Goodliffe helps Scalby earn point

David Grimwood, of Desperatum team, at Scarborough Table Tennis Centre, Grham School. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120815g 20/02/12
David Grimwood, of Desperatum team, at Scarborough Table Tennis Centre, Grham School. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120815g 20/02/12
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Scalby B 3 Rogues N Joshers 7

A plucky effort by a young Scalby side got them a point thanks to a Hal Goodliffe brace and a single for Alistair Hutchinson.

Rogues’ Lester Smith was too strong for all of his opponents and partnered John Blaymires to a doubles success. Blaymires added a single while third player Colin Arnott won two hard-fought five-setters for Rogues five-point haul.

After this win Rogues could still make a creditable challenge to a promotion spot if they win their games in hand.

Royal Mail 6 Langdale Striders 4

Bottom-placed Striders were rewarded for their team effort by taking two points out of this close defeat against Royal Mail.

Andy Cornforth managed a brace and there were singles for Colin Parcell and John Warburton.

Royal Mail’s Stuart Robinson reminded everyone why he is top of the averages in this division with straight set wins in all his rubbers.

He was also victorious in the doubles with partner Steve King.

The latter added a single as did team-mate Adrian Atkinson.

Whitby Endeavour 6 Hospital Warriors 4

Hospitals played the first of two games in a week to clear a fixture backlog and did well to take two points off one of the leading teams.

Murthy Mavuri, Otman Saraj and Ajay Tandan all won singles with the latter two pulling out all the stops to win a competitive doubles.

There were unbeaten performances from Stuart Hurworth and Graham Cripps to give Whitby a rare win after a run of drawn games.

Desperatum 4 Hospital Warriors 6

Hospitals ace Ajay Tandan was man of the match, leading his team to a shock win over mid-table outfit Desperatum.

In the opening rubber he set the tone with a thrilling five set win over Nigel Hird 11-6, 10-12, 16-14, 9-11, 11-8.

The all round performer then won his remaining two singles plus a vital doubles with Osman Saraj.

The win was sealed by the efforts of Murthy Mavuri and Saraj who both won singles. Desperatum had to settle for two points through a brace each for Hird and Tony Brown.

Trinity 5 St Ives 5

A fair result in a match that had its share of surprises.

The opening rubber saw Trinity’s Richard Copsey make a brilliant recovery from 8-3 down in the final set to defeat Steve Miller 11-9.

But it was left to promising newcomer Robert Gorka to provide the biggest surprise by turning in a faultless performance to record three match- winning singles for St Ives.

Miller only managed a single on the night but paired up with the enigmatic Russsell Ives to cause an upset in the doubles.

They faced the formidable pairing of Copsey and Simon Boddy and won it 14-12, 2-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Trinity’s reply came from a brace each for Boddy and Copsey plus a single from Ross Tyson.

Ice Men 4 Desperatum 6

Ice Men are getting cold feet as they dropped a further four points in their quest for the title.

The villians of the piece were Desperatum’s dastardly duo Nigel Hird and Tony Brown who both scored maximums.

David Frost put up a brave show against Hird and took the first two sets but once his opponent took it to a decider there was only one outcome with Hird taking it 11-7.

Frost, Derek Harris and James Button all won singles for the Ice Men and clinched a further point when Button and Harris were successful in the doubles.