Wrangle were determined, but Lodgers claim victory in table tennis league

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Travelling to one of the top teams with only two players seemed to make Wrangle’s Sam Cooper and Dave Coulson even more determined.

And each took a vital point from the opposition despite an 8-2 defeat at Lodgers A in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League.

Sam started off with a fine straight sets win against Tim Day, whilst Dave needed four sets to see off the challenge of Mark Hulme.

Kelvin Clements proved a different proposition, however, winning his games in three sets, although needing to win at deuce in the first leg against Sam.

Dave very nearly doubled his tally, with a five sets defeat against Tim, but Lodgers managed to take the remainder of the games to close the gap to Penmaen A at the top.

Dave Coulson was in fine form when Wrangle visited Graves Park B, dropping just one set, against Dave Graham.

Dave Graham also took an end out of Sam Cooper, but was then forced to retire with an injury before he was able to play Pete Evans.

Mick Maltby struggled to get a foothold in his three games, although he was a set up against Pete, but lost the next at deuce, giving Pete the initiative.

Alan Reetham took the only singles of the evening for the Park, when he defeated Sam in four ends, and was 2-1 sets up against Pete before losing the next two ends.

The doubles proved to be the game of the evening, Mick and Alan taking on Sam and Pete with only pride at stake. It was a very tight affair, with three deuce ends, but the Park emerged victorious, taking the fifth end 11-8 for their second point of the night.

Sibsey C had a rather frustrating evening at Lodgers A, with all four deuce legs played going against them, as if only having two players wasn’t enough of a handicap.

Dave Smith ran Tim Day very close, losing at deuce in two of the three ends, whilst Chris Cooke gave a good account of himself against Mark Hulme.

The doubles saw Dave and Chris get closer and closer to winning an end against Kelvin Clements and Tim, but ran out of sets before they could inflict any damage on the Lodgers’ team.