TABLE TENNIS: Players are needed to secure league’s future

Members wanted: The Spalding and District Table Tennis League urgently require fresh talent to keep themselves going. Photo: SG040511-451NG (NIKKI GRIFFIN)
Members wanted: The Spalding and District Table Tennis League urgently require fresh talent to keep themselves going. Photo: SG040511-451NG (NIKKI GRIFFIN)

NEW players are urgently needed as the Spalding and District Table Tennis League bids to secure its future.

It looks increasingly likely that the league is going to lose at least four teams’ worth of players before next season – something it can ill afford, both in terms of numbers and income.

Anyone who is at all interested in joining the sport after the summer will be welcomed at any time between now and September, regardless of their level.

As far as the league is concerned, potential players are being asked to show their interest quickly to help the league plan the way forward.

Meanwhile, Division One champions South Holland closed out their league season undefeated with a 4–1 win against third-placed Bladerunners last week.

John Gilbert finished with a double, while Pete Budd scored for the losers. In a match much tighter than the score suggests, only one game didn’t go beyond three ends and Holland came very close to losing.

JDM Allsorts confirmed second spot with two wins. Playing on two tables they defeated Extel 4–1 and Whipping boys 5–0.

Jon Chesworth remained undefeated for them, while Phil Chandler picked up three. Alan Fear spoilt the party with a fine win for Extel’s point.

Another close match further down the table saw Table Tekkers win 3–2 against Beetroot n Bean. Garry Wilkinson took the two for B n B, but he had to fight them out over five ends each, including four deuces in one game – and became the only person this season to top 200 points in a match. Even the deciding doubles went to a fifth.

With the top two not playing it was left to Chunky and Chunkier to secure their third place, which they did as Pow! were beaten 5–0.

Paddy Palgrave and Dave Coley both finished off a good season with doubles, which left them just short of the top two.

Untitled ended their season by going down 3-2 against Xbox Junkies. Matt Childs took a double for Junkies, while Paul Gilbert won a singles for the losers.

In a rearranged match, GF Relics lost by a surprising 4–1 to Moulton Butchers, though they were carrying an injury. Gary Simpson scored two for Butchers while Julie Stevenson weighed in with one and helped take the doubles.

Tomorrow sees the climax of the remaining individual competitions – the Division One and Two titles, the Veteran’s and the Ladies’.

If any members have not entered their names please get in touch with Nicola.