Observer 21-12-18

The first half of scheduled fixtures in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League

came to an end with Division One providing the closest of contests. Leaders Saints A won a crucial battle with second placed Hollington Academy A 6-4, despite a fine maximum for Academics’ Paul Barry. Dave Butler and James Winchester both won two for Saints who came from 3-4 down to take the last three singles. The earlier doubles win for the Saints pair, decided over five games,had kept them in the match.

Third placed Bexhill A kept in the hunt when Robert Warner and David Rayment were unbeaten in the 8-2 defeat of Bexhill C.

Saints lead Academy A by four points with Bexhill a further point behind but the second and third teams have a game in hand. This is the rearranged match between Bexhill A and Academy A which is scheduled to be played before Christmas.

At 0-5 down Bexhill B looked dead and buried against Hollington Academy C but came back to lose 4-6. Nick Standen, Scott Bills and Arthur Bracken all won twice for Academics, as did Andy Summers for Bexhill.


Division Two is also well contested and leaders Saints B continued their run with a

9-1 win at Tigers A where Jamie Martin and Ron Davenport were unbeaten and Andy Syrett won two.

Hollington A gained ground with two wins which moved them into second, with

the 7-3 defeat of Tackleway C, with maximums from Shaun Godfrey and Kevin Barry, pushing the losers down to third.

Hollington also beat Monarchs A by the same score with three wins for Godfrey and two for Barry while Bob Lowe won two for Monarchs.

Bexhill F and Nalgo A drew 5-5 with Bexhill’s Harvey Webb gaining a splendid maximum while Paul Hyland and Mike Courtnage won two each for Nalgo.


Saints C have established an eight point lead in Division Three, having won all ten matches. They beat Tigers B 8-2 with Dave Watters and Andy Murphy unbeaten.

Hollington C have established a similar gap in second place after a 7-3 win over Monarchs B in which Keith Young and Pete Shoesmith both won three.

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