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Two victories have left Eastfield A within touching distance of another Division 1 title in the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League.

They defeated both Stamford School and Bourne B 7-3 to maintain their unblemished record for the season, but neither of the two bottom teams was embarrassed.

In both matches, all six players enjoyed some success, but it was Eastfield’s Daniel Fielding who remained unbeaten over the two evenings to ensure his team’s success.

Hampton also recorded two victories to move up to third in the table.

Against Stamford School, Dave Rowell proved the difference as he earned a full-house. Leigh Ware won twice for the academics to counter Rod Hatton’s brace, and with Denise Jacobi and Richard Henry also scoring points for the school, the doubles proved decisive. Dave and Rod revenged their defeat from earlier in the season by winning in five-sets.

Hampton’s more important 6-4 win came when they hosted second-placed Eastfield MTTG. On this occasion Miroslav Vala won three times for the visitors, but two wins each for Dave Rowell and Rod Hatton, and another win in the doubles, secured maximum points.

Matt Durrands and Greg Baxter again starred for Uffington CC A as they defeated Bourne A 7-3. Both were unbeaten and now the cricketers will be looking for a winning overall season.

The Division 2 title appears to be a three-way battle.

Braunston B still head the way following an impressive 9-1 victory at Stamford Free Church. Carl Slevin and Basil Bagshaw each enjoyed unbeaten evenings, while David Smart picked up two points. However, Bourne C kept up the pressure with a 10-0 defeat of clubmates Bourne E. At this key point in the season, little sympathy is shown, and Clive Jackson, Kevin Day and Ziggy Poberezniuk played with determination so as not to lose a set.

Stamford Free Church recovered from their loss to Braunston B by defeating Uffington CC B 8-2. Rob Elliott and John Chambers earned the plaudits with unbeaten evenings.

Meanwhile, two other mid-table teams met at Tallington, with the villagers’ A team hosting Nomads. The 5-5 draw illustrated the competitive nature of the division, and it was Paul Ramm who remained the only unbeaten player on the night. His full-house was countered by braces from Nick McDowall and Nick Goodman, and it was they who secured the doubles point and thus the draw.

The final match saw a second win of the season for the youngsters of Tallington B. They travelled to Bourne E and were indebted to Jake Showler who earned three points from his singles matches before joining Ollie Bullimore for the decisive doubles point.