In Division 2 of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, leaders Bexhill D increased their comfortable lead with a 9-1 defeat of Bexhill G with Brian Beaney and John Bradbury unbeaten and two wins from Trevor Towner. Malcolm Hilton prevented a whitewash with a straight sets win over former Tigers colleague Towner.
The most significant game in the top half of the table saw Saints C win 6-4 at NALGO A when Andy Syrett’s maximum for Saints was key. Paul Hyland won two for NALGO.
Hollington Academy D won 7-3 at Bexhill E with maximums from Kevin Barry and Brian Busbridge. Bexhill had to earn their consolation point with two of their wins going the distance including the final singles when Konrad Pieterse edged out Ryan Heselden.
Tigers B won 9-1 at Hollington A with three wins from Chris Woods and Roger Smith and two from Rama Patel. Steph Sargent gained Hollington’s only win in the last game of the evening.
Completing a clean sweep of away wins in Division 2, Tackleway F beat Saints D
10-0 through Keith Lindsay, Danny Kildea and Simon Newstead. Saints’ best chance came in the doubles but Newstead and Kildea held on to beat Derek Brown and Paul Davis in five games.
Division 3 produced some one-sided games with high-flying Monarchs defeating Tigers C 9-1 thanks to maximums from Andrew Edwards and Peter Harding and two wins from Dave Turnbull.
Willett & Phillips went one better as Phil Bailey, Ken McEwan and Barry Turnwell beat NALGO B 10-0.
Saints E had Neil Pankhurst and Trevor Fountain unbeaten and two wins for Jo Clarke in their 9-1 win over Hollington C.
In a more competitive contest, Ryan Demeza’s maximum for Hollington D gained a 5-5 draw with Hollington B who had two wins each for Amelia Long and Pete Shoesmith.
In the Watts Cup Quarter Finals, Bexhill A (Lewis Mayhew, Rob Warner, Bob Lowe) cruised home 9-0 over Tackleway A and Hollington Academy A beat Hollington Academy C 8-1. Bexhill B, led by Andy Summers beat Hollington Academy D 5-1 but went to five games in three of their wins to overcome their Second Division opponents.