Cup Report Round 4 2015 - 2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 17 Mar '16 @ 11:46am

Cup week 4 in the Canterbury & District Table Tennis League, heralded temporary respite from the trials and tribulations of league action as the Dare Cup and Lew Vale cup competitions reached the quarter final stages.

Dare Cup

In the team handicapped Dare Cup, where players play two 25 point legs per game, Blean B from division 3, took a 196 point handicap advantage to division 1 team, Whitstable Natives A. With the match needing the doubles to produce a winning side, Adam Goodall, Barrie Thomas and Barry Cook for Natives were hard pushed to overcome the handicap, and the Blean team, of Laurie Newman, Peter Cole and Alan Dilnot. Natives were just 17 points ahead going into the doubles and finally emerged victorious, winning by 36 points to secure a place in the semi-finals.
Faversham B, needing to overcome a 182 point handicap, travelled to Chestfield Warriors 7 from division 2, for a contest which was always going to be tough for the visitors. Aaron Hollingsworth, Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver for the Warriors saw their guests nibble away at their handicap advantage, until after the nine singles games, Callum McDonagh, Matthew Waters and Mark Fox had reduced Faversham’s deficit to just 7 points. Going into the doubles, a determined Warriors team surprised their division 1 opponents by just edging 2 superb winning legs, to establish a 12 point overall victory and a semi-final spot.
Chestfield Warriors 6, currently 6th in division 2, welcomed Herne Bay G to their home venue, for a match which proved to be a testimony to the pin-point accuracy of the cup competition handicappers. 5th in division 3, Herne Bay, who borrowed Robin Bozier and Frank Tunak from division 4 to support Paul Messenger, started the contest 154 points ahead. For the Warriors, John Metcalfe was unbeaten in this contest, but Bob Young and Aaron Hollingsworth, playing his 2nd match in 2 days, both dropped a leg each to Robin, who was excellent on the night. The Bay side were still leading by 9 points going into the doubles, but after the two doubles legs, both teams found themselves level on 487 points and had to play on until one team reached a 500 point total. This Warriors 6 achieved, to win the match by a narrow 8 point margin, and progress to the semi-finals.
In the 4th quarter final match of the Dare Cup, Chestfield Warriors 5, currently league leaders in division 2, were set the problem of overcoming a 140 point deficit for their visit to Herne Bay I, who are at present, 3rd in division 3, with Warriors 5 accomplishing their task to earn a semi- final place.
Unfortunately, as no score card had been received at the time of writing, it has not been possible to comment on this match.

Lew Vale Cup

Individual handicaps come into play in the Lew Vale Cup, in which, players contest 2 legs per game, to 21 points in each leg.
Facing some stern opposition from their visitors, Chestfield Warriors 1 from the premier division were drawn at home to Blean A, currently 2nd in division 2. Steve & Dennis Cannon, together with Kell Davies for the Warriors, had to battle hard to overcome the superior handicaps of Barry Shirley, Derek Whiddett and Rob Easton for Blean. However, after 6 games, the Warriors had established a 9-3 lead, but Blean rallied in the last three singles games to bring the match score to 10-8. Consequently, Blean A then needed to win both legs in the doubles to tie the match in order to earn a deciding 3rd doubles leg. Unfortunately for Blean, they failed in the opening leg, losing 22-20, to give Warriors 1 an unassailable 11-8 lead and a place in the semi-final.
Division 3 leaders, Blean C were the home team against their 1st division opponents, Whistable Natives A. In order to field a full team, Natives invited Keith Garrad to play up from their ‘B’ team in division 2, but together with Barry Cook and Barrie Thomas, Natives faced an uphill task to overcome the higher handicapped Blean squad. Keith Ackland, Kevin West and Steve Hutton, with their advantageous handicaps, ensured a comfortable 13-5 victory for Blean in a match which was beyond the Natives reach after the first seven singles games.
With the prospect of two cup games in two days, Herne Bay G from division 3 became embroiled in a tough encounter on their home patch, against Jonny Nevett, Dirk Froebrich and Linus Vedeika for Chestfield Warriors 3A, who occupy 2nd place in division 1. Despite their superior handicaps, Bay G found themselves 3-0 down after three games, but Paul Messenger, together with Robin Bosier and Mick Barwick called up from division 4, showed their resilience by taking a 9-7 lead into the final singles game. However, Dirk levelled the score for Warriors to 9-9 before going into the doubles match, which really went down to the wire. With Bay G winning the first leg, Warriors hit back, winning the last two legs of the contest, to record a very close 11-10 victory over the disappointed Herne Bay side.
League leaders in division 1, Herne Bay B hosted Choughs B in this 4th quarter final tie, where Vince Corbin, Paul Bee and Simon Lee for Herne Bay soon imposed their superiority over their division 2 opponents. Despite 2 wins by Jackie Fok for Choughs, his team mates, Joe Chan and Russell Swain were powerless to stop the Bay team from establishing an unbeatable 12-2 lead after seven singles games. Sportingly, Herne Bay played out the remaining games, easing to a comfortable 15-5 win over their higher handicapped opponents.

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