TABLE TENNIS: Sharp start puts Blades in box seat at summit

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Bladerunners continued their impressive start in Division One of Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) as they tightened their grip at the top last week.

Facing Haz Beans on a roll, they ran out 4-1 winners by – which was the first result of the season not ending 3-2.

Tomasz Dobrzyn won both of his games in straight ends, but Dave Gibson’s win and loss had five deuces out of eight ends. Colin Vertigan took a point for Haz Beans.

South Holland dropped back a point after their 3–2 win over Defenders.

Richard Hammond scored a double for the winners and helped team-mate David Gilbert win the deciding doubles from two ends down. Jean White and Alan Fear shared the points for the losers.

Closest match of the evening saw Castle Sports grab their first win against Nomads.

Three of the ends went all the way and meant Rod Bain and Reece Kerry both ended the night having fought out over 200 points in their singles alone.

Strangely, this didn’t happen at all last season.

Nicola Wilkinson and Kerry had a win each plus the match-settling doubles, while Bain scored both for his team.

Finally, Insidious took a 2-0 lead over one-man Ha’st in an unfinished match.