Jack’s the lad for Stickney

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Jack Christian had a night to remember when Stickney won 8-2 at Graves Park B in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League.

Christian dropped just one set, 12-14 against Mike Freeston, as he won his three matches.

Meanwhile, Vince Lozynsky picked up two, losing in straight sets to Alan Reetham, and Gavin Herberts lost out in the fifth set to Dave Graham.

Dave and Alan paired up in the doubles against Gavin and Jack, but it was all over in straight sets.

Fred Calvert made a substitute’s appearance for Sibsey B when they travelled to Lodgers E.

Lodgers won 10-0 but Fred did not let his team down, taking an end out of both Scott Sykes and Trev Blackbourn, while having two deuce ends in his straight set defeat to Colin Bell.

Richard Hill will have been pleased with his performance if disappointed with the outcomes, losing out to Scott and Trev in the fifth leg each time.

Wayne Grooby ran Scott close in the first end, but was unable to match the firepower of the Lodgers’ players.

In Division two, Graves Park D put themselves in pole position for promotion with a fine 8-2 victory over fourth-placed Lodgers C, putting them four points clear of Sibsey C in second place.

Both Paul Matschull and Mick Dodes won their three, although it was not all plain sailing, Boyd Smith taking an end against Paul, and Vic Clements taking sets from Paul and Mick.

However, the two Lodgers players went one better, both beating Dave Walters in straight sets, while Neil Morgan had a tough evening, having to settle with winning a set against Dave.

The tightest sets came in the doubles, Vic and Boyd forcing the Park pair of Mick and Dave to fight all the way to secure a win.

Second-placed Sibsey C were held to a 5-5 draw by visitors Belchford, Dave Smith and Chris Cooke needing to win the doubles against Andrew Pocklington and Brian Todd to avoid what would have been their first defeat of the season.

Brian was in superb form, beating Dave in straight sets, and also beating John Shortland in four ends.

Chris Cooke managed to steady the ship, beating Brian in five sets.

Andrew beat John in five sets, also claiming Chris’ scalp in straight sets before Dave pulled another one back, beating Andrew in four ends.

Jon Newby had to be content with one, a titanic five set battle against John Shortland.