THERE’S everything to play for in the Huddersfield Table Tennis League.
The relegation battle in Division I promises to be every bit a close as the one at the other end of the table.
Marsh B are cast adrift a little with just 16 points. Their closest rivals are Deighton A (30) and Kingsmith B (31).
Coincidentally, all three attended the Management Committee meeting to commit to playing outstanding matches from the first half of the season before the end of this month.
This means that Kingsmith B and Marsh B will meet twice within 14 days while Kingsmith must also play Deighton A .Three matches which could prove significant in the battle to avoid the drop.
As the second half of the season gets under way, Kingsmith B had an encouraging win over Marsh A, with Peter Walker undefeated in their 6-4 victory.
Deighton A were up against Brooks B and found themselves at the wrong end of a heavy 9-1 defeat, John Cooke’s win in the opening game over Matthew Ellis their only success .
Scissett WMC A travelled to Wilshaw A already seemingly destined to finish in a comfortable mid-table position.
Andrew Rawnsley, current holder of the Allen Land Award for sportsmanship, proved he is not a bad player either by going through the clash undefeated.
He was well supported by wheelchair-bound Kevin Plowman, who picked up two wins in their 7-3 victory.
In Division II, leaders Marsh D had a 6-4 victory over Shelley, for whom Phil Cockayne was undefeated.
Just behind them, Kingsmith C beat their clubmates, the E team, by 7-3. Pewist Osman and Alex Beresford both won all three of their games.
In another all-Kingsmith fixture, the D team were held to a 5-5 draw by PW. Chris Haw was in form with a hat trick of wins, while the improving Dave Barrow won twice.
Woodfield Park B nudged themselves to within a point of Kingsmith C with a 7-3 win over Kingsmith 200+. Andy Sansom and Mike Belk were both undefeated.
Division III leaders Scissett WMC B were held to a 5-5 draw by Wilshaw B, for whom current merit leader Jonathan Vaughan played excellently to win all three matches – the final match against Dave Marriott producing some excellent rallies and being decided only in a close fifth game.
Deighton B eased past New North Road Baptists with a 10-0 victory to close the gap on Scissett.
A strong performance from Kingsmith F produced a 7-3 win over U3A. Stuart Waring and David Wood both scored maximum points.
A mix-up at Wilshaw over a double booked room was overcome thanks to the understanding of the incumbent guitar group, who readily agreed to retire to the kitchen area – much to the relief of Kingsmith G’s Sue Arnold, who had travelled from Preston for the match!
Once the match got under way it was Wilshaw D who were quickly ‘in tune’ and ‘strung together’ a solid team performance to win 9-1 – Gary Jepson and Guido Margaglione were both undefeated.