Table Tennis: Scorpions trio take the spoils in Newbury League
Thatcham Scorpions (Lee Calcutt, Niall McGrane & Duncan Groves) beat Woolton Hill Wolverines (David Barr, Sue Purton & Jonathan Hopson) 6-4 in Division A of the Newbury Table Tennis League.
Calcutt beat Hopson 3-0, lost to Purton 1-3 and lost to Barr 0-3, while McGrane beat Purton 3-0, Hopson 3-1 and lost to Barr 0-3.
Groves was pushed by Hopson in the first two games, winning 11-9, 12-10, before going on to win the third 11-3.
Groves also beat Purton 3-0 and lost to Barr 0-3, but McGrane & Calcutt beat Barr & Purton 3-1 in the doubles 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8.
Thatcham Jeffernauts (Fallon Thompson, Andy Jeffery & Philip Jones playing up from Division 2) were trounced 0-10 by a powerful Kintbury JOG side (Ray Powell, Mark Wheeler & Tom Watmore).
Thompson battled bravely in all three matches, losing 2-3 to Powell, 1-3 to wheeler and in the closest match 1-3 to Watmore 11-3, 10-12, 10-12, 11-13.
Jeffery lost to Watmore 0-3, and 1-3 to Powell & Wheeler, while Jones lost to both Watmore & Wheeler 0-3 and played well to take a game off Powell, losing 9-11, 4-11, 12-10, 9-11.
In the doubles, Thompson & Jeffery lost 0-3 to Wheeler & Watmore.
Thatcham C (Colin Price, Ray Beeks & Jack Savage) beat Woolton Hill Wildcats (Simon Sonsino, Roger Cherowbrier & Daanyal Begg, playing up from division 3).
Price lost to Sonsino in five games before beating Begg & Cherowbrier 3-0 and player of the match, Beeks, was on fiery form, winning all three matches 3-0.
Savage beat Begg & Cherwobrier 3-0 and Sonsino 3-1.
In the standout match of the fixture and one of the closest doubles matches so far this season, Price & Beeks lost to Sonsino & Cherowbrier 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 10-12, 15-17.
Kintbury JOG lead the division with 20 points from seven games.
Thatcham Extra Edge are in second with 15 points from five games and Scorpions are in third with 13 points from six games.
In Division 2, Woolton Hill Oracles (Robert Cox, Panos & Dimitrios Stemitsiotis) were overwhelmed 1-9 by Thatcham Lions (Philip Jones, David Martin & Jeffrey Rogers).
Robert Cox lost to Phlip Jones 0-3 and lost to Rogers & Martin 1-3.
Dimitrios Stemsisiotis lost 0-3 to Dave Martin & Jeffrey Rogers and lost 1-3 to Philip Jones, while Panos lost all three matches 0-3.
Oracles’ sole consolation was in the doubles, where Dimitrios & Panos Stemitsiotis beat Dave Martin & Jeffrey Rogers 10-12, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8.
West Ilsley (Lionel Sheppard, Steve Cobrin & Deryck Crossley) lost 2-8 to AWE Fission (John McLarty, Bob Harris & George Wilson).
Sheppard lost 0-3 to McLarty & Wilson and 1-3 to Harris, while Cobrin beat Wilson 3-2, Harris 3-1 and lost to Player of the Match McLarty in five games 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11.
Crossley lost all three games 0-3, while Sheppard & Cobrin lost 0-3 to McLarty & Harris in the doubles.
AWE Fission lead the Division 2 table with 18 points from six games, Thatcham Lions are in second with 16 points from six games and Thatcham Spartans remain unbeaten in third with 16 points from five games.
In Division 3, Thatcham Spitfires (Pat Shaw, Christine Haines & Joshua Price) lost 3-7 to Thatcham Tornadoes (Reece & Dan O’Neill & Rowan Quittendon).
Pat Shaw beat Rowan Quittenton 3-0, lost 1-3 to Reece O’Neill and lost to Dan O’Neill 0-3.
Christine Haines beat Quittenton 3-0, lost to Dan O’Neill 0-3 and lost to Reece O’Neill in five games 10-12, 11-13, 11-5, 11-7, 12-14.
Price lost to Dan & Reece O’Neill 0-3 and beat Quittenton 3-0 and in the doubles, Shaw & Haines lost 0-3 to Reece & Dan O’Neill.
Thatcham A & E Specials have yet to lose a match and have 15 points from four games.
Thatcham Dragons are in second 13 points from six games and Woolton Hill Tomahawks are in third with 12 points from five games.