League Report Week 5 - 31/10/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 10 Nov '16 @ 12:07pm

Premier Division

An 8-1 home win for Hoath A over lowly Heron B helped them to climb into 2nd place, above club-mates Hoath B who were without a game this week. Barry Chapman and Ian Mileham both won all their matches, and Andy Roberts won 2 more for Hoath’s 8 points. John Glass earned the Herons’ solitary point with a good result over Andy, and was unlucky to lose out to Barry in a close 5 leg game, as was Mick Eames, who just lost to Andy in another 5 leg match. The doubles match went the same way as the singles when Hoath eased to a 3-1 victory.
League leaders Iron Room A went to Hoath C, cementing their league position by picking up a convincing 7-2 win thanks to a treble by Kevin Powell and 2 wins apiece for Phil Morford and Martin Hewitt. For the losing Hoath side, Chris Hearn had a fine win over Martin and Mike Howard just edged a 3-2 win over Phil for Hoath’s 2 points, but Iron Room emphasized their superiority in the doubles with a good 3-1 victory.
A mid-table clash between Faversham A and a visiting Herne Bay B saw the 2 teams swap places in the league, as the home side inflicted a 7-2 win over their guests. Harry Law was the thorn in the Bay’s side, his 3 wins were well supported by 2 from Richard Fever and 2 by Mark Keefe. Herne Bay’s 2 consolation points were earned by Vince Corbin with an excellent win over Mark, and then just edging out Richard in a close 5 leg contest. With the Bay team trying hard to get something out of the match, they were disappointed when the 3-2 doubles result went in favour of the home team, despite the Bay’s winning the first 2 legs.

Division 1

Herne Bay C were sitting just 1 point above their visitors, Whitstable Natives A prior to this match, but a 6-3 away win saw the Natives climb two places above their hosts in this mid-table contest. Herne Bay’s Bob Edwards (2) saw his long standing 100% record brought to an end by Barrie Thomas who managed 3 excellent wins for the Natives, with Adam Goodall contributing 2 more and Nick Fairweather (1) adding their 6th point. Steve Furber contributed a 3rd point for the Bay side before they succumbed to a close 3-2 defeat in the doubles.
Despite losing 5-4 on their visit to 2nd placed Iron Room B, the division 1 leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 still sit at the top of the league, clear by 5 points. In a close match which could have gone either way, and with the score at 4-4 after 8 games, Steve Bispham (2), won the match for the Iron Room in the final game, narrowly beating Ian Blogg 3-2 to give his team the victory. A further 2 wins by Kevin Beasley and 1 from Michelle Kingsland gave them a winning 5 point total. For the Warriors, Dirk Froebrich was dominant on the night, his 3 wins, plus a win for Adam Dyer earned them a welcome 4 points, but a 3-2 win for the Iron Room in the doubles, rewarded their evening’s efforts.
Ricky Kay and Paul Whittaker both had 3 wins each to give Chestfield Warriors 2 a 6-3 triumph over their guests, Iron Room C. Paul’s 100% record in this division was seriously threatened by the Iron Room’s Brian Kennett in a 5 leg thriller, with Brian just missing out in the 5th. Ricky Kay was taken to the limit by Brian in another 5 leg match, with the result just going in Ricky’s favour. The Warriors Malcom Peaks was also involved in two 5 leg matches against Jeff Jordan (1) and Peter Coles (1), both of which just went against him, and the visitor’s 3rd point was won by Brian Kennett who beat Malcom 3-0. Encouraged by their singles success, the determined Warriors went on to add a 3-1 doubles victory to round off the match.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 7 travelled to Blean B and were rewarded with a comfortable 7-2 away win, courtesy of a clean treble by Aaron Hollingsworth, with team-mates Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver both adding 2 wins each to his 3. Kevin West had 2 superb results against Linda and Jill to earn 2 points for Blean, but that was the extent of their opposition. Disappointed but undeterred, Blean recovered to surprise their guests with a fine 3-1 win in the closing doubles match.
In order to field a full team, Chestfield Warriors 6 invited Linda Wickings from Warriors 7 to play her second game of the week against the visiting league leaders, Blean A. Linda justified her call-up, contributing 2 fine wins, with team-mate Barry Shirley adding a 3rd. However, a good all-round team performance by the Warriors guests saw Paul Simmonds, Laurie Newman and Rob Easton all manage 2 wins each to earn Blean an excellent 6-3 away win, after which, Blean then just edged a pleasing 3-2 win in the doubles.

Division 3

2nd from bottom Chestfield Warriors 9 were a player short for their club derby match against Chestfield Warriors 12, who currently top division 3. Paul Matthews and Sebastian Keeble for Warriors 9 were unable to stop their guests from running away with this match as Lewis and George Marsh together with Rowan Brough for Warriors 12 won all their games, and together with the 3 conceded points cruised to a comfortable 9-0 away win. Moving into the doubles, Warriors 12 again proved to be too strong with a 3-0 win over the home side.
Determined to stay in contention for league honours, Faversham D travelled to Herne Bay I looking for a big win, which they achieved courtesy of trebles by Colin Floodgate and Harry Hutchinson, plus a double by Allan Culver, giving the visitors a satisfying 8-1 away win. Dave Goddard saved a Bay whitewash after a long, drawn out battle against Allan which resulted in a 3-2 win for Dave. The game of the evening saw the Bay’s Colin Chaston just lose a 5 leg thriller to Faversham’s Colin Floodgate. 2-1 down after 3 legs, Colin Chaston won the 4th game 14-12 before just losing the 5th 15-17, after which, Faversham eased to a comfortable 3-0 win in the doubles.
An undefeated Chris Near led Herne Bay J to a 6-3 win over their club rivals Herne Bay K, who currently sit at the bottom of the league, still searching for their first win of the season. William Fu added 2 more with Mick Barwick, belying his years, just losing two long 5 leg games before adding a win over Arnold Bearman to Bay J’s winning total. Herne Bay K were thankful for Josie Prowse who won 2 of her three games, all of which went to 5 legs, with Barbara Ayling adding a 3rd point with a win against Mick. With the singles triumph in their pocket, Herne Bay J set about winning a comfortable 3-0 doubles match.

Division 4

The Chestfield Warriors 13 team of Jan Aldridge and Vivienne Woodward eased to a 5-0 win over fellow club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 16, but not before Kerry Holmes almost saved a Warriors 16 whitewash in a long 5 leg game against Vivienne, which Kerry just lost 3-2. With Warriors 13 winning all their singles games, and the match doubles, they then added a 3-0 competition doubles to their score line.
Ricky Kay Jnr. kickstarted Chestfield Warriors 16’s home match against league leaders Herne Bay L with an excellent win over Linda Sopp, incidentally, the first game the Herne Bay side have dropped this season. However that was the only Warriors success, as the Bay team came back to win the next three singles, thanks to 2 wins by Val Ranken and an additional win by Linda. The Bay’s also won the match doubles for a 4-1 away victory, followed by a 3-0 competition doubles win.

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