10:00AM, Sunday 10 October 2021
Cippenham’s Hari Gehlot
Cippenham Table Tennis Club produced mixed results in the first weekend of the Veterans’ British League as more players returned to competitive action, writes Ben Hart.
While the men’s first team performed well and reside in second place in Division 1B, the men’s second team and women’s team sit bottom of their respective leagues.
The men’s first team started their weekend with a crunch game against current league leaders Foresters.
Despite a couple of impressive performances, most notably from Martin Adams and Hari Gehlot who threatened to upset England number four Ritchie Venner, the team slumped to a 5-1 loss.
The result meant that further defeat over the weekend would rule out any realistic chances of promotion.
The team responded perfectly with a 6-0 clean sweep of Norwich and a 5-1 victory over Crawley.
Adams lost his first match of the weekend on Sunday morning but teammates Gehlot and Trott rallied to produce a 5-1 comeback.
Cippenham were forced to settle for a draw in the final match of the weekend against Lilleshall.
Despite trailing 2-0 and 3-2 the team recovered to secure a potentially vital point.
Cippenham are three points behind Foresters ahead of the final weekend. Promotion can only be secured if Cippenham can exact revenge against the table toppers.
The men’s second team endured a tough weekend, with just one point coming from five matches.
This came against Norwich City courtesy of some impressive play from Samson Bekele.
The women’s team found the going similarly difficult and were hampered by the loss of key personnel due to Covid.
Despite the best efforts of Mary Heffernan the team lost their Saturday fixtures 4-2, 5-1, 5-1.
There was success on Sunday morning against Ellenborough 2 but they allowed victory to slip in the final fixture of the weekend against Billwood.
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