CROOK HEAD DIVISION 3 TABLE
Crook C moved three points clear at the summit of Division Three in the Kendal and District Table Tennis League and hold a crucial game in hand over nearest rivals Burton E. Their latest triumph- a 22-15 success against Dallam F- was their eighth of the campaign.
Crook struggled a little early on as Dallam’s Norman Philbey dispatched Andy Gilchrist and Hugh Symmons 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 and 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 respectively. Crook found a higher gear thanks to Chris Mowat and Gilchrist’s victories against George Duxbury, while Symmons eased his earlier woes to defeat Torin Malkin 11-7, 11-4, 11-7. Philbey continued to bolster Dallam’s ever fading interest, as he claimed his third win of the night 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 against Mowat. Crook finally snatched victory 22-15 after Gilchrist and Symmons teamed up in the doubles, earning a gut wrenching 11-8 victory in the fifth set.
Second placed Burton E lost ground on the leaders after a shock 26-12 defeat at the hands on an impressive Kirkby Stephen C. Aidan Branch got Burton off to a cracking start thanks to four set victories against Chris Horn and John Metcalf. Eric Robinson steadied the Kirkby ship by comfortably winning his three matches, while Horn and Metcalfe won their remaining two matches to steer Kirkby to their seventh triumph of the season.
Third placed Grayrigg A are still in the hunt for a promotion place as they swept aside Natland F 26-11. Sam Housego scooped the man of the match award for Grayrigg with three wins, but was made to work for a nerve jangling 11-4 victory in the tense fifth set against Tim Marris. An ice cool Anthea Bevan was Natland’s main threat thanks to two five set wins against Ben Littlewood and Doug Baxter 11-8 and 11-4 respectively. The success leaves Grayrigg eleven points away from a promotion place, with a game in hand over Burton E.
At the opposite end of the table, Dallam E lie in sixth place only one point ahead of Grayrigg B after losing their sixth game of the season against Crook C, while Grayrigg B are placed second from bottom with only three victories to their name.