NGL Ladies Cecil Leitch Final
Staverton Park’s ladies team retained their Ladies Cecil Leitch title in thrilling fashion as they beat Wellingborough 3-2 in the final at Northampton GC.
Although Claire Guest (Wellingborough) and Jane Clifford (Staverton) were both successful with holes to spare, the middle three ties all went the distance.
Lema Townsend gave Wellingborough the advantage by taking the 18th hole, but Staverton held their nerve down the last in the other two games as Candice Jones and Elaine Loydall secured the vital points.
NGL Scratch League
Peterborough Milton kept up the pressure on Scratch League pacesetters Northants County as they moved into second position with a 5-3 home success against Northampton.
Adam Barker, Oliver Clark and Adam Scott got the hosts off the ideal start with three convincing victories, before Dominic Jessup and Ross Skidmore bagged a couple of wins for Northampton with holes to spare.
Although Ben Lavender added another point for the visitors on the closing hole, it was only after Michael Wood and Tom Burgh had confirmed the victory for Milton.
Kettering’s relentless push for promotion into the top flight sees no sign of stopping as they made it four wins in four outings with a 8-0 home whitewash of bottom side Cold Ashby.
With none of the eight ties reaching the 18th hole, the hosts completed the perfect day with points from Reece Dodd, Ben Atherton, Ed Keech, Rob Stevenson, Nick Keech, Luke Saywood, Joseph Hyde and Jordan Darnell.
Kettering will be confirmed as second division champions if they avoid defeat in their penultimate fixture at home to second-placed Collingtree Park on Saturday.
Daventry’s hopes of pulling clear at the top of the third division standings suffered a blow as they lost 4-2 at one of their closest rivals Brampton Heath.
Tom Green gave the visitors the early advantage with a 4&3 triumph and although Brampton replied with two wins on the 17th, Chris Eveleigh levelled up the overall score with another success on the penultimate hole.
With both the remaining two matches going the distance, it was Brampton who got the job done as Alec Francis and Jack Brown came good down the stretch.
Rushden recorded a 5-1 walkover home victory against Silverstone, who are now out of contention for promotion, while Oundle beat Priors Hall 4-2 at home.