Back with a bang

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and to see how one cer­tainty and one pos­si­bil­ity got on we called in at Ar­gyle where their H team hosted Princes St F.

Liam Ward re­turned for the hosts to bol­ster what looked like their strong­est four, whilst the vis­i­tors had Dave Mul­lan in at one and in­tro­duced Harry Hob­son for his first match.

Dou­bles were call first and which gave the home side a great start, Lee Hes­keth and Ol­lie Moir over­com­ing Dave Wil­liams and young Sam Davies in three straight, af­ter which Liam and Jeff Hes­keth did a re­peat per­for­mance on Dave Mul­lan and Harry to make it 2-0.

Dave then chose to stay put to face Lee, and from the start that looked to be the right de­ci­sion as he re­duced the ar­rears with an­other three straight win. Con­sid­er­ing both sides’ league po­si­tions, three straight was sur­pris­ingly look­ing to be the or­der of the night as first Ol­lie and then Harry fol­lowed the trend with wins over Sam and Jeff re­spec­tively which made the score 3-2 Ar­gyle.

Liam con­tin­ued the race to fin­ish in record time mak­ing it 4-2, Dave Wil­liams on the re­ceiv­ing end.

Jeff against Sam was up next and although it again went just to the three games, Sam put in a great shift to push Jeff all the way.

A close first was edged 11-9 by the home player, Sam’s top­spin at­tack nearly pay­ing off.

A lit­tle more com­fort­able for Jeff in the sec­ond, as his heavy slice back­hand proved to be to trou­ble­some for Sam to han­dle. Close again in the third 11-9 to Jeff which made the match at least safe at 5-2. His son, Lee then se­cured the win by over­com­ing debu­tant Harry be­fore Ol­lie made it 7-2 beat­ing a stub­born Dave Wil­liams.

Nine con­tests, all de­cided in three, would the num­ber ones Liam and Dave Mul­lan com­ply? Well sim­ply, no!

What a con­test we had to round off a very en­ter­tain­ing evening.

From the start, this one turned it up a few notches, with Liam’s loop at­tack against Dave’s for­mi­da­ble de­fence.

Ir­re­sistible play from both play­ers who shared the first two games 11-8,11-9, same again for the next two, but with even more in­ten­sity, 11-5, 7-11.

Last word though to Liam who did well to keep a lid on those big hits, opt­ing for the more ef­fec­tive po­si­tional heavy loop, 11-5 to him and a fi­nal score of 8-2 Ar­gyle H.

That win con­cludes the first half of the sea­son for the H team, and with 79pts, they cur­rently lead Ar­gyle F by 20pts, who just got the bet­ter of South­port D, win­ning 6-4.

Princes St F are third, back on 52pts, a point ahead of North Me­ols who are now fourth, af­ter a stir­ring 3-7 vic­tory at the Para’s.

Fi­nally, South­port C and Crosby H could not be sep­a­rated, whilst Crosby G were pipped 4-6 by Ar­gyle J.

It’s Gun­son Cup week next, so all fingers are crossed that the new hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem serves up a treat.

All in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.tableten­nis365.com/ south­port

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