Hot Streak for Cooling...
Winchester's Sigvaris-sponsored fifth team moved into the promotion positions in Hampshire Division 2 with a resounding 5-0 victory at home to Nuffield Health Portsmouth II.
Tim Cooling (pictured) continued his current run of hot form, overwhelming James Clarke with a fine display of expert control and precise length. A dominant Cooling repeatedly sent his opponent scampering to all corners of the court to return yet another perfectly placed shot, eventually running out the winner in straight games for the loss of just a miserly eight points.
Meanwhile skipper Steve Besant was also securing a 3-0 victory on the adjoining court, his consistent and quietly determined play drawing a series of increasingly despairing cries from Nuffield's Ross Lines who, although never looking quite out of the contest, was unable to find an answer to Besant's overall game.
Jon Sampson was up against the experienced Steve Ralphs and, perhaps still slightly unsettled from his unexpected reversal last week, initially struggled to cope with his opponent's unorthodox shot selection which allowed Ralphs to take the first game. But Sampson is never better than when his back is against the wall and inch by inch he clawed his way back to claim the next three games, each one of them going to the wire, and so secure the overall win bonus for his team.
Craig Mascall always looked in control against the quality shot-making but slightly suspect fitness of Gary Lewis. Although at times under considerable pressure from his opponent's array of flashing drives, Mascall held his nerve and kept his composure, running Lewis into the ground to win in three games.
With the pressure off, Hampshire Over 45 Champion George Kousseff and Nuffield no.1 Paul Crafts took centre stage and, in a sportingly contested encounter featuring a real contrast in styles, Kousseff eventually came away with a 3-0 victory once he had got the measure of Crafts' hard hitting game.
So a maximum haul of 20 points for the Bereweeke Road side and, although still dependent on results elsewhere, a genuine chance of finishing in one of the coveted top two spots at the end of the season.