Senior League 2017-18 Week 5

Whistlers A drew level with Lions A at the top of Division 1 after a 7-3 victory over Whistlers C.  Garry Dodd maintained his 100% start to the season with comfortable wins over Ryan Gilson and Charlotte Casey, although his record was nearly lost against Lawrence Stacey as he fell 2-0 behind before battling back to win 11-9 in the deciding 5th game.  Dodd was backed up by the ever-reliable Mark Pipet who beat Gilson and Casey and Martin Sarre who beat Casey in 5 games.  Whistlers' B side kept up the chase for top spot by beating Lions C 7-3.  Josh Stacey breezed through his singles games against Ian Le Page, Andy Gill and Jamie Ferbrache without dropping a set and this was backed up by Matthew Casey and Sam Clark with 2 wins apiece, though neither could beat the in-form veteran Gill.

Division 2 looks like it could be a two-team battle for the title this season with Whistlers D and Lions D both having good starts.  Whistlers D emphatically beat Whistlers F 9-1, with wins for Kay Chivers and junior Ellis Tomlin against Paula Le Ber, Tom Hagerich and Andy Lihou.  Le Ber prevented the whitewash with a tight 5-game win against Keith Opie.  Meanwhile Lions D had a long and nervy encounter with Ravenscroft Panthers B, eventually coming out on top 6-4.  Five of the matches went the full distance and a plethora of lengthy rallies made it an interesting spectacle.  Steve Ozanne was star of the show with wins against Peter Vivian, Steve Martin and Shaun Mosley as well as teaming up with Tim Le Page in the doubles to beat the Panthers pairing of Vivian and Martin.

St Pauls A kept up their 100% start in Division 3 with an 8-2 win over Whistlers H, with Craig Dunning winning all his matches against Stuart Sarre, Darren Sarre and Nathan Pinchemain.  However Stuart, the elder of the Sarre brothers, showed good form on his return to table tennis after a year out as he beat St Pauls’ John Wills and Derek Carter.

It was a battle at the top of Division 4 as the two leading teams faced each other and it ended in a 5-5 draw.  The match went right to the wire with Lions K 5-4 up with one match to play, but Jan Priest, playing for Lions L, held her nerve in a superb 3-2 victory against previously unbeaten Val Guilbert to claim a draw and keep both teams level on points at the top of the division.

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