League Report Week 22 - 04/04/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 14 Apr '16 @ 12:11pm

Premier Division

Hoath A are currently sitting in 2nd place in the league, thanks to a close 5-4 home victory over Herne Bay A. A pair of wins for John Ferguson and Phil Thomas, plus 1 by Andy Roberts just saw off the challenge of the Bay team, who were grateful for a Peter Roberts treble, plus a win by Ron Rowley for their 4 points. Hoath, with a match in hand over league leaders Iron Room A, are just 12 points behind the Iron Room, who have one match remaining. As the 2 teams are still due to play each other, and Hoath’s final match of the season is against bottom of the league Heron B, the premiership title is wide open to either team.
In the closing match of the season for both teams, a Harry Law treble was the only bright spot for Faversham A as they succumbed to a 6-3 home defeat against Heron A. Dave Emery, John Glass and Roger Pingram for Heron did the damage, all with 2 wins apiece to secure their 6 points. Despite some stiff resistance, Faversham could do no better in the doubles, as the Herons edged a 3-2 win.
Aware of their nearest rival’s result on the previous evening, Iron Room A travelled to Hoath C to inflict a convincing 8-1 win over their hosts, extending their lead at the top to 12 points. In a match which was more competitive than the score-line suggests, Hoath’s Mike Howard saved the whitewash with a superb 3-0 win over Kevin Powell. For the Iron Room, Keith Yarnley and Russell Bates powered their way to 3 wins each, and together with Kevin’s 2, earned a vital 8 points. Defeated but unbowed, Hoath came back strongly in the doubles to record a very satisfying 3-1 win.

Division 1

Herne Bay E took to the road and visited 3rd placed Iron Room B, whose all round team performance gave them a satisfying 6-3 home win. Kevin Beasley (2), Steve Bispham (2) and Mike Lee (2) were pushed hard by lowly Herne Bay, whose Derek Walker had to play 14 out of a possible 15 legs for his 3 wins and the Bay’s 3 points. Putting their singles disappointment behind them, Herne Bay went 2-0 up in the doubles, only to find themselves pegged back to 2-2 after four legs. However, the Bay team rallied to edge an 11-8 win in the 5th and establish a good 3-2 doubles triumph.
A disappointed Warriors 3A saw their title hopes fade as they suffered a 5-4 home defeat at the hands of club-mates Chestfield Warriors 4. 2nd in division 1, Warriors 3A are now 8 points adrift of the leaders, with both teams having one game to play, and just 9 points available to each. 3 excellent wins by Adam Dyer, with 2 by Dirk Froebrich gave Warriors 4 the victory, as the home team earned their 4 points courtesy of Ricky Kay (2), Jonny Nevett (1), and Linus Vedeika (1). With the first leg going to 18-16, Warriors 3A redeemed themselves somewhat, when they won a tough doubles match 3-0.
With an unchallenged treble, Cliff Ball led the way to a close 5-4 win for Choughs A over their guests, Iron Room C. A further 2 wins by Roy Coles completed the Choughs 5 point total, but they were pushed hard by the Iron Room who were grateful for 2 superb wins by Brian Kennett, plus a win for Colin Sleap and a pleasing win for David Cue. In spite of their singles defeat, the Iron Room rallied to defeat the Choughs in the doubles, with a rewarding 3-0 result.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 8 were the home team in their derby match against club mates Chestfield Warriors 6A. However, Warriors 8, who invited George Marsh from division 4 to complete their squad, were unable to quell their opponents who won this keenly contested game 6-3. Stuart Colley had 2 wins for the losing side and George added a 3rd when he defeated his brother Lewis who was also playing up from division 4, but for Warriors 6a. Lewis Marsh had 2 excellent wins against his more senior opposition, and 2 wins for Peter McCaig together with 2 more by Colin Relf gave the winning team their 6 points. Warriors 6A then added the ensuing doubles match to their singles result, easing to a 3-0 victory.
With an emphatic 8-1 home win over Whitstable Natives B, Chestfield Warriors 5 virtually guaranteed the division 2 title. With 3 clean wins, Paul Whittaker for the Warriors continued his incredible 100% record of not having lost a single leg, let alone a game in this division. Steve Tebbett added a further 3 wins, and with 2 by Dave Hanson, earned the 8 points. Gordon Williams saved the Natives from a whitewash, with his single win over Dave Hanson, but the Warriors confirmed their superiority with a comfortable 3-0 win in the closing doubles game.
Chestfield Warriors 6 rounded off their season with a resounding 7-2 win over their guests, 2nd placed Blean A, thus extinguishing any faint hope their visitors may have had of winning this division. Bob Young and Aaron Hollingsworth registered trebles for the Warriors, with John Metcalfe adding a single win for their 7 points. In a hard fought match, which was much closer than the score-line suggests, Rob Easton and Derek Whiddett both managed a single win apiece for Blean, who overcame their singles disappointment to edge a tight 3-0 doubles result.

Division 3

In their final match of the season, an 8-1 win for Blean C over their visitors Whitstable Natives C, puts the Blean team into 2nd place in division 3. Although equal in points with the league leaders, Herne Bay I, Blean have lost one match more, thus placing them in the runner-up spot. Blean’s Kevin West led the way with 3 clean wins, supported by 3 from Dave Mason and 2 from Keith Ackland. The Natives’ only response came from Peter Tregear, who saved the whitewash when he overcame Keith, but the singles victors dominated in the doubles, winning 3-0.
A good all-round team performance by Bob Hassam, Caroline Hanson and Bill Hackney, who all recorded 2 wins each for Chestfield Warriors 9, gave the Warriors a pleasing 6-3 home victory over a travelling Herne Bay H. Unbeaten on the night, Charles Hanson for lowly Herne Bay proved to be the Warriors thorn in the side, winning all his games without dropping a leg. The losing visitors, however, surprised their hosts as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 triumph in the closing doubles match.
Aware of their nearest rival’s result earlier in the week, league leaders Herne Bay I knew they needed a good win when they went to Chestfield Warriors 10 for their final match of the season. With a favourable 6-3 result,, the Bay team just managed to maintain top spot as Simon Chambers, Danny Reardon and Al Parkes all registered 2 wins apiece, but none could overcome the Warriors saviour, Simon Howe who once again, battered his way to a treble for the Warriors’ 3 points. A 3-1 win puts the Bay team equal on points with Choughs C for the doubles title, and, as Choughs still have a match to play, this part of the competition still remains to be resolved.

Division 4

2 wins for Paul Anthony over Linda Sopp and Val Rankin, and 1 win for Mark Dixon over Linda, plus a 3-1 match doubles victory gave Chestfield Warriors 18 a comfortable 4-1 result over their guests, Herne Bay J. Val, however, provided Herne Bay with their single point when he overcame Mark, but with the Bay team conceding the competition doubles game, the spoils from this match, went to the Warriors.

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