TABLE TENNIS: Blades move closer to title

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With just four matches in Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) left, Bladerunners edged closer to the Division One crown.

The leaders have opened up an eight point lead in the top flight – and with the bottom two teams still to play, they need just three for the title. Their latest win was a 4-1 victory over a resolute Defenders who won the doubles but conceded all four singles.

Martyn Green put in a cracking performance in pushing Tomascz Dobryzn to a fifth end for the first time this season.

At the foot of the table JAG and Haz Beans on a Roll met.

JAG’s James Gibson put in another fine performance to win his two singles, but Tony Cooper and Colin Vertigan proved too strong in the remaining games to win 3-2.

Division Two is much tighter, but Castle Sports put themselves in a strong position with a 5-0 win over Nomads.

Reece Kerry and Mike Mulligan won all their games and Castle, though third, are just two and four points respectively behind the top two with a match in hand.

One of those, in second, is Insidious who were in the unfortunate position of having one of their team carrying a shoulder injury. Opponents Ha’st took full advantage with both Jonathan Matthews and Hannah Gilbert winning a singles each and forcing five deuces.

Despite that Insidious secured the win 3-2 in a match which went to 17 ends.