League Report Week 06 - 06/11/2017

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John Metcalfe
Wed 22 Nov '17 @ 12:00pm

Premier Division

Iron Room A continued their title defence with a fine 8-1 home win over Hoath C. Undefeated on the night, Martin Hewitt and Kevin Powell both had 3 wins each for the home team and Johnny Bispham added 2 more. Mike Howard saved Hoath from a whitewash, just managing to overcome Johnny when he got the best of a 5 leg thriller. Hoath’s misfortunes continued into the doubles when the Iron Room added a 3-0 doubles win to their singles result.

Facing up to a stern challenge from Faversham A, Hoath B remain in contention after a well-earned 6-3 home win. Despite being pushed hard, Hoath’s Richard Carden was the thorn in Faversham’s side, winning his 3 games and in doing so, is still unbeaten in the premier division this season. A further 2 wins for Simon Hillier and 1 for Simon Rudland completed the 6 point winning total for Hoath, but despite 2 wins for Faversham’s Allen Crowe and 1 by Harry Law, this was a closely contested match, the score-line belying the outcome, with Hoath battling hard for a 3-1 doubles win.

With Peter Roberts, Andy Cannon and Ron Rowley all winning 2 games each, Chestfield Warriors 1 were pleased to inflict a good 6-3 away win over their club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 2. Joe Britnell earned 2 points for Warriors 2, getting the better of 2 five leg games against Andy and Peter, with Jake Coombes, in his 2nd game of the week and playing up from division 1, contributing their 3rd point when he overcame the challenge of Ron Rowley. As Warriors 1 conceded the doubles game, Warriors 2 claimed a 3-0 win.

Still seeking their first win of the season, Herne Bay A were subjected to a 9-0 home whitewash by their guests, Hoath A. Token resistance for the Bay team came from Vince Corbin who just lost a 5 leg game against Ian Gordon, but 3 clean wins for Ian Mileham and Phil Thomas, plus three for Ian Gordon gave the visitors a comfortable away win, after which, Herne Bay had no answer to their visitor’s table tennis prowess, whose singles success continued into the doubles when Hoath eased to a 3-0 win.

Division 1

A top of the league derby match between leaders Chestfield Warriors 6 and 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 4 resulted in an excellent 5-4 away win for Warriors 4. Lewis Marsh had 2 wins for Warriors 6 and his brother George won 1. Adam Dyer’s unbeaten run in the league came to an end, winning just 1 game for Warriors 6 after losing to Stuart Murray-Williams (playing up from Warriors 5), and Jake Coombes. Jake won all his 3 games cleanly, and with Stuart’s win, plus a win for Dirk Froebrich, Warriors 4 were more than happy to claim the result. Taking advantage of the dispirited league leaders, Chestfield Warriors 4 then cruised to a comfortable 3-0 doubles victory.

3 clean wins tor Tom Kwok, plus 3 by Crystal Tseng and 1 for Rob Easton, helped Blean A improve their league position by 2 places when they beat their guests, Iron Room C with a 7-2 home win. Peter Coles managed a win for the Iron Room, as did Ted Tydeman, who both overcame Rob to card 2 points for the visitors, but this was their only success as Blean then eased to a 3-0 doubles win.

Ricky Kay, with 3 wins for Chestfield Warriors 3, dominated in their home match against Whitstable Natives A. 2 further wins by Paul Whittaker and 1 by Malcolm Peaks gave the Warriors a 6-3 home win, keeping them in 3rd place in the league. For the mid-table Natives, Adam Goodall, Nick Fairweather, and Barrie Thomas all had a win each, earning 3 points for their team, but then fell to a 3-0 loss in the closing doubles match.

2 other teams also sitting in mid-table, clashed when Chestfield Warriors 5 welcomed Herne Bay C to their venue. A long night’s table tennis was on the menu as the visitors just edged a 5-4 away win. Giulio Guariglia (2) and Steve Richardson (2) earned the Warriors 4 points, and team-mate Stuart Murray-Williams, playing his 2nd game of the week, must have felt disappointed after losing all of his games 3-2. With 2 wins apiece for Chris Howard and Matt Waters, Keith Blackmore managed to win his first and the final singles game of the evening, for the Bay’s match winning 5th point. However, the Warriors found some solace for their efforts when they won the doubles match 3-1.

When Iron Room B travelled to Choughs A with only 2 players available, a home win for the Choughs team seemed to be on the cards. However, the visitors had different ideas as newcomer to the league, Mani Khapung won all of his 3 games for the Iron Room, and, with Mike Holiday winning 2, they overcame the 3 point handicap to win the match 5-4. For the Chough’s team, Cliff Ball added a solitary win to the gifted 3 points for a 4 point total, with the Iron Room proving their worth in the doubles which they won 3-0.

Division 2

A travelling Herne Bay D took to the road for a match against Chestfield Warriors 10, in which the lead changed hands 3 times before resulting in a 5-4 away win for Herne Bay. Aaron Hollingsworth and Linda Wickings both had 2 wins for the Warriors, but a win apiece for Graeme Sopp and Graham Waters, added to a match winning performance by an unbeaten Jim Burns, gave Herne Bay the victory, with Jim winning his 3rd, and the match, in the final singles game of the evening. A triumphant Herne Bay then consolidated their singles success with a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Harry Hutchison (3) kept his 100% record intact when, with Alan Culver (1) and Sebastian Rendell (1), Faversham C went to play Chestfield Warriors 11 for a match which Faversham won 5-4. In losing his match against Harry, the Warriors’ Derek Matheson (2) surrendered his 100% league record, but won his 2 remaining games. Team-mate Dave Hanson also won 2 giving the Warriors a 4 point total, but Harry’s 3 wins, together with a win each for Alan Culver and Sebastian Rendell just tipped the balance of the match in Faversham’s favour. All was not lost for the Warriors however, as a closely contested 3-0 doubles match result went to the home side.

Division 3

Chestfield Warriors 14 found themselves 3-2 up after 5 games in their home match against Herne Bay L, but the Bay squad won the last 4 games for a pleasing 6-3 away win. Paul Anthony had 2 wins for the Warriors and Mark Dixon added a 3rd, but no-one could overcome Herne Bay’s Dave Goddard, whose 3 wins were instrumental in setting up the Bay victory. Colin Chaston also won 2 games, and Les Taylor 1, to give Herne Bay the win, but despite Warriors going 2-0 up in the doubles, the visitors came back strongly, winning the next 3 and claiming a 3-2 doubles result.

Having won all of their games in the league so far this season, a fine 6-3 home win for Blean C over 3rd placed Herne Bay H, justified their position as league leaders in division 3. Blean’s result was due in the main to an unbeaten Derek Whiddett whose 3 wins were supported by a further 2 for Alan Dilnot and 1 for Peter Cole. Chris Near provided 2 points for Herne Bay with wins over Peter and Alan, and Calvin Froud, in the last singles game of the match, also beat Peter for Herne Bay’s 3rd point. The closing doubles match was fought out over 5 legs, before Blean just nipped a 3-2 result.

Chestfield Warriors 12 must have regretted the absence of a 3rd player for their home tie against Herne Bay F, who won this match 5-4. Peter McCaig won his 3 games cleanly for the Warriors, and his son, Kenny managed an excellent win against the hard bat of Herne Bay’s Mick Barwick to give the home team their 4th point. However, conceding 3 points was too much for the Warriors to overcome, as a win each for Roger Townsin and Josie Prowse, added to the 3 gifted points, gave Herne Bay the 5-4 away win, but, as if to disprove their singles loss, the Warriors were pleased to record a 3-1 doubles win.

Division 4

Cody McCrystal, Nicholas Richards and Saugat Sunwar for league leaders, Herne Bay L, were just too strong for their guests, Jan Baldwin and Jude Quiggan from Chestfield Warriors 16. Cody and Nicholas both won their games against Jan and Jude, and then Saugat chipped in to help his team win the match doubles, giving Herne Bay a convincing 5-0 singles win. Unfortunately, no competition doubles result has been recorded.

Club derby matches always tend to be keenly contested, as was shown when Chestfield Warriors 20 hosted their match against Chestfield Warriors 15. Ricky Kay, for Warriors 15 won both his singles games without dropping a leg, but Bernard Self and Jane Newton both won a game each, and with a 3-0 win in the match doubles, secured a 3-2 win for Warriors 20. In the final game of the contest, Warriors 20 then added a 3-0 competition doubles win to their singles triumph.

Another close derby match between Chestfield Warriors 21 and Chestfield Warriors 18, resulted in a 3-2 win for Warriors 21, mainly due to 2 wins for an unbeaten Francesco Bede-Cox, and team-mate Athavan Uthayaraj also managed 1 win for their 3rd point. Warriors 18’s to points came from a win by Mark Holmes, who then teamed up with his wife Kerry to win their 2nd point with a 3-0 match doubles victory. In a reversal of the match doubles result, Warriors 20 won the competition doubles game 3-0.

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