ten points for Rayne A and some surprising points dropped by Liberal
A have tightened up the top of the table in the Braintree Table Tennis
League to just two points.
Rayne’s win over their own D team occasioned little surprise but champions
Liberal A, after a storming start, have stalled somewhat in their last
three matches, dropping a total of ten points in that time despite keeping
up their 100 per cent win record.
Their latest encounter was with Rayne C where they needed a solid performance
from Simon Webber to see them through to their eleventh win of the season.
Webber won his three singles but wins for Lee McHugh and Peter Hance
over Peter Hayden and for McHugh and Keith Martin over reserve Robin
Armstrong meant their win was restricted to 6-4.
Their 100 per cent record came under fire more than once. Both Webber
and Armstrong needed five games to overcome Hance while the doubles
was a perilously close 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8.
Alan Burgess, Adam Buxton and Steve Pennell took the ten points for
Netts A slipped four points further adrift of Rayne A when they beat
their own B team 6-4. Paul Davison took his three singles, John Cleasby
two and they combined to win the doubles.
At the other end of the table Black Notley A jumped above Netts C after
beating them by the unexpectedly convincing margin of 9-1. Lucy Wang,
in her first match for some weeks, and Chris Parr were unbeaten while
James Mullane picked up Netts’ sole point with a win over Victor Chan.
It was the other end of the table that provided the talking point in
division two when bottom team Notley C had a thumping 8-2 victory over
Rayne F. Glen Laing was unbeaten while Tim Huxtable and Leon Hewitt
picked up two each. Hewitt’s first double at this level included a particularly
notable victory over Dave Moles, sixth in last season’s individual averages.
Two other teams involved in the dogfight at the bottom, Rayne G and
Notley D, came up against each other and it was the former who edged
home 6-4, thanks to three sets from Steve Siggs.
Netts E, also in the mix at the wrong end, could only muster one point
against promotion challengers Rayne E, while Netts D went two better
against Nomads, for whom Kevin Saunders was unbeaten.
Liberal C kept up their promotion challenge with a 7-3 win over a strong
Felsted RBL A side. Garry Fryatt was unbeaten.