Scantlebury Leads Hunt for Promotion
6/3/2014
Table Tennis team in second position
 
The UWI Cave Hill Table Tennis team has returned to local league action after being absent for a number of years. Under the guidance of coach Carlton Sealy and captained by Melanie Scantlebury, the UWI Blackbirds table tennis team now stands in second place in the Barbados Table Tennis Association Division II competition.
 
With two matches remaining in the keenly contested first round, the team is currently two points behind leaders Combined Schools and one point ahead of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF). However, if the team wishes to gain promotion to the top division of next year’s competition, then they would have to ensure that they not only play a stellar second round but also emerge as overall winners.
 
After enjoying two early default victories, the Blackbirds went on to win four of five matches before playing against their toughest opposition, the BDF.
 
Against BDF, Captain Melanie Scantlebury showed her prowess and dominance in the first match as she won 3-1, ripping shots all across the board.  However, her compatriot Shane Norville was unable to keep the fire going as he was defeated 3-1 in the second match of the night. Norville started off with the same fervor that Scantlebury displayed but lost focus and allowed the match slip away from him.
 
Steve Skinner, a last minute replacement for Roseanne Butcher who was ill, lost his encounter 3-0 and handed the BDF a 2-1 lead.
 
Norville returned in is second match for the night determined to avenge his initial loss. Although he lost the first set, he took the second ‎in a close fight to the finish, ending 15-13. He lost the third, won the fourth and rallied to close out the match 11-6 in the sixth set to draw the score of the tie level at 2-2.
 
Scantlebury, understanding that her team needed the overall win against BDF stepped up to close out the final match.  Her victory maintained her undefeated streak in the competition thus far and allowed the Blackbirds another opportunity to soar to the top of the standings and eventual promotion.

By: Ronnie Chandler