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Belters earn two big wins to boost title hopes
6:00pm Wednesday 26th March 2014 in Sport
BROADHEATH Belters continued their Paperstation Malvern Table Tennis League Division One title charge.
They beat title rivals CSSC Ramblers 8-2 through a maximum from Sasha Grokhotov and two wins each for Brett Brining and Dave Harvey.
Chris Hewitt and Alan Salisbury replied with Harvey suffering his first league defeat.
An 8-2 win over Crackpots 'E' featured maximums from Grokhotov and Brining and one victory from John Stalker.
Colin Dolding and Matt Hodges replied for relegated Crackpots.
Ramblers bounced back with a 9-1 victory over Manor Park Pumas with hat-tricks from Hewitt and Graham Thompson.
Pumas' sole success was by Dave Knowles against Salisbury, who took his other two games.
Ledbury Collection were held 5-5 by Manor Park Express despite Nigel Foreshew winning three.
Foreshew also claimed the doubles with Harry Jutle, who added a singles victory.
Pete Griffiths (2), Dave Woodyatt (2) and Ray Page replied to earn a vital draw in Express' relegation fight.
Ledbury Lions benefited from a maximum by Patryk Kovacz, supported by wins from Steve Meredith and Mike Morgan, in a draw with Pterodactyls Old Boys.
Ian Bell replied with two and the doubles with Steve Glazzard, who also won a singles as did Graham Collier.
Manor Park Travellers were held for only the second time in Division Two this season in a 5-5 draw with Manor Park Rangers.
Matt Lang won three singles for Rangers and was ably supported by Richard Cullis (2).
Toby Wren (2), Pete Roberts and Martin Snee hit back before Travellers earned the point with a doubles success.
Scuttling Gang maintained their title challenge with a 10-0 whitewash of Upton Floods thanks to maximums from Ray Davies, Bill Smith and Richard McKenna.
Poolbrook Dynamos defeated Nomads 8-2 through a treble from John Phillips supported by Geoff Burford (2) and Tom James (2). James Palmer and Adrian Fray replied.
Crackpots 'D' maintained their Division Three leadership with a 7-3 defeat of Tekkers with two wins for Bob Rhodes, who added the doubles with James Palmer.
Palmer also contributed a singles victory, while Ben Meredith fought back with two wins and his brother Luke Meredith added one.
Devils kept up their title challenge with an 8-2 victory against Abbeydowne with maximums from Paul Lythgoe and Pete Harding, who also bagged the doubles.
Denis Chetwood contributed Devils' other victory with Niels Erikkson and Chris Burrows replying.