Lodgers beaten heavily by Penmaen

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As if fearing the worst, Lodgers B ventured into their Boston and District Table Tennis League Division One game against Penmaen with just two players, Boyd Smith and Trev Blackbourn.

Therefore, they were not unduly surprised when they lost 10-0.

It was Boyd who drew first blood, playing well to win the second set against Alan Ashberry, but he was unable to build on this, going down in four, whilst Brian Hill and Brett Heppenstall cleaned up in straight sets.

Although both Boyd and Trev went close to taking a set off Brett, there were to be no further upsets, Penmaen taking the full 10 points.

Despite the emphatic 10-0 scoreline, Lodgers Blades will have been pleased with their efforts against a strong Lodgers C team, for whom Andrew Pocklington picked up his first wins of the season.

It was not easy, however, Simon Raistrick going down in four sets, Andrew winning his three ends at deuce each time, and taking the current record for the longest set with a 19-17 victory.

Scott Raistrick also suffered a deuce defeat to Andrew, but it was Gavin Read who endured the longest singles of the evening, taking two games at deuce, but going down in five sets to Andrew.

Scott Raistrick showed his mettle by taking the third end from Scott Sykes, and going down 16-18 to Andy Birks in the second leg, but each time, the C team players retrieved the situation.

The doubles was a curious affair, going to five ends, but with a scoreline of either 11-3 or 11-4, Scott and Andy sealing the 10-0 victory with a win against Simon and Gavin.

For a second match in a row, Lodgers B could only turn up with two players, this time against visitors Graves Park A, which turned a potentially tight match into a comfortable 7-3 win for the Park.

Not that the games were without their moments; Trev Blackbourn had two epic five-enders, losing to Alan Reetham, but beating Phil Brooks, whilst Colin Bell had three deuce sets against Alan, winning in four.

Both Trev and Colin took Rob Smith to deuce, but Rob survived to win in three sets each time.

With Colin beating Phil in straight sets, the score was 3-3 in games played, but three walk-overs made a win essential for Lodgers in the doubles.

Alas, this was not to be, Rob and Phil taking the game in straight sets to record their best match result of the season so far.

When stablemates Graves Park Nomads and Graves Park E met in Division Two, Pete Bell was the player to do the damage, winning his three and dropping just one set.

Tom Bell, playing his first game of the season, took sets off both Walt and Chips Davy, but topped a fine display with a straight set victory over Chris Wicks.

Alex Allbones will also be pleased with his performance, taking a set off the experienced Chips, and then winning a tough five-setter against Chris.

Going in to the doubles, Nomads pairing of Walt and Chips knew that a win would give them a draw, but Pete and Alex had other ideas, taking the game in four sets to give the E team a 6-4 victory.