Lodgers and Park show a sign of the table tennis times

TWO emphatic victories this week in the Yates and Greenhough Division One have helped to make a better indicator of what is to come for the season, Lodgers G and Graves Park C making short work of their opposition, writes Mick Maltby.

PENMAEN B 6 Stickney 4: WITH Geoff Bourne unavailable, Stickney faced a real uphill battle when they visited Penmaen B, and must have been very pleased to come away with four valuable points.

Vince Lozynsky made short work of his games against Roger Hooten and Andy Birks, winning both in straight sets, and also took Scott Sykes to five ends, Scott eventually managing to win 12-10 in the last end.

Paul Hartnett also won two, beating Scott and Andy, but lost a tight five-ender to Roger.

Scott and Roger then teamed up to take on Paul and Vince in the doubles; once the first end was decided it was all downhill, Scott and Roger winning the next two legs to make it 6-4 on the night.

l Lodgers G 10 Penmaen B 0: WHAT a difference a few days can make! This time, it was Penmaen B’s turn to travel.

Scott Sykes was first to take the table, against Gary Hill, and might have thought there was a glimmer of hope when he took the third end, this was not to be, however, Gary closing out the game in the fourth end.

All of the other games were over in straight sets, which makes an ominous statement for the rest of the division.

l Graves Park C 9 Graves Park B 1: ALTHOUGH five games went the full distance, Graves Park B could only manage a single win when they played their C team, Mick Maltby beating Graham Walters 12-10 in the final end.

Graham played exceptionally well, substituting from Division Two’s D team, beating both Mike Freeston and Alan Reetham.

Martin Walters arguably had the hardest night of the C team, his three singles going to five ends – but each time, managing to win the last leg. Mick East looked very comfortable in his three straight sets wins, then stepping down to allow Martin and Graham to beat Mike and Mick in the doubles.