TABLE TENNIS: Busy Sharks among list of semi-finalists

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): THE semi-final line-up for two of the league’s top competitions was all but decided on a busy night of action.

Lone Sharks got the evening under way by sealing their passage in round one of the Guardian Cup.

Amid a little confusion, they had to replay a game because an opponent had to be replaced. But they eventually overcame Barry Whites Babes 132–60.

Babes received a further 56 from the hidden handicap, but were still short by 16.

Sharks then immediately went into their second round match with Bladerunners. With each team winning two of the four games, the score was likely to be tight – and so it proved, ending 109 each.

The handicapper also thought they would be close because he gave just six points, which carried Sharks into the semis.

Elsewhere, Defenders held opponents No Name to under 15 in each of their four games to come out winners on the table by 132–43. Even a handicap of 63 left them clear by 26.

JAG secured their place in the next round at the expense of Moulton Butchers. With one of the Butchers carrying an injury they led by 132-59 – and with just 43 to add, they ended 30 to the good.

With the fourth tie postponed, Defenders meet Lone Sharks in the last four and the winners of Hit n Hope versus Insidious will play JAG.

In the Roy Gibson quarter-finals, Allan Lewis (starting on 18) came off his Guardian match to meet Phil Chandler (4). He managed to take the first end 31-28, but went down in the other two 25-31, 26-31.

Reece Kerry (20) and David Gibson (7) also met. Kerry took the first 31-28, but Gibson pulled back in the second 31-27. However, Kerry rallied to take the tie in third 31-19.

Meanwhile, No Name opened up a gap at the foot of Division Two when they completed their delayed match with Ha’st.

Starting two ahead, they dropped the next before securing the win, though they lost the doubles to triumph 3–2.

Moulton Butchers came off their cup clash to bring forward their league match with Chunky & Chunkier.

The latter took full advantage by winning 4–1 and extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points, though they have played three more matches.

While tomorrow sees a return to league action, members are reminded that the following week sees the first of the individual events with the Supreme, Doubles and Junior competitions.