The latest round of fixtures was decimated by the bad weather with the clash between title contenders Shottery A and JLM Falcons being among those postponed.
Despite resting regulars John Price and Alan Cotton, Snitterfield were able to capitalise upon their closest rivals’ enforced break by boosting their own chances of title honours with a 10-0 victory over Henley A. Clive Irwin, Alison Stewart and Don McAdam all recorded unbeaten performances, with the latter’s victory over Peter Quince the only game to go beyond three sets. After winning the opener McAdam lost the next two, before turning the tide and narrowly taking the honours 12-10 in the decider.
Shottery B also inflicted the whitewash when they travelled to Ashorne. Tim Fell, Tony Remes and Gareth Hepworth were untroubled, with the single end won by the hosts’ captain Steve Bolton providing their only consolation.
FISSC raced to a 5-1 lead in the battle of the tenants of Knights Lane, but it was their opponents Veterans who gained greater strength from the half-time refreshments as they won three of the final four games, although it wasn’t quite enough to gain a share of the spoils. Mark Jones led the way for the farmers with a treble, while Malcolm Smith added a brace and Richard Bennett their crucial sixth point. However the team’s margin of victory could have been greater had they been able to press home their advantage in the two contests to go right down to the wire. Bennett took an early lead against Peter Rodwell before eventually being defeated 12-10 in a keenly contested decider. In the doubles, alas, Smith and Jones lost out to David Wye and David Higgins despite earning four points more than the victors over the course of their five set encounter.
Author: Mike Evetts via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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The 2018-19 season has seen an increase in competing Stratford League team numbers to fourteen, with three teams playing out of Eveshams burgeoning JLM Academy and two from Birminghams only dedicated , single use table tennis club, Colebridge.
With JLM providing a table tennis facility in Stratford town centre on Friday evenings from the end of October , there are encouraging signs that the grass roots of this great sport are flourishing in Stratford upon Avon.