TABLE TENNIS: Leaders drop a point on week of whitewashes

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It was a week of whitewashes in the Spalding and District Table Tennis League as five matches ended with the same 5-0 scoreline.

Unusually, Division One leaders Bladerunners were one of the exceptions, having dropped a point to Alan Fear of Defenders in their 4-1 win.

Chasers South Holland, despite defeating JAG 5-0 to gain a point on the leaders, dropped an end in the singles and had to come from behind twice to win the doubles.

Outsiders’ Keith Davey pushed opponents Haz Beans to nine ends before his team also went down 5-0.

In Division Two, leaders Castle Sports put away third placed Ha’st by the same score – though Garry Wilkinson and Mike Mulligan did concede two ends in the process.

Second placed Dark Knights maintained the gap with another 5-0 win, this time against divisional strugglers Casey’s Pingers.

Insidious, still with a game in hand, were the only movers when they defeated Tornados 5-0 to overtake Ha’st and go into third spot.

Phil Knowles for Tornados took an end from each of his opponents in the singles as well as helping to claim one in the doubles.

Closest match of the night was Mine’s a Pint against Nomads. Jeremy Hitcham won the first game before Nomad’s Jonathan Black levelled.

Hitcham and Andrew Hay staved off a strong fight back in the doubles to take the lead in five ends, before Hay sealed the match in the fourth game.

Black, though, was not finished and brought the score back to 3-2 to Mine’s a Pint.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees the annual Roy Gibson Rose Bowl competition – so for once there will not be any spare tables for visitors at the Castle Sports Complex.

Members are reminded to not be late so that games can make as prompt a start as possible.