Briston slip further into relegation trouble in Grant Matthewson Norwich & District Table Tennis League
Briston slipped further into relegation trouble in Premier A of the Grant Matthewson Norwich & District League – despite a Wayne Mason maximum – after a 6-4 defeat against fellow relegation candidates Wensum D.
Will Lawes and Sam Rock, with a brace each for Wensum, plus victory in the key doubles in four sets against Mason and Howard Lupton, set up victory. Lupton had a chance to snatch a draw for Briston but narrowly lost 16-14 in the fifth leg to Will Lawes.
Wensum A moved ever closer to retaining the title after opening up a 12-point lead at top of Premier A with another maximum points win against UEA A. Lauren Spink and Ryan Collins were unbeaten. However, the students gave a good account of themselves, with Matt Haynes just losing in five sets to Spink. They took two singles, with Johnny Bispham and Haynes both defeating Tony Zeqiri.
Electricity stretch their lead at the top of Premier B following a very close 6-4 win at Telephones A, when a singles win by Keith Meader over Peter Read in the fifth set proved decisive. UEA B dropped two points at Taverham B when Stewart Lines turned on the style for the hosts with an impressive maximum in a 5-5 draw. Wensum G picked up two valuable points at home to Telephones B, with Colin Smith in good form for Wensum, while Mark Ring played well for the visitors. Firstline Factors eased their relegation fears with a 7-3 win over bottom side SFC A, with Wayne Dunthorne recording his first maximum for his new side. Foxwood B were indebted to a fine display from skipper Carl Matthewson in beating Wensum F 7-3.
In Division 1, there was a win at last for Taverham C, 6-4 victors over Telephones C, despite Adrian Turner playing very well to score a maximum.
Foxwood D ran out 8-2 winners over Missionaries, with Stuart Cooper taking a fine maximum, Mary Sawyer just losing to Ian Layt and Andy Watson winning two. A very strong CEYMS E were too strong for SFC B as they strolled to a 9-1 victory, Kevin Garner taking the one against Nanji Koria. Current table-toppers Foxwood C had to work hard for their 6-4 win against NCC, after the score stood at 4-4. Foxwood's veteran Ray Howe showed his defensive skills to notch up three wins. At 5-4 President King came off the bench to help in securing a solid doubles victory and three points.
In Division 2, UEA C are climbing, with good results in rearranged games. They beat Gothic D 7-3 in a hard-fought match, then slowed the Ex Choristers' revival in a close 6-4 meeting while Wensum I pushed them to a hard-earned draw. Wensum I had a close 7-3 victory over Taverham D. Chris Cockburn has showed some excellent form of late and defeated Kingsley Goffin 14-12 in the fifth, despite Goffin showing his old talent. Telephones D pushed back into contention for the title with a 7-3 victory over Dynamic Rams, while leaders Rosebery Road MYC made short work of a depleted Thorpe St Andrew team 8-2.
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CEYMS F demolished Taverham D 8-2, only Goffin's brace preventing a whitewash. Maximums from Barry Howes and Will Crater saw them home.
In Division 3, Foxwood G won 9-1 as they were too strong for Wensum K. Rod Lambert saved the whitewash, beating Graham Land in four sets.
In Division 4, a three-man UEA E went down 3-7 to NCC B, despite the efforts of Tom Coleman and Alistair Nicholls, both winning close five-setters. Coleman also combined with James King to win the only doubles over Flegg and John Townsend in another five-set encounter, 11-6 in the fifth. NCC's Adam Birtwhistle gained a singles maximum. Tankards' Roy Blower battled to a five-set win over Di Cunningham in the final match of the night to secure a 6-4 win over Shelly Telly, for whom Colin Jenkinson won his usual two. Ruth Bullard played well to come from behind twice to take a closely-fought tie with Blower 12-10 in the fifth. Jenkinson and Cunningham combined to win the first doubles over Brian Dunhill and Bob Taylor.
Fairfield beat UEA E 8-2 to gain four points and close in on Tankards at the top of Division 4 with maximums for Russell Parker and Colin Lacey.