NATLAND ON CLOUD NINE AFTER DERBY WIN
Natland A moved nine points clear at the top of the Division One of the Kendal and District Table Tennis League, following an impressive 10-0 whitewash against club-mates Natland B.
Natland A’s trio of Harry Carter, John Fearon and Roger Pimblett only dropped three sets in a night of total domination. Natland B’s Mark Ashburn and Rinaldo Colombi won one set against Fearon and Pimblett in 5-11, 11-5, 9-11, 7-11 and 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 defeats. The result leaves Natland B in the relegation zone, six points from safety.
Second placed Burton A recorded their ninth triumph of the season courtesy of a 10-0 derby demolition against Burton B. Peter Baxendale and Graham Coupe won their three matches comfortably for Burton A, although team-mate Chris Knowles could consider himself fortunate to remain unbeaten. George Pickering was first to push Knowles to a pulsating five setter with the B team player losing out 4-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 2-11, then it was Alan Holt’s turn to taste a narrow defeat against Knowles 11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11.
Dalton CC A are up to third in the table following a 9-1 victory against Dallam A. Dalton’s Keith Dymond and Ryan Smith won their three matches with ease, although team mate Paul Ackred was toppled by young James Neal 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9. Ackred also scraped past Paul Gosling 12-14, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, adding to his earlier success against Craig James.
In Division Two, third placed Natland D are only nine points off a promotion place despite drawing 5-5 with Kirkby Stephen C. Mick Taylor was Natland D’s driving force, triumphing in all three matches including a 12-10 victory in the fifth set against Eric Robinson. More heartache came Robinson’s way when he lost out to Sarah Tyson 11-8 in yet another five setter. Gerry Baines kept Kirkby afloat thanks to his two wins, which included an exhausting 13-11 win in the deciding set against Tyson.
Dallam B earned their sixth victory of the season by scraping beyond Crook B 6-4. Dallam’s trio of Sam Horrocks, Matt Neal and Peter Duxbury won two matches apiece, however the man of the match award was reserved for Crook’s Bob Bagot who once again remained unbeaten.
In Division Three, Natland E have recorded their first victory of the season with a tight 19-18 win against Crook C. Archie Catnach steered Natland to victory thanks to his unbeaten night of table tennis, while team mate Devun Whitehead chipped in with a brace of victories against Chris Mowat and Paul Metsers.
Dent A are in second position, having played one game fewer than leaders Dallam D. Steve Hawley’s successes once again proved instrumental in sealing Dent’s ninth win in eleven matches.