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Graves Park A took full advantage of a depleted Lodgers B side when they met in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, winning 7-3.

Number eight-ranked Rob Smith brushed aside the challenges of Colin Bell and Trev Blackbourn to win in straight sets.

Nick Langley edged his game against Trev in four extremely tight ends, and then went to five sets against Colin, only to see Colin take the last leg at deuce.

Phil Brooks had a similar tale to tell, beating Trev, but losing out in four to Colin.

Colin and Trev then combined to take on Rob and Phil in the doubles, the game swinging one way and then the other, Lodgers emerging victorious in the deciding leg.

Graves Park C were another team to benefit from a below-strength opponent, Stickney, running out 8-2 victors, with only Gavin Herberts getting his name on the board for Stickney with fine wins against Graham Walters and Martin Walters.

Vince Lozynsky took Martin to five sets, winning two at deuce, but, alas, ran out of steam in the deciding leg, whilst James Quinton was relatively untroubled all evening.

All the games were over in straight sets when second-placed Lodgers A visited second from bottom Graves Park B, although there were some close ends, notably when Mike Freeston took Mark Hulme and Tim Day to deuce, Alan Reetham also running Mark close in the first end of their encounter.

In the final analysis, the gulf in class was just too much to overcome for the Park players, who need to regroup for the final four matches if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.