Unsettled Comrades whitewashed by Imps


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Table Tennis Soham Comrades IV have been unable to field a settled side this season and their depleted team suffered a whitewash when they visited Impington II, their fellow strugglers at the foot of the Division 2 table.

However, the Comrades trio of Janet Nicholls, Syd Rushton and Edward Garrett-Jones all took a leg off their first opponents, respectively Ben Lyden, Duncan Taylor and Mike Johnston. Thereafter, apart from Garrett-Jones leading Taylor 2-0 before losing in five, Impington had things all their own way.

Ely I made full use of one of their games in hand when they visited Elsworth I and came away 9-1 winners.

Liam and Kieran Mohan completed their maximums and then took the doubles against Roger Fensom and Joe Thorogood. Fensom was the only scorer for Elsworth, beating Patrick Mohan in four legs.

Impington I visited Ely II with only two players but neither Reno Phyo nor Harvey Dinkele dropped a match all evening – singles and doubles – and so came away with a 7-3 victory.

Only two matches went beyond three legs – Ju Young’s four-leg loss to Phyo and Ashley Rowe and Young’s four-leg defeat in the doubles.

Fulbourn III finished their campaign with a resounding whitewash as Tom Lodziak, Sammy Hague and Phil Hague roared through the card against Ely III. However, Ely’s Margaret Chambers pushed Sammy to five and posed a very real threat to Phil. She later joined up with Anne Chambers to go close in the doubles, from one game all, losing 18-16 in the third, winning the fourth but going down in the fifth.

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Fred Laband provided some high-spirited action, particularly against Sammy but in the end was out-manoeuvred.

Impington II’s rearranged game at Soham Comrades III ended all square with two players from each side winning two and the doubles going to Impington. Martyn Hagon scored the extra game needed for Comrades after Adam Speed and Alan Chambers had won two each. Tony Taylor beat Speed in five having been 2-0 up and then beat Hagon. Ben Lyden beat Hagon and Chambers but lost to Speed in four after just taking the first leg 19-17.

In Division 3, only Simon Johnson and son Nathan turned out for Ellesmere III when they visited Soham Comrades V. Simon won Ellesmere’s three points beating Nicky Rule and Chris Rule in four and Lito Jumilla three straight. The Johnson’s were just edged out in the doubles by Nicky Rule and Jumilla. Another team falling one player short was Ely V as they suffered a whitewash at the hands of Countess.

However, Simon Braschi put on a brave show taking all his Countess opponents to five legs.