REECE Kerry landed the Spalding and District Table Tennis League’s Under-17 championship to make a fine debut season.
In a final carried over from last week, second seed Kerry met Darwin Gray, who had defeated the top seed in the last four, writes ALLAN LEWIS.
Kerry started quietly, but soon built up a lead, taking the first two ends 11-5 11-6, before Darwin got his forehand working to good effect, taking the third 11-9.
However, Kerry kept calm as the forehand went astray and he took the title 11-1 in the fourth.
In Division One, South Holland took an eight point lead over JDM Allsorts with the 4–1 defeat of Castle Sports.
Richard Hammond took two for Holland, while Jean White scored for the losers.
Bladerunners moved ahead of Castle thanks to defeating Extel by the same score. Pete Budd took a maximum for the Blades and Alan Fear won the consolation point. All the singles were over in three, while the doubles went to five.
JAG v Beetroot n Bean had the same score line. James Gibson won the double for JAG, with Garry Wilkinson picking up the loser’s point. Despite losing her singles though, Celia De Blasi had a good night.
In Division Two, leaders Green Machine continue to march towards the title after a 5–0 win over bottom team Baldy n Bob. They too are eight clear – but have matches in hand.
Seriously Adrift took second spot with a similar result over Pow!, as Baber Khan and Kerry bagged all the points for the loss of just one end.
Chunky n Chunkier move up to third having demolished GF Relics in the singles, though the latter took the doubles in five.
On the same points are Moulton Butchers, who narrowly defeated Untitled 3-2. Gary Simpson had two wins and helped take the doubles, but Jonathan Black and Hannah Gilbert both won their other singles.
Relics are close behind, having inflicted a second 5-0 defeat of the night on Baldy n Bob. A one sided match was won in straight ends with just three going above 11-5.
Finally in the league, Xbox Junkies beat Georgie Boys 3-2. Matt Childs took two and the doubles for the win, while Sam Marriott and Louis Humphries won their other singles, though they both had to go five ends to do it.
At the start of the evening Pow! played the second round of their Guardian Cup match against Untitled.
They won all four ends to score 132-109, but only had to concede a handicap of ten, so went through to meet Table Tekkers in the semi-final.
After their league match the Greens faced JDM Allsorts in their delayed fixture.
As was expected JDM took all four ends to lead by 132-73.
However, in this case the handicap given to the second division outfit was 60, and they took the spoils by one.
They now meet Whipping Boys.