The 2015-2016 season was under way this week when hostilities resumed in the Ely and District Table Tennis League. In Division 1, Aldo Galea played up for Ellesmere 1 and gave good account of himself, particularly against Fulbourn 2’s Peter Xie, but found that his colleague Rhys Davies was marked as ineligible and therefore forfeited all his games. Ellesmere’s Rob Boyce took Stuart Walsh to five but with Nigel Bates winning his games three straight the awarding of the doubles to Fulbourn gave the visitors a 10-0 victory.
In Division 2, Fulbourn 3 visited Countess and Jon Chapman, Hamish Ryder and Danny Bates left with a 10-0 victory safely in the bag. Steven Foulger took Ryder to five and Rachel Foulger stretched Jon Chapman to five but otherwise the games firmly belonged to Fulbourn. Fred Laband caused the only upset of the evening when Ely 3 hosted Ely 2, defeating Rob Pownall in three sets. He also lost a close five-setter to Neil Abram and lost to Ashley Rowe in three. Howard Middleton took both Pownall and Rowe to five but lost in three to Abram. Rowe and Abram won a four-set doubles against Laband and Middleton to give the 2’s the match 9-1.
Division 3 action saw Haddenham 1 welcoming back Mark Coles when he and his colleagues Paul Shepherd and Jake Alsop whitewashed Soham Comrades 4. For Comrades, Pete Claringbold took Shepherd to five and Alsop to four but otherwise the games all went to Haddenham in three straight sets. Soham Comrades 3 entertained Haddenham 2 and celebrated a 7-3 victory. A long five-set win by Josh Curry over Melissa Rule plus two successes by Adam Curry against Chris Rule and Melissa proved to be the sum total of Haddenham’s efforts. Lito Jumilla scored a maximum for Comrades and Melissa completed the singles with a straight sets win over John Holland.