It’s fast developing into a two horse race at the top of
Tamworth Table Tennis Division One as Wilnecote Raiders and TYC Retros battle
for supremacy. Despite Raiders edging into pole position Retros have played
fewer matches and remain menacingly unbeaten. Raiders impressive run of form
continued this week with a resounding 10-0 win over Lichfield Jets. Steve
Atkinson, Andy Bache and Ryan Birbeck were on top of their game to take the
tie. Meanwhile TYC Retros secured a fine 9-1 away win over two player Kingsbury
Tornadoes. Michael Bree and Ronnie Woolaston remained undefeated on the night
for Retros with Lauren Evans narrowly losing out to Dave Morrell in the fifth
for Retros only reversal on the night. Elsewhere Curdworth Pingers thumped
Lichfield Kings & Queens 10-0 away from home with Tony Stewart, Paul Hancox
and Dawn Sagoo all hitting trebles.
Netherseal A narrowly won through 6-4 in their derby match with
Netherseal Cedar. Jason Hadley led from the front for the victors with a
hat-trick. Danny Sullivan bagged himself a brace in support and Andrew Rose
chipped in with a single. Ian Perry hit two for Cedar and took the doubles in
five with Gary Carr in reply. Audrey Henry also contributed a point. TYC
Wanderers emerged victors 6-4 in their clash with Rugby Kings despite pairs from
Dean Snowden and Johnathan Pilling. The highlight of the night was a riveting 11-9
fifth set win for Steve Smith over Johnathan Pilling. Steve scored twice on the
night for Wanderers as did Andy Walker. Andy went on to combine with Liz
Merrick to take the doubles in four. Liz added a further single.
In Division Two second placed Jokers A secured an 8-2 win
away against Rugby Oddballs. Martin and Alastair Tallis were both on target for
Jokers with maximums. Bill Lakin helped out with a single and together with
Alastair took the doubles 13-11 in the fourth. Dave Storr and Kevin Wright both
scored once for the Oddballs. The Lichfield derby match between Knaves and
Musketeers finished 8-2 to the Knaves. Gerbo Huisman and Neil Lehane both
played really well for their maximums. Neil went on to win the doubles 11-7 in
the fifth with Dan Greathead’s help. Dan also clocked up a single. John Bell
and Yuri Slobodyuk took a point-a-piece in response. A maximum from Rich Groves helped his side
Curdworth Pongers take their tie against Jokers B 6-4. Pete Bromley helped out
with two and Rob Bromley one. Chris Latham scored twice for Jokers and won the
doubles with Richard Howes. Richard also contributed a single.
Netherseal Ash’s 7-3 away triumph over Kingsbury Crowns
keeps them at the top of Division Three. Graham Clarke and George Perry won all
their matches for Ash and combined to take the doubles in three. Steve Allen,
John Lowe and Alex Farrell all got themselves on the scorecard for Crowns with
singles. A James Shaw treble and a doubles win with Rich Elson was still not
enough to prevent TYC Lambs going down 6-4 to TYC Futures. Pairs for Ryan
Coady, Zorro Kasarge and Sam Bernstein were enough to clinch the contest 6-4.
Kingsbury Cruisers overturned the form book to beat Lichfield Barons 6-4. Steve
Gardner was in good form for Cruisers with three as was John Howell with two.
Isobel Morrell’s single proved decisive. Karl Turner, Pete Collins and Barbara
Jones all scored once for Barons and won the doubles with the Peter/Barbara
combination. Spital Mondays emerged 7-3 winners thanks largely to John Brookes
sterling performance. He won all his singles matches and took the doubles with
Ian Sketchley. Ian also scored a pair and Paul Watkins added a single. Zoran
scored twice for Rockets with Chris Davis adding one.