Ashorne were only able to field two players when they entertained Henley A but still managed a share of the spoils. Steve Kay and Roger Pye recorded braces as well as successfully combining in the doubles, although neither were able to get the better of Tony Seymour who defeated them both over four sets.
Chris Dickens got Blazing Paddles off to a flying start against Henley B by overturning an early deficit to defeat Stuart Latham-Marr. However that was to prove a false dawn as their opponents then seized control of the match winning the remaining nine games without the loss of a set. Andy Rowland and Robert McCluskey produced perfect performances with Latham-Marr adding two wins.
It also finished 9-1 when high-flying Snitterfield travelled to FISSC. Clive Irwin and Don McAdam were untroubled while Alison Stewart secured their other successes. However she was unable to overcome Malcolm Smith who thereby ensured the farmers avoided the whitewash.
When Colebridge Pasties hosted Veterans they came dressed in their best seasonal jumpers. Mike Credland, Mike Klein and Tom Shortley gave themselves an early Christmas present with a 10-0 victory, although conceded it was not a true reflection of the match and that their opponents were unlucky to go away empty-handed.
At the halfway stage of the campaign the title race is still very open, with the top five teams all having a realistic chance of honours. Shottery A, who have dominated the league for a decade, have a narrow lead over Snitterfield and current joint title holders Colebridge Pasties, but in-form Henley B and newcomers JLM Falcons could yet mount a late surge. Significantly, the top six teams have distanced themselves from the remainder of the pack and, at the bottom, Ashorne’s latest result has put some daylight between them and Knights Lane stable-mates Veterans and FISSC.
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.