TABLE TENNIS: Unbeaten records are shattered

THREE 100 per cent records were shattered in the Spalding and District League’s final round of fixtures before the Christmas break.

In Division One, a hard fought match saw JDM Allsorts move up to second spot with a 3–2 victory over previously unbeaten rivals Bladerunners, writes ALLAN LEWIS.

The four singles were decisive, but it took 19 ends to be concluded. Phil Chandler took two points, coming from behind in the first and fighting off a come back in the second, while Mark Willows added a further point.

At the other end of the table Beetroot n Bean chalked up their first win of the season at the expense of Extel.

The 3-2 result means their positions stay the same, though one point more for Bean would have taken them off the bottom for Christmas.

Garry Wilkinson scored a double and Celia De Blasi picked up her first win for the third, but Extel took the doubles to hold off their rivals in the table.

Meanwhile in Division Two, with both Chunky and Chunkier and Green Machine unbeaten, something had to give.

Eventually the Greens came out on top 3–2 – and the win takes them back to the top of the heap.

However, in the very first game, Martin Green’s record went as he suffered a first defeat of the season at the hands of Dave Coley.

Christian Green recovered matters with two points in his singles, though they went down in the doubles.

The preliminary round of the Guardian Cup was also brought forward to ease congestion in January.

In this competition, teams play four singles to 33, and then a hidden handicap is revealed.

Three newcomers squared off in the Seriously Adrift versus Georgie Boys tie, making handicapping difficult. The former won all four ends to score 132–71, but Georgie Boys only received 28 so lost out by 33.

At the other extreme, Table Tekkers have improved so much this season that they risk being over handicapped.

In their match with Bladerunners they lost out over the table 132-90, but then found another 51 points in the envelope so went through by just nine.

Chunky and Chunkier faced JDM Allsorts and also went down in all four ends to be 132–47 behind. Despite receiving a further 68 it wasn’t enough and they missed out by 17.