Week ten of the Edinburgh and Lothians League was an excellent one for Penicuik Table Tennis Club with only one of the club’s eight teams in action suffering a defeat.
After three defeats on the bounce for Team 1, Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow knew that their match against Murrayfield 4 in the Premier Division was a must win. The first three matches set the tone for the night as all three Penicuik players won tight encounters against their Edinburgh-based opponents. Three matches on the night went to a deciding fifth end and all of those went the way of the visitors as they recorded an excellent 10-0 win to get back to winning ways in style.
In Division 1, both Penicuik 2 and 3 were in action. Team 2 travelled to Edinburgh University sitting at the foot of the table after a horrid run of six defeats in their last seven matches. Their opponents were just above them in the table on game difference.
When James Wighton lost the first match of the night 11-7 in the deciding end it looked like being another night of close run things for the Penicuik trio. Match 2 was crucial and decided by the smallest of margins as Gary McDougal came back from 2-1 down to win ends 4 and 5 by an 11-9 scoreline.
The teams were level at 3-3 as they entered the doubles fixture. Abby Wighton joined with Gary as they defeated their opposite numbers in four ends to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage going into the final round of singles, Abby (who couldn’t find her form on the night) lost her final match before James and Gary took centre stage with wins in their final games to secure a 6-4 victory which lifted the team off the foot of the table.
Whilst that match was going on, Penicuik 3 of Brian Bailey, Clive Liddiard and Iain Johnstone faced a fixture against West Lothian 4. Brian struggled on the night and failed to contribute but fortunately Clive and Iain were on good form as they were both undefeated in their singles matches and combined for a win in the doubles as Team 3 recorded a well deserved 7-3 win.
Into Division 2 where Team 4 went into Week ten leading the division. They faced a home tie against Edinburgh International 5. Tony Brentnall, Chris Markey and Krzysztof Laszkiewicz knew they couldn’t afford any slip ups and they made no mistakes as they resoundingly defeated their Edinburgh based opposition by a 10-0 scoreline to maintain their position at the top of the Division.
In Division 3, Team 5 of John Bald, Phil Daly and Gregory Leplatre travelled to face Edinburgh International 6. In a one-sided contest, the only loss for the visitors came from Gregory as Team 5 recorded an excellent 9-1 away victory.
In Division 4 Ladywood hosted an intra-club match as Penicuik 6 of Luke Hennessy, Louis Myatt and Louis McLeod faced Penicuik 7 of Stuart Bennett, Craig Johnson and Millie Bennet. Team 6 went into the match as favourites having won four of their last five matches and they sat five points ahead of their Club-mates. After six games Team 7 held a surprising 4-2 lead going into the doubles, only Luke having contributed singles victories for Team 6.
Luke and Louis Myatt knew that the doubles match was crucial and their good doubles form continued as they defeated Craig and Millie. When Craig defeated Louis McLeod in match eight, Team 7 held an unassailable 5-3 lead. The last two matches saw Luke continue his excellent run of form with a four-end victory against Millie before Louis Myatt salvaged a draw with a straight sets victory against Stuart. A tight match and honours even in the end.
The only blip on an otherwise excellent week for the club came in Penicuik 8’s match against a strong North Merchiston 6 side who sit at the top of the Division 4 table. Kathryn McKenzie, Sean Lennon and Lewis Baldock were outplayed by their opponents as they fell to a third whitewash defeat of the season.