Lodgers and Penmaen extend table tennis lead

BOTH Penmaen A and Lodgers G recorded convincing victories in the Yates & Greenhough Division One.

Graves Park C recorded their first 10-0 victory of the season when they travelled out to Stickney, although it was far from plain sailing.

Paul Hartnett was involved in three five-enders, against James Quinton and Mick East, and together with Vince Lozynsky, against James and Martin Walters in the doubles.

Vince took Martin to five ends, but it was all in vain.

Another 10-0 victory was recorded when Penmaen A visited Wrangle A, Sam Cooper doing everything he could to avoid a whitewash when he took Derek Wood to five sets in the last game of the evening.

Brian Hill won his three in straight sets, but Dave Coulson fought back, taking ends from Derek and Brett Heppenstall.

Sam and Den Pattrick took on Derek and Brett in the doubles, but there was nothing they could do against the strong Penmaen pairing.

Penmaen D recorded their first win of the season when they beat Wrangle A – who are enduring a tough run of fixtures – 7-3. Gavin Herberts took his three singles, although he was made to fight all the way by Sam Cooper, who recovered from 2-0 sets down to level the game with two deuce victories – only to lose the deciding leg.

Dave Coulson picked up two games for Wrangle, beating Mat Lilly and Adam Elston, while Sam had to be content with winning one, against Adam.

Graves Park B were the next lambs to the slaughter as Penmaen A continue their inexorable quest for the division title, only one set going the Park’s way when Mick Maltby nicked the first end from Alan Ashberry. Brian Hill and Derek Wood gave Alan excellent support with their straight set victories, which meant that the match was over shortly after 10pm.

Scott Sykes was Penmaen B’s most successful player when they visited Lodgers B, beating Trev Blackbourn and Vic Clements. Neil Snaith chipped in with one victory, beating Trev, but Tim Day emerged unbeaten, despite being taken to four ends by both Scott and Neil, and needing two deuce ends against Roger Hooton. With the doubles also going Lodgers’ way, a convincing 7-3 victory was secured, which takes them in to third place in the league.

Mick East saved Graves Park C from a whitewash when they took on Lodgers G, beating Mark Hulme in a close five-setter.

He also took Kelvin Clements to five ends, but was unable to make home advantage pay, whilst James Quinton took ends out of Mark and Gary Hill, and then teamed up with Martin Walters to lose the doubles against Kelvin and Mark in five ends.