TABLE TENNIS: Duo ready for Shield final after big wins

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): SOUTH Holland and JAG set up a Moulton Shield final date after delivering impressive displays last week.

An evening scheduled for the semi-finals of the Shield competition also saw some interesting developments in the league tables.

In the first semi, Seriously Adrift, leading the pack in Division Two, faced JAG from the top flight.

Even without their star player the latter proved to have too much and went through 4-1.

Reece Kerry, the least experienced of the four, put up a brave display despite losing and certainly caused problems for his opponents, but Allan Lewis and James Gibson were able to put their greater experience to use.

Richard Matthews drew the short straw and finished up playing eight ends in a row (to 21) before picking up his teams deserved consolation point.

In the other match, South Holland roared into a 4-0 lead, but John Gilbert and Richard Hammond had to fight Bladerunners’ Pete Budd and Dave Gibson all the way, with all four games going to the third end.

Budd got some compensation for the effort by winning the final game for Blades.

At the same time Holland were making a move in the league, having brought forward their match with Defenders.

With the doubles still to play they hold a 3-1 advantage thanks to Hammond’s double, while Jean White scored for their opponents.

In Division Two, No Name were involved in three matches. They began against Moulton Butchers, who have moved up to third off the back of a 4-1 win.

Nicola Wilkinson took two and was well supported by Julie Stevenson, while Matt Childs scored his team’s point after a very close game with two deuces.

Their second match was the completion of the delayed fixture with Castle Sports.

With the match score at 2-2, No Name took their first win of the season thanks to victory in the remaining doubles.

Even so, they had to come behind to secure the point.

Finally, Chunky and Chunkier took advantage in the third match and won 5-0.

Dave Coley and Paddy Palgrave delivered the goods for the loss of just one end, which was taken by Darwin Gray.

As a result of that win Seriously Adrift finished the evening in second place, one point behind Chunky.

Tomorrow sees another round of league fixtures.

Members should also note that the annual competition for the Val Mackey Doubles takes place on Wednesday, November 30.

• Visit www.spaldingtabletennisleague.co.uk for more on the league.