Favourite Ronald “Suki” King has taken the lead at the start of the popular Henderson Layne Memorial Draughts Competition, organised by the Lodge Road Draughts Club.
King, the former double world champion, put his hands on Michael Barker and Ian Callender 1-0 to take a front-running position with six points in the Masters category yesterday.
Darwin “King of Cross” Lorde, Nathaniel “Thani” Grosvenor, Winston “Scarpetta” Lowe, Cedric Fields and Junior “Post” Walrond have five points with 10 rounds to go.
Lorde, recent winner of the Lodge Road members tournament, had the better of the consistent Carson Farley 1-0 and drew with St. Martin’s team-mate Cedric Fields 0-0. Walrond defeated national champion Richard Grazette 1-0 and drew with Grosvenor 0-0. There are five players on four points after the early skirmishes. Ten rounds remain with all Sunday matches scheduled for the Christ Church Girls Primary School. On Tuesday and Thursday the venue is the Lodge Road club house on Best Road.
In the Majors division Anderson “Brickford” Hunte made a grand start with a 2-0 dismissal of Everton “Moringa Man” Wiggins and a 1-0 victory over fellow Lodge Road colleague Decourcey Jordan. Wilma Branch knocked over Eric Rice 1-0 and Wynell Neverson, also 1-0 for six points, one less than Hunte, while Lodge Road B team captain Andrew “Lion” Harris had a small feast on Tyrone “General Norpe” Moore 1-0.
Moore is however expected to bounce back. In the Masters the competition is keen at both top and bottom with Kent Layne, Sam Marshall and Oliver Whitford nestling on two points from a pair of losses. The competition resumes tomorrow.