League Report Week 9 - 05/12/2016

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John Metcalfe
Fri 16 Dec '16 @ 9:23am

Premier Division

Iron Room A increased their lead at the top of the table to 16 points, and boosted their hopes of the premier league title, with a 9-0 whitewash of lowly Heron A. The home team’s emphatic win was due to unbeaten performances by Russell Bates, Martin Hewitt, and Ray Jordan, with Heron’s Arthur Martin, Peter Chapman and John Glass unable to find a response to their host’s dominance. A 3-1 doubles win in favour of the triumphant Iron Room also puts them top of the doubles league competition, with 7 points out of a possible 8.
If 2nd placed Hoath A were entertaining any hope of the league title, they were dealt a severe blow by their visitors, Faversham A who came away from this match with a very satisfying 6-3 win in their pocket. Hoath’s John Ferguson, Ian Mileham and Simon Rudland all managed a win each for their 3 points, beating Matthew Hudson, but the in-form Harry Law, together with Joshua Nashed for Faversham, were invincible on the night, earning their team the match-winning 6 points. However, a reversal of fortunes in the doubles saw Hoath edge a tight 3-2 doubles result.
Hoath B made home advantage count with a 7-2 win over a visiting Heron B, thanks to trebles by Simon Hillier and David Jeavons, with Mike Chapman earning their 7th point with a hard fought win over Peter Chapman. The 7 point win helped Hoath move into 3rd place in the league, equal on points with Faversham A. Arthur Martin, for the Heron team, managed an excellent win over Mike, as did John Glass, but that was where their resistance ended as the home team eased to a 3-0 win in the closing doubles match.
In no mood to take prisoners, Hoath C surged to a 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Herne Bay B. Three wins apiece for Chris Hearn, Ben Greenwood and Mike Howard did the damage, but not before Herne Bay’s Jackie Fok just lost a 5 leg game against Mike, and Simon Lee was narrowly edged out by Ben in a 5 leg thriller. Hoath’s confidence, after their singles success, spilled over into the final doubles match of the evening as they eased to a 3-1 victory.
Chestfield Warriors 1 fell to a 6-3 home defeat at the hands of Herne Bay A, after an all-round team performance by Ron Rowley, Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon, who all won 2 games each to give the travelling Bay squad the satisfying win. Paul Waumsley, for the Warriors managed 2 excellent wins over Andy Cannon and Ron Rowley in long, drawn out games, and his team-mate Joe Britnall, just managed to steal a 5 leg win over Peter, to earn the home team’s 3rd point, after which, the Warriors claimed a 3-0 win in the doubles.

Division 1

2nd in division 1, Herne Bay C suffered a setback in their title chase, when they suffered a 5-4 home defeat by 4th placed Iron Room B. Once again, a Bob Edwards treble earned the Bay team 3 points, with Steve Furber contributing a 4th. For the Iron Room, 2 wins each for Geoff Jordan and Steve Bispham plus a good win by Tracey Deeley was enough to tip the match in their favour, but Bob Edwards and Steve Furber teamed up in the doubles to inflict a compensatory, but satisfying 3-0 win over Geoff Jordan and Steve Bispham.
In maintaining his 100% record, Paul Whittaker’s 3 wins helped Chestfield Warriors 2 overcome the challenge of Chestfield Warriors 4 in this hotly contested club derby match. His team-mate, Ricky Kay, also unbeaten in this match, contributed another 3 points to earn Warriors 2 a fine 6-3 win, moving them up into 4th place in the league, just 1 point behind their opponents. John Wickings, Roger Jordan and Denis Cannon for Warriors 4, all managed to overcome the challenge of Malcolm Peaks, who took John and Denis to 5 legs before just losing out. With their singles triumph behind them, the winning form of Warriors 2 continued into the doubles match, in which they eased to a 3-0 victory.
Home team Faversham B moved up to 3rd place in division 1 when they subjected league leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 to their 2nd defeat of the season, convincingly beating them 7-2 and reducing the Warriors lead to 6 points. Tina Stewart (3) and Nico Waters (3), both unbeaten on the night, did the damage, and Matthew Waters contributed their 7th point with a fine win over Adam Dyer. The Warriors were thankful for a win each by Paul Davies and Dirk Froebrich, earning them 2 points. As if to exacerbate their singles loss, Warriors let slip a 2-0 lead in the doubles as Faversham fought back to win the next 3 for a 3-2 doubles triumph.

Division 2

A seemingly invincible Blean A with a 100% record, are now heading division 2 with a massive 33 point gap over their nearest challengers, after inflicting an 8-1 away win over their opponents, Chestfield Warriors 7. The result was not as easily won as it sounds, with Blean’s Tom kwok and Crystal Tseng both recording 3 wins, and Rob Easton adding 2 more. Aaron Hollingsworth saved a Warriors whitewash when he beat Rob, but Warriors’ Linda Wickings took Crystal and Rob to 5 legs before losing both games, and Jill Weaver did the same against Tom. The Blean team also top the doubles league and maintained their position win a 3-1 closing doubles win.
A close 5-4 win for Whitstable Natives B over their guests, 2nd placed Herne Bay F, saw the Bay team lose ground on the league leaders. Barry Cook had 2 wins for the Natives, as did Gordon Williams, with Keith Garrad managing a single win, which was enough to give the Natives the result. Graham Waters and Graham Sopp both won 2 games each for the travelling Bay squad, but encouraged by their singles win, the Natives took their winning form into the doubles to record a 3-1 result.
A mid-table match between Choughs C and a travelling Chestfield Warriors 5, both team on 24 points prior to this clash, saw Warriors emerge with a fine 6-3 away win. For the visitors, Bob Young (1) got the Warriors off to an encouraging start with a good win over the Choughs Andrey Kovalenko (1), but could not overcome Richard Partridge (1) and Joe Chan (1). John Metcalfe (2) had wins over Richard and Joe but lost to Andrey in his last singles match. Simon Howe was the Warriors unbeaten hero, adding 3 points to give the Warriors a 6 point match winning total. Beaten but not dis-heartened, Choughs turned the tables on their opposition with a pleasing 3-1 doubles win.


Division 3

Blean C welcomed Chestfield Warriors 10 to their venue, and soon became embroiled in an exciting contest. 4-1 down after 5 games, Blean’s Derek Whiddett started their recovery, winning his 2nd game of the match, followed by a win for Peter Cole. Derek’s 3rd win of the evening levelled the match at 4-4 before Alan Dilnot, in the closing singles game, edged a long 3-2 match winner over Peter McCaig to swing the 5-4 result in favour of the home team and complete their comeback. Tim Platt had 2 satisfying wins for the Warriors over Peter Cole and Alan Dilnot, supported by a win each for Bernard Ebeck and Peter McCaig. A 3-1 win in the doubles rewarded the Warriors fighting spirit when they exacted revenge for their singles defeat.
Harry Hutchinson managed to keep his 100% record, winning all his games for Faversham D when they took on Chestfield Warriors 11. Supported by Mark Hay (2) and Colin Floodgate (2), the Faversham side eased to a 7-2 home victory over their opponents. The visitors had to borrow George Marsh from Warriors 12 to complete their squad, and his 2 wins over Mark and Colin were the only points the Warriors could muster. Going into the doubles match, Faversham had to come from behind twice before winning the 5th leg for a favourable 3-2 doubles result.
After suffering a 9-0 defeat last week, Herne Bay I bounced back when they took on lowly club-mates Herne Bay K and subjected them to a convincing 8-1 defeat. Colin Chaston and Dave Goddard proved to be too strong for Herne Bay K’s challenge, winning all their games, but Josie Prowse for Herne Bay K, overcame Les Taylor (2) to salvage a point for the losing team. Bay K pushed hard to take something from the match, but fell at the last hurdle in a 5 leg doubles game as Bay I nipped a 3-2 win.

Division 4

Sam and Adrian Millsted for Chestfield Warriors 19 both registered 2 clean wins each as they totally demolished the opposition of Chestfield Warriors 16, and then added another 3-0 match doubles win for a clean singles sweep in the division 4 match against their club-mates. Tania Clarke, Kerry & Mark Holmes for Warriors 16 were helpless to stop the rout, just managing to win a single leg as they lost 3-1 in the competition doubles.
2 wins by an unbeaten Jan Aldridge was not enough to stop Herne Bay M from just edging a 3-2 win when they visited Chestfield Warriors 18. Pat Hugh Jones and Brendon Miles for the Bay team both managed a win apiece against the Warriors Sheila Smith, and with the singles score at 2-2, a 3-0 match doubles result swung the contest in the Bay’s favour, giving them a 3-2 away victory, after which, they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 competition doubles win.
Ricky Kay Jnr. continued his current winning form with 2 wins for Chestfield Warriors 15 to earn his team’s 2 points as they were just edged out by Chestfield Warriors 17 who won this derby match 3-2. Kenny McCaig and Owen Whatley both overcame Beth Dunkin to earn 2 points for Warriors 17 and were relieved to just win a really tough match doubles game for a 3-2 away win. The competition doubles game continued in the same vein as the match doubles, but the 3-0 result for Warriors 17 is no reflection on how close the game was.
Herne Bay M were back in action for the 2nd time this week, playing a catch-up match against Chestfield Warriors 19 who were also playing their 2nd match of the week. Once again the match doubles was the deciding factor as Herne Bay just pinched a 3-2 singles victory. Brendan Miles (2) was unbeaten on the night, with Adrian and Sam Millsted both winning a game each for the Warriors 2 points. A reversal of the match doubles result appeased the Warriors disappointment as they won the hard fought competition doubles match 3-2.

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