Mens II away v Blaydon III 25th July 2018

Alex & Phillip     Darren & Chris      Joe & Philip

Shotley won by 15 sets to 3 and 104 games to 46

Needing a win to secure the title skipper Stephen headed off to Dubrovnik for the week.

He says he had full confidence in the team, they say he bottled it and if they lost he was well distanced from it.

No need to worry as Shotley swept aside yet another Blaydon team to clinch the league in the style they have shown all season.

Top pair with all six sets were stand-in skipper Alex & the Reverend. They absolutely blitzed the opposition 1-6, 0-6,  0-6, 0-6,  1-6, 1-6 with their most commanding display of the season.

Joe & Philip only lost a tiebreak set and were more in charge than the scores reflect.

After some eye-catching displays for the third team Kid Nichol was rewarded with a place alongside Darren to fill in for the absent Stephen. The pair took a creditable 4 sets and both players showed some of their trademark shots. The Kid scrambling across the baseline to play impossible winners while Darren was his usual imperious best at the net.

Well done to all who played in a great season. Now who's going to pick up the trophy - Stephen or Alex.