League Report Week 15 - 06/02/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 24 Feb '17 @ 8:43am

Premier Division

The 13th match of the season for league leaders Iron Room A proved to be an unlucky one for them as their hosts, Hoath A finally destroyed the Iron Room’s 100% record with a 5-4 win home in this top of the league clash. 2nd placed Hoath A were guided to victory by an invincible Phil Thomas, whose 3 wins were supported by a further 2 from Ian Mileham, giving Hoath the match winning 5 points. The disappointed Iron Room’s points came from Phil Morford (2), Russel Bates (1) and Ray Jordan (1), but Hoath really rubbed salt into the wound, coming back from 2-0 down in the closing doubles match, to win the next 3 legs, thus adding a 3-2 doubles win to their singles triumph. Iron Room, however, still remain top of the premier division, leading by 12 points over Hoath A who have a game in hand.
Despite having only 2 players available, Hoath B cruised to a 6-3 home win over their lowly guests, Herne Bay B, whose only 3 points came from the conceded games. David Jeavons and Mike Chapman both won all their games for the Hoath side as Herne Bay’s Vince Corbin, Jackie Fok and Simon Lee were swept aside by the victors. The Bay team offered some resistance in the doubles match, which went to 5 legs before Hoath finally won 3-2.
Chestfield Warriors 1 fell foul of a strong Heron B squad who eased to a comfortable 8-1 away win. Joe Peaks saved the Warriors from a home whitewash, with a fine win over Peter Chapman, but the Heron’s Matt Emery and Arthur Martin did the damage with 3 wins each, and Peter adding 2 more. The winning Herons then consolidated their dominance of this match with a hotly contested 3-1 doubles win.

Division 1

Struggling to field a full team, Chestfield Warriors 4 called upon the services of Shem Lejarde, and Lewis Marsh from Division 3 for their home fixture against division 1 leaders, Chestfield Warriors 3. With a win apiece, the two young players earned the only 2 points for Warriors 4, as they succumbed to a 7-2 home defeat. An undefeated Dirk Froebrich (3) led Warriors 4 to victory in this derby clash, ably supported by 2 wins each for Adam Dyer and Ian Blogg. The ensuing doubles match went to 5 legs with Warriors 3 taking the 5th leg, adding a 3-2 doubles win to their singles result.
Yet another 3 wins for Bob Edwards and a win for Mick Micklethwaite gave Herne Bay C 4 points, but it was not enough as they lost a close encounter 5-4 against their visitors, Iron Room C. 2 wins for Jeff Jordan, 2 for Brian Kennett and a win for Peter Coles gave the Iron Room a tough away win, after which, Herne Bay claimed a 3-0 doubles result.
Whitstable Natives A took to the road and paid a visit to Iron Room B for a closely contested match in which the Natives eventually emerged with a 5-4 away win. 2 wins for Mike Lee, plus a win each for Michelle Kingsland and Kevin Beasley earned 4 points for the home team, but the Natives had Adam Goodall to thank for 3 wins, and with a win apiece for Barry Cooke and Barry Thomas, the visitors just edged the result. A reversal of fortunes in a tight doubles match gave the Iron Room some consolation when they took a 3-2 victory in a 5 leg thriller.
3 excellent clean wins for Ricky Kay, plus a further 3 wins for Paul Whittaker gave 3rd placed Chestfield Warriors 2 a pleasing 6-3 home win over Herne Bay D, keeping the Warriors just 6 points behind the leage leaders. Chris Howard, Keith Blackmore and Paul Bee all had a hard fought win each for the Bays, overcoming the resistance of the Warriors Malcolm Peaks, but a comfortable 3-0 doubles win for the Warriors ensured they maintained their undefeated record in the doubles league.
Faversham B were in need of a good win to keep up their challenge for league honours and found it when they visited Choughs A, coming away with a 7-2 win. The result keeps them level on points with the league leaders with an almost identical record, but in 2nd place just on total legs won. Roy Coles and Cliff Ball both managed a win each, earning the Choughs team 2 points, but Nicolas Waters (3) and Callum McDonagh (3) were both on song for Faversham, with Matthew Waters winning 1 for their 7th point. In a 5 leg doubles match, again Faversham proved to be just too strong when they won 3-2.
Playing a re-arranged match from earlier in the season, Whitstable Natives A fell to an 8-1 home defeat, courtesy of Faversham B. Adam Goodall saved a Natives whitewash when he beat Nicolas Waters in the opening game, but 3 wins each for Matthew Waters and Callum McDonagh, plus 2 more by Nicolas gave Faversham a convincing victory. The Natives then surprised their guests, winning a long, close doubles match 3-2

Division 2

Aaron Hollingsworth, borrowed from Chestfield Warriors 6, stepped up to the mark for Chestfield Warriors 5 when they visited Blean B. His contribution of 3 wins, backed up by 3 from an unbeaten Simon Howe and 1 by John Metcalfe gave the Warriors a superb 7-2 away win, moving them up 3 places, to 4th in the league. Kevin West and Dave Mason both overcame the challenge of John to earn 2 points for Blean, but a comfortable 3-0 doubles triumph rounded off a satisfying evening’s table tennis for the Warriors.
Chestfield Warriors 6 welcomed Herne Bay F to their venue and hit their visitors with a well earned 7-2 win. Stuart Murray-Williams, borrowed from Warriors 11, and playing his 2nd game of the week had 3 excellent wins, with team-mates Colin Relf and Shaun Reid both adding 2 more. Graham Waters and Graeme Sopp managed a win each for Herne Bay’s 2 points for a result which belies the intensity of this match. After losing the 1st leg of the doubles, the Warriors came back strongly to win the next 3, for a pleasing 3-1 doubles win to compliment their singles victory.
Playing his second match of the week, Aaron Hollingsworth led Chestfield Warriors 7 to a pleasing 5-4 away win when they visited Choughs C. His 3 wins were complimented by a further 2 good wins for Jill Weaver, giving the Warriors the match winning 5 points. Joe Chan managed 2 wins for the Choughs team, and a win each for Jamie McDonald and Andrey Kovalenko earned the home side 4 points. A hotly contested doubles game followed, but the Warriors proved to be just too strong, winning this part of the match 3-1.
Chestfield Warriors 7 also played a re-arranged fixture against Whitstable Natives B, in which, Warriors were subjected to a 5-4 home defeat by the Natives. Barry Cook (3) was the Native’s match winner and David Block added 2 more crucial wins for their 5 points. Aaron Hollingsworth managed 2 wins, with Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings contributing a win each to earn the Warriors 4 points, but, with a 3-1 doubles win, the Natives completed a satisfying match result.
Chestfield Warriors 5 were the away team in a catch-up match against Faversham C and were relieved to narrowly beat their hosts 5-4. Lewis Marsh from Warriors 12, played up for Warriors 5 and added 2 essential wins to the 2 by John Metcalfe and 1 by Simon Howe, for Warriors to just nip the result. Mark Thomas (3) was unbeaten for Faversham and Nick Wibberley added a 4th point, but the Warriors then overcame Faversham’s resistance to card a 3-0 doubles win.
Blean A increased their lead at the top of division 2 to a massive 25 points when they overpowered Herne Bay F with an 8-1 away win in this re-arranged fixture. Tom Kwok (3) and Crystal Tseng (3) for Blean, were backed up by 2 more wins for Rob Easton with Herne Bay’s solitary point coming from Graham Waters who managed a fine win against Rob. The Bay team could do nothing to prevent the singles winners from adding a comfortable 3-0 doubles win to their singles triumph which also keeps Blean at the top of the doubles league.

Division 3

In a club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 9 and Chestfield Warriors 11, Sebastian Keeble and Paul Matthews could only manage a win each for Warriors 9 as they fell to a 7-2 home defeat. The in-form Stuart Murray-Williams maintained his 100% record in the league with 3 clean wins, and a further 3 clean wins for Paul Anthony, together with a win for Mark Dixon gave Warriors 11 a comfortable away win. Warriors 11 then proved their superiority in the doubles match, easing to a 3-0 win.
2nd placed Blean C gave no quarter to their visitors, lowly Herne Bay K who are still seeking their first league win. Derek Whiddett, Alan Dilnot and Peter Cole won all their games without reply as the Bay’s Barbara Ayling, Josie Prowse and Arnold Bearman were unable to offer a challenge, giving Blean a clean 9-0 win. Again, Blean were merciless in the doubles, their 3-0 win completing the rout.
Herne Bay H must have counted themselves somewhat fortunate when Faversham D arrived with only 2 players available. 2 wins for Paul Messenger and a win for Gerry Allen, together with the 3 conceded points was enough to give Herne Bay a 6-3 home win in a match which Faversham may have envisaged a different outcome with a full squad. 2 wins for Alan Culver and a win by Colin Floodgate gave Faversham 3 points, who then went on to prove their worth in the doubles with a 3-0 win.
League leaders Chestfield Warriors 12 needed to emulate Blean C’s earlier result in order to maintain their 12 point lead at the top, which they did with ease as they inflicted a 9-0 whitewash over their hosts, Herne Bay I. 3 clean wins for George Marsh, plus 3 wins by his brother Lewis and 3 from Rowan Brough ensured nothing changed at the top as they overwhelmed the Bay team. The unfortunate home team fared no better in the doubles as the winning Warriors eased to a 3-0 result.

Division 4

A derby match between Chestfield Warriors 19 and Chestfield Warriors 18 gave Warriors 19 a fine 4-1 win and moved them up to 2nd place in division 4. A win for Sam Millsted and 2 wins for his brother Adrian plus a match doubles win was enough for Warriors 19 to cement the victory. Jackie Meese saved Warriors 18 from a whitewash, beating Sam in the first game of the contest, but Warriors 19 dominated in the competition doubles, cruising to a 3-0 victory.
After travelling to Chestfield Warriors 13, the hopes of league honours for Herne Bay M suffered a setback when they lost 3-2 at the hands of the home team and slipped to 3rd place in the league. A win each for Jan Aldridge and Jude Quiggen plus a close match doubles win just gave the Warriors the edge. Herne Bay’s 2 points came from an undefeated Brendon Miles, but the Warriors inflicted further damage on their guests with a fine 3-0 competition doubles win.

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