Graves Park pull away from drop zone

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Graves Park A pulled further away from the relegation zone with a fine 7-3 victory away to Lodgers E in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League.

The Park’s Nick Langley, Phil Brooks and Rob Smith each beat Trev Blackbourn and Scott Sykes.

However, Colin Bell picked up wins against Brooks and Langley.

Lodgers G made it look easy when they took on bottom team Sibsey B, all the singles being over in straight sets.

Richard Hill almost took the first end against Mark Hulme, eventually going down 10-12, but the tightest game was Tim Day’s win against substitute Roger Hooten, all three ends going the full distance.

Wayne Grooby and Richard took an end out of Mark and Tim in the doubles, but the Lodgers’ pair quickly regained their lead, winning in four sets.

Graves Park B now look increasingly unlikely to avoid the drop with a demoralising 10-0 defeat at the hands of top team Penmaen.

Alan Reetham took the second end of his game against Alan Ashberry, but Alan struck back to win the next two ends, while Dave Graham was even more unlucky, going down in five close sets against Peter Munch.

Sibsey B fielded substitute Dave Smith in their 8-2 defeat to Lodgers E, Dave playing well to take sets out of Trev Blackbourn and Scott Sykes, and forcing a deciding leg against Andy Birks, but all to no avail.

Scott escaped several scares in his other two games, taking the third end 12-10 against Wayne Grooby, and by the same score in the deciding leg against Richard Hill.

However, Richard gained some satisfaction with a four set win against Andy, who later had to retire hurt in his game against Wayne, to give the Sibsey team their second point of the evening.

Graves Park C cemented their third spot in the division with a fine 9-1 victory over fourth-placed Wrangle A, who had Sam Cooper to thank for their solitary point with a tight five set win over Graham Walters.

Dave Coulson came so close to adding to this tally with all three of his games going the full distance; particularly painful was Martin Walters’ 13-11 win in the final end. Pete Evans took ends out of Martin and Graham, and had to endure deuce defeats in all his games, but it just was not his night.

Division Two: Wrangle B 7 Lodgers D 3, Belchford 9 Graves Park Nomads 1, Graves Park D 8 Sibsey A 2, Lodgers H 4 Lodgers C 6, Graves Park E 6 Lodgers D 4, Graves Park Nomads 2 Graves Park D 8.