Young guns go head-to-head as Lancaster and Morecambe Table Tennis League season begins

Rising stars Matthew Westworth and Toby Ellis have moved teams for the new season.
Rising stars Matthew Westworth and Toby Ellis have moved teams for the new season.

The 2017/2018 table tennis season got underway on Monday with the Kennon Trophy and Plate competitions.

This season sees Toby Ellis and Matthew Westworth move on from Morecambe A with Ellis now playing for Premier League Champions Trimpell Raptors and Westworth moving to Premier League runners-up Garstang Annihilators.

The opening round of the Kennon Trophy put the two emerging young stars of the league head-to-head with the prospect of a thrilling encounter.

The opening match went Annihilators’ way with Tom Clark taking advantage of his +4 handicap start against Paul Stebbing in four ends.

Ellis stepped in for his first match for Raptors overcoming Tommy Kennedy in three taking advantage of a +3 handicap.

Dave Gott for Raptors then managed to defeat Westworth in what proved to be the game of the night winning 12–10 in the fifth end.

Ellis then beat a spirited performance from Clark in four before Westworth saw off Stebbing to leave the match finely balanced at three games to two in favour of Raptors.

A quick win from Gott then put Raptors further ahead and Ellis then emerged victorious against Westworth in four ends in a closely-fought match.

Trimpell Raptors go through to the semi-finals after winning 5-2 on the night.

Elsewhere the St Lukes combined A and B team emerged victorious in their match against Premiership newcomers St Lukes C.

In the Kennon Plate for the Championship Division teams Trimpell Dragon hosted 3-1-5 Table Tennis.

Graham Brandwood got 3-1-5 off to a great start before three straight wins from Trimpell put them in front.

Ian Gee and Bob Quick hit back for 3-1-5 leaving the match all square at 3-3.

The Dragons weren’t deterred by this setback however with man of the match Davide Viana taking his final game for a clean sweep followed by Dudley Jackson winning against Brandwood as the Trimpell side progressed to the semi-finals with a 5-3 win.

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