League Report Week 4 - 24/10/2016

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John Metcalfe
Fri 04 Nov '16 @ 10:09am

Premier Division

A good 6-3 home win for the premier division’s Iron Room A over Hoath A kept them in top spot in their quest to emulate their league winning success from the previous season. Ray Jordan, Martin Hewitt and Phil Saxby all had 2 wins each for their 6 points, but no-one could overcome Hoath’s Phil Thomas who maintained his 100% league record with 3 excellent wins for the visitors. However, Hoath were pleased to reverse their singles defeat, taking a hard fought 3-1 win in the doubles.
Heron A suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of their determined guests, 3rd placed Herne Bay A, who, needing a good win to keep in touch with the leaders, inflicted an 8-1 win over their hosts. Dianne Pearce was the Herons’ shining light, saving a whitewash with a fighting 3-2 win over Keith Clark, then losing to Andy Cannon in another close 5 leg encounter. Peter Roberts led the way for the Herne Bay team with 3 clean wins, backed up by a further 3 wins by Andy Cannon and 2 from Keith Clark, with the doubles result going in Heron’s favour.
A long night’s table tennis ensued when Heron B welcomed Chestfield Warriors 1 to their table, with 5 games going to 5 legs, and 3 games going to 4. Matthew Emery and Arthur Martin managed to win 2 games each for the Herons, but Joe Britnall proved to be the Warriors hero, winning all his games. His 3 points, plus a win each for Paul Waumsley and Ian Cooke, gave the Warriors a narrow 5-4 victory, to which they then added a 3-0 doubles result in a closely fought match.
Herne Bay B fell foul of 2nd placed Hoath B, who, determined to keep the league leaders within reach, inflicted an 8-1 away win over their hosts, reducing the gap at the top to 8 points, with a game in hand. Vince Corbin saved the Bay team from a whitewash, beating Hoath’s Mike Chapman 3-2 in a long drawn out struggle. Simon Hillier and David Jeavons both had 3 clean wins for the visitors, and together with Mike’s 2 wins, earned themselves a valuable 8 points, to which they added a convincing 3-0 doubles result.

Division 1

Chestfield Warriors 3 took over the division 1 top spot in this club derby match, with a convincing 8-1 win over 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 4. Paul Davies and Adam Dyer both won all their games, with Dirk Froebrich adding 2 more to earn Warriors 3 their 8 points. Denis Cannon managed a single win over Dirk to save the whitewash, but his team-mates, John Wickings and Roger Jordan, could do nothing to add to Denis’s win. Going into the doubles, the singles winners found themselves 2 legs down as their club-mates, Warriors 4 tried to extract something from this match, but then Warriors 3 fought back to add a 3-2 doubles win to their singles triumph.
A travelling Chestfield Warriors 2 went to Herne Bay D and collected a satisfying 6-3 away win from their hosts. The Bay squad had Keith Blackmore to thank for 2 points, and Paul Bee contributed a 3rd, but the Warriors Paul Whittaker maintained his 100% record with yet another clean treble, and, supported by 2 wins by Ricky Kay and 1 from Malcom Peaks, put the singles result beyond the reach of Herne Bay. The losing home team fared no better in the doubles as their guests cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win.
Another player to retain his 100% record was Bob Edwards for Herne Bay C when they visited Iron Room C. However, his 3 wins, plus 1 by Mick Micklethwaite was not enough to stop the home team from winning this contest 5-4. Peter Coles (1), Colin Sleap (2), and Geoff Jordan (2) had the singles sewn up for the Bays’ after 7 games, leading 5-2, with Bob and Mick winning the final 2 singles games bringing their total to 4 points, but not before Geoff took Bob to a tight 4 leg game, just losing out 3-1. Unfortunately for the Herne Bay squad there was no recompense in the doubles as the Iron Room fought out a close 3-0 win.
Whitstable Natives A suffered a home defeat at the hands of Iron Room B, whose all-round team performance earned them a pleasing 6-3 away win. Mike Holiday, unbeaten on the night, led the way with his 3 wins as Tracy Dealey added 2 more, with the Iron Room’s 6th point coming from Kevin Beasley. 2 wins for Adam Goodall and 1 by Nick Fairweather earned the Natives 3 home points, but the winning Iron Room proved to be too strong in a close doubles match which they won 3-0.

Division 2

Just 4 matches into the season, Blean A are proving to be the team to beat in division 2. A 9-0 whitewash over a visiting Faversham C helped Blean to open up a 15 point gap over their nearest rivals, as Blean’s Paul Simmonds and Crystal Tseng both had 3 clean wins, with Tom Kwok adding 3 more after dropping just 1 leg to Mark Thomas. With the singles matches behind them, the Faversham squad found no consolation in the doubles as Blean eased to a comfortable 3-1 win.
Graham Waters, Graeme Sopp and Jim Burns could only manage a win apiece for Herne Bay F as they crashed to a 6-3 home defeat by Chestfield Warriors 6. The Warriors’ Shaun Reid and Barry Shirley did the damage with 3 wins each, whilst Shaun’s son James was disappointed to be just edged out in two 5 leg thrillers against Graeme Sopp and Graham Waters, but the losing Bay team gleaned some consolation from the match with a 3-0 doubles win.
The Herne Bay E team of Steve Richardson, Giulio Guariglia and Pauline Howard, currently in 2nd place, travelled to 3rd placed Whitstable Natives B and earned themselves a credible 6-3 away win. 3 wins for Giulio ensured he maintained his 100% record, and in doing so, put an end to the Natives’ Tony Causer’s 100% record. Tony’s 2 wins, and 1 by Barrie Cook gave the home team 3 points, with Steve Richardson (2) and Pauline Howard (1) added a further 3 points to Herne Bay’s tally. In the doubles, a resilient Natives had to satisfy themselves with a compensatory 3-1 victory.
Simon Howe smashed his way to 3 fine wins as Chestfield Warriors 5 overcame a visiting Blean B, helping his team to a welcome 6-3 home win. John Metcalfe added 2 more wins to Simon’s efforts, and with a single win by Bob Young, the Warriors accrued a match winning 6 points. Kevin West had 2 fine results over John and Bob, with Derek Whiddett winning Blean’s 3rd point, but the Warriors proved to be just too strong in the doubles as they nipped a tough 3-1 triumph.

Division 3

With only 5 points separating the top 5 teams in division 3, Chestfield Warriors 11 knew they needed a good home result to maintain a league challenge. Club-mates Chestfield Warriors 9 were their opponents for this derby match, in which, Warriors 11 ran out 7-2 winners. Another player maintaining his 100% record, Stuart Murray-Williams proved to be unbeatable with 3 clean wins for the home team, well supported by 2 wins each for Paul Anthony and Mark Dixon. Warriors 9 had to ask George Marsh to play his 2nd game of the week in order to field a full squad and he contributed the only 2 wins for Warriors 9. Having secured their singles win, Warriors 11 eased to a 3-0 doubles result.
Brother George and Lewis Marsh, together with Rowan Brough are proving themselves a force to reckoned with in division 3, having moving up from division 4 last season. Now playing together as Chestfield Warriors 12, they systematically demolished greater experienced team of Herne Bay I with an 8-1 win, and now occupy top spot in the league. Lewis had 3 clean wins, with another 3 from George and 2 from Rowan. Mick Barwick was the Bay’s saviour with his win over Rowan, who took him to the limit in a 4 leg thriller before Mick emerged with a 3-1 win. After losing the 1st leg in the doubles, Warriors 12 came back strongly to append a 3-1 win to their singles success.
Chestfield Warriors 8 invited young Lewis Marsh to play his 2nd game of the week and he didn’t disappoint, his 3 clean wins helping to inflict a 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Herne Bay J. Dave Hanson also had 3 clean wins for the Warriors, and Caroline Hanson added 3 more points, just dropping a single leg against the Bay’s Chris Near, in winning her 3 games. The venerable Mick Barwick, playing his 2nd match of the week, and his team-mates William Fu and Chris Near could do nothing to stop the Warriors running away with the result, including a convincing 3-0 doubles win.

Division 4

Chestfield Warriors 19 cruised to a comfortable win over fellow club-mates Chestfield Warriors 17, winning this derby match 4-1. Adrian Millsted won both his singles games, with his brother Sam adding a 3rd, then the two combined together to win the match doubles for a 4-1 singles victory. Jackie Meese saved her team from a whitewash by beating Sam in a close encounter, before the winning Warriors eased to a 3-1 competition doubles triumph.
In order to claim the top spot in division 4, Herne Bay L knew they could not afford to drop a game against their visitors, Chestfield Warriors 16. Linda Sopp and Val Ranken won all their singles games and the match doubles for Herne Bay, thus achieving their target with a 5-0 win. Kerry Holmes for the Warriors, gave Val a close run game before losing out 3-1, but the Bay’s then claimed a 3-0 doubles result to complete their successful evening.

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