Crosby keep tight

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY JIM BOOTH

CROSBY A tight­ened their grip at the top of Di­vi­sion One of the South­port and Formby ta­ble Ten­nis League, tak­ing over the num­ber one spot.

A com­mand­ing win at Ar­gyle B, meant they are now level on 77pts with Crosby C, who them­selves helped the A team cause by over­com­ing an again un­der­strength Crosby B 3-7.

An­other su­per dou­ble win for Rhys Davies, was again a key fac­tor in the win, and added to this, his in­clu­sion in the Lan­cashire Un­der 15 team, along with Daisy Boul­ton, made it a great week.

They will play in the Premier Di­vi­sion of an eight strong county event at Welling­bor­ough over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 11-12.

Get­ting back to Di­vi­sion One, at the top, Crosby A lead Crosby C, both be­ing 4pts ahead of Crosby B (73pts), but with the A team hav­ing matches in hand on both their ri­vals, favourites they cer­tainly are!

South­port A and Wadding­ton B were in­volved in a very close match, where nei­ther team had more than a one point lead.

South­port’s num­ber one Miro Ve­liky with a full quota of wins, be­ing the stand out per­for­mance.

We head to Wadding­ton to see how their C team get on against Ar­gyle A.

A late change in the Ar­gyle lineup, cap­tain Mark Jag­ger leav­ing him­self out, and bring­ing in Chris Parkes at num­ber one, Mike McCor­mack also came in for Matthew Hyde. A tac­ti­cal move? We will have to see. First blood to the vis­i­tors, Barry Crook win­ning in three straight against Nick Foss.

Brian Haslam was up next to face Mike, a game each in the first two, 11-8, 9-11, in­trigu­ing con­test this, and it con­tin­ued, very close in the third, 11-13 to Mike.

There was noth­ing be­tween them re­ally, 11-13 to Mike again in the fourth, it’s 0-2 Ar­gyle. En­ter the two num­ber ones Ray Hibbs verses Chris, and Ray needs to be pa­tient, in this one. Why?

Chris just seems to get every­thing back.

Great work from both play­ers through­out, con­trolled de­fence, top­spin ac­cu­racy, un­forced er­rors, well not that many.

Ter­rific en­counter, 9-11, 9-11, 8-11, to Chris, and yes, he edged it Ray, the vis­i­tors lead 0-3.

Could Dave No­den get his side back in it against Paul Lu­nan?

Strong start from Dave, tak­ing the first 11-7, even bet­ter in the sec­ond game, 11-4.

Good re­ply from Paul in the third, sub­du­ing Dave’s at­tack as well as work­ing in his own loop at­tack, 8-11.

Into the fourth, and much closer again Dave gain­ing a slight ad­van­tage to take it 11-9, it’s 1-3 Ar­gyle.

First dou­bles pair­ing of Chris and Mike re­stored that three point cush­ion for Ar­gyle, win­ning in three straight against Ray and Brian, be­fore home pair Dave and Nick won an

Janette Hutch­ings (main im­age) and (clock­wise from top left) Chris Parkes, Ned Hassan, Mike McCor­mack, Barry Crook, Paul Lu­nan, Harry Griffiths and Rhys Davies

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