Milton Keynes Sharks 4-6 Milton Keynes Topspin

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Game Result Score Match score
1 Rupert Greyling beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 1-0
2 Sarah Hudson lost to Jiten Pitamber (1-3) 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11 1-1
3 Abhay Tijare lost to Russell Penn (1-3) 12-10, 9-11, 11-13, 7-11 1-2
4 Rupert Greyling and Sarah Hudson lost to Russell Penn and Jiten Pitamber (2-3) 11-13, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 8-11 1-3
5 Sarah Hudson beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 2-3
6 Rupert Greyling beat Russell Penn (3-2) 7-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 3-3
7 Abhay Tijare lost to Jiten Pitamber (2-3) 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11 3-4
8 Sarah Hudson lost to Russell Penn (1-3) 10-12, 10-12, 11-9, 5-11 3-5
9 Abhay Tijare beat David Wackrill (3-0) 11-7, 13-11, 11-5 4-5
10 Rupert Greyling lost to Jiten Pitamber (0-3) 9-11, 13-15, 7-11 4-6
Team Legs won Legs average (%) Points won Points average (%)
Milton Keynes Sharks 19 48.72 384 51.27
Milton Keynes Topspin 20 51.28 365 48.73
Team Player Games played Games won Legs played Legs won Legs average (%) Points played Points won Points average (%)
Milton Keynes Sharks Rupert Greyling 3 2 11 6 54.55 213 110 51.64
Milton Keynes Sharks Sarah Hudson 3 1 11 5 45.45 209 108 51.67
Milton Keynes Sharks Abhay Tijare 3 1 12 6 50.00 231 118 51.08
Milton Keynes Topspin David Wackrill 3 0 9 0 0.00 158 57 36.08
Milton Keynes Topspin Jiten Pitamber 3 3 12 9 75.00 236 124 52.54
Milton Keynes Topspin Russell Penn 3 2 13 8 61.54 259 136 52.51
Match date Tuesday, 30 January 2024 at 19:30
Competition League
Division Division One
Venue Milton Keynes Table Tennis Centre
Season 2023-2024
Legs played 39
Points played 749
Published 04/03/2024 08:24 by David Wackrill.
TOPSPIN TWOSOME IN TOP FORM

Good to report that my MK Topspin side are back on the winning track after 3 consecutive defeats. Staying with the ‘3’ theme this was the 3rd time this season we have beaten Sharks, who led the table for the first 3 weeks before settling into what has been for them an almost permanent 3rd position throughout this campaign.

My own contribution was neglible though with 3 defeats, all in straight games too, against thel trio of Rupert Greyling, Sarah Hudson and Abhay Tijare.

The victory was all down to the excellent form shown on the night by Jit Pitamber and Russell Penn, snarling all the sets between them, though ‘the one that got away’ – Russell losing to Rupert – was by far the most interesting. Russell was all over him for the first part with his fast aggressive style finely tuned when taking a commanding 2 game and 10-6 in the 3rd game lead. Then disaster. He took his foot off the pedal and played more conservatively to allow Rupert back in the contest, losing the next 6 points in the process and conceding the game. I think Rupert was as surprised as anyone by that turn of events and he took full advantage and blossomed himself in games 4 and 5 with his own array of attacking shots to beat a now shattered Russell, who still had Sarah to play. Thankfully, he recovered his mojo, going toe to toe with her in a fierce hitting contest, winning the big points in a closely fought set.

Jit had earlier enjoyed his usual lightening fast battle with Sarah, just edging her out and also had a close run in with Abhay, who recovered from a 2-game deficit to take a 6-3 lead in the decider before Jit came back to win. And the doubles was the best I’d seen Jit/Russell play together as they had a poor record coming into this match against a Rupert/Sarah combo with just 1 defeat in 6 themselves.

Man of the match : Jiten Pitamber

SHIRTY STAT – It was great to see all players of both sides wearing their own team’s dedicated sports shirt. Probably the only time this season this has occured anywhere in the League’s 8 Divisions.