Top two tussle in a tight draw

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Lodgers G and Penmaen A - the top two in the Boston and District Table Tennis Division One - fought out a 5-5 draw.

The eagerly-awaited clash was a real table tennis tussle.

Surprisingly, only the first game on the table, Gary Hill of Lodgers G versus Brett Heppenstall of Penmaen A, went the full distance, Brett managing to put Penmaen in the lead.

This was promptly levelled, as Kelvin Clements beat Alan Ashberry in straight sets.

Kelvin had a brilliant night, winning his three, and dropping only one end to become the only unbeaten player in the top 10.

Mark Hulme lost in a tight four-end game against Brett, but managed to beat Alan, who lost his three.

Derek Woods beat Gary and Mark, which meant that Lodgers needed the doubles to secure a famous victory.

Brett and Alan, however, had other ideas, taking the game in three ends to leave the match honours even.

Penmaen B beat Graves Park D 9-1.

Paul Matschull was the only Park player to put himself on the scoreboard, beating Roger Hooten in a tense four-end game.

Scott Sykes and Neil Snaith won their singles.

Penmaen A returned to winning ways with a 10-0 victory over Stickney.

With number six-ranked Paul Hartnett unavailable, Stickney hosted top of the table Penmaen A with damage limitation in their minds.

Gavin Herberts gave a good account of himself, taking ends off each of the Penmaen players, and forcing Derek Wood to a fifth end.

But it was to no avail, Alan Ashberry and Brett Heppenstall then joined forces to round off the evening in some style, winning the doubles in straight sets.