TABLE TENNIS: Seeds make ominous progress

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The first part of Spalding and District Table Tennis League’s individual championships was held last week.

This included the supremes, the open title for all league members, and also the doubles.

Some 23 members took part in the supremes, with four seeds selected based upon the current rankings.

Three of them reached the semi-finals. First through was top seed Tomascz Dobrzyn with three straight wins, defeating Phil Chandler in the quarters.

His opponent there will be John Gilbert (3), who dropped one end in his three wins, though that was not against Richard Hammond who he defeated in the last eight.

In the other half of the draw, Dave Gibson (4) – who beat Reece Kerry and Alan Fear in straight ends – awaits the winner of the fourth quarter final. Pete Budd (2), already a two-time winner, faces Martyn Green in that match.

Four pairs, out of the 13 entered, were seeded in the doubles event and they all duly reached the semis.

There one faces three in the form of Gibson and Dobrzyn and Budd and Phil Chandler.

However, the other semi between Green and White (4) saw an upset when they reached the final at the expense of Gilbert andHammond (2).

Later in the evening one of the Roy Gibson quarter finals from earlier in the month was played – and it proved to be a handicapper’s dream.

James Gibson (starting on 14) narrowly defeated Hannah Gilbert (25) 31-30, 30-31, 31-30 to reach the semi-final.