This week the 1st team faced Bowdon away in a match that potentially could decide the title. Warrington were 5 points clear of Bowdon at the top of table, but with a game in hand. So to lose would close the title race right up.
Adrian Waller was first on facing Nick Wall (J) – both left-handers. This was a quality match with the players making the court look small. But Adrian always had the extra shot and ran out a comfortable 3-0 win to put Warrington ahead in the tie (below).
On the second court, Nat Fairhurst was up against Jacob Robinson. On paper, this should have been a closer match than it was. Nat was not at his best and he went down 3-0 and Bowdon levelled the tie (below).
Next on the show court was Andy Whipp playing Adam Turner. Andy played as he always plays and the match was fast and furious. But he always had that bit more and he won 3-0 to put Warrington ahead again (top and below).
Rob Taylor, who was up against Matt Lowery, knew none of this. Rob’s steady play won him the first game, and then the second. Matt then turned the tables and closed out the third game 11-9. All of a sudden, things became much more tense. Fortunately Rob got an early lead in the forth, and was able to extend it to win the game 11-6, the match, and the tie (below).
Meanwhile Rob Downer was on the show court against Peter Bilson. Rob was ahead in the first game 10-7 and then uncharacteristically threw 3 points away. This proved costly and Pete took the first, 13-11. Rob won the second game despite Pete showing a better range of shots. Half way through the third game a refereeing decision went against Rob. This provided the extra incentive Rob needed and he went into Warp Drive to win it. With the tie now won and Pete tiring, Rob put on a fantastic display of court movement. Both players played some great shots between their legs but the result was inevitable (below).
So Warrington won 17 points to 5 to extend the lead at the top of the table. As seen below, we are now 17 points clear of Bowdon, still with a game in hand over our main rivals. Alderley Edge had not posted Tuesday’s result at the time of writing.
There are 5 matches remaining, so its not quite time for celebration. But we are a big step closer to a third consecutive title after this result. The 1st team is at home next week against The Northern. Come and give them your support!