Penmaen seal eighth consecutive table tennis title

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Penmaen secured their eighth consecutive Boston and Disttrict Table Tennis League Division One title with a 9-1 victory over third-placed Graves Park C, who arrived without James Quinton.

However, the highlight of the evening saw Martin Walters beat Derek Wood in four sets.

Brian Hill and Alan Ashberry both beat Martin and Graham Walters in straight sets, but the home team really got the bit between their teeth in the doubles, forcing Alan and Derek to a deciding fifth leg, which the Penmaen pair won to take the wind completely out of the Park’s sails.

Vic Clements made a guest appearance for Lodgers A when they played their B team, and he did not let his team down.

He beat Colin Bell in straight sets and Richard Baxter in four but could not, however, stop Trev Blackbourn taking the first game of the evening in straight sets to ensure that the hosts did not suffer the ignominy of a whitewash.

Colin took the second end from Tim Day, but the rest of the games were over in straight sets as second-placed Lodgers A eased to a 9-1 victory.

Division Two winners Sibsey A were given a scare by Graves Park Nomads when Walt Bridges beat Fred Calvert in four sets as early as game one.

Phil Coote levelled the score, beating Chips Davy in three, although the third end was at deuce, a pattern replicated when Chips played Neil Snaith.

Neil made it a hat-trick of three-set victories to put Sibsey on top, Phil Coote also winning three, dropping just one set, against Walt.

John Shortland played well to get the better of Fred in five fluctuating sets before partnering Walt in the doubles against Fred and Neil.

The first set was critical, the Sibsey pair winning 14-12 before settling down to play out a three set victory, confirming Nomads’ place at the bottom of the table.

Belchford inched further ahead of Lodgers D in the table when they won 6-4 against a depleted Lodgers’ team, despite Tony Kime’s valiant efforts, dropping just one set in his singles matches, against Brian Todd.

Ian Gorrie chipped in with one win, needing five sets to see off the challenge from Mike Schofield, two of the sets going to deuce, but going down to Peter Hughes and Brian Todd.

With the score at 5-4 to Belchford, Tony and Ian saw the possibility of securing a draw if they could beat Mike and Peter in the doubles.

An emphatic first set victory raised their hopes, but the Belchford pair stormed back, taking the next three sets to ensure a home win.