League Report Week 02 - 02/10/2017

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John Metcalfe
Mon 16 Oct '17 @ 3:37pm

Premier Division

After their surprising defeat in the previous week, last season’s champions, Iron Room A finally got their title defence under way with a pleasing 6-3 home win over Heron B. Martin Hewitt led the way with 3 wins for the Iron Room, supported by 2 from Keith Yarnley and 1 by Kevin Powell. Their guest’s response came from 2 good wins by Matthew Emery and 1 for John Glass, but, having established the home win, the Iron Room continued their winning ways with a 3-1 doubles result.

In his second match of the week, John Glass played up for Heron A and saved his team from a whitewash with a single win. Their visitors, Hoath B, overwhelmed the home team thanks to 3 clean wins for Richard Carden, 3 further wins for Mike Chapman and 2 by Paul Cronin, to secure a convincing 8-1 away victory. In the closing doubles match, Heron fought hard to garner something from the match, but fell at the last hurdle as Hoath added a 3-2 doubles win to their singles success.

Hoath C and Hoath A came together for this derby match, but Hoath A gave no quarter to their club-mates as they ran away with an 8-1 away win. Mike Howard had the only success for Hoath C with a win over Ian Gordon, but 3 wins each for Barry Chapman and Phil Thomas, plus 2 for Ian, was enough to secure a fine away result for Hoath A. Hoath C could do no better in the doubles as the singles winners added a 3-1 win to their tally.

With 3 clean wins, a seemingly invincible team captain, Harry Law guided Faversham A to a convincing 8-1 home win over their opponents, Herne Bay A. An unbeaten Richard Fever also contributed 3 wins and George Spillett added 2 more, after just losing out in his game against Herne Bay’s Shem Legarde, who earned the away team’s only point with the win. The unfortunate Bay team fared no better in the final game of the evening, as Faversham eased to a 3-1 doubles win.

Division 1

Travelling to Herne Bay B, Blean A are finding life in division 1 much harder after running away with division 2 last season. Herne Bay were steered to a 6-3 home win courtesy of 3 clean wins for the intrepid Bob Edwards, plus 2 by Mick Micklethwaite, with their 6th point coming from a win for Steve Furber. Tom Kwok responded for Blean with 2 wins and Rob Easton earned their 3rd point with a win over Steve. However a 3-1 win in the doubles also went in favour of the home team.

3 wins by team captain, Adam Dyer, together with 3 for Lewis Marsh, and 1 by his brother George, ensured a comfortable 7-2 home victory for a youthful Chestfield Warriors 6 over the more experienced team of Choughs A. Russell Swain managed a solitary win, as did Steve Powell, to earn the visiting Choughs their 2 points, but the Warriors were happy to record a 3-0 triumph in the doubles.

2 wins by Joe Peaks and 1 for Denis Cannon gave Chestfield Warriors 7 3 points in their club derby match against Chestfield Warriors 4. However, no-one could overcome Jake Coombes, who, with 3 excellent results, set Warriors 4 on their way to a 6-3 away win. The winning team also benefitted from 2 wins for Ian Blogg and 1 from Dirk Froebrich, before adding a 3-1 doubles win to their evening’s table tennis.

When Chestfield Warriors 3 welcomed Iron Room B to their venue, the match developed into Close Encounters of the Table Tennis kind as the Warriors just edged a 5-4 victory, although Warriors were always in front. 5-2 up after seven games, the Iron Room managed to win the last two to bring the result back to 5-4. With 3 wins, Ricky Kay was undefeated on the night and Paul Whittaker contributed a further 2 wins for the Warriors’ 5 points. Mike Lee (2), Mike Holiday (1) and Geoff Jordan (1) earned the 4 points for the Iron Room, with the hard fought 3-0 doubles match result being also won by the Warriors.

Iron Room C had no answer to the strength of a visiting Chestfield Warriors 5 and fell to a 9-0 whitewash at their home venue. The Warriors trio of Giulio Guariglia (3), Steve Richardson (3) and Stuart Murray-Williams (3) won all their games to inflict a crushing defeat over their hosts. Tracy Deeley offered some token resistance for the home team, taking Steve Richardson to 5 legs before just losing in a hotly contested game, with the Iron Room claiming a 3-0 result in the doubles.

A determined Herne Bay C went to Whitstable Natives A who, despite home advantage, were subjected to a 6-3 defeat, thanks to Bay’s Matt Waters whose 3 wins set up the victory. Chris Howard added a further 2 and Keith Blackmore 1. Honours were even after the first 6 games, but the Herne Bay team took the last 3 singles games to secure the win. Barrie Thomas managed 2 wins for the Natives and Adam Goodall 1, but in a close doubles match, the visitors took full advantage of their singles efforts and completed the evening with a 3-1 success.

Division 2

On their home turf, Herne Bay E dominated Chestfield Warriors 11, cruising to a satisfying 8-1 home win. Danny Reardon and Simon Chambers, with 3 wins each, were both on song for the Bay squad, and Al Parkes added 2 more for their 8 points. In the penultimate singles game of the evening, David Hanson saved the Warriors from a whitewash when he overcame Al, to earn the Warriors only point, this being their only win, as Herne Bay sealed the match with a 3-1 win in the doubles.

In their home tie against Whitstable Natives B, Chestfield Warriors 9 needed to borrow Peter McCaig from division 3 in order to field a full team. The 6-3 home result was due mainly to 3 excellent wins for Colin Relf, with Tim Platt, new to the second division, contributing 2 more. Peter also managed 1 win to give the Warriors their 6 points, and for the Natives, Gordon Williams used his hard bat to good effect, winning 2 of his games, and Keith Garrad added a third. In a reversal of fortunes in the doubles the Natives ensured some reward from the match with a 3-1 win.

3 conceded games were the deciding factor when Choughs B, with only 2 players available, entertained Chestfield Warriors 8. A win each for Simon Howe and Bob Young, plus the 3 gifted points, tipped the balance in favour of the Warriors who gratefully claimed a 5-4 away win. An indomitable Nigel Griffiths produced 3 points for the Choughs team, and Richard Partridge got the best of 5 legs for a very satisfying win over John Mecalfe, to give Choughs their 4th point. As if to prove their worth, the determined Choughs team went into the closing doubles match where they eased to a compensatory 3-0 win.

Division 3

The strength of Blean B proved too much for a visiting Herne Bay H as the home team eased to a pleasing 7-2 home win. Kevin West and Dave Mason, both with 3 wins each, secured the victory, with Keith Ackland contributing their 7th point. Calvin Froud and Chris Near were hard pushed to win a point each for Herne Bay, both of whom managed to edge their 5 leg games against Keith, but Blean closed out the match with a 3-0 win in the doubles.

Blean C travelled to Herne Bay G where they eased to a comfortable 8-1 away win, thanks to 3 wins each for Derek Whiddett and Laurie Newman, plus a further 2 wins for Alan Dilnot. Herne Bay were 6-0 down after 6 games before Herne Bay’s Colin Chaston stopped the rot and prevented a whitewash with a win over Alan. However, Blean made sure that the Bay team’s efforts remained unrewarded by taking a 3-1 win in the doubles.

In a club derby match, Chestfield Warriors 12 were pushed to the limit by their determined opponents, Chestfield Warriors 13. With the lead changing hands three times in the first seven games, Warriors 13 were 4-3 up after 7 games, but Warriors 12 managed to win the last 2 singles to eventually record a tense 5-4 home win. Peter McCaig had 3 excellent clean wins for Warriors 12 and Bernard Ebeck managed another 2 as Warriors 12 claimed the triumph. Jens Angrabeit responded with 2 wins for Warriors 13, with John White and Paul Emery also providing a win each. Warriors 12 then went on to a 3-1 win in the doubles adding more disappointment to their opponent’s loss.

Division 4

Mark and Kerry Holmes for Chestfield Warriors 18 were beaten 4-1 at home to Herne Bay K’s Barbara Ayling and Arnold Bearman. Barbara won both her games and Arnold won 1 after just being ousted in a 5 leg battle against Mark who won the Warriors’ only point. A 3-1 win in the match doubles gave Herne Bay their 4th point who then went on to supplement their singles win with a 3-0 competition doubles victory.

Ricky Kay Junior won both his games for Chestfield Warriors 15 against fellow clubmates Chestfield Warriors 16 but it was not enough to win the match. Jan Aldridge, playing up from Warriors 20, and Pat France both overcame Lewis Smith to win a game each for Warriors 16 and then took a 3-2 win in the match doubles as they just nipped the 3-2 singles win, after which they then added a 3-0 win in the competition doubles.

Jan Aldridge, playing her second match of the week, won both her games against Owen and Amelia Whatley, setting up a 4-1 win for Chestfield Warriors 20 against Chestfield Warriors 19. Bernard Self also won 1 game, and together with a 3-0 match doubles win, Warriors 20 carded the result, but not before they complimented their evening’s table tennis with a 3-0 competition doubles result. Owen should be pleased with his excellent 3-0 win over Bernard, which saved Warriors 19 from a whitewash, thus earning them a single point.

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