Herald Report January 19th

FISSC earned a valuable draw when they came up against an under strength Shottery B who were without Tim Fell and Dave Milton. Indeed they might have claimed an unlikely win had fortune smiled more kindly on them in the opening two sets. First Malcolm Smith lost in the decider to Tony Remes, before Peter Bruce-Moore went to the wire with Chris Bowles. Peter Florence then stemmed the tide with victory over the luckless Robin Hale as the Farmers fought back. However they were unable to make any impression against the in-form Remes who recorded a perfect evening. After his initial marathon Bowles other two sets also went the distance, but he narrowly lost out to both Smith and Florence, who each finished with braces, while Bruce-Moore also got on the card to ensure a share of the spoils.

Fell was drafted in by Shottery A for their visit to Littleton. He and Steve Foster each chalked up two successes, but neither was able to overcome Alex Gretton who is proving to be the mainstay for the league newcomers. However he could not get the better of Graham Poole who went on to complete a treble. Perhaps surprisingly the experienced Shottery doubles partnership of Foster and Poole lost out to the father and son pairing of Andrew and Alex Gretton, although the fixture still ended 3 - 7 in their team's favour.

Andy Rowland was in fine form for West Warwicks when they travelled to Henley. His unbeaten performance included a rare defeat for the hosts' talisman Mike Evetts. Alison Stewart added a brace for the visitors, and looked on course for a treble after taking a two game lead against Evetts only for her opponent to fight back to claim their contest in the decider. However she and Rowland overcame an early disadvantage in the doubles to win over the distance and ensure a 4 - 6 final scoreline.

Henley were back to winning ways when they made the journey to Knights Lane to meet Ashorne. All the singles encounters went to the travelling side, although in four of the sets it was Ashorne who took the early advantage. Evetts lost the first game to Steve Bolton but then managed to get into his stride, while Geoff Shephard had to overcome initial deficits before completing victories over George Mudie and John Hunt. Peter Quince was made to work even harder by Hunt, who raced to a two game lead only for his opponent to raise his performance to win over the distance. The main conversation piece of the match was the net as many points were won after the ball just managed to crawl over it. With a 0- 9 lead under their belts Henley were perhaps over-confident going into the doubles and failed to capitalise thereby enabling Ashorne to snatch a late consolation.

Author: via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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