Bexhillians A’s hopes of regaining the title in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League were dealt an early blow as they went down 6-4 to Hollington Academy C, who were boosted by the inclusion of sisters Stacey and Chelsea Furnival. The Furnivals, who play for St. Andrews in the Women’s British League are now both playing with hard bats. Chelsea was unbeaten while Stacey won twice, as did Martin Kellaway for Bexhill.
Promoted Bexhillians D gained their first win in Division 1 with a 6-4 defeat of Tackleway B in which John Bradbury was unbeaten and Brian Beaney won two. Adrian Goodrum won twice for the losers.
Hollington Academy dominate the early Division 1 table and Academy A had a routine 8-2 win over Bexhillians B when Paul Barry and Basher Obeyed were unbeaten.
Academy B lead the table and have yet to drop a set as they beat Tigers A 10-0 with maximums from Robin Gibbs, Sam Collins and Jamie Martin.
In Division 2, Tackleway C encountered stiff opposition from Tackleway D as they had to come from 2-4 down to win 6-4 with Danny Rickaby unbeaten and two wins from Kevin Rowe. Rickaby’s treble included 5-game wins over Owen Hatter, who won two for the losers, and Alan Blackman.
Bexhillians G started their campaign with a 10-0 win at Saints C for Cameron Jones, Ryan Heselden and Kevin McEwan.
In a much closer clash, NALGO A beat Tackleway E 6-4, with a maximum for Paul Hyland and two wins for Mike Courtnage. Nick Coleman won two for Tackleway and the result was decided by the doubles, where Hyland and Courtnage came from 1-2 down to take the last two games 20-18, 11-9.
Pete Shoesmith’s maximum helped Hollington C gain a 5-5 draw with Tigers C in Division 3. Chris Floyd and Andy Holmes won two apiece for Tigers in a match where four sets went to 11-9 in the fifth.
Tackleway F whitewashed NALGO B 10-0 with Dan Kildea, Doug Bick and Steve Milton unbeaten. The exception to the one-way traffic came when Milton had to come from 1-2 down to John Robertson, scraping the last two games 12-10,12-10.