League Report Week 04 - 23/10/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 10 Nov '17 @ 10:23am

Premier Division

Chestfield Warriors 1 travelled to last season’s champions Iron Room A but were unable to overcome the strength of their hosts, crumbling to a 9-0 away defeat. Ray Jordan, Phil Saxby and Martin Hewitt won all their games for the title defending Iron Room, with the Warriors unable to offer any resistance, as the Iron Room also claimed a 3-0 doubles result.

With 2 wins, Dave Emery earned Heron A their only 2 points as they fell to a 7-2 home defeat, inflicted on them by their visitors, Hoath A. For Hoath, Ian Mileham was unbeaten in the match, his 3 wins being well supported by Simon Hillier (2) and Barry Chapman, who, despite his 2 wins, lost his 100% record in the league, beaten 3-1 by Dave in the last singles game of the contest. Despite some initial resistance, Heron’s misfortunes continued into the doubles which Hoath won 3-1.

An all-round team performance resulted in a satisfying 6-3 home win for Chestfield Warriors 2 over a visiting Heron B. Ian Cooke, Joe Britnell and Paul Waumsley all won 2 games apiece for the Warriors, earning their 6 points, but none could overcome the Heron’s John Glass who proved to be a thorn in the side of the Warriors winning his 3 games and 3 points for Heron. In the closing doubles match, stern opposition from the away team took the game to 5 legs, before Warriors closed the contest with a 3-2 win.

Maintaining their 100% record in the league so far, Hoath B are emerging as early contenders for the premier title with a resounding 9-0 away victory over their hosts, Herne Bay A. With Herne Bay’s Vince Corbin, Shem Lejarde and Steve Dawson unable to prevent Hoath’s Simon Rudland (3) Mike Chapman (3) and Richard Carden (3) running away with the win, Hoath have now opened up a 3 point lead over fellow clubmates, 2nd place Hoath A. In a close fought doubles match, Hoath B were pushed hard by the Bays’ before adding a 3-0 doubles win to their singles triumph.


Division 1

With Herne Bay B and Herne Bay A both in mid-table on 20 points, this derby match was always going to be a close affair, and so it proved as Herne Bay B just managed to pinch a 5-4 home win over their club-mates. An unbeaten Bob Edwards (3) was the instigator of the win, supported by a win each for Mick Micklethwaite and Steve Furber, giving Herne Bay B the match winning 5 points. 2 wins for Chris Howard and 2 by Keith Blackmore earned the losing team their 4 points and the intense rivalry continued when the singles winners just got the better of a 5 leg doubles match for a 3-2 win.

Chestfield Warriors 6 currently top division 1 after easing to an excellent home 8-1 win over their visitors, Iron Room B. With 3 wins each for Lewis Marsh and Adam Dyer, plus 2 by George Marsh, Warriors 6 accumulated the 8 points. Brian Kennett staved off the whitewash for the Iron Room with a win over George but that was their only response as the Warriors team claimed a 3-1 win in the closing doubles match of the evening.

3rd and 2nd placed respectively, Chestfield Warriors 3 and Chestfield Warriors 4 came together for this club derby match, in which Warriors 3 were relieved to just edge a 5-4 win. Paul Whittaker managed 2 wins for Warriors 3, as did Malcolm Peaks, and a solitary win for Rick Kay gave them the 5th point, ensuring the victory for Warriors 3. For Warriors 4, Jake Coombes added yet another 3 wins to his 100% record, their 4th point coming from a win for Iam Blogg. Not to be out done, Warriors 4 turned their fortunes around in the double with a 3-1 win.

Adam Goodall, Nick Fairweather and Barrie Thomas all managed 2 wins apiece for Whitstable Natives A as they carded a 6-3 home win over Chestfield Warriors 7. Warriors 7, who invited Linda Wickings to play up from Division 2 to complete their squad, had an unbeaten Denis Cannon to thank for his 3 point contribution, but a 3-1 win in the doubles match also went in favour of Whitstable Natives.

Iron Room C took to the road for their away match at Choughs B and had no answer to the strength of the home team who overpowered them as they surged to a 9-0 whitewash. 3 wins ensured Cliff Ball kept up his 100% record in the league for Choughs, and Roy Coles and Steve Powell both contributed 3 more. A disconsolate Iron Room were then subjected to further ignominy when they suffered a 3-1 defeat in the doubles.


Division 2

With 3 pleasing wins, Danny Reardon was Herne Bay E’s champion, leading his team to a convincing 7-2 win over a visiting Whitstable Natives B. A further 2 wins for Al Parkes and 2 from Simon Chambers put the match beyond the reach of the Natives, whose points came from 2 excellent wins by Gordon Williams. With the singles result in their pocket, Herne Bay then went on to record a 3-0 doubles win.

Harry Hutchison’s 100% record remained intact as he recorded 3 more wins for Faversham C when they went to play against Chestfield Warriors 10. However, he was Faversham’s only success as the Warriors beat their guests 6-3, with Aaron Hollingsworth, Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver, despite failing to overcome Harry, all managed 2 wins each for the result. However, Faversham fought back in the doubles, reversing their singles loss with a 3-0 doubles win.

Faversham B welcomed Chestfield Warriors 11 to their venue for a hotly contested match in which the visiting Warriors just managed to record a 5-4 away win. Nick Wibberley had 2 wins for Faversham with team-mates Sebastion Redell and Kevin Bourner also adding a win each for Faversham’s 4 points. The Warriors were grateful for Derek Matheson, whose 3 clean wins were supported by 2 from Peter Paetow, giving the Warriors the essential 5 points. Determined to extract some reward from their evening’s table tennis, Faversham retaliated with a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 3

Still seeking their first win of the season, the newly formed team of Chestfield Warriors 13, in the guise of Paul Emery, John White and Jens Angrabeit are finding life tough in division 3 after being subjected to a 9-0 home defeat at the hands (or bats) of Herne Bay G. The greater experience of Dave Goddard (3), Colin Chaston (3) and Les Taylor(3) came to the fore as the visitors hit their hosts with the whitewash and then compounded their singles win with a 3-1 doubles triumph.

Division 4

In winning both her matches, Jude Quiggan provided Chestfield Warriors 18 with 2 points, and then combined with team-mate Jane Newton for a 3-0 match doubles win and an overall 3-2 singles win over Chestfield Warriors 16. Kerry and Mark Holmes both had a win each for their 2 singles points, and then just fell at the last hurdle as Warriors 18 got the best of a 5 leg competition doubles match.

Cody McCrystal won both her games and Saugat Sunwar won 1 as Herne Bay L recorded a narrow 3-2 singles victory over Herne Bay K. In a close game against Colin Baldry, Arnold Bearman got the best of 5 legs to earn a point for Bay K, and then teamed up with Barbara Ayling to win the match doubles game for their 2nd point. The closing competition doubles game was another keenly contested match, finally won by Herne Bay L with a 3-2 scoreline.

Herne Bay J got off to a promising start with Linda Sopp winning the first game in their away encounter with Chestfield Warriors 20. However, Jan Aldridge levelled the match, beating Val Ranken, and then, with team-mate Bernard Self, Warriors 20 won the match doubles game for a 2-1 lead. Bernard also then overcame Val, putting the match result beyond the reach of Herne Bay, but Linda just edged out Jan in the last singles game of the evening, the final result being a 3-2 win for the Warriors. No competition doubles result was recorded.

A 3-2 home victory for Chestfield Warriors 21 over Chestfield Warriors 15, was due in the main to Francesco Bede-Cox’s superb wins over Ricky Kay Jnr., and Lewis Smith, breaking Ricky’s 100% league record in the process. Together with team-mate Athavan Uthayaraj, they then managed a 3-2 win in the match doubles game, but Ricky Kay and Sam Harvey both overcame Athavan, earning 2 points for Warriors 15. The closing competition doubles match was also close, Warriors 15 taking the lead twice before Warriors 21 took the 5th leg, and a 3-2 win.

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