In Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, Andy Gilbert made his first appearance in the top division when he came to the aid of two-man Graves Park A, picking up his three with little difficulty against new boys Sibsey C.
For the visitors, Dave Smith came closest to an upset, leading Rob Smith 2-0 in sets, but going down in five ends, and he also took ends out of Phil Brooks and Andy. Roger Hooten and Chris Cooke worked hard all evening, but it was to no avail, the Park emerging 10-0 winners.
Boyd Smith could have wished for an easier introduction to the season’s fixtures than a match which saw his Lodgers B lose 10-0 to Lodgers A, but he acquitted himself well, narrowly going down in the third end to Mark Hulme.
Colin Bell almost nicked the second end against Tim Day, but it just wasn’t the B team’s night, all the singles over in straight sets.
Boyd and David Kime won the second end in the doubles before Tim and Mark hit back in the next two ends.
With Mike Freeston injured shortly before the match, Graves Park B decided to go ahead with their fixture against stablemates Graves Park C, and it turned out to be the third whitewash of the week.
Not that the C team had it all their own way, Dave Graham putting James Quinton under pressure, James needing a deciding fifth set, and taking both Martin Walters and Graham Walters to deuce in their three set victories.
Alan Reetham took sets out of Martin and Graham, but was unable to gain the initiative, the B team resigned to another season of hard graft.