The new 2016/17 season in the Fakenham Table Tennis League has now started and in the first week there were big wins for Billingford, Snoring A, Bircham A and Eagles.
In the first encounter of the new season Billingford beat Bircham B 9-1. There was a fair bit of rustiness Pete Fuller beat Paul King. Arthur Lake played well, beating Neville Lingwood and Trevor Palmer in three, but found Paul to be too strong. The doubles saw the usual duo of Dave Lake and Pete beat Paul and Trevor in four. As usual the match was played in great spirit.
An explosive performance by Snoring A saw them overcome Thorpe Nelson 10-0, Snoring players being Chris Fuller, Mike Thornton and David Foster. Chris won in four legs, as did Mike. Game 7 saw the first five-legger with Mick Ruffles pushing Mike all the way, but Mike edged it 11-7 in the fifth. In the game of the night, Mary-Ann Woodhouse lost to Chris eventually 11-8 in the fifth. The doubles saw Chris and David win in three close legs.
Bircham A 10 Snoring B 0
This match highlighted the improvements in both sets of players’ games, with Andy Marsh, Aaron Howell and Laura Marsh taking on Keith Beswick, Dan Humphrey and Martin Boddy.
The match opened with a consistent Andy taking the first game in three. Game three saw Laura take on Martin and after Martin nipped the first leg 11-9, Laura stormed back to win in four. In the very next game Keith achieved the exact same feat, this time taking the first leg against Aaron, only for Aaron to win out in four. Game six saw Laura get past Dan in four hard fought legs, winning out 15-13 in the fourth.
Game eight saw Laura again involved in a four leg battle, and once again fought back from losing the first leg to overcome Keith.
The ever present duo of Aaron and Laura won the doubles.
A real marathon between Conservatives and Eagles ended with a win for Eagles 8-2.
Half of the games went to five legs. The tone was set in the first game between Andrew Edgely and Jack Bramwell, with Andrew going two legs up only for Jack to fight back and take the fifth 11-7.
The next game was just as thrilling with Dennis Chamberlain taking on Kris Wisla, Kris this time winning out 11-8 in the final leg. Game five and yet another five leg affair with Andrew in a battle with Jon Chyette, this time some reward for the Conservatives with Andrew taking the final leg 11-9. Game 9 saw the fourth five leg game of the night with Andrew yet again going to five, this time against Kris, who took the final leg 11-5. The doubles then went to five legs as well, and again the final leg going to Eagles.