Shot in the arm for Comrades’ promotion push


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Table Tennis Soham Comrades II continued their push for promotion with an 8-2 win over Ely III.

Kin Choi Chan scored a maximum for Comrades then sat out the doubles to allow Bela Szabo and Robin Wallis to beat Neil Abram and Neil Weir.

Abram was the face-saver for Ely, beating Wallis in four sets and Szabo in three.

Ely I were in top form as they visited Soham Comrades I, achieving a whitewash even though Comrades took the first leg in four of the singles matches.

Liam Mohan was most impressive losing only one set all evening.

After six games, Ely II and Soham were tied at 3-3.

However, Soham took the remaining four games to win the match 7-3. In those games, Soham’s Ian Boggie beat Ashley Rowe in five, Tony Everitt beat Ju Young in three and Martin Freeland beat Andrew Maguire, also in three.

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The five-set doubles went to Soham even though Young and Maguire had led Everitt and Freeland 9-4 in the fifth.

Nick Gatherer and David Lam both claimed maximums for Fulbourn V against a Soham Comrades IV team reinforced by Lito Jumilla.

Gatherer needed the fifth to overcome both Jumilla and Mick Wells, Wells proving a constant threat taking Lam to five and beating Andrew Segar. Segar also succumbed to Jumilla but Gatherer and Lam took the doubles against Wells and Martyn Logan to complete an 8-2 victory.

Rob Pownall scored a maximum, Greg Ozog two and then the two of them the doubles to see Ely IV to a 6-4 win over Soham Comrades III.

For Comrades, Alan Chambers scored two and Martyn Hagon and Chris Rule one each for their tally.

In Division 3, Countess included Rachel Foulger for the visit of Fulbourn VI, expecting at least two of the Fulbourn ladies. However, none of these were available so Fulbourn introduced Alex and Daniel Hearne-Potton for their league debuts. Tim Hands attended in order to guide the boys and despite his strained back, played to make up the numbers.Alex Hearne-Potton took advantage of Brian Mitchell’s still-painful knee to record a nonetheless impressive win. It was left to Steve Jugg, as the only fit regular player on either side, to score a maximum and steer the match to a 5-5 conclusion.

Two-man Soham Comrades VI entertained Ely V and lost heavily, 1-9, Edward Garrett-Jones gaining their only point with a four-set victory over Peter Salmon. Ely’s two Simons – Braschi and Bickers – went through the card untroubled including the doubles in three against Syd Rushton and Garrett-Jones.

Ellesmere III’s Simon Johnson won all his singles and then the doubles with Jack England against Paul Shepherd and Jake Alsop in their 6-4 victory over their hosts, Haddenham.

Nathan Johnson and England both beat Joshua Curry for Ellesmere’s remaining points. England played well in his other singles taking both Shepherd and Alsop to five sets.