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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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The Cup and Plate handicaps for the semi-final's week beginning 17th April are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the left hand side menu item Individual Handicaps located in the Downloads section. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser David Beddall at div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk first but entry will not be guaranteed.
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There were some close run matches in both the Cup and the Plate. In the Cup, Revolution E go through to the semi-finals with a winning margin of 7 points over Elstow D whilst Biggleswade beat Phoenix D by just 9 points. In the Plate, Southill E beat Revolution F by just 3 points and Revolution A overtook Bedford CTTC D in the last two games of their match to win by 13 points. All the results can be accessed via the Main Menu on the left of the page.

Smith Cup and Plate Semi - Final Draw
THE PLATE (at Elstow TTC on Tue 18th April)
Revolution A v Elstow A
Elstow E v Southill E

SMITH CUP (at Elstow TTC on Wed 19th April)
Biggleswade v Southill C
Revolution E v Kempston Boys Brigade A

Individual handicaps will be available on the website the week commencing 10th April.

Dave Beddall
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Revolution B and Marston completed the season with a draw thanks to a hat-trick from Richard Elliott and a win for both Martin Walters and Trevor Beard against Mo Duncan. Mike Wilkins and Dave Wackrill bagged a brace each before combining to take the doubles beating Walters and Beard. The result confirmed Marston's bottom placing in Division One. St Neots B could only field John Mitchell against Elstow A. He beat John Simms to pick up a solitary point in a 9-1 defeat. Biggleswade hosted Phoenix A and came out 7-3 victors as Harvey Cross, Tim Bliss and Nick Hart all bagged a brace. There was an excellent win for Mark Conway who beat Nick in five sets to complete hat-trick. Finally Revolution A sealed the title for the season with a draw against St Neots A. Keith McConnell secured his hat-trick and confirmed top spot in the single's averages for the first time losing only four matches all season. John Alsop bagged a brace but was beaten in five by Marek Mastalerczyk ending up second in the averages. Marek, Rob Adamson and Mick Gaunt all beat Martin Walters and the draw was sealed as Mastalerczyk and Gaunt beat Walters and McConnell in the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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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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Revolution B secured a comfortable win beating St Neots A 7-3 with Kevin Bird picking up a hat-trick, Martin Walters a brace and a singles win for Mike Perry. Perry and Bird also won the doubles beating Mick Gaunt and Rob Adamson. Mick picked up a brace for St Neots and Rob chipped in with a singles win against Mike. Biggleswade hosted Revolution A and the visitors left with a 7-3 victory thanks to hat-tricks for Keith McConnell and John Alsop who also picked up the doubles. Nick Hart, Richard Steele and Harvey Cross all beat Ian Baldock playing up from the B team. Elstow picked up an 8-2 win at Phoenix with hat-tricks from Tom Nowakowski and Dave Beddall. John Simms won his singles against Adrian Volvovics. Tim Kirby and Mark Conway both beat John. The evening was rounded off with a close five sets in the doubles which Nowakowski and Beddall won against Kirby and Conway. Marston picked up a much needed win against St Neots B who could only field two players. Minesh Pitamber beat both Dan Bullen and John Mitchell. Gerald Ridgway bagged a victory in straight sets against Dan and Mo Duncan picked up a singles win beating John in five. St Neots gained its points with a win for Dan against Mo and John beating Gerald 13-11 in the fifth. Pitamber and Duncan combined to win the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The Cup and Plate handicaps for week beginning 27th February are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the menu item on the left hand side. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser David Beddall at div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk first but entry will not be guaranteed.
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League leaders and champions, Revolution A travelled to Elstow on Monday night and fought out the second draw of the season between the 2 teams. Elstow had taken an early lead as Dave Beddall beat Keith McConnell in five and Tom Nowakowski beat John Alsop. Revolution clawed their way back as Keith beat Tom and John Simms. John also won his other two singles. Trevor Beard stepped up from the B team to help out Revolution and took Dave to a deciding set. He beat John Simms to pick up a singles win. The draw was secured as Simms and Nowakowski beat McConnell and Alsop in the doubles. Biggleswade could only field two players and came out of the match against St Neots A with a draw. Richard Steele beat Rob Adamson and Marek Mastalerczyk. Nick Hart bagged a brace winning his singles against Marek and Mick Gaunt. Rob picked up an excellent win with his victory over Nick. Mick beat Richard and Biggleswade secured the draw with a doubles win against Gaunt and Adamson. Phoenix achieved a resounding 9-1 victory against Marston with hat-tricks for Graham Green and Mark Conway. Dante Lacorte playing up from the B team bagged a brace. Marston's point came from a victory for Julie Snowden playing her first game of the season.

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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Elstow A hosted St Neots A and secured a 6-4 victory thanks to a hat trick from Tom Nowakowski and singles wins for Colin Luscombe and John Simms both beating Richard Bellamy. Rob Adamson bagged a brace for St Neots including an impressive win against Colin. Marek Mastalerczyk also picked up two wins for the visitors. The winning point came in the doubles as Simms and Nowakowski beat Mastalerczyk and Adamson. Revolution A maintained its lead at the top by matching Elstow's result. Martin Walters was called up for the match from the B team and secured an excellent hat-trick including a 17-15 victory in the decider to beat Mike Wilkins. Keith McConnell bagged a brace and teamed up with Walters to beat Wilkins and Duncan in the doubles. Richard Elliott was undoubtedly player of the match picking up a hat-trick although unable to save Revolution B from a 6-4 defeat at Biggleswade. Tim Bliss, Nick Hart and Harvey Cross all beat Martin Walters and Ian Baldock. Elliott teamed up with Walters to secure Revolution's fouth point beating Hart and Bliss in the doubles. Phoenix A were unable to field a team and ten points were awarded to St Neots B by the fixtures sub committee in accordance with the league rules.

Report by Dave Beddall
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St Neots B picked up a 6-4 victory at Elstow on Monday thanks to a hat-trick from Zach Martillo. Dave Tiplady bagged a brace beating Dave Beddall in five and losing in the decider to Colin Luscombe. The win was secured in the doubles as Tiplady and Martillo beat Luscombe and Beddall 11-8 in the fifth. At the beginning of the evening Dan Bullen had taken Dave all the way only to succumb to a 12-10 defeat in the decider. Marston hosted Revolution B and secured an 8-2 win with hat-tricks for Mike Wilkins and Dave Wackrill. Mo Duncan picked up an unexpected singles win against Ian Baldock. Trevor Beard and Mike Perry both beat Mo to score Revolution's points. Biggleswade picked up a 7-3 win against Phoenix A with a hat-trick for Nick Hart, a brace for Richard Steele and a singles win for Clint Armstrong against Graham Green. Tim Kirby picked up an excellent win beating Richard 14-12 in the decider for Phoenix and Mark Conway beat Clint also in the fifth. The doubles saw Steele and Armstrong beat Green and Conway. Revolution A v St Neots A was conceded by St Neots A due to unavailability of players.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The Smith Cup results are now on the website. Our thanks to Dave Thomas for producing the individual handicaps again. The closest match was Revolution D v Phoenix C which ended in a draw after thirteen year old Ram Dinakar lost to the slightly older Alan Walden 6-11, 8-11, 6-11, 7-11 in the last match! Under the rules the last game was replayed with Dinaker playing more aggressively and taking home an extra two points to win the match.
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It was honours even all round at the beginning of the week as Revolution B and Phoenix A played out a draw which also sees them level on points in the table at Christmas. Mark Conway bagged a hat-trick for Phoenix and both Tim Kirby and Graham Green picked up a singles win. Mike Perry secured a brace for Revolution and Trevor Beard and Martin Walters won one each. The doubles secured the draw for Revolution as Walters and Perry beat Green and Conway in the decider. Elstow A beat two man Biggleswade 7-3 with John Simms, Colin Luscombe and Dave Beddall all beating Tim Bliss. Nick Hart picked up his hat-trick for Biggleswade although was taken to a decider by Colin. Beddall and Luscombe combined to win the doubles. Playing on the adjacent table against St Neots B, Revolution A maintained its eight point advantage at the top with a win by the same margin. John Alsop picked up his hat-trick and Keith McConnell bagged a brace as he lost only his second singles match this season in a narrow five set defeat against Zach Martillo. Martin Walters, playing up from Revolution B, beat John Mitchell. McConnell and Alsop took the doubles against Martillo and Luke Manning. St Neots A finished 2016 with an emphatic 9-1 win against Marston thanks to hat-tricks for Rob Adamson and Mick Gaunt. Marek Mastalerczyk bagged a brace. Marston's single point came from a victory in straight sets for Dave Wackrill against Marek.

Report by Dave Beddall
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Elstow A began the week with a 9-1 victory at home to Phoenix A. John Simms and Colin Luscombe secured their hat-tricks although Colin was stretched to a decider by Tim Kirby. Dave Beddall bagged a brace and was easily beaten by a much improved Mark Conway. Luscombe and Beddall beat Graham Green and Conway in the doubles. Biggleswade were unable to raise a team this week and conceded their match to Revolution A. Marston picked up a 6-4 victory at home to St Neots B who only fielded two players. Minesh Pitamber won both of his singles beating John Mitchell and Dan Bullen. Jiten Pitamber beat John whilst Dan beat both Jiten and Mo Duncan. St Neots picked up the doubles beating the pairing of Minesh Pitamber and Mo Duncan. The final match this week saw St Neots A beat Revolution B 7-3 with a hat-trick from Marek Mastalerczyk, a brace from Mick Gaunt and a singles win for Rob Adamson. Martin Walters bagged a brace for Revolution and Mike Perry beat Adamson. Mastalerczyk and Adamson won the doubles against Walters and Perry.

Report by Dave Beddall
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