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Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League

A STRONG-looking MTTG A squad have begun their quest to regain the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League’s division one title with back to back wins.

Two wins in their opening two matches have catapulted them to the top of the league. Among their victims were promoted MTTG B, who were defeated 8-2, with Andy Goodacre and Chris Weston unbeaten for the A team.

Chris has returned to MTTG following his brief sojourn with Yaxley BL and he will be particularly keen to succeed. They followed this performance with a 10-0 trouncing of Braunston A, with Dave Needham kick-starting his season with a full-house.

It was not all doom and gloom for the villagers this week however, as they took on a slightly weakened Stamford School team and secured a 7-3 win. Chuck Kershaw survived one or two tricky moments – including saving four match points against Richard Henry – before completing an unbeaten evening.

David Webb won twice for the hosts, while Denise Jacobi replied with two for the school.

Richard made no mistake against Bourne B, however, earning his first full-house of the season. He was strongly supported by Leigh Ware, who was also unbeaten.

MTTG B secured their first win of the season against Bourne A, with Steve Williams, Andy Johnson and Adam Jepson all winning twice in a 6-4 scoreline.

Rod Goss was the most successful for Bourne with two wins, but the match was also notable for the return of Mike Peacock after a number of years.

In Division 2, Tallington A have begun their season imperiously, and with three wins sit proudly at the top of the division.

A 10-0 trouncing of their B team was followed by a 6-4 win against Bourne E. Paul Ramm was unbeaten in both encounters, while Michael Dinwoodie lost just once. Richard Allen also secured three wins against his clubmates, while Chris Morgan picked up two useful wins for Bourne E.

Uffington CC A have a strong looking team and Matt Durrands will prove difficult to beat during the season. He was unbeaten in his team’s 7-3 over Nomads and Martyn Dennis backed him up with two further wins. Nick McDowell won twice, impressively, for the Nomads.

The final match was a marathon. Uffington CC B hosted Nomads, but a 6-4 scoreline hides the drama. Most of the rubbers in this encounter went to five sets, including the deciding doubles.