League Report Week 11 - 19/12/2016 + Lew Vale Cup Report

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John Metcalfe
Fri 13 Jan '17 @ 6:39pm

Premier Division

Rooted at the bottom of the league, Herne Bay B could only raise 2 players for their visit to leaders Iron Room A, and were swept away as Russell Bates, Phil Saxby and Kevin Powell inflicted a clean 9-0 win over their guests. In doing so, Iron Room increased their lead to 17 points and maintained their unbeaten record in the league, with Vince Corbin and Simon Lee for Herne Bay, unable to win a single leg against their overpowering opponents. The outcome of the doubles match was no different as the home team eased to a 3-0 victory.
2nd placed Hoath A kept their tenuous hopes of league honours alive with a convincing 8-1 home win over Chestfield Warriors 1. 3 wins each for Phil Thomas and Barry Chapman, plus 2 by Ian Mileham secured the win for Hoath, as Alan Taylor for the Warriors, saved the visitors from a whitewash with a fine win over Ian, but that was their only success of the evening as Hoath went on to claim a 3-0 doubles result.
Hoath B, currently sitting in 3rd place, suffered a shock 5-4 home defeat at the hands of a travelling Heron A. With 3 wins, David Emery was the hero of the hour for the visitors, and John Glass and Arthur Martin contributed a win each for the Heron’s 5 points. 2 wins for Simon Hillier and a win each for Mike Chapman and Clive Hollingsbee earned 4 points for the home side, but the result of this match saw the Heron team move up to 3rd from bottom in the league. A tense doubles match followed, in which Heron, buoyed by their singles triumph, added a 3-1 win to their evening’s work.
Herne Bay A took to the road and earned themselves a close 5-4 away victory over their hosts, Hoath C. Ron Rowley and Keith Clarke managed 2 wins each for the visitors and Peter Roberts’ single win secured the match winning 5th point. Mike Howard (3) was unbeaten on the night for Hoath and Chris Hearn contributed a 4th point with a pleasing win over Peter, after which, Hoath claimed a 3-0 result in the closing doubles match.

Division 1

2 wins apiece for Ricky Kay and Paul Whittaker, plus a win for Malcolm Peaks helped Chestfield Warriors 2 record a narrow 5-4 home win over their visitors, Herne Bay C. However, no-one could overcome Herne Bay’s Bob Edwards who continued his winning ways with 3 wins, including a tough victory against the hard bat of Paul Whittaker. Mick Micklethwaite added a 4th point for the Bay team, overcoming Malcolm after a long 5 leg contest in the final singles game of the match. Recovering from their singles disappointment, Warriors 2 eased to a satisfying 3-0 win in the doubles competition.
In no mood to take prisoners, 2nd placed Faversham B inflicted a convincing 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Chestfield Warriors 4, and in doing so, reduced the gap at the top to 9 points. With 2 games in hand over the league leaders, the Faversham team are now serious contenders for the league title. Callum McDonagh (3), together with Nicolas (3) and Matthew Waters (3) blew away any opposition offered by the Warriors Roger Jordan, Steve Cannon and John Wickings. With the singles victory secured, Faversham compounded the Warriors misery adding a 3-1 doubles win to their successful evening.
Aware of the challenge posed by 2nd placed Faversham B, league leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 went to Iron Room C, determined to cement their top position, and did so with a convincing 8-1 away win. Peter Coles (1) was the only Iron Room success with a hard fought win over the Warriors Dirk Froebrich. However, Adam Dyer (3) and Ian Blogg (3) for the visitors, proved to be unbeatable, and with Dirk winning 2, the Warriors left with a pleasing result, after adding a 3-1 doubles win to their tally.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 7 were a player short for their home tie against Faversham C and invited a young Lewis Marsh from division 3 to complete their squad. His contribution of 3 wins was the deciding factor in this match, as, combined with a win each for Aaron Hollingsworth and Linda Wickings, Warriors 7 edged a nervy 5-4 home win. Mark Thomas and Nick Wibberley both managed 2 good wins over Linda and Aaron, and the Faversham team then exacted revenge for their singles defeat, with a hotly contested 3-2 win in the doubles match.
With an excellent 7-2 away win against Blean B, Herne Bay F find themselves elevated to 2nd place in the 2nd division, 4 points above club-mates Herne Bay E, albeit having played 2 games more. The Bay’s got off to a good start, winning the first 3 games, before Blean’s Dave Mason stepped in with a fine win over Jim Burns. Graham Waters (3) won all his games for Herne Bay, supported by 2 wins by Graeme Sopp and 2 wins for Jim to give the away side a match winning 7 points, but not before Dave earned Blean’s 2nd point with a pleasing 3-0 win over Graeme. The triumphant Bay team then carried their winning form into the doubles, recording a comfortable 3-0 win.
Another team with a player missing was Chestfield Warriors 5 for their encounter against Whitstable Natives B. The Warriors called upon Aaron Hollingsworth (3) from Warriors 7, who, playing his 2nd match of the week, was instrumental in the Warriors 6-3 away win, remaining unbeaten on the night. John Metcalfe contributed a further 2 wins and Simon Howe added 1 more for their 6 points. The Natives 3 points came courtesy of 2 good wins by Tony Causer and a win by Gordon Williams, but undeterred by the singles defeat, the Natives found some consolation with a satisfying 3-1 win in the doubles match.

Division 3

Chestfield Warriors 12 maintained their 20 point lead at the top of division 3 with a fine 6-3 away win against fellow club-mates 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 8. Young Lewis Marsh had 3 clean wins, and his brother George also added 3 more for the league leader’s 6 points. Dave Hanson, Peter Paetow and Bill Hackney all managed a win apiece to earn 3 points for Warriors 8, who then surprised their opponents, winning a tough, 5 leg doubles match 3-2.
12 year old Lewis is also to be congratulated for his excellent success at the recent Milton Keynes Under 14-15 Table Tennis Tournament. He won all his games in a group of 4 in the first round, then repeated that performance in the ensuing seeded group, to qualify for the final, where he took the under 14-15 title by winning the match 3-1. This superb performance by Lewis emphasises the high quality and expertise of the up and coming young players and the development of junior table tennis within the district. An absolutely brilliant result Lewis, very well done !

Division 4

A mid- table club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 18 and Chestfield Warriors 13 saw Warriors 18 emerge from this contest with a close 3-2 win. Jackie Meese was unbeaten on the night and her 2 points, together with a win by Jude Quiggan, was enough to edge the result. Jan Aldridge earned Warriors 13 a point, overcoming Jude in a 5 leg thriller, with the losing Warriors 2nd point coming from a 3-1 win in the match doubles, after which, Warriors 13 also recorded a 3-1 win in the competition doubles match.
A single win for Tony Marsh was the only success for Chestfield Warriors 14 who succumbed to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of a travelling Herne Bay M. 2 wins by Brendon Miles, a win for Pat Hughes-Jones plus a match doubles win, gave the Bay side their winning 4 points, moving them up into 3rd place in the league. A 3-0 win in the closing competition doubles match rounded off a satisfying evening’s table tennis for the Herne Bay team.


Chestfield Warriors 8 from division 3, completely overwhelmed the opposition and the advantageous handicaps of their club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 16 from division 4. Caroline and Dave Hanson, together with Bill Hackney all had a clean sweep of wins, including the doubles, to win the match 20-0.
Sebastion Keeble, Paul Matthews and Stuart Murray-Williams from division 3’s Chestfield Warriors 9, made full use of their handicap lead to overcome the challenge of a visiting Choughs B from division 1. Cliff Ball, Roy Baker and Heather Robinson of the Choughs team failed to overcome the massive difference, only managing to win 2 legs throughout the match as they fell to an 18-2 loss.
Blean A who are currently running away with the lead at the top of division 2, went to Chestfield Warriors 4 from division 1, and left with a satisfying 11-7 win to move into the next round. Roger Jordan, Malcolm Peaks and John Wickings put up a brave fight for the Warriors, but as Crystal Tseng drew 2 of her games, and with the score at 7-7 after 7 games, Paul Simmonds and Tom Kwok, in winning the last 2 singles put the match beyond the Warriors’ reach, the 11-7 score-line rendering the doubles unnecessary.
Malcolm Peaks played his 2nd game of the week, supporting Ricky Kay and Paul Whittaker for division 1’s Chestfield Warriors 2 in a potentially difficult encounter against Mike Ayris, Colin Floodgate and Marc Hay for Faversham D from division 3. And difficult it proved to be with Malcolm winning all his games cleanly, plus 2 draws for Paul Whittaker and 1 for Ricky for 9 singles points. However, Faversham took full advantage of their superior handicap with all three players winning 1 and drawing 1 to level the match at 9-9 after the singles. In the two final doubles games, the handicapping was the deciding factor as Faversham edged a 2-0 result to close out the match with an 11-9 victory.
Brothers George and Lewis Marsh both won 2 games and drew 1 for Chestfield Warriors 12, and with Rowan Brough also winning 1 and drawing 1, the Warriors eased to a 13-5 away victory over their division 1 opponents, Whitstable Natives A. Barrie Thomas for the Natives, overcame a 9 point deficit to narrowly beat Rowan 2-0, and Adam Goodall drew all his 3 games, adding 3 points to Barrie’s win but with the score at 13-5 after the singles the Warriors were in an invincible position.
Having to overcome an average of 12 points per leg, Herne Bay J from division 3 took on division 4’s Chestfield Warriors 13 and cruised to a 16-4 home win. Colin Chaston and James Ball both had clean wins in all their matches, plus a win by Mick Barwick, earning the Bay team 14 points from the singles matches. Jan Aldridge and Mary Watson both beat Mick for the visitor’s 4 points, but a 2-0 doubles win for the home team completed their rout of the opposition.
Chestfield Warriors 5 from division 2 had to borrow Adam Dyer from Warriors 3 to complete their team for their home encounter against the premier league side, Herne Bay B. With the handicapping, this was always going to be a close encounter and the Warriors were always just ahead throughout the singles games. Adam managed 2 wins and a draw, John Metcalfe and Simon Howe both had a win and a draw, which saw the home team leading 10-8 after the singles. A win and 2 draws for both Simon Lee and Jackie Fok left the Bay team with 8 points, needing to win 3 doubles games to take the match, which they achieved, for a satisfying 11-10 win over the disappointed Warriors.
In another tricky pairing, division 2’s Whitstable Natives B hosted a match against Herne Bay K from division 3. 2 wins and a draw by Tony Causer, 2 wins by Keith Garrad and a draw for Gordon Williams found the Natives leading 10-8 after the singles. Barbara Ayling had 2 good wins for Herne Bay, supported by 2 draws for Charles Harman and a win for Josie Prowse ensured the Bay’s were still in contention going into the doubles. However, the Natives failed to prevent their guests from winning all three doubles games, inflicting an 11-10 result over the home team.
Chestfield Warriors 7 from division 2 were drawn against their youthful club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 19 from division 4. Faced with a considerable handicap difference, Warriors 7 needed to be on their mettle to get a result from the match. A win and 2 draws each for Linda Wickings and Jill Weaver, coupled with a win and a draw by Aaron Hollingsworth, was enough to give Warriors 7 an unassailable 11-7 match result after the singles. Warriors 19 responded with a win and 2 draws for Sam Millsted and 3 pleasing draws by Oscar Hird for their 7 points. With the match result already decided, the two teams played out the doubles match which Warriors 19 won 2-0, giving Warriors 7 an overall 11-9 win.

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