All five of Penicuik’s teams were in action in Week 12 of the Edinburgh & Lothians Table Tennis League with the focus of attention turning to the top of the table clash in Division 2 as Penicuik 3 of James Wighton, Gary Mcdougal and Abby Wighton faced their club mates, Clive Liddiard, Brian Bailey and Tony Brentnall of Penicuik 2.
Clive Liddiard was League player of the year last season as he remained undefeated in Division 3 and the current season had seen him win 24 out of 24 matches to continue his remarkable run of form. The second team went into the match as favourites and knew that a win would see them leapfrog their less senior colleagues into top spot in the Division.
No surprise as the second team sent out Clive in the first match of the night to face James Wighton and after winning the first two ends of the match, it looked like Clive’s undefeated record would remain intact. No one anticipated what was to happen next, however, as James played brilliantly to win the next three ends for a fantastic 3-2 win as he brought Clive’s fantastic run to an end. When Abby and Gary won the next two matches to give the third team a 3-0 lead, a shock result looked on the cards. Back came the second team however winning four of the next five games to tie the match at 4-4 going into the final two games of the night. Game nine saw Clive take on Gary and having not lost a match for a year and a half, Clive had no answer to Gary’s strong play as he went down to a 3-0 defeat for his second loss of the night. A point secured for the third team and a win on the cards as James faced Tony in the final match of the night. Tony was not going to roll over, however, and took the match into a deciding fifth end with some excellent play.
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