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April 27th

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In recent years the final of the Percy Lawes has tended to be one-sided, not this season. Godalming A were playing Burymead A. Of the many players who have turned out for Godalming this season the playing trio comprised Tony Holmes, Ben Larcombe and Alex Forshaw. Burymead used Phil Snelson, Derek Holman and Gordon Holmes. In the first match Snelson easily got the better of Tony Holmes to give Burymead the lead. The next match between Larcombe and Holman was a total contrast of styles and it went all the way with Larcombe coming through 11-6 in the fifth. Despite some valiant defence from Gordon Holmes 17 year old Forshaw edged Godalming ahead. Snelson then levelled the match with a win over Larcombe. Burymead then went ahead when the Burymead Holmes got the better of his namesake from Godalming. The lead was short-lived as Forshaw beat Holman and then Larcombe overcame Holmes to put Godalming one win away from the cup. The next match on was the two unbeaten players, Snelson and Forshaw and some great table tennis was played with the younger man coming through to give Godalming the cup 5-3. Forshaw was the undoubted star of the evening showing an ability to dictate the speed of a rally with great subtlety.

There were two more cup wins for Godalming. The C team completed the League and Cup double with a 9-0 hammering of Ash A. The match was closer than the score may suggest but Tony Harrild, Alan Hoyle and Fei Fei Pei signed off their career in the second tier in emphatic style.

Almost as convincing was the win in the Last Two Cup by Godalming F. Another double winning team they were too strong for Merrow G and came through 5-1. Danny McGranaghan and Gordon Grover were unbeaten for Godalming with Fred Florance losing out to Ashley Barnes. Trevor Free and Carole Ingram battled hard for Merrow.

In the league Burymead C confirmed second place in the First Division with a whitewash of Woking LTC A. Richard Parke, Mark Batt-Rawden and Joel Clancy getting the points.

In the Second Division Woking LTC B kept their hopes of promotion alive with a 6-4 success over champions Ash B. John Koenigsberger was unbeaten for Woking with Brian Hartles winning twice as did Martin Gilbey for Ash.

In the Third Division Cranleigh A will be taking second place. A whitewash of Bramley E effectively gives Peter Coventry, Mark Lockyer and Angela Coventry a move back into the Second Division.

In the Premier Division Burymead C lost their second match of the season, 7-3 to Merrow C. Andy Mudie was unbeaten for Merrow with Micky Lang winning twice which Richard Tanner matched for the champions.