Holders Stanley Street Cypriots bowed out of the Mike Tunningley Shield after defeat against a team who play a division below them in the Worksop Table Tennis League.
Even though the Cypriots trio of Graham Stent, Neil Fisher and George Makrakis scored 354 points out of a possible 378, it wasn’t enough to get them
over the winning line. Cougars racked up 266 points on the table and when their 126 handicap-points were added, they had a final total of 392 points and a winning margin of 38. It was a real team effort from the Cougars with Dave Lee, Dave Rix and Connor Bettley all making valuable contributions.
The closest match of the first round was the game between Stanley Street B and Worksop Miners Welfare A with only four points separating them.
For Street B, Jack Kirkland and Paul Linfield refused to let the fact that their opponents are in a higher division get in their way as both had good wins. Kirkland took a game off Stuart Element, while Linfield went one better as he beat Dave Marsh 21-16, 21-9, which proved vital to the outcome.
For Welfare A, Richard Element, the current Worksop Open singles champion, unsurprisingly won all of his matches and conceded only 32 points in the process. But their opponents still made it through to the quarter-finals by 364 points to 360.
After knocking out Ryton Park Eagles in the previous round, Manton Sports again put their poor league form to one side to make further progress in the competition, this time knocking out On-Line Elks.
Both Keith Smith and Alan Wilson returned the maximum 126 points possible with Richard Robinson adding a further 123. Robinson’s only blemish came against Jonno Blood, to whom he lost one of two games.
Blood, Neil Houghton and Glen Gillgrass amassed 221 points for the Elks and their hopes rested on being awarded a large enough handicap to overtake Sports’ total of 375. But when the sealed envelope was opened at the end of play, their handicap award of 144 wasn’t quite enough and they lost by just ten, 375-365.
Another close tie was between DTH Redlands Monsters and club colleagues, the Rookies. For the Monsters, all three Riauba brothers performed well with both Valentinas and Martynas scoring the maximum points possible in a 376-369 win.