TABLE TENNIS: South Holland close on title

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SPALDING & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE (Sponsored by Magellan Solutions Ltd): DIVISION One leaders South Holland took a huge step towards the title when they defeated closest rivals JDM Allsorts 4–1 last week.

Richard Hammond took the first two games to set up the win, but the remaining three games all went to five.

Holland took the first, coming back from behind, before losing the next and repeating the fightback in the last.

They are now seven points clear with one to play, though Allsorts still have a game in hand.

Both teams have to play Hit n Hope, whose captain has unfortunately had to call his season to an end. That has given both teams three points, although his team mate will still fulfil her part.

Lone Sharks’ match with Hit n Hope was equally affected – and with both the singles played going their way, they took the match 5–0.

JAG’s unfinished match which had been level was also conceded with a 4–1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Bladerunners moved up to second with a 4–1 win over Defenders. Dave Gibson and Dave Gilbert took all the singles, but their team’s nominally stronger doubles pair lost.

In Division Two, Seriously Adrift moved a point further ahead of nearest rivals Chunky & Chunkier after 5–0 and 4-1 results respectively.

The former won against Ha’st, whose Stewart Duffill took an end off both his higher ranked opponents – Richard Matthews and Reece Kerry.

Chunky won against Castle Sports, with the notable result being a comeback win for Dave Coley against the new divisional champion. Chunky have a game in hand, but are eight adrift.

Castle then turned round and reversed the score in their match with Barry Whites Babes, for who Jonathan Black put up a strong fight – winning one of his two games which both went to five ends.

Insidious moved up to within a point of Castle in the table in the battle for third. They defeated No Name in straight ends, Gary Simpson and Clive Shardlow getting the wins.

Tomorrow sees the final night for league matches and promises to be a busy night, with several having to play two matches if they wish to complete their fixtures. Any unplayed will be awarded against the defaulters.