An unbeaten display from Mike Evetts provided the backbone to Henley Pasties 8-2 win over Shottery C. However he had to pull out all the stops against Kevin Taylor and Rob Poole before overcoming them in the only two sets to be settled in the fifth game. Jason Rainey and Mike Credland each added two successes, but neither was able to get the better of Poole who thereby acquired both the visitors’ points.
In the clash of the Knights Lane tenants Veterans made the early running against FISSC. George Mudie put aside an initial deficit to defeat Malcolm Smith over the distance, before Brian Marston beat Peter Florence in a similar manner after claiming the decider 12-10. With John Hunt also getting on the card their team took a 3-1 lead and looked odds-on to triumph over their old rivals. However the farmers won five of the last six sets to grab an unlikely 6-4 victory. In keenly contested encounters Florence and Mark Jones recorded braces by overcoming Mudie and Hunt, while Malcolm Smith took the honours in his contest with the in-form Marston as well successfully partnering Jones in the crucial doubles which also went to the wire.
Roger Pye notched a treble for Ashorne, although it wasn’t enough to prevent his team going down 6-4 to Tanworth Taipans. Pye was made to work hard for his wins before finally defeating both Mick Welsh and Denis Kynaston over five games. Chris Bowles provided Ashorne’s fourth win, but narrowly lost out to Mike Saunders in another contest to go the full distance. Welsh and Saunders both claimed braces for the visitors with Kynaston adding their other singles together with the doubles with Welsh.
Ashorne were on the receiving end of a 10-0 defeat by Henley B. Stuart Latham-Marr, Dave Milton and Robert McCluskey all emerged with their records intact with each just dropping a single game during the match.
Author: Mike Evetts via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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The 2018-19 season has seen an increase in competing Stratford League team numbers to fourteen, with three teams playing out of Eveshams burgeoning JLM Academy and two from Birminghams only dedicated , single use table tennis club, Colebridge.
With JLM providing a table tennis facility in Stratford town centre on Friday evenings from the end of October , there are encouraging signs that the grass roots of this great sport are flourishing in Stratford upon Avon.