Drama at knockout cup finals

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There was high drama at the knockout cup finals of the Braintree Table Tennis League.

Recently-crowned champions Netts A were comprehensively beaten by their own B team. Netts A won the first doubles, but then lost the next five sets to give the B team a 5-1 victory.

James Mullane got them going with an unexpected victory over Patrick Gilbert, a player who had won 15 of his previous 17 sets in the league. Alistair Hill then beat Andy Holmes in five games before Hicks defied all predictions with a 12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 12-10 win over Davison.

Mullane and Hill then came back from two games to one down to win the middle doubles at 11-9 in the final game before Hill wrapped up the trophy by beating Gilbert.

More predictable was Nomads’ success in the restricted cup. Once they turned out their top team of Ken Lewis, Richard Kemp and Kevin Saunders, the odds against Rayne F producing an upset were high. Nomads clinched the title with one that Rayne might have expected to win when Saunders beat Paul Mitchell in straight games.