Idles beat Irons in Woolton Hill Derby

The Woolton Hill Irons won emphatically 13-4 over Thatcham Scorpions as the summer table tennis league draws to a close.

Duncan Groves beat Antony Baker – who has an impressive 83% win rate – in a close contest 11-9, 11-2, 5-11, 15-13 before losing 10-12, 6-11, 11- 13 against player of the game Ian Langley.

Langley then beat Simon Barter in four, with Barter in turn losing 3-0 to Baker.

The table tennis summer league season is coming to an exciting end

There was to be no sting in the tail for Woolton Hill, winning the double 3-0

The Irons then turned to the Woolton Hill derby against the Idles.

In a thrilling clash, Idles narrowly won 9-7, condemning Irons to a defeat that rules them out of title contention.

Ian Langley beat Michael Barr 3-0 but suffered a setback against player of the match David Barr.

David Barr continued his fine form – he has won all 18 games this season, losing just two games – with a crushing win over Anthony Baker before Baker bounced back to beat Michael Barr 3-0.

Above all, Irons lost the double 3-1.

There is still everything to play for in the Division 1 title race – Woolton Hill Idles are third on 136 points but have two games left to play, Woolton Hill Irons are second on 157 after completing all 14 games and Thatcham Spiders sit top of the pile with 158 points from their 14 games.

That means the title race will be to the wire, with Idles needing 23 points in their last two games – no small feat – against Nets ‘n’ Edges and Thatcham Scorpions.

In the meantime, there is only one game left to play in Division 2.

The undefeated Thatcham Cyclones, who have 125 points in nine games, need nine points from their last game against the Tomahawks to overtake the current leaders Thatcham Lions and be crowned champions.

It’s been a memorable Division 2 season full of memorable performances

Dan O’Neill was perhaps the most notable individual in the second tier, losing two of his 18 games to give him a formidable 89% winning percentage, while Andy Jeffrey won 15 of his 18 games with a success rate of 83%.

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