Netts A claim title

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In the most exciting race for years, Netts A have emerged as Braintree Table Tennis League champions after finishing level on points with reigning champions Liberal A.

By a curious quirk, the title hinged on the outcome of two rearranged matches that took place on adjacent tables at the club’s headquarters in Earls Colne.

Both teams were level on points going into the evening, which meant that Netts needed only to equal Liberal’s result to take the title on matches won.

It was effectively a superb display by Netts B’s Maria Boulton, against Liberal, that gave the A team their first title since 2012 winning two of her three singles with James Hicks delivering a final blow.

On the other table Netts A were eventually able to see off Black Notely with two singles each from Kevin Gowlett, Patrick Gilbert and Andy Holmes and a doubles win for Gowlett and Gilbert.

The two teams thus finished level on 216 points but Netts take the title as they won 26 matches against Liberal’s 23.

Elsewhere in Division One, Netts B finished third despite losing all three matches against Rayne A, who finished six points behind them.