Gray and Gigli turn on maximum power as Gothic top Norwich & District table tennis league

Gothic B have stormed up the Premier A table in the Grant Matthewson Norwich & District League after taking maximum points in their last two matches.

Martin Gray and Adam Gigli took all their singles in both matches as CEYMS C and Wensum C slipped below them.

Wensum B dropped a crucial point against Gothic A. Ryan Collins continued his unbeaten run for Wensum, taking all his singles while Philip Logsdon gained a brace for Gothic, but the key result was a fine performance from Henderson and Steve Howlett, who rolled back the years to sneak the doubles 11-9 in the fifth against Ryan Collins and Kit Lo.

In Premier B, Wensum E consolidated their position at the top following a close 6-4 home win over Gothic C. Despite a brace of wins by Joe Taplin and Paul Pegg, the hosts won the remaining games to keep the pressure on second-placed CEYMS D. Third-placed Taverham A lost 7-3 to a Neville Beckett-inspired Telephones A, with Wayne Lubbock offering the most resistance. Telephones B won 7-3 at relegation-threatened Foxwood D.

In Division One, Newton Flotman drew 5-5 with Wensum G. The highlight was Flotman's Kieran Brady's 3-1 win over Wensum's Tony Park, whcih featured some superb rallies and dynamic hitting and defending.

In Division Two there was a long-awaited win for Foxwood H who beat Wensum H 6-4, thanks to a fine maximum from Graham Land. Peter Littleboy did his bit for Wensum, keeping them in the match with a maximum.

Foxwood I proved too strong for Fairfield, winning 9-1 in Division Three.

Most Read

Three games went to five sets, all of which went Foxwood's way, making the difference between the teams. Tim Okubanjo saved the whitewash. UEA D were too strong for Taverham D as five games went to five sets, with Taverham losing four of them, and the match 7-3.

In Division Four, NCC B won an unusual match against Wensum K 6-4 – with Wensum able to field only two players on the night. Of the five games played, Wensum youngsters Nathan Downes and Daniel Marche won four – Downes two, Marche one as well as victory in the doubles. Only Malcolm Flegg was a winner for NCC, but with the five games conceded NCC ran out the winners.

It was a pointless evening for Shelly Telly, who lost 8-2 to NCC B.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter