TABLE TENNIS: Spalding League fixtures are five alive

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Five was the magic number in the Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) last Wednesday night.

With two postponements out of the fifth round of matches, just five were played and they all resulted in 5-0 wins.

The semi-final of the Moulton Shield also saw Bladerunners’ Tomascz Dobryzn and David Gibson win all their games against Defenders in a first against second tie.

Such was their dominance on their way to the final that only two of the games ended in close scores.

They will meet Haz Beans, who had played their semi previously, in the final on December 4.

By the end of the evening Defenders, who had moved their scheduled match forward, had lost second spot to South Holland.

In the only top flight match played, their contest with Outsiders also ended in straight ends for Richard Hammond and John Gilbert.

In Division Two, Insidious, whose match was postponed because of illness, lost out most as they are now 16 points off the top though they do have two games in hand.

Leaders Castle Sports overcame Tornados for their fifth whitewash, with potent pairing Nicola Wilkinson and Mike Mulligan dropping just one end.

Second placed Dark Knights found Ha’st tougher, being forced to a fifth end in one singles and a fourth in the doubles.

Lower down the table Mine’s a Pint also gained from Insidious’ misfortune, moving above them after their win against Casey’s Pingers.

Jeremy Hitcham and Andrew Hay completed their first fiver, having been on the receiving end twice.

However Pingers’ Mick Nurse nearly spoiled the party with both his singles going to the fifth end.