Table Tennis: Outlaws claim draw in Star Paving Services North Norfolk League
In the first division this week NWSCA's John Batchford, Tom Baldock-Yaxley and John Vaughan (playing up) hosted Outlaws Steve Patterson, Colin Humphries and John Hancock.
The opener saw Vaughan chop well, but it was Patterson who won in five. Baldock-Yaxley then beat Humphries in four, with both players good in places. Batchford gave Hancock a mini scare by taking the first set and leading the second, but the Outlaw hit and counter-hit to win in four and his control saw him take a maximum without dropping another set. Baldock-Yaxley kept his focus to come from behind in the last two sets of his four set win over Patterson – the Outlaw squeezed out 13-11 in that fourth set – while Batchford hit well to defeat Humphries in four. The Walsham player's controlled power saw him beat Patterson in straight. With Vaughan winning against Humphries in five, the Outlaws needed the doubles for a draw and Hancock and Humphries won in straight against Baldock-Yaxley and Batchford to achieve just that.
Over at Trunch, Sharks Keith Register, Chris Marshall and Matt Hudson hosted NWSCB's Dennis Elliott, Dave Johns and Simon Halliday, with Elliott on top of his game to take a maximum, dropping just the one set as he edged out Marshall 12-10 in the fourth.
Marshall beat Johns in four but lost out in three to Halliday. Hudson played really well to beat Johns 13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 and also beat Halliday in four, for whom inconsistency was his downfall. The Walsham player did stretch Register the distance – the Shark winning 14-12, 11-6, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7 - but Register lost out in straight to Johns. That meant it all came down to the doubles and Elliott and Halliday took a close 11-9 in the fifth set win against Register and Hudson to seal a close 6-4 victory.
The final game in the top flight took place at Cromer as Backhanders Teucer Wilson, Whil De Neve and Paul Warner hosted NWSCD's Mary Sawyer, Charlie Usher and Paul Price. Usher and Price both took a single against De Neve – Usher going the distance – but De Neve also took a single as he edged out Sawyer 12-10 in the fifth. Sawyer had made a recovery from two sets down before losing that deciding set, however she did make a recovery from two sets down to beat Warner in a game of great top spin rallies. The visitors won the doubles in five but a maximum from Wilson, who won each of his singles in four sets, proved key to Backhanders' 6-4 match win.
In the second division, Poachers Barry Evans, Alan Rutledge and Andy Woods hosted Crosscourters John Welsh, Eric Dolden and Derek Sidaway and won the match 6-4.
At North Walsham Sports Centre NWSCC's Chris Johnson, Joe Kirkup and Phil Mole hosted Pirates Jack Bramwell, David Thompson and Stan Munn with the first two going the distance as Bramwell and Thompson beat Johnson and Kirkup respectively. Pirates eventually won the night 7-3.
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