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Piranhas make fish food of Oddbods

PUBLISHED: 10:28 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:52 06 July 2010

THE Waveney Piranhas brighten their faint title dreams last week with a ferocious attack on the visiting Oddbods.

Ernie George completed another maximum three wins, his 11th now of the season, and Harry Waller picked off Eddie Fuller in a deuce second set.

THE Waveney Piranhas brighten their faint title dreams last week with a ferocious attack on the visiting Oddbods.

Ernie George completed another maximum three wins, his 11th now of the season, and Harry Waller picked off Eddie Fuller in a deuce second set.

Only Ray Lee successfully survived the Piranhas onslaught by dispatching Waller in the deciding third set and keeping David Holland at bay. A complementary doubles win saw the Piranhas to an 8-2 victory. Although with a game in hand over the Dominators the title win is still theoretically possible it is now most likely out of reach, but the second place position, a spot they shared last season with the Tables, is still very much touching distance. Tables strengthen their own position taking advantage of a weakened Monsters side. David Boatman played his part by beating Carl Stevenson in the deciding set, but the defeat of Glen Bailey by Stevenson, Wally Ladmore and then the seeming impossible forehand strokes of Eddie Mason, combined with the absence of a third Monster, sealed their fate. A Table-Piranha final scheduled week showdown may not settle the second place slot, because of the Piranhas have a further two games in hand, but it will go a long way to resolving this battle and leave the winner in prime position. Dominators meanwhile stride onwards and upwards leaving themselves almost untouchable following an 8-2 victory over Trimwise. It is true to say that Martin Peek, Luke Caswell and Stuart Baxter have led the way for the Dominator continued control over the first division, indeed Peek and Caswell unleashed a further three wins from three on the stunned Trimwise team, however note should also be made of Paul Wilkinson who picked up an tremendous win against current Ladies Champion Debra Faulkner. Spartans took a full ten points from a short-staffed Shakers side, making them uncatchable by their fellow chasing teams and assuring themselves of a further first division season. Sidewaves found the going a little tougher against the Terminators, folding 6-4 after a hard fought match. Bob Quantrill, playing for Sidewaves, picked off his usual teammate Brian Gooch, also playing up but this time for Terminators, but couldn't maintain his attacking game against Charles Goddard who was relieved to finally put the second division player away in the third deciding set. Terry Shetliffe also notched up another top scalp of the season when he beat Goddard.

In the second division, Merlins now need just two points from their final game to secure their first place after a commanding 9-1 victory over the Hits. Ian Ruddock and Roy Hurrell provided three wins a piece while Graham Pallet snatched two further wins, including one against Martyn Gregory. Gorleston Conservatives are similarly almost assured of second place thanks to a 9-1 win over the Kites that could have been a full house had it not had been for a excellent win for Kenny Carter over Reg Cadmore. The Critters walked away with their expected 10-0 win against the Arrows, but the result did note fairly reflect the outstanding improvement seen this season in the Arrows performance; both Tom Pettifer and Kevin Jones took Chris Trindall to three sets, and Stuart Faulkner forced Alan Peek to step up his game when their first set into six deuce points. The Arrows are sharpening their game and their fellow second division teams should perhaps take note for next season.

For further information on League Table Tennis in Lowestoft or coaching sessions please contact Alan Peek on 01502 589895.

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