Penicuik Table Tennis Club in action

James Wighton from Team 2 playing against the former Scottish Number 1 ranked female Player, Sarah Kenhard
James Wighton from Team 2 playing against the former Scottish Number 1 ranked female Player, Sarah Kenhard

Week 11 of the Edinburgh and Lothians Table Tennis League saw five of Penicuik’s seven teams in action.

In the Premier Division, after a 10-0 win in Week 10, Penicuik 1 were looking to win consecutive league matches for only the second time this season.

The team were again without Colin Green but Iain Johnstone proved to be an able deputy as he joined forces with Greig McDonell and Stuart Gow to face a home match against an understrength Edinburgh International 2. On the night all three Penicuik players won two singles matches and Greig and Stuart combined for a comeback doubles win as the first team ran out 7-3 winners.

In Division 1, Penicuik 2 of James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton faced a tough match against a very strong Fife side who included former Scottish number one Sarah Kenhard. The Penicuik trio were never really in the match as they fell to a 10-0 defeat. Meanwhile team three were looking to build on their win from the previous week as they faced an away match against West Lothian 3. Iain Johnstone was out through illness and so in stepped Chris Markey to join Brian Bailey and Clive Liddiard. The first three matches of the night all went the way of the Bathgate based side but the next three were all won by the visitors. When Clive and Brian won the doubles it looked positive for team three but all three of the last singles matches were lost resulting in a 6-4 defeat.

Penicuik 4 continue to impress in Division 2 and they were looking to maintain their undefeated record against L&B Police at Ladywood. Tony Brentnall, Chris Markey and Krzysztof Laszkiewicz looked like they were coasting to another comfortable win as they raced into a 3-0 lead but with three of the next four matches going the way of the visitors, the match was suddenly evenly poised at 4-3 for the Penicuik side going in to the final set of singles matches. Chris ensured a point with a victory in game eight but back came the Police with a win in game nine to leave Tony to try and win the match in the final game of the night. At 2-0 up it looked like plain sailing for Tony but Lester Knibb for the visitors had other ideas winning the next two - Tony however held his nerve in the deciding end to win the match 6-4 and with it retain the team’s status as Division 2 leaders. On the night, Tony won three, Chris two and Krzysztof one.

In Division 3, Penicuik 5 of John Bald, Phil Daly and Martyn Levy faced a difficult match away to Murrayfield 7. On a tough night for the visitors only John managed a win as they fell to a 9-1 defeat.

The most disappointing result of the week came in Division 4 as team six played against a two man University side. When Luke Hennessy won the first match of the night the home side effectively held a 4-0 lead but with neither Louis Myatt nor Louis McLeod able to get on the scoresheet the uni side stormed back to take a 5-4 lead with only the doubles remaining. Luke and Louis McLeod were unable to salvage a draw as they lost in three straight ends - a remarkable recovery from the duo.

Also in Division 4, team seven visited University 5. On a high after their good performance against Penicuik 6 the previous week, Stuart Bennett, Craig Johnson and Millie Bennett were hopeful of winning two points against a team who started the night a point behind the Penicuik trio in the Division 4 table. A disappointing week for the Penicuik Club ended with yet another defeat as only Mille managed to get on the scoresheet as team seven fell to an 8-2 loss.