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Seconds put in a strong performance.

THE Ormesby II team's bid to maintain their position in the Championship Division of the British Table Tennis League received a boost in Corby last weekend when the team won two of their four fixtures.

Joe Cope and David Gofton were the stars of the Ormesby team, both winning five of their eight sets, while Thomas Rayner did well to win four and Josh Weatherby won one.

Ormesby opened with 6-2 defeat against the Wymondham team who are one of the top sides in the Division. In this match David Gofton was the star player winning both his singles. Ormesby's second match was against another of the top teams Nottingham Sycamore I. This was much closer as Sycamore won 5-3 with one win each from Gofton, Cope and Rayner.

On Sunday, the team won their two big matches beating relegation rivals Reading Club, Kingfisher, by 5-3, with two wins from Cope including victory over Daniel Basterfield. Weatherby, Gofton and Rayner all won 1 each.

On Sunday afternoon, Ormesby produced their best performance to date to beat mid table Horsham Blades by 5-3. Cope and Rayner won two each, while Gofton won one. Cope had his best win of the weekend over Luke Savill.

These results improve Ormesby's position in the league table to go up to seventh place out of 10 with nine points, two above Drumchapel of Glasgow, three above Kingfisher and six over Ravenscroft from Jersey.

In the National Division B-1 Ormesby III team excelled to win all of their four matches and are now equal second in the league table. Ormesby beat Westfield II from Northants 6-3, Nottingham Sycamore II 6-3, Huddersfield 9-0, Halton from Merseyside 6-3. Ben Piggott, playing Number 1, and Adam Webster won seven from eight, Joe Cope and George Hill both won six from eight.

In Division C-3, played at Ormesby, the two Ormesby teams IV and V occupied the top two positions in the league table after very successful weekend. The Ormesby V team, made up entirely of Junior players, excelled to win all four of their matches, beating Derwent II from Yorkshire 5-4, the league leaders All In Table Tennis from Sheffield 5-4, North Ayrshire III 6-3 and Ormesby IV 5-4. Chris Edwards won five from eight, Ben Savage three from six, Luke Robinson four from six, Rana Rassem four from six, and Charlotte Weatherby won four from six.

The Ormesby IV team beat Bishop Auckand 9-0, Cliffdale Chandlers 7-2, the league leaders All In Table Tennis 5-4, but lost their final match against Ormesby V team by 5-4. From their six games, David Ashwell won four, Carl White five, and Michael Young two, while Ryan Nassau won four from four, Gary Whyman won four from six and Adam Ridley won two from four.

Ormesby IV team are top of the table on sets average. Both teams have 14 points whilst previous leaders All In Table Tennis, having lost to both Ormesby teams this weekend, are now in third place with 12 points. |Ormesby's first team play their second match of the season in the Premier Division British Table Tennis League when they visit Drumchapel, Glasgow, the former champions in Scotland on Saturday. Ormesby are fielding a very strong team, with their Number 1 player Zhao Tianming, from Portugal, supported by English No. 8 Helshan Weerasinghe and Captain, Daniel Reed, England No. 10.

Ormesby opened their fixtures with a 3-2 victory over Cardiff which puts them only in fourth with Drumchapel, who beat North Ayrshire in the first match by 4-1, second.

The matches between Ormesby and Drumchapel have always been very tight with the fixture in Glasgow last year won by Ormesby 6-2. The Drumchapel team includes David McBeath, the England No 4. Top of the table is the Urban team who won the title last year, having won their match against the BATTS team from Essex 5-0. Urban visit Cardiff on Saturday.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 20, 2018
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