Table Tennis round up

First published in Sport

Higher-ranked Ledbury Collection just failed to pull back their sizeable disadvantage despite winning all 40 sets through Nigel Foreshew, Ann Barnes and Brian Farr.

Battling displays by Peter Dennis and Len Hitchman against Farr, as well as Bill Lucas’ effort against Barnes, proved enough for an Abbeydowne victory.

Division One outfit Manor Park Pumas were too strong for lowerranked X-Police, winning 39 of the 40 sets played.

But Dave Hallam and Jon Dyke only managed a marathon 18-16 win in the third set of the doubles against Steve Mulka and James Palmer.

X-Police’s only victorious set was 11-9 for Alan Preece against Dave Knowles.

CSSC Ramblers were just unable to recover their handicap against lower division Malvern Tornados.

This was mainly due to an excellent performance by Tom James against Graham Thompson, sharing the four sets and winning 37 of the 73 points.

Alan Salisbury and Chris Hewitt were in fine form for Ramblers but Andy Banks and Noel O’Neill just contributed enough points to ensure a Tornados triumph.

In the secondary competition, Scuttling Gang proved just too strong for Manor Park Crackpots, despite Stephen Lindner taking three sets off Ray Davies and sharing four with Bill Smith.

Will Jones earned a creditable 18-16 victory against Smith but Chris Field was unbeaten on the night, except for one set in the doubles with Davies against Lindner and Ed Palmer.

Handicap quarter-finals: Abbeydowne 444.5 (299.5), Ledbury Collection 441; X-Police 411.5 (189.5), Manor Park Pumas 448; CSSC Ramblers 432, Malvern Tornados 435.5 (298.5).

Secondary: The Scuttling Gang 419, Manor Park Crackpots 375.5 (97.5).

Meanwhile, the league incorrectly reported two results from the individual championships finals.

Veterans: Hewitt beat Wayne Chopping 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4; main doubles: Thompson and Hewitt beat Foreshew and Harry Jutle 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9.

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