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Leaders collect maximum points by trouncing C Station

These two players have a combined age of 164.  Keith Powell (left), aged 79, plays in Castleford, Pontefract and District League, Leeds League and also for Yorkshire Super Vets. When YMCA D played Ferrybridge B, he faced 85-year-old Marcus Hookham, Ferrybridge's team captain. Marcus is the local league's vice president and their representative with Yorkshire table tennis.
These two players have a combined age of 164. Keith Powell (left), aged 79, plays in Castleford, Pontefract and District League, Leeds League and also for Yorkshire Super Vets. When YMCA D played Ferrybridge B, he faced 85-year-old Marcus Hookham, Ferrybridge's team captain. Marcus is the local league's vice president and their representative with Yorkshire table tennis.

CASTLEFORD, Pontefract and District Table Tennis League leaders YMCA E eased to a 10-0 win over C Station A.

YMCA E’s Daniel Ferguson, Jamie Rusling and Ben France all won their three singles matches.

Ferguson beat Keith Lumb over three sets and Richard Fry and Andy Adams over four sets.

Rusling defeated Adams over three sets - narrowly in the third - Fry over four and Lumb again over three, but going to deuce in the last.

France narrowly overcame Fry over three, Adams over four and Lumb also over four, but only by two points in the last set.

Fergson and Rusling won the doubles, easily beating Adams and Fry over three.

C Station A also suffered a heavy defeat against YMCA A who won 9-1.

Fry lost to both substitute John Spedding and Rob Connell over three sets. He was beaten over four sets by Peter Hugill after winning the second set.

Adams fared much the same, losing over three to Spedding and Hugill and over four to Connell.

Substitute Richard Lumb also lost to Connell and Hugill over three sets, but demonstrated his tenacity in the final singles game by beating Spedding over four sets, having lost the first set.

Connell and Hugill beat Fry and Adams in the doubles.

YMCA C came out on top 6-4 at C Station B.

C Station’s John Wainwright lost to Paul Dykes over three sets but only by two points in the last set.

As the evening progressed, Wainwright proved to be his team’s man of the match, beating substitute Barry Johnson over five sets and Stan Alderson over three.

An unnamed player lost to Dykes over three sets, the latter to deuce, Alderson over four sets and Johnson over three.

C Station’s Richard Lumb, lost his opening game to Johnson over five very close sets, but went on the beat Alderson over three equally close sets.

Lumb lost his final singles to Dyes over four. In the doubles Wainwright and Lumb beat Dykes and Johnson over three.

YMCA D beat Ferrybridge B 7-3 in a match in which the league’s two elderly statesmen were on opposing sides to clearly indicate that table tennis has no age limits.

YMCA D’s Keith Powell, who is 79, proved his overall fitness and expertise beating 85-year-old Marcus Hookham, the league’s vice president and Yorkshire committee member, over three sets.

Powell also beat David Cooper over three and his brother Neil by the same margin.

He was supported by team captain Gordon Cooper, who beat Neil Cooper over four close sets and Hookham over three, but lost to David Cooper over three close sets. YMCA D’s Ian Instone narrowly beat Hookham over three and Neil Cooper over three even closer sets, but lost to Dave Cooper over three.

The Cooper brothers won the doubles by defeating Gordon Cooper and Instone over three sets.