Veteran Division 4D Hereford 2nd and 3rd teams played their return fixture at Green Farm Table Tennis Club, Allensmore.  The 2nd team  was represented by Nigel Foreshew, Harry Jutle, Steve Knight and Pauline Hart.   The 3rd team  players were Brian Kitchener, Steve Brown, Trevor Davies and Liz Hallam.


For the first match Harry and Brian started off with a tight first game to Harry at deuce, followed by Brian playing a faultless game to win 2nd easily. Harry again won the 3rd at deuce, followed by Brian to win the 4th close. Harry controlled the 5th to win it 11-7 for 1-0 lead. Steve Knight and Trevor went on next with Knight dominating, but only winning at deuce. Knight built a big lead in the 2nd only for Trevor to come back and win it at deuce. Trevor then controlled the next 2 games to win in 4 sets for the score at 1-1. Nigel and Steve Brown played next, with Brown on form. Nigel managed to get it back to deuce, but Brown was not to be denied winning the next 2 points for the 1st game. Brown ran away with the 2nd to go 2-0 up. Nigel managed to slow Brown down in the next 2 games for a 5th set decider. Both players were playing well, with Brown getting the break with a fine edge to go 9-7 up, instead of 8-8. This boosted Brown’s confidence to win the next 3 points for the score at 1-2. The 1st mixed doubles was next with Knight and Pauline against Trevor and Liz. Knight and Pauline won the 1st comfortably and Trevor and Liz winning the 2nd in similar fashion. Knight and Pauline then combined well together to control the next 2 games to win in 4 sets for the score at 2-2. Harry and Trevor went up next with Trevor frustrating Harry with his style of game which Harry had no answer to, for Trevor to win in 3 sets for the score at 2-3. Pauline had similar problems with Liz, for Liz to win also in 3 sets for 2-4. In the men’s doubles Harry and Nigel went up against Brown and Brian, with Nigel and Harry to win 1st 2 at deuce and in complete control of the 3rd to win in 3 sets for the score at 3-4. Both Steves went up next with Brown again in dominant form to go 2 games up, before Knight was able to match him by winning the next 2.  In the 5th set decider Brown again dominated and won it comfortably for score for 3-5. Nigel was up against Brian next, with Brian in complete command of the 1st game to win it. Nigel managed to contain him after that, winning the next 3 for the score at 4-5. The final game was the 2nd mixed doubles with Nigel and Pauline up against Brian and Liz. Nigel and Pauline won the 1st and kept a lead in the 2nd, only for Brian and Liz to nick it at the end. It was a similar affair in the 3rd with Brian and Liz pinching it again. Brian and Liz dominated the 4th to win in 4 sets and seal the victory for the 3rd team at 6-4.  This win for the 3rd team pushes the 2nd team to the bottom of the division. The final set of 3 matches each against other Counties are scheduled for 14-15th March 2015 at Reading.


Scores: Harry v Brian 12-10, 4-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7. Steve K v Trevor 12-10, 10-12, 7-11, 6-11. Nigel v Steve B 10-12, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11. First mixed doubles Steve K and Pauline v Trevor and Liz 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6. Harry v Trevor 8-11, 6-11, 7-11. Pauline v Liz 5-11, 7-11, 5-11. Men’s doubles Nigel and Harry v Brian and Steve 14-12, 15-13, 11-5. Knight v Brown 9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11. Nigel v Brian 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9. Second mixed doubles Nigel and Pauline v Brian and Liz 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 6-11.


Prepared by Harry Jutle

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