TABLE TENNIS: Revenge for MBE as they clinch final place

MBE gained revenge over The Fluffy Toys, after a league defeat, when the sides met in the David Hooton Handicap Trophy semi-final.

For the Toys Steve Walker came in for Tom Wesley with MBE replacing Andrew Cave and Mark Stanfield with Mick Bell and Craig Straw.

Despite the Toys actually amassing 358 points to MBE’s 271 it turned out not to be enough as MBE had 160 handicap points to add.

With Toys only having 35 it meant that MBE went through to the final 431-393.

The second semi-final was between DTH Redlands Roosters and Ryton Park Adders.

For The Roosters Tom McIntosh continued his good run of form with straight sets wins over both Andy Lee and Matthew Lemon, backed up by both Rick Harris and Steve Johnson who contributed valuable points with aggregate wins over Brian Allen.

On the table it was the Roosters who finished 348-304 in front and as both sides handicaps reflected their close proximity in the league the Adders were never going to have enough points to claw back the difference, eventually losing 448-400.

It was also the semi-final stage of the Reg Wilcox Handicap Trophy.

The Joggers and X-Youth met with not only a place in the final at stake but also club bragging rights.

The sides were only separated by 37 points before the handicap scores were added at the end, with perhaps the crucial difference being the form of the Joggers’ Lea Dickinson who returned maximum points and was well backed up by Matthew Mudd and Lewis Comley.

Once the handicap points had been added at the end the Joggers finally ran out winners by 502 points to 471.

In the second semi-final a tight affair looked on the cards between Ryton Park Eagles and Division Two leaders Stanley Street B.

But after three of the scheduled nine games it was clear that there was no point in continuing as the Eagles could only field two players and therefore wouldn’t get anywhere near the Street’s score and decided to concede the match to Stanley Street B, whose dream of a league and cup double still goes on.

Division Three Result: Stanley Street Cypriots 6 Ryton Park Falcons 4.