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PUBLISHED: 09:07 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 03 July 2010

THE first half of the season has seen Burrage and St Johns B emerge as contenders for the title. The holders Burrage, who field the three strongest players in their team, must be favourites to retain their title, although the Saints will push them all the way.

THE first half of the season has seen Burrage and St Johns B emerge as contenders for the title. The holders Burrage, who field the three strongest players in their team, must be favourites to retain their title, although the Saints will push them all the way.

Newly-promoted King's Church A have done very well in the higher division. Martin Clarke has led his team well and received good support from Andrew Lilley and junior Thomas Baxter.

The highlight of their season must be the exciting 5-4 victory over Burrage in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Although the lesser team received 8/9 and 12 points start in each game, Burrage used their experience well and the match hinged on the last game. Martin Clarke kept his nerve to win his deciding game and moved his team forward to the final where they will meet Hospital Sparks, who beat BSC in another close match 5-4 thanks to three from Chris Durrant.

Many matches in this cup competition have been won by the odd game, proving that the handicapping is proving to be correct.

Caister Com find themselves at the bottom end of Division One with Hospital Sparks and Police just above them. Sparks have yet to find last season's form and Police must catch up games to be played by January 28.

Division Two has Kings Church B on top closely followed by Gorl Cons and Hospital Telecom.

Acle Pirates are improving all the time and new teams Kings D and Acle B are enjoying the season and picking up points.

Other juniors - Brendan McMannus, Curtis Beales, Arron Kemp and Josh Baxter are gaining experience, likewise the youngsters at Acle B.

Ernie George is currently helping with after school table tennis at Cliff Park School - John Sergent has helped with the over-50s introducing our sport.

Peter Smith and his helpers are to be congratulated in making their venue at King's Church available for practice and always welcome any new players.

Resolution for the New Year - practice “good serving and sporting conduct.” May you all enjoy the second half of the season.

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