Vets A on top in derby

TABLE TENNIS - IN the Weston and District Table Tennis League, Vets A and B met for the first time in the top division and resulted in a match of friendly rivalry.

IN the Weston and District Table Tennis League, Vets A and B met for the first time in the top division and resulted in a match of friendly rivalry.

Darren Clapp took all three for the B team, Peter Butterworth took the second of four from him. Colin Lewis had lost opportunities to win in three games but ran out of steam to lose in five. Butterworth, Lewis and Ann Sandford won their singles against B's Jon Codd and John Barcham, plus the doubles gave Vets A a 7-3 match win.

Walton Wanderers looked like clearing the board against Totterdown C with Bill Bruton, Vic Davies and Dave Grounsell taking all their matches, though not without loss, Mike Cross winning two games from Davies and Mark Price one from Grounsell. The Totterdown pair went on to win a close five-leg doubles from Davies and Grounsell. Wanderers won 9-1.

Both Winsc Rebels and Wayfarers could only raise two players each. Rob Hansen and Dave Hunt both beat Wayfarers' Rich Parker and Phil Yates and also took the doubles in four for a 7-2 win.


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Wins Renegades, in fighting form against the Winsc Rebels, came through 9-1, due to Gary Cattermole and Paul Hayward winning all three undefeated. Trevor Jones took two after close sets with Hansen and Mike Baker, but lost out to Rebels' Dave Hunt in four games.

Although playing well, Wayfarers' Rich Parker and Phil Yates had another uphill task against Vets B. Parker won his set against Bob Hermitage in four and a game from Jon Codd. Yates fell to all three, though with close games against Darren Clapp and Hermitage. Vets B won 9-1.

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Vets A were in top form against Walton Wanderers, with only Bill Bruton getting the better of all three though he needed all five games against Vets' Roger Crump. Keith Ambrose and Vic Davies, despite close games, fell to Colin Lewis, Butterworth and Crump. Vets took the doubles and the match 7-3.

Totterdown Revolutions had a good 9-1 result against club mates Totterdown C, both Neil Clements and Barry Lewis defeating all three of the C team. Garry Chell and Mike Cross both lost out narrowly in the fifth against Clements. Cross went down to Lewis in four. Mike Cross stopped Revolutions from achieving a maximum with a win over Steve Charlton.

In Division 2, C & C Cobras and Totterdown Daemons were involved in a close match with Bert Hiscock winning all his singles and still on top form, the doubles with Mike Summers. Cobras' Rick Hutchinson ran Hiscock close but lost out in the fifth. Hutchinson beat Summers and Paul Harding; Simon Thomas beat Paul Harding in five. Daemons won the match 25-14.

It was a close match which could have gone either way but saw Totterdown Flamingos edge out Rookery Rooks by just two points. Top scorer was Flamingos' Graham Cheeseman with nine points, with one lost game to Ian Clapp and two to Kiem Mu. Clapp, with two wins, combined with Mu for a 3-1 doubles, but Flamingos kept their lead winning 19-17

The two Cleeve and Claverham teams, Clevedon and Banwell were involved in a tight match, the outcome determined by a great comeback by Hannah Cope who when 2-1 down against a more experienced 12-year-old Callum Parkins, fought back to win the set 3-2. James Bessant took top honours for Clevedon, beating both Jade and Hannah Cope. Parkins and Warren Taylor pulled back one game from Martin and Jade Cope, Banwell took the match 19-15.

C & C Clevedon did much better against Winsc Warriors, though the match was close with five games needed to conclude several sets. Warren Taylor was top scorer in the match with wins over the family Warriors team; against Cath Smith he was taken to five, and needed four each against Dave and Margaret Parker. Dave Parker beat both Max Jeremiah and James Bessant. Clevedon won the match 25-15.

Graham Cheeseman took top spot for Totterdown Flamingos, though found Daemons' Jason King a tough opponent, just beating him 12-10 in the fifth. King took two singles, beating Nigel Andrews and Roger Bowden and with Paul Harding just lost out 13-11 in the doubles against Cheeseman and Bowden. Flamingos won the match 25-13.

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