Stratford Herald Week Beginning January 1st
With Shottery A not in action their two closest rivals seized the opportunity to stake their claim in the title race with 10-0 victories. John Price, Clive Irwin and Alan Cotton were on form for Snitterfield who overcame Tanworth Taipans without the loss of a set.
Jason Rainey, Mike Credland and Mike Evetts were almost as emphatic for Colebridge Pasties conceding just two sets to their visitors Henley A. These results leave Snitterfield topping the league table on 92 points, nine ahead of Pasties, with current joint champions Shottery A a further seven behind although, crucially, with two matches in hand.
JLM Falcons remain in the leading pack following their 7-3 win over FISSC which was largely achieved by trebles from Steve Cull and Stef Mytton. Joe Cull was unlucky not to add to their tally after losing out to both Malcolm Smith and Richard Bennett over the full distance. However he successfully partnered team captain Luke Moffat to gain some consolation in the doubles.
Blazing Paddles also finished 7-3 to the good when they took on Veterans. Chris Dickens, Harry Azima and Dave Fordham all enjoyed braces, while their team added a further point by claiming the doubles. Veterans had to work hard for their victories with Brian Marston overcoming both Dickens and Azima in the decider, and David Wye narrowly taking the honours in the same manner against Fordham.
When Shottery B entertained Henley B it produced the most competitive fixture of the week. The hosts took a 4-2 lead, only to lose the next three games before clinching the final encounter to ensure the spoils were shared. They were indebted to Awais Muhammed who recorded a perfect performance, although he and Tim Fell let slip a two set lead in the doubles but staged a recovery to clinch the fifth. It was Fell who added the hosts’ other score after being forced to pull out all the stops. Despite losing the first two sets to Andy Rowland, Fell managed to turn the contest around to take the honours 12-10 in a nail-biting finale. Robert McCluskey and Dave Milton went home with braces for the visitors with Rowland earning their crucial fifth win.
Author: via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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