Huddersfield Table Tennis League leaders Woodfield Park A took their big guns with them when they made the short trip to Lockwood-based Kingsmith Engineering A.
They probably anticipated coming up against Kingsmith’s Chinese ace ‘Tony’ Hou, but in the event it was the familiar face of Shaun Ellis who proved a thorn in their side.
Ellis maintained his 100% record with outstanding wins against Huddersfield champion Darren Lindley, Ian McLean and Nick Ryder in probably his best performance for many seasons.
He also teamed up with Geoff Dunne to defeat Lindley and Ryder in the doubles, but Kingsmith could not manage another victory and went down 6-4.
There was a cracking match at Scissett WMC A, when Marsh Con A visited.
The home side came out on top 6-4, inflicting on Marsh their second consecutive defeat after their unbeaten start to the season.
Once again it was Larry Bainbridge who made the difference, winning all three sets against Tony Stead, Ian Tweedale and Bob Sanderson.
Tweedale also lost to Andrew Rawnsley, recording his solitary victory over Stewart Clarke. Bainbridge and Rawnsley maintained their 100% record as a doubles partnership.
It was a strange-looking Deighton A side who visited Kingsmith B.
The aforementioned Hou would have expected a stiff challenge from the three top Polish players who normally feature for Deighton A.
However, Rafal Aleksandrzak was the only member of the trio to appear, supported on the night by Kevin Senior and Godfrey Gabriel.
Hou duly won his three and teamed up with Kingsley Smith to take the doubles. Victory was assured with two wins from Alex Beresford to complete yet another r6-4 result.
Things were much more one-sided at Wilshaw when their Ash team met David Brown A.
Russell Senior, back in the side after injury, joined his colleagues Janet Adams and Neil Crosland in completing a clean sweep over Jonathan Taylor’s side.
There was a marathon match in Division Two between Fountain of Youth and Kingsmith E, which did not finish until after 11.30pm.
Eight of the 10 sets, contested by two evenly-matched teams, went to a deciding fifth game with Kingsmith just edging it 6-4. Chris Williams, John Langfield and Mike Jagger all won two sets, while Stuart Waring (2) Gerry Kerr (1) and a pairing of Roger Wood and Gerry Kerr took the doubles.
Kingsmith D’s 6-4 win over Marsh D included a rare defeat for Sebastien Frere at the hands of in-form Glyn Normanton. Frere (2), Peter Heywood (2) and David Barrow (1), plus a Frere-Heywood doubles win secured victory and for the second week running Normanton finished on the losing side despite a personal trio.
In Division Three, Scissett WMC B moved to the top of the table with a 10-0 victory over the youngsters of Golcar Lib B.
An outstanding performance by the youngsters of Deighton F enabled them to defeat improving U3A 6-4. Jonathan Heslop was undefeated, Marcus Matthews won twice and Cameron Sandhu once to maintain their unbeaten record.
It will be very interesting to see the outcome when they meet the only other unbeaten side in the division, Scissett, next week.
Father and son duo David and Scott Singleton both scored notable hat tricks over David Brown B in their 7-3 victory.
In the clash between the two sides from New North Road Baptist Church, the A team came out on top, winning 6-4. Daniel Hamer was undefeated, while colleague Ross Lander went down to David Atherton to defy recent form.
The League’s first visit down Memory Lane last weekend was well received by those who attended the event.
A slightly disappointing turn-out were treated to an evening of nostalgia in which the late Geoff Brook’s World and European medal collection took centre stage, supported by many items stretching back as far as the Fifties.
Further such evenings are planned to run during the second half of the season.