It was first round week in the Aldershot & District Handicap Cup and already there is a classic match to report on, Challoner and Tennis F going right to the wire and only being separated by the final point of the night. Ron Wale was the hero for Tennis gaining the 5 points required to edge past an unlucky Martin Rozario to see his side over the line 5-4.
The tight handicaps were too much for a strong Central A to overcome as they were beaten 5-2 by Frimley C, Margaret Thornton and Robeen Roopun each won both their games, but it was Peter Glass who won the only live end of the night for Frimley, 11-7 over Pete Millard during an easy win.
More exact handicapping in the Frimley E / Fleet CC C game as Barry Jones beat John Allen in the deciding match to put Frimley in the hat for the second round. Robert Brook was desperately unlucky for Fleet however as his heroic three wins were in vain.
Two wins apiece for young George Carder and his more experienced team mate Brian Lunn were the key to Ash F moving into the next round at the expense of Frimley F 5-2.
A superb performance from Kin Chan in winning all his games 11-3 or better on his way to three victories went un-rewarded as Cody A were pipped at the post 5-4 by a spirited Ash H. Vere Fereday was the star for Ash claiming more than the requisite points against a tough opponent in Peter Anthony to clinch the final match of the evening.
It wasn’t quite so tight for Ash B as they waltzed past Cody C 5-0, Daves Halfpenny and Gilham doing the business with two each.
Tennis A were on the brink at 4-1 down to Broadmoor B but stormed back to win an entertaining match 5-4. Simon Turner showed his fighting qualities as he easily won the decider against Norma Millward 44-29.
Yet another last game decider saw Tennis G beat Fleet CC B 5-4, Jeremy Fox did his bit for Fleet in winning all three but Ray Eason saw off Marge Massey 44-30 in the ninth to put Tennis through.
Crawley Ridge A complete the second round line up after they got the better of Cody D 5-2, Nick Green and Ken Thompson each won a double for The Ridgemen.