IBIS gathering momentum
Burton A consolidated their position at the top of Division 1 of the Kendal & District Table Tennis League following a 22-14 win against Dalton Cricket Club. Stephen Baxendale was man of the match winning all 3 of his singles rubbers, including victory against up and coming Dalton player, Matty Rigg. Crook A, in second place, scraped through 19-17 against Natland B, despite only fielding 2 players. Phil Riley and John Howarth won 5 of their 6 singles matches and teamed up to win the doubles and the match against the struggling Natland side. Meanwhile, Natland A and IBIS closed the gap on the top two. Natland A beat Dallam A 24-13. Roger Pimblett lost for the first time this season, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 9-11 to James Neal in a closely contested encounter, only for Tamas Bacsi to turn the tide back in Natland’s favour with an 11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 win over James Neal. IBIS secured a comprehensive 26-8 victory against Burton B. Steve Dixon and James McGrath were unbeaten for IBIS but Dennis Hooley and Mike Armishaw spared Burton’s blushes with wins against Harry Carter.
In Division 2, Crook B, with a commanding 25-11 defeat of promotion rivals, Natland C, moved up into second place. Phil Swift and Mike Taylor both won all of their singles matches. Natland D cemented their place at the top with a comprehensive 29-7 defeat of Crook D. Dallam B secured their first win of the season with the ruthless 27-4 demolition of Crook D. Dallam’s Peter Duxbury and Norman Philbey enjoyed 3 wins apiece and Mike Jackson 2. Crook’s only consolation was an 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 success for Tony Cousins against Mike Jackson in the final singles match.