TABLE TENNIS: Brilliant Blades secure Shield

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The final night before the Christmas break saw Bladerunners get their hands on the first trophy of the Spalding and District Table Tennis League season.

In a ding-dong Moulton Shield final against JDM Allsorts they took the first game, Tomascz Dobryzn winning emphatically before JDM levelled.

Blades led again after the doubles only to be pulled back again in the next singles.

But the Blades weren’t to be denied – and Dobryzn won the final game to take the match and trophy for his side.

In League Division One, sponsored by Vital Recruitment, South Holland closed up on Bladerunners with a 4–1 win over Haz Beans on a Roll.

Four of their games went to the fourth end, but a double for John Gilbert, plus one from son David and the doubles, moved them within two points of the top. However, Blades have a game in hand.

An even tighter match was played out between Defenders and JAG at the foot of the table.

With three games going to the fifth and another to four, the result could have gone either way. The score failed to reflect that though, as Defenders came out 5–0 winners.

In Division Two Insidious are keeping up the pressure on the leaders, temporarily claiming first place having played a game more. With the singles shared they needed the doubles to decide the match against Ha’st, coming out 3–2 winners.

Stewart Duffill continued his good form with another double for the losers.

Elsewhere, Castle Sports moved closer to the top with a 4–1 win over Nomads.

Reece Kerry scored a rapid double, while Jonathan Black took the point for Nomads.

Earlier in the evening, the second semi-final was played in the Val Mackey Doubles.

Group B winners Pete Budd and Mike Mulligan held on to their record with a 3-1 win over Group A runners-up Phil Chandler and Baber Khan.

• After a successful first half of the season, the committee would like to send all members and friends season’s greetings.

Fixtures resume on January 9, which includes round one of the Marylands Cup.