League Report Week 11 - 04/01/2016

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John Metcalfe
Wed 13 Jan '16 @ 11:40am

With the Christmas and New Year break over, the first action of the new year marked the half-way stage of the campaign, as the resumption of the winter league began.

Premier Division

2nd placed Iron Room A took on Hoath C, and with a convincing 8-1 victory, reduced the lead of the top team to 4 points. 3 wins each for Phil Saxby and Keith Yarnley plus 2 from Kevin Powell was enough to see off the Hoath challenge who had Mike Howard to thank for saving the whitewash with his single win over Kevin. Iron Room then compounded their singles result with a 3-1 doubles win.
League leaders Hoath A found themselves embroiled in a tough battle when they visited Herne Bay A, but with 3 wins from Phil Thomas and a win each for John Ferguson and David Jeavons, just managed to edge an exciting 5-4 result. Opposition from Herne Bay came in the form of 2 wins each for Ron Rowley and Peter Roberts.
Joe Britnell was the hero of the hour for Chestfield Warriors 2 in their 6-3 victory over Heron B. His 3 wins, coupled with 2 from Paul Waumsley and 1 from Ian Cooke was enough to overcome the Heron resistance, who were grateful for 2 wins by Peter Chapman and 1 from Arthur Martin, earning them their 3 points.
A good all round team performance by Heron A produced a 6-3 win over Faversham A. Roger Pingram, John Glass, and David Emery all had 2 wins apiece for Heron, but no one could overcome Harry Law, unbeaten on the night, who secured 3 points for his Faversham side. However, Heron then wound up the contest with a comfortable 3-0 doubles result.

Division 1

In a close derby match between 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 4 and club mates Chestfield Warriors 3A, Jake Coombes’ 3 wins for Warriors 4 and 1 by Adam Dyer, was not enough to overcome 3rd placed Warriors 3A. 2 wins for Linus Vedeika and Ricky Kay, plus 1 from Jonny Nevett earned Warriors 3A an excellent 5-4 victory, with the singles winners going on to a 3-1 win in the doubles.
In another close encounter of the table tennis kind, Faversham B managed to hang on to a 5-4 result over Chestfield Warriors 3. 2 wins for Niko and Matthew Waters, with 1 from Callum McDonagh was just enough to tip the match in Faversham’s favour. Denis Cannon was the pride of the Warriors team winning his 3 games, and with 1 from Roger Jordan, assured the Warriors of 4 points, who then consoled themselves with a 3-1 doubles win.
Whitstable Natives A found themselves 4-0 down after 4 games against Herne Bay D, but in a brilliant turnaround, won the next 5, to win this match 5-4. Natives comeback was due to 2 wins each for Barry Cook and Nick Fairweather, plus 1 from Barrie Thomas. 2 wins for Keith Blackmore, and a win each for Chris Howard and Paul Bee ensured 4 points for a shocked Bay side who redeemed some pride, winning a close 3-2 doubles match.
A Herne Bay derby match between Herne Bay B and Herne Bay C resulted in a 6-3 win for Bay B, with Vince Corbin, Simon Lee and Steve Dawson all winning 2 games each. For Herne Bay C, the intrepid Bob Edwards protected his 100% record, winning his 3 games, and 3 points for his team, who fared no better in the doubles, suffering a 3-2 defeat by Bay B.
Herne Bay E, who welcomed Iron Room B to their venue, could not prevent their guests from winning this match 6-3. Frank Carlucci for the Bay’s, had 2 superb wins over Michelle Kingsland and Kevin Beasley, and Dave Thompson added a 3rd point, beating Steve Bispham. With their opponents all winning 2 singles games each, Herne Bay were unable to prevent the Iron Room from easing to a 3-0 doubles win.

Division 2

In a tense match between Chestfield Warriors 7 and Herne Bay F, the Warriors team were pleased to reap a superb 5-4 result. Their 5 points came from 2 wins each by Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings and 1 from Aaron Hollingsworth. For the Bay side, Graeme Sopp had 2 satisfying wins against Aaron and Jill, supported by a win each for Jim Burns and Graham Waters. Herne Bay managed to redeem themselves somewhat by winning a hotly contested doubles match 3-1.
A disappointed Chestfield Warriors 6 came away from Blean A having suffered a punishing 7-2 defeat. Despite carrying an injury, Paul Simmonds for Blean was undefeated on the night. His 3 successes, plus 2 each from Derek Whiddett and Rob Easton was enough to inflict the victory. Small consolation for the Warriors came from 1 win apiece for Bob Young and John Metcalfe.
Chestfield Warriors 6A had to call on the services of Lewis Marsh from division 4 in their clash against Chestfield Warriors 8 who also had to rely on George Marsh from division 4. With Peter McCaig and Colin Relf winning all their games, Lewis helped Warriors 6A to a 7-2 victory by beating his brother George. Stuart Colley and Mark Allen salvaged 2 points for Warriors 8, who were then pleased with a narrow 3-2 win in the doubles match.
With only 2 players available, Whitstable Natives B were always going to struggle in their match against league leaders Chestfield Warriors 5 who cruised to a comfortable 7-2 away win. Tony Causer for the Natives managed 2 excellent wins, but an unbeaten Paul Whittaker was supported by Frank Findlay (2) and Peter Paetow (2) who ensured a victory for the invading Warriors. Natives misfortunes continued into the doubles match where they fell to a close fought 3-1 loss.
Choughs B continued their winning ways with a 6-3 victory over travelling Faversham C. Russell Swain was invincible on the night for Choughs, winning all his games without dropping a leg, and with 2 wins for Reuben Tozer and 1 from Joe Chan, sealed the win. Nick Wibberly won 2 for Faversham and Kevin Bourner earned Faversham’s 3rd point, but a close 3-2 doubles win rounded off the evening for the triumphant Choughs.

Division 3

Barbara Ayling saved Herne Bay H from a home whitewash with her solitary succes against Chestfield Warriors 9 who sailed to an 8-1 away win, thanks to Bill Hackney and Bob Hassam, both unbeaten in this match. Caroline Hanson added another 2 wins to the Warriors total who proved to be too strong in the doubles, winning this game 3-0.
A battle royal developed as Chestfield Warriors 11 fought their way to a satisfying 6-3 victory over Herne Bay G. With five of the games going to 5 legs, a Shaun Reid treble paved the way to victory, supplemented by 2 from his son James and 1 from young Rowan Brough. Paul Messenger managed 2 wins for the Bays and Robert Nutter added a 3rd, but the Warriors exuberance was somewhat curbed when Herne Bay took the doubles 3-1. As a point of interest, all of James’ games went to 3-2 (of which he won 2), and an amazing total of 288 points was contested. Not bad for a resilient 11 year old!
Simon Chambers set the trend with 3 wins for Herne Bay I as they overcame the challenge of Chestfield Warriors 10, winning this match 6-3. Al Parkes added another 2 and Les Taylor 1, to earn the result. Simon Howe (2) and Bernard Ebeck (1) were the points winners for the Warriors, but the Bay team carried their success into the doubles, winning 3-2.
Peter Treagar’s 2 wins for Whitstable Natives C was their only success against league leaders Blean C, as the Blean team cruised to a comfortable 7-2 away win. Kevin West was undefeated in this contest, supported by 2 wins each for Keith Ackland and Dave Mason for the winners, who also won the doubles 3-0.

Division 4

Only one match was played in division 4 as Chestfield Warriors 18 encountered fellow club mates Chestfield Warriors 17. Tim Platt won both his games for Warriors 18, but his team mate, Jan Aldridge, was unable to overcome Callum Minnis and Mark Dixon of Warriors 17. With the score at 2-2, the match doubles was won by Warriors 18 to give them a 3-2 victory and they then went on to take the doubles competition match with a 3-0 win.

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