2017-18 Week 28 Report

A mixed evening for the Spalding and District League when there were seven scheduled matches, but only six played, with just two completed.

As well as the league fixtures it was semi-final night for the Guardian Cup one of which was started while the other had to wait on a committee decision.

In the league Moulton SE strengthened their hand with a 5 – 0 win over Mine’s a Pint.

While three games were completed in three ends, in the final two the Pinters took the first end and came close to a second.

However Andrew and Stephen Appleby won through and now hold a six point lead at the top.

Second place Jokers again had only one player available for their match with Aches & Pains.

Guntars Briedes took both those, though Garry Wilkinson forced him to 15 for the second.

Jokers have four unfinished matches in hand to Moulton’s one.

South Holland dropped the first game in their match with Nets n Edges, but then won the other four.

Reece Kerry got the Edgers off to a good start, but from there Jean White and Ionel Dumitrache proved too strong.

They were pegged back from two down in the doubles but pulled through comfortably.

In the other match Outsiders’ Keith Davey had too much in the single game played against Underdogs.

The committee resolved that, with Bladerunners unable to complete their fixtures, all their matches from this season should be declared void, though this will not affect the individual results obtained.

In fact a close look at the Division 1 table shows that this has had only a minor impact on the standings overall.

In Division 2 Tom Chesworth continues to drive his team towards the title.

With his team mate unlikely to play again this season they needed just five points to be certain of that whatever their rivals do.

Chesworth reduced that target to three in winning both games over 200up, a score line that takes the latter out of the reckoning.

His first saw opponent John Hayter pull back from two down, but Chesworth had enough to take the final end, and then defeated Richard Matthews 12-10 12-10 12-10; no mean feat in itself.

The other match between MatDuf and Castle Sports saw a landmark win for Tom Maguire, his first in straight competition, coming from two down to do it; the match stands at 1-1.

Tom had less luck against 200up who now lead 4-0.

Earlier in the evening Stephen Appleby reached the final of the Supremes with an 11-4 11-8 9-11 12-10win over Briedes, and now meets John Gilbert.

In the Guardian Cup semi-final Underdogs’ Dylan Taylor played his two games against the Castle Sports pair of Tony Dorey and Ping Wang, establishing a lead of 66-42.

The other semi will be between Hurricane Brothers and Mine’s a Pint after the Committee awarded them a win against Pottermus Clarets.

Clarets were also defaulted in their Marylands Cup round two match with Outsiders who now face Castle Sports.

Author: via Spalding Table Tennis League
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