The debut season of Gainsborough-based Blitz in the Senior British Table Tennis League continued with a weekend of mixed fortunes in York.
On the Saturday, things could not have gone better with Blitz winning both of their matches. But Sunday told a different story as they suffered two defeats, which included a 9-1 roasting at the hands of leaders Ravenscroft II, who are based in Guernsey.
Nevertheless, the six-man team still consolidated their fourth place in the eight-team Division Four North table and can look forward with confidence to the final two weekend of the season, which will be held in Oldham in the new year.
Blitz’s victories came against Scottish strugglers, Dumfries, whom they beat 7-3, and Drumchapel Glasgow, whom they defeated 6-4.
Kurt Hutson and Paul Johnson bagged two wins apiece to stun Dumfries, with Josh Walshe and Pete Cowburn also registering one victory each and Tom McIntosh and Steve Johnson taking the doubles leg.
Against Drumchapel, a double from McIntosh and singles from Steve Johnson and Walshe were backed up by a fine doubles performance from Paul Johnson and Hutson, who beat Thomas Cairns and Alisha Khalid 3-2 in a thriller. McIntosh and Steve Johnson rounded off the win with their second 3-0 doubles triumph of the day.
After the success of Saturday, Blitz were full of confidence going into Sunday’s matches. But they lost 6-4 to second-placed Derwent, despite two wins for Paul Johnson, one for McIntosh and the usual doubles victory for McIntosh and Steve Johnson. And the weekend ended on a sour note with Paul Johnson the solitary winner against unbeaten Ravenscroft.
Meanwhile, on the home front, Blitz had three teams in action at the Gainsborough Academy, including an inter-club clash that saw the Chunky Monkeys emphatically dispatch the Dynamos 10-0. Trebles for Chris Gamble, Steve Johnson and Jacob Marshall, alongside a doubles win for Gamble and Marshall, kept up the Monkeys’ good early-season form.
In the other match, Blitz Eagles lost 6-4 to Blue Club Beacons, despite a terrific 4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 win for James Percival against Martin Sanderson.