Observer 11-11-16

Title holders Saints A went down 7-3 to current leaders Hollington Academy A in Division One of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League with Paul Barry winning three and Stacey Furnival and Bashar Obeyed two for the Academics. Barry had a 4-game win over Hastings Champion and Vets Champion Dave Butler, who won twice for the losers and gained a consolation point when partnering James Winchester to a doubles win.

Bexhillians A are second after an 8-2 success over Bexhillians C in which Rob Warner and Dave Rayment were both unbeaten, with the A side winning all three sets requiring a fifth game.

Bexhillians B eased away from the foot of the table with a 10-0 defeat of Bexhillians D, which was their first win of the season. Andy Summers, Yotza Krstic and Brian Busbridge all won three.

Tackleway A beat Tigers A 9-1 with maximums for Roger Pingram and James Gorridge and two for Roy Funnell. Roger Smith picked up an excellent win over Funnell but Tigers are at the foot of the table, with Tony Catt still recovering from wrist surgery.


In Division Two, promoted Bexhillians F have won three from four after beating NALGO A 6-4 with both teams missing their No. 1 player. Malcolm Glover and Ricky Knight (Bexhill) and Mick Lane and Mike Courtnage (NALGO) all won two games.

Hollington A still lead but they had to take the last two singles to beat Tackleway E 6-4. Shaun Godfrey and Neil Stapley were unbeaten for the leaders with Godfrey winning the crucial ninth set at 11-9 in the fifth game against Gina Rogers,  the closest Godfrey has been to tasting defeat this season.

Tackleway D beat Hollington B 8-2 with an Alan Blackman maximum and two wins each for Phil Toze and Owen Hatter. The Hollington youngsters just missed out on their first point with Kieran Gibbs and Amelia Long both losing to Toze by two points in the fifth game.


Third Division Monarchs had a vital 8-2 win over Bexhillians H in which Andrew Edwards and Alison Jordan both scored maximums. Monarchs now lead the Division, level on points with Bexhill but with a game in hand.

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