A misunderstanding cost leaders, Assassins the top spot.
Assassins played Ping Panthers with only two players owing a mix up as to who should have been playing this week.
With the opposition fielding Marc Burman, John Strang and Sam Clarke Assassins Keigo Burnham and Charlie Hough could only manage a point in losing 7-3 to Ping Panthers.
For Panthers Marc Burman two wins plus a walkover, John Strang a win and a walkover and Sam Clarke a win plus walkover. Marc Burman and John Strang defeated Keigo Burnham and Charlie Hough 17-15, 11-9, 11-9 in the doubles For Assassins two wins for Keigo Burnham and one win for Charlie Hough.
Hang Em High made full use of Assassins loss by defeating Game Changers 9-1 for maximum points and jumped over Assassins to go two points clear at the top of the premier. A treble for Andrew Sharland and Stephen Hoad with two from Michael Bridger with Andrew Sharland and Michael Bridger winning the doubles.
The lone win for Game Changers came from the wily veteran Jim Skinner who defeated Michael Bridger in straight sets.
Dynamos also made use of their opposition turning out with two players by defeating Bullets 8-2. Dynamos Richard Cosens in good form won two plus a walkover, Matthew Caddy a win and a walkover and Richard Caddy also a win and a walkover. Richard Cosens and Matthew Caddy combined for the doubles win. For Bullets the two wins came from David Champneys.
Again a win for leaders St Andrews with 7-3 the result Vs X Men. Trebles for the divisions top two players Terry Dean and Stuart Vincent who also combined to win the doubles over the X Men pairing of Peter Caddy and Peter Dunsby. For X Men a win each for Peter Dunsby, Peter Caddy and Tom Christophersen over Patrick Neil although two of the games went the full distance.
Second in this division Dark Horses came out of a very tough game with Bashers finally winning 6-4 thanks to a five setter win in the doubles over Oliver Neil and John Bridger. For Dark Horses two each for Ben Freeman and Ross Knowlson with one win for Steven Ive with the crucial doubles going to Steven Ive and Ross Knowlson 11-9 in the fifth.
For Bashers it was two each for John Bridger and Oliver Neil.
A five all score line was the result between Lindfield Thunderbolts and Spin Masters. Thunderbolts Andy Steel with a treble plus David Metcalfe and Vincent L’Estrange one each.
For Spin Masters two for Riccardo Bagaini, two for Claudio Bagaini and the doubles win for Claudia Bagaini and Jim Allum.
As with division one this division has a clear leader Magiks, who again won with maximum points. This week they defeated Cutting Edge 9-1 Maximums for Tony Turk, Mel Sims and Kevin Deacon. For Cutting Edge a shock but well earned win for David Polhill and Keith Johnson over Magiks doubles pairing of Tony Turk and Kevin Deacon 12-10 in the fifth set.
Burning Rubbers comfortable in the runners up spot, defeated Blade Runners 9-1.Trebles for Blake Davies and Gavin Pitts with two from Steven Lee. Gavin and Blake also won the doubles in four sets. Blade Runners Annick Lieutaud saved the day for her team by defeating Steven Lee.
Swift’s team of Alanna Blain, Emily Dunsby and Georgie Hough Vs Smashing Pumpkins Peter Vincent, Prevesh Patel and Simon Howard enjoyed a competitive match ending five all.
For the Swift team, a treble for Alanna Bain with one for Emily Dunsby and Georgie Hough. For Smashing Pumpkins, two for Peter Vincent and one each for Simon Howard and Prevesh Patel. With Peter Vincent and Prevesh Patel winning the doubles in the fifth set over Alanna Blain and Emily Dunsby to earn the draw.
Final match in this division also a five all draw between third and forth placed teams Pingwins and Dangermen.
For Pingwins two wins for Paul Lewis plus a win apiece for Rupert Browning and Rob Walsh. In the doubles Paul Lewis and Rupert Browning defeated Tony Pells and Ron Bailham to clinch a draw. For Dangermen Tony Pells with a treble and Guest player Claudia Hough played an attacking game for two wins.,
Top table tennis coming up in April with the Sussex Closed Table Tennis Championships to be held at the Triangle Leisure Centre Burgess Hill on April 8th and Haywards Heath Closed Championships to be held at Warden Park School on April 22nd
Report by Brian Taite.