Wensum A top of the pile after fending off Originals A and Ceyms A

Wensum A are top of the pile. Picture: Archant

Wensum A are top of the pile. Picture: Archant - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The last Norwich and District Table Tennis League games before Christmas have been played, and the final league positions for 2017 have been decided.

At the top of the pile sit Wensum A, who, after early-season pressure from Originals A and Ceyms A, have reinstated their dominance.

At the other end of the table, Ceyms B met UEA A, with both teams dancing with relegation. Ceyms produced the goods on the night, claiming all the points in an impressive 8-2 win – Trevor Bunn and Russell King both claimed maximums.

Gothic A sit seven points clear at the top of Premier B, but with joint second-placed Dynamic Rams A and Foxwood D's two games in hand that lead could be slimmed in the New Year. Gothic were unwavering, however, beating NCC A 6-4, despite being a man down. David Foster's victory over David Henderson proved NCC's only victory on the night.

Division One is proving to be the tightest of the league, only eight points separating first from 10th. In a division awash with Foxwood teams, perhaps another derby was no surprise, but it was a shock to see Foxwood H beat leaders Foxwood G 6-4. Lindsay Horstead was in particularly good form, earning a deserved maximum. Elsewhere, Gothic B narrowly beat NCC B 6-4 to sneak into second.

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Ceyms E's dominance of Division Two faltered this week, beaten 9-1 by Gothic D, the first time they have lost this season. Barry Howes played well for Ceyms, and claimed their only victory of the night against Roger Crossfield. The race for promotion is far from settled, however, with Harriers B, Taverham C, Returners B and Roseberry Road all looking strong and well in contention.

NCC C are runaway leaders in Division Three, followed by a chasing pack featuring Dynamic Rams B, Ceyms F and Taverham E. Indeed, all were given hope with the young talent of Taverham E holding the leaders to a 5-5 draw. With NCC leading 5-2 thanks to a maximum from Dave Allwood, Taverham pulled the match around thanks to a battling win from Alex Edmunds in the final match.

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