Gap opens up at top of the league

AT the half-way point of the season, Yaxley BL already have daylight at the top of Division 1 of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League.

They fielded a strong team against Bourne A, their closest rivals, and, despite an unusually barren evening for Chris Weston, secured a 7-3 victory. Shaun Murray and Dave Rowell each won their three singles matches, and combined to gloss the performance in the doubles.

Uffington CC A still seek their first victory following a 4-6 defeat at Bourne C. Matt Durrands continues to impress for the cricketers with three further wins, but Clive Jackson, Harry Jackson and Kevin Day all won twice for the hosts to move them above their opponents at the base of the table.

Stamford School avenged their early-season defeat at Braunston A by defeating them 8-2 in the return match. On this occasion, Leigh Ware allowed no chances for an upset, and, with strong support from Richard Henry and Denise Jacobi, the school is again pushing for a top-four finish.

With Braunston B not playing this week, there was a chance for the chasing teams to close the gap at the top of Division 2.

Despite Mike Shattock’s heroics for Bourne E, his team was undone by the consistency of Leanne hills, Kevin Greenfield and Chris Holland who all won twice for second-placed Bourne D.

MTTG B have retained their 100 percent record with a 6-4 win at Stamford Queen Eleanor. Nicki Farrell and Andy Johnson each remained unbeaten for the visitors, while promising youngster Sailesh Sitaram was introduced to the league.

Uffington CC B move up to fourth place with a tough 6-4 win at close rivals Tallington A.

Martyn Dennis proved the difference with a full-house, and he was supported by Martyn Willgress with two wins. Paul Ramm replied with a brace, but it was not enough to prevent the loss.