Pulham extend lead after top clash

PULHAM extended their lead at the top of the Diss & District Table Tennis League's Leisure Sport Premier Division after beating second-placed Weybread Rejects 8-2 at home.

PULHAM extended their lead at the top of the Diss & District Table Tennis League's Leisure Sport Premier Division after beating second-placed Weybread Rejects 8-2 at home.

Steve Pendle continued his good form and kept his 100 per cent unbeaten record with another fine maximum.

James Skilleter pushed him the distance and was in with a chance at 8-8 in the fifth leg pushed two Pendle serves into net that allowed Pendle in to win 11-3, 6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8.

Skilleter took the two points for Rejects which included a fine win over Keith Hunt having been two legs down - 9-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.

Hunt and Francis Webb won their other games although Webb was a little fortunate as he defeated Greg Collett in five legs after being 9-6 down in the fifth.

Shotguns A are in joint second with the Rejects but have played one match more. Recent results for them included a 9-1 win over Aslacton A and a 5-5 draw with Palgrave Terriers, although they did only have two players in the Palgrave match.

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Peter Maybury unbeaten in both matches but was taken the distance by Aslacton's Dave Barnard before winning 4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9. Aslacton A, also with two players, were beaten 7-3 by Roydon and found Alan Connelly and Nigel Manning too strong on the night.

In the Speedy Bat Sports first division Shotguns D have shot up to top spot after winning three matches - 10-0 over Shotguns F, 6-4 over Newton Flotman B and 7-3 over Shotguns E.

No real worries for the team against the F team, Pete Bowman took a maximum in the win over Flotman which included a rare defeat for John Williams 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 and Ken Bowman was undefeated against the E team. Ken beat Holly Fleming 9-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 in close battle but Fleming also went the distance against Pete Bowman and Marcus Hammond winning both games at 11-9 in the deciding leg.

Palgrave Stars are second who beat a two-man Aslacton B 6-4 with David Leeder unbeaten. Palgrave Tornadoes are third after dispatching Shotguns F 10-0. Adam Whitehouse nearly picked up a point for the F team before going down to Dennis Sore 3-11, 12-10, 11-6, 4-11, 8-11.

Thrandeston are fourth but lost to Botesdale Batters 7-3 where both Peter Evans and Nigel Bowen took maximums. Bowen played out a five leg game with Peter Buck eventually winning 9-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5 but the closest game of the night was between Kevin Smith and Evans where Evans won 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 13-15, 12-10.

Shotguns E beat fifth-placed Aslacton B who only fielded two players. Holly Fleming unbeaten but Nigel Barker and Barry Harbour beat Fleming and Paul Sturman 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9 in the doubles.

Diss Table Tennis youngsters won their first match after beating Newton Flotman B 7-3. John Williams was unbeaten for Flotman but Nathan Lamb, Jason Carroll and James Briddon all won their other games and the doubles.

Leisure Sport Premier Division: Roydon 7, Aslacton A 3; Pulham 8, Weybread Rejects 2; Palgrave Terriers 5, Shotguns A 5; Shotguns A 9, Aslacton A 1.

Speedy Bat Sports First Division: Shotguns D 6, Newton Flotman B 4; Shotguns D 10, Shotguns F 0; Shotguns E 7, Aslacton B 3; Newton Flotman B 3, Diss TT 7; Aslacton B 4, Palgrave Stars 6; Thrandeston 3, Botesdale Batters 7; Shotguns D 7, Shotguns E 3; Palgrave Tornadoes 10, Shotguns F 0.