Division One of the Eastern Valley Table Tennis League is still led by Cwmbran Aztecs despite their loss this week to YMCA Preachers 18-20. The Aztecs were without their number one player Tony Collins and despite his replacement Lyndon Jones picking up 2 wins, could not quite overcome their opponents. For the Preachers David Lloyd picked up the player of the match award with his 3 wins, ably supported by Ray Goulding with his 2 wins.
The battle for second place is currently led by Cwmbran Blues who overcame their nearest rivals Cwmbran Colts 22-17. The Blues were indebted to a player of the match performance from Mark Farrow, who won all his matches, and to David D Lloyd with two wins. For the Colts Lyndon Jones, playing in his second match of the night, picked up two wins. It was good to see Jones returning to Eastern Valley table tennis after an absence of many years.
The Division One basement battle was won by Blaenavon Aces over Bristol Nomads 22-13. The Aces were helped by the inclusion of Jon Allen in his first match of the season, however, it was son Ben Allen who stole the show with his player of the match performance in winning all his matches. For the Nomads Keith Armstrong battled well for his two wins.
In Division Two, Cwmbran Dynamos continue to lead despite being held to a 17-17 draw by Cwmbran Devils. Player of the match was the Devils' Roshan Rai who all his matches including a good win over the Dynamos' Alex Jones in straight sets. There were two wins each for the Devils' Stan Williams and Dynamos' Jones.
Chasing the Dynamos are last years champions Cwmbran Panthers, who after a slow start to the season, showed they will not give up the title without a fight by beating Cwmbran Eccentrics 21-8. The Panthers were indebted to a player of the match performance from Yuri Cherkasenko whose three wins included the defeat of previously unbeaten John Thomas. Cherkasenko was ably supported by Colin Price and Howard Gaut with their two wins each. For the Eccentrics, Thomas won two matches.
In the final match of the evening North Gwent Cougars picked up their first win of the season by beating League new boys Chepstow Chiefs 22-11. Once again the Cougars' Greg Price proved unbeatable and picked up the player of the match award. Price was well supported by Garin Edwards with his two wins and Sam Slatter with his 7 points. For the Chiefs, Connor Pyke fought hard for his 5 points.