THE SECOND weekend of matches in the Senior British League proved to be most disappointing and fruitless for both the teams from Cippenham Table Tennis Club.

Played over Guy Fawkes weekend, there were certainly no fireworks in terms of results and the only spark was provided by the form of 14-year-old Shae Thakker who won three of his four individual matches.

The Cippenham first team were in action in National Division A-2 at the BATTS club in Harlow. Although all the results went against them, team captain Martin Adams commented that the team was not outclassed, except by runaway divisional leaders Horsham Blades, a side made up of imported Swedish players.

Saturday morning saw a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Brighton. Martin Adams beat Harry McCarney, to whom Robert Hansell lost narrowly 12-10 in the deciding fifth game, while Owe Karlsson beat Raffaela Kurz 3-0. Adams and Karlsson also lost the doubles set 11-9 in the decider.

Cippenham next faced the hosts, BATTS II, and another 7-2 defeat ensued. Karlsson was once again on the scoresheet, beating Sam Chesterman 3-0 while Hansell added the other with a 3-1 win over Joe Walker.

Adams, twice, and Hansell lost sets in the deciding games so the match was really much closer than the final scoreline suggests.

Martin Gray replaced Karlsson for the Sunday matches and made an immediate impact, beating Valerio Bucci of London Academy II.

Both Munson and Hansell beat Hiba Feredj, the latter by the most emphatic scoreline of the entire weekend, but Cippenham still lost the match 6-3.

Gray was the only Cippenham player to really test the strong Horsham Blades outfit. After beating Gabriel Kempl 3-1, Gray lost narrowly to Jonas Berglund but Cippenham’s weekend ended there with defeat by 8-1.

With Shae Thakker unavailable for the Saturday matches in National Division C-4, Cippenham second team had to resort to the services of weekend organiser Graham Trimming.

Their first match was against Ellenborough who are far and away the best team in the division. Ashley Shaw score a great win over Sara Williams but that was all Cippenham had to show in an 8-1 loss.

The afternoon match against Newton Abbot shared the same scoreline but this was most disappointing against a team that was previously bottom of the table.

Trimming battled hard and actually led Wim Faassen 2-1 and 9-5 but could not quite pull off a victory. Paul Baker also lost close in the fifth to Faassen and Cippenham’s only win came right at the start of the match when Oli Shaw impressively beat Jon Cheung.

The best Cippenham performance of the weekend undoubtedly came from young Shae Thakker. The young GB para player came from behind to win both his matches against Ashford II, beating Artur Lopata and Yun Song Cheang over five games.

Oli Shaw had an equally good 3-0 win over Michael Silver but lost after leading Cheang 2-1 as did brother Ashley against Silver. The final result being 6-3 in Ashford’s favour.

The weekend finished with a 7-2 defeat to second-placed Horsham Spinners. Both Cippenham’s wins were tight 3-2 affairs, with Thakker playing exceptionally well to beat the experienced Horsham captain and number one Rory Scott and then combining with Paul Baker to win the doubles over Scott and Phil Snelson.

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