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As mentioned in previous circulars we have a new score card this season which only requires the player names to be entered once. At the AGM the majority of clubs agreed to print their own. A few clubs requested that they be sent printed score cards. There are probably some old score cards still to be utilised in which case I would propose that these are used up and then move to the new score card which can be downloaded by clicking on this article or clicking on Scorecard in the Downloads section on the left hand side menu.
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There have been changes to the divisional composition of division 3, division 4, division 5 and division 6 since the last published fixture schedule due to two teams withdrawing at late notice. The final composition can be found by downloading this season's handbook by clicking on this article's title or clicking on Handbook in the Download section on the left hand side menu. The printed handbook will be available from Dave Thomas in approximately 10 days time and its availability will be published on the website once it has been received from the printers.
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League Annual General Meeting will take place at Elstow TTC, 192 Wilstead Road, Elstow MK42 9YD on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 8.00 pm. Please note that any nominations for Officers, Management Committee and the Hon. Auditor, which must come from a registered player or member, can be made either in writing to the Honorary General Secretary prior to, or verbally at, the Annual General Meeting. Any proposal for alterations to the League rules must be sent to me at least 21 days before the date of the AGM. At the end of the evening the League trophies will be presented. A few weeks before the meeting, any League rule propositions and a copy of last year’s Minutes will be circulated for review.
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(L. to R. Joe Peckham, Harrison Emery, Alex Gubler) (L. to R. Chris Hart, John Le Warne, Steve King)

The Smith Cup and Plate Finals took place at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. The Smith Cup was won for the first time by the fast improving young Revolution E team who defeated Southill C by 75 points. 16 year old Joe Peckham, for Revolution, caused the most damage and got the team off to a good start beating John Le Warne 7, 4, 1 and 9. Southill C were giving away 42 points to Revolution so needed a good result from their second match between the experienced Chris Hart and Revolution's 11 year old Harrison Emery. However, Emery was to show an increasing maturity as he won 6, 10, -8 and 7 to increase Revolution's lead. Steve King, for Southill, managed to win back 12 points against Revolution's Alex Gubler winning 6, -9, 3 and 10 but the damage had been done and by the eighth game the Smith Cup was secured for Revolution E.

(L. to R. Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry, Ian Drakes) (L. to R. John Alsop, Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ian Baldock)

The Plate final was won comfortably by the Southill E team of (Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry and Ian Drakes) against Revolution A giving away 316 points on the handicap. Having to keep Revolution down to 2.2 points a game, Ian Drakes managed to go two points up on the handicap against Steve Silk in the first match losing -3, -1, -3, -3. Ruth Hart took another two points off Ian Baldock losing -3, 0, -3, -4. John Alsop managed to level the difference against Rebekah Barry winning back four points 2, 0, 1, 1. However, Ian Drakes then put Southill ten points in front with a -5, -5, -2, -6 loss to Baldock. Rebekah Barry then put any chance of victory for Revolution out of the window by increasing the lead by another 11 points losing to Silk -4, -3, -5, -7. Alsop pulled back another point from Hart winning 1, 2, 3, 1 but it was all over by the seventh game as Barry played some great attacking shots against Baldock to lose -7, -2, -4, -4.

Congratulations to all teams for making the finals and thanks to Dave Beddall for organising the competition and presenting the trophies. A special thanks to Dave Thomas for his thorough work throughout the season working out individual handicaps, a very difficult job indeed. Lastly our thanks to Elstow and Simon Collier for hosting the semi-finals and finals nights.
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The Smith Cup and Plate Semi-Finals have now been completed and the results are as follows. In the Cup, Biggleswade lost to Southill C by 9 points and Revolution E beat Kempston BB A by 24 points. In the Plate, Elstow E lost to Southill E by 3 points and Revolution A beat Elstow A by 23 points. Both finals will be held at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. Handicaps will be issued on the night.

Note from the Competition Organiser
I am pleased to confirm that the annual knockout competitions have reached the finals stage as detailed above. This completes another excellent year of competitive Table Tennis and has seen some close and exciting matches thanks to the hard work of Dave Thomas in producing the individual handicaps. In addition, Dave has managed the draw and checked the arithmetic on the score sheets which is not infrequently incorrect although the match results are usually unaffected.

I agreed at the last AGM to continue for another year in the role of Organiser, however, I will not be making myself available to fulfill this role next season. The Smith Cup is the league's traditional team handicap competition and enables players from the lower divisions to compete with the top players on a level playing field which has proved to be very popular over the years. To ensure this continues the league needs a volunteer to take over the organisation from next season, so I would ask you to give this some thought so we can have someone in place by the AGM. As stated this has proved a particularly popular competition amongst players from the lower divisions and maybe our solution lies in this area? This is not a large job in terms of the overall running of the league and I am happy to speak to anyone about what is involved. Please let myself or any of the management committee know if you are interested in supporting the continuation of this competition.
Dave Beddall
Smith Cup and Plate Organiser
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This summer Revolution Table Tennis Club based at Lincroft School, Oakley will once again be running its popular summer league commencing 8th and 9th May allowing players to get in some match practice during the off season in a friendly social atmosphere. It also acts as a platform for junior players wishing to test themselves out to see whether they are ready to play in the senior league in the winter season (September-March). There will be at least two divisions operating on Monday or Tuesday evenings which will be graded according to standard. The higher standard division will take place on Monday evenings. Teams consist of two players playing two singles matches each and one doubles match making five matches in total. Matches start at 8pm (or earlier if both captains agree) and are generally finished by 9.30pm. Every team will play each other at least once. Trophies will be given for winners and runners-up in each division. If you wish to enter then please download and complete the entry form by clicking on this article's title. Please email the form to or drop into the Revolution Club any Monday or Tuesday evening.
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St Neots TTC are once again running their summer league which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The Tuesday evening, commencing Tuesday 2nd May is aimed at high performance teams and for the first time ever will be offering prize money of £150 for the winners, £50 for the runners-up and £25 for third place. The Wednesday evening, without prize money, is aimed at players of lower standard. The competition application form can be downloaded by clicking on this article's title.
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The annual tournament took place at Lincroft School on Saturday 21st January with forty two players hoping to pick up a trophy from eleven events. The Ladies singles competition was split into two groups with the two group winners competing in the final. Elstow's Yvonne Freer found herself pitted against Bedford Community's Cate Thomas and stormed away with the title for her second time 11-4, 11-9, 11-7.

The Men's singles title between winner from two years ago Marston's Matt Evans and club mate Mike Wilkins was expected to be a one sided affair and with the first two legs going 11-4, 11-7 it seemed the pundits were correct. However, Wilkins then showed his experience and bounced back to win the next two legs 11-7, 11-7 with a fine display of how to block Evan's punishing forehand loop. The final leg didn't disappoint the crowd and went to 9-9 until Evans closed the match and championship 11-9. The full list of results can be found by clicking on this article's title and a further report may appear later in the week. Thanks to Barbara Wright, Phil Crossley, Ian Baldock, Trevor Beard, Simon Collier and organiser John Alsop for helping the tournament to run on time.
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This season has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of score cards that are being submitted without team names. Other issues experienced have been teams entering just christian names. This all adds to the work of the volunteer administrators and fixture secretary. If you wish to keep the goodwill of these people and continue to have a responsive results service then please complete the score cards correctly. Sanctions against offending teams are not currently under discussion by the committee but if standards continue to drop then this will have to be reviewed. In addition, the quality of the images sent electronically has generally been poor. Images should be at least 1024 pixels wide and taken in good lighting conditions i.e. on the match table top without shadows and in focus. Thank you for your assistance in helping the league run efficiently and professionally albeit by amateur volunteers.

John Alsop
General Secretary
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After fifty five years of trying, the 1st Kempston Co. the Boys Brigade finally won the Boys Brigade National Table Tennis Championship in Belfast last weekend. Table tennis is one of ten national competitions run in the UK by the Boys Brigade. To reach the finals the Boys had defeated teams from North Suffolk, Croydon, Bedford, Reading and Southampton. In the finals Kempston faced two teams from Scotland, two from Ireland plus another English team. The boy’s team comprised Edward Simms, Oliver Horswell and Sas Ambepitiya who all play in the Bedford and District League.

Kempston won their group matches against Port Glasgow 8-1 and Cookstown (Ireland) 9 - 0. In the semi-finals they played Lanchester (County Durham) who they narrowly beat in last year’s semi-final. This year it was even tighter with Ed Simms in the pivotal game 2 sets and 6 -4 down in the 3rd set before coming back to win the last three sets 12-10, 11-8 and 12-10. In the finals they beat Grangemouth 6 – 3 but again some very close matches.

It was a great weekend with some wonderful table tennis all played in a great spirit.

Alan Thompson
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Competition Winners
2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

National Champions - Andy Trott (L.) & Chris Bartram (R.)

National Champions - Andy Trott (L.) & Chris Bartram (R.)

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