Lauren Spink inspires Wensum A in Table Tennis league

The Grant Matthewson Norwich & District Table Tennis League saw the biggest match so far this season in Premier A, with the two top unbeaten teams, reigning champions Wensum A against Wensum B.

In a match of high quality, with some very aggressive attacking play, an excellent team performance from Wensum A defeating the B side by 7-3. Lauren Spink guided the team home taking all her three singles, defeating the previously unbeaten Neil Charles 3-0 but was made to fight very hard by Jake Collins just getting home 11-8 in the fifth game. Ryan Collins and Tony Zeqiri both taking two singles each ensured a title winning team performance from Wensum A.

At the bottom of the table CEYMS D got their season up and running with their first win in ten games giving them some encouragement for the second half fixtures. Stuart Langridge and Nigel Houseago both played very well for CEYMS taking two singles each plus the doubles to get their new year off to a good start.

In Premier B Gothic C were surprisingly beaten at home 7-3 by Wensum G, and Taverham A overcame bottom side St Faiths A by the same score. Hellesdon kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a convincing 7-3 win against Telephones A while a Mark Ring inspired maximum saw Telephones B beat Taverham B 7-3. wIn Division One a good team performance led to Missionaries storming into a 8-1 lead against Telephones.

A 7-3 win for Foxwood C over Newton Flotman brought them some new year cheer and the highlight of the night was the two number 1's Kieran Brady against Ian Turner, who won the hard fought five setter with some excellent rallies.


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There was an even fought contest between SFC B and Taverham C who had Jack Harrowing in good form, but SFC's Martin Butcher and Steve Johnson won the doubles and a 6-4 match result.

A maximum from Martin Lawes secured a point for NCC, as they went down 3-7 against Returners. Stuart Purling continues to improve for Returners after several years out of table tennis and looks a good prospect for the future

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Division Two provided two tight matches with Dynamic Rams losing out 6-4 to an improving Ex Choristers side who had Paul Ramsey scoring a brace. Thorpe St Andrew playing the much stronger Wensum J squad narrowly lost 6-4 too.

In Division Four, Shelly Telly were full of Christmas cheer, winning 6-4 against Wensum L. Simeon Care and Malcolm Flegg won both of their singles and their doubles to secure an 8-2 victory for NCC over Shelly Telly for whom Colin Jenkinson picked up his usual two. In the Fairfield v Wensum L encounter Rosanna and Richard Brocklesby both played well to beat Andy Roberts as their team went down 2-8.

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