Penmaen begin table tennis title defence in style

ACTION in the Yates and Greenhough Division One saw defending champions Penmaen A off to a winning start...

PENMAEN A 10 Penmaen B 0: DEFENDING champions Penmaen A began the defence of their crown with a 10-0 victory over their B team... but they were forced to fight for every point.

Scott Sykes was unlucky to lose a five-setter to John Blyth. Peter Munch dropped ends against Andy Birks and Roger Hooten, while Brett Heppenstall recovered from a set down to beat Scott in four, before partnering John in the doubles to beat Scott and Roger Hooton in five ends in the doubles to complete the whitewash.

Lodgers G 10 Penmaen D 0: LODGERS G, last season’s runners-up, beat new boys Penmaen D, all but two games being over in straight sets.

Gavin Herberts took Mark Hulme to a fifth end, before being defeated while Darren Kent also took an end out of Mark. But the rest of the evening belonged to Lodgers.

Graves Park B 3 Graves Park A 7: GRAVES Park B hosted their A team in a match which saw new signing Alan Reetham get his first win, beating Nick Langley.

Star of the evening for the B team was Mick Dodes, of Division Two’s Graves Park D, who beat Rob Smith (ranked eighth last season) in four sets.

Mick Maltby saw a 10-5 lead slip away as he lost to Rob.

But Mick’s consolation came in a win against Phil Brooks. With the doubles going the A team’s way, a 7-3 victory was ensured.

Wrangle A 3 Lodgers E 7: CONTROVERSY raged in the other two matches this week, with Graham Lacey (ex-Division One’s Lodgers A team) appearing as a substitute for Lodgers E and Lodgers B.

Dave Coulson was the star of the Wrangle team, beating both Colin Bell and David Kime of Lodgers E.

Sam Cooper won the first two ends against Lacey, but eventually lost in five. Sam later got his name on the board, beating David in four sets.

Sam and Dave set about Colin and David in the doubles, but were defeated in five close ends, to leave the score at 7-3.

Stickney 2 Lodgers B 8: PAUL Hartnett must have slept well after his titanic effort against the Lodgers B players, losing in five against Vic Clements before losing in four to Graham Lacey.

Paul gained some reward for his labours, beating Tim Day, in five sets.

Geoff Bourne chipped in with one victory, against Vic Clements, despite taking ends off of Tim and Graham.

Vic and Tim secured an 8-2 score with doubles victory.