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Academy knocked off top

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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LEAGUE matches have taken a back seat while the new Super Singles League gets under way.

However the matches that were played were big games.

In Division Two Torbay Table Tennis Academy II and Taverners went into their match unbeaten and first and second in the table.

In a cracking match Taverners raced to a 5-0 lead but were pegged back to eventually win 7-3, which gave them enough points to go one clear of the Academy at the top of the table at the half way point in their season.

It was a bad week for Torbay Academy III, who not only lost the leadership in Division Three but also got knocked out of the Challenge Cup. Dawlish Diamonds did the damage in the Cup, beating the Academy side 5-1.

In the league Marldon Badgers had a comfortable 8-2 win over third-placed and previously unbeaten Hasbeens, which took the Badgers to the top of the table.

Simon and Mike Hern were both unbeaten again in the singles, but a fine effort from Mike Wickens and Joe Smallshaw took the doubles against the Herns.

At the bottom of the table Brixham Swifts gained their first victory of the season with a fine 8-2 win over their stablemates the Dolphins. Tom Mercer and Tom Durrant, both got maximums for the Swifts.

Torbay Academy II fared better in the Challenge Cup with a convincing 5-1 win against the Tykes, with Sam Perkins and Dan Barnett unbeaten.

RESULTS

Division Two: Taverners 7 (Read 2, Tyrrell 2, Harrop 2, Dbls), Torbay Academy II 3 (Perkins 2, Furgol 1, Barnett 0).

Division Three: Brixham Swifts 8 (Mercer 3, Durrant 3, Daniels 1, Dbls), Brixham Dolphins 2 (N Shipley 1, Gilpin 1, S Shipley 0); Hasbeens 2 (Wickens 1, Alexander 0, Smallshaw 0 Dbls), Marldon Badgers 8 (S Hern 3, M Hern 3, Warwick 2).

Challenge Cup: Torbay Academy III 1 (Margettes 1, Fajga 0, Bonfante 0), Dawlish Diamonds 5 (Beesley 2, Freeman 2, Stratton 1); Torbay Academy II 5 (Perkins 2, Barnett 2, Furgol 1), Tykes 1 (P Darch 1, Ayling 0, Garner 0).

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