League Report Week 16 - 13/02/2017

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John Metcalfe
Mon 27 Feb '17 @ 9:43am

Premier Division

After losing their first game of the season last week, league leaders Iron Room A got their campaign back on track with a welcome 7-2 home win against a resilient Hoath C. However, the result is no reflection of the match, with Hoath providing some stern opposition for their opponents. Iron Room’s Kevin Powell (3) was undefeated on the night, ably supported by Russell Bates (2) and Phil Morford (2), but Mike Howard had 2 superb wins for Hoath against Phil and Russell and narrowly lost out in a 5 leg thriller against Kevin Powell, with one leg alone, fought out over 44 points before Kevin took the leg 23-21. A 3-1 doubles win for the Iron Room brought the curtain down on an evening of entertaining, highly skilled table tennis played by both teams.

2 wins for David Emery, together with a win each for Dianne Pearce and Roger Pingram, plus 3 points conceded by the visiting 2 man team of Chestfield Warriors 1, gave Heron A a much needed 7-2 win over their guests, the result of which saw the two teams swap places in the league. The Warriors Paul Waumsley was instrumental in winning the Warriors 2 points, overcoming the challenge of Dianne and Roger with both games going to 5 legs and despite fighting hard, the Warriors finally fell to a 3-1 doubles defeat in the final game of the match.

2nd placed Hoath A came away from their hosts, Heron B with a good 6-3 away win under their belt, but in spite of the win, dropped a further point on the league leaders. 2 wins by John Glass and 1 for Arthur Martin gave Heron their 3 points, but Hoath’s Ian Mileham remained unbeaten in the match, his 3 points well supported by 2 for Andy Roberts and 1 by Simon Rudland. Heron then won the first leg of the doubles, but Hoath came back to win the next 3, adding a 3-1 doubles result to their singles victory.

2 wins by Vince Corbin, plus a win each for Simon Lee and Jackie Fok was not enough to prevent Herne Bay B falling to a 5-4 home defeat at the hands of Faversham A, who had to borrow Nicolas and Matt Waters from division 1’s Faversham B to field a full team. Once again, Faversham had to thank Harry Law, whose 3 wins paved the way to Faversham’s success, with Nicolas contributing 2 more pleasing wins for the result, keeping Faversham in 3rd place in the league. In the closing 5 leg doubles match, the visitors just managed to edge a 3-2 result.

Division 1

An 8-1 home win for Chestfield Warriors 3 over Iron Room B kept the Warriors at the top of division 1, equal on points with their nearest rivals, Faversham B, but just ahead on total legs won. Ian Blogg (3) and Adam Dyer (3), plus 2 wins by Dirk Froebrich ensured the victory, with Iron Room’s whitewash saving point coming from Tracey Deeley after a hard fought win over Dirk. The visiting Iron Room fared no better in the doubles, falling to a 3-0 defeat by the Warriors.

Chestfield Warriors 2 maintained their 3rd placed status in division 1 with a pleasing 6-3 away win over Iron Room C. Paul Whittaker and Ricky Kay both won all their games to earn the Warriors match winning 6 points, the Iron Room responding with a win each for Peter Coleman, Ted Tydeman and Brian Kennett, all of whom managed to overcome the challenge of the Warriors’ Malcolm Peaks. The closing doubles match followed the same trend as the singles result, the 3-1 win also going in favour of the visiting Warriors.

Chestfield Warriors 4 had to invite brothers George and Lewis Marsh to play up from division 3 to make up a full squad, when the Warriors travelled to lowly Choughs B for this division 1 tie. A win apiece for Dean Burfield and Joe Morgan was the only resistance offered by the home team as their guests surged to a pleasing 7-2 away win. 3 wins each for John Wickings and Lewis Marsh, plus a win for George, was enough for the Warriors to card the singles result, after which, they rounded off the evening with a 3-1 doubles win.

Division 2

Travelling to runaway league leaders Blean A with only 2 players available probably wasn’t the best game plan, as Chestfield Warriors 6 found out to their cost. Paul Simmonds, Tom Kwok and Crystal Tseng won all their available matches, and with the 3 conceded points, subjected their guests to a convincing 9-0 defeat, followed by a 3-0 doubles win for Blean.

Intense rivalry came to the fore in a club derby match between Herne Bay F and Herne Bay G, with Bay F just edging a 5-4 result. 4-1 down after five games, Herne Bay G fought back to level the match at 4-4 after eight, but Graham Waters (2) won the final singles game of the match, after 2 wins for Jim Burns and a win by Graeme Sopp, giving Herne Bay F the close win. 2 wins for Danny Reardon, plus a win each for Simon Chambers and Al Parkes earned 4 points for Bay G, who then gleaned some match satisfaction with a good 3-1 win in the doubles.

Chestfield Warriors 5 invited Shaun Reid, from Warriors 6, to play up for them as they welcomed Faversham C to their venue. He contributed 2 valuable wins as the Warriors overcame their guests with a 7-2 home win, the result moving Warriors 5 up to 3rd place in the league. John Metcalfe added 2 more wins, and an unbeaten Simon Howe smashed his way to a further 3 victories. Faversham asked Harry Hutchison from division 3 to complete their team and he managed an excellent 5 leg win over John, with Colin Blythe earning Faversham’s 2nd point, beating Shaun, but a turnaround in the doubles saw Faversham take a conciliatory 3-1 win.

Division 3

With 3 clean wins, James Ball led Herne Bay J to a convincing 8-1 victory over fellow club-mates, Herne Bay K who are still seeking their first win of the season in division 3. William Hu also had 3 wins for Bay J and the veteran, Mick Barwick added 2 more. Barbara Ayling saved her team from a whitewash with a win over Mick, but the singles winners were then surprised when their opponents hit them with a 3-2 win in the doubles.

League leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12 emphasised their domination of division 3 with a convincing 9-0 whitewash over Chestfield Warriors 9 in a derby match which extends their lead to 21 points. Rowan Brough and Lewis Marsh both had 3 clean wins, and George Marsh added 3 more, with Warriors 9’s Bob Hassam, Sebastian Keeble and Paul Matthews unable to prevent the rout.

The 9-0 whitewash of Herne Bay H by their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 8, belies just how hotly contested this match was. Several games went to five legs, and two more went to four, with many legs going over and above the required 11 points. Paul Messenger, Robert Nutter and Chris Near for Herne Bay, must count themselves very unlucky as Peter Paetow, Dave and Caroline Hanson won all their games for the Warriors to record the whitewash, before adding a 3-0 doubles result to their long evening’s table tennis.

Division 4

Chestfield Warriors 13 moved up to 3rd place in division 4 with a clean 5-0 whitewash over fellow club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 16, who are still without a win this season and remain anchored at the bottom of the league. Jan Aldridge and Jude Quiggen won all their games without dropping a leg and then added a 3-0 match doubles for the victory. The closing competition doubles match was no different as Warriors 13 eased to a comfortable 3-0 win, which puts them at the top of the doubles league.

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