Yip’s two wins in vain as Knottingley lose to unbeaten leaders

YMCA D maintained their unbeaten record by beating Knottingley A.
YMCA D maintained their unbeaten record by beating Knottingley A.

YMCA D maintained their unbeaten record in Castleford, Pontefract and District Table Tennnis League with an 8-2 win at Knottingley A.

Alan Yip scored Knottingley’s only points, beating Gordon Cooper over three sets and Ian Instone over four.

Yip lost narrowly to Keith Powell over three sets. Tim Condon also lost to Cooper and Powell over three.

Condon lost a marathon game against Instone who recovered from two sets down to win 3-2 with, the last two sets going to deuce.

Knottingley’s Dennis Shaw lost to Powell and Cooper over three sets. Due to time factors, Shaw had to concede the last singles of the evening to Instone when two sets to one down in a close contest that could have gone either way.

Powell and Cooper beat Yip and Shaw four sets in the doubles.

Jamie Rusling, brought in from YMCA E, was the man of the match with three victories as YMCA C beat Knottingley B 8-2.

Rusling defeated Neil Cooper over four sets and Robert McNaught and Dave Cooper over three.

YMCA C’s Nigel Brook won two games, beating Neil Cooper narrowly over five sets, in which two went to deuce, and McNaught over four sets.

He lost to Dave Cooper over five sets.

Paul Dykes beat Neil Cooper over three and McNaught over four in what was a good effort by the loser.

Dave Cooper achieved a memorable victory by beating Dykes in a five set game.

Brook and Rusling beat the Cooper brothers in three sets in the doubles.

Captain Bailey Pye excelled for YMCA E in a 7-3 win against YMCA A.

Bailey beat Steve Morris and Peter Hugill over five sets, the latter in a very close competition with four sets won by a two-point margin.

He also beat Rob Connell over four close sets.

Daniel Ferguson also beat all his three opponents, Morris and Connnell over three sets and Hugill over four in his best results yet.

James Rusling was unable to emulate his teammates, losing all his three games.

He made amends in the doubles when he and Bailey beat Connell and Hugill over four sets to round off a great evening for YMCA E.