Leaders Wilnecote Raiders continued their unbeaten start to the season in Division One of the Tamworth Table Tennis League with a hard fought 7-3 win over Netherseal Willow. Ryan Birbeck was star player for the Raiders winning all his matches. Andy Bache scored twice in support taking the doubles in four with Ken Read. Ken added a further single. In reply Simon Hall notched up a brace and Matt Satchwell a single. Elsewhere maximums from Alan Caflery and Adrian Jones who also combined to win the doubles in three, ensured victory for The Crown 7-3 away to Lichfield Jets. Jameel Mann, Jack Gillespie and Harry Emberson all scored once for the Jets. TYC Retros completed the trio of 7-3 results this week beating Netherseal Oak away from home. Michael Bree and Andy Jackson were in top form both hitting hat-tricks and combining to win the doubles in three. Danny Sullivan, Andy Rose and Brian Hagger all bagged a point for Oak.
Lichfield Knaves maintain their top spot in Division Two edging their controversial match with Hopwas A, 5-4 in matches played on the night. The Committee is being asked to rule on the outcome of the final un-played match. Chris Latham won two of his matches for the Knaves and emerged triumphant in the doubles with Anna Tomczuk. Anna added a further singles point to Knaves tally as did Yuri Slobodyuk. Martin Tallis was maximum man for Hopwas. Karl Oliver chipped in with a single. Rugby Kings won their derby match 9-1 against two-player Rugby Oddballs 9-1. Johnathan Pilling and Dean Snowdon remained unbeaten for Kings and Ian Gould added a further point from matches played. A single from Ron Simpson prevented the whitewash. Another Paul Bowler maximum helped Spital Daredevils overcome Lichfield Musketeers 6-4. Paul also won the doubles with Stuart Spalding. Alan Baker added two in support. Musketeers’ points came from a Rob Wooten battling brace and a point-a-piece from Dave Russell and Zoran Djurkovic.
At the top of Division Three leaders Kingsbury Cruisers were held to a 5-5 draw by Netherseal Ash. Three from Graham Clarke for Ash and a fine doubles win with John Pope in the fourth ensured Ash left honours even. Their fifth point came courtesy of a James Farmer single. Adam Lowe and Andy Brown were on target for Cruisers both contributing pairs. Adam Lowe scored once. Alex Farrell provided the entertainment with a superb maximum in Hopwas B’s 9-1 drubbing of Lichfield Rockets as did David Tucker. Colin Cartwright scored twice. Chris Davis salvaged a point for Lichfield Rockets. In a thoroughly sporting contest TYC Talentz emerged 7-3 victors away to Lichfield Barrons. Rhys Williams was man of the match with an impressive maximum and doubles win with Hayden Wooten. Hayden added a further two singles wins, with Ellis a single. Pete Collins played well for his two wins for Barons with Alex MacDonald adding a point. A Mike Harker maximum was not enough to inspire his side Netherseal Birch who slipped to a 7-3 reversal at the hands of Spital Mondays. John Brookes, Paul Watkins and Ian Sketchley all scored twice for the Mondays with John and Ian won the doubles in three.