of the weekend saw Yorkshire facing hosts Warwickshire with only pride to play for.
Starting at No.5, Steve narrowly lost the first game before taking the second, but sadly at this point fatigue began to take it’s toll on the Yorkshire player and Warwickshire took this tie 1/3.
Unfortunately at No.3, David lost the first game of his match but then had to retire with an injury to his arm, so this was 0/3 to Warwickshire.
After a slow start to his match Mark eventually got the measure of his opponent to record a 3/1 win for Yorkshire.
At No.1 Phil was unable to find any real rhythm to his play and despite his efforts he eventually went down to a 0/3 defeat.
Again this left Keith to play out a dead rubber but was never really troubled by the home player and recorded a straight forward 3/0 win for Yorkshire.
Yorkshire 7 Warwickshire 15.
1. Cheshire 47 points
2. Avon 47 points
3. Warwickshire 22 points
4. Yorkshire 20 points.
Finally many thanks to everyone who travelled to Coventry for the weekend and despite a valiant effort it now means next season will see the team look to mount a promotion challenge to regain it’s place in the Premier Division.
Steve Everitt 15.03.16.