DIVISION ONE WEEK NINE
CRUSADERS a had a visit from MARKET RASEN WARRIORS for whom the warrior chief on the night appeared to be Graham Lacey who beat Dan Otter by 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 and Nigel Crow by 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7. Best match of the evening was between up and coming junior (all the way by motor bike from Skegness) Jack Bradley and A’s outstanding number one, Dan Rimmer, Dan squeezing home by 11-5, 4-11,8-11, 11-6, 11-6.Three singles wins for Dan plus the doubles and two wins for Dan Otter and Nigel saw the A’s maintain their title push with an excellent 8-2 victory.
How would the SLAPPERS cope with the avenging FANTASTIC FIVE and their super powers? It proved to be an epic battle! Number one Slapper, Ryan Mitchell was back in fine form this evening with a thrilling victory over Ben Applewhite by 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11 and the decider by 11-9! He took the challenge of big hitting James Wynne and held on for an 11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 win. Slapper captain Clive Mitchell took out James and Lewis Mcfarlane but found Ben too hot to handle in a 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11 win for Ben. Andrew Flynn eased home against Lewis but found Ben’s and James too hard to cope with. A fantastic doubles match between the Mitchell’s and Ben and Lewis saw the Fantastic Five edge by 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6 to a win and a five all draw for the evening.
PSYCHO DELICS had a visit by the RUSTONS A side. Number one Psych for the evening Colin Walters again showed that he is the most improved player in Lincoln with a 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 victory over Paul Conyers and a 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8 win over the wily Bob O’Hara. The ageless Terry Colam was too cunning however for Colin ,winning in four games. Top Delic , Derek Wood eased comfortably home to win all his singles and the doubles too. I was delighted to notice a very accomplished performance by Adrian Haigh, again in a five game spectacular against Paul. Two wins for Terry and one from Bob were not enough to stop the Psycho team recording yet another win by 7-3.
DIVISION TWO WEEK NINE
CRUSADERS D played their close rivals the E team. Best performance from the E’s was by Iain Hicklin in a magnificent win over D’s captain Mark Watson by 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8. Ian Minoghue too did very well to take out Mark Nolan by 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5. However Kapil Sanghi at number one for the D’s was on his finest form,winning all his singles and the doubles too and leading his team helped by two singles each for the two Marks, to a 8-2 win to push them up the table.
ST PETERS B renewed their title push with a home match against MARKET RASEN TIGERS. The visitors lone bite was by Stephen Naylor easing to a win over David Ranshaw by 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10. Three wins by number one player for the evening David Salmon and Robert Dorrian plus two from David Ranshaw swept the St Peters team to a 9-1 win and moved them higher up the table into a challenging position with games in hand.
ASSASSINS encountered the emerging talents of the MISFITS, Chloe McCauley, Louise hart and Lex Robinson, all part of the future of table tennis in Lincoln and learning fast in their first season in the league. Chloe has a skilful , penholder style attack, Louise a magnificent backhand and Lex some of the best footwork that I have seen in a young player and was a great team captain too. Determination to learn will take these players far in future seasons. Best of their performances was by Louise in taking the talents Assassin , Mike Willis to a 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 win by Mike. Despite all their efforts however the Assassins proved too strong in a 10-0 win, that was closer than the score line suggests.