Pleasing start to British Table Tennis League season by Blitz

BLITZING THE OPPOSITION -- the Gainsborough-based Blitz club's British Senior Table Tennis League team.
BLITZING THE OPPOSITION -- the Gainsborough-based Blitz club's British Senior Table Tennis League team.

The first weekend of the new season in the British Senior Table Tennis League resulted in a pleasing return of five points from four matches for the Gainsborough-based Blitz club.

Competing in Division Four North, Blitz travlled to Oldham for the first round of action. And despite a 7-3 defeat in a tough opening match against Ravenscroft II, when Paul Johnson was their sole singles winner, they recovered well.

Match two yielded a good, all-round display that earned a dominant 9-1 victory over Ormesby IV. Two wins each for Johnson, Tom McIntosh and Steve Johnson, plus a single success for Kurt Hutson, and two more doubles successes, gave Blitz their first points of the campaign.

The Gainsborough team were in similarly sizzling form for the third match, which ended in an emphatic 8-2 defeat of North Ayrshire II. Paul Johnson, Tom McIntosh and Josh Walsh all bagged doubles, while Peter Cowburn was also on the scoresheet.

The final match was a closely contested affair against Halton IV that went down to the last singles game, which Steve Johnson managed to win 3-1 to give Blitz a share of the spoils in a 5-5 draw. Cowburn and Walshe had earlier chalked up doubles.

The results left Blitz in fourth spot in the eight-team division, and eagerly looking forward to the next weekend of action in York at the end of October.

Meanwhile disabled Blitz player Adam Gittings won the class 11 title at an open tournament at Halton in Widnes. Ranked two in the country in his class, Gittings was in fantastic form before winning a tight and entertaining final 3-1.