League Report Week 12 - 14/11/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 24 Nov '16 @ 4:28pm

Premier Division

Visitors and league leaders Iron Room A were given probably their toughest match of the season so far by their hosts, 4th placed Hoath B. A long night of table tennis developed as six of the nine singles games went to 5 legs, and two more went to 4. The 7-2 score-line in favour of the Iron Room belies how close this match was, with Ray Jordan (3), unbeaten on the night, backed up by 2 wins apiece for Russell Bates and Kevin Powell. For Hoath, Simon Hillier managed a win over Kevin and David Jeavons just edged a 3-2 win over Russell, securing 2 points for the home team, but the Iron Room added a comfortable 3-0 doubles win to round off their evening’s efforts.
Hoath C were the home team for their match against a resilient Heron A in another close contest, which Hoath just edged with a 5-4 win. Mike Howard for Hoath, was unbeaten on the night and Clive Hollingsbee added 2 more for their 5 points. 2 wins for John Glass plus a win each for Dianne Pearce and Roger Pingram earned the Heron team a welcome 4 points and moved them up one place in the league. After going 2-0 down in the doubles match, Heron battled back to win the next 3 legs for a rewarding 3-2 doubles result.
Chestfield Warriors 1 climbed off the foot of the premier league table when they inflicted a healthy 6-3 win over their mid-table opponents, Herne Bay B. Ian Cooke led the way for the Warriors, winning all his games, with Paul Waumsley adding 2 more, and Joe Peaks earning their 6th point. Herne Bay responded through Vince Corbin winning 2 and Simon Lee winning 1, but the victorious Warriors were unable to prevent the Bay’s taking a hard fought, but well earned 3-0 doubles victory.

Division 1

Lowly Choughs B faced the daunting task of travelling to 2nd placed Herne Bay C, and fell to a crushing 8-1 defeat. A clean treble by Bob Edwards, plus 3 wins for Mick Micklethwaite and 2 for Stan Truckell did the damage with Jenny Swain managing an excellent 3-2 win over Stan to save a Choughs whitewash. The losing side fared no better in the doubles as the Bay side eased to a comfortable 3-0 win.
Division 1 leaders, Chestfield Warriors 3 were sorely tested by their club-mates Chestfield Warriors 2 who were the home side for this tense derby match, in which, Warriors 3 just edged a 5-4 win. Paul Whittaker for Warriors 2 maintained his 100% record with 3 clean wins, and Ricky Kay added their 4th point in the final singles game of the evening. 2 wins each for Adam Dyer and Dirk Froebrich, plus a win for Paul Davies gave Warriors 3 the required match winning 5 points. However, Warriors 2 found compensation for their singles loss with an excellent 3-1 doubles result.
With an 8-1 win over a visiting Iron Room C, Faversham B pushed themselves up into 3rd position in the league, just 1 point behind 2nd placed Herne Bay C. Tina Stewart (3) and Callum McDonagh (3) proved to be unbeatable on the night, and team-mate Nicolas Waters added 2 more. The Iron Room squad were grateful to Colin Sleap when he saved the whitewash after beating Nicolas in a 5 leg thriller, but that was their only success of the night as Faversham just nipped a 3-2 win in the doubles.

Division 2

Division 2’s Chestfield Warriors 5 continued their steady climb up the table, moving up 4 places into 5th spot with a satisfying 6-3 away win over their hosts, Herne Bay G. An unbeaten John Metcalfe (3) led the Warriors to their victory, supported by 2 wins for Simon Howe and 1 by Bob Young for their 6 points. Danny Reardon had 2 excellent 5 leg wins for the Bay team, overcoming the hard hitting Simon and then coming from 2-0 down to beat Bob Young 3-2, with Simon Chambers earning their 3rd point. With the score-line belying the closeness of this match, Herne Bay put their singles disappointment behind them for a tight 3-2 doubles win.
Visitors Choughs C surprised their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 7 by winning the first 4 singles games before the Warriors staged a superb comeback to win the next 5 and register a 5-4 home win. The Choughs points came through 2 wins by Andrey Kovalenko, and a win each for Joe Chan and Richard Partridge. Aaron Hollingsworth started the Warriors revival, winning his next 2 games, supported by 2 for Linda Wickings and 1 by Jill Weaver. The Choughs team failed to recover from their singles defeat and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat in the doubles.

Division 3

Sitting in 4th place in division 3, the home team, Blean C, fell foul of the determined league leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12 who won this contest 9-0. Despite the match score, Blean pushed their visitors all the way and were unfortunate to lose some very tough games. Brothers Lewis and George Marsh, together with Rowan Brough won all their games for the Warriors, but Blean’s Peter Cole just lost out in three 5 leg thrillers. To emphasize how close this match was, Blean responded by edging a long, close doubles result 3-1.
Herne Bay I hosted their match against Chestfield Warriors 8 but failed to make home advantage count as the Warriors surged to a 9-0 away win and moved up to 2nd place in the league. Dave Hanson, Bill Hackney and Caroline Hanson all had 3 wins each for the Warriors, extinguishing all resistance offered by the Bay team, who fared no better in the doubles as their opponents eased to a 3-0 win.
Mick Barwick, James Ball and Chris Near, in the guise of Herne Bay J welcomed Chestfield Warriors 11 to their venue in this mid-table clash. The Bay team were pleased to emerge as 5-4 winners thanks to 2 wins by the ageless Mick Barwick, 2 by James and 1 for Chris Near. Stuart Murray-Williams earned 3 points for the Warriors with an unbeaten treble, and their 4th point came from a win for Paul Anthony. Determined to take something away from the match, the Warriors consoled themselves with a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 4

Unbeaten in division 4 so far this season, league leaders Herne Bay L continued their winning ways with a fine 4-1 away win over 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 19. 2 clean wins by Linda Sopp and 1 by Val Ranken, plus a match doubles win saw the Herne Bay team extend their lead at the top to 7 points. Adrian Millsted saved the Warriors from a whitewash with a good win over Val, with the Warriors claiming a 3-0 result in the competition doubles match.
The 100% record of Chestfield Warriors 14 was seriously threatened when they were the guests of Chestfield Warriors 18 in this club derby match. Jackie Meese won both her games to earn Warriors 18 their 2 points, but a win each for Tony Marsh and David Hunnisett plus a match doubles win, was just enough to give the relieved Warriors 14 a pleasing 3-2 away win, after which, they went on to ease to a 3-0 competition doubles victory.
In another derby match, an unbeaten Ricky Kay Jnr. (2) led Chestfield Warriors 15 to a 3-2 home win over Chestfield Warriors 16, with Warriors 15 needing a 3-0 match doubles win to secure the match winning 3rd point. Kerry and Mark Holmes both won a game each for their team’s 2 points but Warriors 16 found themselves overwhelmed in the competition doubles as the home team cruised to a 3-0 win.

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