League Report 14/04/2011

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Mebs Virani
Sun 17 Apr '11 @ 10:43am


The long awaited showdown between the giants of the Premier League,Herne Bay A and Hoath A,finally took place on Friday 8th April.
The Bay came into this game on an unbeaten run of 17 games and led the division since October,while Hoath,with just one loss to the Bay,finally caught up with their outstanding fixtures and entered this game a point behind Bay
Bay were without key players Ron Rowley and Keith Clark but drafted in Peter Roberts to support Andy Cannon and Dean Harris,while Hoath brought in Mike Howard for absent Barry Chapman to partner Ian Gordon and Ian Mileham
Bay could afford to lose this game 4-5 and still win the title providing they did not drop up to a maximum of 8 sets more than their rivals.
Andy Cannon and Ian Gordon started the proceedings and both went off at a blistering pace in the opening set that saw Cannon take comfortably. Gordon stormed back in the second with a string of forehand driving shots that Cannon was unable to contain and Gordon was now level. Gordon piled on the pressure,forcing more errors from Cannon in the third and completed victory in the 4th.
The game between Roberts and Howard was crucial to both sides and promised a tight encounter but it was Howard who made the running with his consistency and gave Roberts no chance to impose his controlling influence on the match and Howard won comfortably in 3 sets.
Harris went off into a 2-0 lead over Mileham with a display of powerful ,uncompromising hitting,but Mileham clawed his way backing the next two sets to level against a weary Harris.The 5th set saw a recharged Harris committed to all out attack and both players produced a set of memorable table tennis before Harris won 11-9.
Roberts regained his composure to battle past Gordon in 4 tight sets while Mileham eased past Cannon in straight sets to put Hoath 3-2 ahead.
Harris continued against Howard as he did against Mileham,winning the first set,but Howard hung in there to win the next two sets. Harris found something extra in the 4th set to go 8-2 ahead and was 10-5 up before Howard produced an array of winning shots to level at 10-10 and then win 12-10 to take the tie,leaving Harris to reflect on a lost opportunity.
Roberts began briskly against Mileham,winning the opening set but Mileham fought back with some brilliant table tennis to win the next 2 sets and in a tense 4th set he secured a significant win to put his side 5-2 ahead,leaving Bay needing to win the next 2 ties.
Harris started against Gordon believing that his side was still capable of pulling this off,going into a 2-1 lead,only to be pegged back to 2-2 by a fighting Gordon.The deciding set saw both players produce stupendous table tennis,with Gordon holding off Harris by 11-9.giving Hoath the title.
Cannon and Howard played an entertaining 5 setter that Howard won and Hoath piled on the misery further,beating the Bay 3-1 in the doubles,leaving Bay in third Place in the doubles league and the title for Hoath

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