League Report Week 10 - 12/12/2016

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John Metcalfe
Fri 23 Dec '16 @ 9:32am

Premier Division

Heron A hosted their derby match against Heron B and fell to a 6-3 home defeat as their guests recorded their first league win of the season. Dave Emery, for Heron A had 2 fine wins, one against Arthur Martin and a tough 5 leg win against John Glass. Dianne Pearce added a 3rd point, but 3 clean wins for Matthew Emery plus 2 for John, and 1 by Arthur ensured Heron B’s 6 points and heralded a long awaited win for the away team. A long hard-fought doubles game followed, in which Heron A found themselves 2-1 down before coming back for a compensatory 3-2 result.
With only 2 players available, Chestfield Warriors 1 were facing an uphill struggle in their home tie against 3rd placed Hoath B and the 3 gifted points made all the difference as Hoath recorded a 6-3 away win. Alan Taylor had 2 good wins for the Warriors, including a determined, but close, 3-2 win over Hoath’s David Jeavons and Joe Britnall added a 3rd point, overcoming the challenge of Sharon Clarke. Simon Hillier won both of his games, with David winning 1, and with the 3 gifted points Hoath were pleased to take the win, after which, Hoath finished the match with a 3-1 doubles victory.
Faversham A continued their current winning streak with their 4th consecutive league win and climbed to 4th place in the league. Hoath C were their victims on this occasion, falling to a 6-3 defeat. Unbeaten Harry Law powered his way to 3 wins, and Joshua Nashed, making only his 2nd league appearance this season also contributed an excellent 3 wins for Faversham and the match winning 6 points. Hoath’s Clive Hollingsbee (1) and Mike Howard (1) both took Harry to task before losing in the 5th leg of each game, with Ben Greenwood (1) managing to win their 3rd point. After losing the singles match Hoath turned the tables on their hosts, and subjected them to a 3-1 defeat in the doubles.

Division 1

After their disappointing loss the previous week, division 1 leaders, Chestfield Warriors 3 came back strongly to beat their guests, Herne Bay D with a 9-0 whitewash and re-establish a 10 point lead at the top. Adam Dyer, Kell Davies and Dirk Froebrich all with 3 wins for the Warriors, dominated the match, although the result belies how close most of the games were. 4 long, close legs followed in the doubles, before the Warriors finally emerged as 3-1 winners.
A resilient Choughs A, currently bottom but one in the league, travelled to 4th placed Chestfield Warriors 4, who must have been relieved to take a 5-4 home win from this encounter. Roger Jordan (2), Denis Cannon (2) and John Wickings (1) did just enough to tip the result in Warriors favour, but no-one could overcome Roy Coles, whose 3 wins, plus 1 from Cliff Ball, earned them 4 valuable points, to move them further away from the bottom of the league. After some initial resistance in the doubles, the Choughs team finally succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
A mid-table clash between Whitstable Natives A and Iron Room C saw the two teams swap places in the league as the Natives just nipped a 5-4 win over their visitors. A brace of wins for both Barry Cook and Adam Goodall, plus a win by Nick Fairweather was enough to tip the result in the Natives favour. Brian Kennett (3) was the hero of the hour for the Iron Room. His clean treble, plus a win by Peter Coles earned the Iron Room their 4 points, with the visiting Iron Room recovering from their singles loss to overcome the Natives with a 3-1 win in the doubles.
Bottom of the league, Choughs B welcomed a travelling Faversham B to their venue, but the welcome was short lived as the Faversham squad eased to a comfortable 8-1 away win over their hosts. Russell Swain offered the only Choughs resistance, saving the whitewash with a good 3-1 win over Matthew Waters and then just losing out in a close 5 leg game against Nicolas Waters. Callum McDonagh, with 3 clean victories, led the Faversham challenge, and with 3 wins for Nicolas Waters, plus 2 by Matthew, maintained their 2nd placed spot in the league. Faversham also proved to be too strong for the unfortunate Choughs as the away team eased to a 3-0 doubles triumph.

Division 2

Having won 10 matches out of 10, Blean A not only retained their 100% record, but extended their lead at the top of division 2 to a massive 34 points when they welcomed Whitstable Natives B to their venue, and registered a 6-3 home win over their guests. Tom Twok, unbeaten in the league thus far, had 3 clean wins for Blean, but the Natives’ Tony Causer put an end to Crystal Tseng’s 100% record, beating her 3-0. However, she then contributed 2 further wins to Tom’s 3 and Rob Easton added 1 more for Blean’s 6 points. Tony earned the Natives 2nd point, overcoming Rob, and Gordon Williams also managed a win to give his team their 3rd point, but despite a defiant doubles performance by the Natives, Blean just pinched a favourable 3-2 result.
Chestfield Warriors 6 had to borrow Linda Wickings from Warriors 7 and Stuart Murray-Williams from Warriors 11 in order to provide a full squad for their home tie against 2nd placed Herne Bay E. Stuart contributed 2 wins, including the best of a 5 leg game for an excellent win over Steve Richardson. Shaun Reid and Linda also had a win each as Warriors 6 narrowly lost the match 5-4. Giulio Guariglia won all his 3 games and with Steve adding 2 more, the Bay team just edged the contest with a 5-4 away win. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Bay team were too strong in the doubles and eased to a 3-0 triumph.

Division 3

After his exertions’ of the previous evening, Stuart Murray-Williams was back in action again, this time for his regular team of Chestfield Warriors 11 in their home derby match against Chestfield Warriors 8. With 3 wins, his 100% record in this division remained intact, but it was not enough to stop their club-mates from winning this close contest 5-4. Paul Anthony managed to add a 4th win to Stuart’s 3, but 2 wins apiece for Dave Hanson and Bill Hackney together with a single win for Caroline Hanson, swung the result in favour of Warriors 8, who then went on to take a 3-0 win in the closing doubles match.
League leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12 proved their true mettle when faced with a potentially tricky encounter against a travelling Faversham D. Brothers Lewis and George Marsh both won all their games for Warriors and Rowan Brough added a single win as the home team won the contest 7-2. However, with 5 singles games going to 5 legs, the result does not seem to be a fair reflection of the match. Faversham’s Harry Hutchinson (1) had a win over Rowan and just missed out in a 5 leg game against Lewis. Colin Floodgate was involved in two 5 leg games, winning 1, for Faversham’s 2nd point. In the doubles, the lead changed twice before the Warriors added a 3-2 doubles win to their night’s work.
After a fine win the previous week, Herne Bay I crashed to a 9-0 whitewash on their visit to Blean C. With 3 wins each, Peter Cole, Derek Whiddett and Laurie Newman, overwhelmed Herne Bay’s opposition provided by Colin Chaston, Les Taylor and Dave Goddard, although Dave did take 2 of his games against Laurie Newman and Peter Cole to 5 legs, but just missed out in both. The Bay’s unsuccessful evening was further compounded when they suffered a 3-1 defeat in the doubles match.
Although 14 points behind the league leaders, 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 10 kept up their challenge for league honours with an emphatic 8-1 win over their visitors, Herne Bay J. Having borrowed Lewis Marsh from Warriors 12 to make up a full team, he provided 3 wins, and together with Peter McCaig’s 3 wins, plus 2 by Bernard Ebeck, they amassed an 8 point winning total. James Ball earned the only point for Herne Bay with a fine win over Bernard, thus saving his team from the whitewash. The doubles match was a much closer affair, as the Bay team took their opponents to 5 legs before the Warriors won the final leg for a 3-2 doubles win.

Division 4

Chestfield Warriors 16, still seeking their first win of the season, almost achieved their objective when they welcomed Chestfield Warriors 18 to their table. Mark Holmes just missed out in a close 5 leg game against Jan Aldridge, and Kerry Holmes managed a pleasing win over Judy Packwood to give Warriors 16 a point, with their 2nd point coming from a 3-0 win in the match doubles. An unbeaten Jan Aldridge for Warriors 18 earned her team 2 points, and Judy Packwood chipped in with a win over Tania Clarke, for a 3-2 singles away win. Warriors 16 must have been pleased when they got the best of a 5 leg doubles match for their first doubles success of the season.

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