Underdogs were to the fore in the Braintree Table Tennis League.
While most match results elicited few raised eyebrows, there were individual performances that will have given the individuals concerned considerable satisfaction.
Simon Fleming for instance can be very pleased with his win over Nikki Davison in Rayne C’s 9-1 defeat by Netts A, while Black Notley A’s Chris Parr will have been happy to gain revenge on Simon Webber, who had beaten him the previous week and who went on to a semi final place in the individual championships.
Liberal A went on to win that one 9-1.
Gordon Fairchild is another player with a smile on his face. Playing up from division two, he won twice in Notley A’s 6-4 defeat by Rayne D while his teammates won only once.
Alistair Hill had a particular reason for satisfaction. He beat his father Jon in Rayne A’s 6-4 win over Netts B.
Other division one results: Rayne B 3 Liberal B 7 (three wins for Mike Johnston); Felsted RBL A 0 Rayne D 10; Netts A 8 Netts B 2; Liberal A 10 Rayne C 0; Rayne A 9 Liberal B 1.
Steve Willis brought off the win of the week in division two. With only three wins behind him all season, Willis overcame Gary Jackson, a player with a 66 per cent average, in Hedingham Lions’ 9-1 defeat by Notley E.
Jackson seems to have a bit of a blind spot as far as Willis is concerned. He was the only player he lost to in his comeback season in division three last year.
This time it was close – 6-11, 12-10, 14-12, 17-15 – but a win is a win.
Jackson had earlier won his three singles when the E team blighted the club’s B team’s hopes of promotion by holding them to a draw, the E team’s fourth draw in five matches.
Nomads’ Lorraine Burgess was another who produced a win out of the blue. She was averaging below 30 per cent when she took on Sible Hedingham’s Mark Brown, who had a 70-plus average. But she found a way past him at 11-3 in the fifth game.
It was Hedingham’s only defeat of the evening.
Paul Mitchell is gradually finding his old form after his short lay-off and remained unbeaten in Rayne F’s 6-4 win over Notley B, a match in which his teammate Dave Marsh’s defeat by Steve Noble was only his fifth of the season in 38 sets.
Notley B had to call in two reserves, the first time this season their trio of Fairchild, Dave Parker and Victor Chan have not been together.
Other division two results: Rayne E 8 Notley D 2 (three wins for Dave Punt); Notley C 4 Rayne F 6; Nomads 3 Notley D 7 (three wins for Sean Clift); Rayne E 6 Notley C 4.
In division three, the two leaders were both held to surprise draws, Rayne G by Notley F and Felsted B by Notley G, Adam Clift’s three singles the telling factor in the latter result.
Nick Hasler came off better in the clash between two of the division’s top five when he overcame Helen Barnett 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in Rayne H’s draw with Notley H.
Notley F surprisingly lost out to their I team 6-4 but no blame could be attached to 15-year-old Patrick Bugg who notched up the first two wins of his league career.
Netts C’s Kierlan Richards, a year younger than Bugg, also won twice in his team’s 6-4 defeat by Rayne H.
Other division three results: Felsted B 7 Notley H 3 (three wins for Dave Swash); Netts C 1 Rayne I 9; Notley G 8 Notley I 2; Rayne G 7 Rayne I 3; Netts C 2 Felsted C 8.