Table Tennis: Saints are favourites as juniors face tough regional tests

St Lukes C captain Ray Gaskell.
St Lukes C captain Ray Gaskell.
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Lancaster and Morecambe had to battle it out against top-class opposition in the final round of matches of the North West Junior Table Tennis League.

Morecambe were represented by Matthew Cooke, Nathan Beamer and Aiden Branch and in their first match Cooke and Branch secured he points in the 2-4 result against Preston.

In the second round Cooke and Branch completed the match with 100 per cent records against Blackpool while Beamer won man of the match against Oldham in their 5-1 victory.

Lancaster started the day with a match against Preston were Abinhav Sinha won both his singles sets.

Sinha, Hudson Nuttall and Adam Ordenez were then second best to a strong Garstang Girls team losing 5-1.

But Ordenez and Abinhav Sinha hit top form to win two sets against the mid-table Blackpool team.

Elsewhere, in the Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis League Premier Division, Dave Smith and Eric Bradbury shared the honours for Trimpell City in their match at home to University A.

Each player won their singles and Smith partnered Chris Lancashire to win the doubles.

In the Championship Division, Barbarians had to dig deep to hold off a strong challenge from 3-1-5 TT.

Dave Gott, Barry Dobson and Ian Gee played well to lead 16-17 at the start of the final set which Mike White won 11-7, 11-5, 11-7, giving the Barbs a narrow 19-18 win.

St Lukes C moved into second place by trouncing Morecambe 27-9.

The Saints are now favourites for promotion having been strengthened by new signing David Hewitt who partnered Ray Gaskell to win the doubles 3-0.