Global Marble look set to gain promotion

GLOBAL Marble appead to have secured their place in Division One for next season following a mixed week of results.

They opened up with a 9-1 defeat at the hands of second placed Rhodesia Lions then fought back to record an 8-2 victory over a struggling Ryton Park Adders team.

Marble were never reallyi n the match against a strong Lions team, for whom John Gazeley and Mick Thornley bagged excellent trebles.

Mike Nocivelli then gained successive wins over Steve Elkin and Robert Vaughan.

The Lions capped their result with a straight sets doubles win, when Gazeley and Thornley teamed up to defeat Elkin and Lyons.

Lyons finally took the last game of the fixture to spare the Marbles the embarrassment of a whitewash.

In their second game of the week the Adders proved no match for a resilient Marble side, for whom the three points were vital if they wanted to maintain their first division status.

Steve Lyons hit a brilliant treble and he was well supported by Robert Vaughan and Kartik Lakhani who won two each prior to Lyons and Lakhani pairing up to take the doubles in straight sets against Andy Lee and Carl Stones.

The Adders replied with a brace from Lee, but based on this result they face a nail-biting run-in against relegation with bottom placed team Redlands Runners.

MBE remain in fourth place despite a 9-1 win over Stanley Street A.

Mark Stanfield and Dave Marsh recorded excellent hat-tricks for the away side with a further double coming from Andrew Cave.

Marsh and Stanfield wrapped up maximum points following a five-set win in the doubles over Nigel Stent and Alex Milward.

Peter Eyre saved the dry-rub for the Stanley Street outfit with a win.

Redlands Roosters have the bragging rights over their club colleagues Redlands Runners after recording a 10-0 victory over the division’s bottom club.

Chris Cattell, Sarah Short, and Piotr Sliwa remained undefeated throughout with excellent trebles while Cattell and Short paired up to win the doubles over Owen Shutt and Lea Dickinson.

In Division Two Manton Sports move into joint third spot with the Joggers after narrowly beating them 6-4.

A Russell Kemp treble proved to be the difference between the two teams and with John Lowde and Phil Fisher adding one each it was left to Kemp and Fisher to take the doubles in straight sets to gain their narrow win.

In reply the Joggers’ Keith Bloomfield and Peter Cowburn netted twice but it wasn’t quite enough for a share of the spoils.

In the bottom of the table clash between Carlton Rovers and Ryton Park Eagles the final result was stalemate as the two teams fought our a 5-5 draw.

Alan Wilson won two for the Rovers with a further one each coming from Keith Swift and Alan Keeling.

Wilson finally partnered Keeling to an exciting fifth set win over Joanne Drew and Thomas Moore.

The Eagles move up one place with this hard earned point after overtaking the Academicals and it was Thomas Moore who starred for Ryton with a well taken hat-trick.

Drew added the vital two to gain a point in this relegation battle.

In the closest game to be played this season Stanley Street B left it to the final thirty seconds of their fixture with top-of-the–table Echidnas to gain a hard earned 5-5 draw.

The result leaves both teams as joint leaders in the chase for promotion and there were many close-fought games and none more so than the final game of the match when Jack Kirkland faced the challenge of George Agnew in the 10th game of the night, with Kirkland eventually winning a thrilling and nail-biting final set 14-12.

Kirkland also defeated Matthew Williams while his team colleagues Jack Olliffe (2) and Alex Olliffe were the other scorers for the ‘Street’.

The Echidnas always had the edge thanks to a brilliant treble from star man Dilip Malkin.

Agnew won the remaining singles against Alex Olliffe before teaming up with Williams to win the doubles

l THE DTH Annual Close Championships will take place at Redlands Table Tennis Centre on Sunday 23rd January.

Admission is free.