Six still in with a shout of Bath Table Tennis League title
With just two weeks of the regular season remaining, Division 1 of the Bath & District Table Tennis League remains too close to call.
Any of the top six have a realistic chance of taking the title, with table-topping Oldfield D’s chances taking a dent this week when they were beaten 6-4 by their E team.
The fourth-placed Es were aided by a virtuoso performance from Mike Noel, who won three singles contests and combined with Ray Valovec to take the doubles.
Second-placed Chippenham C were unable to capitalise as they were held to a draw by eighth-placed Bathford B.
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Key Centre A moved up to third with two narrow victories and dark horses The Lamb, who have two games in hand, defeated fifth-placed Yatton Keynell B thanks to three fine wins from Beechen Cliff coach Dave Montana.
There was also drama in the Premier Division this week as title contenders Bathford A were held to a home draw by second-bottom Yatton Keynell A.
The strugglers were led by the impressive Jamie Smith, who took the scalps of both past and present Bath junior champions, Josh Kashdan and Robin Francis, on the way to three singles wins.
Jeff Flynn helped out by also defeating Francis before combining with Smith to take the doubles in five close sets.
Newbridge A now look odds on for the title after a resounding 8-2 away win over second-placed Chippenham A, with Phil Marshal’s four-set defeat of veteran ace Gary Baldwin the highlight of the evening.
Former champions Frys A’s faint hopes of this year’s title were dashed as they were held by Oldfield C.
This week's results
Premier Division: Newbridge A 8 Oldfield C 2, Yatton Keynell A 8 Frys B 2, Frys B 3 Chippenham B 7, Bathford A 5 Yatton Keynell A 5, Chippenham A 2 Newbridge A 8, Oldfield C 5 Frys A 5, Oldfield B 3 Oldfield A 7.
Division 1: Mayfield 2 Oldfield E 8, Bathford B 5 Chippenham C 5, The Lamb 7 Yatton Keynell B 3, Oldfield D 6 Ensleigh 4, Newbridge B 3 Key Centre A 7, Oldfield E 6 Oldfield D 4, Chippenham C 6 The Lamb 4, Key Centre A 6 Bathford B 4, Yatton Keynell B 5 Mayfield 5.
Division 2: Civil Service 5 Bathford 5, Newbridge D 6 Key Centre B 4, Oldfield F 1 Yatton Keynell C 9, Bathford D 1 Batheaston 9, Twerton 2 Newbridge D 8, Bathford C 5 Newbridge C 5, Key Centre B 4 Oldfield D 6, Batheaston 7 Oldfield F 3, Yatton Keynell C 8 Civil Service 2.