Soham claim derby victory over rivals Comrades


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Table Tennis Soham claimed a convincing 9-1 win when they hosted derby rivals Soham Comrades I.

Andreas Elia started the ball rolling for Soham with a victory over Mark Lillyman of Comrades I.

Syd Dunster looked like he might level the match, taking the first set against Tony Everitt with some impressive table tennis but Everitt then found his top game to take the next three sets and add a second win for Soham. Clive Woollard kept the momentum going with a hard fought victory over Kin Choi Chan.

Despite some close games, the trend continued with Soham claiming victories until Kin put in the performance of the night to defeat Elia and take the match score to 6-1. Soham quickly recovered composure with Everitt and Woollard going on to win their remaining games. The Comrades duo of Dunster and Kin combined well in the doubles to go two sets ahead against Elia and Everitt only to see the game slowly slip away from them with the Soham pair winning in five to take the match score to 9-1.

The irrepressible Mohans struck again for Ely I as they teased and tormented Fulbourn II.

Derek Fuller was left hold the fort for Fulbourn in the first two games because of late arrivals. There was one bright moment for Fulbourn when Hauser overcame Liam Mohan to avoid the whitewash.

There was tidy result for Fulbourn II as they beat Ely II 7-3, with Martin Spott, Peters Zivtins and Nigel Bates winning two each. It could have been better for Fulbourn as the only two matches to go to five went the way of Ely - Andrew Maguire beating Bates and Ju Young coming back from two down to beat Spott.

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Maguire completed what could be his last match for Ely with a convincing win over Zivtins. Maguire is moving to New Zealand and will be missed by many for his outstanding contribution over several years to both the Ely club and to the league’s administration.

Jeff Catlin returned to top form and achieved a maximum as Impington III entertained Ely III.

Colin Adams added a further two and then the doubles with Catlin to secure the 6-4 victory. For Ely, Howard Middleton beat Adams in a long five-setter and Anne Chambers beat Ena Catlin also in five.

A rather disappointing evening for Fulbourn IV as Danny Bates, Hamish Ryder and Nick Gatherer assembled at Soham Comrades IV to be faced by two-person Comrades.

Janet Nicholls had rung every qualified person in the club for some support but only Geoff Powell from Comrades VI turned out. Powell did his best, as did Nicholls, but it was a very straightforward 10-0 victory for Fulbourn.

Bela Szabo, of Soham Comrades II, faltered briefly in his game against Impington II’s Duncan Taylor by losing the second leg but swiftly recovered to take the game in four.

Comrades’ Martyn Hagon was off-form and paid the price by going down in three to Mike Johnston. Ben Lyden was simply blown away by the hurricane that is Kin Choi Chan. Johnston took the first leg from Szabo but couldn’t sustain it and lost in four. Lyden and Hagon took five legs to determine a winner, Lyden not quite having the confidence to put the ball away and letting Hagon steal the game from him.

However, Lyden was able to relax and play his natural game against Szabo - the smashes returned. He won a great game in five. Taylor also recovered form and played more fluently to beat Hagon from being 2-0 down. It was then Johnston’s turn to experience the firepower that Kin has at his disposal, getting as far as deuce in the third leg but no further. Lyden and Johnston were no match for Szabo and Kin in the doubles giving Comrades the match 7-3.

In Division 3, Soham Comrades V took the first three singles against Countess, Nicky Rule beating Brian Mitchell, Chris Rule beating Daniel Mitchell and Lito Jumilla overcoming Robin Gammon in five sets.

Daniel Mitchell responded with successes against Nicky Rule and Lito Jumilla and then in the doubles when the Mitchells beat the Rules in four sets. Prior to the doubles, Chris Rule completed his maximum, Nicky Rule beat Gammon in five and Jumilla beat Brian Mitchell to give Comrades the match 7-3.

Fulbourn VI turned once again to the Hearne-Potton boys to play alongside Richard Bramley for the visit of Haddenham. Adam Curry provided just the game for the boys to attack, his big-hitting just getting the better of Bramley towards the end of the evening. The defence of Haddenham’s Paul Shepherd was overcome in several games while young Joshua Curry’s big moment was in partnering dad Adam to a doubles win to make the final score 8-2 to Fulbourn.

A very enjoyable and sociable evening ensued when Fulbourn VII visited Ely V.

The match took a turn in Fulbourn’s favour when Pedro Rocha snapped off his bat handle when accidentally clouting the table. This undoubtedly contributed to his losing against Rob Powell and Carl Woolf, who also both overcame the open style of Simon Bickers. Simon Braschi proved something of an enigma, struggling to beat Manu Hathirimani in five but beating Powell and taking Woolf to match point.

The doubles went to deuce in the fifth, with Fulbourn’s Woolf and Powell getting the luck against Bickers and Braschi to take the match 6-4.