Young­sters to the fore in open­ing week

Ta­ble ten­nis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Three ju­nior play­ers sent out the mes­sage that they can com­pete in the se­nior ranks as the new Ash­ford & District Ta­ble Ten­nis League sea­son got un­der­way. In the pick of the matches, last sea­son’s win­ners Post­ing A won 7-2 against Lit­tle Chart A, the run­ners-up. Lit­tle Chart faced an up­hill strug­gle af­ter turn­ing up with only two play­ers but ju­nior Arthur Bracken pushed Mal­colm Skates to four legs be­fore los­ing. How­ever, Bracken then took on Roy Coles – a player six times his age – and won in five legs, be­fore los­ing to Nick Owen in straight sets. Lit­tle Chart’s other player, Mike Hol­i­day, lost 3-1 to both Coles and Owen but edged past Skates 3-2. An­other ju­nior, Shem Le­garde, was in ac­tion against for Iron Room B against Chal­lock A. Le­garde’s at­tack could not un­lock the de­fence of Steve Smith but not many can, los­ing out 3-1. How­ever, that was last de­feat tasted by the young­ster, who over­came the at­tack­ing Cliff Ball in five (al­beit just with an 13-11 fi­nal leg) and Roy Baker 3-1. Iron Room’s Vince Corbin went un­beaten and Paul Waum­s­ley nar­rowly lost out in a fifth leg 11-7 to Steve Smith in a 7-2 suc­cess for Iron Room B. The third and old­est ju­nior on show was Tom Down, play­ing for Lit­tle Chart B in their 6-3 de­feat against Ruckinge A. Down was made to work for his two wins, 3-2 suc­cesses over Jamie Hor­ton and Char­lie Richards but lost 3-2 to Hr­voje Crnko 11-9 in the fifth leg. Lit­tle Chart’s David Rior­dan won their third game with a 3-0 over Richards, but then lost out to both Crnko and Hor­ton. In the fi­nal fix­ture of this round, Iron Room A edged divi­sion new­bies Ruckinge B 5-4. Johnny Bis­pham stole the show with his spin and at­tack prov­ing too much for Mike Gal­van and Trevor Heales be­fore Shaun Small al­most up­set the form­book by tak­ing the match into a fifth leg be­fore go­ing down 12-10. Ruckinge’s Mike Gal­van came away with a dou­ble for his side, tak­ing wins over the de­fen­sive Steve Bis­pham and at­tack­ing Keith Har­ris. In an open fin­ish for the evening, no player came away empty handed with Shaun Small tak­ing the win over Keith Har­ris but los­ing out to Steve Bis­pham. Then Heales beat Steve Bis­pham but lost out to Har­ris.

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