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Pop n Rock put pressure on at the top of table tennis league

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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POP n Rock are on a roll in the Premier Division of the Chartwell Burton Uxbridge Winter Table Tennis League.

They have taken three wins in a row to move into second place in the table.

Adam Topliss’ hard work on the practice table is starting to really pay dividends, shown up by a fantastic five-set success over Bill’s Will Pearson.

His maximum, plus one from dad Mark, gave them a 3-2 win here, a feat they matched against Dynamic Duo, with both the Toplisses recording good wins over Joe Byrne.

Neither could topple Sam Mastropietro, but a doubles win saw them over the line.

Pop n Rock also overcame No One 4-1, with Adam again taking two.

Lower down the table, Bandits are starting to find their feet as they beat Whackett 4-1, with Dorin Git registering his first maximum and Glen Carr only just failing to match his teammate, losing in the fifth to Ed Worth after beating James Hackett.

Although their other two results both ended in defeat, 3-2 losses to the previous top two were not to be sniffed at.

Against Mad Muppets, Git and Carr shared a win apiece with Philippa Luxton and Morgan Sykes, before the girls nicked the doubles in the fifth. And against leaders Alfabet, Carr beat Liam Burt before Bandits took the doubles.

However, Andrew Heathcote remained unbeaten and also took a maximum against Mad Muppets to help his team stretch their lead at the top to 10 points.

Here, Burt also contributed a maximum effort as Alfabet powered to a 5-0 victory.

Luxton fared better in the Muppets’ match-up with Dynamic Duo, with wins over both Sam and Joe before a successful doubles gave them a 3-2 success.

No One’s Ed Watchman had two excellent wins in his side’s 3-2 defeat against Whackett, beating both Ed Worth and James Hackett.

Jack Prescott had a good win over Pat Byrne despite No One going down 4-1 to Dynamic Duo, Byrne back to form with a fine double here.

Finally Lewis Acton and Will Pearson produced a power-packed performance to beat Whackett 5-0 to keep them in touch of second place with a game in hand.

In Division One, a shock 5-0 defeat by the leaders has thrown the title race wide open, which will be covered in full next week, as well an update on this week’s Staffordshire schools individual competitions, where East Staffs were hoping for a hatful of medals.

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