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Title rivals poised for crunch league clash

DIVISION One of the Stratford Table Tennis League is developing into a two horse race with just two points separating newcomers Bengeworth and last year’s champions Snitterfield, reports Kevin Taylor.

Bengeworth’s Richard Bishop and John McKay chalked up yet another impressive win, 15-6 against Henley. Snitterfield were made to work hard for their points against Stratford BATS winning the match 11-6 but had no answer to debutant Adrian Jones who was undefeated on the night.

Shottery narrowly defeated Jets 11-10 with Gary Stewart again being involved in a five-set epic, this time with Debs Barrow, the latter finally taking the game 11-7 to retain her position at the top of the Division One individual averages.

The in-form Jack Ganderton
The in-form Jack Ganderton

Next week will see the top two teams meet in what may well be a title decider.

In Division Two, Stratford Angry Birds and Tigers are racing towards promotion to the top tier in January.

Tigers defeated stablemates Bards in a closely contested encounter 9-8 with Jack Ganderton leading the way and remaining unbeaten on the evening. He is having an exceptional season having recently finished runner-up at the Birmingham Table Tennis Academy One Star competition held at the Nishkam centre in Birmingham. He has also been selected to play Junior British League for our local partners Colebridge Table Tennis Club.

League leaders Angry Birds defeated Willersey 11-7 but had no answer to the pen hold skills of Willersey’s Robert Pitt.

Stratford Juniors were defeated 15-1 by a very experienced FISSC team. However, the progress of the juniors has been incredible, and the scores never do justice to their performances. It’s great to see Niamh Webb and Freya Boer playing so well and I’m sure they will both be incredibly successful at the Warwickshire schools event taking place at Meon Vale on Sunday, 14th January

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