Veterans make Endeavour fight all the way

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BOTH Whitby table tennis teams currently playing in the Scarborough League have gained a reputation as draw specialists.

This third division result would appear to confirm that, although Endeavour were made to struggle by Trinity, fielding two players who are too old to be termed “veteran”.

It is all the more remarkable they able to play competitively and make the relatively “junior” Endeavour team fight for every point.

A classic example of that was when Rob Plackett took on the 79-year old Ross Tyson and in spite of almost securing a win in the fourth end, eventually went down by the remarkable score of 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9.

It is to be hoped there are no accusations of “spot-fixing” following that result.

It was left to Graham Cripps and Ken Benford to save the day with a good win in the doubles against Richard Copsey and Ross Tyson 15-13, 12-14, 14-16, 7-11.

Earlier, Richard Copsey had secured three comfortable wins in the singles and with Ross Tyson gaining two wins, they had put themselves in a handy position to win the match, but the never-say-die attitude of Cripps and Benford denied them that opportunity.

Endeavour: Ken Benford, Graham Cripps, Rob Plackett.

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