TYC Retros extended their lead at the top of Tamworth Table
Tennis Division One with a commanding 9-1 win over Rugby Kings. Andy Jackson
and Jody Bevington remained undefeated on the night for Retros with Lauren
Evans notching up two in support. Johnathan Pilling clawed a point back for
Kings. Elsewhere Wilnecote Raiders narrowly edged a hard-fought contest 6-4 at
home to Netherseal. Ryan Birbeck was at his best with a superb maximum for Raiders
and took the doubles in five with Andy Bache. Andy added a further point to his
team’s tally as did Steve Atkinson. Andrew Rose scored twice in reply for
Netherseals with Jason Hadley and Danny Sullivan contributing a point-a-piece.
Maximums from Dave Morrell and Karl Oliver helped Kingsbury Tornadoes achieve a
7-3 win over TYC Wanderers. Steve Smith scored once for Wanderers as did Derek
Ellis and Sam Bernstein. Kings & Queens won the Lichfield derby 6-4 against
Jets. Their points came courtesy of a Di St Ledger hat-trick, a pair from Varya
Meredith and a point from Clive Merriman. Mark Balant contributed a brace for Jets
plus a further doubles point combining with Harry Emberson. Jack Gillespie
added a fourth.
In Division Two Netherseal Oak took all points in their 10-0
comfortable home victory over Lichfield Musketeers. Oak’s trio of Graham
Kettle, Brian Hagger and Andy Pearce proved too strong on this occasion for the
visitors. Lichfield Knaves emerged 8-2 winners over Curdworth Pongers thanks to
trebles from Ban Greathead and Neil Lehane plus a point from Morgan Sykes.
David Bree and Richard Grove showed grit grabbing a point each for Pongers.
Jokers B took a share of the spoils in their 5-5 draw with Rugby Oddballs
despite fielding two players. Richard Howes was on target with three and Colin
Cartwright two. Kevin Wright bagged a point from play for Oddballs and won the
doubles in five with Dave Storr.
In Division Three leaders Netherseal Ash scored an important
6-4 away win over closest rivals Lichfield Barons. Graham Clarke inflicted the
damage over Barons winning all his matches and taking the doubles in three with
George Parry. George went on to add two. Karl Turner played well for Barons
with a pair with both John Henson and Barbara Jones chipping in with singles. TYC
Future kept their title aspirations alive with a 9-1 win over Kingsbury Crowns.
Ryan Coady and Sam Bernstein were on target for Futures with three-a-piece.
Zorro Kasarge added a further two. Tom Haines pulled back a single for the
Crowns. Maximum singles points from open play from Steve Thomas and Chris Davis
helped Lichfield Rockets defeat two-player Kingsbury Cruisers 7-3. John Howell
and Isobel Morrell both scored once for Cruisers and combined to take the
doubles in three. A James Shaw maximum and a point from Rob Shaw was not enough
to prevent TYC Lambs going down 7-3 to Spital Mondays. John Brookes and Ian
Sketchley both claimed two wins for Mondays and combined to win the doubles
with Paul Watkins point proving decisive.