CROSBY B (52pts) just about remained top of the First Division of the Southport and District Table Tennis League, after a very good home win over Argyle B.
They lead their A team by three points who matched their score against Argyle A. Those results nicely set up the clash between the two teams next week, where something has got to give, as both teams have 100 per cent records.
Waddington A (46pts) moved up to third place having put a maximum past Crosby C, who now find themselves bottom on 14pts. Argyle A(43pts) drop to fourth position after that Crosby A defeat, whilst Holy Trinity B (35pts) stay in fifth after a good home win against Argyle C (15pts), whose three valuable points moved them off the bottom, Monica Coogan proving again invaluable with two wins.
Waddington D (53pts) opened up an eight point lead over their C team, after a convincing home win over Crosby G, well that’s what the scorecard said, but with the visitors narrowly missing out on four con- tests which all went to five games, even Waddington’s captain Ray Hibbs was surprised at the 9-1 scoreline.
Second placed Waddington C (45pts) fought back from 2-4 down against Holy Trinity C, to clinch a draw, Ian Lunt being their saviour.
Crosby E again showed what they were made of after an outstanding win over Argyle D, which kept them very well placed in third on 42pts, with a game in hand.
Holy Trinity C (36pts) are fourth after that tense draw at Waddington C.
At the bottom Crosby F(5pts) look a little cut adrift after suf- fering their fourth maximum loss on the run, surely a change of fortune is imminent.
Our feature match this week took us to The Amelan Hall to look in on the Third Division clash between Southport D and Crosby H.
One fact was evident even before the start, table tennis is a sport for all ages.
On one hand we had a Southport team with an average of near 60 years of age, whilst on the other, Crosby’s young side averaged just 11 years of age. Enough of the statistics, Southport’s Bernie Culshaw versus Ben Richardson got us under way.
Terrific start from both players in the first game, neither wavered from their top spin attack, eventually Bernie took it 17-15.
Same again in the second, 11-9 to the home player, before he clinched the win 11-6 in the third, first blood Southport. Home captain Jordan Shandley then seemed to be in complete control against opposite number Louie Cooper, but the young Crosby player had other ideas as he fought his way back into contention, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 10-12.
Into the fifth and Jordan refound his form to take it 11-6 and his side now lead 2-0. Alan