It’s A Knock-Out!
At the weekend the latest round of the British Junior and Cadet National League took place in Halifax. Rotherham had four teams representing them all from the Rotherham Scorpions Junior Table Tennis Club. Two in the Junior Division and two in the Cadet Division.
In the junior category were Harry Saxton, Alex Bland, Lewis Robinson, Emily Walker and Jessie Truman. The A team had a mixed day winning two, two draws and a defeat. The B team faired little better but did start the day by drawing with the A team. Bland came out as top scorer for Scorpions with an excellent 7 wins from 10 over the day.
In Cadets Division One, Jack Robinson, Aaran Radford and Alex Selway formed the A team. Radford winning 5 from 9 helped the team to finish in third place. In Division Two Adam Szabo, Lewis Ellams and Lucie Smith fought brilliantly to win all but one of their matches ending up in second spot, with six, five and four wins from eight respectively.
Locally it has been the first round of the Habershon Cup. Scorpions A took on Clifton E in a top versus bottom division clash. The match was a closely fought affair with Clifton’s Francis Lovell, Steve Naylor and Pete Cox putting up a great fight. After 8 matches Clifton held a slender advantage of 10 points but Craig Hastie beat Lovell by a margin of 34 points to give Scorpions the match.
In an all Clifton event, the B team took on the D team. Russ Drayton, Gary Sides and J Beaumont came out victors over Geoff Sanderson, Ron Watson and Trevor Bland. Despite winning five of the nine matches on the night, Clifton D could not overcome the handicap.
In two all Scorpions matches, despite the handicaps, both went to form as the G team defeated the K team and the F team sent the J team out of the cup.
In another top versus bottom flight match and probably the closest contest of the round, Phoenix E took on Mason Arms A at the Phoenix Sports and Social \Club at Brinsworth. Eric Twigg, Joyce Fox and Gerald Horsfield took on Mick Brooks, Gary Firth and James Houghton of Masons. Phoenix held the lead right through the match with some good battles on the way. It came down to the last set of the night between Twigg and Firth with Phoenix still having an 8 point advantage. Firth came out on top with a 22 point win giving Masons the narrowest of wins.
After an absence of 18 years the Micklethwaite Cup pairs competition has been re-instated this year and this also kicked off last week with the first result coming in between Richard Horsfield and Russ Drayton both of Clifton T.T.C. playing Jamie Hudd of Scorpions and Richard Element from Phoenix. Hudd and Element won quite comfortably despite a number of very close games.