Cup ties closely fought

TA­BLE TEN­NIS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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