New Kids had the honour of playing the very final league match in the 2018/19 Dundee & District League season away against high flying Chieftains in Division 2. The latter stormed to a 6-0 commanding position. Fed up with this negative sequence, the Kids showed what they are truly made of in the doubles, slaughtering their opponents by the narrowest of margins in the final game. Howard Lee completed his strong season with a victory in the singles against Fiona Kinloch. But the Chieftans were doubtless happy to confirm their runner’s up spot in the division with a splendid 8-2 win.
New Kids had the chance to leapfrog Truants for fifth place, but they would have needed 6 points from the last fixture and only managed 2. Overall, the three St Andrews teams dominated the middle of the table, with Swots earning a commendable fourth place, followed by Truants, while New Kids finished on the seventh rung of the ladder. Swots had already established that they were the stronger team reaching the final of the Secondary Shield cup, narrowly losing in the final. In individual averages, Nick Shepherd finished fifth with a win ratio of 76%.
Division 1 was dominated by four teams who created a chasm with the rest of the league. Prefects, on the wrong side of the gap, still secured fifth place, partly thanks to the laudable performances of Michael Hahn, winning 39/45 matches (87%), finishing joint fifth in the individual averages.
In Division 3, Prospects had to settle for fifth place overall, led by Chris Wroniecki with a 77% win percentage.
Chris Wroniecki (right), winner of the 2019 Legacy Shield, is congratulated by tournament organiser Howard Lee
The club rounded up the season with a local “hard bat” tournament, the Legacy Shield, which saw Chris take on the mighty Michael in a thrilling finale. Before revealing the winner, it is worth clarifying that the hard bat is a great leveller as everybody plays identical bats, without rubbers. The modern game is heavily affected by the spin and speed of various rubbers, none of which could be used at the tournament. The final last year had already opposed Michael to Chris, the former emerging victorious. However, this year Chris was more determined than ever to reverse the result. It started off well for him as he took the first game 15-11. And the second game was won on sudden death at 14-14, by … Chris, earning the right to have his name engraved below Michael’s on the trophy.
The club would like to honour Michael, who will be leaving the area and therefore the club, as he will be completing his PhD (we hope) in the coming months. We wish him well in his future endeavours.