It’s tight at the top of the Norwich and District table tennis league with honours still up for grabs
In the Grant Matthewson Norwich and District League, the battle for the Premier A title is becoming very close with Wensum B moving to within four points of their A team, with a game in hand.
Wensum B took maximum points from their matches against Foxwood A and CEYMS B. Tony Zeqiri led the team with a fine maximum against Foxwood A, which included a 14-12 in the fifth win over Andy Hawes. A good team performance saw them defeat CEYMS B 9-1 with maximums from Ryan Collins & Kit Lo. Wensum A dropped a point in both their two matches against Bristelectric and Foxwood A, despite fine performances from Lauren Spink and Neil Charles in both games, although Charles only just got home in five sets against Fowood's Andy Hawes.
Match of the week in Premier B saw Foxwood C win 6-4 against mid-table Telephones B when Andrew Leeds won a decisive maximum and helped his side to a valuable three points in their fight to avoid relegation. Fellow strugglers Foxwood D took advantage of a weakened Taverham A to share the points in a match where Foxwood No 1 Ian Taylor played well for his brace of wins. Current wooden spoonists Foxwood E were unlucky not to snatch a draw against Telephones A when narrowly losing 4-6. Neville Beckett was in good form for the winners while Ian Layt picked up an impressive win against Phil Clarke. Gothic C returned to winning ways when recording a fine 6-4 win over high flyers Foxwood B with Paul Pegg in impressive form for Gothic.
In Division One, Missionaries lost to Taverham B 2-8 in an unbelievably close match. Jack Harrowing gained a maximum and it was welcome back to John Vaughan who won two, returning after three months absence. Rosebery Road MYC beat Telephones C 7-3 with the latter only able to field two players. Each side won three singles and a tight five setter doubles went to the home team and a good three points for Rosebery. Wensum G beat Returners A 7-3 with a good all round team performance, helped by three singles wins from Nigel Metcalf and Bill Watts grinding out a brace. However, Returners A were too good for the Hospital Drifters as they ran out 8-2 winners and only Brian Cunningham gave resistance.
In Division Two the team of the week was Fourbees B for their defeat of leaders Gothic D 7-3. Jordan Howard led the way with a fine maximum for Fourbees. Dynamic Rams with one player short due to illness lost out 6-4 to bottom club Wensum H but bounced back to defeat Foxwood H 7-3 with Steve and Jack Gurton doing the damage with maximums on the night.
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Taverham C were a bit unlucky against UEA C where the match of the night between Mike Littleboy, for Taverham, and Adam Wilkin going in Adam's favour and hence made sure of a 6-4 win for the students.
CEYMS F battled out a fine draw with draw specialists Ex Choristers after Ex Choristers looked certain to win after fighting back from a 1-4 score to lead 5-4, but Will Crater beat Gavin Thompson to share the points. Telephones D, with Paul Broome in good form, beat Fourbees B 7-3 and then beat Wensum H 6-4 to lift them up the divisional table. Returners B fielding a very strong team put paid to Fourbees As challenge beating them 6-4. Stuart Purling and Rob Pennell led the way with a brace of wins each.
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In Division 3, UEA proved too strong for Taverham with a 9-1 win. Dave Dobson saved the whitewash for Taverham.
In Division 4, Taverham E romped home to secure a comprehensive 8-2 win over struggling Shelly Telly. Michael Connolly took Colin Jenkinson to 5 sets but Jenkinsons maturity beat Connollys youthful enthusiasm and the Shelly Telly veteran left with his pride intact. A strong UEA team inflicted the first defeat of the season against NCC B winning 6-4. Victory secured by Tom Coleman beating John Townsend in 5 sets in the final match of the evening. This week's Wensum derby between Wensum K and Wensum J ended in a four point 8-2 win for the K team to continue their push for promotion. Nathan Downes, Will Mayhew and Daniel Marche all scored maximums for the K team to keep up the pressure on the Division 4 leaders.
UEA E have been catching up on some fixtures: They defeated Wensum K 7-3. James King and Tom Coleman provided the bedrock of the win for UEA with maximums. They were defeated 6-4 by Shelly Telly with maximums for Colin Jenkinson and Michelle Savage. A 5-5 draw between two of the top contenders for the Division 4 title UEA E and NCC B. Peter Caudrey led the way for UEA winning both his singles. For NCC there was no single star but all of the team contributed a singles win each. UEA E proved too strong for the young Taverham E team, securing an 8-2 maximum point win. For Taverham, Graham Edmunds and Callum Evans were the only winners on the night. Wensum K turned the tables on UEA E with a 7-3 victory. Nathan Downes won another maximum and was ably supported with one win each from Daniel Sadler, Will Mayhew and Daniel Marche and wins in both doubles.