DEIGHTON Leisure Centre B retained the CSD Logistics Cup.
The Division II winners defeated Kingsmith Engineering C by 29 points in an excellent final.
Deighton’s team included two of their top Polish players plus Paul Simpson, while Kingsmith had the vastly-experienced and still formidable Geoff Heywood alongside Kingsley Smith and the younger, improving, Alex Beresford.
The opening game between Tomasz Pietrzyk (off scratch) and Smith (+10) saw the Kingsmith man score only three points in each of the two games to allow Deighton a 16-point lead.
This was reduced to just three after the second game, which paired Simpson (+8) with Heywood (+5) – Heywood winning, with handicap, 26-22 26-16.
Next up, Rafal Aleksandrzak (+7) and Beresford (+6).
Beresford led only for the Deighton man to win 21-19.
The Pole gained more control in the second game, taking it 28-22 to extend his side’s lead to 12 points.
Smith returned to face an out of touch Paul Simpson.
Smith opened serve and went into a 5-0 lead, which extended to 9-1 after Simpson’s first five serves. Although he rallied a little, Simpson lost the first game 31-20.
He started the second game much more circumspectly and briefly held the lead, however Smith proved a model of steady accuracy and gave little more away as he won eight of the next 10 points to eventually win 31-23.
This completely changed the final, as Kingsmith led by seven.
Match Five proved a great spectacle as Pietrzyk met Beresford. The highly-talented Pole opened serve and moved into a 4-1 lead.
This soon became 10-5 as both players exchanged forehand smashes and produced excellent table tennis.
Beresford was continuing to match Pietrzyk blow for blow, but the subtle difference proved to be the remarkable retrieving of his opponent and, from 10-5, he won only one more point to lose 21-12 on handicap – a scoreline which did no justice to the Kingsmith man’s Herculean effort.
He fared much better in the second game and held a lead at 9-6 before losing five consecutive points, which set him back.
Rally after rally produced excellent defence and attack but the game ended with Beresford just edging it with handicap 22-21, to restore a narrow one-point lead.
Aleksandrzak had some luck when he met Heywood, although Heywood also enjoyed an unusually high proportion himself.
Heywood did well to recover from a first-game defeat of 28-20 to take the second 26-25. However, Deighton’s lead increased to eight with three matches remaining.
On form, Beresford started favourite to inflict some pain on Simpson and so it proved, Deighton dropping 19 points in total to swing the match score back in their favour by 11 points.
Aleksandrzak then met Smith in the penultimate game and his solid, at times powerful game, showed just why he has finished runner-up in the Division II Merit Table.
He won 28-23 28-17 to restore a five-point lead for the holders.
In the final match, Heywood lost 21-14 21-14 defeat to Pietrzyk..