Some very tight games were played out in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League as Lodgers B hosted Graves Park D.
It looked as if the contest was heading for a whitewash as Lodgers won the first six games, even if Mick Dodes had pushed David Kime all the way in game five and Dave Walters went 2-1 up before Colin Bell turned on the power to claim game six.
However, this only spurred Mick on to the Park’s first win, beating Trev Blackbourn in four sets, followed by Mat Lilley’s excellent win against Colin.
Not to be outdone, Dave then pipped David at deuce in the fifth end, before Mat and Mick secured a valuable doubles victory against Trev and Colin to make it a creditable 6-4 scoreline.
Still without Nick Langley, Graves Park A decided to fulfil their fixture against league leaders Penmaen A with two players, Penmaen soaking up all the pressure applied by the Park to take all 10 points.
Rob Smith and Phil Broks found Brett Heppenstall,Derek Wood and Alan Ashberry too strong.
Sibsey C visited Stickney without Roger Hooten, but managed to secure the services of Division Two’s Richard Hill.
When the first two games went Stickney’s way in straight sets, Richard took the game to Jack Christian, but Jack secured a four set victory.
Chris Cooke was the man to break Sibsey’s duck, beating Vince Lozynsky in four sets, whilst Gavin Herberts took his three for Stickney in straight sets, pairing up with Jack to beat Dave Smith and Chris, also in three.
Graves Park B went home after their match against Lodgers B feeling that they should have done better, going down 2-8 after some very competitive games.
Alan Reetham was the only Park player to secure a singles victory, beating Colin Bell in four sets, whilst going down in five ends to Boyd Smith, who played well to win his three games.
Dave Graham lost his first game of the evening, against Colin, in five sets, and took ends out of both Trev Blackbourn and Boyd, but to no avail, whilst Mick Freeston had to be content with a set against Colin.
Dave and Alan were playing for pride when they took on Boyd and Trev in the doubles, the outcome hinging on a third set which went the Park’s way 16-14, breaking the Lodgers’ pair’s resolve.