League Report Week 16 - 15/02/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 25 Feb '16 @ 12:35pm

Premier Division

An undefeated Ron Rowley led Herne Bay A to a hard fought 6-3 away win when they visited Chestfield Warriors 1. His 3 points, supplemented by 2 from Peter Roberts and 1 from Andy Cannon earned the result, with the Warriors response coming from 2 excellent wins for Jack Stewart and 1 from Steve Cannon.
Mid-table Hoath C entertained their fellow club mates, league leaders Hoath A who were merciless in their quest to maintain top spot with an 8-1 win. Ben Greenwood had the only success for Hoath C and saved the whitewash, but Hoath A had an unbeaten Phil Thomas and Simon Rudland to thank for 6 points, and with 2 more from John Ferguson, took a comfortable victory. The doubles continued in the same vein, with a 3-0 win in favour of the singles victors.
A depleted Chestfield Warriors 2 were overwhelmed by 2nd placed Iron Room A, who, in their challenge for the league title, inflicted a 9-0 whitewash on their opponents, and in doing so, reduced the lead of the leaders to just 4 points. Paul Waulmsley and Ian Cooke for the Warriors, already conceding 3 points, could do nothing to stop the Iron Room team of Marin Hewitt (2), Kevin Powell (2) and Ray Jordan (2), who then also took the doubles 3-0.

Division 1

Chestfield Warriors 3 welcomed Choughs A to their home venue in a match where the 7-2 scoreline in favour of the Warriors, belies the closeness of this fixture. Denis Cannon was the hero of the hour for Warriors, his 3 wins supported by 2 apiece from Jonny Nevett and John Wickings giving Warriors the result. Despite stiff resistance from Choughs, their only success came from Roy Coles whose 2 wins gave them their 2 points. However, the losing Choughs team were always just ahead in the doubles, finishing the evening with a satisfying 3-2 win.
Currently bottom of the league, Herne Bay E could do nothing to enhance their position when they encountered league leaders and fellow club mates Herne Bay B who ran out 8-1 winners. Giulio Guariglia saved the whitewash for Bay E with an excellent 3-2 win over Chris Howard, but 3 wins each by Vince Corbin and Simon Lee, plus Chris’s 2, gave Bay B a comfortable result, who then cemented their singles victory with a 3-1 win in the doubles.
In a second Herne Bay derby match, Herne Bay D took on Herne Bay C. Unfortunately, the ‘D’ team only had 2 players available and so were conceding 3 points before the start of the match. Paul Bee (1) and Chris Howard (2) earned 3 points for Bay D, but Bay C won this contest 6-3, thanks to an unbeaten Bob Edwards (2), and a further win by Mick Micklethwaite. Continuing their success in the singles, a hard fought doubles match finally resulted in a 3-1 win for Herne Bay C.
A travelling Whitstable Natives A became involved in a tough battle when they visited Iron Room C, but eventually edged a 5-4 win. Geoff Jordan and Brian Kennett won 2 games each for the Iron Room but couldn’t master the treble by Barrie Thomas who, with a win each by Adam Goodall and Barry Cook, finally secured the victory for the Natives. With the score at 4-4 after 8 singles, Barry Cook beat David Cue 3-1 to tip the result in favour of the away side. A disappointed Iron Room tried hard to glean something from the ensuing doubles match, but finally lost out 3-2 to their guests.

Division 2

Choughs B had to call up Jackie Fok from division 3, for their visit to Blean A and he didn’t disappoint, remaining invincible on the night, as he led Choughs to an excellent 6-3 away win. Reuben Tozer added another 2 and Russell Swain (1) made up the 6 points for Choughs. Blean, who were the league leaders prior to this match, were grateful for 2 wins from Paul Simmonds, and 1 for Rob Easton, but Choughs emphasised their domination in this contest with a convincing 3-1 doubles win.
Taking full advantage of Blean A’s demise, Chestfield Warriors 5, with an emphatic 7-2 win over Faversham C, are the new league leaders by 1 point. Paul Whittaker for Warriors maintained his 100% record with a clean treble, and a 2nd treble by Frank Findlay, plus a win for Dave Hanson was enough to see off the Faversham challenge, who were thankful for a win each by Nick Wibberley and Colin Blythe. Revenge was sweet for Faversham when they exacted a pleasing 3-0 win in the doubles.
With only 2 players available, Chestfield Warriors 6 did well to beat their club mates Chestfield Warriors 8, with a 5-4 victory. 3 unchallenged wins by John Metcalfe, plus 2 from Bob Young nipped the result, despite Warriors 6 conceding 3 points. George Marsh and Shem Lejarde played up from division 4 for Warriors 8, and young Shem added a superb 3-1 win over Bob Young to their gifted 3 points. However, to finish off the match, Warriors 6 dominated the doubles with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Division 3

3 excellent wins for an undefeated Shaun Reid and 1 by Caroline Hanson for Chestfield Warriors 9 wasn’t quite enough to dispel the challenge of league leaders Blean C, who just managed to squeeze out a 5-4 result over their hosts. A good all-round team performance saw 2 wins each for Kevin West and Dave Mason, with a 5th coming from Keith Ackland, to give the relieved Blean side a narrow victory. The defeated Warriors fared no better in the doubles, where Blean completed the contest with a 3-1 win.

Division 4

In a division 4 derby match, Chestfield Warriors 19, eased to a comfortable 4-1 win over Chestfield Warriors 14 to maintain their 2nd place status in the league. 2 wins for Paul Anthony and 1 by Mark Dixon for Warriors 19, plus a match doubles win, did the damage, but in the final singles game of the match, Sebastion Keeble battled hard and overcame Mark with a 3-1 win, thus saving a Warriors 14 whitewash. With the singles triumph under their belt, Warriors 19 then added a 3-0 competition doubles result to their evening’s work.

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