|Basement Dwellers||Shooting Stars||29 - 13|
Recent table tennis action has centred on the Knockout Cup competition, with the 2017 - 2018 league season reaching it’s final stages.
Division 1 – Stogumber hosted near neighbours Gnomads in a very close and low scoring contest. Few games went beyond 3 sets and points were scored evenly throughout the match. It was David Bryant who led the way for the home team with 8 points, closely followed by Martyn Summerell with 7. Mervyn Hillier added a further point as he still seeks to regain his scoring ways after returning to the game from retirement. 6 doubles points gave Stogumber a final score of 22 and victory by the narrowest of margins. Gnomads held their ground throughout the match with Martin Rant scoring the only maximum of the evening to gain the player of the match award. Nigel Foster and Eddie Ferris each added 3 singles points. After securing 5 doubles points Gnomads tally ended at 20 points.
With an outside temperature of -4oC Shooting Stars travelled to Basement Dwellers for their match and to thaw out. Basement Dwellers played home advantage with the help of an unheated venue. Vince Court was player of the match as both he and Mike Vickery scored maximums. Unable to raise a full team, Matthew Short was substitute for the evening, adding 2 singles points. Shooting Stars were frozen out of the doubles as a full 9 points were scored giving Basement Dwellers 29 points for the evening. Shooting Stars struggled to warm up but Geoff Williams led the way with 5 points. Both Martin Shoots and Robin Arkell scored 3 points apiece. The doubles were a battle but Shooting Stars kept their cool and gleaned 2 points to take their total to 13 before travelling home in a temperature of -6oC.
Division 2 – No matches recorded
|Drifters||Shooting Stars A||345 - 290|
|Minehead A||Allsorts||335 - 304|
|Space Invaders||Basement Dwellers||306 - 324|
|Mad Batters||Tonys Troopers||223 - 358|
|Roys Boys||House Martyn||265 - 355|
Toby Kerslake was the star for Minehead A with a gain of 53 points. For Allsorts the only gain of the match was by Barbara Parker with 4 points. The final result was a win by 31 points for Minehead.
Space invaders’ top scorer was Jim Stiles with a gain of 23 points. This was topped by Basement Dwellers’ Paul Rees with a gain of 37 to give them a victory by only 18 points.
A combination of handicaps and unconventional playing styles gave Drifters a sizeable victory over Shooting Stars. Liz Fletcher gained 38, Andrew Miles gained 17 and Trevor Stockdale exactly matched his handicap. For Shooting Stars only Martin Shoot made a gain with 3 points. The overall deficit was 55 points for the match.
The experience and maturity of years of Roy’s Boys failed to secure any gains against the youth and handicaps of House Martyns. Joe Burt led the way with a gain of 32 points with both Jack Lancaster and Ellie Baker each gaining 29. It was therefore victory for House Martyns by a margin of 90 points.
Mad Batters could not field a full team when they played Tony’s Troopers and also failed to make any gains. This resulted in a win for Tony Burrows, Chris Wickham and Jon Kemp as Troopers stormed to a 135 point win.
There are now only two outstanding but pivotal matches in the Cup competition before the quarter finalists can be announced so watch this space for news....
Geoff Williams - Press Officer