Finals bring Star Paving Services North Norfolk Table Tennis League season to a close
The final three Cup finals of the Star Paving Services North Norfolk Table Tennis League's season have taken place, with Gresham's School involved in both the Handicap and straight Knockout Doubles.
The final of the Knockout Doubles Cup saw Outlaws John Hancock, Steve Patterson and Colin Humphries takes on the Gresham's team of Ian Darricott, Robert Land and Robin Thaxter. The final took place on neutral ground at Trunch Village Hall and was umpired by League President Peter Ward.
Hancock and Humphries won a tight set of the opener 13-11 but then Darricott and Thaxter took over to win the next three sets and soon the School had romped their way into a 2-0 lead.
A concerted effort from Hancock and Patterson to get the final two sets of the first five set encounter of the night against Darricott and Land put Outlaws on the scoreboard, but the next two battles went Gresham's way with just one set dropped.
Hancock and Patterson then took their second five set victory of the night to keep Outlaws alive, but a final that featured some excellent rallies with amazing top-spin attack and counter attack came to a conclusion in the next battle as Darricott and Land beat Patterson and Humphries in four sets to seal Gresham's 5-2 win.
It was the turn of the juniors to represent the School in the Handicap Doubles Cup final as Hubert Cheng (A), Henry Yeung (Q) and Adam Partridge (Q) took on Crosscourts line-up of Alf Greer (P), Clive Smith (M) and John Welsh (J) with Antingham Village Hall being used for the first time to host a Cup final. Greer and Welsh (+8) took the opener in two sets against Cheng and Partridge before Yeung and Partridge (+9) defeated Smith and Welsh 21-17 in the third to level proceedings.
However Crosscourts rattled off the next eight sets – Smith and Welsh (+4) defeating Cheng and Yeung to claim the Cup for Crosscourts with a 5-1 win.
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North Walsham Sports Centre played host to the Handicap Singles Cup final as NWSCD's Charlie Usher (H), Paul Price (H) and Philip Stone (H) battled NWSCA's John Batchford (D), Bev Baldock-Yaxley (L) and Andy Beane (B) in a derby final umpired by Chris Pooley. Stone (+8) came from a set down to win a tense opener against Batchford before Usher defeated Baldock-Yaxley (+8) in straight. Price (+11) took the first set against Beane 21-20 on the sudden death golden point, but Beane came back from 7-17 down to take the second 21-19 – however Price won the decider 21-11 to move NWSCD 3-0 up.
Batchford won the first set from Usher (+8) 21-17 and Usher won the second set 21-19. Batchford led the decider 19-17, but served off the table at 19-19 to hand Usher a match-point.
That was saved by a duo of Batchford smashes as the fourth contest went right to the wire and a one-point play-off which Batchford took on a net-cord to give NWSCA their first victory of the night. Stone (+11) survived a mid-set surge from Beane in both sets as he won in straight to move NWSCD one win from the Cup. Baldock-Yaxley (+8) had three chances to take the first set from Price, but Price took it 21-20 and won the second 21-15 on NWSCD's third Cup point to seal their 5-1 victory.