Some key clashes in Division One of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League
included an 8-2 win for leaders Hollington Academy A over main rivals Bexhillians A. Nathan Darby had a fine maximum for the Academics with Paul Barry and Basher Obeyed both winning two. Bexhill have lost Rob Warner to injury for the rest of the season, but were able to bring in Lewis Mayhew whose sets were pivotal to the result. Mayhew lost to both Darby and Obeyed at 9-11 in the fifth after leading 2-0 before beating Barry in straight games for Barry’s second defeat of the season.
Hollington Academy B move above Bexhillians A into second after a 6-4 win over two-man Saints A. Rose Rainton was unbeaten for Academy including a five-game defeat of Dave Butler which was only his third defeat of the season.
There was another outstanding performance from Hollington Academy C’s Nick Standen in their 6-4 defeat of Bexhillians C. His maximum included a defeat of Bexhill’s Graham Gillett, who won twice, as did Academy’s Fraser Kent.
The Tackleway derby saw the A team edge home 7-3 with James Gorridge and Roger Pingram unbeaten but the B team will rue losing all four sets which went to five games, three of which were two point margins.
Behillians G need only three points to clinch the Division Two title after beating a below strength Hollington A 8-2 in a match which saw Konrad Pieterse return to action for Bexhill after injury in December. He won three, as did Ryan Heselden, with Cameron Jones winning twice.
Another Tackleway derby saw the E side strengthen their position in second place with a 7-3 win over Tackleway D. Gina Rogers won three and Peter Wilson two for the E side while Owen Hatter (D) also won twice.
Tackleway C beat Tigers B 9-1 with Danny Rickaby and Andy Brown unbeaten and Kevin Rowe winning two. However, it was not Tigers’ night as five matches went to five games.
In Division Three, maximums for Rob Clemence and Neil Pankhurst saw Saints D to an 8-2 win at Willett & Phillips.