Greenleys Kings 4-6 Milton Keynes Spinners

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Game Result Score Match score
1 Dan Englander lost to Tim Cheek (1-3) 4-11, 5-11, 11-8, 3-11 0-1
2 Nick Howard lost to Alan Cherry (0-3) 10-12, 10-12, 7-11 0-2
3 Guy Sparrow lost to Gareth Jones (2-3) 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 4-11, 10-12 0-3
4 Nick Howard and Guy Sparrow lost to Alan Cherry and Gareth Jones (0-3) 8-11, 8-11, 5-11 0-4
5 Nick Howard beat Tim Cheek (3-1) 11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-4 1-4
6 Dan Englander beat Gareth Jones (3-1) 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 2-4
7 Guy Sparrow lost to Alan Cherry (0-3) 6-11, 4-11, 2-11 2-5
8 Nick Howard beat Gareth Jones (3-0) 11-6, 12-10, 11-8 3-5
9 Guy Sparrow beat Tim Cheek (3-2) 11-9, 12-10, 13-15, 2-11, 11-9 4-5
10 Dan Englander lost to Alan Cherry (0-3) 6-11, 7-11, 6-11 4-6
 
Loan player
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Greenleys Kings 15 40.54 317 46.41
Milton Keynes Spinners 22 59.46 366 53.59

Greenleys Kings players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Dan Englander
On loan from Greenleys Cardinals in Division Two
3 1 11 4 36.36 195 86 44.10
Nick Howard 3 2 10 6 60.00 188 103 54.79
Guy Sparrow 3 1 13 5 38.46 246 107 43.50

Milton Keynes Spinners players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Tim Cheek 3 1 13 6 46.15 235 121 51.49
Alan Cherry 3 3 9 9 100.00 159 101 63.52
Gareth Jones 3 1 12 4 33.33 235 111 47.23
Match date Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Premier Division
Venue Greenleys Junior School
Season 2017-2018
Legs played 37
Points played 683
Published 12/15/2017 19:40 by David Wackrill.
Nick Howard writes ...
 
We three Kings fall to the wise men of Spinners.
 
For the first time this year (so I’m told), the Spinners played their usual trio Alan, Gareth and Tim - They must have felt intimated coming to the home of the strongest team in the league - The Kings have been supporting the rest of the league from the bottom of the table all season!
 
The Kings turned out the ever present Guy Sparrow and Nick Howard, with Dan Englander being called up as a last minute replacement - although who he was replacing is anyones guess! The 3rd spot in the Kings is open for grabs with a total of 7 different players having filled it since the start of the season.
 
So… If any of your relatives get a table tennis bat for Christmas, trial by combat begins in January to lock down the last spot on the team!
 
The matches on the whole went to form - Alan didn’t drop a set in his 3 wins, although Nick gifted him the first set 12-10 after being 10-6 up! The second was also 12-10 - It’s a game of inches as Al Pacino once said.
Nick won his other 2 fairly comfortably, with a huge slice of luck in each of the 4 sets he played with Tim.
 
Gareth dug deep and found some inner inspiration to win his only game of the night against Guy (12-10 in the 5th).
 
Guy himself had to find some divine intervention to stop Tim taking the spoils - Guy led the match 2-0, before Tim fought back and looked set to take the match. Guy produced the shot of the evening with all the footwork of Michael Flatley to dance around a forehand and fire it down the line late in the 5th - He went on to take the match 11-9 for his only win of the night.
 
As for super sub Dan - He saved his best for Gareth - The Monday practice partners had a tough 4 sets, with Dan producing some excellent sustained attacking play, and Gareth searching for the answers. He never found them, and Dan won in 4.
 
Gareth and Alan took the doubles in 3 closely contested sets.
 
Final score - Spinners 6 Kings 4