Two excellent contests at Hastings Academy resulted in significant changes at the top of Division One in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League.
Academy A suffered their first loss of the season when, without the iconic Paul Barry, they went down 6-4 to Academy B who moved above them in the process. Dave Butler claimed a fine maximum for the B side who also had two wins from James Winchester while Nathan Darby won twice for the losers. Winchester clinched the win when he had to come from 2-0 down to beat Ryan Heselden 12-10 in the fifth.
Leaders Bexhill A took advantage to increase their lead to two points with an 8-2 defeat of Academy D. Seventeen year-old Martin Kapusta was unbeaten for Bexhill and Lewis Mayhew and Ryan Warner both won twice. Fourteen year-old Arthur Bracken led the D side resistance with two wins but found Kapusta a step too far, going down in straight games.
Tackleway A and Bexhill C drew 5-5 with Graham Gillett unbeaten for Bexhill and Michael Funnell and James Gorridge both winning two for Tackleway. At 5-4 it looked odds-on a Tackleway win but reserve Chris Hack came from 2-1 down for a fine win over Tackleway No. 1 Roy Funnell.
In Division Three, leaders Monarchs B were held 5-5 by Bexhill I despite Andrew Edwards’ maximum. Adam Ward won two for Bexhill and he and his brother, Jason Ward, both ended the good run of Peter Harding, in what was wheelchair player Jason’s best result to date.
Tackleway G fielded one of the youngest ever sides in the senior League when they won 6-4 at Hollington D. Elliott Fuller won three and twelve year-old Thomas Porter won two for Tackleway while Jo Clarke won twice for Hollington. Thirteen year-old Callum Neal was unlucky to lose twice in five tight games as the first six contests all went the distance.
Hollington B and Tackleway E drew 5-5 in Division Two with a maximum for Hollington’s Rob Clemence matched by two apiece for Andy Brown and Aaron Pain for Tackleway.