Last season’s top three teams each met one of the bottom trio with all demonstrating their ability by inflicting the whitewash. The two joint title holders secured their victories in the most emphatic style without conceding a single set.
Shottery A’s Gary Stewart, Stephen Foster and Graham Poole were on form to overcome Veterans, despite the latter being made to work hard by Peter Rodwell.
It was also one-way traffic for the Colebridge Pasties team of Mike Evetts, Mike Credland and Jason Rainey when they played host to Ashorne.
In the opening game of their fixture FISSC’s Malcolm Smith took an early lead against Tony Remes before the Shottery B player staged a successful recovery. Although there were several close encounters, Remes and his team-mates Tim Fell and Gareth Hepworth registered perfect performances as the farmers succumbed to a clean sweep for the third time this campaign.
In contrast when Blazing Paddles entertained Tanworth Taipans the outcome of the match wasn’t determined until the final game. Ben Rycroft-Stanley maintained his impressive start to the season for the visitors by recording a treble without reply. He was well supported by Denis Kynaston who added a brace despite being taken to a decider by Dave Fordham. Nello Mauri produced two wins for Paddles, with Fordham and Wilf Chan also getting on the card. The final result rested on the concluding doubles where Rycroft-Stanley and Kynaston took the honours to give Taipans a 6-4 win.
JLM Falcons handed Stratford league debuts to two players when they took on Henley A. Jack Davis marked the occasion with a treble and Jonny Lyons looked set to achieve a similar result when, with two wins already secured, he took a two-set lead against Geoff Shephard. However the visitors’ captain then called upon his experience to claim the game in the decider. With Kevin Taylor also untroubled the Falcons finished 9-1 to the good to consolidate their position as early league leaders.
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.