Park secure victory as match goes down to doubles

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An entertaining match occurred in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League when Lodgers C visited Graves Park A.

Rob Smith remained the only unbeaten player on the night but he did have a brief scare against Andy Pocklington.

Phil Brooks ably backed his captain up with two wins against Andy Birks and Pocklington, but came up short against Scott Sykes.

Alan Reetham battled hard all evening but came away with nothing for his efforts

Once again it came down to the doubles for Lodgers C to try to salvage a draw, but the Park earned a 6-4 victory.

Graves Park C took on two-player Wrangle who were up against it from the start.

Sam Cooper definitely seemed up for the fight though with two excellent victories against Martin Walters and Mick East.

The battle against Mick was quite a fight, going all the way to the fifth end, in which Sam kept his cool to take 9-11.

Dave Coulson could count himself quite unlucky losing to both James Quinton and Martin Walters in five ends and with Martin and James taking the doubles, a comfortable 8-2 victory ensued.

Lodgers had to call on Chris Christoforou from Division Three when they took on Stickney.

Although Christoforou did not win any of his matches, the fact he took Gavin Herberts and Vincy Lozynsky to five ends shows the potential he has.

In the battle between the two highest ranked players on show - Kelvin Clements versus Dave Heppenstall – it was Kelvin who came out on top, winning in four, taking the decisive end 14-12. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Kelvin as Gavin Herberts inflicted a rare defeat in a close encounter, taking the fifth end 9-11.

Mark Hulme had a good night – although losing in four against Dave Heppenstall - he took straight set victories against Gavin Herberts and Vince Lozynsky.

With the singles matches coming to a close and Stickney 5-4 up, Lodgers needed the doubles to salvage a draw which the duly accomplished with a strong performance from Kelvin and Mark beating the usually strong pairing of Dave and Gavin.

In Division Two, a fantastic match-up between two top of the table contenders occurred when Lodgers Blades took on stablemates Lodgers E, with the result ending in a 5-5 draw.

Simon Raistrick continued his good form, taking all of his singles. Scott Raistrick added one point to the pot by virtue of a victory over Vic Clements and he was unlucky not to add another, going the full distance against Gary Jaques.

It wasn’t Gavin Read’s night however and, with the match balanced at 4-5 in favour of the E team going into the doubles, once again the doubles proved to be a pivitol match with Simon and Scott Raistrick teaming up against the strong partnership of Gary Jaques and Richard Baxter.

With the Blades being 2-1 down after game three it looked like the E team were going to claim victory, but the Raistricks obviously had other plans, and after digging deep they took the last two games 11-7, 11-8 to deny Lodgers E and get a very creditable draw.

Darron Kent once again stepped up a division when Mayflower 2 took on a determined Graves Park B outfit.

Darron Kent once again showed his credentials, taking an excellent point against the experienced Mick Maltby.

Dave Graham was the star man for Graves Park, losing just one end all night against Tim Sampson.

Allan Marshall was unlucky not to take something from his match up against Mike Freeston, just losing out 11-8 in the fifth. His evening got even worse when he unfortunately had to retire injured in his final match against Mick Maltby, and as Darron Kent had left it meant they also had to concede the doubles, giving Graves Park B a comfortable 7-3 victory.

Division Three saw Lodgers D got some much needed points on the board with a solid 8-2 victory over Tetford.

Steve Harker consolidated his place in the top 10 by winning all three of his singles, dropping just one end against Andy Foster.

Andy did his best to limit the damage by getting the two points for Tetford with a victory over Ian Gorrie and a hard-fought five ender over Steve Blanchard, winning 7-11 in the fifth.

But that was as good as it got for Tetford with Lodgers D proving stiff opposition on the night.

Lodgers Young Guns opened up a seven-point advantage at the top of the table courtesy of a 9-1 victory against Graves Park Nomads.

John Shortland, for Nomads, managed to stop the white-wash with a good straight ends victory over Katie Christoforou.

Katie also was involved in arguably the match of the night against Alan Davey.

With Katie 2-1 up after three ends, Alan Davey somehow managed to take it to the fifth end winning the fourth 16-18.

But Katie just came through, taking the decider 11-8.

It was business as usual for Chris and Theo Christoforou, Chris winning all his matches in straight ends and Theo almost doing likewise, just dropping the one end against Chris Wickes.

The unbeaten pairing of Chris and Katie then teamed up against Chris Wickes and Alan Davey in the doubles with the Young Guns duo being two strong winning in straight ends.