TABLE TENNIS: Top guns fly clear with maximum wins

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A return to league action saw the top teams in both Spalding and District Table Tennis League divisions strengthen their respective positions with 5-0 victories.

In Division One undefeated Bladerunners faced JAG, who were last season’s bottom team. Biggest surprise of the night was not the winning score, but that they dropped an end in the process.

Behind them, things closed up, though to their advantage, with the other matches ending 4-1.

Defenders moved up to second with a win over Outsiders, though not without difficulty, and they have played a match more.

Jean White scored a double, but had to fight through three deuce ends out of four against Jon Chesworth, while Martin Green won his game in four. His other went to five ends too.

Previously second, Haz Beans dropped to fourth following defeat at the hands of South Holland, John Gilbert taking two.

Strangely, when the two teams played out the Moulton Shield semi-final immediately afterwards – admittedly with one change for Holland – Haz Beans progressed with a 3-1 victory.

In Division Two, leaders Castle Sports faced newcomers Casey’s Pingers – and won in straight ends.

Meanwhile, their nearest rivals, Ha’st, could only manage a 3-2 win in their clash with Tornados.

Ha’st’s Stewart Duffill is showing a consistency in his play and recorded a double, including a close match with Phil Knowles where he came from behind and fought through two deuces.

Knowles won his other game and helped take the doubles for their two.

Dark Knights in third recorded the same score in their win over Nomads.

Richard Matthews again got two for them while Paddy Palgrave’s game with Jonathan Black went to the wire for their third.

Rod Bain took one and the pair took the doubles.

Insidious, who got off to a rocky start, are fighting back.

They came through with a 5-0 success against Mine’s a Pint, though four of the games went to a fourth end.

The win moves them up just one place.