Spinners go marching on atop table

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Milton Keynes Table Tennis League leaders MK Spinners were taken close by MK Kingpins this week, but managed to see them off with a 6-4 win.

Alan Cherry struggled to his maximum, Gary Jones went down to Julian Adams and Tim Cheek lost to both Julian and Mark Purcell. There were some very long and tight sets played out in this 11.30pm finish.

The big match in the Premier this week saw 2nd placed Greenleys Monarchs take on MK Sasaski, in 3rd position.

Monarchs brought in their big gun Steve Silk, who they keep for special occasions, but Sasaki had a new star signing of their own to unveil in Charles Philippe, a French post graduate student.

Their influence on the match was even with twwins each, Charles beat Steve but was then crushed by a stunning performance from ‘regular’ Shandor Czuczor, who enjoyed a brilliant night winning all sets in straight games to guide his side Monarchs to a 6-4 victory.

Dave Murphy was the difference between the sides when MK Walking Wounded beat Greenleys Kings in another 6-4, score-line, with his 4th maximum in 7 matches. Good response though from Kings’ Guy Sparrow and Henry Arthur winning 2 each.

With their first win of the season MK Powers not only more than doubled their points tally but also took themselves off the bottom of the division. An impressive 8-2 victory over MK Phoenix was achieved by way of a Biao Wang hat-trick (his first ever in Premier) and a brace from Sarah Hudson and Minesh Pitamber.

In Division 1, MK Rovers continued their charge towards the Premier Division with an 8-2 win over OU 5D’s. 2nd and 3rd place Pumas and Bandits also won their games with 7-3 and 9-1 victories respectively.

The top 4 teams in Division 2 also all won this week with a number of maximums, - Christine Scaysbrook and Jacob Midson for Greenleys Warriors, Jamie Hendy for MK Hit n Hope, Paul Haigh for St Christopher Van Hire and John Paul for Mursley Swallows.

In Division 3 second place Greenleys Cardinals were held to a 5-5 draw with Newport Pagnell Vanquish, Dan Englander with a hat trick for Cardinals.

Unbeaten Mursley Swifts increased their lead in Division 4 with a 9-1 win over MK Cavaliers.

In the top of the table clash in Division 5 Greenleys Crusaders overcame rivals Greenleys Dukes 7-3, Adam Ward winning 3 for Crusaders.

Woburn Sands rams moved back to the top of Division 6 with an 8-2 win over Padbury Otters, Kerr Clement with a hat trick for rams. The other 2 games in this division were draws.

Reuben Lyimo scored a hat trick for Greenleys Sovereigns against Woburn Sands Tyros in their 6-4 victory in Division 7.