Honours shared

WHITBY Endeavour resumed the second half of their Scarborough and District League division three season with Rob Plackett acting as team secretary, in place of Ken Benford.

When these two teams met earlier in the season it was a 6-4 win for Endeavour, although Shades of Grey were minus their number one player, Chris Found.

With their team returned to full strength, it was bound to be a close encounter, as both sides are riding high in division three.

Endeavour currently have 33 points from nine matches, while Shades of Grey have 32, but with a game in hand.

Jon Parkinson was once again in good singles form comfortably beating number two player, Tom Byrne 9-11, 7-11, 3-11, but surprisingly failing to overcome number three player Derek Harris.

Graham Cripps sits high in the individual averages league table and has earned the reputation as a very difficult man to beat, with a strong defensive game. He secured two good wins, but just failed against Tom Byrne, losing 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.

Rob Plackett weighed in with just one win, beating Derek Harris over four ends 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 4-11.

So it was down to the doubles to decide the outcome and Endeavour opted for the pairing of Cripps and Parkinson, who fought hard to overcome Harris and Found, but went down 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11.

Rob Plackett has a track record of producing score draws and thus was the case again with a 5-5 score, which on balance was a fair result on the night, in what was a very sporting fixture.

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