League Report Week 17 - 20/02/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 03 Mar '17 @ 9:50am

Premier Division

As the league leaders were without a game this week, 2nd placed Hoath A seized the opportunity to reduce the gap at the top to 4 points, with an emphatic 9-0 whitewash of their visitors, Heron A. A dominant Ian Mileham set the trend of this match with 3 clean wins, and his team-mates John Ferguson (3) and Simon Rudland (3) were also unbeaten as they overwhelmed the opposition of David Emery, Roger Pingram and Dianne Pearce. A 3-0 Hoath win in the closing doubles match moved them up to top position in the doubles league.

Undeterred by the lack of a player, the 2 man team of Hoath B eased to a 6-3 home win over Faversham A, whose only 3 points came from the games conceded by Hoath. Simon Hillier and David Jeavons instigated the Hoath win with 3 wins each over Faversham’s Matthew Hudson, Harry Law and Mark Waters, although Simon was pushed to the limit by Harry in a long 5 leg thriller during the last singles game of the contest, which was finally edged by Simon. Hoath B then capped their evening’s success with a good 3-0 doubles triumph.

A hat-trick of victories within a week was recorded by Hoath Table Tennis Club when Hoath C overcame the challenge of their visitors, Heron B, to card a 6-3 home win. With 3 wins, Mike Howard led the Hoath team to the victory, supported by 2 from Ben Greenwood and Clive Hollingsbee contributing their 6th point. Matthew Emery had 2 good wins for Heron, including a long 5 leg battle against Ben, and a win for team-mate Arthur Martin earned their 3rd point, after which, Hoath added a 5 leg doubles win to their evening’s work.

Ron Rowley, Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon for Herne Bay A romped to a 9-0 whitewash over lowly club-mates, Herne Bay B, thus maintaining their 3rd place in the premier division. 3 clean wins for Peter, plus 3 for Ron and Andy proved to be too much for the challenge of Vince Corbin, Jackie Fok and Steve Dawson, but the losing Bay B team were grateful for a 3-0 doubles result.

Division 1

A 5-4 away win for division 1 leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 against Herne Bay C keeps them at the top of the league with a 5 point gap. However their nearest rivals, Faversham B, were without a game this week and now have a game in hand. With the score at 4-4 after eight games, Dirk Froebrich (2) won the last game of the evening to give the Warriors the match result. Dirk was supported by 2 wins for Ian Blogg and a win by Adam Dyer, but once again, Herne Bay’s Bob Edwards was unbeaten on the night, giving his team 3 points, and Steve Furber, with an excellent win over Adam, earned their 4th. After their singles disappointment, the Bay team came back strongly in the doubles, going 2 legs down before winning the next 3 to take a pleasing 3-2 doubles win.

Rooted at the bottom of division 1, Choughs B were subjected to a 7-2 away defeat when they travelled to Iron Room B, the win moving the Iron Room up 3 places to 5th in the league. Kevin Beasley, with 3 clean wins, led the way to victory, with Mike Holiday and Tracey Deeley both adding 2 wins apiece to Kevin’s 3. Choughs only resistance came from 2 fine wins for Dean Burfield, but a 5 leg doubles match ended in favour of the triumphant Iron Room.

Chestfield Warriors 2 welcomed Whitstable Natives A to their venue, and thanks to 3 clean wins for Paul Whittaker and 3 wins for Ricky Kay, the Warriors inflicted a 6-3 win over their visitors. Adam Goodall, Nick Fairweather and Barrie Thomas all managed a win each for the Natives, and after winning the first 2 legs in the ensuing doubles game, lost the next 3 to give the winning Warriors a 3-2 doubles victory.

An undefeated Roy Coles was on hand to give Choughs A, who are bottom but one in the league, a welcome 6-3 home win over their guests, Iron Room C. With a further 2 wins for Cliff Ball and a win for Heather Robinson, Choughs earned the match winning 6 points, moving them within 2 points of the team above. Brian Kennett had 2 good wins over Cliff and Heather to give Iron Room 2 points, and Peter Coles also overcame Heather for their 3rd point, with the Iron Room then claiming a 3-0 doubles result.

Division 2

An unbeaten Barry Cook (3) plus 2 wins for David Block, helped Whitstable Natives B secure a close 5-4 away win over their hosts, Chestfield Warriors 7. Aaron Hollingsworth managed 2 wins for the Warriors, and a win each for Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings earned the home team 4 points, but the Natives closed the contest with a 3-1 win in the final doubles match.

Danny Reardon (1) and Simon Chambers (1) provided the only resistance offered by Herne Bay G when they welcomed the unbeaten, runaway league leaders Blean A, to their venue. With the 7-2 away win, Blean now have a 44 point lead at the top of division 2 and still have 4 matches to play. Tom Kwok had 3 clean wins for Blean and 3 further wins for Paul Simmonds plus a win by Rob Easton gave Blean a comfortable 7 points. The doubles match was a much closer affair, in which Blean just managed a 3-2 win after 5 legs.

A close encounter between Blean B and Faversham C ended with a welcome 5-4 away win for Faversham who were grateful for the contribution of an unbeaten Mark Thomas (3) and 2 good wins for Colin Blythe, earning them the match winning 5 points. Blean’s 4 points came from 2 wins for Kevin West and a win each for Keith Ackland and Dave Mason. Faversham’s win moves them back up to 3rd in the league, above Chestfield Warriors 5 who were without a game this week and dropped to 5th place. Determined to overcome their singles loss, Blean B then surprised their visitors with a convincing 3-1 doubles win.

An intense derby match between Herne Bay E and Herne Bay F concluded with a magnificent win for Bay F over their 2nd placed club rivals. Giulio Guariglia was the hero of the hour for Herne Bay E with 3 wins, and Steve Richardson added 1 more. Graham Waters and Jim Burns both had 2 wins each for the victors, with their 5th point coming from a win for Graeme Sopp, the match result pushing Herne Bay F up to 4th in the league, above Warriors 5 who now have 2 games in hand. A turnaround in the doubles gave the disappointed Herne Bay E team a compensatory 3-1 doubles win.

Division 3

A well earned 5-4 win just gave 2nd placed Blean C the edge over their guests, Chestfield Warriors 11. Stuart Murray-Williams, who, in maintaining his 100% record, earned the Warriors 3 points, with Paul Anthony adding a 4th. A win by Peter Cole, and 2 wins for Alan Dilnot gave Blean 3 points, and with the match finely balanced at 4-4 after 8 games, Laurie Newman won his 2nd game of the contest in the last singles game, to clinch the result in Blean’s favour. A hotly contested doubles match followed, which went to 5 legs before Blean added a 3-2 win to their singles success.

An all-round team performance by Herne Bay I gave them a satisfying 6-3 home win over their guests Chestfield Warriors 9. Colin Chaston, Les Taylor and Dave Goddard all had 2 wins apiece for Herne Bay, but non could overcome the Warriors saviour, young Sebastian Keeble, who was unbeaten on the night, with 3 excellent clean wins. However the Warriors misfortunes continued into the doubles when they fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Peter McCaig saved Chestfield Warriors 10 from a whitewash against division 3’s runaway league leaders, Chestield Warriors 12, who convincingly won this club derby match 8-1. Brothers George and Lewis Marsh both had 3 clean wins, and with 2 wins from Paul Anthony, Warriors 12 now have opened up a 24 point lead at the top of division 3. There was no change of fortunes in the doubles, as the singles winners closed the evening with a 3-1 doubles win.

Division 4

A resilient Chestfield Warriors 15 team fell to a 4-1 home defeat against a strong Herne Bay M squad, who are currently 2nd in division 4. Ricky Kay Jnr. saved the Warriors from a whitewash with a superb 3-0 win over the Bay’s Pat Hugh-Jones, in which one long leg was played out over 32 points. However, with wins by Paul Miles and Paul Connolly, a further win by Pat, plus a match doubles win, Herne Bay M sealed the victory, together with a 3-1 win in the competition doubles match.

Playing his second match of the week, Kenny McCaig had 2 clean wins for Chestfield Warriors 17 against fellow club-mates, bottom of the league, Chestfield Warriors 16 who are still looking for their first league win. Kenny’s team-mate Owen Whatley chipped in with 2 more wins, and together the two young players added a 3-0 match doubles result to inflict a 5-0 win over their battling club-mates. Warriors 17 then went on to claim a keenly contested 3-0 competition doubles win.

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