New challengers emerge in title race

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JOCKEYING for positions at the top of Division 1 of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League has resumed following the Christmas break and it is the Hampton squad which has moved ominously close to the leaders.

Two away wins by the same 8-2 scoreline, at Braunston A and Bourne A have sent warning signs to Yaxley and MTTG A at the top.

Dave Rowell continues to produce dominant performances, and he was unbeaten on both evenings. Ray Aballe complemented Dave’s efforts against Braunston with a full-house of his own, while, against Bourne, Wayne Carolissen and Rod Hatton each won twice.

A clutch of scorecards arrived from MTTG B and the results have allowed them to ease themselves off the bottom of the table.

Their one success was against Stamford Free Church, with Steve Williams unbeaten, and Adam Jepson and Andy Johnson each winning twice. Peter Munch replied with a brace, but the Churchmen now prop up the division.

Although Steve Williams picked up impressive wins in his team’s other matches, these were all in losing causes. MTTG A earned a 9-1 win, with Andy Goodacre and Chris Weston unbeaten and Dave Needham winning twice; Bourne B won 8-2, with the evergreen Brian Spittlehouse unbeaten, and Trevor Carter and Ray Tonge each picking up two wins; and Stamford School completed a 7-3 victory with Leigh Ware unbeaten and Denise Jacobi and Richard Henry two-time winners.

A quiet week in Division 2 saw two of the Bourne sides increase the pressure on leaders Uffington A.

Bourne D have moved level on points with the cricketers following a 10-0 win at Tallington A. Kevin Greenfield, Leanne Hills and Chris Holland all played with New Year’s resolve to remain unbeaten.

Bourne C retained their unblemished record in the division with a 7-3 victory at Uffington CC B. Kevin Day and Mike Shattock enjoyed unbeaten evenings and the division remains very competitive.

Turn to page 107 for tables.