TABLE TENNIS: Graham Barnes gets his reward for hard work
No-one can ever accuse Graham Barnes for lacking effort and determination.
He was man of the match for Horsham A in their 5-4 win against Foresters E, beating Phil Nicholls in straight games and Mike Robinson and Johnny Clarke in five.
He was ably supported by Chris Vincent who beat Nicholls and Robinson.
Making her debut for Blades B, 16-year-old Isabelle Joubeily scored a fine win over Crawley Community A’s Robin Stace and pushed Barrie Gilbert close in four games.
Phil Richardson played impressively to win three and earn a rare man of the match award as Crawley won 7-2.
John Callcut achieved a rare win over Steve Barby and also beat Ryszard Pelc.
This was the extent of Crawley B’s success as Blades A ran out 7-2 winners with George Hazell scoring a maximum.
Foresters B won 6-3 against Foresters D with Dan Pound surprisingly scoring a duck losing out to Kate Cheer, Rebecca George and James Wheatley.
Matt Craig and Mark Collins won all three.
Horsham Spinners’ 13-year-old Will Michell saved two match points to win deuce in the fifth against the experienced Nick Smith.
Rory Scott and Tom Pomej won three each, Mark Weston and Gary Pells scored Horsham Bs two points to narrow the gap on Copthorne.
Foresters A steamrollered Copthorne 9-0 to further extend their lead to 16 points at the top, only dropping one end.
For the second week in a row Crawley Sports only fielded two players and went down 2-7 to Foresters C.
Joe Comper scored a fine win over in-form Adam Daley and Graham Beaney defeated Gerry Pugh in five while Garry Bonner won two.
Foresters A have built up a commanding lead while four teams are competing for second spot.
The league has gone from strength to strength this season with 83 players competing so far this season.
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