Sibsey C miss out on much-desired table tennis win

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Faced with a Graves Park C team down to two players, Sibsey C sensed that they might gain their first draw, or even a win, from their season, and set about the Walters with real ambition, three of the six singles played going to five ends.

Dave Smith had two of those five-setters, but each time was thwarted in the final leg.

Roger Hooten and Chris Cooke were similarly disappointed, but Dave and Roger combined in the doubles to defeat Martin and Graham in the doubles for a late consolation as the Park won 6-4.

Graves Park D travelled to Stickney knowing that a good result was required to keep them clear of relegation worries, and they were given a glimmer of hope when Stickney could only put out two players.

However, Gavin Herberts and Vince Lozynsky were in no mood for charity, winning their singles and dropping only three sets in the process, Mat Lilley taking an end off each, and Dave Walters winning the third set against Vince.

Mat and Dave were undeterred by this setback, and gained a superb three-set doubles victory to curb their disappointment in a 7-3 results.

Colin Bell kept Lodgers B in the match when they entertained Graves Park C, beating both Martin Walters and Graham Walters, and although going down in three sets against James Quinton, two ends were at deuce.

David Kime forced James to a fifth set, and Trev Blackbourn took sets off Graham and Martin, but each time, the Park players nailed the remaining sets.

The doubles proved to be the game of the evening, Trev and Colin taking on James and Graham.

Things looked bleak when the Park took the first end 11-2, but Lodgers bounced back, winning the second end 14-12.

Ultimately, the deciding fifth leg went Lodgers way to give them some reward for their efforts during the evening, albeit in a 7-3 defeat.

Lodgers B received little reward for their efforts when they hosted their A team, going down 0-10, all the singles being over in straight sets.

Trev Blackbourn took Tim Day to deuce in the third end, whilst Colin Bell had deuce ends against Mark Hulme and Tim, but the B team had to wait until the doubles to register their first set, Boyd Smith and Colin taking the second leg against Kelvin and Tim.

Graves Park B took on two-player Sibsey C knowing that they were safe from relegation, but still wanting to go out in style.

Mike Freeston and Alan Reetham both beat Roger Hooten and Chris Cooke, but Mick Maltby ended up the wrong side of a fifth set decider each time.

The doubles turned out to be a really tight affair, with three ends going to deuce, including the last, which finally fell into the hands of the relieved if exhausted Park pair of Mike and Alan as Park won 8-2.