League Report Week 6 - 07/11/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 17 Nov '16 @ 8:25pm

Premier Division

As the league leaders, Iron Room A were without a game this week, 2nd placed Hoath A took the opportunity to reduce the gap at the top to 4 points, with a fine 7-2 away win against Heron A. With John Ferguson and Simon Rudland both winning 3 games each, and Andy Roberts winning 1, Hoath amassed the winning 7 points. The Herons’ 2 points were won when Dianne Pearce overcame Andy’s challenge, as did Matthew Emery, however the losing Heron team recovered from their singles loss to claim a 3-0 doubles result.
Heron B were 4 points and 2 places ahead of their visiting opponents, Hoath C prior to this match, but Clive Hollingsbee (3), Mike Howard (3) and Chris Hearn (2) for Hoath, established a superb 8-1 away win, which saw their team move 2 places and 3 points above their hosts in the league. Mick Eames saved the Herons from a whitewash after a hard fought, five leg win over Chris Hearn, with Hoath recording a 3-0 doubles win to complete their evening.
Jackie Fok offered the only glimmer of hope for Herne Bay B as they crashed to an 8-1 defeat against 3rd placed club-mates Herne Bay A in this derby match. After an excellent 3-1 win over Andy Cannon, he just lost narrowly in two 5 leg games to Ron Rowley and Peter Roberts as Bay A proved their strength. Peter (3) and Ron (3) were undefeated on the night and with 2 more wins by Andy Cannon, Herne Bay A cruised to a satisfying 8-1 away win. A 3-0 doubles result for Herne Bay B was small consolation for their singles loss.

Division 1

After the disappointment of losing his 100% record last week, Bob Edwards came back strongly to win all his matches for Herne Bay C as they travelled to league leaders Chestfield Warriors 3. His team-mates were unable to contribute any further points as an all-round team performance by Dirk Froebrich (2), Adam Dyer (2) and Ian Blogg (2), gave the Warriors a 6-3 home win, opening up an 11 point gap over their nearest rivals. The misfortunes of the Bay squad continued into the doubles as the Warriors eased to a 3-0 win.
Reduced to 2 players, Herne Bay D suffered a 6-3 home defeat at the hands of their guests, Faversham B. With a 3rd player, a different outcome to this match may have been envisaged, as 2 wins for Keith Blackmore and 1 by Paul Bee earned Herne Bay their 3 points, but 2 wins for Faversham’s Nicolas Waters and 1 by Callum McDonagh, combined with the 3 conceded points, was enough to give Faversham the victory. Going into the final match of the evening, Herne Bay proved their resilience, coming back with a satisfying 3-0 doubles triumph.
Sitting in 2nd place in the league, Chestfield Warriors 2 were sorely tested on their visit to mid-table Whitstable Natives A. Paul Whittaker maintained his 100% record, as with his 3 wins, plus 2 by Ricky Kay, the Warriors recorded a close 5-4 away win. For the Natives, Adam Goodall fought out a long 5 leg game against Ricky, winning 3-2, and was hard pushed again to win his second game 3-1 against Malcom Peaks. Further wins by Barry Cook (1) and Barrie Thomas (1) earned the Natives their 4 points. The intensity of this match continued into the doubles as the home team took a 2-0 lead, before the Warriors battled back to win the next 3, giving themselves a well earned 3-2 doubles result.

Division 2

A determined Blean A took no prisoners as they surged to a convincing 9-0 victory over a travelling Herne Bay G, and opened up a 20 point gap at the top of division 2. Paul Simmonds, Crystal Tseng and Rob Easton won all their games, proving themselves too strong for their visitors, but Paul was twice taken to 5 legs by Danny Reardon and Simon Chambers for the Bay team. The confident Blean squad were surprised when a delighted Herne Bay managed to hit back and win the doubles match 3-1.
Anticipating a tough match, Chestfield Warriors 5 were more than satisfied when they inflicted a 7-2 home win over club-mates Chestfield Warriors 6. The visiting Warriors 6 got their evening off to a good start as Barry Shirley eased to a 3-0 win in the opening game, but the Warriors 5 team won the next 7 games before their opponents won the last game of the singles. Simon Howe smashed his way to a treble, and another treble by John Metcalfe gave Warriors 5 six points, with Bob Young adding a 7th. Shaun Reid for Warriors 6, was unfortunate to lose out in two close 5 leg matches, before winning the last singles game for their 2nd point. Going into the doubles, Warriors 5 had to come from behind twice, before winning the 5th leg for a 3-2 doubles victory.
Herne Bay F went into this derby match against 2nd placed Herne Bay E knowing that a good win could move them above their opponents in the league, but Bay E had a different agenda in mind, inflicting a fine 6-3 win over the home side to retain their league standing. 3 wins apiece for Giulio Guariglia and Steve Richardson ensured Bay E’s winning 6 points, as Graham Waters, Graeme Sopp and Jim Burns all had a win each for the losing team’s 3 points. Herne Bay F then struck back in the closing doubles match of the evening for a narrow 3-2 win.
A 7-2 away win for Chestfield Warriors 7 against Whitstable Natives B helped the Warriors move up into 4th in the league, just 1 place above the Natives. Aaron Hollingsworth continued his fine form for the Warriors with 3 wins, ably supported by 2 wins each for Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings. Tony Causer had 2 wins against Jill and Linda for the Natives’ 2 points, but the Warriors confirmed their dominance in this match as they eased to a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 3

Lewis Marsh from Chestfield Warriors 12 was called up to fill a vacant spot in Chestfield Warriors 9’s team when they were visited by a travelling Herne Bay I. His contribution of 3 wins, plus 2 from Sebastian Keeble and 1 from Paul gave Warriors 9 a welcome 6-3 home win, their 2nd win of the season. Colin Chaston was pleased to win 2 for Herne Bay, with team-mate Dave Goddard adding a 3rd. In the doubles match, Warriors 9 capitalised on their singles result when they eased to a 3-0 doubles win.
Also from Chestfield Warriors 12, George Marsh played up for Chestfield Warriors 11 and, in winning all his matches, earned his team their only 3 points as they fell to a 6-3 home defeat by Blean C. Peter Cole, Laurie Newman and Derek Whiddett, all of whom were unable to overcome George, won their remaining games for Blean’s 6 points. 2-0 down in the doubles, Warriors 11 clawed their way back to level the game at 2-2 only to be disappointed when they lost the deciding 5th leg, enabling Blean to add the doubles to their singles win.
Back in action for a second time in the week, brothers George and Lewis Marsh, together with Rowan Brough, earned a pleasing 7-2 win for league leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12 in their club derby match against Chestfield Warriors 10. George managed 3 clean wins, Lewis added 3 more and Rowan 1 for the victory. Warriors 10 had Peter McCaig to thank for 1 point, and Tim Platt was grateful to win a 2nd point in a close 5 leg match against Rowan. A tough doubles match then ensued, in which, Warriors 12 added a 3-1 win to their singles success.
Chestfield Warriors 8 welcomed 2nd placed Faversham D to their table, but soon found themselves outplayed as their guests eased to a comfortable 7-2 win. A young Harry Hutchinson led the way for Faversham with a treble, supported by 3 wins from Colin Floodgate and a single win for Alan Culver. Bill Hackney for the Warriors just nipped a 3-2 win against Alan, losing the first 2 legs and then fought back to win the next 3. Team-mate Dave Hanson added the 2nd point to the Warriors total, with his win over Alan. Contradicting the singles result, The Warriors then took a very satisfying 3-2 doubles win in a tight 5 leg match.

Division 4

Division 4 league leaders, Herne Bay L, were without a game this week, so 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 14 seized the chance to reduce the gap at the top to 6 points with a 4-1 derby match win over Chestfield Warriors 15. Tony Marsh was undefeated for Warriors 14; his 2 wins, plus a win from David Hunniset, and a 3-1 match doubles win gave them the victory. Not for the first time this season, Ricky Kay Jnr., saved his team from a whitewash when he beat David, but Warriors 14 duplicated their match doubles result in the competition doubles, for another 3-1 win.
Herne Bay M finally kick-started their season with a fine 4-1 home win over Chestfield Warriors 15, who were playing their 2nd match of the week. With 2 wins, Brendon Miles was undefeated on the night, and Pat Hughes-Jones added a 3rd, after which, they added a 3-0 match doubles win. Once again, Warriors 15 had Ricky Kay Jnr. on hand to save the whitewash with a 3-0 win over Pat. Warriors then took the Bays to the limit before just losing 3-2 in the competition doubles game.
After their win on the previous evening, Herne Bay M played a catch-up match against Chestfield Warriors 13 and a 3-2 singles win helped them to move up to 4th place in the league. The family pairing of Brendan and Paul Miles saw Paul win both his games for 2 points and Brendan added a 3rd. Jan Aldridge gave the Warriors a point when she beat Brendan in a very tight 3-2 win, in which 3 of the 5 legs went over the 11 points normally required to win, with one leg going to 19-17 in Brendan’s favour. Jan then joined forces with team-mate Vivienne Woodward to just edge another 5 leg win in the match doubles for the Warriors 2nd point. The competition doubles was a different matter however, as, despite dropping a leg, Herne Bay M eased to a 3-1 win.

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