TABLE TENNIS: Fixture chaos will mean hectic finale

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FIXTURE chaos reigned last week in Spalding and District Table Tennis League thanks to injury and domestic commitments.

Of the seven matches started, only three reached a conclusion – leaving the rest to be fitted in during what is becoming an overcrowded run into the end of the season.

Division One has new leaders, though the result suited South Holland who have been overtaken.

Bladerunners and JDM Allsorts fought out a tight contest that overran the usual times, with two games going to the fifth and another two reaching the fourth.

Dave Gibson won two with his second, the match decider, including three deuce ends. He also paired up with team mate Dave Gilbert to take the doubles in their 3-2 victory. Phil Chandler and Mark Willows scored one each for the losers.

Blades move one point clear but have played two more, while JDM are still four adrift of Holland, but have a game in hand.

In Division Two, Moulton Butchers – who need to get matches in early – played No Name.

Nicola Wilkinson took two and team-mate Julie Stevenson chipped in with a third to take the match 3-2.

They also played half the singles against Ha’st, who were one of the teams hit by problems, winning one and losing the other to leave the match nicely balanced.

The other match completed was the Marylands Cup second round tie between Lone Sharks and Insidious.

Although Sharks won the first game, Insidious hit back to take the next singles and the doubles. However the return singles went Sharks’ way and they progressed to meet South Holland.

Earlier, they had made a start on their delayed Guardian Cup tie with Hit n Hope. Once again the latter were unable to field a full team so Lorna Staff played her half of the games setting up a lead of 66–33.

Staff then went on to play her singles in the scheduled Division One match with JAG. Despite a blistering first end, the pace proved too much and she lost that game – but still had enough to take the second to leave the match tied.

Seriously Adrift, who are in contention for the second division title, are struggling with one out for the rest of the season and another injured.

Reece Kerry keeps soldiering on and once more he turned out, only to find the opposition, Castle Sports, also reduced to one man. He won the only game possible.

Tomorrow sees the Supreme, Doubles and Junior competitions. Any members wishing to enter should should contact the secretary.