TABLE TENNIS: Blades are blunted by Holland’s revenge

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): THREE teams booked their place in the semi-finals of the Marylands Cup on a hectic night of action.

Division One big hitters South Holland exacted some revenge on Bladerunners, who defeated them in the first round of the Guardian Cup two weeks ago.

With this a more individual event, they took an early lead in the first singles, hung on to capture the second and achieved a winning total with the third. Bladerunners scored a consolation point in the fourth, but lost the last to go down 4-1.

The victorious pair of Richard Hammond and Adam Sokol will meet Defenders, who had too much for Ha’st.

Although Alan Fear and Martyn Green took the tie 5-0, it followed the trend of most Marylands matches and was much closer on the table.

Ha’st’s Stewart Duffill and Hannah Gilbert forced three of the five games to a third end, two of which were won on the final point with there being no deuce in this event.

The third quarter-final between JAG and Hit n Hope was equally close, with three games going to the third.

JAG took the early lead, but H and H fought back to take the next two. JAG then levelled again, before Lorna Staff won the decider in the third.

Hit n Hope will now play the winners of the Lone Sharks versus Insidious tie, which had to be postponed.

Elsewhere, No Name had a busy night in Division Two – playing a match brought forward against Castle Sports.

Matt Childs set them on their way with another win against Joe Bombardini. His is the only person to beat Bombardini in the league this season and now he has managed that feat twice.

He then completed the double for the match and teamed up with Darwin Gray to take the doubles and their third win of the season.

Earlier in the evening, they had completed a match that actually started three weeks earlier.

Beginning level with Barry Whites Babes after the first two singles, Gray and Childs took the other singles and the doubles to score a 4–1 win and their second victory.

As a result, No Name move up three places – but with the teams below them having games in hand and only two points separating the bottom four, that will probably change.

Finally, Chunky and Chunkier moved their match with Babes forward when Paddy Palgrave won his second singles to give them an unassailable lead.

In addition to the action, the league were happy to see members taking advantage of the recently acquired Robotpong for some hard practice.

Today (Wednesday) sees a full League programme. Members are reminded that the following week sees the Roy Gibson Memorial Rose Bowl event.