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The trio of James Yu, Sam and Joe Kiddle prove too strong for Hot Shots in play-off

Walton Club clinched the Division One crown in the Lynn Table Tennis League after triumphing in their play-off clash against Hot Shots.

The hosts Hot Shots fielded youngster Finlay Hewson, Luke Smith and David Whitby, while Walton Club fielded James Yu, Sam and Joe Kiddle.

Hewson faced Yu in the opener. Yu, who has only lost two games all season, came through in four ends to give Walton an early advantage.

Smith then took on Division One singles champion Sam Kiddle and in a very tight five-ender it was the latter who kept his nerve and took the final end 11-4 (2-0).

Whitby, who himself has only lost one game all season, then took on Joe Kiddle. In yet another tight encounter it was the latter who took this in four ends (3-0).

With Walton Club pulling away with a 3-0 lead it was then down to Smith to take on the Chinese pen hold of Yu.

Yu proved too strong for the younger Smith and won, also in four ends (4-0).

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Div 1 singles champion Sam Kiddle.. (9467403)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Div 1 singles champion Sam Kiddle.. (9467403)

It was then up to Hewson to stop the rot as Walton only needed one more game to win the league.

He took on Joe, who played some scintillating table tennis to cruise home in three ends and give Walton Club the victory they needed (5-0).

Hot Shots did have some consolation as they carried on playing.

Whitby beat Sam Kiddle and Luke Smith beat Joe Kiddle, but it was too little, too late, and Yu completed the night with a win over David Whitby.

Hewson conceded the last match against Sam as Walton Club ran out 7-2 winners.

In the Handicap Cup semi-final between Wasps and Pegg Scaffolding, Pegg emerged triumphant by 379-375 after an epic encounter between the two sides.

Pegg Scaffolding fielded a strong team of Wayne Mason, Martin Skipper and Peter Pegg, with Wasps also at full strength with Steve Mason, Mike Crowson and Tomasz Simka.

Both teams played to their potential with big wins for Wasps over Peter Pegg, but the Lynn singles champion soon made amends for that as he was in scintillating form, gaining 126 points and only conceding 72 points in his three games.

Martin Skipper knew that 37 points against an in-form Tomasz Simka in the final game would see his side into the final.

Skipper raced into a quick lead but Simka soon hit back in the second part of the match to eventually win 42-40.

The final between West Lynn Rangers and Pegg Scaffolding will take place at Lynnsport on Monday, May 13, (7.15pm) while the Dove Workshop Challenge Cup final between Pegg Scaffolding and either Ziggy’s or St James will be held at Lynnsport on Tuesday, May 14, also with a 7.15pm start. Spectators welcome for both games.

n The Lynn and District Table Tennis Association would like to thank Forbes Technologies Ltd (Mevyn Jupp) and IBA Insurance (Nick Osborne) for their recent sponsorship of the youth coaching.

n Player of the month awards are as follows – February, Premier Division: Dale Parnell (Pegg Scaffolding), Division One: Mike Cooper (Seasiders); March, Premier Division Wayne Mason (Pegg Scaffolding), Division One: Danny Vertigan (West Lynn); April, Division One: Mik Pitt (West Lynn).

n The date for the annual general meeting is Wednesday, June 19, at Lynnsport, while tickets for the annual dinner and dance on Friday, May 17, (7pm) are also available.

These can be bought from Chuck Hewitt, John Blyth and Karen Hubble and this year it is going to be a soul and Motown night, hosted by Zola.


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