Table Tennis by Paul Myers
The Quarter Finals of the Handicap Cup took centre stage this week in the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League.
In the last eight there were three teams remaining from Division One, two teams from Division Two and Division Three with one team from Division Four. Of the four matches scheduled only three were played and they produced one emphatic victory and two nail-biters.
Central B (Div One) always to be feared in this competition were up against Frimley C (Div Three). Central B had to give their lower division opponents handicap starts ranging from 15 points to 32 points every set. The outcome however was fairly conclusive with Central C winning 8-0. Peter Millard, Robin Pretty and Graham Watts were all unbeaten in the romp which puts them into the semi-final.
The next match played was an internal club affair with Frimley E (Div Four) facing Frimley B (Div Two). Frimley B got off to a flying start winning three of the first four rubbers with wins from Derek Seager, his son Ryan Seager and Peter Good. Roger Whichelow and Paul Phelan then both won for the E's to level the match at 3-3. Ryan Seager then edged out Stephen Bridle 35-34 to give the B's a 4-3 advantage and needing a win for the match. Paul Phelan getting a massive 33 points start from Derek Seager pulled off a 58-44 victory to level the match at 4-4. The decider was between Peter Good and Roger Whichelow with Roger getting a 26 points start. Peter Good got off to a superb start winning 11-7, 11-2 and 11-3 but he only won 12-10 in the fourth game to narrowly lose out 48-45. This saw Roger Whichelow grab a treble on the night and put his team Frimley E into the semi-final.
The remaining match played was an all Ash affair between the C side(romping away with Div Two) and Ash A (Div One). The only difference in the sides from normal was that Ash C were playing with Dave Brown of Division Four in their squad. Ash A started well with Scott Ayers winning a couple and Ross Saxby one to give them a 3-1 advantage. Dave Brown and Ian Saxby both won to level the match at 3-3,in Ians case it was a win over his son Ross getting a 19pts start in which he won 55-47. Ash A's captain Martin Townshend then beat Nigel Care 44-26 to give the A's a 4-3 lead and needing one more set for the win. Ian Saxby bagged a treble on the night by beating Scott Ayers 45-30 for a brilliant win for Ash C to level the match. The last leg was between Ross Saxby and Dave Brown who was getting 33 points start from the young gun. Ross Saxby won 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 and 11-9 which was not enough to win the set. Dave Brown (2wins) won 55-44 to see Ash C victorious in an excellent match and into the semi-final.