Hosts beaten by the odd game in nine
A number of pre-Christmas matches took place in the Lynn Table Tennis League with Wasps II and St James locking horns in the Premier Division of the Barrett Doubles competition.
The home team were looking for their first win of the season and won’t get any closer after enduring a 5-4 loss.
St James had Owen Turner pairing up with Mark Pearman and Alan Jones, claiming a brace of wins with each player and the pair also had a win for themselves too.
For the home team, Igors Scekalevs and Paul Reed recorded two good wins and both players had a win a piece with Terry Rudd.
Wasps II remain at the bottom of the table and St James moving up to half way.
In Division One, there was a tight tussle between Spin Doctors and Seasiders where yet again the away team ran out winners. Graham Keeley and Tom Yarrow both scored a brace of wins.
With Mike Cooper also gaining a success it was enough to take the match.
For Spin Doctors, Peter Fysh had two good wins and both John Wiggs and Roger Chilvers had a win a piece.
A couple of Pegg Scaffolding Handicap Cup matches were also played.
Ziggy’s took on fellow Premier League side Avengers.
There were some very close games and most notably a Richard Mussett win over Chuck Hewitt saw Avengers push the Premier Division leaders all of the way.
Mussett received valuable support from Phil Dorrington and Phil Brown although it wasn’t enough and finally the Ziggy’s trio of Chad Bassett, Hewitt and Martyn Allen ran out winners 396-361.
Seasiders also booked their place in the last eight after a win against Runcton Holme B.
The trio of Graham Keely, Mike Cooper and Kerry Smith had to be at their best to see off Mike Moore, Carol Parker and David Lane.
The best performance of the night came from Lane who pulled his team back into the contest with a win over Smith however it wasn’t enough and Seasiders finally ran out 406-339 winners.
The draw for the quarter-finals was made at the last committee meeting and is as follows: Walton Club or Hot Shots v Blades, Pegg Scaffolding v Runcton Holme, Seasiders v West Lynn Rangers, Wasps v Ziggy’s.
Handcaps will be sent out to the relevant secretaries over the next week.
The Lynn Table Tennis Association and its members would also like to say a big congratulations to player and vice-chairman of the league Ray Drew who recently won the BBC Unsung Hero Award for Norfolk.
This is an award that was sponsored by BBC Radio Norfolk, designed to recognise the often unappreciated heroes of Norfolk and Waveney’s communities, who can be nominated by friends, colleagues, and family.