A singles maximum from Harvey Dinkele plus a hand in the doubles victory with Bob Pettit were the deciding factors in Impington’s draw at Ellesmere in Division One of the Ely and District Table Tennis League.
Howard Morley gave NCI the perfect start with a faultless performance to defeat Clive Woollard of Soham and give NCI a 1-0 lead, but Wollard, Tony Everitt and Andreas Elia eased Soham to a 9-1 victory.
Two-man Fulbourn II visited Elsworth and managed to come away with a draw.
Jannek Hauser won his three, including a very close affair with Roger Fensom, and Nigel Bates two, losing in five to Fensom.
Impington still lead the table, but Ely have two games in hand and are only eight points behind.
Rob Pownall claimed a maximum for Ely IV against Fulbourn V, but they went down 6-4.
Impington II continued their path down the table when they lost 9-1 at home to Fulbourn IV.
An unwell Sammy Hague dispatched the Soham Comrades IV team of Martin Logan, Mick Wells and Mick Foreman as Fulbourn III consolidated second place in the table behind Soham Comrades II.
In Division Three two wins each for Brian Mitchell and Steve Foulger plus one from Tim Atkinson saw Countess home to a very satisfactory result against Fulbourn VIII.
Richard Bramley of Fulbourn VI is never afraid to take the match to his opponent and presented a real challenge to Ely V before going down at deuce in the fifth to both Pete Salmon and Simon Braschi.
He was joined by Sabina Burmester in the doubles when they again took the match to five against Simons Braschi and Simon Bickers.
Otherwise, it was largely straightforward for Ely with only Tim Hands averting the whitewash against Braschi.
Soham Comrades V got off to a flying 3-0 lead against Elsworth II, but Bill Knibbs, Colin Fotland and Richard Smart helped them come from behind to win 6-4.