Man advantage pays off for Sibsey C team

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Sibsey C hosted Mayflower Sportsman 2 in Division Two of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, the hosts claiming a 6-4 victory.

However, had Mayflower fielded a full team this may have been very different.

As it turned out, Sibsey should be very thankful to star man Roger Hooton for winning his two matches in straight sets and then anchoring the doubles to give them a narrow victory.

Lodgers Blades got their season started with a solid 8-2 victory at home to Sibsey C.

Simon Raistrick was player of the night winning all three of his matches quite comfortably, only dropping two ends in the process.

Chris Cooke and Mick Ellis won the two consolation points for Sibsey, beating Scott Raistrick and Gavin Read respectively.

Lodgers E played their first match of the season against Graves Park D and, with Lodgers struggling for a team, Vic called on Chris Christoforou from Division Three.

And what an inspired substitution that turned out to be as the man of the match won all three of his singles, all in five ends, and then helped out in the doubles too.

Mick Dodes and Paul Matschull managed to pull two2 games back but, in the end, Lodgers were too strong, running out 8-2 winners, although a lot of the matches were close.

A Sibsey derby arose when the A team took on their B team.

But once again, with only two players turning up for Sibsey B, it turned out to be a comfortable 9-1 victory to the A team with only Steve Hill managing a consolation point against Jason Cade.

In Division Three, Graves Park Nomads and Lodgers D met, the Parkmen claiming a 6-4 success. Steve Harker was the main man for Lodgers, winning all three of his singles and anchoring the doubles with Richard Scott to give Lodgers a valuable four points.

The rest of the matches went the way of Graves Park with the trio of Alan Davy, John Shortland and Walt Bridges using all their experience to beat Steve Blanchard and Richard Scott.