League Report Week 1 - 26/09/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 06 Oct '16 @ 6:37pm

It’s that time of the year again, when Canterbury Table Tennis Association begins their Winter League programme. Three new teams have been added, making fifty two teams competing across five divisions, emphasising the increased growth in the interest of table tennis within our area.

Premier Division

Hoath A, who were runners up in the premier division last season, began their campaign against club rivals, Hoath B, who finished the previous season in 3rd place. 2 wins each for Simon Hillier and Mike Chapman, plus a win for David Jeavons saw Hoath B edge a close 5-4 away win, with Hoath A responding through Andy Roberts (1), Ian Mileham (1) and John Ferguson (2). However, the home side overcame their singles disappointment with a hotly contested 3-2 doubles victory.

Faversham A welcomed last season’s champions, Iron Room A, to their venue and the visitors continued their winning ways, inflicting a emphatic 8-1 triumph over their hosts. Phil Morford and Phil Saxby were both unbeaten on the night for the Iron Room, as Kevin Powell added 2 more wins. With an excellent, hard fought win over Kevin, Harry Law once again managed to stave off the whitewash to give Faversham their solitary point, but the ruthless Iron Room squad consolidated their singles triumph, easing to a 3-0 win in the doubles.

Bob Edwards ,from Division 1, was called upon to support Vince Corbin and Simon Lee as Herne Bay B clashed with Heron B. All three players managed 2 wins apiece for a 6-3 Herne Bay victory over their rivals, with Peter Chapman, Mick Eames and Arthur Martin earning a win each for the visitors, who then consoled themselves with a 3-2 success in the doubles.

Division 1

With 3 clean wins for Adam Dyer, plus 3 wins for Dirk Froebrich and Paul Davies, Chestfield Warriors 3 inflicted a 9-0 victory over a visiting Whitstable Natives A. Barry Cook, Adam Goodall and Barrie Thomas for the Natives were powerless to stop the whitewash, but then surprised their hosts by responding with a fine 3-0 doubles win.

Herne Bay D could only field 2 players for their away match and suffered the consequences as their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 4, eased to an 8-1 victory. 2 wins each for Denis Cannon and Kell Davies, together with 1 for John Wickings, plus the 3 gifted points gave the Warriors their 8 points, but Paul Bee saved the whitewash for the visitors, with a fine win over John. However, the Warriors rounded off their successful evening with a convincing 3-0 doubles result.

Iron Room B were the victims of a dominant Faversham B, with Nicolas Waters (3), Callum McDonagh (3), and Mark Fox (2), ensuring that the Faversham team came away from the Iron Room with a convincing 8-1 under their belts. Michael Lee prevented the whitewash when he beat Mark, but the Iron Room then came back strongly to take a 3-0 doubles victory.

Division 2

Blean A set the pace in Division 2, as they romped to an overwhelming 9-0 win over their guests, Herne Bay F. Rob Easton, Tom Kwok and Crystal Taeng proved to be too strong for the Herne Bay team of Jim Burns, Graham Waters and Graeme Sopp, who fared no better in the doubles match as they suffered a 3-0 defeat.

Colin Relf, combined with father and son Shaun and James Reid for Chestfield Warriors 6, provided some stern opposition for their opponents Chestfield Warriors 7, in this club derby match. 2 wins each for Shaun and Colin just wasn’t quite enough to prevent Warriors 7 from pinching a 5-4 singles win. An undefeated Aaron Hollingsworth was the hero of the hour for Warriors 7, whose 3 wins were complimented by a win each for team-mates Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings for the victory. Warriors 7 then went on to compliment their singles result with a good 3-1 win in the doubles competition.

Division 3

Brothers Lewis and George Marsh, together with Rowan Brough, kick-started their Chestfield Warriors 12 campaign in Division 3 with a determined 9-0 win over their visitors, Herne Bay K. The Warriors youngsters gave no quarter as they overcame the experience of Barbara Ayling, Arnold Bearman and Josie Prowse to inflict the result, and their dominance continued into the doubles match, in which they eased to a 3-1 victory.

Blean C began their winter league fixtures with a good 7-2 result over their visitors, Herne Bay H. An undefeated Derek Whidett guided his team to the win, supported by 2 wins each for Laurie Newman and Alan Dilnot. Paul Messenger and Gerry Allan managed to win their final matches of the evening for Herne Bay’s 2 points, with the Bay team coming back to surprise Blean with a resilient 3-2 doubles triumph.

With only 2 players available, Faversham D were always on the back foot when they went to Chestfield Warriors 10. 2 wins for Tim Platt, a win each for Peter McCaig and Bernard Ebeck, plus the conceded 3 points, were enough to see off the Faversham challenge. Alan Culver earned 2 points for the visitors with wins over Bernard and Peter, and together with Mike Ayriss, Faversham battled hard to earn an excellent 3-1 doubles result.

Division 4

In the club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 16 and Chestfield Warriors 14, Warriors 14 proved to be just too strong for the home team of Kerry and Mark Holmes. Cruising to a 5-0 victory Tony Marsh and David Hunnisett both won all their matches, together with the match doubles, and then took a 3-0 win in the competition doubles.

A second club derby match saw a similar result for a visiting Chestfield Wariors 19 as they overwhelmed Beth Durkin, Ricky Kay Jnr., and James Relf, in the guise of Chestfield Warriors 15. An undefeated Adrian and Sam Mills were delighted with their win, especially when they added a 3-1 doubles result to their tally.

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