Graves Park D have table tennis title in the bag... almost

ONLY a catastrophic loss of form by Graves Park D can now prevent them from winning the AD Dickinson Division Two title in the Boston Table Tennis League.

But who will emerge second, and also play first division table tennis next season is anybody’s guess.

With a 10-0 victory this week, Lodgers H have put themselves ahead of the chasing pack, but with the top four teams having two, or three matches left to play, anything could happen in one of the most exciting ends to the season in recent years.

Belchford have signed a new player, Simon Ellis, for their remaining fixtures, but the match away to second-placed Lodgers H was always going to be a baptism of fire, and so it proved, Lodgers dropping only four sets in the whole evening.

Peter Hughes was first on table, against Steve Marshall, and he won the first end, only for Steve to hit back, winning the next three. Simon then took an end out of Boyd Smith, but couldn’t press home his advantage.

Boyd also dropped an end against Brian Todd in which proved to be his toughest game, but recovered to take the next two sets.

Whilst two-man Lodgers D appear to be longing for the end of the season, their opponents Sibsey B are enjoying a good string of results which has seen them rise to sixth in the table – and even more importantly, above their A team with a match in hand.

Tony Kime, however, was in no mood to pack his bat away too soon, and took his three games, only Richard Hill causing him real difficulty, Tony leaving it late and winning 11-9 in the fifth end.

Graham Bonsor had to be content with one victory, beating Wayne Grooby in four sets, losing out to Steve Hill in three close ends, and to Richard in four.

The surprise of the evening came in the doubles, Tony and Graham losing their way completely, being beaten in straight sets by Steve and Richard.