TABLE TENNIS: Dark Knights rise to see off JAG in opener

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The new Spalding and District Table Tennis League season got under way last week with the first round of the Moulton Shield.

This event is played under the old best-of-three ends to 21 rules – for older members, it’s a trip down memory lane, but for for the younger it’s something a bit different.

Holders Bladerunners went through, as expected, doing a demolition job on new Division One outfit Outsiders by not dropping an end.

Haz Beans had the same score in their match with Casey’s Pingers, though they were up against two juniors new to competitive table tennis.

Surprise of the night was the final score between JAG and Dark Knights, the latter winning 4-1.

That being said, with two games going to the third end, one a deuce, the result could have gone the other way.

Division Two newcomers Tornados took the lead against Nomads, who were also fielding a new player. But the next three games, and the match, went against them as they went down 3-2.

Castle Sports, facing Ha’st, went down in the first two games but fought back to level.

However, experienced Ha’st competitor Phil Coote proved too strong and took the final game and the match 3-2.

The only unresolved match had Defenders, who only had one player available on the night, winning 2-0 in their tie with another of the new teams, Mine’s a Pint. They are looking good to go through.

Round Two, to be played on October 23, sees Dark Knights facing Haz Beans, while Insidious come in to meet the winner of the Defenders versus Mine’s a Pint clash.

Bladerunners have lower division opposition in the shape of Nomads, while South Holland begin their run with Ha’st.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) sees the first night of the league programme. The League is hopeful that last year’s sponsors, Vital Recruitment, will continue for the new season.

This year there will be six teams in Division One, while the second tier will have an impressive eight outfits battling for glory.