League Report Weeks 23-24 - 11 & 18/04/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 28 Apr '16 @ 3:55pm

Premier Division

As the Canterbury Table Tennis Association enters the final stages of the winter league programme, several teams are having to play re-arranged matches in order to catch up with their outstanding fixtures.

Hoath A are still very much in contention for the Premier title as they inflicted a 9-0 whitewash over their visitors, Heron B in this re-arranged fixture. The crucial 9 points for Hoath came courtesy of a clean treble for David Jeavons, plus a treble each by John Ferguson and Simon Rudland, and this result puts them just 3 points behind the league leaders, who they still have to play. Hoath’s 3-0 doubles win in this match confirmed their position as champions in the premier doubles competition.
Playing another catch-up match, Heron B travelled to Hoath B who needed a 9-0 win to draw level on points in 2nd place, with fellow club-mates Hoath A. However, Heron, with only two players available, managed to avoid the whitewash thanks to a solitary win by Arthur Martin which consigned the Hoath team to 3rd in the final league placings. 2 wins apiece for Simon Hillier and David Jeavons, and 1 by Mike Chapman, plus the 3 conceded points gave Hoath an 8-1 victory who then added a 3-0 doubles win to their singles triumph.
In their final match of the season, Heron B, still seeking their first win, welcomed Chestfield Warriors 2 to their table. However, two trebles from Joe Britnall and Paul Waumsley plus a win for Ian Cooke, ensured that Heron remained winless as the Warriors cruised to a 7-2 away victory. A win each for Ian Blogg and Peter Chapman was the only resistance offered by the hapless Heron team who now have to resign themselves to playing their table tennis in division 1 next season.
Hoath C took to the road for their match against Chestfield Warriors 1`and extracted a satisfying 6-3 victory from their hosts. Mike Howard led Hoath’s charge with an unchallenged 3 wins, supplemented by 2 from Clive Hollingsbee and 1 from Chris Hearn. For the Warriors, Steve Cannon, Ricky Kay and Kell Davies all managed a win each for their 3 points, but found themselves overwhelmed in the doubles as the Hoath team eased to a 3-0 result.

Division 1

A Brian Kennett treble helped to give Iron Room C a pleasing 6-3 away win when they went to Herne Bay E for their final match of the season. 2 more wins by Colin Sleap and 1 from David Cue earned the Iron Room’s 6 points, with Guilio Guariglia (2) and Dave Thompson (1) responding for the Bay team, who are currently bottom of division 1 but still have 3 matches outstanding. Iron Room complimented their singles success by taking a 3-1 win in the doubles match.
With both teams playing their final match of the season, Chestfield Warriors 3, who are 3rd in this division, met some stern resistance from Faversham B, but finally managed to edge a 5-4 home win thanks to 2 wins each by Roger Jordan and Denis Cannon, and a single win for John Wickings. Nico Waters (2) and Matthew Waters (2) ensured four points for Faversham, but, determined not to leave empty handed, the visitors just nipped a 3-2 result in a long, hotly contested doubles match.
Herne Bay B confirmed their status as division 1 champions when they inflicted a convincing 7-2 away win over club-mates Herne Bay C in this derby match. Steve Furber was forced to battle hard for Bay C’s 2 points, but an invincible Vince Corbin (3), supported by Paul Bee (2) and Simon Lee (2), guided the league leaders to a comfortable victory. Herne Bay B, who had already secured the doubles title, rounded off their successful campaign as they eased to a comfortable 3-0 doubles win.
Herne Bay D, who have struggled for a full squad on several occasions this season, again could only field two players for their home match against Whitstable Natives A. The outcome of this contest could have seen a different result as, with the gifted 3 points, the Natives won the match 6-3. 2 wins for Keith Blackmore and 1 by Paul Bee gave Herne Bay their 3 points, but Nick Fairweather was unbeaten in his 2 games, plus 1 by Barry Cook and the conceded points, which gave Natives the result. However, Bay D overcame their singles loss with a fine 3-1 win in the closing doubles match.

Division 2

2 wins for Jill Weaver was the only opposition offered by Chestfield Warriors 7 in their mid-table clash with Faversham C, as their visitors surged to a convincing 7-2 away win. Terry Wibberley was on song for Faversham with 3 wins, as Mark Thomas and Nick Wibberley both added 2 more for their 7 points. Disappointed with their single loss, Warriors also lost the 1st leg of the doubles, before coming back strongly to win the next 3 for a compensatory 3-1 win.
Still searching for their first win of the season, Chestfield Warriors 8 found it when they welcomed Whitstable Natives B to their venue. Once again Warriors borrowed young Lewis Marsh from Division 4, and he provided 2 excellent wins to go with 2 from Mark Allen and 1 from Stuart Colley for their 5-4 win. 2 wins for Keith Garrad and Gordon Williams gave the surprised Natives their 4 points, who then recovered sufficiently to cruise to a 3-0 win in the doubles.
Chestfield Warriors 5 were already league champions when they travelled to Herne Bay F for their final match of the season, in which they eased to a 7-2 win. Once again, Paul Whittaker was unbeaten on the night, as was Tony Morgan, and, with a win by Dave Hanson, recorded the victory. Herne Bay F, who called upon the services of Danny Reardon from division 3, assured themselves of 2 points with single wins by Graham Waters and Jim Burns. Not content with their singles achievement, Warriors 5 were forced to battle out a hard fought doubles match, which they eventually won 3-0.
Home team Faversham C were hit hard by their 3rd placed visitors, Choughs B. Inflicting a 9-0 whitewash over their hosts, the Choughs team, who still have 2 matches to play, are prospective candidates for the runner-up spot in this division. Jackie Fok from division 3 was prevailed upon to complete the Choughs team and he chipped in with 3 excellent wins to add to a further 3 by Joe Chan and a clean treble by Russell Swain. Beaten, but not demoralised, Faversham fought hard to get something out of this match, but were just edged out by Choughs in the last leg of the doubles, who struggled to a 3-2 result.

Division 3

A solitary win by Paul Messenger saved his team from a whitewash, as Herne Bay G suffered a 8-1 home defeat at the hands of an exuberant Chestfield Warriors 11. Warriors’ Rowan Brough battled his way to a treble over his more experienced opponents, ably supported by a further 2 wins from James Reid and a treble by his father Shaun Reid for their 8 points, but putting their singles shock behind them, Herne Bay fought hard to earn a 3-2 doubles success.
A re-arranged match from earlier in the season, saw Chestfield Warriors 11 back in action against fellow club-mates Chestfield Warriors 10. James Reid recorded a superb treble, as did his father, Shaun, and with Rowan Brough adding a single win, Warriors 11 won this derby contest 7-2. Bernard Ebeck and Simon Howe, with a win each, saved 2 points for Warriors 10, but they could do nothing to stop their winning opponents from taking a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 4

Another club derby match saw 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 19 suffer a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of 4th division champions, Chestfield Warriors 16. A win by Paul Anthony saved Warriors 19 from a whitewash, but Lewis Marsh had 2 clean wins for the victors, and a single win for his brother George together with a match doubles win was enough to see off their opposition. Warriors 16 then continued their form with a hotly contested 3-1 win in the competition doubles, which also gave them the doubles title.
2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 19 returned to their table for their second derby match of the week, as they took on 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 18. With 2 wins, Paul Anthony led the way to a convincing 4-1 victory for Warriors 19, with Mark Dixon winning a 3rd point before they added a 3-0 match doubles to their tally. Tim Platt saved a point for Warriors 18 in the last singles match of the evening before going into a long, closing competition doubles match, which Warriors 19 finally managed to win 3-0.

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