Champions make flying start to season

Champions YMCA A  beat last season's runners up YMCA B 9-0.
Champions YMCA A beat last season's runners up YMCA B 9-0.

Defending Castleford, Pontefract and District Table Tennis League Division One champions YMCA A made an excellent start to the new season by beating last season’s runners up YMCA B 9-0.

The doubles was not played due to time factors.

New recruit Steve Morris beat Chris Inman over four sets and Mark Cambridge and Graeme Wylie over three.

Rob Connell notched three wins by beating Chris, Mark and Graeme over four.

YMCA A captain Peter Hugill won all his games by beating Chris over three, Mark over four and Graeme over five, but by only two points in the final set.

YMCA C won 7-3 at Knottingley B.

Knottingley’s Dave Powell lost over five sets to Paul Morris and Jamie Rusling, but beat Ian Instone, a borrowed player, over three.

Alan Yip, in a slow start, lost to Paul and Jamie over three, but he beat Ian over five, taking the last three sets.

Knottingley B captain Dennis Shaw lost to Paul over three, Jamie over three, but by the narrowest of margins in the first two sets, and Ian over four, having taken the first.

Knottingley’s Dave and Alan, playing for the first time together, won the doubles by two points in the fifth, beating Paul and Jamie.

Knottingley C were pipped 6-4 when they played league newcomers Knottingley A who have players from the Selby and York Leagues.

The team captains Marcus Hookham and Nathan Taylor met in the first game of the night which resulted in a clear victory to Nathan over three sets.

Marcus went on to beat David Page over five but lost to junior player Ross Hall over four.

Dave Cooper fared better in beating Ross and David easily over three, but he too lost to Nathan over three.

Robert McNaught beat David over four sets, but lost to Ross over three and Nathan over three, but in doing so offered the best resistance to a good player.

Robert and Dave lost in the doubles to Nathan and David over three.

YMCA D beat C Station B 8-2. YMCA D captain Gordon Cooper beat Keith Lumb, his son Richard Lumb and Robert White, over three sets each.

Ian Instone beat Keith and Robert over three and Richard over four.

Margaret Cooper, returning after injury, did very well in the circumstances, beating Keith over four but losing narrowly to Richard over five and Robert over four. Husband and wife team Gordon and Margaret defeated Richard and Robert in the doubles convincingly over three sets.