League Report Week 2 - 03/10/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 13 Oct '16 @ 10:17am

Premier Division

With an 8-1 win over their guests, Iron Room A continued the defence of their premier title when they welcomed Herne Bay A to their table.. However, the score-line belies the intensity of the resistance offered by the Herne Bay team. Iron Room’s Russell Bates and Martin Hewitt both had 3 wins and Keith Yarnley added 2 more. Peter Roberts rescued a point for Herne Bay with a hard fought win over Keith, and the Bay’s Ron Rowley was unlucky to lose 3-2 in a close match against Martin. With the singles win in their pocket, Iron Room went on to add a 3-0 doubles victory to their evening’s work.

Herne Bay B encountered an invincible John Glass when they travelled to Heron A for this premier league clash. His 3 clean wins, plus 2 for David Emery and 1 by Dianne Pearce earned the Herons a gratifying 6-3 win over the visitors. Jackie Fok had 2 excellent results against Dianne and David, with Simon Lee adding a 3rd for Herne Bay’s 3 points. However, the Herons proved to be too strong in the doubles match as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 triumph.

Hoath A ruthlessly destroyed the opposition of the home team, Hoath C, in this club derby match. Clive Hollingsbee, Mike Howard and Ben Greenwood for Hoath C battled hard, but David Jeavons, John Ferguson and Mike Chapman, all with 3 wins each for Hoath A, powered their way to a 9-0 victory, keeping themselves just 3 points behind the league leaders. In the closing doubles match, the singles winners continued their dominance, winning this part of the contest 3-0.

Division 1

The intrepid Bob Edwards for Herne Bay C maintained his 100% record from the previous season with 3 wins on their visit to Faversham B. Unfortunately his team-mates, Steve Furber and Stan Truckell failed to add to his contribution, as Callum McDonagh, Nicolas Waters and Mark Fox all won 2 apiece to give Faversham a satisfying 6-3 win. The visitor’s misfortunes then continued into the doubles match as Faversham eased to a 3-0 success.

2 wins for Brian Kennett and 1 by Peter Coles were all Iron Room C were able to muster when they hosted their match against Chestfield Warriors 4. Kell Davies was on song for the Warriors, winning his 3 games, and, supported by 2 by Denis Cannon and 1 from John Wickings, the visitors took a 6-3 winning result. However the home side pushed hard to glean something in the closing doubles match, but fell at the last hurdle as the Warriors edged a 3-2 away win.

After being on the receiving end of a 9-0 whitewash in the previous week, Whitstable Natives A were delighted to inflict a 6-3 home win over newcomers to division 1, Choughs B. Adam Goodall, Barrie Thomas and Nick Fairweather all contributed 2 wins, but no-one could overcome the Choughs’ Russell Swain, whose 3 wins earned 3 points for the away side. Putting their singles disappointment aside, Choughs fought hard to get something from the match and were rewarded with a tight 3-2 doubles victory.

Division 2

Al Parkes was in excellent form with 3 wins for Herne Bay G when they went to Chestfield Warriors 7. A further 2 wins for Simon Chambers, plus 1 by Danny Reardon was enough to give the Herne Bay squad a pleasing 6-3 victory over the Warriors, for whom, Aaron Hollingsworth managed 2 wins, with a 3rd coming from Jill Weaver for their 3 points, but it was too little, too late. However the Warriors exacted some revenge in the form of a 3-0 triumph in the doubles.

The in-form team of division 2, Blean A, clinically demolished the opposition provided by their club-mates, Blean B¸ surging to a comfortable 8-1 win, courtesy of 3 clean wins by Tom Kwok, ably supported by 3 from Rob Easton and 2 by Paul Simmonds. Kevin West for Blean B saved the whitewash, with a close victory over Paul, but, after losing the 1st leg in the doubles, Blean A struck back, winning the next 3, to add the doubles match to their singles win.

Conceding 3 points as they only had 2 players available, did not deter Whitstable Natives B from imposing a 6-3 win over their visiting opponents, Chestfield Warriors 6, who had to call upon the help of young Lewis Marsh from division 3 to make up their team. However, the greater experience of Tony Causer and Barry Cook came to the fore, as the two Natives both won their 3 games, overcoming some stern resistance from James and Shaun Reid, and Lewis, as several legs went over and above the required 11 points. The doubles match continued in the same vein, as Natives B ended the contest with a 3-0 win.

Herne Bay F who suffered a whitewash in their previous match, came back strongly this week, to impose a 6-3 win over their travelling opponents, Chestfield Warriors 5. This was a hard fought contest, but the Bay team had an unbeaten Jim Burns to thank as, with his 3 wins, he guided his team to victory. Graham Waters contributed 2 more, and Graeme Sopp added their 6th point. With a win each from Simon Howe, John Metcalfe and Bob Young, the Warriors earned themselves 3 points, and then recovered to take revenge in the final doubles match of the evening, which they won 3-1.

Division 3

With both teams 1 player short, Faversham D and Blean C were both conceding points before the start of this match. Colin Floodgate for Faversham managed a win over Peter Cole for their 4th point, but a win by Peter and 2 for Derek Whiddett gave the visiting Blean a 5-4 victory, with Blean adding a 3-0 doubles victory to their tally.

The club derby match between Herne Bay H and Herne Bay J resulted in a comfortable 7-2 win for Bay H. Paul Messenger and Gerry Allen were both undefeated on the night, with Robert Nutter adding a 7th point. The venerable Mick Barwick managed a fine win over Robert, as did Chris Near, earning the away side their 2 points. Herne Bay H were disappointed when they failed to consolidate their singles victory, falling to a 3-1 defeat in the doubles.

Newcomer to the league, Stuart Murray-Williams, with 3 clean wins, led Chestfield Warriors 11 to an excellent 6-3 away win on their visit to Herne Bay I. Paul Anthony, also undefeated in the match, brought the Warriors total to 6 points, but Colin Chaston, Les Taylor and Dave Goddard all managed to defeat Mark Dixon to give the Bay team 3 points. Warriors then carried their singles success into the doubles with a good 3-0 triumph.

In yet another club derby match, the home team of Chestfield Warriors 8 were taken to the wire, just edging a 5-4 win over Chestfield Warriors 10. 3 wins for Dave Hanson and a win each for Caroline Hanson and Russell Willis ensured the narrow victory after facing strong challenges from Peter McCaig (2), Tim Platt (1) and Bernard Ebeck (1), with a 3-1 doubles result also going in favour of Warriors 8.

In two late results from the previous week, an all-round team effort from premier division Herne Bay B helped them gain a 6-3 result over their guests, Heron B. Bob Edwards, playing up from division 1 had 2 pleasing wins, together with 2 each from Vince Corbin and Simon Lee. Peter Chapman, Mick Eames and Arthur Martin had a win apiece for the Herons, who then took a 3-2 doubles win.
In Division 2, Nick Wibberly, Mark Thomas and Colin Blythe for Faversham C all managed 2 wins each against Whitstable Natives B for a pleasing 6-3 result. Tony Causer provided the stumbling block, winning all his 3 games for the Natives, who reversed their fortunes by winning a very tough doubles match 3-2

In order to compile a comprehensive report for the local newspapers, and to be included on the website forum, team captains are reminded to submit their results cards to Linda Wickings, or enter them on the website, on or before Friday of that week. There is a mid-day deadline on Mondays for the Whitstable Times and a mid-day deadline on Tuesdays for the Whitstable Gazette which doesn’t leave too much time to get the report done.

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