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I have great pleasure inviting you to enter the Bedford & District League annual table tennis tournament to be held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in the Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RE. Last year's tournament was an outstanding success and all players are invited to enter if they are registered in the League and have played at least one match. The closing date for entries is Saturday 14th January 2017.

If you would like to enter then this can be done on-line by clicking annual tournament entry and entering your selected events. Once you have submitted your entry form you will receive an acknowledgement email which will contain payment instructions. Alternatively, you can use the entry form in the handbook. Please send your payment through as soon as possible so that you can be entered into the event schedule. A few days before the tournament date you will receive details of the draw and your start time.

Please note that I will not be accepting entries other than via the annual tournament entry website link or the handbook entry form as last year some players were disappointed because they thought an email or text was sufficient to guarantee entry.

I look forward to seeing you there.
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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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Elstow A's 8-2 victory against Revolution B told nothing of the story of the night as six of the singles needed a decider to produce a result. Dave Beddall secured his hat-trick and there was a brace each for Tom Nowakowski and Colin Luscombe. Richard Elliott playing his second game of the season picked up two wins for Revolution beating Tom and Colin. Nowakowski and Beddall beat Walters and Baldock in the doubles. Despite having only two players, Biggleswade secured a 6-4 victory against Marston with a hat-trick from Richard Steele and a brace from Tim Bliss. Marston's singles victory came from Mike Wilkins. Revolution A extended its lead at the top with a maximum against Phoenix A. Mark Conway managed to take a set from John Alsop, Keith McConnell and Steve Silk but other than the doubles the remaining games were all settled in straight sets. Finally, there was a St Neots derby resulting in victory for its B team 7-3 against its A team fielding only two players. Zach Martillo beat both Marek Mastalerczyk and Richard Bellamy. Dan Bullen picked up a singleton beating Richard whilst Marek and Richard both beat John Mitchell.

Report by Dave Beddall
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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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Revolution A extended its lead at the top to five points with a 6-4 victory against second placed Elstow A. Keith McConnell picked up a hat-trick and John Alsop bagged a brace. Nicole Bird making her Revolution debut beat Dave Beddall in straight sets. Tom Nowakowski and Colin Luscombe both beat Nicole in deciding sets. Dave Beddall won the decider against John. Elstow picked up the doubles as Nowakowski and Luscombe beat McConnell and Alsop. Phoenix A travelled to Marston and left with a 7-3 victory as Tim Kirby, Mark Conway and Graham Green all bagged a brace. Graham secured an impressive straight sets victory against the experienced Mike Wilkins. Mike won his other two singles for Marston and Jiten Pitamber beat Graham.†St Neots A and Biggleswade played out a draw with a brace for both Marek Mastalerczyk and Rob Adamson who needed a decider to beat Richard Steele. Mick Gaunt also beat Richard.†Nick Hart won two for Biggleswade with Richard and Tim Bliss contributing one singles win each. The draw was secured as Steele and Hart beat Gaunt and Adamson in the deciding set in the doubles. St Neots B ran out 6-4 winners against Revolution B with a hat-trick for Zach Martillo, a brace from John Mitchell and a singles win against Trevor Beard for Dan Bullen. Mike Perry bagged a brace for Revolution and Ian Baldock won one. Revolution's pairing of Perry and Beard took the doubles in a decider against Martillo and Bullen.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The new Smith Cup competition score sheet can be obtained by clicking on this article's title. Please note Dave Beddall's address is now the one in the handbook.
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Please ensure that the score sheets used in the Smith Cup and Plate competitions are returned by post or emailed to davethomas.tt@btinternet.com so that the individual results can be used in future rounds. Do not just send the summary totals. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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The Smith Cup individual handicaps are now available to download by either clicking on this article's title or by clicking on the menu item on the left hand side. Please note that players who havenít competed this year are generally excluded from the handicap list and will not be able to play in the competition. Any team wishing to play a 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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Revolution A saw its lead at the top cut to three points as Elstow A secured a 9-1 victory against Marston thanks to hat-tricks for Dave Beddall and Tom Nowakowski and a brace from Colin Luscombe. Dave had to battle to finally overcome Mike Wilkins 12-10 in the decider. Tom didn't drop a set on the night. Marston's point came from Mike's win against Colin. The doubles also went to a fifth set and resulted in a victory for Nowakowski and Beddall against Wilkins and Mo Duncan. Revolution A ran out 8-2 winners against the B team with John Alsop and Keith McConnell securing hat- tricks. Ian Baldock played up for the A team and won his singles against Trevor Beard but dropped two points with defeats to Mike Perry and Martin Walters despite both matches going to a decider. Biggleswade came up against a strong St Neots B side with the visitors coming away with a 6-4 victory thanks to Dave Tiplady and Zach Martillo securing hat-tricks. Biggleswade picked up all three singles against Dan Bullen and the doubles as Nick Hart and Tim Bliss beat Martillo and Bullen. In the week's final match St Neots A beat Phoenix A 6-4 as Mick Gaunt secured a hat-trick, Rob Adamson a brace and Richard Bellamy a singles win against Tim Kirby. Graham Green bagged a brace for Phoenix and Mark Conway beat Richard. Phoenix picked up its fourth point with a doubles victory for Green and Conway against Gaunt and Adamson.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The first round of the Smith Cup competition has now been drawn as below. The numbers in brackets represent the divisions that the team is currently playing in. The individual handicaps will be published prior to the competition commencement so keep watching this website for the latest news on this.

Elstow A (1) v Kempston BB A (3)
Revolution D (4) v Phoenix C (3)
St Neots C (2) v Revolution E (4)
Elstow G (5) v Southill D (3)
Biggleswade (1) v Elstow E (4)
Revolution G (5) v Southill C (3)
Stevington B (3) v Phoenix A (1)
Revolution F (5) v St Neots D (3)
Phoenix B (2) v Revolution B (1)
Marston (1) v Revolution C (4)
Phoenix D (3) v Stevington A (2)
Southill E (5) v Elstow D (4)
Revolution A (1) v Phoenix E (4)
Bedford CTTC A (2) v Bedford CTTC D (5)

Dave Beddall
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Revolution A made a positive statement for top spot opening this week with a 10-0 victory at Marston with hat-tricks for Steve Silk, Keith McConnell and John Alsop. Biggleswade were only able to field two players away against Revolution B and the home side picked up a 6-4 win. Ian Baldock won a five set battle against Richard Steele beating him for the second time this season. He also beat Tim Bliss in straight sets. Richard and Tim bagged a brace each beating Mike Perry and Martin Walters in their other singles. Perry and Baldock secured the win in the doubles. Elstow A left St Neots A with a victory by the same scoreline thanks to a brace each for Tom Nowakowski and Dave Beddall. John Simms picked up an excellent win beating Mick Gaunt in five sets. Mick beat both Tom and Dave although he needed a fifth set to beat the latter. Rob Adamson and Richard Bellamy won their singles against John. The win was secured in the doubles as Nowakowski and Beddall beat Gaunt and Adamson. Phoenix A picked up a comfortable 8-2 win against St Neots B with hat-tricks for both Graham Green and Mark Conway. Tim Kirby beat Luke Manning but lost to both Dan Bullen and Zach Martillo. The final game of the evening saw Green and Conway win the doubles against Martillo and Manning.

Report by Dave Beddall
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Please note that entries to the Smith Cup Competition will close at midnight on Saturday 12 November. Entries should be sent to David Beddall at div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk.

Thank you.
Dave Beddall
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The week opened with a draw between Revolution B and Marston. Mike Wilkins secured his hat-trick for the visitors and Gerald Ridgeway also bagged a brace, although Trevor Beard pushed him all the way to a decider and a narrow 13-11 win. Ian Baldock picked up two wins for the home side but needed a fifth set to defeat Mo Duncan. He secured an excellent win in straight sets against Gerald. Trevor Beard and Martin Walters both beat Mo Duncan. The draw was secured with a doubles victory for Walters and Baldock against Wilkins and Ridgeway. Biggleswade secured a resounding win beating Phoenix A 9-1 with hat-tricks for Richard Steele and Nick Hart. Nick came back from two sets down against Graham Green in a closely fought contest. Tim Bliss bagged a brace and Phoenix's point came from Mark Conway beating Tim. Elstow A visited St Neots B and came away with a 7-3 victory thanks to another hat-trick from Colin Luscombe and a brace for Tom Nowakowski. Zach Martillo picked up a brace for St Neots although he was stretched to a decider against both Dave Beddall and Tom Nowakowski. Luke Manning came from 8-3 down in the first game against Dave Beddall to win in straight sets and Dave secured his singleton beating John Mitchell. The doubles saw a victory for Nowakowski and Luscombe against Mitchell and Martillo. Despite fielding only two players Revolution A ensured the first round of matches saw it remaining level with Elstow A at the top of the table as they won 7-3 at St Neots A. John Alsop and Keith McConnell secured maximums against Richard Bellamy, Rob Adamson and Marek Mastalerczyk.

Report by Dave Beddall
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