Penmaen left wanting in table tennis league

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Penmaen B will be thinking that they might so easily have got something out of their first match of the second half of the season.

Facing top team Lodgers C in Division Two of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, Ben Jackson was twice in the lead against Andy Birks, but Andy fought back each time and closed out the fifth end 11-7.

Jon Birkitt took the first leg against Vic Clements, while Ian Richardson took the second leg against Andy, and narrowly lost the second leg against Scott Sykes at deuce.

The doubles was another tight game, Scott and Andy being relieved to take the fourth end and the game against Ian and Ben to round off a 10-0 success.

Lodgers D endured a torrid time when they hosted second-placed Sibsey A, going down 10-0.

Both Matt Haslam and Neil Snaith won their games for Sibsey in straight sets.

Graham Bonsor and Ian Gorrie gave Fred Calvert a sterner test, however, Graham eventually going down in four sets, while Ian forced a fifth set decider.

Pete Bell was in scintillating form when Graves Park E met Sibsey D, Pete winning his three, despite initially going 2-0 sets down to Den Pattrick.

Rita Rowe lost in four sets to Barry Lea in a game which was so close, and could have gone either way, while Alex Allbones was unlucky not to win a set out of Tim Sampson, going down 12-14 in the third end, and forcing Barry to four ends.

Tim and Den then teamed up to beat Pete and Rita in the doubles, again by the tightest of scores, to give Sibsey a 7-3 victory which belied the effort the Park players had put in.