Dalton within reach of the title
In the Kendal & District Table Tennis League, Dalton A, with a crushing 10-0 win over Natland C, who now look certain to make a swift return to Division 2, moved to within grasping distance of retaining their Division 1 title. 9 points from their final match will ensure they do so. Ben McDonald, Paul Ackred and man of the match Alan Turner were ruthless in their destruction of the Natland side.
In Division 2, with 2 matches remaining, Dallam A are 9 points clear at the top and seem certain to return to Division 1. The second promotion place, barring some bizarre results, looks to be between Burton D and Natland D. Burton currently hold a 3 point advantage but this could easily be reversed in the final 2 matches. Natland D came back into contention by winning their game in hand against Crook B 10-0. Mick Taylor, Rin Colombi and Peter Taylor were clinical in a victory which puts Crook B, despite the periodic inclusion of Matt and Ben O’Flynn, back into the relegation places. Andy Gilchrist led Peter Taylor by 2 games to 1 but couldn’t close out the win.
In Division 3, the battle of the promotion hopefuls was won by Dent who defeated Kirkby Stephen B, 21-16. This was despite a man of the match performance from John Huck, who won all 3 of his singles matches, including a win over Steve Hawley, the Dent no.1, in 4 tight games.
The second round of the Knock Out Cup Competition has now been completed and the Quarter Finals, which are to be played in the week commencing March 27th, feature Burton D v Crook A, Dallam A v Burton C, Natland D v Dalton B and Dallam B v Crook B.