Inter Town Results and Summary

Inter Town 1st team game was snowed off and will be rearranged in the coming weeks

 

Inter Town 2nd Team

Seniors:

In Newbury's first match against Maidenhead, Steve Murgatroyd opened up the scoring with a 3-2 victory over left handed attacker Ricky Hardcastle. After letting slip a 2-1, 10-6 lead, Steve did well to knuckle down to win the deciding set.

Next on was Duncan Groves who set a blistering pace winning the first set against Eric Van Looy 11-3. The second set was much tighter but Duncan held set points at 10-8 and 11-10 only to lose out 15-13. The third and fourth sets were shared setting up a tense final set, Eric edging it 11-9.

Highly ranked cadet, Leo Long, then played Chris Collins running out a comfortable 3-0 winner. Steve took on Eric next but couldn't find his best form and lost out in four sets. At 2-2 the match could have gone either way but Leo stepped up to the mark with a brilliant 3-0 thrashing of Ricky. Duncan then claimed the point with a straight set victory over Chris.

Next up was Bracknell and Steve got Newbury off to a great start with a comfortable win over Jim Spencer. Duncan then defeated Daryl Griffith in three close sets and Leo made it 3-0 by beating Wendy Porter.

The point was sealed by Steve with a 3-1 sets win over Daryl and Leo and Duncan made it 6-0 with straight set wins over Jim and Wendy respectively.

With Reading having beaten both Maidenhead and Bracknell, the scene was set for a final showdown. Reading raced ahead with Bradley King finally overpowering Steve in four sets and Lisa Williams edging a five set thriller against Leo.

The third match proved critical and Duncan won a tense five set encounter against Danny Ricks to put Newbury on the board. The match still hung in the balance as Leo played out a sensational match against Bradley. Using his serve and third ball attack to great effect, Leo edged ahead in the decisive set and squeezed over the line to make it 2-2 in the match score.

Steve was up next against Danny, finally finding his fluent backhand attacking play to pull clear and take the match 3-0. This left Newbury 3-2 ahead but with sets and points to be counted back in the event of a 3-3 draw, Duncan needed a win against Lisa to make sure of winning the Division 2 Senior competition. The first three sets were very tight affairs, Lisa winning the first and Duncan the next two, coming from behind to do so. The fourth set was a different story as Duncan raced to an 8-1 lead. Though Lisa fought back bravely, Duncan won the set 11-7 and Newbury were home and dry.

Newbury 4 Maidenhead 2

Newbury 6 Bracknell 0

Newbury 4 Reading 2

 

Vets:

 

Both Newbury and Reading beat Maidenhead and Bracknell 6-0. This left Newbury and Reading to play the final match to decide the divisions winners.

 

Newbury found themselves 2-1 down after Neil Hurford had beaten Tony Brown in 4 sets, and likewise Graham Diplock beating Colin Wilkes in 4 sets.

John Barclay was outstanding for Newbury, and his 2 wins against Andy Stephens, and an excellent win in a tightly contested game against Neil Hurford. kept Newbury in the match at 2-2 . This left Tony to play some of his best table tennis with some excellent blocking against the all out attacking game of Graham Diplock, with Tony winning 11-6 in the fifth.

Newbury went into the final match 3-2 up. The final encounter of the day was between Colin Wilkes and Andy Stephens of Reading. Andy took the first game with some good serving and topspin play, but Colin dug in and came through to win the game 3-1, and the match for Newbury 4-2.

 

Newbury 6 Maidenhead 0

Newbury 6 Bracknell 0

Newbury 4 Reading 2 

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