|Wiveliscombe||White Horse||36 - 4|
|Stogumber||Shooting Stars||30 - 16|
|Minehead A||Basement Dwellers||26 - 20|
|Drifters||Tonys Troopers||16 - 29|
|Barn Boys||Roys Boys||15 - 22|
|Space Invaders||Allsorts||13 - 35|
It was a busy week for the West Somerset table tennis league as six matches were played.
Division 1 - White Horse were on the road again – this time to a full strength and on form Wiveliscombe. The home team had a ‘Grand Slam’ match with maximums in all singles and doubles, with player of the match awarded to John Edbrooke. Wiveliscombe’s score of 36 points will help them to climb the division 1 table as they seek to retain the championship for another year. White Horse struggled throughout with Ian Rew managing to score 2 singles points and Colin white 1. A solitary doubles point meant that the final score was 4 points and leaving White Horse firmly anchored to the foot of the table.
Stogumber entertained Shooting Stars where they faced a tough evening. The only maximum was scored by David Bryant to earn the player of the match award. Martyn Summerell scored 7 points and Mervyn Hillier a further 5. 8 doubles points gave a final tally of 30 points to Stogumber. Shooting Stars fought hard throughout the whole match Geoff Williams top scored with 7 points and was only thwarted by the excellent defensive play of David Bryant. Martin Shoots added a further 3 singles points. Robin Arkell made a sterling effort as he returned from a seasonal bout of flu to add 1 more singles point. With more success in the doubles, 5 points gave Shooting Stars a grand total of 16 points.
The two Alcombe based teams met when Minehead A took on Basement Dwellers. Minehead played steadily throughout led by Toby Kerslake with 8 points followed by Joe Camp with 7 and David Veale 4 points. The doubles were evenly balanced but Minehead edged them with 7 points to clinch victory with an overall score of 26 points. Basement Dwellers were missing one of their main players and required a substitute in order to field a full team. Vince Court scored the only maximum of the evening and was player of the match. Paul Rees never found his best form and managed 4 points, with substitute Matthew Short adding 1 singles point. The doubles were finely balanced and another 6 points were scored to give Basement Dwellers 20 points. This defeat will have quite an impact on Dwellers’ aspirations to win division 1 this year.
Division 2 saw three matches. Drifters hosted Tony’s Troopers. The home team battled away with David Smith leading the charge with 7 points. Mike Pretty added 3 points and Liz Fletcher 2. Doubles points were hard to come by but the 4 that were added gave Drifters a final score of 16 points. Tony’s Troopers were on good form led by player of the match Sifa Vea. Both he and Tony Burrows scored maximums with Jon Kemp adding 4 points. 7 excellent doubles points gave a convincing victory to the Troopers with 20 points.
In Dunster it was the ‘Battle of the Boys’ as Barn Boys took on Roy’s Boys. All three Barn Boys (Graham Lamacraft, Andy Fay and Mike Dibble) scored 3 singles points apiece. They then got the better of the doubles and added 6 points to make their final tally 15 points. Roy’s Boys came out top in the singles. Player of the match was Barry Hooper as he and Roy Hooper both scored maximums. Peggy Hooper also scored 1 singles point. Despite a disappointing 3 doubles points the victory went to Roy’s Boys with 29 points.
Final match of the week saw Space Invaders come down to Earth with a bump when they took on Allsorts. After returning from a bout of flu Margo Baker led the way for the home team with 6 points. The improving Matt Lawrence added a further 5 points as he gradually gains match experience. It was also a welcome back from injury for Di Rodgers to claim 1 singles point. Only 1 doubles point was gleaned to give the Invaders a score of 13 points. Allsorts were on top form and only dropped 1 point all evening. Andy Godfrey was player of the match. He and Mike Lawrie both scored maximums with Barbara Parker scoring 8. A maximum doubles score gave a grand total of 35 points for the evening to Allsorts.
Geoff Williams - Press Officer