|Home Player||Away Player||Games||Score|
|3-11 4-11 6-11||0-1|
|5-11 5-11 6-11||0-1|
|11-8 5-11 3-11 3-11||0-1|
|4-11 9-11 10-12||0-1|
|5-11 7-11 8-11||0-1|
|5-11 11-5 4-11 5-11||0-1|
|5-11 13-15 8-11||0-1|
|6-11 4-11 7-11||0-1|
|3-11 10-12 11-13||0-1|
|5-11 5-11 7-11||0-1|
|Recorded By: David Unwin||0 - 10|
On a cold and wet November evening Crusaders took on Puffs in a particularly warm King Edward VI School hall. Discovering that this was the only match that evening, the hall appeared to take on cathedral-like proportions and the hushed tones of a small congregation.
Fielding their three saints, Sylvia, Paul, and John the Crusaders were seeking a “David and Goliath” style victory. However, it was not to be as the Powerful Puffs (never thought I would write that in a sentence) were inSPIREd.
The match started on two altars of table tennis with a woeful Waters being well-whacked by Will 2-11, 4-11, 6-11 on Altar 1. Although exponentially increasing his scores, it would have taken another 3 ends for Waters to have any chance! On Altar 2, Dom comfortably overcame Paul 5-11, 5-11, 6-11.
In the third game Sylvia took the first end against Bob at 11-8 but was unable to sustain the pressure and Bob took the game 3-1. At the same time Paul was “fighting a good fight” against Will pushing him close in the second and third ends but just losing out 0–3.
Sylvia, the Crusaders bright star of the night, then took a game off Dom but again was unable to make further inroads into Dom’s game losing 1-3.
Puffs continued their majestic way with only Paul getting close to taking a game off Bob 13-15 and John taking two ends to deuce against Dom.
The last game of the night saw Paul and Sylvia take on Dom and Will in the doubles. The game was scored by Bob, who was, by now, convinced he had all-seeing eyes, as he refused to be using the scoring board and demanded a scribe to write down the scores! This was rather curious as he demonstrated an obvious ability to read the scoreboard on the 2nd Altar from across the hall earlier in the evening! “Should have gone to Specsavers” did cross my mind! Other opticians are available.
Seeking divine intervention to at least win the doubles it seemed Sylvia and Paul were going to be helped by Dom attempting a heavenly shot but finding the ball dwelling closer to earth than he anticipated creating a comedic minute for the congregation. Paul, obviously then decided that hitting the ball so hard that it disintegrated was the best option. However, a replacement sphere was soon found, and Will and Dom went on to take the match by three games to love.
The match was played in an excellent spirit and finished easily in time for Will to get to his 5-A side football match.
Well done again Puffs.