Table Tennis: Sensational play from James Rule, 14

York Press: James Rule, who starred for Coneysthorpe ‘B’, although his side lost to their ‘A’ team James Rule, who starred for Coneysthorpe ‘B’, although his side lost to their ‘A’ team

Fourteen-year-old James Rule produced a sensational display for Coneysthorpe ‘B’ against their ‘A’ in division one of the York Table Tennis League.

He won in straight sets (14-12, 11-7, 11-4) against York’s number one and the hitherto undefeated Martin Lowe.

Rule also defeated Joel Wright and came agonisingly close to beating Ashley Hodgson, losing only after taking a two-set lead.

His were the only two wins for the ‘B’ team, though, as the ‘A’ team ran out 8-2 winners to lead the table.

Second-placed York RI ‘A’ also won 8-2, against their ‘B’ team, thanks to three wins each for Paul Robertson and Filip Wojtkowiak.

Aidan Ranftler won his three singles matches for Holgate WMC ‘A’ in their 8-2 win over Bootham Conservative Club ‘A’, while Coneysthorpe ‘B’ whitewashed bottom team York RI ‘C’.

Shepherds ‘A’ continue to head division two after beating their ‘D’ team 9-1.

Andy Fletcher and Nathan Taylor were in top form to win their singles matches.

Holgate WMC ‘B’ closed the gap on the leaders to eight points after two wins, 10-0 against Bootham ‘C’ and 8-2 against Shepherds ‘C’. Martin Hood won all of his matches over the two games.

York RI ‘F’ kept their promotion challenge alive in division three with a 7-3 win over Holgate WMC ‘D’, helped by maximums for Dom Ainger and Ivan Guilliatt.

BT ‘A’ had two wins in the week, 6-4 against York RI ‘G’ and 9-1 over Shepherds ‘A’. Howard Broadbent won all of his singles in these matches for BT.

Burnholme ‘B’ took over at the top of division four after a 9-1 thrashing of York RI ‘I’.

Andrew Slezak and Chris McCluskie won all of their singles for the victors.

Tom Lines was the star for Holgate WMC ‘E’ in their narrow 6-4 win over York RI ‘J’, who had earlier beaten York RI ‘I’ 9-1, thanks to maximums from Mikey Arnold and Dave Smith.

Russ Barton and Jason Chinnian led the way for Bootham CC ‘G’ as they trounced Crescent WMC ‘F’ 8-2.

• The 2014 York Closed Championships will be held on the weekend of February 15-16 at the Railway Institute.

The closing date for entries is February 3. Entry forms can be found in the middle of the handbooks.

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