Braunston move top of the table with win over school side

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In the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League, Braunston ‘A’ sit at the top of Division 1 following a narrow defeat of Stamford School.

Carl Slevin proved the match winner, although the key match saw Martin Brunning come from two legs down to defeat Leigh Ware.

For the school, Rutwik Zapake hit top form to earn two points and he and Leigh also picked up the doubles point.

Braunston A 6

Stamford School 4

Carl Slevin 3/Martin Brunning 2/Brian Bodycote 1

Rutwik Zapake 2/Leigh Ware 1/Richard Henry + doubles (Leigh and Rutwik)

More teams have opened their account in Division 2, and Bourne ‘B’ head the way by virtue of a 7-3 win over club colleagues Bourne ‘C’. Stuart Wills and Chris Holland were each unbeaten in their first match of the season.

Two potential challengers for honours met at Stamford Free Church and the fixture was only decided at the final end of the doubles match.

Vic Hoffman picked up a brace for the hosts, but he was matched by Basil Bagshaw; however, they were both outdone by Braunston’s Paul Gibson who remained unbeaten in his singles.

In the key doubles encounter, Basil and Paul recovered from two legs to one down to win this point and the match.

Bourne TTC C 3

Bourne TTC B 7

Malc Holley 1/Debbie Lines 1/Ian Lines 1

Stuart Wills 3/Chris Holland 3 + doubles (Chris and Stuart)

Stamford Free Church 4

Braunston B 6

John Chambers 1/Rob Elliott 1/Vic Hoffman 2

Basil Bagshaw 2/Paul Gibson 3/Bill Seese + doubles (Basil and Paul)