Seven of Penicuik Table Tennis Club’s eight teams were in action in week eight of the Edinburgh and Lothians League.
Penicuik’s first team were at full strength for the first time in four weeks as they faced an away trip to last years Premier Division Runners-up West Lothian 1.
Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow got off to the worst possible start losing the first three singles matches of the night. After a win each from Greig and Colin in the next three singles they were 4-2 down going into the crucial doubles. Greig and Colin have an excellent doubles record but were outplayed by the Bathgate pair and with that loss went the visitors chances of turning the night around as the Penicuik side slid to a disappointing 7-3 defeat.
In Division 1, Penicuik’s second team of James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton played two matches in week eight. They started the week with a much needed point as they drew 5-5 in their away match to Edinburgh International 4. Abby was the player of the night for the Penicuik side with two wins whilst James and Gary both won one. The point was secured as Abby and Gary combined for a crucial win in the doubles. Later in the week the same trio faced the daunting task of visiting Division 1 favourites, West Lothian 2. On the same night as Penicuik’s first team were struggling to cope with their West Lothian opposition, Penicuik 2 found the going even tougher as they fell to a 10-0 defeat.
In Division 2, Penicuik 4 were undefeated going into week eight but with three draws in their opening six matches they sat in third place and two points behind league leaders Edinburgh Sports Club 3, whom they faced in a crucial match at Ladywood. When Gavin Hunter lost the first match of the night in five tight ends the pressure was on the home side but two wins from Chris Markey and one each from Krysztof Laszkiewicz and Gavin gave the home side a 4-2 advantage going into the doubles fixture. In what turned out to be a crucial match Chris and Krysztof came back from two ends to nil down to win the doubles 11-9 in the fifth and deciding end. Chris, who was undefeated on t he night secured both points with his third singles win as the home side ran out 6-4 winners, a result which sees Penicuik 4 proudly sitting at the top of the table.
In Division 3 Penicuik 5 fell to their fourth defeat of the season as they lost out 6-4 to Corstorphine 5. With Martyn Levy failing to record a win, John Bald and Phil Daly were disappointed that they both lost to different players in winning two singles matches each and failed to win the doubles.
All three of Penicuik’s Division four teams were in action in week eight. After a dreadful start to the season, team six have won two of their last three matches and the young trio of Luke Hennessey, Louis Myatt and Louis McLeod were in confident mood as they faced an away match against Murrayfield 8. With Louis McLeod having an off night it was left to Luke with three wins and Louis Myatt with two to secure at least a point but that was converted to two points as the duo combined to win an excellent doubles match resulting in a super 6-4 victory for Penicuik’s youngest side. Elsewhere in Division 4 team seven called on the services of team eight’s Sean Lennon to combine with regulars Craig Johnson and Stuart Bennett as they faced North Merchiston 6. Sean was the only winner on the night with two wins as they lost out 8-2. Sean was then in action again for his own team as team eight faced an away tie against Haddington 2. He again won two and that was added to by two wins for Lewis Baldock and one win for Kathryn McKenzie as the visitors gained a much needed boost with a 5-5 draw against their East Lothian opponents.