League Report Week 8 - 28/11/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 08 Dec '16 @ 11:24am

Premier Division

Prior to this match, Chestfield Warriors 1 were sitting bottom but one in the league, but they took to the road and paid a visit to 4th placed Faversham A, for what proved to be a very close encounter. Despite losing 5-4, those four points helped the Warriors climb to 6th in the league. Tina Stewart for Faversham, opened the proceedings with a fine win over Paul Waumsley, and Harry Law and Allen Crowe added 2 more apiece to give Faversham the match winning 5 points. Joe Britnall earned 2 of the Warriors points, beating Harry & Tina, with Ian Cooke and Paul also contributing a win each, after which the Faversham team went on to claim a 3-0 doubles victory.
An excellent, but hard earned 3-0 win by Matthew Emery over Ray Jordan saved lowly Heron B from being whitewashed by the travelling league leaders, Iron Room A. 3 wins by Phil Morford, plus 3 for Kevin Powell and 2 from Ray Jordan, confirmed the Iron Room’s superiority as they cruised to an 8-1 away win, and there was no consolation in the doubles for the Herons, as their guests inflicted a 3-0 triumph over their hosts.
2nd placed Hoath A kept up their title challenge when they went to Herne Bay B, and hit the home team with a clean sweep of wins for a 9-0 away result. The Herne Bay squad of Steve Dawson, Simon Lee and Jackie Fok found themselves completely overwhelmed when their guests, Barry Chapman, Simon Rudland and John Ferguson, all recorded unbeaten trebles for the win, and then compounded the Bay’s misfortunes by also beating them 3-0 in the doubles.

Division 1

Adam Dyer was the hero of the hour, unbeaten on the night with 3 wins as he led his table topping home team of Chestfield Warriors 3 to a 6-3 victory over a visiting Choughs A. Dirk Froebrich also managed 2 excellent wins and was disappointed not to make it 3 when he lost a close game to the Choughs Roy Coles. Paul Davies added a further win for the Warriors tally of 6 points, as the visitors earned their 3 points through 2 wins for Roy Coles and a win for Steve Powell. The away team put up some stern resistance in the doubles before just losing out, 3-2 in the 5th leg.
It was a frustrating night for Chestfield Warriors 4 who suffered a 4-5 home defeat at the hands of 2nd placed Herne Bay C. The Warriors were leading 4-3 after seven singles, but an unbeaten Bob Edwards levelled the match for Herne Bay with his 3rd win of the evening, and Mick Micklethwaite sealed the result for the Bays, winning the final game of singles, not before Steve Furber also managed a win for Herne Bay. Roger Jordan and Denis Cannon earned 2 points each for the losing Warriors, who then just edged a tense 3-2 compensatory result in the doubles.

Division 2

League leaders, Blean A continued their dominance of division 2 with an emphatic 8-1 home win over Choughs C. Andrey Kovalenco got the Choughs side off to a good start, winning the first game of the evening, but that was their only success, as Blean came back strongly through Tom Kwok and Paul Simmonds for Blean, who both recorded 3 wins, with Rob Easton adding 2 more for Blean’s 8 points. The doubles match continued in the same vein as Blean eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory.
As they had only 2 players available, 3 conceded points possibly cost Chestfield Warriors 6 a more favourable result against Blean B who left the Warriors venue with a 5-4 away win in their pocket. Shaun Reid, for Warriors 6, prevailed upon the services of Linda Wickings from Warriors 7 as his second player and both won 2 games for the Warriors 4 points. However, Kevin West, for Blean, won both his games against Linda and Shaun to add a further 2 wins to the 3 gifted points, for the result. Despite losing the singles, Warriors 6 showed their true mettle to take a satisfying 3-1 win in the doubles match.
With a convincing 8-1 win over Chestfield Warriors 7, the home team of Herne Bay F pushed themselves into 3rd place in the league, to remain just 2 points behind fellow club-mates, Herne Bay E. The Warriors were in danger of a whitewash before the final singles game of the night, in which Aaron Hollingsworth just managed to tip a close 3-2 win over Graham Waters in the visitors favour. Herne Bay, however, had an in-form Graeme Sopp and Jim Burns on hand to record 3 wins each, with Graham adding 2 more for the Bay’s 8 points. Unfazed by the singles result, Warriors set about the doubles match in a determined fashion, and were pleased to surprise their hosts with a 3-0 doubles win.
With the knowledge of the league leader’s win earlier in the week, 2nd placed Herne Bay E went to Chestfield Warriors 5 hoping at least, to echo Blean A’s result. This they achieved thanks to a clean treble by Steve Richardson, supported by 3 wins for Giulio Guariglia and 2 for Frank Carlucci. Bob Young saved the Warriors from a whitewash with an excellent 3-2 win over Frank, but the 8-1 score-line in favour of the Bays conceals how hard fought this match was. 37 singles legs out of a possible 45 were played, with 10 legs going over and above the limit of 20 points normally needed to win a leg, and four games going to 5 legs. John Metcalfe was disappointed after going 2-0 up against Giulio, only to lose 3-2 and Simon Howe just lost out in a 5 leg thriller against Frank. To emphasize just how close the match was, after a long evening of table tennis, the Warriors gleaned some satisfaction with a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 3

Herne Bay K, still looking for their first win of the season, welcomed 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 8 to their venue but failed to achieve their objective as the Warriors registered a pleasing 6-3 away win. Caroline Hanson, Bill Hackney and Dave Hanson all managed 2 wins each for the Warriors, but none could overcome a dominant Charles Harman who, with a clean treble, resisted the opposition to earn three points for the home team. A close 5 leg doubles match followed the singles, with the Warriors just edging a 3-2 win.
Needing a 3rd player to complete their team, Chestfield Warriors 9 borrowed Lewis Marsh from Warriors 12 for their home tie against Blean C. Lewis’s contribution of 3 wins proved to be invaluable, as Sebastian Keeble won 2 of his games to just tip a 5-4 win in favour of the Warriors. 2 wins by Derek Whiddett, and a win each for Peter Cole and Alan Dilnot ensured 4 points for the visitors, who then swung the doubles in their favour with a rewarding 3-0 triumph.
Another team with a vacant spot to fill was Chestfield Warriors 11, and they invited George Marsh to be their 3rd player for their home match against Herne Bay H. His 3 clean wins, together with a win for Paul Anthony, gave the Warriors 4 points as they just lost out to their visitors. Paul Messenger and Gerry Allan both had 2 wins for Herne Bay, and a win by Robert Nutter provided the Bay team with the all important 5th point. After their narrow singles victory, Herne Bay were able to relax and imposed a 3-0 doubles win over their hosts.
Chestfield Warriors 10 continued their climb up the table, moving into 4th place with a fine 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Herne Bay I. Bernard Ebeck (3), Peter McCaig (3) and Tim Platt (3) proved to be too strong for the Bay team of Colin Chaston, Dave Goddard and Les Taylor, although Colin did offer a modicum of resistance for the visitors, taking two of his games against Bernard and Tim to 5 legs and just losing out in both. However, the final doubles match proved to be a comfortable 3-0 victory for the winning Warriors.
George and Lewis Marsh were back in action for the second time this week, representing their regular team of Chestfield Warriors 12 against Herne Bay J. Together with Rowan Brough, they submitted their opponents to a 9-0 whitewash and in doing so, increased their lead at the top of the division to 15 points. Mick Barwick for Herne Bay came close to spoiling Lewis’s 100% record, just losing in the last leg of a long 5 leg game, and James Ball also just lost in 5 to Rowan. A hotly contested 5 leg doubles match followed, in which 3 of the 5 legs went over and above deuce, and 122 points were played for before Warriors 12 emerged as 3-2 winners.

Division 4

Chestfield Warriors 13 and Chestfield Warriors 15 faced each other in this division 4 derby match..Jan Aldridge and Mary Watson for Warriors 13 both managed to win a game each against Beth Dunkin to earn their team 2 points, but no-one could overcome Warriors 15’s Ricky Kay Jnr. His 2 points, plus a 3-1 match doubles win gave Warriors 15 a pleasing 3-2 away win. Un-deterred by their singles defeat, Warriors 13 came back strongly with an excellent 3-1 win in the competition doubles.

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