Scrooge-like Lodgers show Wrangle little festive spirit

BOSTON & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE

Yates & Greenhough Division One

l WHEN Lodgers A visited Wrangle A, they were in no mood to be generous; indeed, it was the fifth game before they even dropped a set, Sam Cooper prising an end off of Pete Evans.

Sam was the only player to win a game for Wrangle, beating Trevor Blackbourn in three straight sets.

Den Pattrick managed to take an end in his match against Trev, but Dave Coulson, despite having two deuce ends, could make no headway at all.

With the doubles also going Lodgers way, a comprehensive 9-1 victory was assured.

l Because Lodgers A and Stickney A could only raise two players each for their fixture, the rules state that only the games played count for points, and there are no walkovers.

Although Lodgers won convincingly, a 4-1 scoreline will not boost their points tally to close the sizeable gap on the top three. Graham Lacey beat Paul Hartnett and Vince Lozynsky with ease, but Trev Blackbourn could only manage one win, beating Vince in four, while losing to Paul, also in four.

The doubles was a really close affair, eventually falling to Lodgers after five sets.

l Adam Elston from Division Two made another appearance for Penmaen C when they fulfilled their fixture against Graves Park C, and he took ends out of Martin Walters and Mick East.

Although the score was 10-0 to the Park, Martin in particular was given a stiff examination by the Penmaen lads, losing an end to Dave Smith, and being taken to five ends by John Shortland.

Martin and James Quinton teamed up in the doubles against Dave and Adam, winning in four sets to complete the whitewash.

l Wrangle A were at the end of a second defeat when Graves Park A were the visitors, the final score being 8-2.

Dave Coulson won Wrangle’s solitary singles match, beating Phil Brooks in four, while Sam Cooper and Den Pattrick toiled to no avail.

Nick Langley was slightly fortunate to win his three, being taken to five close ends by Sam, and also dropping ends against Dave and Den.

However, Sam and Den then combined in the doubles to gain a creditable victory in five sets against Phil and Rob Smith to take the edge off of another crushing defeat.

l A draw was always on the cards when Graves Park B took on newly-promoted Lodgers B, for whom Tim Day was the star of the show, beating all three of the Park lads, only Dave Graham managing to win an end.

Looking forward to testing the expedite system, the Park started the stopwatch when Mike Freeston took on Tim, but the first (and closest) end only took six minutes.

Both Mike Freeston and Mick Maltby picked up two, beating Vic Clements and Pete Truepenny, while Dave was forced to settle for the one, against Pete.

Dave and Mick then played in the doubles against Vic and Tim, losing in four, three of which went to deuce.

l Results: Wrangle A 1, Lodgers A 9; Lodgers A 4, Stickney A 1; Graves Park C 10, Penmaen C 0; Wrangle A 2, Graves Park A 8; Graves Park B 5, Lodgers B 5