Penmaen C - one of last season’s front runners - are struggling this season with a lack of players, in the Boston Table Tennis League’s A.D. Dickinson Division Two.
They have conceded games in their first two matches, writes Mick Maltby.
Against Graves Park E, Chris Cooke played out of his skin, beating all the Park lads, only Steve Clements managing to gain a set.
John Shortland, on the other hand, lost three sets at deuce on his way to defeat.
Another defeat at deuce in the third end saw John and Chris go down to Steve and Pete Bell to round off a disappointing first match for the team.
A week later, Penmaen C visited Graves Park B, and found the Park in no mood for sympathy for their lack of a third player, the Park winning 10-0. Chris Cooke took an end out of each of the Park players, but couldn’t build on this platform. John Shortland took Alan Reetham to deuce in the first end, but Alan regained the initiative, and closed out the match in straight sets.
In the doubles, John and Chris gave Alan and Mick Maltby a real wake-up call, winning the first end 11-5 before the Park turned it around by winning the next three ends.
Sibsey A travelled out to Belchford, and were rewarded with a valuable 8-2 victory, Jason Cade being the star of the night, winning his three in straight sets.
Sam Langford chipped in with two, beating Jon Newby, and edging the third end 12-10 against Peter Hughes. Fred Calvert – a last minute close-season signing from Sibsey B – lost out in five ends to Jon, before beating Brian Todd and Peter.
The doubles was a looking a foregone conclusion, Sam and Jason looking strong in the first end against Jon and Brian, but then things got a lot more tense, two narrow victories ensuring that Sibsey took the spoils.
Graves Park E recorded their second comprehensive victory this season when they hosted Lodgers D, winning 8-2.
Pete Truepenny had a night to remember, winning his three – although not without a fight. Graham Bonsor took him to five ends, Pete winning the deciding leg 12-10.
Pete also took four ends to see off the challenge of Steve Blanchard and Ian Gorrie, Ian being unlucky not to force a deciding leg, losing 14-12 in the fourth.
Steve Blanchard was Lodgers’ main man, beating both Steve Clements and Pete Bell in five ends, but Steve and Pete gained their revenge, pairing up to beat Graham and Ian in straight sets in the doubles.
Walt Bridges undoubtedly enjoyed his evening when Wrangle B visited Graves Park Nomads, winning his three.
Not that it was all plain sailing – Viv Rynne and Tony Hall both taking Walt to five ends before losing tight final legs.
Tony Hall beat Gary Hall in five ends, and Chips Davey, whilst Dave Butler gained the same two scalps, also taking five to overcome Dave.
Meanwhile, Viv had a quiet night by his standards, having nothing to show for his efforts at the end of the evening.
With Gary and Walt joining forces in the doubles to beat Dave and Tony in three sets, the Nomads gained a narrow victory on the night 6-4.
Results: Penmaen C 3 Graves Park E 7, Graves Park B 10 Penmaen C 0, Belchford 2 Sibsey A 8, Graves Park E 8 Lodgers D 2, Grave Park Nomads 6 Wrangle B 4