Observer 18-01-19

As hostilities resumed in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League Division One, Bexhill D gained their second win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Tackleway B with Kevin McEwan unbeaten and Martin Richards winning two. Roger Pingram, who arrived from New Zealand on the morning of the match, won twice for Tackleway who now find themselves below Bexhill D, albeit on sets average and with a game in hand.

Bexhill E are now nine points adrift at the bottom, and they were undergoing a perfunctory defeat by leaders Hollington Academy A, all in straight sets, until the last singles. Graham Primett then produced an upset to beat Bashar Ubaid 13-11 in the decider, leaving  Ubaid with two wins and Nathan Darby and Ryan Heseleden unbeaten.

Hollington Academy B beat Bexhill C 7-3 with a maximum from Robin Gibbs and two wins from Rose Rainton and Sheila King.


Another shock seemed imminent in Division Two when leaders Saints B trailed Hollington B 2-4 only for Saints to take the last four sets and a 6-4 win with only a point dropped.. Ron Davenport was unbeaten and Mick Hart won two for Saints, as did Rob Clemence for the losers.

Hollington A gained two wins in a week, beating Tigers A 7-3 with maximums from Shaun Godfrey and Kevin Barry who then repeated the feat to beat Bexhill F 8-2.

Having played their game in hand, Hollington are two points behind Saints.

Tackleway stalwart Alan Blackman celebrated his 80th birthday with an individual win for Tackleway D against Bexhill G, although the match was lost 6-4. Brian Beaney won three for Bexhill and Owen Hatter two for Tackleway.


The clash of the top two in Division Three saw Saints C beat Hollington C 9-1 with Dave Watters and Andy Murphy unbeaten and Paulette Clarke winning two.

Pete Shoesmith provided some stern resistance, but Hollington now trail by twelve points and all bets are off.

Hollington E scraped a 6-4 win at Nalgo B with Adam Akar unbeaten and Tristan Hyland winning two. Ron Spencer won two for Nalgo, losing to Akar 11-9 in the fifth in the final match.

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