Henley B inflicted a shock 9-1 victory upon their own A team. Rob McCluskey and Stuart Latham-Marr notched trebles, although the latter was involved in both sets to go the distance. However he finally emerged triumphant against Don McAdam and Geoff Shephard, but Shephard subsequently attained some reward by overcoming Dave Milton to ensure the whitewash was avoided.
Shottery A cemented their position at the top of the league with a 10-0 win over West Warwicks. Alison Stewart came the nearest to gaining some consolation but eventually lost out to Stephen Foster in the only clash to go to the wire. Otherwise it was relatively plain sailing as Gary Stewart and Graham Poole were untroubled.
FISSC were unlucky to go out of the cup competition on the ‘away goals’ rule. After openplay the Farmers’ team of Malcolm Smith, Mark Jones and Peter Florence were 42 points ahead of the Ashorne trio of Steve Bolton, Roger Pye and Chris Bowles. However the handicap adjustment meant the final scores were level and so the visiting team went through.
Henley Pasties made a successful cup debut by defeating fellow newcomers Tanworth Taipans. The Pasties, represented by Georgina Credland, Jason Rainey and Mike Evetts, amassed 101 points more than their opponents which was reduced to a winning margin of just ten.
Blazing Paddles lost only a single game in accumulating a convincing lead of 146 over Veterans, despite the best efforts of their opponents’ captain Brian Marston. After application of the handicaps this was still a healthy difference of 67, and so more than enough to ensure Nello Mauri, Wilf Chan and Dave Fordham are just two matches away from retaining the trophy.
The three successful teams will be joined in the semi-final draw by the winners of the outstanding tie between Henley B and Shottery B.
Author: Mike Evetts via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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The Stratford Table Tennis League continues to swell, with 15 registered teams competing in the Winter 19/20 season. Sadly, Covid19 has forced the cancellation of the 3 a side league competition this year. On a positive note , Stratford upon Avon Tennis Club has created a socially distanced 2 a side league , which begins this week ( October 19th 2020 ). Hopefully , this encouraging development will be the foreshadow of a return to a full league programme, once it becomes safe to do so.
Stratford upon Avon Table Tennis Club open sessions at the towns centrally located leisure centre are proving to be enormously popular , there is every reason to believe that there is huge potential for further growth of this most accessible of sports.