IBIS dent Natland hopes
In Division 1 of the Kendal & District Table Tennis League, IBIS put a major dent in Natland A’s hopes of lifting the Division 1 title, with a comprehensive 7-3 victory. Steve Dixon was unbeaten in singles, including a 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 win over Natland no.1 Roger Pimblett, reversing his defeat earlier in the season. Two wins for James McGrath, one for Trevor Nicholson and victory in the doubles completed a satisfying night for IBIS. Natland B’s hopes of avoiding an end of season relegation play off were given a timely boost by the 7-3 defeat of Burton A. Man of the match Peter Baxendale’s 3 singles wins were all Burton could muster, as Andrew Hudson, Tamas Bacsi and Mark Ashburn each won 2 singles and Bacsi and Ashburn combined to take the doubles.
Burton B increased their lead at the top of Division 2 by a single point as a result of a narrow 6-4 victory against Dallam B, while second placed Natland D could only draw with Burton C. Dennis Hooley was again man of the match for Burton B, winning 3 singles, including the straight games defeat of Paul Gosling and teaming up with Bryan Rhodes to win the doubles. Mick Taylor won 3 singles for Natland D but 2 wins for Martin Wakelin, 1 each for Mike Gregory and Bob Quick and victory in the doubles earned Burton C a creditable draw.
In Division 3, Grayrigg A stayed in touch with leaders Crook C, following the 25-12 defeat of their own B team. Doug Baxter was man of the match with 3 singles wins and victory in the dubles in combination with Sam Housego. Cameron Hunter and Harry Harper both secured singles victories for Grayrigg B.
The annual Kendal & District Table Tennis League Junior Tournament will take place at the Kendal Leisure Centre on Friday, December 29th, 10-4. Anyone under the age of 15, who is a member of a club which is a part of the League, can enter but be quick, entries close on December 22nd.
Social table tennis continues at the Kendal Table Tennis Club, 7-9 on Tuesday evenings at the Kendal Leisure Centre. Adult table tennis enthusiasts are encouraged to come and try it – it’s great fun!