Walters and Hill have a ding-dong ping-pong battle

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Although Sibsey B could only muster two players for their final Division One match of the Boston and District Table Tennis season against Graves Park C, there were some notable games, principal of which was between Martin Walters and Richard Hill.

Leading by two sets, Martin seemed to be set for a straightforward victory, but Richard had other ideas, taking the third leg 11-8.

The fourth set was as tight as it could possibly be, even at deuce, until the score reached 19-19, Martin taking the next two points to emerge the very relieved victor.

Wayne Grooby also took the third end against Martin, but the fourth followed the pattern of the first two ends, Martin quickly redeeming the situation.

Mick East was making a welcome but rare appearance, and he was pushed all the way in the first end by Richard, Mick winning at deuce before taking the next two legs.

After an easy win in the first leg of the doubles, Martin and James Quinton may have misjudged the opposition, Wayne and Richard storming back but narrowly losing 12-14, 10-12 in the other two sets.

In a match re-arranged from November, Stickney and Graves Park C competed in an entertaining draw, Jack Christian proving what a valuable signing he has been by winning his three games.

No fewer than 13 of the sets in the match that evening went to deuce, but Jack also managed one whitewash (following three deuce ends in the same game).

Graham Walters had a really tough evening, needing two five-setters to win his two games, while James Quinton had a quiet night by his standards, losing to Jack and Vince Lozynsky.

Gavin Herberts ran all three Park players close, but lost out each time, losing three deuce ends 11-13 to Graham in their five set game, but had his revenge, needing just three sets in the doubles with Jack to see off the challenge from Martin Walters and Graham.

In the final outstanding match in the A.D. Dickinson Division Two, fifth-placed Wrangle B took on Lodgers H, needing to avoid a heavy defeat in order to retain their league placing.

In the event, they were helped considerably when Lodgers could only raise two players, because Simon Raistrick was in no mood to give any quarter, taking his three.

Tim Sampson was within a whisker of beating Simon when the fourth set went to deuce, but when this went Simon’s way, the fifth end was rather an anti-climax.

Gavin Read beat Tony Hall, but lost in five sets to Tim, and in straight sets to Den Pattrick, but both games were tight, with two deuce ends in each.

The doubles was another tight five-ender, Tim and Den edging the game after many twists and turns.