Newcomers take the spolis in maiden table tennis final

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Favourites Bladerunners came off second-best to Mine’s a Pint in the final of Spalding and District Table Tennis League’s Marylands Cup.

Played over three ends to 31, Bladerunners were up against second division mid-table side Mine’s a Pint who were making their first appearance in the cup.

Honours were shared after the first three ends, with both teams giving away between 15 and 23 points between them.

However, the Pinters took the doubles in two before being pulled back in the third singles as Bladerunners staged a late rally.

But it wasn’t enough as Mine’s a Pint took the title by winning the final game through Jeremy Hitcham and Andrew Hay.

On the same night, Hitcham and Hay also reached the semi-finals of the Guardian Cup which was played off over a zero-33 format, with a hidden handicap added.

The pair beat fellow newcomers Tornados who were also making their debut appearance in the cup and were favoured by the handicapper, only receiving seven which wasn’t enough to overcome a deficit of 57 on the table.

Hitcham and Hay will now meet Casey’s Pingers who lost out in play to Outsiders 132-73 but had a generous 75-handicap to take them through 148-132.

Bladerunners are also through to the semi-finals after a win over South Holland, with Tomascz Dobrzyn in fine form in winning his ends by 20 points to effectively seal the tie so that even with the handicap, South Holland still lost 132-93.

Castle Sports will be waiting for Bladerunners in the semi-finals after a nail-biting 127-120 win over division one side JAG.

Honours were even in games and JAG led by eight over the table, but the added 15-handicap that Castle received swung the match in their favour.

There was no consolation for JAG in Division One action as they went down 3-2 to Defenders.

In a close match where all the singles went to four or five ends, Martyn Green won twice while Reece Kerry and James Gibson scored one each which meant the tie was settled a doubles win for Defenders to settle the match 3 – 2.

In other league matches, Bladerunners beat Haz Beans 5–0 while South Holland registered the same score against Outsiders to stay in second place.

Earlier in the evening, Dobrzyn defeated Colin Vertigan 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in the Supremes semi-final and went on to retain his title with an 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9 victory over second seed John Gilbert.

They are due to meet again in the doubles final after Dobrzyn and David Gibson won through 3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 over Vertigan and Tony Cooper.