2014/15 Season

Stowmarket Leopards 8 v 2 British Sugar Defenders : 11/03/2015 : Ian Bridgeman

The opening game in this match between Stowmarket Leopards and British Sugar Defenders, was the first of the evening's 5 setters, with Nik key coming back from being 1-0 down to eventually beat Marcus Hammond by 3-2. The next two games were comfortable home wins, this was followed by a match between Pete Bernard and Nik Key, this time Nik took the first set but it was Pete that won the next 3 so after another convincing home win by Marcus over Anthony Pateman the Leopards were 4-1 ahead at the half-way mark.

The next game between Chris Smith and Pete Kemp was another 5 setter, Chris won the first, Pete the next 2, Chris then fought back to take the match into a fifth set but this time it was Pete Kemp for the Defenders who came out on top. Pete Bernard, on top form this evening, never looked in any trouble against Anthony. Then it was Chris against Nik in yet another 5 set match, Nik won the first 2 sets comfortably before the tables were turned with Chris winning the next 3, to make it another victory for the home side.

In the final singles of the evening Marcus beat Pete Kemp in straight sets. Which left only the doubles and, surprise surprise, this turned into the fourth 5 set match of the night. The home pair of Marcus and Chris took on Pete Kemp and Anthony. Defenders were twice ahead before Leopards won 2 back to back sets to end up winners.

Despite not winning any matches Anthony had another good evening in his first season for Defenders and will be one to watch in the future.

Stowmarket Pumas 9 v 1 Riddlesworth : 18/02/2015 : David Gough

It’s always interesting when the two top teams in the division play each other and so it proved with no fewer than 4 tense 5-setters, 3 of them decided by the narrowest 2 point margin in the 5th.
The Pumas hopes to consolidate their lead at the top were in doubt when their (and the division’s) top player, Malcolm Collins, reported being ill. Their first backup player was also too ill to play so a third was on standby. However, Malcolm did turn up, looking a whiter shade of pale.
First up was Andy Bennett against Trevor Cottee, usually a good match and this proved to be no exception. Andy took the first 2 sets and looked to be in command but Trevor started going for a few more shots and took the next two, 14-12 in the 4th game. The last game was equally tight, Andy just edging it by the same score.
Malcolm shrugged off his illness to win all 3 of his matches in straight games but was relieved not to have to play a 4th game when he edged Trevor in their 3rd game, yet again by 14-12.
The 3rd match was almost a rerun of the first, David Gough winning the first 2 games, Graham Richards the next two before David G edged the decider by 2 points.He had another 5 setter with Trevor C and, at 9 all in the 5th, it was anyone’s guess which way it would go. Fate decided, in the form of a net ball just trickling over to give Trevor the match.
The doubles was the other 5 setter, again going to the Pumas with a 10-12 game and a 13-11 game along the way. So the final score of 9-1 to the division leaders in no way reflected the closeness of the tie.

Stowmarket Leopards 0 v 10 Stowmarket Pumas : 14/01/2015 : Pete Bernard

A strong looking Pumas side of Gough, Collins & Davies faced a reshuffled Leopards team of Bernard, Redit & Stokes, due to the absence of those Leopards hoping for a game for Ipswich in the FA Cup.
All night the Pumas looked worthy of their top ranked position in the division, even against an improving Leopards side. With the exception of Mel Redit’s plucky 5-set loss to David Gough, the Leopards were cruelly tamed and only managed to win 1 other set all night.
A night to remember for the Pumas; a night to forget for the Leopards - time for the Leopards to retreat, lick their wounds and come back fighting.
And Ipswich lost…

Thurston Victors 4 v 6 Stowmarket Leopards : 01/12/2014 : Ian Freeman

This was a close enjoyable match won 6-4 by the Leopards. Player of the match was Ian Freeman who won all his 3 games. However he was pushed hard by Ian Bridgeman who took him all the way to a 5th set.
Katie Meadows won a very close 4 setter with Pete Bernard to give her her first win in the league this year.
Keith George played with a painful hip yet still managed to win 2 of his games against Katie and Alan Baxter. We all wish him well with his hip operation and hope he will be back playing soon.

Stowmarket Pumas 9 v 1 British Sugar Blades : 26/11/2014 : Terry Betts

As anticipated, the match between two teams battling to remain in touch with the League leaders produced an entertaining, determined, yet sporting encounter.
Paul Davies got Pumas off to a flyer in a thrilling match with Martin Haines. With both players using control and forehand top spin to good effect, Paul took the first game comfortably. Martin got on terms in the second, but Paul’s consistency got him home in four sets.
Next up was Malcolm Collins v Martin O’Leary – with both players maximising their use of service and control close to the table, it resulted in an entertaining struggle with Malcolm’s greater variation and consistency getting him home in three sets.
Andy Bennett extended the Pumas lead with a straight sets victory over Mo Dada with a combination of patient control against the Dada spin and some devastating topspin winners. In another three setter, Martin Haines was unable to cope with the cross court service and power of Malcolm Collins, as Pumas increased their lead.
After losing the first leg to Paul, a determined Mo Dada fought back well to take the second, but then went 2-1 down before stretching Paul to go down 11-9 in fourth leg. Three more comprehensive 3 set victories for the Pumas (Andy B v Martin Haines & Martin O’Leary, Malcolm C v Mo Dada) left the 8-0 scoreline not reflecting the effort and determination being put in by the visitors.
The next match illustrated this when Paul faced Martin O’Leary. Paul took the first leg 11-3 – patiently coping with Martin’s close to the table style and topspin shots and getting a greater percentage of his own topspin winners. Back came Martin taking the second leg 13-11 with some superb close control and excellent forehand winners. Paul clawed back the lead in the 3rd leg, but Martin was not done and took legs 4 & 5 with some great table tennis to finally get a point on the board.
After that marathon it was no surprise that Andy and Malcolm would comfortably wrap up an enjoyable evening taking the doubles against a tiring Martin O'Leary and Mo Dada.

Rougham Rangers 8 v 2 Stowmarket Tigers : 20/11/2014 : Steve Coombes

The game between Rangers and Tigers must have had the lowest average age of a game in division 2 this season, with five players aged 17 or under, and Luke Davies Stokes one of the youngest to play in the division.
The first game saw Jack Sansom take on Holly McGerty, this was a fairly tight game apart from the second set, Jack ran out the winner 14-12,11-1, 11-9.
The second game saw Adam Coombes take on Nick Samson in what proved to be one of the best games of the evening with Adam coming out on top 3-1.
It was then the turn of young Luke to play Aston in another good game Aston won 3-1, with Luke playing very well.
The game between the players with the highest averages for their teams saw Adam take on Jack, which was an all out attacking game which Adam won 3-0.
The rest of the games saw Rangers build up a good lead, but were all tight games, with Luke taking a game off Adam much to his delight.
The doubles saw Adam and Aston take on Nick and Jack Samson, this ended up 3-1 to Rangers, taking the score to 8-2, on a entertaining night played in a great spirit.

British Sugar Blades 8 v 2 Thurston Victors : 29/10/2014 : Martin O'Leary

A well contested match that produced a slightly flattering score line of 8-2 in favour of the Blades.

Colin Davies picked up his first hat trick of the season and the highlight being the excellent 4 set win in a tight match with Ian Freeman of Thurston the score being 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8.
Martin O’Leary & Martin Haynes also recorded win doubles for the Blades and then teamed up to win the doubles in a tight 4 set match against Katie Meadows and Ian Moffat 11-13, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9.
Ian Freeman won two of his three games for Thurston who competed well throughout the evening.

Stowmarket Leopards 6 v 4 British Sugar Defenders : 15/10/2014 : Pete Barnard

After an agreed change to the running order, the match started with 2 consecutive games for Nik Key. In his first he gained an initial 2-0 advantage over Leopards’ Pete Bernard, but Pete’s fight-back led him to a match point in the fifth set. Unable to convert the match point he eventually lost to Nik 13-11 in the final set. Keith George was up next against Nik Key and although the games were all close run affairs, Nik triumphed 3-0; giving the Defenders a healthy 2-0 lead.
Chris Smith then took on Peter Kemp, but after one game apiece Chris subsequently went down 3-1 thereby extending the Defenders lead to 3-0.
A Leopards renaissance ensued with five wins on the bounce. First, a victory for Pete Bernard over Roy Pettit, Chris Smith then vanquishing Nik Key, and a closely fought epic five-set win for Keith George over Peter Kemp, with both players demonstrating a wide range of offensive skills.
Chris Smith then went on to defeat Roy Pettit and Keith George followed with a win over the same opponent, making it 5-3 to the Leopards. Next up was the battle of the Peters. Peter Kemp overcame Peter Bernard in another five-set match to raise the possibility of a draw if the Defenders could win the doubles match.
However a Leopards victory was guaranteed after Smith/Bernard beat Kemp/Pettit 3-1 for an overall 6-4 home win.

Stowmarket Pumas 5 v 5 Riddlesworth Hall : 01/10/2014 : David Gough

This match was about a fascinating battle of styles, more than simply a case of better players beating weaker players. A late withdrawal left the Pumas having to field a not fully fit Terry Betts, who began the match against his long time friendly foe Trevor Cottee, whose heavy topspin attacking game was too much for the injured Betts.
Next up was Pumas' newest player Paul Davies, whose patient pushing game provided an interesting contrast against Scott Boast's fast hitting. A close game it was too, the pendulum swinging both ways before Boast clinched it in the 5th.
Riddlesworth stormed into a 3-0 lead when Graham Richards won 3 close sets against David Gough. Davies finally got Pumas started, winning another close 5-setter against Cottee, before Richards restored the gap against Betts.
Gough started the comeback losing only 15 points to Boast, followed by Davies who overcame Richards in 4 sets. The latter, who had benefitted from a series of net cords and edges against Gough, was on the receiving end on this one.
Cottee's spinny serving helped claw one back before Betts showed his mettle defeating Boast in another 5 set battle after the latter came back from 2-0 down. Finally Pumas evened the match with Gough & Davies beating Cottee & Richards in the doubles.

2013/14 Season

Stowmarket Leopards 6 v 4 Bury Normans : 19/03/2014

The night began with the Leopard's Chris Smith taking on Goran Gelevski from the visiting Normans. The difference in styles made this particularly watchable with the defensive Smith chopping and floating the ball back to the all out attack of Gelevski. On this occasion it was defence that came out on top, Smith winning 3-0.
The next 3 matches went to the visitors; with Roger Whomes a comfortable victor over Ian Bridgeman and then, in a tense 5 setter the consistency of Neil Talbot proved too much for Mel Redit, who at one point was 2 games to nil ahead. Another close match followed with Gelevski beating Bridgeman 3-2.
Smith then got one back for the home team by beating Talbot before Redit lost in 4 to Whomes. At this point things were looking bad for the Leopards who were 2-4 down to one of the few teams below them in the League.
However, things started to pick up for the Leopards with Bridgeman beating Talbot and then came the surprise of the night with Redit defeating an increasingly tired looking Gelevski, Smith rapidly dispatched Whomes to extend his run of unbeaten matches to 18.
This left just the doubles with Bridgeman & Smith playing Talbot and Whomes. In this match we saw a different side of Smith... if the ball was there to be hit, he hit it - Hard! Bridgeman & Smith were 3-0 winners making the final match score 6-4 to Leopards.

Riddlesworth Hall 2 v 8 British Sugar Blades : 16/03/2014

This rescheduled match, played at Great Barton on the warmest day of the year so far, proved to be closer than the scoreline indicates.
Scott Boast, after a tentative start, played exceptionally well against Colin Davies with aggressive attack, counter hitting & good footwork paying dividends & resulting in a five set win. Unfortunately he was on the receiving end of the same type of play against Mo Dada who took the ball early & found good angles & then forced into errors by Ray Stapleton`s heavy back spin defence, losing both games in three. John Bryant started well against Stapleton going 2-1 up before again succumbing to the latter`s obdurate defence & then lost to both Davies & Dada despite picking up a set from each. Trevor Cottee opened with a win against Dada in three, his attacking game having the edge & then losing to Stapleton in four, sometimes hitting long in a game where the Blades player took the speed off the ball. The final singles between Cottee & Davies with their technically superb attacking games very much in evidence could have gone either way but was secured by Davies 13-15 in the fifth. The away pairing of Davies & Stapleton then took the doubles against Boast & Cottee in straight sets to take the match 2-8. An enjoyable fixture as always.

Rougham Rangers 8-2 Bury Normans : 07/11/2013

This was a game that had the experience of Normans facing the youth of Rangers, with Rangers oldest player a mere 16 years old.
The first game saw Peter Fordham rolling back the years to beat Tommy Robinson 12-10, 11-9, 11-3, Tommy’s attacking play was not a match for the superb defending of Peter.
In the second game Adam Coombes took on Roger Whomes, this again was a game where attack met defence, with Adam winning in four sets 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 16-14.
Adam Reeve then took to the table, taking on Peter, this was Peter's best game of the night, winning in four sets 11-3, 11-7, 3-11, 11-4.
With the game swinging one way then the other Neil Talbot took on Tommy, with Tommy producing some excellent play to win 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.
Next game up saw Adam Reeve take on Neil, in this game Neil began to play very well, but Adam came back to win in four sets 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7.
In the game between Tommy and Roger both players went full pelt for a win with Tommy playing some of his best TT this season to win 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10.
The unbeaten Adam C then faced the unbeaten Peter this was always going to be the big game of the evening  which resulted in a great 5 set game with the classic defence v attack, with Adam running out the winner 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6.
In the game between Adam R and Roger again it was a 5 set game with Adam coming back from 2 down to  win 3-11, 11-13, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7.
The final singles game saw Adam C play Neil, this was Neil's best performance of the season taking Adam to a 5 set thriller, before Adam squeezed home 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6.
In the doubles Adam C & Tommy won 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 12-10 to give Rangers an 8-2 win, this was a fine game between two different styles of defence and attack, played in a good sprit.

Stowmarket Pumas 8-2 Thurston Victors : 23/10/2013

Stowmarket Pumas extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard earned victory over Thurston Victors. The visitors started strongly with Mick Beale comfortably taking Dave Gough in four sets after Dave won the first game. Pumas roared back with Andy Bennett against newcomer Ashton Dyson, Andy took first two legs at 11-4, but a determined Ashton came back to take the next 11-9. Then after an exciting battle in the next leg, Andy closed out to win 12-10. Terry Betts put the Pumas in front with a straight sets victory over Ian Freeman 11-5, 11-3, 11-8. Back came Mick Beale with a surprisingly comprehensive three set victory over the inform Andy Bennett 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 to level the match. In a somewhat nervy match between Dave Gough and Ian Freeman, Dave battled out a 15-13 first leg victory before gradually gaining control to win the next two at 8 and 6.
Terry Betts extended Pumas lead with a four set victory over Ashton Dyson 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4. Andy Bennett and Ian Freeman played out a hard fought four sets with Andy getting home 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12. The singles matches ended with two cracking five setters, both going to the Pumas. In the first Terry and Mick traded the first four legs full of close table combinations of spin and power, then in fifth leg Terry built up a 5-1 lead and took the game 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6. In the final singles Dave met Ashton Dyson, who was clearly gaining in confidence from his earlier performances and Ashton took first leg to 6, Dave replied by taking the second, but Ashton again took the next at game 4 and then took a commanding lead in fourth leg only for Dave to show great determination to level it with a 12-10 leg victory. Then in the final tense leg Dave held his nerve to take the game at 11-9. On the night the experienced doubles pairing of Terry and Andy were too strong for Mick and Ashton as the
Pumas wrapped up a 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 victory in what was a competitive, but highly enjoyable evening’s table tennis.

Stowmarket Leopards 4-6 Rougham Rangers : 09/10/2013

After a 2 week break, Leopards were back in action with a home match against Rougham Rangers. Leopards took the first match with Ian Bridgeman beating Graham Self. Rangers immediately turned the match around with wins for the two Adams - Coombes and Reeve in their opening matches against Mel Redit and Pete Bernard respectively.
This proved to be the story of the night and with only the doubles remaining Rangers were leading 6-3 and the Adams were undefeated. Not surprisingly then, the doubles pairings were Adam Reeve and Adam Coombes for the Rangers against Leopards Pete Bernard and Ian Bridgeman. The first game went 11-8 to Leopards but Rangers turned it round to win the next 11-6. The third game proved to be the closest but Leopards won again 14-12, the fourth game finished 11-8 to the Leopards giving a surprise victory to Bernard and Bridgeman.
Final score for the night Leopards 4 Rangers 6

British Sugar Blades 8-2 Rougham Rangers : 25/09/2013

British Sugar Blades welcomed Rougham Rangers for their opening match of the season. The first game saw a close match between Mo Dada of the blades who managed to beat Callum MacIntyre in 5 close sets 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9.
Macintyre then got Rougham's first point of the night with a straight sets victory over Martin Haines 11- 4, 11-8, 11-5. Martin O’Leary beat MacIntyre comfortably in 3 straight sets 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
Mo Dada continued his good form against young Adam Reeve winning a close 4 set match 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 as his consistent hitting was too much for Reeve. Dada ended with three wins beating Graham Self 11-6, 11-8, 11-9.
Adam Reeve got Rangers second point of the match with a hard fought 5 set victory in the game of the night the scoreline being 13-15, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 8-11. However he could not find the same level of performance against O’Leary losing 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.
Martin Haines got his first point of the season with a 3 set victory over Graham Self 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 and O’Leary also won in 3 against Self who played much better than the score showed 11-9, 11-6, 11-6.
Dada & O’Leary then teamed up to beat Reeve & Self in the doubles 11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7 to complete an 8-2 win for the Blades.

2012/13 Season

British Sugar Blades 9-1 Rougham Rangers - 17/04/13
The visitors fielding players all under 15 years of age found it tough going against an experienced Blades team with their only success a win for Adam Reeve 8-11,7-11,11-2, 3-11 against Martin Haines, with aggressive forehand attack. Three other singles went to four sets with Reeve just beaten by Martin O`Leary 13-11 in the fourth & Tommy Robinson by O`Leary & Haines. The two Martins also came back from two sets down in the doubles against Marshall & Robinson to give a final scoreline of 9-1 to Blades.

BS Defenders v Thurston Victors 30/01/2013
In Division 2 of the Bury St Edmunds & District Table Tennis League third placed Thurston Victors travelled to joint leaders British Sugar Defenders with only two players and therefore started the match down 0-3.
Mick Beale reduced the deficit with an initial 11-6, 15-13, 11-9 victory over Andrew Harman. Then when Ian Freeman took the first two legs 11-2, 13-11, against Peter Kemp it looked as if the Victors could make a real fight of it. However, Kemp then adjusted his tactics and won the next three legs 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 to take the match score to 4-1.

From then on Beale employed his pen holder style to good effect to beat Nik Key 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, and Kemp 11-4, 11-6, 11-9. Unfortunately for Victors Freeman lost to both Harman and Key in four legs which left the match score at 6-3 in favour of the Defenders going into the final doubles. This proved to be the tightest contest of the evening with with Harman and Key going into an 11-9, 11-8, lead but being pegged back by Beale and Freeman 7-11, 9-11. The Defenders pair were then too strong and took the deciding leg 11-5 to give their team an overall 7-3 victory. This matched the result achieved by Bury Crusaders who remain joint leaders along with Defenders.


Leopards v Rangers 23/01/2013
This was a match in which the experience of the Leopards, having a combined age close to 200, took on the youth of the Rangers combined age 40. Rangers got off to a good start winning the first 4 games; Alan Print making his first appearance for some time lost his first 2 matches to Robinson and Coombes. Adam Coombes also being a comfortable victor over Bridgeman and Redit losing to Reeve. Leopards fought back with Bridgeman and Redit both beating Robinson in 5 sets and Print beating Reeve 3-0, which took the overall score to 3-4 in the Rangers favour.
With time running out, matches spread to two tables; Mel Redit taking on Adam Coombes on one and Ian Bridgeman against Adam Reeve on the other.
Redit was quickly 2 games to 0 ahead, whilst on the other table it was much closer at 1 game all. Coombes fought back well to win the next 3 games to take the match. Bridgeman v Reeve was still close Bridgeman went ahead 2-1 before Reeve was able to take the next 2 and finish winner.
The match score was now 3-6 with only the doubles remaining, this time experience did pay off and Bridgeman and Redit were comfortable victors over the two Adams. Final score Leopards 4 Rangers 6 but more importantly a close and enjoyable nights table tennis.
British Sugar Defenders 4 v Bury Crusaders 6 15th January 2013
British Sugar Defenders - top of Division 2 from the start of the season have fallen victim to a shortage of players. They have only been able to turn out 2 players for many recent games with Terry Scott out of action, including the match against 2nd place Bury Crusaders.
Defenders fielded Peter Kemp and  Phil Sinclair who has only lost 1 game so far this season, and he maintained that record dropping only 1 leg against Alan Brafield in a fast paced match where 2 legs were decided at deuce, Paul Seabrooke showed good control but Phil's tricky use of his rubbers gave him a straight 3 leg victory 10,9 & 7 whileTerry Thompson suffered for his spin losing -3,-4 & -6.
Peter Kemp although not winning any games showed improvement, taking a leg off both Alan and Terry and took Paul to 5 legs eventually losing -8,-9,7,7,-6.
Crusaders hoping to take full advantage of the situation, fielded Alan and Terry in the doubles. Defenders settled in quickly and took the first 2 legs 8 and 6, Crusaders rallied and took the next two sets 8 and 5 before collapsing 3 -11 in the 5th.
This 6-4 win for Crusaders gives them a 2 point lead in the league, can Defenders field a full team and make a come back in  the New Year?
Match Report – Stow Pumas  8 v Rougham Stags 2 - Stowupland _ Jan 9th 2013
There was initial disappointment when Stags turned up a player short, but the match developed into a highly sporting, competitive encounter. Paul McGerty immediately reduced the arrears by taking Mark Beaumont in three sets with an array of attacking shots. He returned to the table to take the first leg against Andy Bennett 11-5, but in an exciting match full of power and spin from both players, Andy took the next three legs with a consistent use of variable spin shots that restricted Paul’s attacking instincts. Next up was an enthralling five setter between Terry Betts and Calum Macintyre. Terry looked odds on to take the tie with a 2-1 legs lead and at 8-5 in the fourth, but Calum fought back to take the leg 11-9. Calum then found some match winning strokes to win the fifth leg. He then returned to take on Andy and lost the first leg 15-13 in a tremendous tussle. He came back to take the 2nd leg 11-5, but could not match Andy’s consistency going down -3,-4 in the final two legs.  In the battle of the left-handers, Terry and Paul, the first leg 11-8 went to Paul with some powerful topspin shots. However Terry came back strongly with a combination of a controlled defence and some effective counter-attacking to take the next three close legs. Calum took the first leg 11-8 against Mark in the final nail-biting singles.  Mark then took the initiative taking the next two legs -4, -9 restricting Calum’s attacking desires with a sound defensive strategy. Calum stormed back to take the fourth with some great attacking shots, then in the deciding leg predictably, both players nervously took the game to deuce, with Mark just getting home 12-10. 
So to the Doubles – Was it to be “Lets get it over with so we can get down to the pub” - not a bit of it. A fiercely, but sportingly contested five setter, that Andy and Terry got home at 13-11 in the final leg.    
Thanks to Paul and Calum for their contribution to an enjoyable night’s table tennis - Oh by the way, at Calum’s request we’ve put the net away in a special place for him, in readiness for his next visit to Stowupland!!!    
Stowmarket Tigers v Bury Normans  12/12/12
Stowmarket Tigers welcomed Normans to Stowupland for the second meeting of the teams this season. The previous encounter had seen Normans win 10-0 but with a couple of games going to 5 that night so tigers were hoping to improve on that outing.
First match of the night saw Nick Samson playing Harvey Dinkele. Harvey won 3-0 but with the third game going to 11-13.
Next match was Jack Samson up against Goran. The first game went to Goran, however Jack came back strongly to win the next 3.
The 3rd match saw Matt Ager take on Neil Talbot. Matt won the first in a close exchange, however the next 2 saw a turn about in fortune with Neil coming back to take a 1-2 lead. In fact, so emphatic was the 3rd game score it seemed inevitable Neil would go on a win. However Matt started to find his range and won the 4th game. The final game was quite a battle with the game swinging one way and then back again. However, Matt held his nerve to win 13-11. 
At this point Tigers were in new territory, now had won 2 head to heads and were leading!! 
Next up was Jack and Harvey, who had been Suffolk Cadet team mates only a week earlier.  Dispute some attacking shots from Jack, Harvey proved too strong on this occasion, winning 0-3.   
Nick and Neil went head to head in the next match. Although Nick won 3-1 it could have easily gone the other way. Tigers back in the lead 3-2, but not for long. Unfortunately Matt didn’t get into any sort of rhythm against Goran, who comfortably won 0-3.
Jack and Neil took to the table next. The first game was close with Jack edging it (in more ways than one) 13-11. The second game went Jacks way as well. Neil rallied well to win the 3rd before Jack won the 4th, making it 4-3 to Tigers. Definitely un-chartered waters for Tigers!
A spirited effort from Matt saw him win the 2nd game against Harvey, and whilst the 3rd and 4th were close, Harvey ensured the match drew level.
Nick and Goran then played out the penultimate match. Goran ran out the winner 1-3. 
The final match saw Jack and Matt take on Goran and Harvey. The 3rd game proved decisive in that Tigers had a 4 point lead but were hauled back, with the 4th game becoming a formality.
The match was played in a great spirit and the Tigers would seem to be finally earning their strips!!
British Sugar Blades v British Sugar Defenders 05/12/12
British Sugar Defenders cemented their Division 2 runners-up position with this local derby 2-8 scoreline although two rubbers went to 5 sets & three rubbers went to four. 
Phil Sinclair, Defenders alternating between this match & the 1st division encounter between Sugar & Thurston Spitfires beat Martin O`Leary, Blades in four & came back aggressively in the fourth & fifth sets to hit through Ray Stapleton`s stubborn defence after going 2 sets to 1 down. Stapleton, Blades did however take away Terry Scott`s 100% record by 3 sets to one & secured the only other win for Blades against Peter Kemp.
O`Leary & Mo Dada, Blades battled gamely with the former taking a set off Sinclair & Dada losing in 5 sets to Kemp. In the doubles O`Leary & Stapleton lost out
to Kemp & Scott in four.
British Sugar Blades v Rougham Rangers 03/12/12 (originally 14/11/12)
This re-scheduled Division 2 match was held at Great Barton Scout Hut using the new Butterfly National League Rollaway with a 25 mm top.
Young Adam Reeve fresh from playing for Suffolk Cadets @ Harlow at the weekend proved again what an excellent prospect he is winning all his singles. First beating Blades veteran Ray Stapleton 16-14 in the fifth with some fizzing forehands & intelligent use of the short game, Mo Dada 11-9 also in the fifth & Martin O`Leary three straight. Adam Coombes, Rangers chipped in winning in five sets against O`Leary & then the pair took the doubles against Stapleton & Dada coming from two sets to one down before clinching it 11-7 in the fifth.
Final match score 5-5 with Rangers registering their first positive result of the season.
British Sugar Blades v Rougham Rangers 03/12/12
Young Adam Reeve fresh from playing for Suffolk Cadets @ Harlow at the weekend proved again what an excellent prospect he is winning all his singles. First beating Blades veteran Ray Stapleton 16-14 in the fifth with some fizzing forehands & intelligent use of the short game, Mo Dada 11-9 also in the fifth & Martin O`Leary three straight. Adam Coombes, Rangers chipped in winning in five sets against O`Leary & then the pair took the doubles against Stapleton & Dada coming from two sets to one down before clinching it 11-7 in the fifth.
Final match score 5-5 with Rangers registering their first positive result of the season.
Bury Crusaders v Bury Normans 16/10/2012
In this second division match 2 Bury Table Tennis Club teams met.
Crusaders Alan Brafield, Paul Seabrook and Terry Thompson played against Goran Gelevski, Roger Whomes and Neil Talbot in an enjoyable and entertaining match.
Recently demoted Crusaders by no means had it all their own way. In the First game although Alan beat Goran 3 straight, the 3rd game was decided at 13 - 11, The next 4 games went to 4 legs but it was in the 6th game that the tide changed for a while, Roger lost 8 -11 in the 1st to Terry and the second in a marathon 14 -16 but battled on to win the next three by 7,6 and 8.  Paul and Neil had an exciting match with some entertaining exchanges. One of which included a wonderful return by Paul from below table level and a very tricky drop shot off Neil’s knuckles. It was Paul who went on to win the 3rd 14 -12.
The remaining singles and doubles - Alan and Terry v Roger and Neil - went Crusaders way in 3 straights Giving Crusaders a 9 -1 victory.
Rougham Rangers v Bury Crusaders 11/10/2012
This was always going to be a hard game for the newly formed Rougham Rangers, with their young team
The game started off with Andy Marshall battling hard against the experienced Peter Fordham, before losing in 3 sets 11-4,11-2 & 11-7
It was then Adam Reeve’s chance, he had a good game against the tricky serves of Alan Brafield taking the first set 11-6 before losing the next three 7-11, 11-13 & 4-11
The third set saw Adam Coombes the only Ranger player with any experience at this level take on Paul Seabrook, this game was played at a frantic pace, with Paul winning in 4 sets  11-8,11-8,10-12, 11-9.
The Rangers team only success of the evening came in a five set match when Adam Coombes beat Alan Brafield 8-11,  12-10,11-9, 6-11, 13-11
Adam Reeve had a good 4 set match with Peter Fordham, before losing  12-10, 5-11,,3-11,6-11
In the doubles the two Adam’s took on Peter Fordham and Paul Seabrook losing in three straight sets
Final score Rougham Ranger 1-9 Bury Crusaders  
Stowmarket Tigers v Stowmarket Pumas 03/10/2012
Stowmarket Pumas had to travel all the way to Stowmarket for their ‘away’ fixture. Pumas were without Carol Clarke, so Mark Beaumont was called up. Dave Gough was making his debut for Pumas as well. Their 3rd member was the experienced Andy Bennett.
For the Tigers, this was Emma Baker and Megan Bollens’ first match since stepping up from the 2’s league. The third member of the team was the ‘veteran’ Jack Samson playing only his second match in this league.
The first match saw Jack taking on Andy. There were some good exchanges however Andy ran out the winner 3 – 0. Megan’s opening match was against Mark. Nerves played a part against ninja Mark (Megans’ reference, not mine). Mark won comfortably 3 – 0.
It was now the turn of the 2 debutants, Emma and Dave. Dave raced into a 2 – 0, however the third was a much closer affair with Emma settling into her game, and was unlucky to lose the 3rd game, 13 – 15.
Next up was Andy and Megan. This was an enjoyable encounter. Megan’s nerves were gone and she gave a good account of herself as she found her timing and power on the forehand. That said and done, Andy ran out the winner 3 -0.
The fifth saw Dave win the first game against Jack at a canter, however, Jack found his consistency and big shots to pull back and run out winner 3 – 1. Tigers’ first point of the season was secured!!
Next up saw Emma and Mark doing battle. Emma came close to winning the first game, with the score being 10 – 12. The next 2 games saw good exchanges with Mark using all his experience to withstand Emma’s forehand drives, and ran out the winner 3 – 0.
Megan and Dave took to the table. Dave proved too strong winning 3 – 0, however, the juniors by now were playing far more their normal game and were pushing their opponents.
The penultimate singles match saw Emma and Andy exchanging some exciting rallies, the first game being close, however Andy took strong and went on to win 3 – 0.
The final singles match saw Jack and Mark put on a ‘humdinger’. Mark got over to flyer with Jack struggling with Mark’s serve. The second saw Jack storming back with powerful shots off both wings. The third went Jacks way 14 – 12, again through a good combination of shots. Mark battled back in the fourth to win 11 – 8. The final game was a titanic struggle with both players edging ahead and then being pulled back. Mark finally won 15 – 13.
The doubles was played in a good spirit, however Dave and Andy ran out winners 3 -0 .
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