Tonight we saw Queens A take on Glenburn B at home in Division 2 of the Belfast and District Table Tennis League. The match ended with a score line of Queens A (5) and Glenburn B (5). The format for the match was a 4 Vs 4 player format.
Neil Magrath reporting on the match said “Tonight saw the battle of the two unbeaten teams in Division 2 and the match lived up to expectations with terrific thrilling top table tennis played all round. With a 4 vs 4 format Steve and Lucy J each played Khoi and Zhenyu and there were two 5 set thrillers in this pairing. Lucy J started exceptionally well playing outstanding table tennis against Khoi, and held a 2-1 lead after 3 sets which went all the way before Khoi managed to close out the 4th & 5th sets. Steve clawed his way back from 0-2 sets down against Zhenyu to win the 3rd set 15-13. This proved the turning point as Steve went on to win the next two sets. Lucy J had another close match against Zhenyu losing in 4 sets while Khoi had just to much guile (and a few nets and edges!) against Steve. This set of matches therefore went 3-1 to Queens so the pressure was on in the other squash court for James and Lucy C to perform against Chris and Zoe. The Glenburn dynamic defensive duo had to play very well against the very stubborn Queens players who just kept coming back with Zoe overturning a 9-3 deficit to win the 3rd set against James. However the consistency of James and Lucy C, combined with some very powerful hitting meant they won this set of matches 4-0, thus continuing Lucy C’s superb run of league form, as well as James upping his level, overcoming any rustiness in playing only his second match of the season. Thus Glenburn going into the doubles with a 5-3 lead. Zoe and Zhenyu proved they had a great understanding and partnership and, although the highlight of the first set was a stunning backhand by Lucy J, the Lucys couldn’t maintain the high level required with Zoe and Zhenyu deservedly winning 3-0. This left the doubles between Steve/James and Khoi/Chris which turned into another 5 set thriller. The match see-sawed with Steve/James taking a the 1st set 11-9 to lead 1-0 only for Khoi/Chris to raise their game and take the next two sets to 5 and 9 again to lead 2-1. This spurred another recovery from Steve/James taking the 4th to 8. Khoi/Chris then rushed into a 5-2 lead at the turn in the 5th only to be pegged back to 8-8, before closing out the set to 9. The match was played in great sporting spirit by both teams with a draw being a fair result..”
The players that were fielded for the Home Team Queens A in their playing order were:
For the doubles Queens A decided to play Khoi with amp; Chris & Zhenyu with Zoe
On the Away Side Glenburn B sent a team consisting of:
For the doubles Glenburn B had Steve with amp; James & Lucy J with Lucy C joining forces to taken on the hosts.
Match Break Down:
Khoi VS Steve (3 – 0)
Zhenyu VS Lucy J (3 – 1)
Chris VS James (0 – 3)
Zoe VS Lucy C (0 – 3)
Khoi VS Lucy J (3 – 2)
Zhenyu VS Steve (2 – 3)
Chris VS Lucy C (0 – 3)
Zoe VS James (1 – 3)
Khoi & Chris VS Steve & James | (3 – 2)
Zhenyu & Zoe VS Lucy J & Lucy C | (3 – 0)
With the match card now fully completed the final score of Queens A (5) and Glenburn B (5) was recorded.
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Original Match Card