Clements remains unbeaten in table tennis success

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Kelvin Clements was the only player to emerge unbeaten when Lodgers A met Graves Park C in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, the Lodgers winning 8-2.

Although he was given a scare by Martin Walters in the second leg, narrowly winning 14-12. Martin had his moment of glory, however, beating Graham Lacey in five tight ends, the last two being 12-10 in Martin’s favour.

Graham Walters had to be content with some close sets in his three defeats, James Quinton gave the Park a boost with a fine four-set victory over Tim Day.

In a 5-5 draw, Darcy Proud made an immediate impact in her first appearance for Lodgers C, beating the Graves Park pair Martin Walters and James Quinton in straight sets, and taking Graham Walters to deuce in one set, despite losing in three.

Scott Sykes had a hat-trick of wins, although he had to come back from 2-0 sets down against James, but the game of the evening pitted Andrew Pocklington against Martin.

Andrew made an excellent start, taking a two-set lead, both sets being at deuce, but Martin fought back, taking the fifth set to deuce, and ultimately winning to break Andrew’s heart.

Local rivals Stickney and Sibsey C battled it out for the A16 honours, Stickney claiming the trophy with a convincing 9-1 victory.

Things could have been different, however, with Roger Hooten beating Paul Hartnett in four sets in the first game on the table.

Jack Christian steadied the ship, making sure of his three wins, although he needed deuce sets in his victories over Dave Smith and Chris Cooke.

Gavin Herbert looked assured in his singles, but he and Paul had an altogether less convincing game in the doubles against Roger and Chris, losing ends three and four before putting things right in the deciding leg.

Division One leaders Lodgers A were given a real shock in the first game on the table when Simon Raistrick beat Gary Hill in five sets, but from that point on, it all went downhill for the Blades.

Both Scott Raistrick and Gavin Read lost narrowly at deuce against Gary in one end, but Tim Day and Kelvin Clements showed no chinks in their armour, taking their games in straight sets.

Results: Division One - Lodgers A 8 Graves Park C 2, Lodgers C 5 Graves Park C 5, Stickney 9 Sibsey C 1, Lodgers Blades 1 Lodgers A 9; Division Two - Mayflower Pilgrims 6 Lodgers D 4, Sibsey B 6 Graves Park D 4, Graves Park Nomads 1 Lodgers E 9.