2016-17 Week 5 Round Up by David Sillifant

BLISLAND extended their lead at the top of Division One of the North Cornwall Table Tennis League with a 7-3 victory over North Hill last Thursday night.  All three of their players, Robert Thompson, James Rickwood and Kevin Tarling, won two of their three matches with Shirley Luckhurst, who finished with the league’s best average last term, winning all of her three outings.

Blisland are now 13 points ahead of Budehaven A who lost 6-4 at Torridge.  Peter Freeburn was the star of the show for the home side, winning three out of three in the singles while David Stone also won two.  Dave Salisbury was in fine form for Budehaven, and was only denied a perfect evening on a personal front by losing a last set shootout with Freeburn.

In Division Two, Helland B continue to set the pace following an 8-2 hammering of nearest challengers Budehaven C.  Although four of the singles went to deciding sets, it was Helland, led by skipper Stephen Lehan and the returning David Maclennan who emerged victorious, as they both won all of their respective matches.  A special mention should also go to regular Budehaven D team member Nathan Jukes who was involved in two five-setters on his first appearance at that level.

In the week’s other Division Two game, North Hill picked up a crucial 6-4 win at Launceston.  Jack Flockton returned to some form after a slow start to the season as he came out on top in his three games, including getting the better of a five-set thriller with Steve Parsons.  Parsons had earlier been in the longest set of the season so far, as he ground out a 22-20 win in the third and final set of his victory over Michael Kinger.

The clash of the unbeaten sides in Division Three ended with a shock 5-0 victory for North Hill C over previous leaders Bridgerule A, who were missing their star player, Alan Quilter.

In the week’s other matches, Helland C edged past Budehaven D 3-2, for whom Nathan Jukes continued his 100% record at this level, while North Hill D also picked up a victory, a 4-1 success at Bridgerule C, with Hannah Luckhurst enjoying both of her matches.

The league programme takes a break this week as the Knockout Cup starts.  However, this year’s format will have an added twist to it as all nine matches will be doubles contests.  Expect plenty of long drawn out affairs with plenty of five-setters.
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