TABLE TENNIS: Leading duo extend their advantage

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The two divisional leaders in Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) extended their leads last week.

In Division One, Bladerunners – playing a double fixture – racked up nine points to extend their lead to 12 – and they still have a game in hand.

In addition, one of those matches was against their closest rivals South Holland, who they defeated 4–1.

Highlight of this match was David Gilbert’s fine win in four ends against a player ranked well above him, which is only the second Blades have dropped.

Blades’ other match was a rearranged fixture with Outsiders and proved more straightforward, ending 5-0.

Both the Outsiders earned a lot of credit in picking up an end each from Blades’ Tomasz Dobrzyn and David Gibson.

The only other top flight match was between third, Defenders, and fourth, Haz Beans. The latter came out on top, just, with Defenders’ Martyn Green picking up two points in straight ends. However, Haz Beans had the better of the other three hard-fought games for the win. Defenders remain ahead, but their opponents have two matches in hand.

Castle Sports, meanwhile, extended their lead at the top of Division Two thanks to a 5-0 win over Nomads.

Castle’s Mike Mulligan and Nicola Wilkinson proved too strong for their opponents, though Wilkinson was forced to fight out nine ends for her points.

Chasers Dark Knights dropped back when they dropped a point against fourth-placed Insidious.

Richard Matthews scored another double, but Gary Simpson spoiled their party with a win in four ends for the losers.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Ha’st also won 4–1, this time against bottom team Casey’s Pingers.

Stewart Duffill took two for Ha’st, though Michael Nurse made him fight all the way for his second.

Pingers’ James Coote picked up his second win of the season, and a good one, to score their only point.

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