Waveney Jesters win close Knockout Cup final
PUBLISHED: 10:43 04 April 2012
They don't get much closer than this - going into the Team Knockout Cup Final last Friday the Waveney Jesters had a reasonable handicap points start, but a late change in the opposing team line-up reduced this handicap to 84 points over the 18 sets.
This meant that the Jesters would need to average 16 points a set to keep up in this competition where every point counts. Their opposition, the Mutford Arrows, now veterans of these handicap competition finals and reigning Team Knockout champions, got off to a flying start with Kevin Jones and then Ryan Grimmer defeating Duncan Freeman and Charlotte Mildenhall in less than 10 points.
Jed Knights fought well against Lauren Jones to win 21-10 in both sets and put the Jesters back on track.
Grimmer looked to put a stop to that and managed to cap Freeman to just three points in their first set, but gallantly Freeman fought back and recovered in the second set to 15 points, but still the Jesters were trailing.
Knights made an impact again when he took one of the two sets from Kevin Jones, and the difference with handicap dropped to a single point when Mildenhall snatched one and came within a point of the second set against Lauren Jones.
The Jesters were finally in the driving seat when both the Grimmer-Knights and the Laruen Jones-Freeman games each finished one set apiece. The Jesters needed just 15 points from there last two sets to win as Charlotte Mildenhall stepped up to face Mutford team captain, Kevin Jones, in the deciding game. Mildenhall remained focused and controlled as she notched up 10 points in each set and completed this exceptional win for the Jesters by a mere 5 points.
In other matches last week, a tremendous battle between Gorleston Conservatives and LCC Shakers ultimately went to the new Champions of Division Two but not before some excellent table tennis. Trevor Oram made a hat-trick at Mutford when the Misfits visited the Falcons nest. And the first division remains extremely close after the top teams Oddbods and Trimwise drew and remain level pegging with just two matches to play.