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Yesterday evening 20 players from across all three divisions competed in the second of this season’s competitions which, like the Hard Bat, is competed in one session.

Players were paired with each other according to their league ranking and for the first round divided into two groups with each pair playing a single game match to 21 against all other pairs in their group.

Competition in Group 1 was very close with four teams still in with a chance of progressing to the semi-final before the start of the final rotation of games. A third win in the final rotation for John Kirk & Aziz Saiepour and Chris Cattell and Jim Booth saw them both finish with 81 points and edging out Gary Adlington & Ivan Stallworthy who finished with 79 points from their four matches. Kirk & Saiepour went through to the semi-finals as group winners as they had defeated Cattell and Booth in their earlier group match.

Group 1 Results



Kirk & Saiepour


Cattell and Booth


Adlington & Stallworthy


Walton & Smith


Eyre & Beeston



The outcome for Group 2 was a more clear cut with Mark Sansom & Dan Saul taking the top spot with 79 points just ahead of group runners-up Jeff Reay & Dave Lyus on 78  points. Both pairs securing three wins from their four group matches.

Group 2 Results



Sansom & Saul


Reay & Lyus


Emmerson & Lee


Bell & Kemp


Bloomer & Snape



In the first of the semi-finals Cattell & Booth proved too strong a pairing for Sansom & Saul winning 21:14.

The second semi-final was a little closer but in the end Kirk & Saiepour prevailed winning 21:16.

This set up a final between Cattell & Booth and Kirk & Saiepour and how good it was to see that the four players represented all three divisions. The match was very close with Kirk & Saiepour often taking a lead only to have it pegged back by the consistent and attacking play of Cattell & Booth. However, Kirk & Saiepour eventually found a way to consolidate their lead and at 30:25 the game looked all but over. However, as with earlier periods in the game Cattell & Booth fought back to 30:28 and it looked as if they might once again claw back the deficit. But it was not to be and Kirk & Saiepour won the point they needed to take a competitive match 31:28.

Thank you to all players who took part for playing all matches competitively but with a very good sporting spirit – an enjoyable evening for all concerned.

Congratulations to John Kirk and Aziz Saiepour who are this season’s DTH Senior Doubles Champions.


Terry Curran's Funeral Arrangments.

As promised please find below details of Terry's funeral.

St Peter & St Paul's Church, Eckington, Derbyshire on 1st December at 12 O'Clock.


Carnation Cup Result - Preliminary Round

Redlands TTC was the host for the rearranged final preliminary match in the Carnation Cup with Chris Tilstone and newcomer Paul Housley taking on league stalwarts Dan Saul and Neil Fisher.

Saul kicked off against Housley managing to claw back the two start  in the first and win 21-15 but Housley evened things up in the second game by breaking Saul’s rhythm and taking the game easily 21-9.

The third game was neck and neck all the way but Housley broke away to look the likely winner at 20-15. However, Saul dug deep to take it to twenty all and a great rally for the deciding point, saw Saul take the game 21 - 20 with a shot that clipped the table edge by a breadth of a whisker.

Fisher versus Tilstone saw Fisher fight hard but the two start would not be enough  to break the methodical Tilstone’s game with Tilstone winning 21-9 21-16 to level the match.

The doubles saw a faceoff from a scratch handicap and a set filled with great rallies and stunning shots plus it must be said a veritable cornucopia of nets and edges!

Tilstone and Housley took the first 21-15 but the change to service receiver in the second brought Saul and Fisher the second 21-15,The third would see numerous exchanges of pole position in the race to twenty one but Tilstone and Housley just managed the extra yard at the close to win 21-17 and go one game away from the winning the match.

Fisher stepped up against Housley knowing only a win would keep himself and his partner in the competition.

Housley with a two point handicap start battled hard to take his team to the overall win but Fisher found his form storming to a match levelling win 21-16 21-15.

Saul and Tilstone faced off with neither having a handicap advantage and the workmanlike Tilstone took the first game 21-18, despite a great effort by Saul. The second game saw Saul find his service game and the follow up shots to match and taking the game 21-16.

The third and final deciding game would see both players push hard to win with the lead being exchanged on several occasions. Tilstone was leading 13-10 and looking likely to pull away for the win but Saul dug deep and seemed to break Tilstone’s usual cool steady game to break away from fifteen all to win 21-15 taking himself and Fisher into the quarter finals.     


We have just been informed that former player, Terry Curran, has recently passed away. Our condolences are sent to Terry's family at this sad time.

Terry's funeral will be held on 1st December 2022. As yet we have no further details but as soon as these are known then they will be made available through the League's website and Facebook page.


The Carnation Cup kicked off with three preliminary matches due to be played before the quarter final stages which will be played week commencing 21st November 2022.

The first match was played at St Paul’s Church Hall and saw division one player Steve Fox paired with newly joined division three player Harry Shooter playing division one player Jeff Reay and young division three player Harry Clarke.

The opening game saw Fox’s experience and skill  take his team to an early one game lead overcoming a 13 point handicap deficit to Clarke winning in two 21-16 21-15.

The second game saw Reay level the overall score to one apiece with once again division one experience overcoming a 15 point handicap deficit to Shooter winning in two 21-16 21-18.

The doubles was a harder fought affair with Fox and Shooter receiving 4 start from Reay and Clarke with the latter taking the first game 21-14. However the change of service receiver in the second game worked to the advantage of Fox and Shooter allowing them to take the game 21-8.

The third and deciding game saw the race to 21 change leadership on a number of occasions with Reay and Clarke clinching a hard fought 21-18 win to take them one match win away from overall victory at 2-1.

The fourth game saw newcomer Shooter receive 9 start from Clarke in a game where both players showed some great skills but with Clarke unable to pull the deficit back losing in two 21-18 21-12 to take the match to the wire with fifth and final set deciding the winners.

The fifth saw a tense hard fought division one battle between two veterans with Reay  receiving 4 start from Fox and using that to his advantage taking the first 21-11.

In the second Fox found his rhythm managing to peg back the handicap and pull away for a 21-17 win to take it to the third and final match winning game. It was nip and tuck all the way with both players taking the advantage several times but with  Reay finally finding the daylight to take it home winning 21-18 seeing himself and Clarke through to the quarters after a well fought and tense match.

The second match in the cup played at Redlands proved to be slightly less tense affair with Will Short having just made the leap from division three to division one paired with Ethan Houghton a former division three adversary to take on the highly experienced division one stalwart Mark Sansom and his division three partner Ethan Shevil.

Short opened his sides scoring taking the first 21-18 21-19 off a deficit of 8 points.

Houghton took the second with Sansom finding himself unable to claw back the 10 point handicap losing 21-14 21-18.

The doubles saw Short and Houghton with a slim 2 point handicap advantage which they used to see them win in two sets 21-18 21-17 and take the match victory.

The fourth match played for pride saw Shevil and Houghton play from level with Shevil winning  21-20 21-17 to save his side from a whitewash result.

The fifth set, with the match already won, was conceded to short by Sansom therefore seeing Short and Houghton through to the quarter finals with  4-1 win.

Congratulations to all players and especially the victors who now proceed to the quarter final stage.

The third preliminary round match is scheduled to be played at Redlands on Thursday 17th November.



Opportunity for Cadets and Juniors to Play National League Table Tennis

Blitz TTC are looking for cadets and juniors interested in playing for their National Cadet and Junior Teams this season.

Matches are played at Heckmondwike on November 5th, November 26th, 11th February and 11th March.

This is great experience for younger players and if you are interested or know someone who might be interested then please contact Mark Short on 07702736102 for more details.


Will Short Selected to Represent Nottinghamshire Juniors

Huge congratulation to Will Short who has been selected to represent Nottinghamshire County Juniors in two weeks time.

We wish Will every success as he starts his county playing career.


Dear All

Spin Table Tennis Club are offering a Saturday morning practice session from 9:30 - 11:30 at St Paul's Church Hall, Pelham Street which is open to all League players as well as encouraging new players.

There will be four tables available. The price of the 2 hour session is £4 for Seniors and £3 for Juniors.

If you would like to book onto this Saturday's session then you must use the link below (copy and paste into your browser). Each session is on a first come basis with a maximum of 9 playing slots available this week.

There is plenty of parking at the venue.

Mark Fisher

Match Play Secretary


Blitz TTC Junior Table Tennis League 2022/23


This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in and around the Worksop, Gainsborough, Retford and other surrounding areas, to access some reasonably regular competitive play against players of a similar age and ability to them. For a lot of players, this may well be their first taste of competitive table tennis, and this should be an opportunity for those players to grasp at and enjoy what competitive table tennis has to offer. For those more experienced players, the league will provide some great local competition against players of a similar age and ability, which will be fantastic for their development within the sport.


The Blitz TTC Junior Table Tennis League is open to boys and girls of all abilities, who are still at school.


The cost of the league is £40.00, and this covers all 8 days of competition. The league will take place from 1.30pm – 5.00pm on the following Saturday dates:


Saturday 8th October 2022

Saturday 19th November 2022

Saturday 17th December 2022

Saturday 21st January 2023

Saturday 25th February 2023

Saturday 25th March 2023

Saturday 6th May 2023

Saturday 24th June 2023


By registering for the league, players are making a commitment to attend all dates given above.


The format of the league will be, where possible, divisions of 5-7 players, ensuring that all players will have a minimum of 4 singles matches per day. Each match will consist of playing 3 sets where a point is awarded for each set won. After each days play, players will be promoted or relegated depending on points won in that round.  Promotion and relegation will only take place across the first 6 rounds, thereafter the divisions will be fixed for the final 2 dates which will determine the champions from each division.


All matches will be played at the following address:

Redlands Table Tennis Centre

Crown Street,


S80 1TH


For all enquiries on the league, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Payments can be made either via cash or bank transfer, and forms can either be emailed back to myself ([email protected]) or posted back to me: Amy Gittings, 80 Sunningdale Way, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 1JE


Deadline for payment and final entries is 1st October 2022


Many thanks,

Amy Gittings

Tel – 07919036155

Email – [email protected]



I am sorry to bring the sad news of the recent passing of former player Phil Fisher.
The thoughts, prayers and condolences of everyone associated with Worksop & District Table Tennis League are with his family at this sad time.