WEEK five came to a close in the Weymouth & District Table Tennis league and Park District A had a comfortable evening against Budmouth A, who were down a player, with a 30-1 win.

Liam Critchard and Jess Moggeridge were outplayed by the Park trio and slumped to a big defeat.

Moggeridge took a leg off Richard Wilshere and fought hard before losing 13-11 in the fourth and she also pushed Geoff Ware to 11-9 in two legs.

There was another excellent evening of table tennis for the players of Colliton X and Shipton Gorge A with several close games and enjoyable rallies.

For Shipton, Rob Hawes took the full nine points despite being pushed hard by Raj Lehal and Andy Crouch, each of whom won a leg.

Terry Whitworth also scored the full nine, but each match for him was a close 3-2 win.

Mick Hogan’s five points, Miranda Edwardes’ four and a 3-1 win in the doubles for Shipton earnt a deserved 25-18 victory for Shipton Gorge.

Colliton C and Preston C had a ‘slogfest’ at Colliton Club with the former eventually coming out on top 26-16.

Despite the final score looking as though Shipton Gorge C had it all their way, this was far from reality in the match with All Saints A who were still able to pull back a draw with two games remaining.

Dan Corren used his experience and service game to give a solid performance against the younger players.

Tom Baldry showed what a quality player he can be to win two matches and take a leg against Andy Millar and Richard Lane caused Shipton some difficulties with great forehand loops and a very strong service game.

It was Jason Kidd who won the ‘player of the night’ by outwitting the much more experienced Millar with some great blocks and a strong looping attack to force unexpected errors to win 3-0.

With Shipton completing the match with a fairly comfortable doubles win they ended up with an unexpectedly strong 25-14 victory over the very competitive All Saints team.

Colliton B had a perfect evening against Colliton D with a 30-8 victory and Tom Hepburn ensured a comfortable 22-13 victory for All Saints B against league newcomers, Budmouth C.

Jean Baker backed him up well despite losing a close match against Dan Howe.

In a match that began at 7pm and ended at 10pm, the Springfield D veterans held on to claim a 28-13 win but they were pushed all the way by the young Budmouth D team.

Oliver Storey took each of David Moth, Mike Wood and Barry Thomas to five sets and is proving to be an exciting young prospect.


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