Table tennis: Henderson takes to life in Division One with relish

Worksop Guardian Sport logo, Table Tennis
Worksop Guardian Sport logo, Table Tennis

Manton Misfits’ new signing Ian Henderson was quickly off the mark in his Worksop Table Tennis League debut with a brace of wins in a 6-4 victory over MBE.

The Misfits got their season off to a solid start against a team who narrowly pipped them for the runners-up spot in Division One last season.

Henderson’s wins came against Craig Straw and Dave Marsh, while Kalpesh Bhatt also added two wins and Kerry Harvey beat Andrew Cave.

The result came down to the doubles with Henderson and Bhatt taking it 3-1 against Straw and Marsh.

In Division Two Manton Nomads whitewashed Ryton Park Cougars who have come up from Division Three.

The 10-0 scoreline didn’t reflect the closeness of some of the games.

Nomads Richard Robinson, Jayden Budworth and Rob Vaughan all registered hat-tricks, with Robinson and Vaughan adding the doubles.

One of the Division Two favourites Ryton Park Eagles got a solid 8-2 win over Stanley Street C who fielded a strong side in Paul Linfield, Andy Kirkland and Daniel Cutts.

Linfield, who finished well up in the averages last season, surprisingly only defeated Keith Swift, who Cutts also defeated.

But that was their lot on the night with both John Hallgarth and Brian Allen winning all of their three games and Hallgarth and Swift teaming up to take the doubles.

Stanley Street B and DTH Redlands X-Youth shared the spoils in a closely fought 5-5 draw.

The surprise leaders of Division Three are Stanley Street Rascals who defeated Stanley Street E 10-0.

Liam Stead, Ellis Spacey and Harry Downing were undefeated, although E players Tony Turner, Jasper Turner and Tai Chen showed encouraging signs in close games.

Division Three results: Stanley Street Cypriots 3 DTH Redlands Tarr Babies 7, On-Line Elks 9 Ryton Park Falcons 1, Ryton Park Dragons 3 Stanley Street ‘D’ 7.