Table Tennis summary – Week beginning 13 Jan 2020
Are the titles close to being decided? With a few weeks to go, in division 1 Smugglers have a handy 8 point lead over Bridgerule, although the second placed team have a game in hand. At the other end of the table, Chulmleigh A have been picking up points nicely and now have a 6 point advantage over Holsworthy D.
Division 2 is incredibly tight. With just two games to go for most teams, Paddlers and Littleham are locked together on 82 points, while Holsworthy B are on 77 but have a possibly crucial game in hand on the top two.
The simple answer is, then, that nothing is decided yet! There is a lot still to play for.
Misfits put a dent in the Bridgerule ambitions with a 6-4 win, while Smugglers cruised to a 9-1 win over bottom team Holsworthy D.
Martyn Beer was the star of the show for Misfits, winning all three including a tight five setter against Dave Streak. Keith Le Milliere picked up two wins as did Dave Streak for Bridgerule. The night was settled as a Misfits win by a fairly one sided doubles victory for Messrs Beer and Le Milliere.
Ashley Taylor had a great win over Peter Hedge for Holsworthy D – but that was the extent of their success. Matthew Thomas and Martin Babulik were not in the mood to be kind, winning their three games, though spare a thought for Dave Sillifant who lost all his games in the fifth set by only a couple of points.
Balls of Fury won a close encounter with Blazing Paddles. Kevin Taylor won his three though Wim Faassen pushed him well. Wim and Steve Porter set up the win with two victories each and a doubles success. Mark Beaumont put in a shift for Holsworthy A, beating the two Dave's although Michael Sussex was in no mood to be the third victim. The Spin Doctors captain led from the front with three points while Messrs Ewen and Morgan provided two points each in a 7-3 win.
Herons had a night to forget at Chulmleigh. Being a player short did not help, and the hosts went on to gain a valuable 8-2 result. Jon Taylor was the star player, showing a great level of determination in two really tight five set finishes.
In division 2, Littleham and Despicables had a good evening's competition, with the league leaders just running out ahead by 6-4. Dave Stone posted three wins, ably supported by two from Mike Bellew. Richard Nicholls has shown good form lately, and secured two good wins for Despicables.
Meanwhile, Paddlers were piling the pressure on by cruising to a 9-1 win over Dolphins. Only the doubles went the way of Mike Fawcett and Chris Isaac of Dolphins. Otherwise, the trio of Joe Percival, Sam Coutu-Oughton and Dave Sweeney were in fine fettle, though Chris Isaac was clearly playing well and was not far away.
Holsworthy B kept up their title hopes with a 6-4 result at Chulmleigh Chiefs. Dave Gray was a thorn in their side, winning his three in noble style. Doug Genini and Barry Stearman won two apiece for the visitors, then emerged victorious in a very tight doubles.
Finally, Mike Ware played West Buckland to a 7-3 victory at Holsworthy C. Dave Moore added two good points for the visitors, while there were two fine victories posted by Shaun Collins for Holsworthy.
Compiled by Steve Richardson