WELNEY and Institute C were evenly handicapped for their Wisbech League Sleight Doubles 4th round clash and they were all square at 3-3. George Norman, for Institute, teamed up with James Dobson and then with Kevin Buck to take the next two; although Welney comfortably won the final game, Institute went through 5-4.
Pegg Scaffolding’s team of Martin Skipper, Peter and Bryan Pegg had a match on their hands against Institute’s strongest trio of Matt Knott, Chris Gay and Dale Parnell. With only a one or two point advantage for both teams it was tight all the way and after eight games it was 4-4. In the final game Pegg Scaffolding took the fourth end 11-9.
The postponed 3rd round match between Walton Highway B and Trojans saw five games going the distance, four of which went Walton’s way in a 6-3 which was in the main due to Nick Pack, one of the league’s juniors, playing exceptionally well with all his pairings especially with Graham Sheppard.
Results: Welney 4 (S Kent 1, A Inwood 1.5, S Mason 1.5), Institute C 5 (K Buck 1.5, G Norman 2.5, J Dobson 1); Walton Highway A 0 (P Munch 0, G Brightey 0, P Reed 0), Walton Highway B(9 (A Nicholls 3, G Sheppard 3, M Pack 3); Institute Wasps 2 (C Harrod 0, J Timms 1, L Irlam 1), Eagles 7 (R Mussett 2.5, J Bell 2.5, S Ely 2); Pegg Scaffolding 5 (M Skipper 1.5, P Pegg 2, B Pegg 1.5), Institute 4 (M Knott 2, C Gay 1, D Parnell 1); Walton Highway B 6 (A Nicholls 1.5, G Sheppard 2, N Pack 2.5), Trojans 3 (C Bassett 1, J Blyth 1, M Crowson 1).
Leaders of the March and District Neale Wade League, Jaguars, lost their first match of the season 7-2 to the Spartans. Without captain, John Taylor. Philip Lock moved to number one and Danielle Stacey came into number two positions. Games were still close, but for Spartans Phil Pentney took a maximum although Mark Rust stopped the rot for Jaguars with a 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 over Chris Amps.
Simon Grainger returned to table tennis for Amigoes after an absence of 30 years, and showed the old skills after a slow start to win his two singles, one a good win over Singer’s Mick Pamby 5-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9. This, a hard fought victory for Singers.
Result: Spartans 7 (Mike Bentley 2.5, Phil Bentley, Chris Amps 1.5), Jaguars 2 (Philip Lock 0.5, Danielle Stacey, Mark Rust 1); Amigoes 4 (Keith Fisher 2, Simon Grainger 2, James Kelly, 0), Singers 5 (Mike Pamby 1, David Dean 2, Sue Pitcher 2); Odds on 4 (Adam Jepson 1.5, Richard Ablitt 1.5, Jordan Mason 1), Spinners 5 (Igors Scekalevs 2.5, Ryan R Duffy 2, Harry Amps 0.5); Smashers 6 (Valerie Kelly 1.5, Steven Patrick 2, Abbie Stacey 2.5) Lightning 3 (Paul Jepson 2.5, Dave Pitcher 0.5, Mandy R Duffy 0).