TABLE TENNIS: Allsorts show sweet title intentions

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): JDM Allsorts laid down a real marker in the first round of fixtures after the holiday break as they saw off rivals Defenders to go top of the pile in Division One.

The clash was the biggest of the four matches played, while three others were postponed.

Jean White took the first end for Defenders, but JDM responded with the next singles and the doubles before Martyn Green levelled scores.

However, Phil Chandler completed a double and settled the match for JDM.

Defenders then completed a delayed match with South Holland.

They had already lost the match in the singles, but took the doubles to pull the score back to 3-2.

JDM and Defenders are now level at the top, with the former having the slight edge having played a match less and beaten their rivals.

Meanwhile, South Holland have quietly crept up to within two points of the top.

In the other top division clash, Lone Sharks defeated JAG by the same score. Adam Davey came from behind to take the first game and Keith Davey followed suit for the second.

However, JAG took the doubles and the next singles before Adam Davey proved too strong and won the match.

Seriously Adrift were the only top team in Division Two to play – and they took full advantage.

Facing No Name, Richard Matthews and Reece Kerry won all five games in straight ends to establish a six point lead.

At the other end of the table Ha’st opened up a gap from No Name with a 4-1 win over Barry Whites Babes, and overtook them in the table in the process.

Stuart Duffill fought back from two ends down to start them off and then he and Hannah Gilbert took the next two singles and the doubles to rack up an unassailable lead, before Jonathan Black restored some pride by winning the last.

Tomorrow night sees the first round of the Marylands Cup, a team competition played off individual handicaps. The only team not involved are Lone Sharks, who have a bye.