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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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For the first time in over forty years Bedford has attracted two of England's top table tennis players to provide an exhibition of world class table tennis on Monday 20th February from 5.00-7.00pm at Lincroft School, Oakley. Make your reservation by visiting www.revolutionttc.co.uk/england-exhibition. The England stars will also be on hand afterwards to sign autographs and provide coaching tips to future Bedfordshire junior stars. Commonwealth Games Mixed Doubles bronze medallists Kelly Sibley (England's No. 1 lady) and Danny Reed (England No. 6) who defeated the Singaporean No. 1 seeds at the 2016 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to win their bronze medals will be the outstanding attraction. The event is part of the promotion of the PG Mutual National Championships, this year taking place between 3rd-5th March in Nottingham. PG Mutual Chief Executive, Mike Perry, is an enthusiastic player at Revolution Table Tennis Club, who have their club based at Lincroft School, and has identified table tennis as a family friendly sport that complements his company's ethos. Bedfordshire's Disability Sports Award winner in 2016, Daniel Bullen, who at only 19 years of age and currently ranked No. 6 in the World Under-23 Class 5 category, will also show how table tennis can be played at an extreme level for non-standing players. An exhibition match between Kelly Sibley and Revolution's Sara Williams (England No 3. veteran lady) will also be something to look forward to. Afterwards, junior players will be invited to participate in a coaching session with the England players. This is a free event funded by the Bedford & District Table Tennis League and interest will be high so please make your reservation by visiting www.revolutionttc.co.uk/england-exhibition to avoid disappointment.
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Smith Cup Draw:
BCTTC A (2) v Southill C (3)
Revolution D (4) v Kempston BB A (3)
Elstow D (4) v Revolution E (4)
Biggleswade (1) v Phoenix D (3)

Plate Draw:
Revolution G (5) v Elstow E (4)
BCTTC D (5) v Revolution A (1)
Revolution F (5) v Southill E (5)
Elstow A (1) v Stevington A (2)

Revised individual handicaps will be published on the web site the week before the Quarter Finals.
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League's first Charity Handicap Tournament will be held on Monday 13th February at the Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley, MK43 7RE commencing promptly at 7.45pm. The entry fee on the night is a minimum contribution of £3 and all income received goes in aid of local charities. The tournament competition format will be decided based on the number of entries. A Plate competition will also take place so you are guaranteed at least two matches. There will be a raffle plus an auction for a slow cooker which has been donated by Elstow's Joe Ogunremi. All donated raffle prizes are gratefully received. Entry may be made by clicking on http://revolutionttc.co.uk/charity-competition-entry-form/
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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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The Cup and Plate handicaps for next week 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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The Cup and Plate handicaps for next week 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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The draw is now available and can be downloaded by clicking on this article's title. Each event has a start time so check your individual start time and try to arrive half an hour before the event commences. Please email the organiser at alsop.john@btinternet.com if you do not appear in an event that you expect to be in with a copy of the acknowledgement email as evidence of your entry.
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There will be an updated handicap list produced over this weekend for the forthcoming Smith Cup and Plate competition next week. The website will announce its availability. Please ensure you download the latest list.
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The competition entry period is now closed. There are a total of 44 entries and the tournament draw and schedule will be published on Thursday 19th January. Please do not email the organiser directly but wait for your notification.
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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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CUP
Southill D v Revolution D
Southill C v Phoenix E
Revolution B v Kempston BB A
St Neots D v Biggleswade
Revolution C v Bedford CTTC A
Phoenix A v Revolution E
Phoenix D v BYE
Elstow D v BYE
PLATE
Bedford CTTC D v Elstow G
Marston v Elstow E
Phoenix B v Revolution A
Elstow A v Phoenix C
Revolution G v Stevington B
St Neots C v Southill E
Stevington A v BYE
Revolution F v BYE
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Sadly the League has lost one of its elder statesmen as former official, player and coach Sandy Cordon, at the age of ninety, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on Christmas Day. He was a much loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. Sandy was very well known within the League as a player, coach and administrator. His contribution as Fixture Secretary over twenty years, until his retirement from the post in 2010, is one that will probably never be repeated but he ensured a smooth handover to his successor by staying on the committee for another season. He also ran very successful Charity Tournaments over the years using his impeccable handicapping system which took advantage of his unprecedented detailed knowledge of player performance from memory without the aid of a computer. As Fixture Secretary, everyone that dealt with him found him easy to deal with and fair in his decisions, even if they didn't agree with the result! Every week during the season he would produce handwritten results for inclusion in the local newspaper, only he knows how long this took him. As a committee member, he would put forward all the options he could foresee and then let others discuss these before putting forward his own view, if he felt it necessary. As a player he would admit he wasn't the best but he was a fierce competitor with an 'unorthodox serve' that took some skill returning. For even longer than his service to the League Sandy served his club Elstow, as their secretary, until ill health required him to step down in 2011. In the same year, in recognition of his life long service to the League, Sandy was elected a Life Member. A former mathemetics teacher, he also had a keen interest in chess and rose to be President of the British Chess Federation and, whilst deputy head at Stewartby School, in the 1970s he organised the Bedford Middle Schools Chess League where he used to have 100 children in his lunchtime chess club. Outside table tennis he played hockey in the 1950's for Bedford Hockey and into his 80's was still enjoying playing tennis, badminton and golf until cataracts prevented him from playing any further. He and his wife Edna celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year and our condolences go to her and the rest of his loving family. His amazingly full life will be celebrated at Bedford Crematorium on Friday 13th January at 10.00am. Flowers from family only please. Donations, if desired, may be made to Cancer Research.
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