League Report Week 21 - 28/03/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 07 Apr '16 @ 7:33am

Premier Division

With the Easter break disrupting the winter league programme, just ten matches were played this week. Herne Bay A, currently 4th in the premier division, were visited by Faversham A, who are 3rd from bottom, but the home team were somewhat dismayed as the Faversham side managed to edge a very satisfying 5-4 away win. Ron Rowley had 2 wins for the Bays and with a win each for Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon, secured 4 points, but an excellent Harry Law treble, supported by 2 good wins by Ethan Braden, gave the visitors the result. Taking advantage of their singles triumph, Faversham then went on to register a 3-0 doubles win to round off a successful evening.
In a derby match between Heron A and lowly Heron B, Heron A showed no sympathy to their club mates as they cruised to a 7-2 victory. Dave Emery paved the way to the win with a treble, together with 2 wins each for Dianne Pearce and Roger Pingram. Heron B, without a win in the league this season, were thankful for 2 wins by Peter Chapman for their 2 points, but the winning Heron A emphasised their superiority as they took a comfortable 3-0 win in the closing doubles match.

Division 1

League leaders Herne Bay B hosted 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 3A in this top of the league clash. With a good win, Herne Bay could have secured the league title, however, a determined Warriors team rocked the home team when they edged a hard fought 5-4 away win. Vince Corbin and Simon Lee both won 2 games each for Herne Bay, but 2 wins by Adam Dyer, borrowed from Chestfield Warriors 4, together with 2 for Ricky Kay and 1 for Jonny Nevett was enough to enough to see off the home team’s challenge. The Bay side then managed to overcome the Warriors in the doubles with a 3-1
Iron Room C, currently 3rd from bottom in this division, provided some stiff opposition for their visitors, 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 3 in a match which Warriors just managed to pinch with a 5-4 away win. Geoff Jordan (2) and Colin Sleep (2) earned the Iron Room’s points, but no-one could overcome Warrior’s Roger Jordan, whose treble, coupled with a win each for John Wickings and Paul Davies sealed the result in favour of the visitors. A reversal of fortunes in the doubles saw the Iron Room take a hotly contested 3-0 win.
Another narrow 5-4 result went in favour of Whitstable Natives A when they welcomed Herne Bay C to their table. Wins for Adam Goodall (1), Nick Fairweather (2), and Barry Cook (2) was just enough to overcome the travelling Herne Bay side. Determined to keep his 100% record, yet again a Bob Edwards treble, plus a win for Mick Micklethwaite, gave the visiting team 4 points, but the Natives completed their successful evening with a hard fought 3-1 doubles triumph.

Division 2

A solitary win by Colin Relf saved Chestfield Warriors 6A from a home whitewash when they clashed with club mates Chestfield Warriors 6, who won this match 8-1. The score line, however, belies the intensity and closeness of this contest. Warriors 6a called on the services of 10 year old Lewis Marsh from division 4, to field a full squad and despite failing to overcome his more experienced opponents, came an extremely close second in all three of his matches. Warriors 6 invited Aaron Hollingsworth from Warriors 7 to complete their team, and his trio of wins, together with a treble by John Metcalfe and 2 wins for Bob Young, overcame their resilient opponents. The single defeat did nothing to dull Warriors 6A’s competitive spirit as the match moved into the doubles, which Warriors 6 eventually edged with a tight 3-1 victory.

Division 3

Herne B H were pleased to welcome Charles Harman back into their ranks after a long absence, and he didn’t disappoint, as his 2 wins provided their only points in a 7-2 derby match loss against Herne Bay G. Paul Messenger, for Herne Bay G, was invincible on the night, with his 3 wins supported by 2 from Frank Tunak and Colin Chaston to earn the result. All was not lost for the losing team as they managed to record a very pleasing and welcome, 3-2 doubles win in the final game of the night.
3 points separated league leaders Herne Bay I from their 2nd placed opponents Blean C prior to this top of the table clash, but a 5-4 away win for Blean reduced the gap to just 2 points, and with both teams having one match each still to play in this division, the prospect of promotion is open to both sides. Simon Chambers and Al Parkes both recorded 2 wins for Herne Bay’s 4 points, but an unchallenged treble by Blean’s Dave Mason, plus a win by Keith Ackland saw the match level at 4-4 after 8 games. A win for Kevin West in the final singles game, gave Blean a well earned victory. Not to be out-done after their singles disappointment, Herne Bay retaliated with a satisfying 3-1 win in the doubles.
Due to both teams only having 2 players available, Blean B recorded a 7-2 away win when they were guests of Whitstable Natives C. 2 wins apiece by Laurie Newman and Alan Dilnot for Blean overcame the opposition of Natives’ Peter Godden and Chris Near, with Blean also taking a 3-0 win in the doubles match.

Division 4

Rob and Jack Yates, representing Chestfield Warriors 15, welcomed the Chestfield Warriors 14 duo of Harvey and Dylan Keeble to their table, for a division 4 derby match, which was keenly contested despite the 4-1 score line in favour of Warriors 15. Warriors 15 won the match doubles and Rob Yates won both his singles games, with Jack winning 1. Harvey’s single victory for Warriors 14, over Jack, was a long, drawn out battle over 5 legs which Harvey just managed to edge in the 5th. Going into the competition doubles, Warriors 14 took the first leg, but Warriors 15 fought back to finally take a hard earned 3-1 triumph.

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