TABLE TENNIS: Thrills and spills in unpredicatable cup

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The Spalding and District Table Tennis League, sponsored by Vital Recruitment, returned to action with a bang last week after the festive holiday break.

Main item on the agenda was Round One of the Marylands Cup, with teams playing off individual handicaps up to 31.

The problem with this type of event is a player with very erratic form. They can make the handicap given look too low, while at other times it is too high. This happened when Ha’st met Defenders, with Hannah Gilbert hitting the high spot and crushing Jean White in the process.

That set the tone for the whole match and although Defenders levelled in the next game the final dead rubber was the only close call in a 4–1 win for Ha’st.

Mike Mulligan of Castle Sports just hit through everything and gave Division One leaders Bladerunners a fright, losing one closely and winning his other, although the match was decided by then.

However, Blades took two of the other three games to go through 3–2.

Dark Knights won by the same score against Nomads, but this time the match was undecided until the third end in the final game.

Knights’ Baber Khan had a good night, winning his two, including the decider, though he was forced to three in both.

Richard Matthews chipped in with a straight ends victory

Meanwhile, Nomads fought back from two down to level the match, taking both points over the full distance.

In the next round, to be played on February 6, Bladerunners face JDM Allsorts, Ha’st meet Haz Beans on a Roll and Dark Knights play JAG. The remaining tie sees Insidious and South Holland matched up.

One postponed league match was also played.

JDM moved up to third in Division One after defeating JAG 5–0. They are now three off the lead on the same games, but have a game in hand on second.

Pete Budd and Phil Chandler took the points.