St Michaels flying high at the top of the table

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St Michaels continued their fine start to the Hemel Hempstead Table Tennis League season to maintain top spot in Division One.

They beat bottom side Northchurch 9-1 thanks to the efforts of Phu Duc Nguyen and Marc Brent, before bagging a hard fought 6-4 victory over Row, with Mike McGarry claiming a maximum.

Their clash with Adeyfield I then ended in a 5-5 draw as Dave Wackrill bagged a hat-trick.

Meanwhile, second-placed Crown & Sceptre I had back-to-back victories as they beat Row 8-2 and Adeyfield A 7-3.

Alan Thomas and Gary Keers both achieved maximums against Row, while Akash Shah’s hat-trick of wins for Adeyfield were to no avail.

Crown & Sceptre A and Adeyfield I had yet another 5-5 draw in a tightly fought match, with Ken Stonebridge bagging a maximum for Crown.

Adeyfield A suffered a 7-3 reversal against Crown & Sceptre A and followed it up with a 5-5 draw with Flamstead I, for whom Angela Smith was dominant.

Elsewhere, Crown & Sceptre B took over at the top of Division Two thanks to successive 7-3 victories against KLCC I and their own C team, for whom Geoff Walke gained a maximum. Ian Cooper also hit a hat-trick against KLCC.

The Crown C team fared much better with a 7-3 win versus McAlpines A despite the efforts of Xin Jung Wang for the losers. They followed that up with a 6-4 victory over Adeyfield B thanks to a maximum from Geoff Walke.

Richard Ballard hit a maximum for KLCC I but still finished on the losing side in a 6-4 defeat to Flamstead A, while Trevor Leverno led the way for McAlpines I in an 8-2 win over Adeyfield B.

In Division Three, St Georges I kept up their impressive start to the campaign with a 7-3 victory over Adeyfield C, with Gerry Evans leading the way.

They then executed a demolition job on Crown & Sceptre D, with a 10-0 whitewash, while Adeyfield C had a 9-1 victory over KLCC A and an 8-2 win against Northchurch A to recover somewhat. Trevor McFarlane hit a double maximum, with Marius Puczynski and Bob Saupan also chipping in.

Highfield beat St Georges A 8-2 thanks to an Allan Jolly maximum, but St Georges achieved their first win of the season as Harry Hook and Mike Brozicevic both claimed maximums in a 9-1 triumph over Crown& Sceptre D.