Felsted RBL B have lost their first match – and the leadership of division three of the Braintree Table Tennis League.
After five matches without defeat they hit a brick wall against Black Notley F who beat them 6-4.
And it would have been much worse but for the efforts of Chris Butler who won all three singles.
Notley had to call in a reserve, but when Adam Clift is on hand, that is no handicap. He and Vernon King won twice.
Felsted cede the lead to Rayne G who climbed back to the top by one point after an 8-2 win over Rayne H.
Paul Lombardi took three singles and joined Barry Mouser to win the doubles to account for Rayne I’s four sets against Notley G.
There was a first win on the table for Netts C – and a first taste of success for Peter Hardy.
Having taken up competitive table tennis at a time when many are contemplating the pipe and slippers, he lost the first six singles of his league career but got going in style by winning all three against Notley I to help his team to a 7-3 win.
In an earlier match, Notley I had gained their first win of the season, 7-3 over Felsted C, with Declan Baines unbeaten.
Notley B narrowly held on to their lead in division two but were tested by Rayne E’s three Daves.
In their previous match when Dave Punt, Dave Moles and Dave Miller played together, it was Moles who lost the one singles. This time he won two while his fellow Daves won only one.
Gordon Fairchild was the main stumbling block. He won his three singles, all in straight games, to help Notley to a 6-4 win.
Sible Hedingham moved to within one point of the table top by beating Notley’s D team 7-3.
It was another match that featured a turnaround in fortunes. In their previous match Mark Brown had lost his three singles. This time he was the only one to win three.
There were wins for Notley’s other two teams in the division. The E team beat Nomads 6-4 despite three wins from Richard Kemp while the C team lost only the doubles against Hedingham Lions.
Champions Liberal A stamped their mark on the week’s division one matches by recording a 10-0 win over last year’s runners-up Rayne A – and when was the last time Rayne A lost 10-0?
It was a recognisable Rayne team – Steve Pennell, Ian Whiteside and Steve Elmes. But Peter and Ian Hayden and Simon Webber went through them all.
Netts A introduced Nikki Davison for her first match of the season and she duly obliged with two singles in their 8-2 win over Rayne D, the latter’s first defeat of the season.
Netts’ B team also won 8-2, in their case against Liberal B.
It was a long evening for Alistair Hill. He won his three sets, but was taken to five games in each.
Steve Kerns played his first match of the season and his three singles helped Notley A to a 7-3 win over Rayne B.