League Report Week 19 - 14/03/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 24 Mar '16 @ 6:45am

Premier Division

Canterbury & District Table Tennis returned to league action this week, after a break for the cup competitions.

With a clean sweep of 3 wins, Keith Yarnley led Iron Room A to a convincing 7-2 victory over Faversham B, extending Iron Room’s lead at the top of the premier division to 7 points. Keith was ably supported Kevin Powell and Phil Saxby who both added a further 2 wins. Faversham’s Harry Law proved to be the only obstacle to the Iron Room, with 2 satisfying wins over Kevin and Phil, but with the singles match won, Iron Room continued their dominance when they eased to a 3-0 doubles result.
Despite a 5-4 away win, 2nd placed Hoath B’s title hopes suffered a setback as they faced some stern opposition from their hosts, Herne Bay A. Hoath’s Richard Carden was unbeaten on the night, with Simon Hillier and Mike Chapman adding a win apiece to just edge the result. A win for Peter Roberts and 2 by Ron Rowley opened up a 3-1 lead for Herne Bay after the first 4 games, but Hoath fought back to lead 5-3 after eight, before Peter earned his 2nd win in the final game of the match, for Bay’s 4th point.
With only 2 players available, and so conceding 3 points, Chestfield Warriors 2 were always fighting an uphill battle against their guests, Hoath C who won this match 5-4. The lost points proved costly as Ian Cooke and Paul Waulmsley both won two of their games for Warriors 4 points, but 2 wins for Mike Howard, together with the gifted points, made sure the result went in Hoath’s favour, with the winning team adding a 3-1 doubles to their evening’s work.

Division 1

Chestfield Warriors 4 welcomed an undermanned Iron Room B to their venue for a match in which the Iron Room may have hoped for a different outcome with a full squad. Paul Davies and Dirk Froebrich managed a win apiece for Warriors, which, with the 3 conceded points, earned them a 5-4 victory. For the 2-man Iron Room, Mike Lee (3) was unbeaten on the night, with Kevin Beasley adding a 4th, and a 3-0 doubles win ensured that the Iron Room didn’t leave the match empty handed.
2 wins by Mick Micklethwaite and Steve Furber, plus a win by Stan Truckell gave Herne Bay C a narrow 5-4 home win over visiting fellow mid-table opponents, Choughs A. Derek Smith was unbeaten for Choughs, with Roy Coles adding a 4th win to Derek’s 3 to earn Choughs 4 points. Undismayed by their singles loss, the doubles match resulted in a pleasing 3-1 win for the visitors.
A treble each for Faversham’s Nicolas Waters and Callum McDonagh, together with a single by Mark Fox, secured a 7-2 win for Faversham B over their lowly visitors Herne Bay E, whose 2 points came from wins by Guilio Guariglia and Dave Thompson. However, the doubles result was a different matter, as Herne Bay retaliated to surprise their hosts with an excellent 3-2 result.
League leaders Herne Bay B borrowed the invincible Bob Edwards from Herne Bay C to complete their team and he led the home side to a superb 7-2 win over 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 3. His 3 wins, together with 2 from Vince Corbin and Simon Lee extinguished any winning hopes of their visiting opposition At 7-0 down after 7 games, Warriors were in danger of a whitewash until Paul Davies inflicted a welcome win over Simon Lee, followed by Denis Cannon beating Vince Corbin. Herne Bay have opened up a 10 point gap in the league, and by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 doubles win in this match, now cannot be caught in the division 1 doubles competition, They now lead this part by 4 points, with their nearest rivals having only 3 games left to play.
Herne Bay D handed their hosts a 3 point start when they arrived at Iron Room C with only 2 players. Herne Bay, who have been struggling of late to field a full squad, started well with Keith Blackmore winning the first game of the evening. However, that was where the Bay team’s resistance ended as Jeff Jordan and Brian Kennet won both of their available matches for the Iron Room. Colin Sleap rounded off Iron Room’s evening with a win in the final game for an 8-1 triumph. Not to be out done, Herne Bay responded to their singles disappointment, when, after a hard fought doubles match, they overcame the Iron Room, winning 3-1.
2nd in division 1, Chestfield Warriors 3A needed a good result to stay in touch with the leaders when they went to Whitstable Natives A. Unable to field a 3rd player, Warriors suffered the consequences and lost 5-4, even though an unbeaten Ricky Kay added 3 wins to the single win by Linus Vedeika for their 4 points. Adam Goodall and Barrie Thomas both managed a win apiece, which, coupled with the 3 conceded points, was enough to give the Natives their win. Not to be out done, and determined to extract something from the match, the Warriors battled out an excellent 5 leg doubles game for a 3-2 triumph.

Division 2

With both teams in mid-table positions, the derby match between Chestield Warriors 7 and Chestfield Warriors 6 was destined to be a close affair. However a good all-round team performance ensured a pleasing 6-3 win for Warriors 7, with Aaron Hollingsworth, Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver all winning 2 games each. Warriors 6 borrowed Bernard Ebeck from 3rd division’s Chestfield Warriors 10 to fill a vacant spot in their team, but 2 wins by Bob Young and 1 for John Metcalfe was the only response the losing Warriors could muster. Despite losing the 1st doubles leg, a determined Warriors 6 fought back to take the next 3 legs to avenge their singles loss and record a 3-1 win.
An unforgiving Blean A showed no quarter to their visitors when they hit Whitstable Natives A with a 7-2 home win and climbed to top of division 2. Derek Whiddett and Rob Easton were both on song for Blean, each with 3 wins and Barry Shirley added a 7th. Natives, whose 2 singles points came courtesy of a win by Gordon Williams and Keith Garrad, were overwhelmed by a dominant Blean in the doubles who showed their prowess with a comfortable 3-0 result.
With the knowledge of Blean A’s win in their mind, Chestfield Warriors 5 knew they had to secure a good result from their visit to 3rd placed Choughs B. However the home team had different ideas and thumped their respected opponents with an damaging 7-2 victory, thus pushing the Warriors down into 2nd place in the league. Joe Morgan and Reuben Tozer both recorded 3 superb wins and Russell Swain 1, to earn Choughs’ 7 points. The only response the defeated Warriors could raise was a single win for Tony Morgan and 1 by Dave Hanson, but a buoyant Choughs team sustained their winning streak going into the doubles, where they eased to a 3-1 victory.

Division 3

With 3 unchallenged wins, Harry Hutchison led Faversham D to a comfortable 7-2 result over bottom of the league, Herne Bay H. Alan Culver also recorded 3 wins and Mike Ayris added a 7th to Faversham’s score line. Josie Prowse and Barbara Ayling scored a win each for Bay’s 2 points, but the Faversham side relentlessly took their success into the doubles, in which they eased to a 3-0 win.
A disappointed Choughs C, currently 3rd in division 3, fell victims to a 9-0 whitewash when they visited Herne Bay I, who, with this excellent win moved to the top of the table by 2 points. Danny Reardon and Simon Chambers both had 3 clean wins for Faversham, with Al Parkes managing a further 3. Joe Asmah saved Choughs from an absolute whitewash when he managed to take just 1 leg off Al, but Herne Bay’s ruthless streak spilled over into the doubles for a 3-0 win.
Blean C, conscious of needing a good win at Chestfield Warriors 11, were shocked by a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the home team. Shaun Reid (3) was the instigator of Warriors victory with son James and Rowan Brough adding a credible win apiece for their 5 points. The result saw Blean slip to 2nd place in the league despite the efforts of Kevin West (2) and Dave Mason (2). Intent on getting something out of the match, Blean had to reconcile themselves to a 3-1 doubles win.
Lewis Marsh from division 4 was called into service for Chestfield Warriors 10 when they took on Blean B, and he didn’t disappoint, winning all his games against the more experienced Blean side. Simon Howe added 2 more to give Warriors a pleasing 5-4 result over their surprised visitors. Laurie Newman’s 2 wins, plus 1 each by Peter Cole and Alan Dilnot gave Blean 4 points, who then secured a consolation 3-1 win in the doubles match.
Chestfield Warriors 9 invited George Marsh, from division 4 to complete their squad for their visit to Whitstable Natives C. Playing his 2nd match of the week, he contributed 2 good wins to the Warriors total as they eased to a pleasing 7-2 victory. A treble by Caroline Hanson, plus 2 by Bob Hassam was enough to see off the Natives challenge, who had Peter Tregar to thank for their 2 points. 2-0 up in the doubles match, Natives saw their lead slip away as the Warriors fought back to win the next 3 legs for a 3-2 doubles success.

Division 4

As their nearest rivals were without a fixture this week, Chestfield Warriors 16 opened up an 11 point gap at the top of division 4, cruising to a 4-1 win over a visiting Herne Bay J. Val Rankin managed a good win for Herne Bay, but the Bay team could not overcome Lewis Marsh, who won both his games. Together, with his brother George who won 1, the Warriors took the match doubles for a 4-1 result, and then added the competition doubles to their singles win.

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