Table tennis action resumed after the break with the first round of the Watts Cup, the team knock out competition of the Hastings & District League.
With teams from three Divisions involved, the draw provided a number of one-sided contests with a couple of exceptions, with the game of the round being the all Division One clash between Tackleway A and Hastings Academy C.
The smart money would have been on Academy, who (as Academy D) have been flying high in the league, but Tackleway upset the odds, coming from 2-4 down to win 5-4. Thirteen year old Arthur Bracken had won his two singles to help Academy gain their lead, but Tackleway’s Roy Funnell notched his second win to level the match. In a tense finale, Mike Funnell and Gina Rogers held their nerve to beat Bracken and Scott Bills in four games and win the tie for Tackleway.
Bexhill B had a 5-2 win over Academy E that was closer than the score suggests, with four of the seven matches going the distance.
Pete Robinson won both his singles for Bexhill and Academy may be ruing choosing the playing order that left Jamie Martin with his second singles unplayed after winning his team’s only singles success.
The ‘big three’ all won comfortably with Academy A beating Academy D 9-0, Academy B beating Bexhill E 5-0 and Bexhill A beating Hollington E 6-0.
Bexhill G won 6-0 at Monarchs B, with another thirteen year old, Emily Koester, winning twice on her senior debut. Emily has played for Sussex Juniors this season and is expected to make her Hastings League debut shortly.
Bexhill H surprised their hosts, Monarchs A, by winning the opening doubles but it was downhill from there as Monarchs won 7-2 with Bob Lowe and Alison Jordan unbeaten.
In a re-arranged Division Two match, Academy E beat Academy G 8-2 in one of their games in hand to go joint top of the table.
Chelsea Britt was unbeaten while Terry Dean and Graham Deeprose both won two for the E team and Dave Watters won twice for the losers.