SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): SOUTH Holland and Seriously Adrift both wrapped up league titles on the final day of the season.
In Division One, Holland retained their crown after beating Hit n Hope 5-0. The latter were down to one player, Lorna Staff, who battled hard in her two games in an ultimately hopeless cause.
Later in the evening she found herself in the same position against JDM Allsorts with much the same result, although she did manage an end.
Earlier JDM had had an exhausting contest against Defenders, in which four games took four ends and the fifth went to five. Martin Green bagged two wins for Defenders, but it was not enough to stop their opponents taking the match and second place in the table.
The only other game in the top flight produced another 5-0, as Lone Sharks crushed JAG.
Meanwhile, Seriously Adrift confirmed their status as Division Two champions with a 5-0 victory over No Name.
Chunky and Chunkier saw their faint chance of the title disappear after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Insidious. However, they pushed hard taking their point in three while losing three of the others in five.
They reversed the scoreline at the expense of No Name to stay well clear of third-placed Insidious, who had already overtaken Castle Sports before winning 4-1 late on against Barry Whites Babes.
Earlier, Babes had gone down 3-2 to Ha’st – which meant they stayed at the foot of the table, one point behind No Name.
Curiously, the bottom four teams all won four and lost ten, but the league positions are decided on games won, not matches.
Later in the evening, Joe Bombardini reached the final of the Roy Gibson with a 31-26, 31-30 victory over Reece Kerry. He meets the winner of Phil Chandler and David Gilbert, which is being played even later.
Chandler already has one victory over Gilbert, having partnered Mark Willows to the Doubles title, defeating Gilbert and Adam Davey 11-6 9-11, 11-3, 11-6.
Tomorrow sees the remaining cup matches before the league swings into summer mode, welcoming anyone wishing to try the sport – and maybe even join in next season.