Honours even as Comrades face off against Ely


- Credit: Archant

Table Tennis Mid-table pair Soham Comrades V and Ely V played out a draw in their Division 3 battle.

Hosts, Soham got off to a flyer when Nicky Rule won the first leg against Pedro Rocha but had to settle for second place as Rocha peeled off the next three legs in quick succession.

Chris Rule put Comrades back on track with a very close five-set victory over Simon Braschi and Lito Jumilla added to that with a straight sets win over Simon Bickers. Braschi then brought the match back to level footing with a three-sets win over Nicky Rule before Chris Rule and Lito Jumilla gave Comrades a 4-2 lead through hard-earned five-set victories over Bickers and Rocha respectively.

Not to be outdone, Ely responded sweeping to a 5-4 lead with wins by Bickers, Rocha and Braschi over Nicky Rule, Chris Rule and Jumilla. Needing to win the doubles to save the match Chris Rule and Jumilla duly obliged with a four-set success against Braschi and Bickers.

Soham Comrades IV were forced to recruit from their sixth team squad against Fulbourn IV which gave them a handicap advantage of between four and eight points across the card.

After Danny Bates had overcome Janet Nicholls in the first game, play became very tentative as players on both teams waited for their opponents to make a mistake. Syd Rushton pushed hard for Comrades, going down to Jon Chapman 31-29 in the third and losing out 32-34 to Hamish Ryder, before getting the better of Bates in another close game.

Chapman failed to unravel the mysteries of Nicholls’ spin as Comrades resisted to the end but could not prevent a 7-2 victory for Fulbourn.