TABLE TENNIS: Devastating Dobrzyn lights up cup cracker

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Star player Tomascz Dobrzyn lit up the Spalding and District Table Tennis League’s Guardian Cup with a sensational individual display.

Last week saw round one of the handicap competition, which is played over four singles games to 33 points with no deuce.

Each player starts on zero, but after the games are ended the points are totalled and then a handicap, previously hidden, is revealed and added to one team.

Strangely, the holders had once again received a bye, while the runners-up have no team this season.

Top side Bladerunners faced Haz Beans, with the talented Dobrzyn putting up a devastating display for the Blades in the first game. He demolished his opponent 33-7 to set up the tie in their favour.

Despite only losing the second game 33-32, Haz Beans never really recovered and went down 132–120 after the handicap had been added.

Division One contenders South Holland also put up a strong performance against Division Two’s Insidious.

Keeping their opponents to 15 or under in three games proved enough for them to run out 132-65 winners on the table – and the added 58 for Insidious left them nine short.

South Holland and Bladerunners now meet in the next round.

Biggest losers on the night were Defenders of Division One, who faced Casey’s Pingers from the bottom of Division Tw0.

Beforehand the youngsters, Casey Nurse and James Coote, were nervous of the task in front of them. But they fought hard to be 30-132 down and a handicap of 105 took them through.

They will face another top flight team in Outsiders, who disposed of Dark Knights.

Outsiders took the first two ends, but with Knights reaching 30 twice it was close.

However, the third end was not so tight and it needed a good win for Knights in the last – which was just too much, leaving Outsiders ahead by seven after the handicap.

In an all-Division Two match Nomads found themselves under-handicapped with just 39.

Castle had won on the table by 13- 64 and walked off 29 ahead. They now meet JAG in the next round.

At the end of the evening South Holland and Defenders fought out their delayed Marylands match.

Holland took the first two in straight ends but Defenders battled back with the next two, only to go down in the last. Holland now meet Castle Sports.