Two-man Graves Park C battle well in table tennis league

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Graves Park C were down to two players for their Boston and District Table Tennis League Division One match against stablemates Graves Park A.

However, it wasn’t long before the score was 3-3, James Quinton beating Rob Smith, Martin Walters beating Nick Langley, and James winning his game against Phil Brooks.

Rob then went two sets down to Martin, but turned the game round to win.

With Nick losing to James, it was Phil’s turn to take a 2-0 lead, against Martin – only to see the tide turn in the next three sets, making the score 5-4 to the C team.

The doubles was the game of the night, Rob and Phil being forced into a fifth set decider against James and Martin, which, almost inevitably, went to deuce, before the A team secured a 5-5 draw.

Penmaen A dropped just two sets in their 10-0 victory over Graves Park D, with Mick Dodes involved in both of them - against Derek Wood and then with Mat Lilley in their doubles against Brett Heppenstall and Alan Ashberry.

Graves Park D and Lodgers B fought out a closely-contested match, only one game over in straight sets, and six games going the full distance before Lodgers emerged victors by the closest of margins as a result of the doubles.

Paul Matschull had three five-setters, but he could manage just the one win, against David Kime.

Mat Lilley picked up his three for the Park, needing five sets to see off the challenge from Colin Bell and Trev Blackbourn, whilst Dave Walters was unlucky not to gain more than a couple of sets.

In the doubles Colin and Trevor beat Dave and Mat to secure a 6-4 victory.

Wrangle moved into third place in the table as a result of a 9-1 demolition of two-player Sibsey C, for whom Chris Cooke was the hero, beating Dave Coulson in five sets.

Dave had another tough game against Dave Smith, but this time the fifth set went Wrangle’s way.

Nevertheless, Chris was in inspired mode, taking Pete Evans to five sets, and winning the first set against Sam Cooper before Sam took the next three sets.

With Peter Munch unwell, Brian Hill was a more than capable replacement when Penmaen A visited Graves Park B, as his straight set victories demonstrated.

Mick Maltby won the only Park set of the evening at deuce against Brett Heppenstall, and took Alan Ashberry to deuce in the third end, whilst Alan Reetham went very close in his first set against Brett