TABLE TENNIS: Top seed edges thrilling final

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TOP seed Dave Coley won a thrilling Spalding and District Table Tennis League Division Two singles final after edging out his team-mate Paddy Palgrave.

On what was a night set aside for individual competition, the second tier singles title was the only thing decided.

All four of the top seeds reached the semi-finals, where Coley (1) defeated Clive Shardlow (3) 11-7, 11-7, 10-1, 11-9 and Palgrave (2) saw off Nick Martin (4) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.

The team-mates then played out a match worthy of the final, with the result going with the seeding and Coley winning 11-8, 14-12, 9-11, 14-12.

Meanwhile, the Division One competition reached a final which will be played tomorrow. Once again the four seeds got to their allotted places, but here the script was changed.

Phil Chandler (3) saw off top seed Richard Hammond 14-12, 1-11, 16-14, 11-5, while in the other semi Jean White and Dave Gibson had another of their epic encounters with White reaching the final 15-13 12-10, 11-5.

White (1) and Gibson (3) meet again in the semi for the Veteran’s (sponsored by Peterborough Organ Centre), where Phil Chandler (2) awaits the winner having gained revenge for a recent league defeat by Alan Fear (4) 11-1, 11-6, 11-5.

White has a chance of a treble having made it through to the Ladies’ final, where she will meet Nicola Wilkinson.

The evening also saw some other fixtures played with the final of the Roy Gibson Memorial Rose Bowl also having a match fit for its status.

Garry Wilkinson, starting on 16, saw off the challenge of James Gibson (17) after coming from behind to take the title.

Gibson took the first 31-30 and led well in the other legs, before losing them both 29-31.

Baldy n Bob took the opportunity to complete their Division One programme with matches against Xbox Junkies and Seriously Adrift.

In the first Junkies won 4-1, Matt Childs scoring a double, while David Pratt picked his team’s single.

The second result saw Seriously Adrift run out winners 5–0 and take top spot in their final match.

However, Green Machine have two matches to play and need just four points out of a possible ten for the title.

Tomorrow is the final night of the league season before the summer practice sessions.

Anyone wishing to have a look or a try out can come to the Castle Sports Complex after 7.30pm on any Wednesday throughout the summer.

There is a small charge of £2 per session.

For more information visit www.spaldingtabletennisleague.co.uk, or the secretary can be contacted on 01775 760162.