Belters claim table tennis crown

First published in Sport

BROADHEATH Belters succeeded in their late surge to the Paperstation Malvern Table Tennis League Division One title.

Their 10-0 defeats of Ledbury Collection and Pterodactyl Old Boys ensured top spot.

They were achieved with double maximums from Sasha Grokhotov and Ben Bennett alongside single trebles by Dave Harvey and Brett Brining against Collection and Old Boys respectively.

At the bottom, Manor Park Express were relegated after their 7-3 defeat to Manor Park Pumas.

Geoff Woodward again won three, supported by Dave Knowles (2) and Jon Dyke.

Dave Woodyatt replied with two victories for Express and Ray Page one against Dyke.

Express then defeated Lebury Lions 6-4 with two successes each for Dale Dickinson, Woodyatt and Page.

Partyk Kovacs was again in fine form for Lions, winning his three singles and teaming up with Richard Smith to take the doubles against Woodyatt and Page.

Manor Park Rangers secured the Division Two runners-up spot with a 6-4 victory over closest rivals Scuttling Gang despite Richard McKenna's maximum.

However, Matt Lang and Lawrence Dodd, with two wins each, and Richard Cullis secured the victory for Rangers.

Bill Smith claimed the other triumph for Scuttling Gang, while Lang and Cullis won the decisive doubles in four sets against McKenna and Ray Davies.

Having secured second spot, Rangers surprisingly lost 7-3 to Poolbrook Dynamos as John Phillips and Geoff Burford won three each and Tom James one.

Cullis and Nick Haggar claimed one game each for Rangers with the former and Lawrence Dodd combining to defeat Burford and James in the doubles.

In Division Three, the title was not settled until the final match of the season when Tornados defeated Manor Park Devils 7-3 to pip both their opponents and Crackpots 'D' to the crown.

The success was largely due to a maximum from Andy Banks, supported by Ethan Webb (2) and Dominic Weston.

Banks also combined with Weston to defeat Paul Lythgoe and Liz Hallam 16-14 in the fifth set in the doubles.

Lythgoe (2) and Hallam replied for Devils.


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