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Table tennis ace McLarty shows he can mix it at higher level
1:00pm Tuesday 4th December 2012 in Sport
A CHANGE of venue also led to a change of division for AWE B’s John McLarty.
He swapped the comforts of being undefeated in Division Three for the less forgiving Division Two as he turned out for the A team in their 6-4 win over Portals.
But the pushing player was holding his own and on for a treble until the penultimate match of the evening. Here, McLarty ran into, arguably, his greatest opposition in the pushing stakes – Steve Redstall. The similarity of styles provided an interesting match up as they clashed but the final result was evident with Redstall winning in three games and claiming the only treble of the fixture.
Roy Pike’s Queens D romped to a 9-1 win over in-house team Queens E as they scored the first eight points without reply, before Celia Hooker defeated Pike in five games.
For Queens E, the end result was disappointing and saw them fall towards the bottom end of the Division Two table. The man-of-the-match was Rob Still, who achieved his treble without dropping a single game.
St Peters C still had disheartened Tom Speed’s words ringing in their ears, following last week’s harrowing 10-0 defeat, as they returned with a 8-2 win over Aldworth C.
Passive-styled Alan Lipscombe managed a treble and lost only one game. Richard Faulkner also increased his treble tally for the season to five and moved up to second in the division averages.
There was cause for celebration in the momentous event which saw both Tommy Wan and John Upham pick up their first trebles in Division Two as Queens G beat Basingstoke Hindu Society 9-1. Queens Guru George Hellens said: “It was the best I’d seen them two play this season.”
Abhijeet Kulkarni won the sole BHS point with a recovery from two games down against George Freeman.