League Report Week 01 - 25/09/2017

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John Metcalfe
Sat 07 Oct '17 @ 11:15am

Premier Division

The 2017 – 2018 season got underway with a shock defeat for last season’s premier champions, Iron Room A, when they crashed to a 6-3 away defeat at the hands of home team, Hoath B. Richard Carden led a delighted Hoath team to victory with 3 excellent wins, Paul Cronin added 2 more, and a win for Simon Hillier earned Hoath the match winning 6 points. Iron Room’s response came from 2 wins for Phil Saxby and 1 for Ray Jordan, but Hoath compounded their singles result with a hard-fought 3-0 doubles triumph.

Faversham A travelled to Chestfield Warriors 1 and came away with a pleasing 7-2 away victory, courtesy of 3 clean wins for the irrepressible Harry Law, ably supported by a further 3 wins for Martin Ball and 1 from George Spillett. Ron Rowley and Peter Roberts both contributed a win each for the home team’s 2 points, with a compensatory 3-0 doubles result going in favour of the visitors.

Heron B welcomed Hoath C to their table for a close, hotly contested match which eventually resulted in a 5-4 win for the visitors. 2 wins apiece for Matt Emery and John Glass earned Heron their 4 points, but no-one could overcome Hoath’s Mike Howard. Clive Hollingsbee and Chris Howard both managed to add a win each to Mike’s 3, as Hoath edged the result. However, not to be out done, the Heron squad were pleased to exact some retribution with a fine 3-1 win in the doubles match.

Playing his 2nd match of the week, Jake Coombes stepped up to the premier division and contributed 2 valuable wins for Chestfield Warriors 2 as they pinched a close 5-4 away win over their hosts, Herne Bay A. 4-0 down after 4 games, the Bay team fought back to 4-2 before Paul Waumsley, with his 2nd win of the night gave the Warriors the match winning 5th point. Ian Cooke also had a win for the away team, with Vince Corbin and a young Shem Lejarde both winning 2 of their matches for Herne Bay’s 4 points, but with a 3-0 doubles result, Warriors rounded off a satisfactory evening’s table tennis.

Division 1

With a welcome return to Canterbury table tennis and 3 wins, Jake Coombes led Chestfield Warriors 4 to a good 7-2 home win over their visitors, Iron Room C. His team-mates Dirk Froebrich and Ian Blogg both added 2 wins each as the Warriors surged to the victory, with Colin Sleap and Brian Kennett both managing a solitary win for the visitor’s 2 points. This match was a lot closer than the score-line would suggest, but the triumphant Warriors finalised their result with a more comfortable 3-0 doubles win.

A win for Mike Holiday and 2 for Kevin Beasley earned Iron Room B 3 points as they succumbed to 6-3 home defeat by their visitors, Whitstable Natives A. A good all-round team performance by the Natives saw Adam Goodall, Nick Fairweather and Barrie Thomas all manage 2 wins each for their 6 match winning points. Determined to glean something from the contest, Iron Room gave as good as they got in the closing doubles match, fighting hard to win 3-1.

After running away with Division 2 last season, Blean A began life in Division 1 with a 5-4 win over a visiting Chestfield Warriors 3. Facing some stern opposition from the Warriors, an undefeated Tom Kwok was the hero of the hour for Blean with 3 wins, backed up by a win for Crystal Tseng and 1 by Rob Easton. The hard bat of Paul Whittaker earned the Warriors 2 points, and Ricky Kay added a further 2 wins, in a match where several games could have gone either way as Warriors reversed the singles result and proved their worth with a superb 3-2 win in the doubles.

3 excellent wins by Matthew Waters paved the way to a 6-3 home win for Herne Bay C over their guests, Chestfield Warriors 7. A further 2 wins for Keith Blackmore and 1 by Paul Bee was enough to put the result beyond the reach of the Warriors whose 3 points came from a win apiece for Jonny Nevett, Denis Cannon and John Wickings. A long drawn out doubles match ensued, with the 3-1 result eventually falling in favour of The Bay team, but not before three of the four games went over and above the required 11 points.

In the first club derby match of the season, youth overcame experience when the home team of Chestfield Warriors 5 clashed with Chestfield Warriors 6. Team captain Adam Dyer was invincible on the night, and his 3 wins, together with 2 by Lewis Marsh was enough to give Warriors 6 a close but well earned, 5-4 result. Stuart Murray-Williams had 2 superb wins over brothers George and Lewis Marsh, and a win each for Guilio Guariglia and Steve Richardson earned Warriors 5 their 4 points, but Warriors 6 went on to secure a 3-0 win in the doubles.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 10 began the new season with a fine 6-3 home win over a travelling Herne Bay E, thanks to 3 wins for an undefeated Aaron Hollingsworth, plus 2 by Jill Weaver and 1 by Linda Wickings. Simon Chambers was pushed hard to secure 2 wins for Herne Bay and Al Parkes beat Linda in a 5 leg thriller to give the Bay team a 3rd point. A reversal of fortunes in the doubles saw the visitors overcome stiff opposition from the home team as they won this part of the match 3-1.

Whitstable Natives B were the home team for their match against their resilient opponents, Choughs B. Keith Garrad and Barry Cook could only manage a win each for the Natives, as the Choughs surged to a 7-2 away win thanks to Nigel Griffiths (3), Jamie MacDonald (3), both unbeaten in the match. Richard Partridge earned the Choughs 7th point in the last singles game of the evening, overcoming Gordon Williams in a tight 5 leg contest.

In their first match of the season, the home team of Chestfield Warriors 8 encountered a strong Faversham C team in the guise of Tina Stewart, Harry Hutchison and Alan Culver. John Metcalfe and Simon Howe both managed a win each over Alan Culver to give the Warriors 2 points, but no-one could overcome Harry Hutchison or Tina Stewart, who, with 3 wins each, together with a win for Alan, earned a 7-2 away win for Faversham. The losing Warriors team fared no better in the doubles, as despite some long games, they fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Herne Bay D welcomed Chestfield Warriors 9 to their venue and mercilessly subjected their visitors to a whitewash. Shaun Reid, Colin Relf and Tim Platt were powerless to stop the rout with Jim Burns, Graeme Sopp and Danny Reardon winning all their games as Herne Bay eased to a 9-0 result. The closing doubles match continued in the same vein, which the Bay team took with a 3-1 win.

Division 3

Chestfield Warriors 12 took to the road and paid a visit to Blean C, where they suffered a 6-3 defeat. 3 wins for Laurie Newman, 2 for Peter Cole and 1 for Steve Hutton secured the result in Blean’s favour, as the Warriors responded through Peter McCaig (2) and Bernard Ebeck (1) for their 3 points. The Warriors then surprised their hosts by reversing the singles result in the doubles match, with a 3-1 victory.

Division 4

Linda Sopp and Val Ranken both won all their games as Herne Bay J eased to a 5-0 win over a visiting Chestfield Warriors 18. Mark & Kerry Holmes could do nothing to prevent the whitewash, although token resistance did come from Kerry when she just lost out to Val Ranken in a 5 leg game. Having won the match doubles game, Herne Bay J also went on to add the competition doubles game to complete their evening’s success.

The brother and sister team of Amelia and Owen Whatley, playing as the home team of Chestfield Warriors 19 hosted their match against Herne Bay L. However, the visitors proved too strong for Warriors 19, running out as 4-1 winners. Owen managed an excellent win against Nicholas Richards, but Saugat Sunwar won both his games, and a win for Nicholas against Amelia, together with a 3-0 match doubles win, gave Herne Bay the 4-1 result. The competition doubles match also went in favour of the away team who won 3-0.

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