CEYMS C lead Premier B after hammering UEA B in table tennis league


CEYMS C continued their great form and lead Premier B of the Norwich and District Table Tennis League by 13 points after a 9-1 demolition of UEA B.

UEA's Tom Lo beat CEYMS's Paul Brown to avoid the whitewash whilst Wensum D maintained second spot with a convincing 8-2 win over Foxwood D. Ian Brown was unbeaten on the night for Wensum.

Gothic B helped their top four push with a 7-3 win over a Taverham team missing the Connolly brothers. Wayne Lubbock, Robert Webster and George Luong won a game each to get a point for Taverham. Paul Durrant and Paul Pegg hit maximums for Gothic.

Gothic's other team in the division, their C team, pushed another nail in the coffin of Foxwood E with an 8-2 win. John Howlett had a maximum for Gothic and Darren Smith a brace for Foxwood.

In Division One NCC A gained maximum points with an 8-2 win, but not before a hard fought match with St Faiths Centre B. NCC A put in a fine all-round team performance with Paul Price once again leading the way with a maximum.

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The four points take NCC A back to the top of the league just one point ahead of Foxwood G.

Harriers eased their worries at the bottom of the table with a narrow 6-4 win over Foxwood G.

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Gothic D drew with Taverham B 5-5 whilst Wensum F suffered their second 7-3 defeat in a fortnight against a strong Foxwood F with Don Dixon taking three singles ably assisted by Lindsay Horstead and Steve Hudson who both won two. For the home team Ross Gray took two singles and teamed up with Ben Richmond in a hard fought doubles against Don and Lindsay to secure a point in the last game of the evening.

It was a fine result for St Faiths Centre who won 6-4 against CEYMS. Keith Hunt is now a regular at number one, which strengthens CEYMS. The SFC trio, however, were all strong enough to take two singles each.

Originals C, who were newly promoted, are top of Division 2 with a two-point lead over Harriers E, who were let down in their last game against Originals, losing 2-8. UEA C are in third position another two points behind, and like Harriers E, they have only lost one match.

Foxwood I are another two points behind in fourth place having recently caught up with most of their re-scheduled games.

There is only three points between the next five teams, and this section of the table has seen plenty of very close games, with many draws.

There is a bit of a gap to the bottom three, with Thorpe St Andrew and Wensum H sitting on equal points. Wensum H earned a useful win against Wensum G, who were missing Ryan Hubbard. And at the bottom of the table is NCCB, who, despite Guillaume Gentils topping the averages, are heading straight back to Division Three at the moment.

Fairfield drew 5-5 with Norfolk County Council C in Division Three and it was a match which see-sawed back and forth with Fairfield getting a win in the final game to make it a draw. John Townsend scored a maximum to keep the Council's hopes alive.

Taverham D beat Wensum I 8-2 but, unfortunately Wensum I's number four failed to arrive. A maximum from Jack Stubbs helped Taverham D to their 8-2 win. Georgina Sunter, on loan from the F team, did well to beat Wensum's Derek Needs and helped Jack Stubbs to their doubles win.

Ex-Choristers beat Taverham E 7-3. Some great table tennis was played, and after the first four singles the score was 2-2. Ex-Choristers sealed the match by taking both doubles and three of the last four singles.

Lewis Ross for Taverham E is worthy of special mention. On Saturday he won the Under 13 boys event in the Norfolk Schools Championships and on Sunday, he had a good day with his Norwich team helping them win their three matches in the Eastern Region Juniors. Monday evening he continued to impress by winning his two singles against Ex-Choristers.

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