Andy Bunting wins Mansfield District Table Tennis League’s Yuletide Cup

The Yuletide Cup finalists
The Yuletide Cup finalists

Andy Bunting beat Jim Westwood 2-1 in the final of the delayed Mansfield District Table Tennis League’s Yuletide Cup.

Bunting won 8-11, 11-6, 11-8 in a battling match between the Division Two players to win the cup, which was postponed in December because of snow.

Jim took the first game 11-8, but once the bats were swapped over Andy levelled the match winning the second 11-6.

In the deciding leg Jim went 5-2 up, but at this point once again they had to change bats. This was the difference as Andy then powered through to take the title winning the deciding leg 11-8.

The Yuletide cup is a unique event in table tennis and is sometimes referred to the Wrong Bat competition as the players play with bats provided by the tournament organiser, with bats rangeing from Tyres, wallpaper, laminate and plastic.

In the group stages each player plays each other two games to 21 swapping bats after the first game, and every point counts.

Andy Bunting won Group A, runner up Jim Westwood, Andy King won Group B, runner up Roy Drew.

In the semi-finals Andy Bunting beat Roy Drew 2-0 (11-3, 11-4) and in the other match Jim Westwood beat Andy King 2-0 (11-7, 11-8).

Although it was a free week in the league this week, a rearranged match in Division Two saw Boothys beat Ravenshead Angels 7-3.

Boothy’s man-of-the-match inflicted the first defeat of the season on Lisa Lewis on his way to a maximum.

Derek Clarke (Boothys), Stuart Chadwick (Boothys) and Lisa Lewis (Angels) all won two games to give Boothy’s an impressive victory. as theymoved back to the top of the league.