Although the 10-0 scoreline would suggest Penmaen’s game against Stickney in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League was a breeze, the match was actually rather more competitive.
There were four deuce ends (all going Penmaen’s way in the end) and Gavin Herbert taking the only end in the singles for Stickney, against Brett Heppenstall.
However, the doubles saw the most competitive game of the evening, Brett and Alan Ashberry taking on Gavin and Jack Christian.
After the home team romped home in the first leg, the visitors really got to work, taking the next two legs 11-9 and 12-10, forcing Brett and Alan to dig deep to square the game two sets all before taking the final set 11-8 to put the icing on the cake.
Results: Penmaen 10 Stickney 0.
In Division Two, with nine deuce sets and four games going to a deciding leg, Graves Park Nomads’ match against Belchford had it all.
Jon Newby had a fine four set win over Chips Davy in the opening game, but Walt Bridges steadied the ship, beating Peter Hughes before Mike Schofield put the initiative back in Belchford’s hands with a superb straight set victory over John Shortland.
Walt struck back with a three set win over Jon, and made it a clean sweep with victory over Mike - although this required a fifth and deciding set.
Peter had two great five setters against Chips and John, both going Peter’s way.
The doubles capped an intriguing night’s table tennis, Chips and Walt capping an entertaining evening with a five set victory over Peter and Mike.
Graves Park D gave hosts Lodgers D a salutary lesson with a 9-1 demolition recently, only Tony Kime managing to inflict a defeat on the visitors when he beat Dave Walters.
Mick Dodes, Paul Matschull and Dave all took their games against Ian Gorrie and Richard Scott, certainly, the Park will have travelled home the happier team.
Sibsey A showed their promotion credentials with an impressive 10-0 victory over Graves Park Nomads, with all the games being over in straight sets.
Walt Bridges came the closest to breaking the Park’s duck, going down 10-12 in the second end against Phil Coote, whilst Chips Davy went down fighting, gaining eight points in each of his three ends against Matt Haslam.
Chris Wicks had one close end in each of his three games, but will have learnt a lot from the opposition despite the defeats.
Mayflower Pilgrims celebrated a significant 5-5 draw against promotion contenders Graves Park D, with Matt Lilly topping a trio of wins with a five set victory over previously unbeaten Paul Matschull.
Darron Kent weighed in with two wins, but went down in four sets to Paul, whilst Dean Whitehead had to be content with taking a set from Mick Dodes.
Sibsey B finally got their season underway with an abbreviated game against Lodgers D where both teams could only muster two players.
Richard Hill took his two, beating Tony Kime and Richard Scott, whilst Wayne Grooby beat Richard, but lost to Tony.
The doubles turned out to be the closest game of the evening, Richard and Wayne winning by the narrowest of margins 12-10, 12-10, 11-7.
Results: Graves Park Nomads 6 Belchford 4, Lodgers D 1 Graves Park D 9, Sibsey A 10 Graves Park Nomads 0, Graves Park D 5 Mayflower Pilgrims 5, Sibsey B 6 Lodgers D 3.