There were no fewer than 11 deuces in Grave Park A’s home match against Lodgers A in the Boston and District Table Tennis League Division One.
That belies the view that a 9-1 scoreline must indicate a one-sided contest.
Park’s Rob Smith was involved in six deuce ends, winning his team’s single victory over Graham Lacey, a tight five-setter settled 12-10 to Rob in the final leg. Rob’s game against Kelvin was similar, only this time he lost 12-10 in the final set.
Then, against Tim, Rob lost a close match again and in his frustration punched the wall, breaking his hand, which is now in plaster for the next six weeks. Alan Reetham lost two of the three ends against Graham at deuce, and another at deuce to Tim Day, while Phil Brooks took the first end against Tim.
After his first game at Lodgers C, an elbow injury to Wrangle’s Sam Cooper forced him to concede against Scott Sykes and Andy Birks. Andrew Pocklington, enjoying a fine run of form, won two – a five-setter against Sam and a tight three-ender against Dave Coulson.
But Pete Evans spoiled his clean sweep, winning in four sets, and then edged the fifth 16-14 against Scott.
Andy had a three set victory over Pete, before going down in four to Dave. Dave and Pete won the doubles against Scott and Andy.
Results: Graves Park A 1, Lodgers A 9; Lodgers C 6, Wrangle 4
n In Division Two, Lodgers E claimed a secondvictory of the season with a win over stablemates Lodgers D.
With only two players, Graves Park D needed to be firing on all cylinders against visitors Belchford.
Things started well, with Paul Matschull beating Jon Newby in three sets and Dave Walters edging a tight five-ender against Peter Hughes. Paul then beat Mike Schofield, before a calf muscle injury forced Dave to retire when 2-1 up in sets and 11-10 up.
Paul picked up his final game, against Peter, but the remainder of the games had to be forfeited, the result being 6-4 in Belchford’s favour.
Belchford continued their run of victories with a fine 7-3 win over Lodgers E.