League Report Week 17 - 22/02/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 03 Mar '16 @ 9:13am

Premier Division

Previous league leaders Hoath A were without a game this week, and Iron Room A seized the opportunity to establish a 5 point lead at the top of the table with a comprehensive 9-0 whitewash over lowly Heron B. A clean treble by Russell Bates, together with 2 trebles by Keith Yarnley and Phil Saxby was too much for the depleted 2-man Heron team of Ian Blogg and Peter Chapman. The Iron Room then continued their singles dominance into the doubles, easing to a comfortable 3-0 win.
A determined Heron A welcomed Chestfield Warriors 1 to their table and inflicted an 8-1 victory over their guests. Two trebles by John Glass and Dave Emery, plus 2 wins for Dianne Pearce snuffed out any Warriors resistance, who had Kell Davies to thank for saving the whitewash, with his win over Dianne. However, Heron went on to cement their evening’s success with a 3-0 doubles victory.
A close match may have been envisaged by 4th placed Herne Bay A when they encountered 5th placed Hoath C, but the Hoath team had different ideas, cruising to a 7-2 away win thanks to three wins each for Ben Greenwood and Mike Howard. Chris Hearn added a 7th point for Hoath, with Ron Rowley (1) and Peter Roberts (1) earning 2 points for the disappointed Bay side, who then succumbed to a 3-0 loss in the doubles match.
Faversham A knew they had a tough match on their hands when visited by Hoath B, who, needing a good win to stay in touch with the leaders, overwhelmed their hosts with a 9-0 victory. Mike Chapman recorded 3 clean wins for Hoath, supported by a further 3 wins apiece for Simon Hillier and Richard Carden. With the singles triumph in their pocket, Hoath showed no mercy to their opponents in the doubles, easing to a 3-0 win.

Division 1

An unbeaten Bob Edwards maintained his 100% league record for Herne Bay C when they lost 6-3 at home to Iron Room B. His was the only resistance as Mike Lee, Kevin Beasley and Michelle Kingsland, all with 2 wins each for the Iron Room, overcame the efforts of Herne Bay’s Stan Truckell and Steve Furber to earn the 6 points. In the final match of the contest, the Bay team lost a close doubles when Iron Room ran out 3-2 winners.
Paul Davies had a clean treble for Chestfield Warriors 4 as they romped home to a 9-0 whitewash over their visitors, Herne Bay E, thus maintaining their 3rd place status in the league. A further 3 wins for Adam Dyer and Dirk Froebrich made up Warriors 9 points, with the Bay team powerless to stop them. It was a fruitless evening for the Herne Bay team as Warriors carried their dominance over into the doubles, adding a 3-0 win to their singles victory.
A club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 3A and Chestfield Warriors 3, 2nd and 4th respectively in the league, saw Warriors 3 cruise to a superb 7-2 win and move to within 2 points of their hosts. Denis Cannon was the mainstay for Warriors 3 with his 3 wins, together with 2 each from Roger Jordan and John Wickings. With the score at 7-0 after 7 games, Warriors 3A were in danger of a whitewash, but a win each by Ricky Kay and Linus Vedeika for Warriors 3A in the two final singles games of the match earned their team 2 points. Warriors 3 found themselves 2-0 down after 2 legs in the doubles, but came back strongly to win 3-2.
An 8-1 win for Herne Bay B over club rivals Herne Bay D finds Bay B sitting comfortably at the top of division 1, clear by 20 points from their nearest challengers. An unbeaten Vince Corbin and Simon Lee were ably supported by 2 wins from Giulio Guariglia for Bay B, with token resistance from Chris Howard for Bay D, whose single win over Giulio gave the losing team a point. Herne Bay B then carried their winning streak into the doubles, easing to a 3-1 win. Just 3 points separate the next 3 teams in the league, who all have games in hand over the leaders, but a 20 point deficit will be difficult to overcome, given Bay B’s current form.
A mid-table clash between Whitstable Natives A and Choughs A resulted with the visiting Choughs just pinching a 5-4 away win courtesy of an unbeaten Derek Smith (3) plus 2 from Cliff Ball. Barrie Thomas recorded 2 wins for the Natives, together with a win apiece by Nick Fairweather and Adam Goodall to give the losing side 4 points. Determined to glean something from this match, Natives recovered from their singles defeat to earn an excellent 3-1 doubles win.

Division 2

In a match that was always going to be close, Faversham C just managed to tease out a 5-4 win over a visiting Chestfield Warriors 6. Nick Wibberley and Mark Thomas both had 2 wins each for Faversham, with a 5th coming from Kevin Bourner. However, no-one could overcome an unbeaten John Metcalfe (3) for Warriors 6, who had to call upon the services of Aaron Hollingsworth from Warriors 7 to field a full team. He contributed 1 point with a win over Kevin in the final singles game of the match, with a hard-fought, but satisfying 3-0 doubles win being sweet revenge for Warriors singles loss.

Division 3

A good, all round team performance by league leaders Blean C gave them a superb 6-3 win over 2nd placed Choughs C, and increased their lead at the top to 10 points. Keith Ackland, Kevin West, and Dave Mason all had 2 wins each for Blean, with Choughs response being 2 wins for Jackie Fok and 1 by Zurafa Sakel. Defeated, but not despondent, Choughs surprised their hosts when they retaliated with a 3-1 doubles triumph.
Chestfield Warriors 11 were unable to contain the experience of their guests Blean B who inflicted a pleasing 6-3 away win over the Warriors. 2 wins for Shaun Reid and one for his son James bought the Warriors 3 points, but 3 victories for an unbeaten Laurie Newman, together with 2 by Alan Dilnot and 1 by Peter Cole was enough to overcome the Warrior challenge. A 3-0 win in the doubles finished off a successful evening for Blean.
With 3 unchallenged wins, Simon Chambers led Herne Bay I to a narrow 5-4 triumph over fellow clubmates Herne Bay G. Al Parkes added 2 more for their 5 points, with Bay G replying through Paul Messenger (2), Gerry Allen (1), and Robert Nutter (1). A tight doubles match followed, with the 3-2 result going in favour of the losing Herne Bay G.
Chestfield Warriors 10 had to call upon George and Lewis Marsh from division 4 in their club derby match against Chestfield Warriors 9 but were unable to overcome their opponents who won 6-3. Lewis did extremely well to win 2 of his games and a 3rd from Bernard Ebeck earned Warriors 10 their 3 points. Shaun Reid, borrowed from Warriors 11, was unbeaten for Warriors 9, and his 3 wins together with 2 by Bob Hassam and 1 by Caroline Hanson gave them the victory. Warriors 10 started off well in the doubles, winning the first 2 legs, but Warriors 9 fought back to win the last 3 for a 3-2 doubles result.
A depleted Whitstable Natives C gifted Herne Bay H 3 points, and in doing so, gave the Herne Bay team their first win of the season with a 5-4 result. Peter Tregar was unstoppable for the Natives, with Peter Godden adding a 4th to his treble, but Barbara Ayling and Arnold Bearman had a win each for Herne Bay and with the conceded games, earned a much needed 5 points and the win. Matters went from bad to worse for the Natives in the hotly contested doubles game when the Bay team edged a satisfying 3-2 win.

Division 4

Father and son team, Rob and Jack Yates for Chestfield Warriors 15 welcomed Herne Bay K to their venue and eased to a 4-1 win over their guests. 2 wins for Rob Yates, plus 1 from Jack and a match doubles win gave Warriors the result, with Robin Bozier claiming a point for Herne Bay. Herne Bay K managed to redeem themselves in the competition doubles with a comfortable 3-1 result.
League leaders Chestfield Warriors 16 established an 11 point gap over their nearest rivals with a 5-0 whitewash over their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 18. Jan Aldridge and Tim Platt for Warriors 18 could do nothing to stop their guests powering to the win. Brothers Lewis and George Marsh were unstoppable, winning all the singles games plus the match doubles, and then adding a 3-1 competition doubles win to their score line.

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