Lodgers in high spirits following table tennis victory

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Lodgers D travelled home in high spirits after their fine 10-0 win over Graves Park Nomads in Division Two of the Boston and District Table Tennis League.

Nomads will have been scratching their heads wondering how they were sandbagged out of so many of the points.

Chris Wicks, in particular, can count himself very unlucky not to have beaten Steve Blanchard, going 2-0 up, losing the third at deuce, and then dropping the next two, while John Shortland won the first end in all his singles before his opponents hit back.

Chips Davy took the second leg against Graham Bonsor, and pushed Steve all the way without taking an end.

Tony Kime was relatively untroubled, however, dropping a set to John, but winning his other two games in three sets.

Andrew Pocklington picked up his three once again when Belchford hosted Penmaen B, winning 7-3.

Jon Burkitt made life extremely difficult for Andrew, losing the first two ends by the closest of margins.

However, Jon hit back with a fine four set victory over Peter Hughes before losing out in a five-set decider against Jon Newby.

Ben Jackson did the main damage for Penmaen, beating both Peter and Jon Newby in straight sets, while Ian Richardson had to be content with good performances against Peter and Jon Newby, picking up sets in each.

Despite the defeat, the three points won have taken Penmaen within two points of the team above them, Nomads, with a game in hand.

Leaders Lodgers C moved a step closer to the league title with an 8-2 victory over Belchford, the result belying some close games in the match.

In game one, David Butler was pitched against Vic Clements, David going 2-1 up, only to see Vic force a deciding fifth leg, which almost inevitably went to deuce, Vic emerging the relieved winner.

Andrew Pocklington continued his fine run of form, beating Vic and Andy Birks, both in four sets, setting up a showdown in game seven against Scott Sykes.

Scott took the first end quite easily, only to see Andrew hit back, and take the second leg.

The next two sets were very close affairs, both going to deuce, with honours even, requiring a deciding fifth leg, which Scott took 11-7 to conclude a magnificent game of table tennis.

The doubles was another extremely close affair, Andy and Scott beating Andrew and David 11-9, 13-11, 12-10.