Published 20/12/2019 at 18:48:25 by Martin Johnson; edited 1 times, last on 02/01/2020 at 17:11:36 by Martin Johnson.

Division 2 Round-Up – Week 14

This week saw just the one overdue match played in Division 2, whilst the remaining eight teams started up their seasonal rest from table tennis.  This now completes all of the fixtures for another calendar year and also completes the two thirds point of the League fixtures in the Division.

St. Christopher Spitfires hosted Woburn Sands Mosquitoes in a match held over from mid-October, to bring the Division fully up to date.  It was Spitfires who were able to move themselves up the League Table, with their best result of the season, an 8-2 win, that moves them from equal eighth up to seventh, and now just a couple of points behind Mosquitoes, who stay in sixth spot.  First to play, Graham Silversides defeated Glenn Barcham in four games, followed by Bernie Raffe doing likewise against Paul Hamer, to put the home team 2-0 up.  Mosquitoes’ reserve, David Shapter, had a close tussle with Jock Campbell, which went the distance, with David just taking the decider at 11-9, to claw back a point for the visitors.  The doubles went to a fifth leg, too, and although the Mosquitoes pairing of Glenn / Paul went two legs up, Jock / Bernie battled back well to take the next three legs, and the set, for Spitfires.  The home side further extended their lead, as Bernie beat Glenn, Graham beat David, and Jock beat Paul, all in four legs, followed by Bernie completing his maximum, winning in straight games against David, to give Spitfires a 7-1 lead.  Glenn then took the next, to stop the rot, beating Jock in straight games, but Spitfires ended the night with the final set, as Graham beat Paul in four, to join Bernie as unbeaten on the night.

With six further League weeks to go, the Division sees Milton Keynes Tornadoes in front, four points clear of Milton Keynes Hit ‘n’ Hope, followed by Milton Keynes Classics another six points back.  At the foot of the table, Milton Keynes Blades look to be struggling, ten points adrift of Milton Keynes Cavaliers, who are themselves five points behind eighth placed Milton Keynes Shambles.

I hope that everyone enjoys the Christmas / New Year break, but then it’s back to action in the week commencing 6th January, with the Challenge Cup group stage and League then alternating weeks up until early February.

Players of the Week : Bernie Raffe and Graham Silversides.