Soham have no answer to Fulbourn in Ely League

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Fulbourn II took full advantage of a rearranged match with Soham to secure some valuable points in Division One of the Ely and District Table Tennis League.

Dan Bates set the pattern of the match with a close five-set win over Soham’s Ian Boggie.

The next four games went Fulbourn’s way before Tony Everitt managed to stop the rot by defeating Bates.

There was no stopping Fulbourn as they surged home in the remaining singles matches before Boggie and Everitt salvaged a second point for Soham, leaving Fulbourn with an 8-2 victory.

Richard Hatley marked his seasonal debut for Fulbourn II against Soham Comrades by beating Mark Lillyman and Kin Choi Chan before losing out to Nathan Stewart in a real nail-biter.

Peter Xie scored a maximum for Fulbourn, who eventually ran out 7-3 winners.

In Division Three, Fulbourn VII overcame Soham Comrades VI 6-4 in one of two wins for the team, with them also gaining a 7-3 victory over Stetchworth’s Ellesemere Centre III.

In the Newmarket Journal Handicap Cup, there was not much between the teams in terms of players’ handicaps, but quite a difference on the night as Soham Comrades II beat Stetchworth Ellesmere Centre 5-1.

Rhys Davies had got Stetchworth off to a good start by taking the first game of the evening against Robin Wallis, but colleagues Rob Boyce and Aldo Galea could not match his efforts.

Boyce lost to Wallis and Bela Szabo, while Galea lost to Szabo and Kin Choi Chan.

Comrades finished it off when Kin beat Davies to secure the 5-1 triumph and progress into the next round.

Fulbourn established an early lead through Phil 
Hague who defeated Emily Birt.

It was to be a lead Fulbourn would not surrender, with a brace of wins for Sammy Hague — backed up by another from Phil Hague and Dave Roitman — handing Fulbourn a comfortable 5-1 win.

Birt chalked up Ely’s sole point on the night when defeating Roitman to ensure that Fulbourn did not have matters all their own way.