Spartans roar in table tennis league

PUBLISHED: 11:46 19 November 2010

ALTHOUGH the league is only three weeks into the new season the Spartans find themselves topping division one.

While they have strengthened their team this year, it was the homegrown Spartan, Thomas Baxter, who continues to impress this time smashing all three games past the experienced Oddbods.

Having taken Martyn Clarke in the first three straight sets, Baxter had an altogether trickier game against Eddie Fuller where the game see-sawed this way and that before the young Spartan nailed the win and a fourth set deuce win against Ray Lee completed his hat-trick.

Ernie George meanwhile dominated the table striking home three of his own for the Mill Lane team. And Colin Fortescue also played his part picking off single sets against Clarke and Lee and then all three sets against Fuller.

Trimwise are on similar sparkling form. The return of David Henderson has injected confidence into the team as Debra Faulkner steered her side to a whitewash win against the Terminators with Philip Tye, Faulkner and Henderson all scoring maximums.

In the second division the Waveney Misfits found plenty of bounty in their match with the Wizards.

Jonathan Block won all three of his games, while David Etheridge, having lost in the fifth set to Josh Worton, managed a five set win against Louise Merrifield.

With Ollie Bailey scoring two of his own the Misfits took away a valuable 8-2 win.

The Kites were away at Mill Lane but very much at home in the autumn weather.

The Shakers visited the Water Lane to take on the Arrows. Bernard Warnes knocked home all three and whilst both Kevin Jones and Tom Pettifier took points from the visitors the LCC team returned with a 7-3 win.

The Jesters found the former first division Conservatives too strong and could do nothing to prevent a 10-0 win. And the Critters fared no better on their reverse fixture match against the Merlins at Mutford.

In the League Cup quarter finals the Conservatives had a very competitive match with the visiting Kites. Brian Gooch won the opening game but the Kites then fell 4-1 behind before Kenny Carter helped make it 4-4.

Having dropped the first set Malcolm Vasey fought back against Carter in the final game to snatch victory for the Conservative 5-4.

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