Crosby hold the Xmas No1 slot

Southport Visiter - - Antiques - BY JIM BOOTH

AS was fore­casted, Crosby A and B teams will oc­cupy first and sec­ond place at the top of Di­vi­sion One of the South­port and Formby Ta­ble Te­nis League go­ing into the Christ­mas break.

With the A team on 75pts with­out a match, the B team did have the chance to take pole po­si­tion.

A trip to Ar­gyle B was the task in hand, but wins from Al­lis­ter Tay­lor and Mon­ica Coogan, along with a dou­bles suc­cess meant the B team had to set­tle for sec­ond place with 74pts, after their 3-7 vic­tory.

Ar­gyle A (62pts) ce­mented third place after a tense home draw against South­port A (59pts), Ju­lian Quirk step­ping up from their B team with a full quota of wins, was piv­otal in se­cur­ing the draw.

Princes ST A wel­comed back num­ber one Matty Wil­son, and he duly helped his side to a 9-1 vic­tory over bot­tom side Crosby C (25pts), which moved them into fourth place on 61pts.

Holy Trin­ity A also fin­ished on a high with a max­i­mum win at sec­ond bot­tom Crosby D (30pts).

Our fi­nal fea­ture match is the Princes St derby be­tween their B and C teams, and with both teams in fine fet­tle even though they were both in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble, the mood felt right for an early Christ­mas cracker.

What a start for the C team, with first Josiah Nix and then Ray Hibbs pulling out all the stops in two five game epic wins against Martyn Cole­man and Dave Britton re­spec­tively.

B team cap­tain Roger Neal then re­stored some or­der by over­com­ing Mick Win­der in four games, be­fore C team cap­tain Josh Tay­lor edged a ding dong bat­tle against Ged Wil­son, the 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 14-12, 9-11 score­line telling the story.

That made the match score

1-3 for the C team but it could so eas­ily have been the other way round.

With that anal­ogy firmly ig­nored Ray then in­creased his side’s ad­van­tage with a four game win over Martyn, only for Ged to do a sim­i­lar job on Josiah to make it 2-4 C team.

Dou­bles were next up on this de­li­cious menu, Roger and Dave were pit­ted against Josh and Ray. No one had to ask for a re­fund on this one, su­perb play through­out from both pairs, who shared the first four games, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11.

Into the fifth, and the B team pair closed the gap again, an 11-8 win made it 3-4 on the night.

Yet an­other ex­tra­or­di­nary con­test was then served up, Ged and Martyn ver­sus Mick and Josiah. First two games to the B team pair­ing, the sec­ond be­ing an in­cred­i­ble 18-16 snatch, which in­cluded Martyn push­ing aside his solid de­fen­sive play o pro­duce win­ning hits on both his fore and back hand, im­pres­sive in­deed!

Back came the C team pair to level things 9-11, 7-11, only for the Ged Martyn combo to win it in the fifth, just 11-9, mak­ing it all square at 4-4. The t turn­around was then com­pleted by Roger, who just got the bet­ter of his op­po­site num­ber Josh in four in­trigu­ing games to put the B team ahead for the first time 5-4.

Fi­nally, Mick had the last say, draw­ing his side back level, over­com­ing Dave in four pul­sat­ing games, fight­ing back hav­ing lost the first.

What a match, and at 5-5 the right re­sult.

Both sides de­served a lot of credit, and a big thankyou to them for de­liv­er­ing what I asked for at the start, an early Christ­mas Cracker.

Ar­gyle D (75pts) reaf­firmed top spot in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, with a de­ci­sive 8-2 win over their E team, giv­ing them a 13pt lead over their ri­vals Ar­gyle C, who were with­out a match this week, but were al­ready as­sured of that sec­ond berth.

South­port B (58pts) head the chas­ing pack after a con­vinc­ing 9-1 home win against bot­tom team Crosby F, who on 25pts find them­selves seven points adrift of Ar­gyle E. Crosby E (56pts) jumped up to fourth place, this after a 9-1 home suc­cess over an un­der­strength Princes St D.

Nick Foss made a wel­come re­turn for the Princes St E fold, al­though his full quota of wins couldn’t pre­vent his side from go­ing down to to a 4-6 home de­feat to a use­ful look­ing Holy Trin­ity B side.

Water­loo A won the brag­ging rights in their derby against their B team, an 8-2 vic­tory looked ac­com­plished, but with three of those wins go­ing to five games, then it could have been a lot closer.

Di­vi­sion Three lead­ers Ar­gyle H (79pts) had al­ready put their feet up know­ing their po­si­tion was guar­an­teed.

How­ever sec­ond placed Ar­gyle F (62pts) missed the chance to close the gap sig­nif­i­cantly when they went down to a 7-3 loss at Crosby H.

North Me­ols and Princes St F are now in joint third place on 59pts, after very good wins over Crosby G (8-2) and South­port C (7-3) re­spec­tively.

Para’s (55pts) also kept in touch with a 9-1 win over South­port D.

Fi­nally, fes­tive cheer was in abun­dance at Ar­gyle’s mini derby where the G team were fac­ing the prospect of turn­ing up with only three play­ers, Ar­gyle J’s Tony Philips an­swered the last minute call and turned out for their op­po­nents.

A great match then en­sued and fin­ished all square, leav­ing just one more thing to say - Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year to ev­ery­one.

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