League Report Week 13 - 16/01/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 27 Jan '17 @ 7:00pm

Premier Division

With an 8-1 win over their club-mates, 2nd placed Hoath A reduced the gap at the top to 13 points with a fine result over Hoath C. 3 clean victories by Barry Chapman, plus 3 by Phil Thomas and 2 from John Ferguson did the damage, as Hoath C had Mike Howard to thank for saving the whitewash with a fine win over John. A really close doubles match followed, eventually won by Hoath A with a 3-0 result.
The 100% record of Iron Room A was severely examined when they visited Herne Bay A. Herne Bay’s Peter Roberts (3) was unbeaten on the night and Ron Rowley added a 4th point as the disappointed home side were narrowly beaten 5-4. 2 wins each for Phil Saxby and Kevin Powell, plus a win for Ray Jordan was just enough to edge the win for the league leaders in their closest match of the season so far, and a 3-0 doubles result also favoured the Iron Room to keep them top of the doubles league.
Faversham A moved up into 3rd place with a convincing 7-2 home win over Heron B who could only raise 2 players for this contest. Faversham had to borrow Nicolas Waters from division 1’s Faversham B to field 3 players and he and Harry Law both won their available games adding 4 more wins to the gifted 3 points. Arthur Martin and Peter Chapman managed a win apiece, overcoming Faversham’s Richard Fever to claim Heron’s 2 points.
2 wins by Jackie Fok were all bottom club Herne Bay B could muster as they crashed to a 7-2 home defeat at the hands of a continually improving Heron A. An unbeaten Dave Emery (3) led the way for the triumphant visitors and was well supported by 2 wins for Dianne Pearce and 2 by Roger Pingram, giving them a match winning 7 points, with Heron also claiming a 3-0 doubles win.

Division 1

Chestfield Warriors 4, who borrowed George Marsh from Warriors 12 must have felt reasonably confident of a home win when their opponents, Iron Room C arrived with only 2 players available. However, the visitors had different ideas, and left this contest with a 5-4 away result in their pocket. With 3 wins, an undefeated Brian Kennett was backed up by 2 wins for Jeff Jordan, earning a match winning 5 point total. Roger Jordan had the only win for the Warriors who were thankful to include the forfeited 3 games in their 4 points. Having proved their strength in the singles, the Iron Room team then took a hard fought 3-0 doubles win.
With a 5-4 away win over Herne Bay C, Faversham A moved to the top of division 1, just 1 point above Chestfield Warriors 3 who were without a game this week. 2 wins each for Nicolas and Matthew Waters, plus a win for Mark Fox was enough to tip the balance of this match in Faversham’s favour. However, no-one could overcome the in-form Bob Edwards, whose 3 wins together with a win by Steve Furber gave the home side their 4 points, maintaining their 4th place position in the league. Moving into the closing doubles match, the triumphant Faversham team added a 3-0 win to their singles success.
Iron Room B welcomed Herne Bay D to their venue for this mid-table encounter, in which Herne Bay emerged with a close, but pleasing 5-4 away win. Herne Bay were 4-1 up after 5 games, but the Iron Room fought back and were level after 8, but a 3-0 win by Keith Blackmore (2) over Steve Bispham in the last singles game gave Herne Bay the win. A further 2 wins for Chris Howard and a win for Paul Bee made up the Bay’s match winning total. The Iron Room’s 4 points came from 2 wins by Mike Holiday and a win each for Steve Bispham and Tracey Deeley. A hotly contested doubles match saw the Iron Room compensate for their singles defeat with a 3-0 win.
A convincing 8-1 win for Chestfield Warriors 2 over their guests, bottom but one team, Choughs A, helped the Warriors maintain their 3rd place in division 1. An unbeaten Ricky Kay (3) and Paul Whittaker (3), backed up by 2 wins for Malcolm Peaks wiped out the challenge of the Choughs team, whose only whitewash saving win came from Roy Coles with a close fought win over Malcolm. The dominant Warriors side then went on to close the match, easing to a 3-1 win in the doubles.

Division 2

Despite some stern resistance from Herne Bay G, a travelling Chestfield Warriors 7 just managed to pinch a 5-4 away win over their hosts. For the Bay team, Simon Chambers was unbeaten on the night, and his 3 wins, coupled with a win for Danny Reardon gave them 4 points. Linda Wickings had 2 good wins for the Warriors, Jill Weaver added 1 more, and with the score at 4-4 after 8 games, Aaron Hollingsworth had his 2nd win of the match in the final game, clinching the result for the visitors. Continuing in the same vein, a 5 leg doubles match finally went in favour of the Warriors.
With an 8-1 home derby win Blean A not only kept their 100% record, but now top division 2 with a 30 point lead over their nearest rivals. Blean B were their unfortunate victims, whose only point came from an excellent win by Kevin West over Crystal Tseng. 3 clean wins by Tom Kwok for Blean A, supported by 3 for Paul Simmonds and 2 for Crystal ensured a comfortable victory for the league leaders, who then cruised to a 3-0 doubles win which also keeps the top of the doubles league.
George Marsh from division 3 was called up by Chestfield Warriors 6 to fill a vacant spot in their team for their home fixture against Whitstable Natives B. He contributed 2 valuable wins as the Warriors narrowly won the match 5-4. A further 2 wins for Shaun Reid and 1 by Colin Relf gave the Warriors 5 points and their 2nd win of the season. For the visitors, Barry Cook proved to be invincible, his 3 wins supported by a win for David Block. Currently 2nd in the doubles league, the Natives were surprised to be edged out in a 5 leg thriller as the home team nipped a 3-2 victory.
A spectacular display of table tennis by 12 year old Lewis Marsh, borrowed from Warriors 12, helped mid table Chestfield Warriors 5 inflict a pleasing 7-2 home win over their guests, 3rd placed Herne Bay F. His 3 wins, plus 3 by Simon Howe and one by John Metcalfe belies the competitiveness of this game as Jim Burns (1) and Graham Waters (1) managed 2 points for the visitors, who then compensated their singles loss, winning close a 5 leg doubles match, 3-2.

Division 3

Chestfield Warriors 9, currently bottom but one in division 3, entertained the bottom club, Herne Bay K who are still searching for their first league win. Lewis Marsh, playing the first of two matches this week, filled a vacant spot in the Warriors team, contributing 2 vital wins to their 5-4 result. Sebastian Keeble also added 2 more and Paul Matthews provided their 5th point. For the Bay team, Charles Harman led the way with 3 good wins and Barbara Ayling also won 1 to earn 4 points. The final doubles match of the night was hotly contested but the 3-1 result was eventually carded by the Warriors.
With only 2 players available Chestfield Warriors 11 were overwhelmed by their guests, Herne Bay I who eased to a comfortable 8-1 away win. Paul Anthony saved the Warriors from a whitewash with a win over
The Bay’s Les Taylor (1), but Colin Chaston (2) and David Goddard (2) both won their available games, adding to the 3 points conceded by the Warriors. Undismayed by their singles defeat, the home team avenged themselves in the doubles, surprising the Bay team with a close, but very satisfying, 3-2 victory.
As the league leaders were without a game this week, 2nd placed Blean C seized the opportunity to reduce the gap to 9 points with a 6-3 win over Faversham D. An undefeated Derek Whiddett led Blean to victory with 3 wins, Laurie Newman contributed 2 more, and a win by Alan Dilnot (1) gave them a 6th point. Faversham’s points came courtesy of 2 good wins by Harry Hutchison and a win for Alan Culver, but a 3-1 win in the doubles for Blean completed their evening’s table tennis.
Sitting in 3rd and 4th place respectively, Chestfield Warriors 10 were the home team for their derby match against Chestfield Warriors 8, who won this contest with a fine 6-3 away win. For Warriors 10, Peter McCaig managed 2 wins and Tim Platt added a 3rd, but a strong all-round performance from the Warriors 10 team of Peter Paetow, Bill Hackney, supported by George Marsh from division 3, all of whom had 2 wins apiece, gave Warriors 8 the result, with a 3-1 doubles win also going to the victors.

Division 4

Bottom of the league in division 4, Chestfield Warriors 16 came up against the league leaders Herne Bay L who eased to a 4-1 away win. Kerry Holmes saved the Warriors from a whitewash with a very good, but close win over Val Rankin. Linda Sopp for the Bay squad had 2 clean wins, and a win for Val Rankin, plus the match doubles win, earned the convincing result, extending the Bay’s lead at the top to 9 points over their nearest rivals who were without a game this week.

A club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 15 and Chestfield Warriors 18 needed the match doubles to decide the winner. Ricky Kay Jnr., won both his games for Warriors 15 earning them 2 points, and Jude Quiggen and Jackie Meese won a game each for their opponents. With the match finely balanced, a 3-1 win in the match doubles went in favour of Warriors 15, giving them a well earned 3-2 singles win, and then Warriors 15 wrapped up the tie with a 3-0 win in the competition doubles.

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