There was a break in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league as last week was given over to the Preliminary Round of the annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition. Nine of the New Milton Club’s twelve teams were entered into the Cup, but only the M team were drawn into the Preliminary Round and that was short-lived.

The M team who usually ply their trade in Div 5 travelled to Southbourne a player short to play against Div 1’s Merton D (Alan Solomons, Ian Robertson & Dave Chapman). Captain Stuart Burton had a +15 start against all three Merton players and Maggie Brown had the slightly lower start of +13. Burton got things off to a good start by beating Solomons 21-17, 21-18, but Brown lost 16-21, 17-21 to Robertson in the next match.

Burton (pictured below) went on to beat Robertson and Chapman to complete an excellent captain’s hat-trick, and Brown saw off Chapman fairly comfortably. With the 3 game deficit this meant that Brown needed to beat Solomons in the final match of the evening to proceed to the next round. She took the first convincingly 21-11, but then Solomons wised up and won the next two 21-18, 21-17 to keep Merton in the Cup at Milton’s expense.

The M team live to fight another day however as they now go into the consolation “Plate” competition.

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 24/10/2017, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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