That famous old table tennis adage ‘never underestimate Dave Halfpenny’ proved itself a truism once more, as that coolest of cool customers handed out a beating to the Ash A colossus Graham Watts in the Aldershot & District Table Tennis League Division 1. A quality battle that got better and better culminated in a titanic 17-15 fourth end scoreline, as Dave scored a stupendous point for Ash B, the shame was they only got two men out and were beaten 7-3.
Robin Pretty’s excellent run of results continued with a solid three against Challener but he couldn’t stop Central B slipping to a 6-4 reverse.
Kevin Bown patiently fought his way to a good three wins for Tennis A while Graham Dickson and Eliot Tilley supported him well with a couple each as Cody A were vanquished 8-2.
Frimley A’s Clive Asprey weaved his unorthodox magic to good effect in picking up two good wins over Champions Bentley A but, as ever, Andy Mudie was on top form, untouchable in an 8-2 win.
Colin Baggott won the solitary point for Tennis B on an otherwise unsuccessful night for the mid table outfit as leaders Central A powered to a 9-1 victory, Phil Snelson and Peter Millard each won all three.
In Division 2 Bentley B won a battle royale against promotion chasing Tennis D 6-4, Paul Tarrant on excellent form, his triple was the difference. Bottom team Tennis E put in a gallant shift against Ash C but the third place team eventually beat them 7-3, Nigel Tustin and Ian Saxby were both on triple form.
Cody C dropped a little closer to the relegation spots after a demoralising 6-4 defeat to their own B team, made all the more worse as their higher ranking opponents only managed to get two men out, Dario Cereda and Keith Russell, who won five out of six singles and the doubles to pile on the agony.
David Joyce beat David Mackinnon 11-9 in the fifth in the last game of the night to seal a 6-4 win for Fleet CC A, Alan Gess was the man of the match however winning a straight forward all three.