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Understrength Cippenham side fail to keep up with pace at the top

Martin Adams

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A patched-up and understrength Cippenham side failed to keep pace at the top of National Division B4 following the latest round of matches.

With Rob Hansell away and Martin Gray pulling out of the team last Wednesday it was a makeshift team that took to the tables in the Senior British League.

Ricky Hardcastle and Maciej Dlugozima, two members of the Cippenham Trojans team that have led the way in the Maidenhead League this season, were hurriedly drafted in, and, initially things went well with Cippenham starting the weekend with a 5-4 victory over Brighton 2nds.

Martin Adams got the side off to the perfect start with a win over Brandon Bennett but Steve Munson found Pedro Santos too hot to handle. Shae Thakker restored Cippenham’s lead with a comfortable win over Teresa Bennett. Hardcastle should really have extended that advantage, leading 2-0 against Jodie Morris before being beaten in the decider.

Adams and Munson then picked up victories to ensure a narrow victory.

Adams was again in sparkling form against Haywards Heath on the Saturday afternoon, winning all three of his matches, including the doubles alongside Thakker.

But Cippenham’s hopes of victory disappeared when Thakker lost 14-12 in the fifth game against Harry Yip.

Waterside, a club from Southampton, condemned Adams to his only defeats of the weekend, as they ran out victors on Sunday morning.

Munson did beat William Poulter in a deciding fifth game but that was a rare bright spot in a 7-2 defeat.

The final match of the weekend against Portishead was probably the best spectacle of the weekend, but the team from Somerset ran out 5-4 winners. Adams again won his three matches.

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