League Report Week 08 - 27/11/2017

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John Metcalfe
Thu 14 Dec '17 @ 4:59pm

Premier Division

After an 8-1 away win at Heron A, Iron Room A have established themselves at the top of the premier division with a 7 point lead, although their nearest challengers have two games in hand. Dave Emery managed to save the Herons from a whitewash with his single win over Russell Bates, but Ray Jordan and Phil Saxby for the Iron Room, were both unbeaten, and their 6 points were complimented by a further 2 wins for Russell, giving the Iron Room the comfortable away win. The Herons could do no better in the doubles as their visitors eased to a 3-0 victory.

Faversham A climbed into 3rd place in the league with a fine 8-1 away win over their hosts, Heron B, and are now just 8 points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Team captain Harry Law was Faversham’s guiding light, leading his team to victory with 3 clean wins, Martin Ball (3) was also unbeaten in the match, and with team-mate Mark Keefe adding 2 further wins, Faversham amassed their match winning 8 point total. Malcolm Skates was the saving grace for the Herons with a solitary win over Mark for their 1 point, but with the singles result firmly in their pocket, Faversham then claimed a 3-0 doubles win.

A keenly contested mid-table clash between Chestfield Warriors 2 and Hoath C resulted in a pleasing 6-3 home win for the Warriors. With 3 wins, an unbeaten Alan Taylor was supported by a further 2 wins for Joe Britnall and 1 win by Ian Cooke. Mike Howard managed 2 wins for the visiting Hoath team and a welcome return to Canterbury table tennis for Mebs Virani saw him earn Hoath’s 3rd point. Hoath fought hard in the doubles match, coming from behind twice before just losing out in the 5th leg, to give the Warriors a 3-2 win.

Division 1

Two teams sitting at the bottom of division 1 met in a derby match between Iron Room B and Iron Room C in which the B team emerged as 6-3 winners, leaving Iron Room C still seeking their first win of the season. Mike Lee, Kevin Beasley and Michelle Kingsland all had 2 wins apiece to card the win, with Suzanne Deeley providing 2 wins for the losing team. Peter Coles managed a win over Mike for Iron Room C’s 3rd point, but Iron Room B proved to be the stronger team in the doubles with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 3’s hopes for league honours took a blow as they suffered a 5-4 defeat, away to Herne Bay B. Not for the first time this season, an undefeated Bob Edwards, with 3 wins, was instrumental in the Bay’s triumph and team-mates Steve Furber and Mick Micklethwaite both added a win each for the pleasing but close, favourable result. 2 wins for Paul Whittaker and 2 by Ricky Kay earned the disappointed Warriors their 4 points, but in a hotly contested 5 leg doubles match, the Bay team proved their worth, just edging a 3-2 win.

Turning up with only 2 players available to confront the league leaders was probably not the best game plan, as Whitstable Natives A found out to their cost when they travelled to Chestfield Warriors 6 for a match which the Warriors won 7-2. Lewis Marsh (3) and Adam Dyer (3) both won all their available matches, with George Marsh adding the Warriors 7th point. Nick Fairweather and Adam Goodall both won a point apiece for the Natives by overcoming George, and then surprised the league leaders when they fought out a very close doubles match for a 3-2 win, with all 5 legs going to 11-9 or more.

Another team with only 2 players was Chestfield Warriors 7 on the occasion of their club derby match against Chestfield Warriors 5. Taking advantage of the 3 gifted points, Giulio Guariglia and Steve Richardson won all their games, and Stuart Murray-Williams won 1, as Warriors 5 eased to an 8-1 home win. Denis Cannon won Warriors 7’s only point when he overcame Stuart, thus saving the whitewash, but the losing team found some

Chestfield Warriors 4 maintained their 2nd place in division 1 with a fine 5-4 away win at Choughs A. The Warriors, who invited John Metcalfe to play up from division 2 to complete their squad, were thankful for 3 clean wins by Jake Coombes, with Dirk Froebrich adding 2 more, for the match-winning 5 points. Cliff Ball (2), Steve Powell (1) and Roy Baker (1) all overcame John in hard fought games, with Cliff also beating Dirk to earn the Choughs 4th point, but a 3-0 doubles win completed a successful evening’s table tennis for the Warriors.

With a 3rd successive win, Blean A overcame a visiting Herne Bay C, winning this match 7-2. Crystal Tseng was the heroine for Blean, her 3 wins, backed up by 2 for Tom Kwok and 2 for Paul Simmonds gave Blean their 7 point total, and the win. Herne Bay’s Keith Blackmore won the first game of the match, overcoming Paul, and Chris Howard won the second with an excellent win over Tom. 2-0 down after 2 games, Blean hit back to win the next 7 and claim the result. In the ensuing doubles match, as in the singles, a resilient Blean had to come from behind again to win this part of the contest 3-2.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 11 were pleased to record their 2nd win of the season with a determined 8-1 home win over Whitstable Natives B. However this was not as easy a win as the score line suggests, with several games going to 5 legs, and several legs going to, or above, the regulation 20 point limit. With Peter Paetow and Derek Matheson for the Warriors, proving to be unbeatable in the match, Dave Hanson also managed to win 2 more. Barry Cook saved the Natives whitewash with a win over Dave to give them a point, but the Warriors also bested the Natives in the doubles which they won 3-0.

Herne Bay D welcomed league leaders, Faversham C to their venue and gave their guests a scare before Faversham were just able to edge a 5-4 away win. Jim Burns won 2 games for the home team and with Graeme Sopp and Graham Waters winning a game apiece, Herne Bay accumulated 4 points. Once again, Harry Hutchison came to the fore for Faversham with 3 wins, protecting his 100% record, and with Colin Floodgate also winning 2 crucial games, Faversham were relieved to claim a close win. Not to be out done, Herne Bay turned the tables in the doubles, with a hard fought 3-1 win to compensate for their singes loss.

Division 3

Despite 2 pleasing wins for Paul Emery, and 1 win for Jens Angrabeit, Chestfield Warriors 13 were unable to prevent a visiting Herne Bay F from leaving this match with a 6-3 away win under their belts. A happy Paul Messenger was unbeaten in the match, and his 3 wins were enhanced by 2 wins for Roger Townsin and 1 by Julie Prowse, enabling Herne Bay to register the favourable result. In a tough closing 5 leg doubles match, the Bay team just managed a 3-2 win, in which one leg, won by the Warriors, went to 36 points.

With 2 wins, Paul Anthony scored the only 2 points for Chestfield Warriors 14 as they were subjected to a 7-2 home defeat by Herne Bay H. An unbeaten Calvin Froud was on song for the visitors with 3 wins, and with 2 wins each for Chris Near and William Hu, Herne Bay carded the singles result, to which they then added a 3-2 doubles victory.

With 2 games in hand over the league leaders, 2nd placed Blean B continued their quest for league honours with a fine 7-2 away win against Chestfield Warriors 12. Peter McCaig had the only 2 wins for the Warriors, but with 3 wins for Dave Mason, plus 2 each for Steve Hutton and Kevin West, Blean eased to a satisfying win. The Warriors father and son pair of Peter and Kenny McCaig then united for the closing doubles match, but the 3-0 result also went in favour of the victorious Blean team.

Division 4

A comfortable 5-0 away win kept 2nd placed Herne Bay K in contention for the league title, the win being over Chestfield Warriors 17. Jan Aldridge and Mary Watson for the Warriors, were unable to prevent the Bay’s Linda Sopp from winning both her games, and with Barbara Ayling and Arnold Bearman both winning a game each, and the match doubles, the Bay team secured the victory. Barbara and Arnold then combined for the competition doubles to give Herne Bay a 3-1 win.

With Herne Bay K close on their heels, league leaders Herne Bay L needed a good win to maintain the top spot, and did so with a fine 4-1 home result over their visitors, Chestfield Warriors 21. Cody McCrystal won both games, and Colin Baldry 1, with the pair then teaming up to win the match doubles for a 4th point. Francesco Bede-Cox, with a pleasing win over Colin earned the Warriors a point and saved the whitewash. However, that was their only success as Herne Bay then added a 3-0 competition doubles win to their singles triumph.

Jan Aldridge, playing her second game of the week, won both her games, helping Chestfield Warriors 20 to a 5-0 victory over fellow club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 18. Bernard Self also won his 2 games, and, together with Jan, they added the match doubles to their tally for the result. Mark and Kerry Holmes, for Warriors 18, fared no better in the doubles, the 3-0 win going to Warriors 20.

Two mid-table teams came together when Chestfield Warriors 19 hosted their derby match against Chestfield Warriors 15. Thanks to 2 wins for an unbeaten Owen Whatley, and a win for his sister, Amelia, plus a close 3-2 match doubles win, Warriors 19 were overjoyed to win this match 4-1. Ricky Kay Jnr. earned a point for Warriors 15 when he won his game against Amelia, but the competition doubles match was also won 3-1 by the brother and sister team.

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