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STAMFORD Free Church continue to introduce new players to the league and to ease their way towards the top of Division 1 of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League.

This week Bourne A suffered a heavy defeat as Brian Hill joined Jimmy Brewster in remaining unbeaten for the Churchmen.

Jimmy was not picked for the match with champions-elect Yaxley BL, but Brian inflicted rare defeats on the Legion’s Murray, Fielding and Rowell. Unfortunately, these were the team’s only points of the night as Yaxley stretched their lead at the top.

Braunston A picked up a useful victory at Uffington CC A. Chuck Kershaw led the way with a full-house, while Vic Hoffman and David Smart earned a brace each. Matt Durrands replied with two wins for the cricketers.

Division 2 remains close at the top. Braunston B provided a Shanghai of results in a busy week for them.

The draw was with closest rivals Uffington CC B, and here they let a 5-3 lead slip. The final two rubbers were decided 12-10 in the final ends, and these could prove important when the honours are decided. David Smart was the key player with three wins for Braunston, while the Martyns Willgress and Dennis each won twice for the cricketers.

Braunston’s win was against Stamford Queen Eleanor, for whom Kane Williams earned an impressive victory over Dennis Atkinson. However, the experience of Atkinson, together with Mike Ramsden and Bill Seese, proved too much for the youngsters. The villagers’ defeat was at the bats of MTTG’s Nicki Farrell and Andy Johnson, who remained unbeaten and eased their side up to third in the table.

Tallington B played twice this week and also experienced a mix of results.

Their win was at Stamford Queen Eleanor, with Ollie Bullimore shining brightest with three wins. He was supported by Jake Shouler’s two victories, while Harry Ford replied with two wins for the school. Tallington’s reverse was inflicted by Nomads, for whom Nick Goodman, Nick McDowell and Andy Tod were all in fine form.