Captain Blyth leads from front to seal King’s Lynn table tennis title

Sport news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk/sport, @lynnnewssport on Twitter
Sport news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk/sport, @lynnnewssport on Twitter

It finally came down to the last week of fixtures to decide who would become the 2016 King’s Lynn Table Tennis Summer League champions.

Ziggys and Pegg Scaffolding, the top two teams, finally met each other to decide the outcome of the title.

With Ziggys four points clear at the top and only needing three points to become champions, it was always going to be tough with both teams unbeaten throughout the previous six weeks.

Dale Parnell, Peter Pegg and Danny Vertigan, who was deputising for the unavailable Wayne Mason, took on the experienced trio of John Blyth, Steve Barber and Don Dixon.

The first four games were shared and in the fifth Blyth came out on top over Pegg in the team captains battle and guided his team to the point that was needed to settle the title.

Barber also beat Pegg. Dixon was in fine form winning both his singles as Ziggys got a 5-3 win. Vertigan also gained a very good win over Barber.

The Nets and Edges team of Steve Goodale, Simon and Archie Rayner took on Karens Krew of Malcolm Powell, Peter MacDonagh and John Wiggs. Simon was in good form, winning all his singles matches, and with Steve and Archie winning their singles and doubles they walked away with an 8-0 win.

Runcton Holme fielded Rob Rix, John Mingay and Colney Vertigan against the St James team of Owen Turner, Adam Goodborn and Andrew Rayner. Turner proved much too strong for the Runcton trio with another fine maximum and with Andrew and Adam both beating Colney, St James walked away with a 5-3 win.

Runcton’s wins came from Rob and John who overcame Adam and Andrew respectively, and they teamed up for the doubles.

It was a busy night for “young” Archie Rayner and the “not so young” Steve Goodale as they also helped out Blades who had late call offs. They teamed up with Ben Peacock to take on Ambits’ Lewis Baldock, David Woolley and Graham Rogerson.

The latter duo had wins over Ben and were led well by Lewis who won both his singles and then with Graham took the doubles to see Ambits home 5-3.

Archie had a good win over David and Steve won both his singles against Graham and David.

Week 7 Player of the Week: Don Dixon who was in the form of his life and helped Ziggys to win the league.

The league organisers and the committee would like to thank all teams and participants for making it an enjoyable Summer League.