South­port tri­umph

Southport Visiter - - Celebrations - BY JIM BOOTH

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

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