Milton Keynes Topspin 1-9 Milton Keynes Kingpins

Monday, 18 November 2019

Game Result Score Match score
1 Mervyn Kelly lost to Mark Purcell (0-3) 9-11, 8-11, 11-13 0-1
2 Paul Tompkins lost to Dave Allison (0-3) 5-11, 5-11, 3-11 0-2
3 David Wackrill lost to Peter Bannister (1-3) 4-11, 12-10, 10-12, 7-11 0-3
4 Mervyn Kelly and Paul Tompkins lost to Dave Allison and Mark Purcell (0-3) 3-11, 10-12, 6-11 0-4
5 Paul Tompkins lost to Mark Purcell (0-3) 11-13, 3-11, 6-11 0-5
6 Mervyn Kelly lost to Peter Bannister (1-3) 3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 12-14 0-6
7 David Wackrill lost to Dave Allison (1-3) 11-9, 6-11, 3-11, 8-11 0-7
8 Paul Tompkins lost to Peter Bannister (1-3) 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 10-12 0-8
9 David Wackrill beat Mark Purcell (3-2) 6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 1-8
10 Mervyn Kelly lost to Dave Allison (1-3) 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11 1-9
 
Loan player
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Milton Keynes Topspin 8 21.62 284 41.76
Milton Keynes Kingpins 29 78.38 396 58.24

Topspin players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Mervyn Kelly 3 0 11 2 18.18 211 91 43.13
Paul Tompkins
On loan from Milton Keynes Hit 'n' Hope in Division Two
3 0 10 1 10.00 175 64 36.57
David Wackrill 3 1 13 5 38.46 241 110 45.64

Topspin players

Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Mark Purcell 3 2 11 8 72.73 212 115 54.25
Dave Allison 3 3 11 9 81.82 189 117 61.90
Peter Bannister 3 3 12 9 75.00 226 130 57.52
Match date Monday, 18 November 2019 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Premier Division
Venue Milton Keynes Table Tennis Centre
Season 2019-2020
Legs played 37
Points played 680
Published 11/29/2020 06:51 by David Wackrill; edited 1 times, last on 11/29/2020 06:51 by David Wackrill.
TOPSPIN GAIN PRECIOUS POINT
 
With Topspin captain Russell Penn in India we were delighted to give a debut to Hit n Hope’s Paul Tompkins, playing up from Div. 2.  Paul has a rich pedigree in MK, being part of the title winning MK Likely Lads squad from 2006 (playing alongside the likes of Jon Hall) and a former Championship Doubles winner with Dave Murphy.  Paul retired around then and only started up again this Summer.  The road to former glories is proving to be a long one for him though.
 
This was another of those proverbial matches of two halves.  In the first five sets we only picked up one game when I extended Peter Bannister.  Paul did look like taking at least one game off Mark Purcell as he led 10-5 in the first.  But a few minutes later Mark was leading 6-0 in the second wit

h the first already to his credit.  Mervyn Kelly couldn’t make much headway for Topspin and Dave Allison was his usual ruthless self for Kingpins.

However we were much more resilient in the second period with one set won, when I beat Mark 12-10 in the 5th, and all the others going to a 4th game. Incidentally, the battles between Dave and myself date from 1983, which is the longest running rivalry in the Premiership. A bit one-sided though with Dave now leading 55-7.
 
The best news for us on the night was a 10-0 defeat for fellow strugglers MK Phoenix on the next table, as this takes us another precious point nearer to them at the bottom of the League.