Lodgers A extend lead at the top of the table

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League leaders Lodgers A put more clear water between themselves and second-placed Penmaen in the Boston & District Table Tennis League’s Division One when they beat Wrangle 9-1.

But the shock of the match was the defeat of previously unbeaten Kelvin Clements by Dave Coulson.

Kelvin was completely in control for the first two ends, but then Dave staged a counterattack, taking the next three ends to record a famous victory.

Tim Day almost suffered the same fate against Dave, but pinched the deciding leg to avoid further embarrassment, whilst Pete Evans took the second set against Tim, but was unable to make any further progress.

There were several deuce ends in the remainder of the games, but these all fell the way of Lodgers to leave Dave’s win over Kelvin the highlight.

Lodgers Blades hosted Stickney in a re-arranged match, Simon Raistrick and Scott Raistrick taking the home side’s only wins of the night, Simon beating Paul Hartnett over four sets in the first game on the table.

Scott was involved in a five-set marathon against Vince Lozynsky, taking the first and fourth ends at deuce to force a fifth-set decider, which turned out to be a much more comfortable affair for Scott.

Vince had two more hard games before him, but he successfully navigated four sets against Simon, and five sets against Gavin Read.

Results: Lodgers A 9 Wrangle 1, Lodgers Blades 2 Stickney 8.

With Mayflower Pilgrims only able to field two players, visitors Graves Park E seized the moment to record their third victory of the season in Division Two.

Dean Whitehead was very unlucky not to have forced the draw, going down in the fifth end decider to Rita Rowe, but had some consolation in the doubles, pairing up with Darron Kent to emerge victors after five hard-fought sets against Alex Allbones and Pete Bell.

Darron thus completed the evening unbeaten, having won his singles in straight sets.

Result: Mayflower Pilgrims 4 Graves Park E 6.

As the season re-starts after the winter break, team captains are advised to check the website (www.bdttl.org.uk) for the up-to-date situation regarding the receipt of match score sheets.

It would appear that several matches have not been played, nor has the match secretary been notified.