League Report Week 18 - 27/02/2017

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John Metcalfe
Thu 09 Mar '17 @ 12:34pm

Premier Division

League leaders Iron Room A’s command of the premier division came under serious threat as their guests, mid-table Hoath B took them to the limit before Iron Room just managed to edge a tough 5-4 home win. Phil Morford and Phil Saxby had 2 wins each for the Iron Room, and with the match score at 4-3 after 7 games, Russell Bates sealed the result in Iron Room’s favour with a 3-1 win over Simon Hillier. Hoath were grateful for the long awaited return of an unbeaten Richard Carden whose 3 wins were supported by a 4th from David Jeavons, but the Iron Room finally rounded off the encounter when they added a 3-1 doubles match to their singles victory.

Hoath C travelled to Heron A and inflicted a fine 6-3 away win over their hosts, thanks to 3 wins for Mike Howard. Chris Hearn contributed 2 more and Clive Hollingsbee provided their 6th point with a win over Roger Pingram. The Heron’s resistance came from 2 wins by Dave Emery, with Dianne Pearce overcoming the challenge of Clive with a 3-1 win, to earn their 3rd point. However, some consolation for the home team came in the form of a hard fought 3-0 win in the closing doubles match.

After their loss in the previous week, 4th placed Faversham A got their campaign back on track with a close 5-4 home win over 3rd placed Herne Bay A. Once again, Faversham’s Harry Law dominated, with hat-trick of clean wins, supported by 2 from Allen Crowe for the match winning 5 points. Ron Rowley provided 2 wins for the Bay team, and a win apiece for Andy Cannon and Peter Roberts gave them their 4 points, but a 3-0 doubles result also went in favour of the triumphant home team.

Herne Bay B remain rooted at the bottom of the league after suffering an 8-1 home defeat at the hands of Chestfield Warriors 1. Vince Corbin staved off the whitewash, beating Ian Cooke in the first game of the evening, but 3 satisfying wins for Paul Waumsley and Lee Edgington, plus a further 2 for Ian ended Herne Bay’s resistance, with the Warriors adding to the home team’s woes when they eased to a 3-1 win in the doubles match.

Division 1

Despite a 6-3 home defeat by 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 2, Chestfield Warriors 3 remain top of division 1, however their lead has now been reduced to 4 points. Team captain Adam Dyer had 2 good wins for Warriors 3 and Paul Davies chipped in with a 3rd, but no-one could overcome Warriors 2’s Paul Whittaker (3) who, having lost only 1 game this season, instigated the victory. Paul’s supremacy however, was seriously challenged by Adam in a 5 leg thriller, in which Adam came back from 2 legs down to level the game before just losing out in the 5th. Ricky Kay added 2 more wins to Paul’s 3 and Malcolm Peaks managed an excellent 5 leg win over Dirk Froebrich for Warriors 2’s 6th point. The winning Warriors 2 then cemented their evening’s work with a fine 3-1 win in the doubles match, keeping them at the top of the doubles league, clear by 6 points.

An unbeaten Kell Davies (3) was Chestfield Warriors 4’s only shining light as they fell to a 6-3 home defeat, inflicted by their visitors, Iron Room B. An all-round team performance by Jeff Jordan, Steve Bispham and Mike Holiday, all of whom had 2 wins apiece, ensured the Iron Room’s match winning 6 points, who followed up their singles win with a closely contested 3-2 doubles result.

Faversham B spurned an opportunity to move up to 2nd place in the league when they travelled to Iron Room C, who triumphed in this contest with a superb 6-3 home win. An undefeated Jeff Jordan’s 3 wins was matched by Brian Kennett, who also contributed a further 3 points. Matthew Waters, Callum McDonagh and Mark Fox all managed to overcome a determined Peter Coles to earn 3 points for Faversham, who were then delighted to compensate for their singles defeat edging a 3-2 doubles win in a tight 5 leg game.

With 3 wins, Adam Goodall engineered a satisfying 6-3 home win for Whitstable Natives A over their guests, Choughs A. Barrie Thomas’s contribution of 2 wins, and 1 by Nick Fairweather clinched the result for the home team. The Choughs points came courtesy of 2 good wins for Cliff Ball and a win for Roy Baker, but then, in the final game of the night, they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat in the doubles match .

02/03/17 Choughs B H Bay C

Division 2

Blean A’s dominance of division 2 has finally been broken, as was their 100% record when their visitors, Herne Bay E hit them with a 5-4 away win. Giulio Guariglia not only had 3 wins for the Bay team, but in doing so, destroyed the 100% record of Blean’s Tom Kwok. In an evening of intense, reputation shattering table tennis, Steve Richardson also came good with a further 2 wins for Herne Bay, giving them the essential match winning 5 points. Blean’s response came from 2 wins for Tom Kwok, a win each for Crystal Tseng and Rob Easton, and a 3-1 win in the doubles, but the match credits go to an exuberant Herne Bay E.

Currently sitting in 5th place in the league, Faversham C welcomed the 2-man team, of bottom of the league side, Chestfield Warriors 6 to their venue. The Warriors invited Stuart Murray-Williams to make up their second player in order to fulfil the fixture. It proved to be a good choice as Stuart, who is top of the division 3 player averages with a 100% record, remained undefeated on the night with 3 wins. Shaun Reid managed a further 2 wins to give the Warriors an excellent 5-4 away winning result. Nick Wibberley had the only success for Faversham, adding a single point to the 3 points conceded by the Warriors. The visitors, who have several games in hand, proved their mettle and disproved their lowly league position when, after losing the 1st leg in the doubles they fought back for a 3-1 win over their disappointed hosts.

In a re-arranged fixture between Blean A and Chestfield Warriors 7, Blean sportingly played out the match with only 2 players available and in spite of conceding 3 points, still managed a 5-4 win. This was their second match of the week and the result puts them in an unassailable position in the league, guaranteeing them the division 2 championship. Paul Simmonds was undefeated in the match, his 3 points ably supported on the night by 2 wins from Rob Easton, with Aaron Hollingsworth managed the Warriors only win, adding a 4th point to the 3 concede by Blean, but with a 3-2 win in the doubles, Blean also secured the doubles championship.

Herne Bay F maintained their tenuous hold on their 3rd place in the league with a convincing 7-2 home win over Choughs C. A Graham Waters treble led the way to Herne Bay’s win, and with 2 wins apiece for Graeme Sopp and Jim Burns, they carded a fine result. For the visitors, Richard Partridge managed to overcome the resistance of Graeme in a tight 5 leg game, and Joe Chan registered a pleasing 3-1 win over Jim, but with the singles win in their pocket, Herne Bay took their success into the doubles with a 3-1 win.

Having to concede 3 points, Whitstable Natives B could only field 2 players for their home fixture against Blean B, A relieved Blean squad were happy to record a 5-4 away win over their hosts, thanks to 2 wins for Kevin West and the 3 gifted points. David Block (2) and Barry Cook (2) earned the 4 points for the Natives, who, with a 3rd player, may have hoped for a different outcome in this match, and the defeat was compounded when Blean took a 3-2 win in a hotly contested 5 leg doubles match.

Needing a 3rd player, George Marsh from Warriors 12 was called into action by Chestfield Warriors 5 for their home match against Herne Bay E. George proved his calling with 3 excellent wins, as Warriors 5 won the contest 7-2, with Simon Howe, also unbeaten, added 3 more wins. John Metcalfe provided their 7th point with a win over Danny Reardon in the last singles game, but Simon Chambers and Al Parkes earned a point apiece for the Bay team as they both overcame John. The ensuing doubles match was a really tight affair with Herne Bay just pinching a 5 leg thriller to atone for their singles defeat.

Division 3

With 3 clean wins, Tim Platt led Chestfield Warriors 10 to a convincing 9-0 whitewash over fellow club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 9 in this club derby match. Tim was supported by 3 wins each from Bernard Ebeck and Peter McCaig as they overpowered the opposition of Sebastian Keeble, Paul Matthews and Bob Hassam. The losing home team could do no better in the doubles as Warriors 10 completed the rout with a 3-1 victory.

Stuart Murray –Williams continued his winning ways and kept his 100% record intact as the 2-man team of Chestfield Warriors 11 beat a visiting Herne Bay J 5-4. Having lost the first game of the match, Paul Anthony then came back strongly to add 2 more wins to Stuart’s 3 for the Warriors 5 points. With 3 points already secured, Herne Bay’s James Ball had their only win when he overcame Paul, but some consolation came in the doubles for the Bay team, when, after losing the first leg, they fought back to take a 3-1 win.

League leaders Chestfield Warriors 12 confirmed their superiority in division 3 when they welcomed 2nd placed Blean C to their venue and cruised to a 7-2 home win. With 3 wins for Lewis Marsh, plus 2 from his brother George and 2 by Rowan Brough, the Warriors overcame the challenge of Blean’s Alan Dilnot (1), Laurie Newman (1) and Derek Whiddett. Although they fought back hard, Blean also just lost out in the doubles, the balance of the 5 leg game also going in favour of the triumphant Warriors.

3rd from bottom in the league, Herne Bay I travelled to 4th placed Chestfield Warriors 8 and surprised the home team with a good 5-4 away win. With 3 wins for James Ball and 2 from Colin Chaston the Bay team amassed the match winning 5 points. Warriors 8’s response came from 2 wins for Dave Hanson and a win each for Caroline Hanson and Bill Hackney, and a 3-0 doubles win for the Warriors sees them topping the doubles league.

Division 4

Although bottom of division 4 without a win this season so far, Chestfield Warriors 16 gave a good account of themselves when they lost 3-2 to club-mates Chestfield Warriors 15. Mark and Kerry Holmes managed a win each for Warriors 16, but couldn’t overcome Ricky Kay Jnr., whose 2 wins, plus a match doubles win just gave Warriors 15 the win. However, after coming from behind twice, Warriors 16 were pleased to card their second doubles win of the season with a 3-2 competition doubles result.

Chestfield Warriors 13 were given a tough match by bottom but one team Chestfield Warriors 17 in this club derby match. Jan Aldridge won both her games for Warriors 13, but with a win each by Kenny McCaig and Owen Whatley for their opponents, it took a 3-1 match doubles win to decide the outcome of this match, which a relieved Warriors 13 accepted gratefully. Not to be out done, Warriors 17 gleaned some satisfaction from the contest with a 3-1 win the final competition doubles match of the evening.

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