TABLE TENNIS: Leaders stretch advantage

Spalding and District Table Tennis League

(sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd)

Serious gaps are beginning to emerge in both divisions after the fifth round of matches.

In the top flight Defenders, bringing a match forward from February, held on to the top, but only by the number of wins scored.

The latest was a 4–1 victory over JAG. With Jean White out of action till at least Christmas she squeezed in one last contest, with mixed results. Team mate Martyn Green took a double in straight ends, but Jean, having won her first, was forced to concede to James Gibson after a long battle.

Sharing top place, and a 100 per cent record, are JDM Allsorts, but they have played a match less.

A 5-0 defeat of Lone Sharks saw them close the gap, with Phil Chandler and Jon Chesworth dropping just one end.

The only other match at this level had Bladerunners and Hit n Hope sharing the singles. Hit n Hope’s Garry Wilkinson took points off Daves Gibson and Gilbert, though they won their other games.

Pete Budd stepped up for the doubles in place of Gilbert and settled the match in Blades favour, moving them to third, four adrift of the top.

First place is shared in Division 2 on 19 points, but Seriously Adrift hold the aces as they are not only undefeated, but have already beaten rivals Chunky & Chunkier.

C&C needed the doubles to secure the win against Castle Sports for whom Joe Bombardini got another double, his third.

However, Dave Coley and Paddy Palgrave won a singles each to stay at the top.

Seriously took all four singles for their win over Barry Whites Babes, losing just one end in the process. For the doubles both teams changed one player and Babes took that after five ends before going down 1–4.

Insidious who won by the same score in their match with Ha’st, trail both teams by six.

Gary Simpson scored two, but Stewart Duffill pushed him to five ends and followed later with another five to claim a poin for the losers.

But with the intervening games taking four ends each it was no foregone conclusion.

Members are reminded to be on time for the draw for the Val Mackey Doubles competition, which, as all tables are needed, means there are none available for visitors this week.