TABLE TENNIS: Blades looking sharp after dispatching title hopefuls

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Table-topping Bladerunners further enhanced their Division One title credentials last week with a big win over likely rivals South Holland.

They made it four wins from as many matches with a 4-1 triumph – but that did see them drop a point for the first time this season.

Tomasz Dobrzyn won both again, but lost an end for the second week in one of his tightest matches. Richard Hammond, the unfortunate loser, made up for it with his team’s sole victory.

Second-placed Defenders continued their run with another win – but lost ground as they were held to 3-2 by Haz Beans.

Jean White was in fine form with two, while opponents Tony Cooper shared their team’s points.

A clash between Outsiders and JAG at the foot of the table saw the match decided by the doubles which was played last in a rearranged order.

John Chesworth scored two in his team’s 3-2 victory which moves them ahead.

His team-mate struggled to find form after rushing in from a journey from Newmarket, benefitting James Gibson and Allan Lewis. It was the latter’s first win.

In Division Two, leaders Castle Sports won 3-2 against Ha’st with Garry Wilkinson and Mike Mulligan each taking one before topping off with the doubles.

Phil Coote won Ha’st’s points, but was pushed to a fourth end in both.

Castle lost some ground to two of their rivals, who both won 5-0.

Last year’s champions Dark Knights faced newcomers Casey’s Pingers and were too strong, winning without losing an end.

Richard Matthews and Baber Khan played the singles with Paddy Palgrave joining Matthews for the doubles.

Insidious had tougher competition in Tornados, despite winning all five.

Both Gary Simpson and Clive Shardlow had to concede an end to Phil Knowles.

Finally, Mine’s a Pint doubled their season’s tally with a 4-1 victory over Nomads.

Andrew Hay took a first double, with Jeremy Hitcham adding another.

The duo then teamed up for the doubles, while Jonathan Black scored for the losers.