TABLE TENNIS: Arrows right on target

THE final of the Team Knockout Cup was all over by game six, but you could also argue that the Waveney Arrows had the match sewn up after the very first game.

THE final of the Team Knockout Cup was all over by game six, but you could also argue that the Waveney Arrows had the match sewn up after the very first game. With an extensive 238 point handicap lead the Mill Lane Spartans needed to restrict the Arrows to an average of 8 points a set. Kevin Jones split this wide apart in the opening game by beating Colin Fortescue in both sets 21-19, 21-20. From this point the Spartans were fighting a rearguard to prevent there opponents running away with the title. Thomas Baxter restricted Tom Petifier to 4 points in each of their sets, but double figure finishes flourished for the Arrows as Stuart Faulkner score 14 and 12 against Kevin Baker and Petifier put 16 past Fortescue. Jones continued to show excellent form and after smashing 17 and 14 past Baker the Spartans were in an impossible position with the Arrows requiring just 8 points from their last eight sets to secure victory. Faulkner completed this requisite in the very next game against Baxter scoring 11 in both sets. By the end of the evening the Arrows were a full 95 points clear of the Spartans winning 470 to 375.

Thomas Baxter was in action again for the Spartans against the Tables and came away with all three wins including Wally Ladmore. But while Colin Fortescue claimed a further Spartan point against Eddie Mason, Stuart Cruickshanks beat both Fortescue and Kevin Baker and the greater experience of the Tables won the day. The Piranhas could field only have two players, but did manage to score 3 points thanks to a maximum from Ernie George beating all the Terminators including men's champion Paul Wright, breaking his 100pc record up to now. Dominators meanwhile forged further ahead with a 10-0 win against Gorleston Conservatives.

In the second division Dave Logan broke Terry Shetliffe's unbeaten record this season, however this proved to be the only point of the match for the Hits as the Sidewaves David Willgoss and John Clarke prove unstoppable. The Kites found the combination of Graham Lawson and Chris Trindall too difficult to tame. While Bob Quantrill beat Trindall the Critters otherwise scurried away with a 6-4 win. The Misfits gave a very good account of themselves at Mill Lane. Both the fast improving Oliver Bailey and David Etheridge beat Mike Harvey and Jackie Fortescue. Nevertheless Josh Baxter was on good form for the Beacons and recorded a maximum, he then partnered with Harvey to secure the doubles to win.

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

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