TABLE TENNIS: Castle claim second spot on season finale

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Castle Sports sealed second place in Division Two in emphatic fashion on the final official night of action in the Spalding and District Table Tennis League season.

Having battled for the runners-up spot all campaign, high-flying duo Castle and Insidous battled out a ‘winner takes all’ clash as both looked to end their season on a high.

With one win each out of their previous two meetings this season, both 3-2, it promised to be close – and so it proved, for a while at least.

The first two games were shared, though Gary Simpson of Insidious had to fight off a comeback to win in five.

But then Castle’s Mike Mulligan and Reece Kerry took the doubles in three and Mulligan won his next match to ensure the win.

Finally, Kerry battled out five ends with Simpson before winning and leaving the score at 4 – 1 in their favour and second spot in their grasp.

In Division One, the final match failed to reach a conclusion. JDM Allsorts’ Phil Chandler won one and lost one of his singles to Haz Beans in a Row and was joined by Pete Budd to claim the doubles, but the other singles were deferred, leaving Budd a hefty programme.

Meanwhile, Budd had lost out in the final for the Division One title to Tomascz Dobrzyn 9-11, 7-11, 10-12 and had progressed to a semi-final place in the Veterans at the expense of Jean White (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11 and 11-9).

Earlier White had retained her Ladies title from Nicola Wilkinson, a repeat of last year, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5.

Tomorrow night sees some unfinished business, but otherwise the league’s summer season has begun.

All are welcome to get involved at the Castle Sports Complex, but there will be a charge of £3 per evening to cover costs.

If you’re new to the sport or fancy making a return, the league will welcome you, while training with the popular robot and player coaching will be available.