Week 21 of the Edinburgh and Lothians League was a busy one for Penicuik Table Tennis Club with seven of it’s eight teams in action.
In the Premier Division, Penicuik 1 faced the daunting task of taking on North Merchiston 1, a team who have dominated the top division with seven titles over the last ten years. That task was made nigh on impossible as the visitors were only able to field a two man team of Greig McDonell and Colin Green and therefore started the match 3-0 down. Despite that, Penicuik’s top two players acquitted themselves terrifically well as they just fell short of salvaging a point by winning four of the seven matches played on the night in their 6-4 loss.
In Division 1, Penicuik 2 faced an away trip to Bathgate to take on West Lothian 3. James Wighton, Gary Mcdougal and Abby Wighton got off to the worst possible start as the opening round of singles matches all went the way of the Bathgate based side. Gary provided some hope by winning match four but that was followed by three further losses before Abby picked up the visitors only other win on the night in a disappointing 8-2 defeat.
Penicuik’s third team of Clive Liddiard, Iain Johnstone and Brian Bailey were also in action in Division 1 as they hosted one of the title contenders, Corstorphine 1. Iain won two singles matches out of three and combined with Clive for a win in the doubles fixture. Clive was particularly unlucky losing two matches in the deciding fifth end but with neither he nor Brian able to record a singles victory the hosts fell to a 7-3 defeat.
Penicuik 4’s chances of automatic promotion from Division 2 seem to be over after they could only manage a draw against Murrayfield 6. Tony Brentnall won two whilst Chris Markey and Gavin Hunter both won one. A vital win in the doubles secured a point for the Penicuik side. Although the Team have only lost one match all season, four draws throughout the year has seen them fall four points behind the league leaders and now only two points clear of Fife who are chasing the Ladywood side for second place.
In Division 3 Penicuik 5, like team one, had to field an under-strength side as John Bald and Phil Daly faced Corstorphine 6. Bizarrely the Edinburgh side also only had two players but John and Phil were never really in the match as they lost 7-2.
The only bright point of an otherwise poor week for the club came in Division 4. Penicuik’s sixth team called on the services of Craig Johnson form Team 7 to join the two youngsters, Luke Hennessy and Louis Myatt as they travelled to take on Fife 4. Luke continued his excellent form winning all three of his singles whilst Louis won two of his three matches. The doubles were to prove crucial and the youngsters held their nerve to come back from two ends to one down to win 12-10 in the deciding fifth end and with it record an impressive 6-4 victory.
Finally in a disappointing week for the Club Penicuik 8 took on top of the table University 4. On paper it looked as if Sean Lennon, Martyn Levy and Lewis Baldock were going to struggle against a side who are favourites to win the division 4 title and so it proved. The University trio were just too strong and recorded a dominant 10-0 win.