Flamingos stay top

TABLE TENNIS - IT was the last match for both Totterdown Flamingos and C & C Vipers and a crucial one for the Totterdown team to stay at the top of Archdale's Group B.

IT was the last match for both Totterdown Flamingos and C & C Vipers and a crucial one for the Totterdown team to stay at the top of Archdale's Group B. They started well, Nigel Andrews (9) defeating Vipers' James Bessant (15) in close three games. Vipers' Warren Taylor (15) beat Bert Hiscock (9) and Jade Cope (15) successfully took on Trevor Williams (15). Undaunted, Flamingos had a run of three, Hiscock beat Bessant, Andrews, Cope and Williams beat Taylor. Looking like it was all over, determined Vipers took the next two, Cope against Hiscock and Bessant Williams. This left the match at four all and down to Andrews for Flamingos and Taylor for Vipers. After a close two games Andrews just emerged winner 21-20 in both to give Flamingos the match 5-4.Renegades' Paul Hayward was man of the match against Vets B who despite his -3 handicap beat Tony Chedgy (10), Rob Hermitage (6) in two and Jon Codd in three. Gary Cattermole (-3) with two wins went down to Hermitage in the third. Dave Williams (1) had his one success against Chedgy, Renegades winning 6-3.Inching their way up Division 1, playing postponed matches, Vipers against Vets A enjoyed a great match, played at a high level with plenty of long rallies. Vipers' Martin Cope was on fire with tremendous attacking shots deserving his three-nil singles, though with the loss of one game each to Vets' Peter Butterworth and Colin Lewis. Bill Atkinson went down 9-11 in the fifth against Butterworth. Vipers' Mark Hill went 2-0 down against Lewis, but fought back taking the next three games. A convincing doubles by Atkinson and Cope against Crump and Butterworth gave Vipers the match 7-3.


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