Christian soldiers on for three

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Visitors Stickney were indebted to Jack Christian, who won his three mnatches in the side’s 7-3 defeat at Graves Park C in the Boston and District Table Tennis League’s Division One.

Jack didn’t have things all his own way as he dropped sets to Martin Walters and Mick East, whilst James Quinton took him to a deciding leg.

New player Paul Heald had a tough induction to the league.

He took a leg off both James and Martin, whilst Vince Lozynsky lost out in five sets to James.

Try as they might, Lodgers Blades always knew they were up against it when they travelled to Penmaen to fulfil a match postponed from earlier in the season.

Scott Raistrick came closest to taking an end, with tight sets against Brett Heppenstall and Derek Wood, whilst Simon Raistrick and Gavin Read came close to taking two of the three legs in the doubles against Brett and Alan Ashberry in the 10-0 defeat.

Trev Blackbourn led the way when Lodgers B visited Graves Park C.

He beat Martin Walters in four sets in the first game of the evening.

But Lodgers could not build on this start, losing the next nine games.

Trev took James Quinton to five sets, and took an end out of Graham Walters, whilst David Kime was 2-0 sets up against Graham, only to lose the next three.

Richard Baxter had to be content with winning the first set against Graham, and narrowly lost the first end against Martin 11-13.

In Division Two, no mercy was given when Graves Park D hosted stablemates Graves Park Nomads.

However, the 10-0 scoreline belies the competitive nature of the match, with three deuce ends, and four sets won by the Nomads.

John Shortland was the first to draw blood, taking the second end against Mick Dodes, but Mick hit back to ease to a four-set victory.

Walt Bridges took the second end against Dave Walters, and narrowly lost the fourth set at deuce, which would have forced a fifth set decider.

Chris Wicks was unlucky not to pick up an end against Dave, but shared success with John as they took the second set against Mick and Dave in the doubles.

Belchford were another team to benefit from a 10-0 victory, this time at the expense of two-player Graves Park E, for whom Alex Allbones and Rita Rowe battled extremely hard to gain some reward for their long journey.

Jon Newby, Mick Schofield and Peter Hughes were victorious.

Other results: Sibsey A 10 Sibsey D 0, Mayflower Pilgrims 6 Sibsey B 4, Graves Park Nomads 2 Sibsey B 8, Lodgers E 5 Sibsey D 5, Sibsey A 8 Graves Park D 2.