Bourne in battle for top four spot

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BOURNE A have kept their hopes of a top four finish alive in division one of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League.

The Bourne team secured two wins including one against Yaxley BL, who earned the four points they required to be crowned champions. But they allowed Bourne to inflict on them only their second defeat of the season.

Bourne’s match against Stamford School proved particularly competitive, with a number of matches lasting the full five ends. Ultimately, Mike Willis proved the star of the night as the only unbeaten player.

Mike Peacock picked up two points, and his win against Richard Henry illustrated his dogged refusal to give in, as he saved five match points during the fourth end. Leigh Ware won twice for the school to complete another successful personal season.

The fourth place – and with it entry into the President’s Cup - now depends on the result of Bourne’s match with Hampton.

Uffington CC A have clinched the division two title with a game to spare.

Their visit to Bourne C had been postponed from earlier in the season, and with Martyn Willgress now injured, the cricketers faced a tough challenge.

Matt Durrands, however, shrugged off the pressure to win his three matches, and with Martyn Dennis backing him up with two wins, the required points were gained.

Harry Jackson replied with two for Bourne, but it wasn’t enough.

However, Bourne C are now confirmed as runners-up and this was celebrated with an 8-2 victory over Uffington CC B. Harry and Clive Jackson both enjoyed unbeaten evenings as they took a little revenge on the Uffington club.

New champions Uffington A defeated Bourne’s E team. Matt and Martyn were unbeaten in a 9-1 win, and League President Brendan Alston picked up two points.

Braunston B earned decisive wins against the two bottom teams, but they will have to be satisfied with third place this season.

Vic Hoffman earned six wins in these two matches, and Cedric Phillips five. Bill Seese and David Smart also enjoyed success against Tallington B and Bourne E respectively.

The final match of the week was the most competitive, with Uffington CC B drawing 5-5 with Bourne E.

Stuart Wills needed to be at his best for his team to grab a draw. With three singles’ victories and a win with Chris Morgan in the doubles, he did not disappoint. Chris himself had a key battle with the cricketers’ Chris Alston, ultimately winning 14-12 in the final set.