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Dominators on course for double

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:58 06 July 2010

HAVING already secured the Lowestoft & District Table Tennis League Cup and President's Cup the Waveney Dominators sealed the first division title last week with a straightforward 10-0 victory over basement side LCC Shakers.

HAVING already secured the Lowestoft & District Table Tennis League Cup and President's Cup the Waveney Dominators sealed the first division title last week with a straightforward 10-0 victory over basement side LCC Shakers.

Although it was always a long-shot, their maximum score win confirms the title place for the new champions.

The Dominators were in action again on Thursday in the semi-final of the Blue Riband Cup against Waveney Piranhas.

In the opening match Luke Caswell set about Ernie George winning the first set emphatically 21-8 before closing out a tight second set to put the Dominators in the lead.

Martin Peek stretched this lead for Dominators before David Holland pulled a point back for Piranhas.

Peek put the Dominators firmly in control by beating George in two sets.

And while Martin Drew produced a fine display to beat Andy Green to give the Piranhas some hope, the Dominators closed out the match 5-2 to book a place in the final against Waveney Terminators.

The Blue Riband Final will take place at the Waterlane Leisure Centre at 7.30pm this evening (Friday, April 17).

As always all spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission.

Back in the first division, the Tables put on a fight for the second placed position in the League.

Having shared this spot with the Piranhas last season they were in no mood for compromise this year when the teams faced off in their final meeting this season.

Ernie George persevered with his signature three out of three games, but the other Piranhas could not keep up this pace and Darren Swan's team fished the remaining points to conclude their season 7-3.

This leaves the Tables nine points clear in second place, however, because of earlier game postponements, the Piranhas still have another two matches to play against Dominators and Oddbods.

The Northgate Oddbods found themselves battling D1 newcomers the Mill Lane Spartans.

Thomas Baxter once again demonstrating the remarkable improvement he has shown all season which has seen his handicap drop a full eight points.

Baxter picked off Martyn Clarke, Eddie Fuller and then Ray Lee to conclude a three straight maximum on the evening and a 68pc average in his inaugural first division season.

Kevin Baker also walked away with a win of his own, but it couldn't prevent the experienced Oddbods wrapping up the match 6-4.

Trimwise pulled out a draw against mid-table Terminators but it was the inconsistent form of Charles Goddard that stood out in this match.

First losing in the third to Paul Wright Snr, Goddard pulled back against Debra Faulkner before slipping again to Philip Tye.

Paul Wright Jnr knocked out another maximum three for the Terminators who may have done better than a draw on the night.

Sidewaves meanwhile faced a potentially difficult final match. But Monsters are in short supply lately and the three gifted points were complimented by wins from Terry Shetliffe and Kevin McLaughlin to give the Waveney team an unexpected draw.

In the second division all matches have now been completed and the table positions final.

Merlins concluded a very successful season playing away at the Mill Lane Centre to the Beacons.

They only needed two points to confirm their title place and wrapped these up quickly with wins for Ian Ruddock and Roy Hurrell, who both collected three on the night.

Joining them next season in the first division will be Gorleston Conservatives after their clean sweep against the Misfits and second place.

For further information on league table tennis in Lowestoft contact Alan Peek on 01502 589895.

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