Penmaen A go from outstanding to rapid risers

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Penmaen A are gradually catching up with their outstanding matches in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League – and are rapidly rising up the table.

Their last match was a 9-1 victory over two-player Graves Park A.

The Park have been going through a rough patch recently with player unavailability, and they called on Mat Lilley from Division Two to join Rob Smith in order to fulfil this fixture.

Rob had a fine win to commence proceedings, beating Alan Ashberry in five sets, and then went 2-0 up against Derek Wood before Derek regained the initiative.

Brian Hill calmed the nerves with straight sets victories over Rob and Mat before Alan and Derek took on Rob and Mat in the doubles.

The first end was a real dogfight, Alan and Derek eventually taking it 18-16, thus draining any hopes Rob and Mat had of doubling their return for the evening’s efforts.

Results: Penmaen A 9 Stickney 1, Stickney 10 Sibsey B 0, Sibsey B 3 Graves Park B 7, Wrangle A 0 Lodgers G 10, Penmaen A 9 Graves Park A 1.

In Division Two, Graham Bonsor led the way as Lodgers D hosted stablemates Lodgers H, beating Scott Raistrick and Gavin Read, and taking a set out of Simon Raistrick.

The game against Scott was a nail-biter, as Graham cruised into a 2-0 set lead, only to find Scott pegging him back, and forcing a deciding leg – which Graham was relieved to win at deuce.

Steve Blanchard won the other point for the D team, beating Gavin, but this time going down in five sets to Scott.

Ian Gorrie took an end off Gavin, but had to be content with close ends against both Scott and Simon, who was in fine form, taking his three with relative ease.

All the singles were over in straight sets when top met bottom, Graves Park D looking as if they could bounce straight back into Division One after this demolition job on Graves Park Nomads.

Walt Bridges came closest to snatching sets, going down 12-14 to Mick Dodes in the second leg, and losing all three ends 9-11 to Dave Walters.

Walt and Jamie Stanton took an end out of Mick and Dave in the doubles, but it was too little to prevent the whitewash.

Results: Lodgers D 3 Lodgers H 7, Graves Park D 10 Graves Park Nomads 0.