League Report Week 12 - 09/01/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 20 Jan '17 @ 8:04pm

Premier Division

With an emphatic 7-2 home win over Faversham A, Iron Room A not only maintained their 100% record in the league, but also kept their top position. Phil Saxby was unbeaten on the night for the Iron Room, with team-mates Russell Bates and Ray Jordan adding 2 more wins each. Harry Law had Faversham’s only success with 2 good wins over Russell and Ray, but a 3-1 win in the doubles also keeps Iron Room at the top of the doubles league.
3rd placed Hoath B could only raise 2 players for their home derby match against 2nd placed Hoath A who ran away with this game, winning 8-1 to keep up their challenge for league honours. Hoath B’s only point came from David Jeavons, but with 2 wins for Barry Chapman and John Ferguson, a win by Andy Roberts, plus 3 gifted points, secured the win for Hoath A together with a 3-0 doubles win.
An all round team performance by Hoath C earned them a pleasing 6-3 win over their guests, Chestfield Warriors 1. Clive Hollingsbee, Mike Howard and Chris Hearn shared the honours, all with 2 wins each for the home team. Joe Britnall had 2 wins for the Warriors, with Paul Waumsley contributing their 3rd point, but Hoath consolidated their singles result with a 3-1 win in the closing doubles match.
Heron B’s recent climb up the table stuttered to a halt at the hands of a lowly, but jubilant Herne Bay B, who came away from this encounter with a very pleasing 6-3 away win. For the Heron’s, Arthur Martin had 2 excellent wins, and Mick Eames added a 3rd, but with Vince Corbin, Jackie Fok and Simon Lee all winning 2 of their 3 games for Herne Bay, the outcome of this match was beyond Heron’s reach.

Division 1

With a clean treble, Kell Davies led Chestfield Warriors 4 to a 5-4 away win over Herne Bay D. John Wickings and Roger Jordan also had a win each for the Warriors 5 points and a hard fought victory. Herne Bay had Chris Howard to thank for 2 wins, and a win each for Keith Blackmore and Paul Bee earned the Bay’s 4 points. After losing the 1st leg of the doubles, the Bay team fought back to extract revenge with a 3-1 compensatory doubles win.
2nd placed Faversham B moved a point closer to the league leaders with a fine 8-1 win over mid-table Iron Room B, reducing the gap to 4 points, with a game in hand. Nicolas Waters and Tina Stewart both recorded trebles for Faversham, with Callum McDonagh adding 2 more. Michelle Kingsland saved the Iron Room from a whitewash with a hard fought win over Callum, and the doubles was equally hard fought, as the Iron Room came from behind twice before winning the final leg to record an excellent 3-2 doubles triumph.
Fielding only 2 players against the league leaders probably wasn’t the best game plan Whitstable Natives A could devise as they suffered a 7-2 home defeat by Chestfield Warriors 3. 2 clean wins for Dirk Froebrich, together with a win each for Adam Dyer and Ian Blogg, plus the 3 gifted points, gave Warriors 3 the match winning 7 points. Adam Goodall and Barrie Thomas responded with a win apiece over Ian and Adam respectively, earning the Natives 2 points, but the Warriors closed the match with a 3-0 doubles result.
A travelling Herne Bay C, currently 3rd in the league, were taken to task by bottom but one team Choughs A. Cliff Ball managed good 2 wins for the Choughs, with Steve Powell (1) and Roy Baker (1) adding 2 more points as they went down to a close 5-4 home defeat. Once again, Bob Edwards was on song, with 3 wins for Herne Bay, and team-mate Steve Furber contributed 2 more for their match winning 5 points. In the ensuing doubles match, the Bays finally overcame the home team to win 3-2 in a hard fought 5 leg thriller.

Division 2

An undefeated Giulio Guariglia (3) led Herne Bay E to a 6-3 away win when they visited Blean B. A further 2 wins for Frank Carlucci and a win for Pauline Howard earned the Bay’s 6 points, which helped them move back up into 2nd place in the league. Blean were grateful for 2 good wins by Dave Mason over Frank and Pauline, and their 3rd point came from a win for Keith Ackland. With the singles win in their pocket, Herne Bay consolidated their evening’s table tennis victory with a solid 3-1 win in the doubles.
3 conceded points were the deciding factor in the match between Whitstable Natives B and a visiting Faversham C, in which, the Natives were the team lacking a player. Tony Causer, unbeaten in the match, with 3 clean wins, earned the Natives 3 points and Keith Garrad added a 4th, beating Faversham’s Colin Blythe. Mark Thomas (1), and Kevin Bourner (1) both managed to win a game each for Faversham, adding 2 more wins to the gifted 3 points, earning the 5-4 victory, as well as a 3-0 doubles result.

Division 3

With an emphatic 7-2 away win, runaway league leaders Chestfield Warriors 12 confirmed their domination of division 3, extending their lead to 19 points. Lowly Herne Bay K were the unfortunate recipients of the defeat who were thankful for 2 superb wins by Charles Harman over George and Lewis Marsh. Rowan Brough, for the Warriors, was undefeated in the match, and his 3 wins, coupled with 2 wins each for Lewis and George, secured the victory. The losing Bay team then took the Warriors to task when they compensated for their singles loss, inflicting a satisfying 3-1 doubles win over their guests.
Chestfield Warriors 9 had to borrow George Marsh from Warriors 12 for their away tie against fellow club-mates Chestfield Warriors 8 and it proved to be a wise choice as he provided 3 wins for his side. Sebastion Keeble managed to win 2 more as Warriors 9 just edged out the home team with a 5-4 win. 2 victories for Dave Hanson and a win each for Peter Paetow and Bill Hackney gave Warriors 8 their 4 points, who went on to take a 3-0 result in the doubles after their singles disappointment.
A club derby match between Herne Bay I and Herne Bay J saw Bay I just pinch a 5-4 home win, thanks to 2 wins each for Dave Goddard and Les Taylor, plus a single win for Colin Chaston. James Ball was the hero for Herne Bay J, undefeated in the match with 3 good wins, and William Hu earned their 4th point with a hard fought 5 leg win over Colin. However, Herne Bay J overcame their singles loss, fighting back to record a tough 3-2 win in the doubles.

Division 4

Sam and Adrian Millsted for Chestfield Warriors 19 overcame the opposition of Chestfield Warriors 15, winning all their games, including the match doubles, to card a 5-0 victory over Ricky Kay Jnr., Beth Dunkin and James Relf. Warriors 19 then carried their winning ways over into the doubles, in which they eased to a 3-0 result. The win keeps them in 2nd place, just 5 points behind the division 4 leaders, Herne Bay L.
Kenny McCaig and Owen Whatley both won a game each for Chestfield Warriors 17 in their away tie against Chestfield Warriors 18, and then added a 3-0 win in the match doubles, to give Warriors 17 a welcome 3-2 win. Jackie Meese earned Warriors 18 their 2 points with clean wins against Kenny and Owen, but the competition doubles went in favour of the victors who cruised to a 3-0 win.
In another club match between 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 14, at home to bottom of the league, Chestfield Warriors 16, the home team just pinched a 3-2 win thanks to a win each for Dave Hunnisett and Tony Marsh plus a 3-1 match doubles win. However David or Tony could overcome the challenge of Mark Holmes, whose 2 excellent wins gave Warriors 16 their much welcomed 2 points. With a 3-0 competition doubles win, Warriors 14 kept themselves in contention for the competition doubles title, just 1 point behind their nearest rivals, Chestfield Warriors 19.

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