Mason shows maximum power

James Mason stole the show with a fine maximum as he helped his Greetland Social A side to a 5-4 victory at HXTCC Panthers B in Division One of the Pennine Tool Hire Halifax Table Tennis League.

Mason, in his first year out of the junior ranks, showed current town and county junior representative players that he is still a force to be reckoned with in local circles.

He scored a fine maximum and was well supported by team mates Matthew Shaw and Marcus Reynolds who each chipped in with one win to reach their five sets required for victory.

For Panthers current junior stars Matthew Stephens and James Foster each scored two wins but had to give second best to Mason and with Sam Clayton being unable to get off the mark. Panthers came up short.

In the other outstanding Division One clash, Warriors beat Panthers A 5-4 and whilst the match produced another splendid individual performance with Martin Bowers recording a maximum it was in a losing cause.

Bowers could only receive one win for support from Alan Veal whereas it was a splendid team effort from Warriors as Mark Whiteley and Shamir Bose recorded two wins each and with Dave Wood chipping in with the all important sole set it was Warriors who came away with the spoils.

Division One: HxTTC Panthers B (S Clayton 0, J Foster 2, M Stephens 2) 4 Greetland Social A (M Shaw 1, M Reynolds 1, J Mason 3) 5, HxTTC Grasshoppers B (K Nicholson 0, A Walker 0, B Sanderson 0) 0 HxTTC Grasshoppers A (G Wilding 3, I Tweedale 3, S Crowther 3) 9, HxTTC Warriors A (M Whiteley 2, S Bose 2, D Wood 1) 5 HxTTC Panthers A (D Bowers 0, A Veal 1, M Bowers 3) 4.

Division Two: BT  (M Reddy 3, J Reddy 1, G Taylor 1) 5 HxTTC Grasshoppers C (D Briggs 2, P White 0, C Sherratt 2) 4, HxTTC Central 1 (T Whiteley 1, S Thomas 2, M Pinnell 1) 4 HxTTC Rams (D Stretton 2, D Mann 2, P Davis 1) 5, Sowerby 1 (B Walker 0, P Schofield 0, S Whitwam 2) 2 HxTTC Dolphins (K Scott 2, E Greenwood 3, D Scott 2) 7, HxTTC Popp A (T Allington 1, C Pollard 2, K Fearnley 2) 5 BT (L Harris 1, M Reddy 3, G Taylor 0) 4, HxTTC Grasshoppers C (N Kaye 1, D Briggs 2, H Chambers 0) 3 HxTTC Central 2 (D Blackburn 2, D Harwood 3, S Caulfield 1) 6.