In the Wisbech Table Tennis League Cup Finals, Walton Highway ‘A’ fielded Alan Ashberry, Peter Munch and Paul Reed against Squashed Wasps’ John Timms, Liam Irlam and James Yu in the Sleight Doubles Handicap.
The handicapping favoured Wasps from three to five points in each of the games.
In the first doubles Ashberry and Munch against Timms and Irlam managed to win a close four end game 14-12. The second Ashberry and Reed against Timms and Yu went to five ends again giving away four points managed to win.
From then on Wasps fought back won the third game in four ends. The next four games went the distance each time.
Timms and Irlam won the fourth game 13-11 against Ashberry and Reed. 2-2. From then on Wasps went for it, at every opportunity ,as they had nothing to lose and with a few nets and edges here and there managed to win all the rest of the five end games to win 5-2.
In the Parker Shield Handicap final I.B.A. Trojans’ John Blyth, Chris Gay and Mike Crowson were against Walton Highway ‘B’s Graham Sheppard, Allan Nicholls and David Hughes. Trojans had a handicap of 111 to make up over nine games, first to 42.
Trojans won six of their games to 42 but against Nicholls who is unbeaten this season they all lost. This proved just too much for I.B.A. Trojans to overcome losing the match 390 to 434.
In the Challenge Cup we had last year’s finalist Eagles who fielded in ranking order Owen Turner, Richard Mussett and Richard Cummins.
Against them was Walton Highway ‘B’ who knocked out last year’s finalist Trojans. They fielded Allan Nicholls, Steve Ely and Steve Goodale. The opening games are two doubles.
At 3-3 it was then Mussett against Nicholls and yes Nicholls won in three. It was then Cummins against Goodale who continued to play exceptionally well after beating Mussett and won the three ends 8, 7 and 5 to win the final for Walton and see a new name on the trophy.