Table tennis - Nat's wizard play can't save Merlins

In the March Neale-Wade Table Tennis League, 11-year-old Nat Butcher produced a superb performance to beat Falcons' Anti Ots but his result was not enough to save Merlins from a 6-3 defeat. Jonathan Clenshaw's maximum victory has kept Falcons in with a ch

In the March Neale-Wade Table Tennis League, 11-year-old Nat Butcher produced a superb performance to beat Falcons' Anti Ots but his result was not enough to save Merlins from a 6-3 defeat.Jonathan Clenshaw's maximum victory has kept Falcons in with a chance for the title and with one game remaining, the team need four points to win the league.The Falcons title bid was kept alive when Eagles beat top of the table Kestrels by 5-4.Jack Hinson produced two fine singles wins for Eagles, who will continue to have a say in the destination of the league title when they meet Falcons in the final game.There was a rare defeat for Harriers' Keith Fisher as he lost to Robins' Stewart Morton and two good singles wins for Gary Bousfield wrapped up a good 6-3 win for Robins.Robins are now pushing Eagles for a third place finish.Mike Bentley made his first appearance of the season and helped Hawks to a big 8-1 win over Ravens.Bentley was taken to five sets by the outstanding Luke Barron who was unlucky to lose the game, while David Barron also lost a five set match to Hawks' Stuart Furlong.With two games to play, Ravens can still improve their position in the league.


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