It’s all change at the top of Division One in the Tamworth
Table Tennis league with Wilnecote Raiders not playing this week. TYC Retros
now head the pack thanks to a resounding 9-1 away success over Rugby Kings.
Andy Jackson, and Ronnie Wollaston were maximum men for Retros and Richard
Grove scored twice. A Dean Snowdon single for Kings prevented the whitewash.
Elsewhere Curdworth Pingers enjoyed some good form with an 8-2 home win over
Netherseal Cedar thanks to trebles from Rob Sheldon and Dawn Sagoo. Toy Stewart
added a pair in support. Cedar’s points came courtesy of an Aubrey Henry
singles win in four and the narrowest of doubles wins in which Aubrey and Ian
Perry combined to win 12-10 in the fifth. A fine double from Karl Oliver and a
Karl/Nigel Thompson doubles triumph was not enough to prevent Kingsbury
Tornadoes going down 7-3 away to TYC Wanderers. A top-drawer hat-trick from
Andy Walker and two-a-piece from Steve Smith and Liz Merrick proved decisive.
The Lichfield derby ended in victory for Kings and Queens as they over powered
the Jets 7-3. Cyril Merriman was star player for the Kings and Queens hitting
three and taking the doubles in four with Varya Meridith. Varya also secured
two singles wins. David Knight chipped in with a point. In reply Gary Dawson
won twice and Jack Gillespie once.
In Division Two leaders Spital Daredevils encountered
resistance from Netherseal Oak as the Oak trio of Mike Harker, Brian Hagger and
Graham Kettle each took a point-a-piece.
Paul Bowler and Alan Baker ensured the win for Daredevils however winning
all their matches. Second placed Jokers A won through 8-2 in their contest with
Rugby Oddballs. Dave Storr and Kevin Wright secured a point each for the
Oddballs. David Tucker and Martin Tallis remained undefeated on the night for
Jokers and ably assisted by Bill Lakin with a singles win. Lichfield Knaves
emerged 6-4 victors over Lichfield Musketeers despite a superb three points
from Musketeers’ Uri Slobodyuk and a point from Alan Thorne. Braces from Neil
Lehane and Dan Greathead who later combined to take the doubles in five and a
point from Morgan Sykes ensured Knaves took the tie. Curdworth Pongers played
well for their 9-1 victory over Jokers B but the contest was closer than the
score-line suggests with four of the contests going to five. In the end a Mike
Fleetwood singles win for Jokers ensured they came away with something to show
for their endeavours. Rich Groves and Ashley Stokes scored three times each for
Pongers and Pete Bromley twice.
TYC Future continue to head Division Three thanks to an 8-2
win over TYC Lambs. James Shaw played really well for the Lambs with two but
with Aimee Evans hitting three and pairs for Sam Bernstein and Zoro Karsage the
Lambs missed out. Second placed Netherseal Ash beat Kingsbury Crowns 7-3 to
keep the pressure on TYC Future. Graham Clarke, Ian Falconer and George Parry
each scored twice for Ash. John Lowe, Andy Brown and Tom Haines each put a
point on the board in reply for Crowns. Lichfield Barons narrowly lost out 6-4
at home to Kingsbury Cruisers despite John Henson and Barbara Jones winning two
of their contests each. The Kingsbury side continue to be the Baron’s bogie
team with Steve Gardner hitting a wonderful treble and later combining with Ron
Simpson to secure the doubles. Ron also added a further singles point as did
Isobel Morrell. The Spital Mondays and Lichfield Rockets contest ended in a 5-5
stalemate. For the Mondays Paul Watkins and Ian Sketchley took two wins each
and Dawn Wellings added a single. Steve Thomas hit three for the Rockets with
Chris Davis adding a point in support. Chris also won the doubles with Rebecca
Davis in three.