DALLAM BEAT GRAYRIGG IN TABLE TOP CLASH
The two top sides in Division Three of the Kendal and District Table Tennis League clashed this week as leaders Dallam D faced second placed Grayrigg B.
Grayrigg started off the brighter of the two sides after Kevin Hunter and Patrick O’Reilly beat Matthew Pritchard 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 and 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 respectively, while Margaret Dixon beat Stephen Gosling 11-8 in an exhausting five setter. Dallam addressed the 9-6 deficit when Stephen Troughton eclipsed Dixon in three sets, while Gosling and Troughton went on to defeat O’Reilly and Hunter respectively late on. With the scores locked at 17-17, the young Milnthorpe side snatched victory in the doubles when the Dallam duo of Troughton and Gosling triumphed over their Grayrigg opponents 11-8, 13-11, 11-7, setting up the overall 20-17 triumph. The win leaves Dallam with a massive fifty-one point advantage at the table summit.
Dent A moved into second position ahead of Grayrigg B after defeating Burton E 18-15. Steve Hawley’s three victories were crucial in forging Dent’s eighth win of the season, although Shrikanth Gandavaram and Brian Gourlay’s victories for Burton against Ben Smith and Joe Gardner nearly undid Hawley’s good work.
In Division Two, Burton C’s unbeaten run has finally come to an end as they lost 6-4 against their D team. The C team did themselves a disservice by only fielding two players, but this disadvantage was soon erased when Graeme Wheelhouse recorded a hat-trick of victories. Team mate Tony March could only muster up a single triumph against Shelley Rhodes and was unfortunate to lose to Peter Hunt 12-10 in a thrilling deciding set encounter. Burton D’s path to victory was paved thanks to Peter Hunt and James Burton’s two wins.
Crook B and Natland D played out an entertaining 5-5 draw. Crook got off to a flying 2-0 start courtesy of John Wood and Bob Bagot’s straight sets victories against Howard Pimblett and George Pickthall respectively. Andrew Hudson made a welcome return to haul Natland back in the tie with impressive three set wins against Andy Gilchrist and Wood. Pickthall and Pimblett’s wins late on against Gilchrist helped earn a draw for Natland, after Bagot posted three impressive wins.
At the opposite end of the table, bottom placed Grayrigg A nearly avoided defeat for the first time this season as they were narrowly beaten 6-4 by Kirkby Stephen B. John Metcalfe scooped the man of the match award for the Eden Valley side with three comfortable wins, while Grayrigg’s points came from Kevin Hunter and Ben Littlewood’s triumphs over Gerry Baines and Mike Sunderland.
In Division One, Natland A hold an eleven point advantage at the top of the table courtesy of a 10-0 whitewash against Burton B, meanwhile second placed Burton A won their eighth match of the season with a 9-1 destruction of Crook A.