Blaenau Gwent Community Table Tennis League Round 4 - 31st May 2015

The Abertillery Warriors maintained their unbeaten status in the league to remain top of the table with one round of matches left to play.  

The Warriors faced the Abertillery Dragons.  Despite the final result finishing 5-0 in favour of the Warriors, there were some close games.  Dragon's players Cerys Evans and Iestyn Howells played well in their respective matches; Cerys narrowly lost to Sukvanth Gowda 3-2, while Iestyn also competed well.  Warrior's David Blake kept up his good form with two straight sets wins over Cerys and Iestyn.

The only other team with a mathematical chance of catching the Warriors are the Cwmbran Vikings.  They faced the Abertillery Tigers.  With Owen Trace absent, the young and inexperienced Tiger's players Sam Slatter and Jack Baker found it tough against the more experienced Vikings pair of Hayden Skinner and Matthew Powell.  Hayden and Matthew won both their singles matches and combined to win the doubles for a 5-0 win.  The Vikings remain 4 points behind the Warriors with one match to play.

The final match saw the Abertillery Panthers take on the Cwmbran Bluebirds.  This was a very close match and was decided by the final singles match between Panther's Cole Hughes and Bluebirds Oliver Rogers.  Garin Edwards got the Panthers off to a great start with a 3-0 win against Oliver.  Bluebirds Matthew Cullingford then levelled the match with a 3-0 victory over Cole.  The bluebirds then edged a close doubles match 3-1 to lead the match 2-1.  The only two remaining undefeated players in the league then went head to head, with Garin beating Matthew in three sets.  With the match score at 2-2, Cole faced Oliver in the deciding match.  Cole won the first set but Oliver responded winning the next two sets.  However, Cole fought back to take the fourth set and eventually prevailed to win 11-9 in the fifth set, giving the Panthers the win.

The final round of matches take place on 14th June, where a win for the Warriors will secure 1st place in the league.  However, should the Warriors lose, the Vikings could leap above the Warriors and claim 1st place.

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