League Report Week 14 - 25/01/2016

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John Metcalfe
Wed 03 Feb '16 @ 9:01am

Premier Division

With top of the league Hoath A not playing this week, Iron Room A took the opportunity to move to 1 point behind the leaders by inflicting a merciless 9-0 whitewash over Heron A. The Heron team were powerless to overcome Kevin Powell, Russell Bates and Phil Saxby for the Iron Room, who all had 3 wins apiece. Some consolation for Heron came in the doubles when they managed to secure an excellent 3-1 victory over their stunned visitors.
Hoath C welcomed winless Heron B to their venue and the 2 man Herons remained winless as Hoath exploited the Heron’s position with a comfortable 9-0 win. Ben Greenwood, Mike Howard and Clive Hollingsbee remained undefeated for Hoath and then rubbed salt into the wound with a 3-1 doubles victory.
5th place Chestfield Warriors 2 took on 4th place Herne Bay A and suffered a 7-2 home defeat at the hands of Peter Roberts (3), Ron Rowley (2) and Andy Cannon (2) for the Bays. A win each by Paul Waumsley and Joe Britnell
was the only resistance offered by the Warriors who were then gifted a 3-0 doubles result with Herne Bay conceding.

Division 1

A determined Chestfield Warriors 4, at home to Whitstable Natives A beat their guests 8-1, and in doing so, reduced the gap between themselves and the league leaders to 3 points. Warriors invited Paul Whittaker from 2nd division Chestfield Warriors 5 to complete their squad for this match. His 3 unchallenged wins, together with 3 excellent wins by Adam Dyer and 2 from Dirk Froebrich eased them to victory. Nick Fairweather offered the only resistance for Natives with a close 3-2 victory over Dirk, but this opposition ended when the Warriors added a comfortable 3-0 doubles to their evening.
A delighted Chestfield Warriors 3 came away from Iron Room B with a superb 6-3 victory under their belt. For the losing Iron Room, Michelle Kingsland had 2 good wins, and with 1 from Michael Lee, saved 3 points, but an unbeaten Denis Cannon was supported by 2 from Ricky Kay and 1 from John Wickings to give Warriors their win. Iron Room’s loss in the singles was compensated when they battled hard to secure a good 3-1 result in the doubles.
With both teams sitting mid-table, the match between Faversham B and Herne Bay C was always destined to be a close affair, and so it proved, as the 5-4 result in favour of Faversham needed the last singles game of the evening to decide the winner. No one in the Faversham team could overcome Bob Edwards for the Bays, who, in winning his 3 games, maintained his 100% league record. Mick Micklethwaite added a 4th for the Bays, but 2 wins apiece for Nico Waters and Callum McDonagh, plus 1 from Mark Fox enabled Faversham to just edge the result, with a tight 3-2 doubles game also going in favour of Faversham.
Iron Room C belied their lowly status and gave league leaders Herne Bay B a fright, and a match to remember in this clash. 42 out of a possible 45 legs in the singles were played, with 7 of the 9 games ending in a 3-2 result. Herne Bay were the eventual winners, just nipping the 5-4 victory, due to an unbeaten Vince Corbin plus 2 from Simon Lee. Geoff Jordan managed 2 wins for the Iron Room, and a win each for Brian Kennett and Colin Sleap gave the Iron Room a much deserved 4 points, with the Bays taking a 3-0 result in the doubles.

Division 2

Top of Division 2, Blean A suffered a shock home defeat at the hands of Herne Bay F, going down 5-4, and consequently, their lead has been reduced to 4 points. An all round team performance saw 2 wins for Jim Burns and Graeme Sopp, with 1 by Graham Waters edge the result for Herne Bay. Rob Easton and Paul Simmonds, with 2 wins apiece for Blean kept the loss to a minimum, but the Bay’s night was completed when they took a well earned doubles match 3-1.
In the first of three Warriors derby matches, Chestfield Warriors 6A were defeated 7-2 by Chestfield Warriors 7. The only resistance for Warriors 6A came from 2 wins for Colin Relf, but 2 victories each by Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver, added to the 3 by an undefeated Aaron Hollingsworth helped Warriors 7 ease to a favourable result, and climb 3 places in the league. Despite their singles defeat, a bruised but unbowed Warriors 6A retaliated with an unexpected 3-0 doubles win.
Paul Whittaker, currently unbeaten in Division 2, continued his fine form for 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 5 when they met club mates Chestfield Warriors 6. His 3 unchallenged wins, together with 2 from Peter Paetow and 1 from Dave Hanson, carried his team to a 6-3 victory. Only 4 points behind the leaders Blean A, they have 2 games in hand and would seem favourites to win this division. 2 wins by John Metcalfe and 1 from Bob Young gave Warriors 6 their 3 points, but the result saw the losing team slide 3 places down the league, from 5th to 8th place. Overcoming some stern resistance from Warriors 6 in the doubles, Warriors 5 finally rounded off their night with a 3-2 win.
With Whitstable Natives B and Faversham C sitting mid-table in the league, this encounter promised to be a close match, and so it proved. Gordon Williams and Tony Causer managed 2 wins each for the Natives, but 3 from an unbeaten Colin Blythe, with 1 each by Mark Thomas and Kevin Bourner was enough to give the visiting Faversham team an excellent 5-4 result. In a reversal of fortunes, the closing doubles match saw Natives restore some pride with a pleasing 3-1 victory.

Division 3

Currently bottom of division 3, and without a win so far, Herne Bay H entertained, Blean C who ruthlessly overcame their hosts with a 9-0 whitewash. Keith Ackland, Kevin West and Steve Sutton, all with 3 wins for Blean, did the damage and pushed their side to top of the league. The Bays then surprised their visitors, hitting back with a superb 3-1 doubles victory, their first of the season.
Choughs C, needing a good win to maintain their top place status, went to a mid-table Chestfield Warriors 9 and, in suffering a 5-4 defeat, slipped to 2nd place. Warriors 9 earned their superb victory thanks to 2 wins each by Caroline Hanson and Bill Hackney, with their 5th point coming from Bob Hassam. For Choughs, Jackie Fok (3) proved unbeatable on the night and Dave Goddard added a 4th. Prior to this match, Choughs were undefeated in the doubles, but the Warriors added insult to injury, easing to a comfortable 3-0 doubles win.
Harry Hutchinson led his team to victory with 3 good wins for Faversham D when they welcomed Chestfield Warriors 10 to their table, and with 2 from Alan Culver, plus 1 from Marc Hay, the Faversham side took this match 6-3. The defeated Warriors called upon George Marsh from division 4 to complete their team, and his excellent result over Marc, plus 2 wins from Simon Howe made up the 3 points for the visitors. A win in the doubles competition could have put Faversham into equal 2nd place, but the Warriors, stung by their singles defeat, hit back with a very satisfying 3-1 win.
Whitstable Natives C, languishing near the bottom of the league, were hit hard by their visitors, Chestfield Warriors 11 who won this match 7-2. For the Natives, the only show of resistance came from Peter Tregar with 2 wins, but 3 for Shaun Reid, plus 2 wins each from James Reid and James Brough saw the Warriors ease to a comfortable victory and with the singles win under their belt, the Warriors then went on to take the doubles 3-1.

Division 4

In the 3rd Warriors derby match of the week, Chestfield Warriors 18 were hard pushed to overcome the challenge of Chestfield Warriors 14, and with the score at 2-2, a 3-0 match doubles win secured a 3-2 win for Warriors 18. Paul Anthony (2) was on song for the victors, but a win each for Rob and Jack Yates earned the losing team 2 points. The lead changed hands twice in the competition doubles match, before a relieved Warriors 18 finally emerged as 3-2 winners.

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