League Report Week 10 - 14/12/2015

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John Metcalfe
Wed 23 Dec '15 @ 9:01am

Premier Division

A meagre 2 legs separated league leaders Iron Room A from 2nd placed Hoath A prior to this match. However Hoath, determined to re-establish their superiority, crushed a shocked Iron Room with an 8-1 win to move back into top spot. With 3 wins each by Phil Thomas and Ian Mileham, plus 2 from John Ferguson for Hoath, Phil Saxby saved an Iron Room whitewash with a win over John. The doubles was a lot closer, ending in a 3-2 win for Hoath.
Hoath B maintained their 3rd place with a convincing 7-2 defeat of Chestfield Warriors 2. Simon Hillier was unbeaten for Hoath, and his treble was supported by 2 wins each from David Jeavons and Mike Chapman. Warriors only resistance came from two good 3-0 wins for Alan Taylor, but a 3-1 doubles win rounded off a satisfying result for Hoath.
Emulating the success of club mates Hoath B, Hoath C were thankful for 3 wins by Mike Howard, coupled with 2 apiece from Clive Hollingsbee and Chris Hearn in their 7-2 win over Chestfield Warriors 1. A welcome return by Jake Coombes produced the only 2 wins for the Warriors who could do nothing to prevent a 3-0 doubles win for the Hoath side.
Faversham A fell foul of a dominant Herne Bay A, who sailed to a comfortable 7-2 victory away at the Faversham venue. For the Bay’s, Ron Rowley was unbeaten with his 3 wins, and aided by 2 from Andy Cannon, plus 2 from Peter Roberts saw off their opponents who, once again had Harry Law to thank for their two points with his wins over Andy and Peter. However Faversham took the doubles with a 3-0 result.
Lowly Heron B, without a win so far in the league, encountered Heron A who showed no compassion to their club mates and won this match 7-2. Dave Emery (3), Dianne Pearce (2) and Roger Pingham (2) ensured the victory for Heron A and a win each for Arthur Martin and Peter Chapman gave the losing side their 2 points. Heron B fared no better in the doubles and went down 3-0.

Division 1

A close division 1 match between 4th placed Warriors 3 and their guests Iron Room C (bottom but 1), resulted in an excellent 5-4 win for the Iron Room. For the Warriors, Denis Cannon had 2 wins, with a win each for John Wickings and Roger Jordan securing their 4 points. Geoff Jordan for the Iron Room overcame the Warriors opposition, winning all his games, and with a further 2 by Colin Sleap earned the result. The singles winners had an additional bonus when they claimed a close 3-2 doubles win.
Michelle Kingsland was the champion of the evening for Iron Room B, winning all her matches against visiting Faversham B. In their 6-3 win, Steve Bispham for the Irom Room added 2 more, with their 6th point coming from Kevin Beasley. Nicolas Waters, with 2 wins put up some opposition and together with 1 from Matthew Waters saved 3 points for Faversham, who then just pinched a tight 3-2 doubles result.
2nd place Chestfield Warriors 3A welcomed league leaders Herne Bay B to their table and made home advantage count with a 5-4 win. Linus Vedeika was the immovable force with his 3 wins for Warriors and a win each from Jonny Nevett and Ricky Kay earned the result. Vince Corbin and Steve Dawson both won 1, and with 2 from Simon Lee, gave the Bay team their 4 points in this hard fought match.

Division 2

Still seeking their 1st win of the season in Division 2, Chestfield Warriors 8 lost heavily to their guests, Choughs B. With only 2 players available, Warriors only point came from a win for Stuart Colley over Joe Chan. Jackie Fok and Reuben Tozer were just too strong with 2 wins each, and a further 1 from Joe Chan, plus the conceded points, gave the Choughs an 8-1 victory who then added a comfortable 3-1 doubles win to their singles.
Chestfield Warriors 5 handed out a 9-0 whitewash over a shocked Blean A to move to the top of the league. 3 wins apiece for Frank Findlay, Steve Tebbett and Paul Whittaker for Warriors, inflicted the damage. This result saw Blean slip from 1st to 3rd, and their cause was not helped by an injury to Paul Simmonds who had to concede his last game. A 3-0 doubles win rounded off the evening for the triumphant Warriors.
Chestfield Warriors 7 went to Faversham C and came away with a very satisfying 7-2 result. Nick Wibberley and Kevin Bourner managed a point each for Faversham, but Aaron Hollingsworth and Linda Wickings, both unbeaten on the night, plus 1 from Jill Weaver made sure of 7 points for the Warriors who added an unchallenged 3-0 doubles to their score.
Another team without a win this season are Chestfield Warriors 6A, who came up against an unrelenting Chestfield Warriors 6. On their home table, Richard Bothamley, Bob Young and John Metcalfe for Warriors 6, inflicted a punishing 9-0 whitewash over Warriors 6A and then added a 3-0 doubles win to their tally. The losing team had to call on a young George Marsh from Division 4 to complete their side, and although he played well, George could not overcome the more experienced winners.

Division 3

Of the four Division 3 matches played, Blean C were thankful for a full house from Dave Mason. His 3 wins, together with 2 from Kevin West and 1 from Keith Ackland, were enough to give them a good 6-3 home win over Herne Bay I. For the Bay’s, Simon Chambers won 2 of his matches, and with 1 from Al Parkes gave them the 3 points. A complete reversal of fortunes in the doubles saw the Bay side ease to a 3-0 win.
An undefeated Caroline Hanson helped Chestfield Warriors 9 to a 7-2 home victory over Faversham D. A further 2 wins from Bob Hassam and Bill Hackney secured the result, with 2 wins from Alan Culver being the only success for Faversham, who then pinched a close 3-2 win in the doubles.
With only 2 players available, Whitstable Natives C were always on the back foot and suffered heavily when they visited Blean C. Having already conceded 3 points, Natives’ only success came from Peter Tregear with a win over Alan Dilnot. Laurie Newman (2), Peter Cole (2) and Alan Dilnot (1), together with the 3 conceded points, won the match 8-1. Natives could do no better in the doubles and lost this contest 3-1.
The 4th match in Division 3 saw Chestfield Warriors 10 come up against Chestfield Warriors 11. With Warriors 10 calling on the help of young Lewis Marsh from Division 4, this match was always going to be a close call, and so it proved to be, with Warriors 10 running out 5-4 winners. Simon Howe dominated with 3 wins and with 2 from Bernard Ebeck, just clinched the result. Warriors 11 were grateful to Shaun Reid for his 2 wins, and with 1 win each for James Reid and Rowan Brough, were rewarded with 4 points. An excellent doubles win was some compensation for their singles loss as Warriors 11 cruised to a 3-0 win to complete the evening.

Division 4

With just one match in Division 4, Paul Anthony and Mark Dixon for Chestfield Warriors 19 were hard pushed to overcome a resilient Chestfield Warriors 16. Paul Anthony won both his matches for Warriors 19 but the 3-2 singles result was only determined by their 3-1 match doubles win. George and Lewis Marsh managed a win each for Warriors 16, who retain their position at the top of the league, but the victorious Warriors 19 were just able to edge a difficult 3-2 doubles competition result.

On a personal note, I would like to wish the players, everyone involved in Canterbury Table Tennis, and all who take the time to read these reports, a very Happy Christmas and every success in the New Year.

John Metcalfe.

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