Baptism of fire in table tennis league

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There was a real baptism of fire for fledgling team Penmaen B in Division Two of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, when they hosted a very strong Lodgers C team.

Lodgers went home with all 10 points in the bag as Vic Clements, Scott Sykes and Andy Birks had too much know-how for the Penmaen team.

Now playing at Sibsey, the ex-Wrangle B team gained a 9-1 victory at the expense of Graves Park E.

Pete Bell saved the Park from a whitewash with an excellent four-set win over Den Pattrick, Pete also taking an end out of Tony Hall and Tim Sampson.

Alex Allbones was so close to a famous victory over Tony, one set up and at deuce in the second, but the moment passed, and Tony eased to a comfortable four-set win.

Rita Rowe took an end off Den, and had several tight sets against each of the Sibsey players, but wasn’t able to secure the vital final points.

Belchford recorded one of their best-ever results when they travelled to Graves Park Nomads, winning 9-1.

However, 10 ends went to deuce, and only three games were decided in straight sets, showing the fight which the Nomads players put into the match.

The first three games all went to five ends, John Shortland narrowly losing out to Jon Newby, before Chips Davy took a 2-0 sets lead against David Butler, only to see David take the initiative – and the next three ends.

Chris Wicks’ game against Peter Hughes see-sawed first one way and then the other, the deciding leg somewhat inevitably being decided – in Belchford’s favour – at deuce.

The whitewash was finally avoided in the last game of the evening, Chips and Chris combining to win the doubles, at deuce in the fifth end, against Jon and Peter.