TABLE TENNIS: No one could have predicted how close the race to the IBA King’s Lynn League title was going to be, writes Danny Vertigan.
Pegg Scaffolding and St James are level in top spot with reigning champions Ziggys a point behind and Wasps fourth but with a game in hand, leaving the destiny of the championship wide open.
Pegg’s leapfrogged St James and Ziggys into top spot but only on matches won with a 9-2 win against bottom club Wasps II.
Dale Parnell and Wayne Mason both boasted full maximums and Martin Skipper chipped in with a couple of wins, only losing to Igors Scekalevs.
St James had a tricky trip to Ambit Projects but ran out 6-4 winners. Jack Mason and Rob Rix put in strong performances for Ambits, gaining a couple of wins apiece against Owen Turner and Chris Gay respectively.
Serafim Melo led the way for St James with a maximum and Gay and Turner also had a win each over Lewis Baldock.
Ziggys saw off Avengers 7-3 with Chuck Hewitt scoring a maximum and Martyn Allen adding a brace and the doubles. John Blyth beat Don Dixon to see them through. For Avengers, Richard Mussett had two wins against Allen and Blyth and Richard Edwards beat Blyth.
Heacham drew 5-5 at Wisbech Hawks. James Patterson won all his games for the visitors, including the doubles with Aaron Howell.
Howell also beat Grant Brightey. For Hawks, Craig Pack and Steve Ely both scored a brace of wins and Brightey had a win over Vaughan Parker.
Hot Shots extended their lead at the top of Division One to nine points with a convincing 10-0 win at Blades. Finlay Hewson, Luke Smith and David Whitby made light work of the hosts.
Walton Club remain the only team in the division with an unbeaten record after beating Seasiders 8-2 win. James Yu caused most of the damage with a maximum. Good support came from Joe Kiddle and Tony Caruso, who both posted a couple of wins each. Kiddle and Yu also took the doubles.
Mike Cooper and Graham Keeley had a win apiece for Seasiders.
Runcton Holme led West Lynn 4-0 but let them back into the match before running out 6-4 winners. Danny and Ashley Vertigan won a couple of games each for West Lynn with Holme’s Melvyn Jupp and Graham Warren also scoring braces. Guest Dave Wearing beat Andy Castleton and Wearing and Warren also won the doubles.
In a topsy-turvy battle Paul’s Driving School saw off Spin Doctors 6-4 winners with youngster Freddie Reed gaining his first league maximum and Paul Barrett bagging his first of the season. Spin Doctors’ Daryl Johnson, Roger Chilvers and Malcolm Powell had wins over Barry Reed.
In the Pegg Scaffolding Handicap Cup, Wasps beat Ziggys by 30 points and West Lynn bettered Seasiders by 11.
λ The league committee are on the look out for more members. Contact chairman John Blyth for details – 01945 580833 or 07920 012305.