With Division One Leaders TYC Retros not playing this week second placed Wilnecote Raiders closed the gap at the top of the table in the Tamworth Table Tennis league with a comfortable 8-2 win over Netherseal Oak. Ken Read was star player for Raiders with a well-crafted maximum and took the doubles in four with Ryan Birbeck. Birbeck added a further two singles wins as did John Birbeck. Andy Rose scored twice in reply for Oak. A brace for Di St. Ledger prevented Lichfield Kings & Queens slipping to a whitewash in their contest with the Crown. Jody Bevington remained undefeated for the Crown and was supported by Tony Stuart and Ada Jones who both clocked-up doubles. Jody and Bevington took the doubles in three. Lichfield Jets edged a close-run contest 6-4 away at Netherseal Willow thanks to a Jameel Mann hat-trick and a brace from Mark Balant. Mann also secured the doubles in three with Harry Emberson. Willow’s points came courtesy of a Gary Carr pair and a point-a-piece from Brian Beer and Liz Merrick.
In Division Two Hopwas A maintained pole position seeing off second place Netherseal Cedar with a slender 6-4 victory. Alastair and Martin Tallis both won two singles matches and combined to win the doubles in three. Karl Oliver chipped in with a point. Ian Perry and Gary Carr both scored twice for Cedar. A no-show from Lichfield Musketeers handed 10 points to Rugby Kings to place them third in the Division. A Stafford Brooks maximum helped to secure a 7-3 home win over Walmley Pongers. Brooks also went on to win the doubles with Alan Baker in three. Baker took another two from singles play with Stuart Spalding adding a point. In response Richard Grove scored twice with Pete Bromley adding one. A Dave Storr single salvaged a point for Rugby Oddballs to ensure they had something to show from their 9-1 reversal away to Lichfield Knaves. Yuri Slobodyuk and Neil Lehane both helped themselves to trebles and Alan Thorne a double for Knaves.
In Division Three challengers Spital Mondays defeated leaders Netherseal Ash 7-3 thanks to a superb performance by John Brooks who won all his matches as well as the doubles in five with Ian Sketchley. Sketchley added a further two singles wins and Paul Watkins helped out with a point. Graham Clarke hit two for Ash and George Parry one. Hopwas B thumped Lichfield Barons 9-1 thanks to maximums from Colin Cartwright and Alex Farrell plus a Dave Tucker double. Barbara Jones got on the scoresheet for Barons with a singles win. Hayden Wooten and Ellis Kesterton both scored trebles in TYC Talenz 7-3 triumph over Kingsbury Cruisers. Rhys Williams added his side’s seventh point. John Lowe scored once for the Cruisers as did Adam Lowe. Adam also took the doubles with Dominic Duerden.