YMCA A handily placed to clinch championship

YMCA A 5 drew 5-5 with YMCA D.
YMCA A 5 drew 5-5 with YMCA D.

Castleford, Pontefract and District Table Tennis League leaders YMCA A require at least a draw in their final league match against YMCA C to make certain of clinching the title.

YMCA A have 31 points and are seven points clear of second-placed YMCA B who have three matches to play and cannot catch them.

However, YMCA E could still pip YMCA A for the title because they have 23 points and and if they win their remaining four matches they could go level on points and a count back would then decide the championship.

YMCA A 5 drew 5-5 with YMCA D, for whom in-form Phil Cawser won all his three matches over three sets.

YMCA E captain Bailey Pye, acting as a reserve for YMCA A, beat Gordon Cooper over five sets and Ian Instone over three.

Steve Morris also beat Cooper over four sets and Instone over three.

YMCA A’s Peter Hugill defeated Instone over three sets, but lost to Cooper over four.

Cooper and Cawser beat Morris and Hugill in the doublres.

Pye helped his own team YMCA E to a 6-4 victory over YMCA C.

He beat Paul Morris over four sets and Nigel Brook over three.

Daniel Ferguson beat Morris over five sets and Nigel Brook narrowly over three. Thomas Wilkinson achieved the same result.

All three YMCA E players lost over three sets each to the returning Guy Rothery, playing for only the third time this season.

Morris and Rothery beat Pye and Wilkinson in the doubles.

At the lower end of the League, C Station B lost to clubmates C Station A, without gaining a point.

For the A team, captain, Keith Lumb beat his son Richard over three sets and his grandson Marc, also over three sets, and Robert White by the same margin.

Richard and Marc Lumb and White also lost against Richard Fry.

Marc Lumb was beaten over three sets and Richard and White over four sets.

Andy Adams beat Marc over three, Richard over three and White over four.

The doubles went to Fry and Adams over four sets against White and Richard Lumb.

Nathan Taylor won all his matches for Knottingley A in a 5-5 draw against Knottingley B. Taylor won over four sets against Tim Condon and Alan Yip and Dennis Shaw, with the latter putting up the most resistance. Nathan’s father Steve Taylor beat Condon and Shaw over three sets, with Condon providing a close finish in each set.

Steve Taylor lost closely to Yip over four.

Knottingley A’s Dave Page, was unable to achieve a win against any of his three opponents. Due to time restrictions, the doubles was conceded by Nathan and Steve Taylor to Yip and Shaw who were leading 2-1 when play was halted.