Week 24 of the Edinburgh and Lothians League saw six of Penicuik Table Tennis Club’s eight teams in action.
In the Premier Division, Penicuik 1 of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow faced a home tie against bottom of the table, Murrayfield 4.
The home side were never in trouble as they ran out comfortable 9-1 winners with Greig and Colin both undefeated on the night.
In Division 1, last year’s Division 2 Champions Penicuik 2 faced a relegation battle against Edinburgh University who sat one place and one point above them at the foot of the table. The University side, having picked up important points in recent weeks, visited Ladywood knowing that a win would probably ensure relegation for the home side of James Wighton, Gary Mcdougal and Abby Wighton. The Penicuik trio never got out of first gear and low in confidence all the close matches went the way of the visitors - a 10-0 whitewash defeat for the home side summed up their season and although mathematically they can still avoid relegation the writing looks to be on the wall. With only two matches left, the Midlothian side need to win both and hope that neither University nor Corstorphine pick up any points in their last two matches.
On a brighter note, Penicuik 4 have had a great season in Division 2 and Week 24 saw them face two matches. In the first of those Gavin Hunter, Tony Brentnall and Krzysztof Laszkiewicz ran out comfortable 9-1 winners against Edinburgh International 5. The second match of the week was the eagerly anticipated contest against the Fife 2 who started the night just two points behind the Penicuik trio. The home side knew that a win would virtually ensure a second place finish in the Division. Chris Markey replaced Gavin Hunter for the match. In a tight affair, five of the ten matches went to a deciding fifth end and Tony proved to be the difference between the teams as he was undefeated in singles play and combined with Chris for a doubles victory. Krzysztof won two while Chris added one singles victory in a fantastic 7-3 win for the Ladywood trio. With two weeks left, Penicuik find themselves two points behind league leaders Murrayfield but importantly now four points clear of third place.
In Division 3, John Bald and Phil Daly were delighted to welcome back to the fold Gregory Leplatre after a few weeks absence and the team confidently disposed of Edinburgh International 6 by a 9-1 scoreline. Gregory and John both won three whilst Phil added two. Gregory and John also combined for a win in the doubles fixture. Team 5’s season has been somewhat up and down but they sit comfortably in a mid-table position with two weeks of the season to go.
In Division 4, Penicuik 7 faced a home match against West Lothian 9. Young Millie Bennett showed her older teammates how it should be done as she won two singles matches but with neither Stuart Bennett nor Craig Johnson able to contribute, the Bathgate side ran out 8-2 winners.
Finally in Division 4, Penicuik 8 took on top of the table North Merchiston 6 with just two players, Martyn Levy and Sean Lennon. Sean lost two close five end matches and his other singles in four ends. Martyn was the only winner for the Ladywood side on the night with one singles victory as the visitors went down to a 9-1 defeat.