Crushing win for Natland A
In the Kendal & District Table Tennis League, Natland A consolidated their position at the top of Division 1 with a 9-1 victory against Dallam A. James Neal’s 3-0 defeat of John Fearon provided Dallam with their solitary point but the scoreline didn’t do justice to Dallam’s efforts with 4 of the 10 matches going to the fifth and final game only for Dallam to lose them all. Roger Pimblett and Louise Thompson reigned supreme for Natland with 3 wins apiece. Meanwhile defending champions, Dalton A, moved up to fourth with a comfortable 8-2 win over Natland B. Ben McDonald and Paul Ackred were both unbeaten and teamed up to take the doubles, beating Mark Ashburn and Tamas Bacsi 11-5 in the fifth game.
Burton B moved 7 points clear at the top of Division 2 following a hard fought 6-4 victory against previously undefeated Natland D. Another 3 wins for Dennis Hooley plus one apiece for Bryan and Shelley Rhodes put Burton in pole position. Victory for Hooley/Rhodes over Mick Taylor and Devun Whitehead sealed the win for Burton. Meanwhile Burton C and Burton D were locked in battle and fought out a 5-5 draw. Bob Quick produced a man of the match performance for Burton C, winning all 3 of his singles matches in 5 games. Martin Wakelin added 2 singles wins but Burton C were deprived of victory when Quick and Wakelin lost 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 12-14 to Simon Gregory and James Burton.
In Division 3, leaders Crook C were beaten 21-16 by Kirkby Stephen B. John Wood’s 3 wins, including a 15-13 in the fifth defeat of Mike Sunderland, could not save Crook from a rare defeat. Natland E moved up into second place as a result of a 23-14 win against Dallam C. James Robinson’s man of the match performance included a nail biting 16-14 in the fifth defeat of an unlucky Torin Malkin.
Social table tennis continues at the Kendal Table Tennis Club, 7-9 on Tuesdays at the Kendal Leisure Centre. Adult table tennis enthusiasts welcome. Come and try it (£3).