Burton A win the Divisional Shield
The annual Divisional Shield tournament, run by the Kendal & District Table Tennis League, took place yesterday, January 14th, at the Dallam School Sports Centre in Milnthorpe. 16 teams competed, across 3 divisions. Burton A, represented by Peter and Stephen Baxendale, were Division 1 champions, winning all of their matches in a 5 team round robin. Runners-up were Natland B, represented by Tamas Bacsi and Andrew Hudson. The Division 3 final was between Natland E (James Robinson and Bence Bacsi) and Crook C (John Hardwick and Hugh Simmons). Natland won by 148.5 points to 131. 8 teams entered a very competitive Division 2 competition and the final between Crook B (Mike Taylor and John Wood) and Burton B (Bryan and Shelley Rhodes) will take place at a later date at a neutral venue.
Meanwhile, in Division 1 of the KDTTL, defending champions, Dalton A, moved to within one point of leaders Natland A, following a 9-1 win against Natland B. Keith Dymond, returning from injury, and Ben McDonald were both unbeaten. Andrea Jorkisch’s 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 defeat of Alan Turner prevented a whitewash.
In Division 2, Kirkby Stephen A, with the 10-0 thrashing of Dallam B, moved into 3rd place and within 4 points of 2nd placed Natland D. The Kirkby Stephen trio of Peter George, Andrew Leach and Jake Haygarth were all unbeaten.
Crook C maintained their lead at the top of Division 3 with a comfortable 26-13 win against fellow promotion chasers Kirkby Stephen B.
Meanwhile, 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 (£3 fee) – it’s great fun!