PARK District X faced the mighty Springfield A in Division One and suffered a heavy loss 27-6, despite a strong performance from youngster Liam Critchard.
The opener saw two undefeated players, John Ryan (4) and Jeff Rigby (9), face off. Rigby turned out to be way too strong and rolled Ryan in straight sets five, four and two.
Ryan however got Park’s only victory on the night, beating Andy Pipe (6), also in straight sets.
Park District A fared better than his teammates in a comfortable 30-6 win over the YMCA.
Brian Hansford (2) and Ken Brake (3) both won opening sets in each of their matches, with Brake also winning a set in his other two matches, but both lost 3-1 to Ray Cody and Mike Doyle respectively.
Andy Webb and Hansford also set up in the closing double before falling to the same score of 3-1.
Budmouth B’s 27-8 victory over Preston B saw Miranda Edwardes (2) and Terry Whitworth (1) win the doubles as consolation, but in singles the Budmouth boys showed great courage and d ‘great resilience playing very clever table tennis to win all nine games. and keep the pressure on Budmouth A, Park District A and Springfield A.
The Colliton X and Red Triangle game was a very close affair with both teams neck and neck to reach 19-19 before the double. Despite losing the first set in the double, Red Triangle defeated Colliton 3-1 to register a 22-20 victory.
In the second division, Budmouth C fielded their third division team and yet the young team played a solid and mature game, increasingly confident and competent.
Sam Melhuish (7) was their strongest player using excellent serve play which he backed up with an impressive offensive forehand to dominate and beat two of Shipton’s players, Trevor Deadman-Spall (5) and Tom Baldry ( 6).
While the girls had more inconsistent patches, they also showed that they can use strong attacking play to dominate the game at times. This led to some very entertaining matches with the defensive style of Deadman-Spall collecting balls from all over the room.
Baldry also maintained an impressive blocking play, quickly turning to a drive-thru attack as soon as the opportunity arose and Dan Dorren (9) managed to force errors through looping defensive play and a solid setbacks of conduct.
The final score of 23-13 in favor of Shipton did not reflect the quality of most games.
Shipton Gorge B, second, won seven of 10 games in his 23-11 victory over Preston A. Brian Cammell (9) was in great shape with the support of Graham Albertella (6) and Derek Wheeler (5).
Thierry Roy (6) continued his progression and clinched a few victories with Eddie Chapman ensuring their other success on the night.
All Saints A scored 28-15 over Wyke A where half of the matches were in five sets of which they scored three.
Richard Wood (8) was involved in three of those five sets losing the opener to Roger Walden (6), then beating both Ian South (3) and Tony Dobbs (4). The young Jess Moggeridge still impressed with a maximum and by associating Richard Lane (8) in the doubles.
Wey Valley lost a lone leg in their 30-1 win over Park District Y in the Third Division. William Roper ensured this step during an otherwise perfect evening for the young school of Ethan Bingham, Joe Bingham and Lewis Sumpton.
Budmouth E took a fourth win with a good 27-13 win over Wyke B. The improvement in all the girls was evident and Sophie Storey (9) was in great shape with the support of Holly Calton (8) and Ashleigh Browne (7) and the improvement in shot selection was evident as the girls gained more experience in the league.
Critchard called on his usual Budmouth D side to help them secure a complete 30-8 victory over Preston D.
Critchard, George Ackerley and Ted Paul hit their first 30-point maximum of the season despite the ever-green and wily Stan Smith (4) stripping each of the boys off legs and then teaming up with Dave Clegg to win the first two stages of the double 11-3.
The youngsters, however, fought well to win the last three stages.