Cup ties closely fought
THE second round of the Fairbank Cup in the Chalfont Table Tennis League produced many very closely fought and exciting matches, with five producing 5-3 results.
Chiltern rallied back from 3-1 down to beat Ickenham 5-3, with four sets going the full distance and Chris Haines coming through unscathed.
Denham Village J also fought back from 3-1 down against the Denham H girls to draw level, only to lose the last two sets, with four going to the full three games apiece. The star of the H team was Georgina Cooper, who won all her three sets.
Only five sets were played, four of which needed three games apiece, when Rickmansworth only turned up with two players – Kevin Williams and Shashin Shah – against Chalfont A, but the duo did the job by winning all their sets to put their side through to the quarter-finals 5-3.
Another thriller in which five sets went all the way was played between Village’s B and C sides, the former getting home 5-3 courtesy of an unblemished display from their star player Ben Naylor Smith, who won his three encounters.
Dave Morgan excelled in his three sets and guided his team Chalfont C to a 5-3 victory against Denham Village E, while Carys Evans helped Denham Village F defeat their G team siblings 5-2 by winning her two sets.
A two-man Village A team decided to throw in the towel after playing just three sets against Village D, who won 5-1, while Rickmansworth B were in an even worse plight when only one player turned up at Chalfont B, who claimed the walkover.