Phoenix rise to challenge

Netts Phoenix took a major step towards the Braintree Table Tennis League title with a victory over current leaders Rayne A.

Phoenix brought in Cambridge League player Kevin Gray who won his three singles.

Tony Reardon won twice and James Hicks once as the Earls Colne team racked up a 7-3 win, which leaves them only four points behind Rayne with a match in hand, having still to play each other twice.

Sible Hedingham notched up only their second win of the season when they beat the team one place above them, Notley A, 6-4 to move within three points of them.

Richard Jennings, in a rare appearance, took his three singles.

In the first round of the handicap knockout cup Sible Hedingham’s two-man team of Roy Hooper and Mark Brown took all six points against Rayne G.