Burkitt secures valuable point in table tennis league

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There was another hard-fought encounter at Penmaen B in Division Two of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, where the home team secured a valuable point courtesy of Jon Burkitt, against fast-improving Belchford.

There were some very long, competitive sets throughout the evening, with Ben Jackson losing the first end 15-17 against Andrew Pocklington.

Ian Richardson thought he’d done all the hard word against Brian Todd, going 10-6 up in the deciding leg, only to see Brian go on a gritty, determined run which saw him win 13-11.

Brian had no answer to Jon’s range of shots, Jon winning in straight sets.

Richard Hill negotiated a potentially tricky match against stablemates Sibsey D, winning his three to set the B team on their way to a fine victory.

It could have been very different with Den Pattrick losing the first end 10-12 before winning the second 15-13. Richard recovered strongly from then on, taking the next two in some style.

Steve Hill was forced to go to a fifth set decider against Tony Hall, but this last set was one-way traffic, to Tony’s dismay, but Steve found Tim Sampson to be on top form, Tim taking the fourth set, and the game, at deuce.

Wayne Grooby took one game, against Den, giving the home team their 7-3 victory.

Graves Park E and Sibsey A fought out an entertaining 5-5 draw in a postponed fixture which saw Andy Gilbert brush aside all the opposition.

Pete Bell chipped in with one, a four-set victory over Fred Calvert, while Alex Allbone came close to taking an end out of Fred, but found Phil Coote and Neil Snaith a step too far.

The best game of the evening came in the doubles, Pete and Andy forcing a fifth set decider, beating Fred and Neil 14-12 to claim a share of the points.

Lodgers Blades moved into second spot in the division with a 10-0 demolition of Graves Park E, partly courtesy of the Park being down to two players.

Pete Bell and Rita Rowe worked hard to improve their fortunes, Pete being very unlucky to go down 10-12 in the fifth end to Gavin Read, losing on a missed serve, followed by a net ball drop in Gavin’s favour.

The doubles was another exciting game, with a lot of long rallies, two of the sets going to deuce.

Lodgers D made a fine start against fourth-placed Belchford, taking the first two games as Tony Kime won a five-set thriller against David Butler, and then Ian Gorrie beat Peter Hughes.

However, they all foundered against Belchford’s number one player, Andrew Pocklington, who beat Ian and Steve Blanchard in straight sets, but was taken to a deciding fifth leg by Tony.

Tony and Steve both beat Peter to set up a doubles which could have brought Lodgers an honourable draw.

Peter and David had other ideas, however, easing to a straight set victory, making it 6-4 to Belchford on the night