There’s no stopping free-flowing Waters

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Waters I took a firm grip on top spot in Division One of the Hemel Hempstead Table Tennis league as they came out on top in a closely-fought contest against title rivals Adeyfield I.

Waters edged the contest 6-4, before being awarded a 10-0 victory over Tring.

Adeyfield, however, bounced back to form with a 10-0 win against Flamstead I as Mark York, Mike Boardman and Nigel Finn all helped themselves to maximums.

Elsewhere, Waters A beat Row 7-3, with Ken Stonebridge taking a hat-trick for the victors.

The side followed this up with a 5-5 draw with Adeyfield A, with again Stonebridge again bagging a maximum.

Adeyfield then suffered an 8-2 defeat to Flamstead I – for whom Angela Smith secured a treble – while Tring lifted themselves off the bottom of the table by beating Waters B as Mark Luscombe took a maximum.

Meanwhile, in Division Two, leaders Flamstead A picked up two crushing wins. Northchurch I were dispatched 9-1, before club-mates Flamstead B took an 8-2 beating. John Stock and Jack Reyland took two maximums apiece.

Second-placed McAlpines also picked up points as Trevor Laverno kept his 100 per cent record in tact, while KLCC I won 7-3 against Adeyfield B with Mark Yelland taking a maximum.

Despite a second maximum from Yelland, however, KLCC were beaten 6-4 by Waters C in their next outing.

In Division Three, unbeaten table-toppers Highfield increased their lead by winning 9-1 against Waters D, with Alan Jolly and Mark Chiles both securing maximums.

The real scrap in the division is between the three teams behind Highfield. Two of those sides, McAlpines A and Adeyfield C, were in action against each other and the game ended in a 5-5 draw. Terry McFarlane secured a treble for Adeyfield.

Flamstead C took full advantage of that result by leap-frogging both teams thanks to a 9-1 win over Northchurch A and a 7-3 triumph over Waters D.

Roy Lambden and Tony Bourke took maximums in the first match, with Phil Oswin doing likewise in the second contest.

Meanwhile, superb handicapping in the Wren Cup saw Waters A beat Flamstead C by just one point. McAlpines A went through with a 12-point win over KLCC I, while Tring and Row also progressed.

In the Wren Plate, second division side Waters C beat first division opponents Flamstead I by 14 points, and Adeyfield I, Waters I and Waters D joined them in the semi-finals.