Henley Pasties have one hand on the league trophy after a comprehensive demolition of Shottery B. Sam Henderson, Mike Credland and Tom Shortley swept past their opponents without the loss of a single game. As the season enters its final stages Pasties trail Shottery A by 13 points but with two matches in hand.
Shottery A themselves defeated their own third string 9-1. Graham Poole was in excellent form to regain the family bragging rights by overcoming son Rob 16-14 in the fifth game. He and Gary Stewart went home with trebles, with Stephen Foster adding a brace. However Foster had no answer to the attack of Kevin Taylor, who secured Shottery C’s lone success, in the only other contest to go the full distance.
The clash between West Warwicks and Tanworth Taipans also finished 9-1 after maximums from Andy Rowland and Alison Stewart, although they were taken to the wire by Ben Rycroft-Stanley and Mick Welsh respectively. Peter Rodwell earned their other two points, but was unable to overcome Welsh who thereby ensured his team avoided the whitewash.
Ashorne were only able to field two players when they entertained Blazing Paddles, but were unlucky not to gain a share of the spoils. Although the first five sets went to the visitors three of these victories were achieved in the decider, with Steve Bolton narrowly losing out to both Harry Azima and Wilf Chan. Bolton then enjoyed a reversal of fortune by overcoming a two game deficit to defeat Dave Fordham and combining with Jim Jack to claim the doubles in yet another marathon.
It also finished 8-2 when Henley A met their old rivals FISSC. The match began with Malcolm Smith taking a two game advantage against Peter Quince and looking odds on to give the Farmers’ the early advantage after leading 7-2 in the third. However Quince then hit a rich vein of form which saw him win the set. He repeated that performance against Mark Jones by again putting aside loss of the first two games before claiming victory and going on to complete his treble. Jones did gain the upper hand over both Geoff Shepherd and Don McAdam, but his two successes were all his team were able to muster.
Henley B continued their run of good form with a 7-3 victory over Veterans. The evening began with an epic encounter between Dave Milton and George Mudie who recovered from loss of the first two games only to be defeated in the decider. Milton and Robert McCluskey achieved perfect singles performances before combining to secure the doubles, while Dave Hatcher was unlucky not to add to the hosts’ tally after losing five of his eleven games at deuce.
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.