League Report Week 14 - 23/01/2017

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John Metcalfe
Sat 04 Feb '17 @ 9:46am

Premier Division

A 7-2 home win for Iron Room A ensured that they kept the top spot and their 100% record in the premier division. The win increased their lead to 20 points over their nearest rivals, Hoath A, who, however, now have 2 games in hand as they were without a match this week. Iron Room’s victims were Chestfield Warriors 1 who could only raise 2 players, thus conceding 3 points. The Warriors 2 wins were provided by Joe Britnall, but Iron Room’s Keith Yarnley won both his available games, Russell Bates and Kevin Powell both overcame the Warriors Paul Waumsley, adding 2 more points. With the gifted 3 points, Iron Room put the match beyond the reach of the Warriors, after which, the home team also claimed a 3-0 doubles win.
Roger Pingram, Dianne Pearce and Dave Emery, for Heron A, all managed a win each against their visitors, Faversham A, as the Herons fell to a 6-3 home defeat. Harry Law had a superb 3 clean wins for Faversham, and a further 3 wins by team-mate Josh Nashed established the victory, keeping the Faversham team in 3rd place in the league. The closing doubles game was hotly contested, going to 5 legs before Heron just nipped the last, giving them a satisfying 3-2 doubles win.
A mid-table derby match between Hoath C and Hoath B turned into a close fought affair in which Hoath B just edged a 5-4 away win. Mike Howard, for Hoath C, managed 2 wins, with Ben Greenwood and Clive Hollingsbee also adding a win apiece for their 4 points. However, an unbeaten David Jeavons was on song, leading Hoath B to victory with 3 wins, and a win each for Mike Chapman and Sharon Clarke gave Hoath B the narrow win. In the last game of the evening, the two teams fought out a tough doubles match, but Hoath B emerged as 3-0 winners, adding the result to their singles triumph.
Heron B were thankful for an undefeated Matthew Emery, whose 3 wins were their only success as they lost 6-3 to their guests, Herne Bay A. With no-one able to overcome Matthew, Herne Bay’s Ron Rowley, Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon all managed 2 wins each to record the result, although Ron’s match against Matthew was a 5 leg thriller, with 4 legs going to 11-9 and one at 10-12, before Matthew just edged the game, after which Heron were pleased to claim a 3-0 doubles result.


Division 1

A 6-3 home win for Chestfield Warriors 3 over bottom of the league club, Choughs B, helped the Warriors climb back into the top spot in division 1, level on points with Faversham B, but legs won statistics just give them the lead. Adam Dyer (3) played a captain’s match, winning all his games, Ian Blogg added 2 more, with Dirk Froebrich (1) earning the Warriors 6th point. The Choughs’ points came from 2 excellent wins by Dean Burfield over Ian and Dirk, and Russell Swain earned their 3rd point after a 5 leg battle, also against Dirk. The winning Warriors then continued their winning form by adding a comfortable 3-0 doubles result to their singles win.
A club derby match between Herne Bay D and Herne Bay C turned into closely contested affair, in which, Herne Bay C emerged as 5-4 winners. 2 wins for Chris Howard, plus a win each for Keith Blackmore and Paul Bee gave Bay D 4 points, but with yet another 3 wins for Bob Edwards, plus 2 for Steve Furber, Herne Bay C claimed the result. All was not lost for Bay D as they overcame their singles disappointment by registering a rewarding 3-0 doubles win.
Needing to emulate the Warriors 3’s result earlier in the week in order to maintain their top league position, Faversham B became embroiled in a tough encounter with 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 2. With the match score at 4-3 in favour of the Warriors after 7 games, Faversham came back strongly, winning the last 2 singles games to card a 5-4 home win. Callum McDonagh and Nicolas Waters both won 2 games apiece for Faversham, and Tina Stewart (1) won the final singles game of the evening, and the match, for Faversham. Not to be outdone, Warriors 2 came back strongly in the doubles and returned home with a 3-1 win.
A mid-table derby clash between Iron Room C and Iron Room B saw the 2 teams exchange places in the league, when Iron Room B emerged as 7-2 winners of this match. Brian Kennett had 2 good wins, earning Iron Room C 2 points, but Michelle Kingsland proved to be the match winner for the ‘B’ team with 3 wins, ably supported by a further 2 wins each from Kevin Beasley and Tracey Deeley. Moving into the doubles match, Iron Room C fought hard to glean something from the contest, but fell at the final hurdle in a 5 leg thriller, the 3-2 result going in favour of the singles winners.
An unbeaten Kell Davies (3) triggered a welcome 6-3 away win for Chestfield Warriors 4 when they paid a visit to Whitstable Natives A. Roger Jordan added 2 more and with a single win by John Wickings, the Warriors amassed a match winning 6 points. The Natives resistance came from 2 good wins for Adam Goodall, supported by a solitary win by Nick Fairweather for their 3 points, but in the closing doubles match, the Warriors emphasized their superiority, adding a 3-1 win to their singles success.

Division 2

Chestfield Warriors 7, who were short of a player for their home tie against Herne Bay E, invited Lewis Marsh from Warriors 12 to make up their numbers, and a wise choice it proved to be as he scored their only 2 wins, including an excellent 3-1 result over Herne Bay’s Giulio Guariglia, as the Warriors suffered a 7-2 home defeat against their 2nd placed opponents. Steve Richardson was unbeaten for the Bays, and his three wins were supported by 2 more from Julio and 2 by Jim Burns. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they fared no better in the doubles as they lost a hard fought match 3-1.
Chestfield Warriors 5 took to the road and visited runaway league leaders, Blean A, who eased to a 7-2 home win in this encounter, maintaining their 100% record in the league and opening up a 17 point gap over their nearest rivals. The Warriors, who had to borrow Shaun Reid from Warriors 6 to complete their squad, managed 2 points courtesy of win each for Simon Howe and John Metcalfe. However, no-one could overcome Blean’s Crystal Tseng and Tom Kwok, both of whom had 3 clean wins, and a win by Paul Simmonds earned Blean their 7th point, with a 3-0 doubles win also going to the triumphant Blean team.
Sitting in 4th and 5th places respectively, Herne Bay F welcomed Faversham C to their venue for a match which was always destined to be close, and so it proved to be. Faversham just managed to steal a 5-4 away win, and the result saw the 2 teams exchange places in the league. 2 wins by Jim Burns and a win each for Graeme Sopp and Graham Waters gave the Bay team a 4-2 lead after 6 legs, but Faversham came back strongly to win the last 3 games, and the match. Faversham were grateful for an unbeaten Mark Thomas, whose 3 wins were complimented by a win for Nick Wibberley, and a match winner for Kevin Bourner in the final singles game. A disappointed Herne Bay then contested a tough doubles match but fell to a 3-1 defeat.
3 wins each for Tony Causer and Barry Cook secured a good 6-3 home win for Whitstable Natives B over their guests, Herne Bay G, the result moving the Natives up to 3rd place in the league. Danny Reardon, Simon Chambers and Al Parkes all managed a win each for the away team, who were able to put aside their singles loss and record a vengeful 3-0 doubles win over the home team.

Division 3

With only 2 players available, Chestfield Warriors 11 crashed to an 8-1 home defeat against league leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12. Paul Anthony saved Warriors 11 from a whitewash, beating a surprised George Marsh in a 5 leg battle in the last single of the evening. However, with the 3 conceded points, Lewis Marsh (2) and Rowan Brough (2) and a win for George over Mark Dixon, Warriors 12 carded the 8-1 victory, and the added a 3-0 doubles win to their singles tally.
2nd placed Blean C kept up their challenge for league honours in division 3 with a fine 5-4 win over their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 8. With 3 wins, Laurie Newman was Blean’s hero of the hour, and Alan Dilnot added 2 more for the away win. Caroline Hanson had 2 excellent wins for the home side, with Bill Hackney and Dave Hanson adding a win apiece for their 4 points. With a reversal of fortunes in the doubles, the home team were more than pleased when they eased to a 3-0 victory.

Division 4

League leaders Herne Bay L have now opened up a 13 point gap over their nearest rivals, inflicting a 4-1 home win over their guests, Chestfield Warriors 13. Linda Sopp won both her games and Val Ranken 1, and with a 3-1 match doubles win, the Bay team secured 4 points. Jan Aldridge had the only success for the Warriors, her 3-0 win over Val saving a Warriors whitewash, but the losing team went on to claim a 3-0 doubles result.

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