TABLE TENNIS: Title race wide open this year

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The chase for titles in both divisions of Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) looks an exciting one this year, with all five of this week’s games ending 3-2.

Division One title holders South Holland were on the wrong end of their result against Bladerunners.

Blades’ Tomasz Dobrzyn defeated both John Gilbert and Richard Hammond in straight ends. He was ably supported by David Gibson.

His son James Gibson took JAG’s points against the pair from Haz Beans. Tony Cooper and Colin Vertigan won their other games plus the doubles.

The remaining top flight match saw JDM Allsorts maintain their challenge with a win over Defenders despite having to default one game due to injury. Pete Budd and John Chesworth took two singles and Phil Chandler joined Budd to take the doubles. Jean White won for the losers.

The Dark Knights and Nomads match saw three games go all the way and another going to four. Knights came out on top thanks Richard Matthews’ double, but Jonathan Black won one and with Rod Bain, added the doubles.

The final match saw Reece Kerry take a double for Castle Sports, but Clive Shardlow and Gary Simpson of Insidious proved good enough to take the remaining games for the win.

Meanwhile, The Marvels were unable to field a team without notice for the third time in as many matches.