One of the semi-finals of the Bournemouth & District Annual Times & Directory Handicap Plate competition was a local derby between two teams of the New Milton Table Tennis Club, which meant that there would be one Milton team in the final.

The Premier’s B team (John Hook, John Millward & Shaun Newcomb) took on their G team (Graham Underwood, Lewis Reading & Eddie Tompkins) who play in Division 4 of the league, and the handicaps reflected that differential. It was a big ask for the Premier side as Hook had to give his very experienced oppos a +14 start; Millward and Newcomb with deficits of 8 and 12 respectively, in a 21-up format.

Underwood got the ball rolling for the Gees by beating Millward 21-13, 21-13 but Reading lost over three sets to Hook which levelled things up. Tompkins beat Newcomb fairly comfortably 21-14, 21-14, and then Underwood just nicked the fourth match against Hook by 21-20 in the third set to make it 3-1 to the Gees.

Tompkins won the fifth match against Millward to make it 4-1, leaving Newcomb needing to beat Reading to stay in the match. Newcomb’s unorthodox style messed Reading up to take the first set 21-18, but Reading got used to Newcomb’s pimples and fiddling to take the second 21-17. Reading pulled away in the decider to win it 21-14 to take his G team through to the final.

The G team are hoping to succeed in the Plate final where their F team failed in the Cup final. They face Merton H who are one division above them in Div 3, and the final takes place at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre, the Grange School, Somerford on Wednesday 4th May.

About Malcolm Floyd FCMA, CGMA

Retired Accountant. Ardent Saints fan! New Milton TTC Treasurer and Press Secretary. Winner of the ETTA Press Officer of the Year 2009. BDTTA Results Secretary.

Posted on 27/04/2016, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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