Resilient Cripps holds key to victory

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THIS was a much-delayed fixture between two teams who always produce a close result.

Back in early February, the score was 5-5 when Endeavour travelled through to Scarborough.

On that occasion, Richard Copsey was undefeated in his three singles, but at Whitby he came up against the resilient Graham Cripps, losing 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9.

In what may turn out to be Endeavour’s last fixture of the season, captain Rob Plackett saved his best to the last in defeating Ross Tyson, for the first time in several encounters, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8.

Endeavour then closed the match off with a comfortable team performance in the doubles, when Graham Cripps and Ken Benford defeated the experienced pairing of Richard Copsey and Ross Tyson, 11-8, 11-2 and 11-7.

For Trinity, octogenarian Syd Foote - who is the Scarborough League President - gave a good account of himself in the singles without securing a win.

Syd also commented on the excellent facilities that Whitby Table Tennis Club enjoy in the Whitby Pavilion activity hall.

As the end of the season approaches, Whitby Endeavour still have two home fixtures remaining against strong Scarborough -based opposition. The outcome of those two postponed matches could have had considerable bearing on the final league positions.

In spite of a much interrupted season, the Endeavour team have given a good account of themselves in Division Three, using a squad of five players to ensure that all scheduled fixtures are honoured home and away.

Endeavour: Graham Cripps, Ken Benford and Rob Plackett

Whitby Endeavour 6 Trinity 4