League Report Week 20 - 21/03/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 31 Mar '16 @ 11:31am

Premier Division

Chestfield Warriors 1 were the unfortunate recipients of a 9-0 whitewash by their league leading visitors, Iron Room A. Iron Room’s three trebles came courtesy of Russell Bates, Keith Yarnley and Kevin Powell, and with this result they have now opened up a 9 point lead at the top, with two matches left to play.
If 3rd placed Hoath B were harbouring any hopes of a league title, they suffered a serious setback as they crashed to a 6-3 home defeat at the hands of mid-table Heron A. With an excellent treble, Dave Emery paved the way for the Heron victory, ably supported by 2 wins for Roger Pingram and 1 for Dianne Pearce. 2 wins for Mike Howard and 1 by Simon Hillier salvaged 3 points for Hoath, but the dominant Herons cemented their singes win when they also battled out a 3-2 doubles triumph.
2nd placed Hoath A kept their title hopes alive with an 8-1 result when they visited Faversham A. Trebles by Hoath’s John Ferguson and Mike Howard, plus 2 wins for Simon Rudland dispelled any opposition by their hosts, who once again were grateful to Harry Law, when he saved the whitewash with his solitary win over Simon. Hoath continued their superiority in the doubles, where, despite strong resistance from Faversham, they finally edged a 3-2 result.
Peter Chapman, Arthur Martin and Ian Blogg for lowly Heron B, were unable to prevent a 9-0 home defeat by a ruthless Herne Bay A. Ron Rowley managed a clean treble for the Bay team, with Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon both adding a further 3 wins apiece over the hapless Herons.

Division 1

The derby clash between Chestfield Warriors 3 and Chestfield Warriors 4 inspired a competitiveness which is belied by the 7-2 score line in favour of Warriors 3. Denis Cannon won his 3 games, as did Roger Jordan, whose 3 results all went to 5 legs, with John Wickings adding a 7th point for the winners. Warriors 4 had to content themselves with a solitary win each by Paul Davies and Adam Dyer, but an equally hard fought doubles match ended in a 3-0 reult for Warriors 3.
Despite losing the first game, Chestfield Warriors 3A always just had the upper hand over their guests, Herne Bay C. Ricky Kay and Linus Vedeika managed 2 wins each, with Jonny Nevett adding a 5th for the Warriors, but yet again, Bob Edwards recorded another a treble for the Bay side with Mick Micklethwaite earning their 4th point. Warriors took a 2-1 lead after 3 games, and with the Bay team managing to level the match at 4-4 after 8, Ricky Kay won the last singles of the match to establish a 5-4 win for the Warriors. Herne Bay put up some stern resistance in the doubles which Warriors managed to overcome and win 3-0.
A depleted Choughs A team were always going to struggle when they hosted their match against league leaders Herne Bay B. Derek Smith staved off a whitewash for Choughs with an excellent 3-0 win over Simon Lee, but the Bay side imported Bob Edwards from Herne Bay C, for his 2nd match of the week, as their 3rd player, who, in winning both his available games maintained his 100% league record. Together with an unbeaten Vince Corbin, and a win by Simon Lee, plus the 3 gifted points, Herne Bay recorded an 8-1 away victory, then punished their hosts even further with a 3-0 doubles win.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 8 had to call on the services of Shem Lejarde and Tim Platt from division 4 to fulfil their home match against Chestfield Warriors 7, who proved too strong for their hosts as they cruised to an 8-1 triumph. Jill Weaver had 3 unchallenged wins for Warriors 7, and another 3 by Aaron Hollingsworth plus 2 by Linda wicking made up their 8 points. With a superb win over Linda, young Shem Lejarde earned a point, and saved Warriors 8 from a whitewash. However, the doubles followed the way of the singles with Warriors 7 taking a comfortable 3-0 win.
Blean A, who were without a game this week, exchanged places at the top of the league as Chestfield Warriors 5 re-established a 2 point 1st place lead with a comprehensive 7-2 victory over fellow club mates Chestfield Warriors 6A. Steve Tebbett had 3 clean wins for Warriors 5, as did Paul Whittaker, who in doing so, still remains unbeaten in the league with Dave Hanson adding their 7th point. A win apiece for Colin Relf, and Lewis Marsh who was playing up from division 4, accounting for warriors 6A’s 2 points but the losing team fared no better in the doubles with Warriors 5 easing to a 3-0 victory.
3rd placed Choughs B continued their quest for division 1 status as they inflicted a 6-3 home win over Whitstable Natives B. A good all round team performance by Joe Chan, Joe Morgan and Russell Swain, all with 2 wins apiece ensured the victory, but no-one could overcome the hard bat of Gordon Williams for Natives. His 3 clean wins earned the Natives their 3 points, but the losing team fell to a hotly contested 3-1 defeat in the doubles.
Playing their 2nd game in two days, Choughs B travelled to Warriors 6 and continued their challenge for the top spot with a punishing 8-1 away win. Warriors 6 asked division 4’s Shem Lejarde to play his 2nd match of the week in order to field a full team but a treble each for Choughs’ Russell Swain and Reuben Tozer, plus 2 by Jackie Fok was enough to see off the opposition. Warriors were grateful to John Metcalfe, whose solitary win over Jackie saved the home team from a whitewash. However, determined to salvage something from the match, Warriors hit back with a hard fought 3-2 win in the doubles.

Division 3

Lowly Herne Bay H welcomed Chestfield Warriors 11 to their venue, and their travelling guests gave no quarter as they powered their way to a 9-0 away win over their hosts. Shaun Reid led the rout with an unchallenged treble, which was ably supported by 3 excellent wins apiece by his son James and Rowan Brough. Token resistance for the Bay team came from Barbara Ayling who managed to take just a single leg off Rowan and 2 legs off James, but the Warriors carried their determination into the doubles and completed their evening with a 3-0 win.
2nd placed Blean C, conscious of needing a positive result to keep in touch with the league leaders, were surprised at the stiff resistance shown by their opponents as a travelling Chestfield Warriors 10 kept the score line to a close 5-4 Blean win. 2 wins for Kevin West and Dave Mason, plus 1 by Keith Ackland secured Blean’s 5 points, but an unbeaten Simon Howe won 3 for the Warriors with a 4th coming from Bernard Ebeck. Blean then finalised the match with a good 3-1 doubles win.
League leaders Herne Bay I went on their travels to face the 2 man team of Blean B, who with a full squad, may have gleaned a different result from this match. Together with the 3 gifted points, Danny Reardon (2) and Simon Chambers (1) earned a 6-3 away victory for the Bay team, as Blean’s 3 points came courtesy of 2 wins for Laurie Newman and 1 by Alan Dilnot. This win, coupled with the Blean C result, has enabled Herne Bay to open up a 3 point gap at the top of the league. However a reversal of fortunes in the doubles gave Blean B a welcome 3-0 result.
With an 8-1 home win for Choughs C over 2nd from bottom Whitstable Natives C, 3rd placed Choughs reduced the gap between themselves and 2nd placed Blean C to 2 points. Dave Goddard and Zurafa Sakel both had clean wins for Choughs, with Joe Asmah adding 1 more to a 3 conceded points for the win. Natives, who could only field two players, were saved from a whitewash by Peter Tregar, whose solitary win over Joe gave them 1 point. The doubles was a much closer affair, in which Choughs finally edged a 3-2 win.

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