The finals of the three cup competitions brought the Bath and District Table Tennis season to a close. Premier Division champions Chippenham A completed a league and cup double by defeating league runners-up Oldfield A 5-2 in the final of the Knock-Out Cup. Alan Champneys did well to beat Gary Baldwin in a compelling five sets and also ran Terry Parkins close in another game that went the distance, but otherwise those two players proved too good for Oldfield. Bob Hindle beat John Clifford in the only other game that Chippenham lost.
First Division champions Westhill Lambs also collected another piece of silverware by beating Bath Invaders 6-3 to win the Restricted Cup – open to teams outside the Premier Division. Andy Boucher was the match winner once again with a treble for the Lambs, whose tally was completed by Dave Montano (2) and Chris Bennett. Steve Tainton (2) and Simon Monks responded for the Invaders.
The Handicap Cup final proved to be the closest of the three, with Premier Division Oldfield C overcoming First Division Bath Invaders by five games to four. Oldfield’s greater experience proved vital in overturning the handicap and edging some close games, however they were indebted to Paul Redman, whose hat-trick proved decisive. Simon Monks and Paul Jeffery won pairs for the Invaders, but Steve Tainton, with a slightly lower handicap than those two, lost out to Mark Kerslake and Nigel Dagger as well as Redman.
Cup Final Results:
Oldfield A 2 (R. Hindle 1, M. Woodcock 0, A. Champneys 1) Chippenham A 5 (J. Clifford 1, T. Parkins 2, G. Baldwin 2)
Westhill Lambs 6 (D. Montano 2, C. Bennett 1, A. Boucher 3) Bath Invaders 3 (P. Jeffery 0, S. Tainton 2, S. Monks 1)
Oldfield C 5 (M. Kerslake 1, N. Dagger 1, P. Redman 3) Bath Invaders 4 (S. Tainton 0, S. Monks 2, P. Jeffery 2)
Chippenham A - John Clifford, Roy Cary, Gary Baldwin, Terry Parkins
Westhill Lambs – Dave Montano, Andy Boucher, Chris Bennett