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9-11 7-11 4-11 0-1
7-11 6-11 6-11 0-1
8-11 11-8 11-4 8-11 11-3 1-0
11-8 8-11 4-11 7-11 0-1
3-11 6-11 6-11 0-1
10-12 9-11 11-9 11-2 11-7 1-0
7-11 7-11 2-11 0-1
5-11 11-9 11-8 11-5 1-0
10-12 9-11 3-11 0-1
11-7 11-7 11-1 1-0
Submitted By: David Unwin :: Approved By: David Unwin :: Completed By: David Unwin 4 - 6

Match Report

For the second time this season I’ve had the pleasure of reporting on a match containing some of the Division’s heavyweight performers. For the Jaguars, Chris Smith and Andy Bennett have constantly achieved 80% plus and for the Romans they field the impressive Kin Choi Chan (93%) , Robin Wallis (75%) and welcomed back the talented George Kizis who has lost just one since his return.

Romans got off to a flyer with George Kizis proving too strong for Mark Beaumont, using his top spin loops and an interesting variety of services he took game in three straight sets.
It was the same result on the other table when Andy Bennett took on Robin Wallis. When they last met in December Robin took it at deuce in the 5th – this time he approached Andy’s top spin aggression with more caution and came out comfortable winner after a close first leg.

Then came a monumental tussle between Chris smith and Kin Choi Chan. Two players of totally contrasting styles served up a master class. Kin’s pen holder grip and superb top spin attack steered him home in the first from 0-5 down. A determined Chris came out of the blocks to peg Kin back with excellent controlled defence he was able to generate from his bat rubbers and Kin’s attack became restricted. Chris took legs two and three {-8,-4).
Kin responded strongly in a tight fourth leg with more excellent attacking play to take it to a decider 11-8. Chris took a commanding lead from the start of the final leg settling into his spin and chop to take the leg and game 11-3.

Mark made a good start to the next match taking first leg off Robin (11-8} getting maximum success from his effective service variety. However Robin settled into his patient all round consistency, controlling the rallies and timing his attacking shots to take the next three legs to put Romans 3-1 ahead.

Next up was a re-match of Andy and Kin – when they last met in December Andy claimed a deuce in 5th victory over Kin – only his second loss of season at that stage. Tonight Kin came on to the table like a whirlwind. He absolutely blew Andy away with his powerful varied service display coupled with some devastating attacking shots down both channels. Andy tried valiantly to get into the game but there was no fluency in his defence or attack with Kin gaining his revenge 11-3, 11-6,11-6 to put Romans 4-1 ahead.

After his exhausting match with Kin, Chris was then back on the table against George – another possible marathon I thought and another fascinating 5 setter it turned out to be.
George took the first 12-10 after a scintillating display of defence and attack from both players. Much the same in the second, again George just having that final shot or serve to take the leg (11-9). The third was the same with a glimmer that the consistent defence from Chris was beginning to tell, Chris takes it 11-9.
Next leg Chris took a commanding early lead and levelled at 2-2 with 11-2 leg. There was a sense that Chris was in control, George could no longer play his attacking shots with confidence and Chris took the leg 11-7 keeping Jaguars in the match at 2-4.

Kin returned to meet Mark in what turned out to be dominated by both players concentrating on gaining points from their favoured cross table serves. Rallies were relatively short with Kin taking the game in three sets utilising his all round attacking capabilities to the full.

Chris was next up against Robin, with the latter's all round patient game likely to tax a tiring Chris. That looked to be the case as Robin dominated taking the lead (11-5). However, as Chris had proved in his previous two encounters, consistency with his defensive style kept him in the hunt. This he proved taking the second leg narrowly (11-9) and the third leg (11-8) slowly wearing his opponent down and becoming more confident to play his own attacking shots as the game progressed.
This he did taking the fourth and deciding leg 11-5 to take the Jaguars to a 3-5 scoreline.

Andy joined George for the final singles and both players showed some good open attack and defensive qualities with George taking the leg on deuce after some uncharacteristic serving errors by Andy. A similar close pattern emerged in the second with George again taking the leg 11-9. Andy completely fell apart in the third as George deservedly took a straight sets victory.

Chris and Andy were back on the table for a consolation but well deserved doubles victory over Kin and Robin in three straight sets, to conclude a thoroughly enjoyable evening of sporting yet very competitive table tennis played to a good standard.

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