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Elstow A secured a comprehensive win in beating Biggleswade 8-2 with a hat-trick for Dave Beddall and a brace for each of Tom Nowakowski and Colin Luscombe. Dave was made to work very hard against Nick Hart who raced into a 6-0 lead in the fifth before pulling the set back to 6-6 and eventually coming through 16-14. Nick bagged a brace in beating Tom and Colin. Revolution A hosted St Neots B and picked up a win by the same score with hat-tricks for Keith McConnell and Nicole Bird. Zach Martillo secured an excellent win overcoming the experience of John Alsop. He then teamed up with Dan Bullen to beat McConnell and Alsop in the doubles. The third match on Monday evening saw a further 8-2 result as St Neots A overcame Marston. Mick Gaunt secured his hat-trick and there was a brace each for Marek Mastalerczyk and Rob Adamson. The pair also combined to take the doubles. Mike Wilkins picked up wins against Marek and Rob to register Marston's points. The final match of the week saw a battle at the bottom which Revolution B came out on top of with a 6-4 victory against Phoenix A. Richard Elliott secured his hat-trick without dropping a set and Ian Baldock chipped in with his first ever win against Graham Green. Martin Walters beat Tim Kirby. Mark Conway bagged a brace for Phoenix. The win was sealed with a doubles victory for Walters and Elliott against Green and Conway.

Report by Dave Beddall
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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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