In their first game after the break, leaders Bexhill D gained a crucial 6-4 win over main rivals Hollington Academy D in Division 2 of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League. Brian Beaney picked up a maximum for the leaders, all in straight sets, while Tina Beaney won two games, as did Kevin Barry for the Academics.
This was Bexhill’s eleventh consecutive win, but their ten-game doubles winning streak was ended by Barry and Ryan Heselden.
NALGO A were unable to take advantage as they went down 7-3 at Tackleway D, finally playing near to their true potential. Owen Hatter, a convert to hard bat, was unbeaten for Tackleway, supported by two wins from Alan Blackman. Mike Courtenage won two for NALGO.
Tackleway F and Saints C fought out a 5-5 draw when Keith Lindsay and Simon Newstead (Tackleway) and Andy Syrett (Saints) all won two games. Danny Kildea came from two games down to beat Syrett 3-2 and prevent a match-winning maximum.
Tigers B had a comfortable 9-1 win at Bexhill G with three wins for Roger Smith and Rama Patel and two for Chris Woods. Barry Goodson picked up the consolation win for Bexhill.
Bexhill E won 8-2 at Saints D where Pam Winter and Konrad Pieterse were unbeaten and Paul Welford won two. Bexhill won all five games which went the distance.
In Division 3, leaders Bexhill F (Harvey Webb, Ricky Knight and Roger Gillett) cruised home 10-0 against Willett & Phillips. Sue Clarke took Gillett to five games to give Willett & Phillips a glimpse of a breakthrough.
Equally comprehensive was Tackleway G’s 10-0 victory against Hollington C, with Kevin Eastman, Douglas Bick and Stephen Milton in control throughout.
A much closer contest saw Hollington B edge out Tigers C 6-4. Michael Foster’s maximum for the losers was not quite enough to gain a share of the points as Amelia Long and Pete Shoesmith both won two for Hollington.
Ron Spencer’s hard-fought maximum put NALGO B in the driving seat but two wins each for Andy Holmes and Phil Talbot earned Tigers D a share of the points.