Table Tennis

WOODLEY's England No. 29 ranked superstar Liam McTiernan extended his lead at the top of the table in the fourth Kingfisher Grand Prix of the summer, but he was pushed mightily close by main rival Daniel Moses in the final.

The runner-up will feel it was a match which got away in the best final of the series so far, where Moses lost a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five sets match up, with McTiernan’s superior power finally coming through to win a pulsating battle 3-2.

McTiernan’s path to the final was once again relatively straight forward with a 3-0 quarter-final win over Arborfield debutant Tony Stead and a similar margin in the semi-final match with Shinfield’s Mark Banks.

He had earlier defeated Lewis Waddup for the second time in the series, but Waddup retains his third place on the leaderboard with Banks in fourth.

Moses had a great quarter-final match with Ukranian star Artur Morar before finally coming through 3-1, and a relatively easier semi final aganist Krasi Ivanov, who had earlier ended the hopes of Hamilton Road’s Hari Gehlot for the second week in a row.

The consolation event was won by Roger Pritchard who beat Richard Rosinski 3-1.


TWYFORD were again made to pay for their inability to field all four rinks as they lost 70-62 (10-4) on points at Wargrave in Division Two East of the Kennet League.

The visitors won two rinks led by Phil Rose (32-10) and Nick Orde (20-17), losing the third led by Brian Stain 23-10.

That left the score 62-50 to Twyford, but league rules mean Twyford forfeited the final rink, gifting 20 shots to their opponents and ultimately defeat.

In Division Two East of the Kennet LV League, Rose (22-9) led his rink to victory, but Stain (18-14) and Orde (32-13) both fell short against Hurst, resulting in a 59-49 (8-2) defeat.

Twyford won their away friendly at Desborough 95-67.

Prospect Park A remain top of Division One Central West of the Kennet LV League following their 59-42 (8-2) win against Caversham C.

However, Prospect Park B lost 55-47 (8-2) to bottom side Trentham B.