Villagers take control of their group

TABLE TENNIS - A COUPLE of convincing 9-0 wins put Walton Village well in the lead in Archdale Cup's Group A.

A COUPLE of convincing 9-0 wins put Walton Village well in the lead in Archdale Cup's Group A.

Walton were up against Totterdown Revolutions whose low handicaps put them at a great disadvantage. Villages' Matt Fligelstone (8), Michael Elliot (10) and Andrew Paisey (8) won all their matches. Barry Lewis (-2) reached 21-14 against Paisey. Neil Clements (0) took the first game from Elliot and Steve Charlton (1) had a close game against Fligelstone.

It was a match where the final result does not show the effort that went into many of the games. Warriors' Anne Baker (11) against Fligelstone was particularly close, Baker just losing out 21-20 in the third. Dave Parker (10) also had a close contest against Mike Elliott, when Elliott prevailed 21-18 in the third. Margaret Parker (14) also had close games.

Renegades holding second place in the group had a tough match against Winsc Rebels. Gary Cattermole despite his -4 handicap came through against Mike Baker (3), Dave Hunt (0) and Rob Hansen (2). Trevor Jones (1) with two wins, lost out to Hunt. David Williams (1) took a set from Hunt. The final result was 6-3 to Renegades.

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Rookery Manor's Steven Lu (0) had a work hard for his three points against Vets B with three close results against John Pollard, Roger Norville and Tony Chedgy all on nine. Kiem Mu (8) also with three wins lost a game to Roger Norville. The Vets all defeated Kim Popham (15). Rookery Manor won 6-3.

In Group B, the local derby between Cleeve and Claverham's Banwell and Clevedon was a close encounter with both teams made up of all junior players, five of whom are 15 years or younger.

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James Bessant (11) managed to win all his matches, though needed a third game against both Jade Cope (12) and Hannah Cope (15). Callum Parkins (12) beat Jade Cope and Beth Atkinson (15). Star of the match was 11-year-old Beth, who beat Max Jerimiah (14) in her first cup match. Clevedon won the match 6-3.

Winsc Wanderers with low handicaps had a hard job against C & C Banwell. Hannah Cope (15) was top scorer with wins in three over Bill Bruton (-2) and Ray Jenkins (-3). Dad, Martin Cope (-3) lost to Wanderers' Karen Wakefield (5) and Jenkins, but beat Bruton in three games. Wanderers won 6-3.

It was a close 5-4 win for Winsc Renegades over Totterdown Flamingos despite Flamingos' Graham Cheeseman (6) winning all his matches for three points. Nigel Andrews (6) contributed the fourth with a win over David Williams (1). Renegades' Gary Cattermole (-4), Williams and Paul Hayward (-3) shared the rest between them, with Cattermole setting the seal on the close match with a win over Trevor Williams (12).

Winsc Wayfarers had only two players, but Rich Parker and Phil Yates still managed a good effort against Totterdown Daemons making them fight for every point. Yates (7) won two out of his matches beating Paul Harding (11) and Bert Hiscock (8) both in three. Parker (6) beat Mike Summers (9). Daemons, currently top of the group, go through 6-3.

It was a close match, which could have gone to either team and only decided in the final contest. Vets A's Peter Butterworth (-1) could not afford to drop a point against C & C Cobras' Andrea Monk (14), Simon Thomas and John Barker both on 12.

He gradually took control of the games to beat all three. Roger Crump (0) won two, but lost to Barker in three. Ann Sandford (4) was unlucky to lose all three after close games. Vets A won 5-4.

Totterdown Revolutions, although second in the group, felt the lack of a third player and were unable to keep club mates Totterdown Flamingos at bay. Barry Lewis (-2) scored two overcoming Flamingos' Graham Cheeseman (6) in three games and Nigel Andrews (6) in two. Neil Clements (0) beat Roger Bowden (10). The match went to Flamingos 6-3.

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