League Report Week 19 & 20 - 13/03/2017

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John Metcalfe
Fri 24 Mar '17 @ 7:19pm

Premier Division

Iron Room A maintained their top position in the premier league with a comfortable 7-2 win over their visitors, Heron B. 3 wins each for the unbeaten Phil Saxby and Russell Bates, plus a win for Kevin Powell ensured the victory, with Arthur Martin and John Glass responding for the visitors with a win apiece, but the Iron Room rounded off the match when they added a 3-1 doubles win to their singles triumph.

Fully aware of the Iron Room’s win on the previous evening, 2nd placed Hoath A knew they needed a convincing win over their opponents, lowly Herne Bay B, and with a 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Hoath A, who have a game in hand over the league leaders, reduced the gap at the top to 7 points. Ian Mileham, Barry Chapman and John Ferguson, all with 3 clean wins each, overwhelmed the visiting Bay team who could find no answer to the strength of Hoath. Despite suffering the clean sweep, Herne Bay fought hard to get something from the match before just losing a 5 leg doubles match 3-2, the result keeping Hoath A equal on points at the top of the doubles league.

Mid-table Hoath B welcomed 3rd placed Herne Bay A to their venue and overcame their visitors with a fine 6-3 home win. Simon Hillier (3) and David Jeavons (3) earned the match winning 6 points for the Hoath team, with a win each for Ron Rowley, Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon, all of whom overcame the strong resistance of Hoath’s Sharon Clark, for Herne Bay’s 3 points, after which, Hoath claimed a 3-0 doubles result.

Faversham A took to the road for their fixture against Chestfield Warriors 1 and came away from the match with a closely contested 5-4 away win under their belts. Not for the first time this season, an unbeaten Harry Law was the hero of the hour for Faversham. His 3 wins supported by 2 from Allan Crowe was enough to just edge the victory, but 2 wins for Ricky Kay, playing up from division 1’s Chestfield Warriors 2, plus a win each by Ian Cooke and Paul Waumsley gave the Warriors a welcome 4 points. Un-phased by their singles loss, the home team fought back to inflict a 3-0 doubles win over their guests.

Division 1

After losing their previous 2 league games, a welcome 5-4 home win for Herne Bay C over Chestfield Warriors 4 helped them move up to 4th place in the league. Once again, Bob Edwards was the match winner for the Bay team with 3 wins, but having lost just one game all season, his record was seriously challenged by Kell Davies who took him to 5 legs before just losing out in the 5th. Mick Micklethwaite and Steve Furber both contributed a further win each for the home team’s 5 points, with the Warriors resistance coming from 2 wins apiece for Roger Jordan and Kell. Despite losing the first leg of the doubles match, Herne Bay then won the next 3 for a 3-1 win in the doubles.

A much needed win for Herne Bay D came in the form of a 7-2 result over a visiting Iron Room C. This was a much closer contest than the score-line would indicate as several games developed into long, tight battles. Herne Bay had Keith Blackmore and Chris Howard to thank, both managing 3 wins each and Paul Bee added a 7th point. For the Iron Room, Colin Sleap just lost out on two 5 leg games before coming good with a win over Paul and the hard bat of Brian Kennett won them their 2nd point. Some satisfaction for the visitors came when they just nipped a fine 3-2 doubles win.

Playing his 2nd match of the week, Ricky Kay (3) ensured Chestfield Warriors 2 stayed within 4 points of the league leaders as his team swept to an 8-1 victory over bottom of the league team Choughs B. Paul Whittaker (3) matched Ricky’s effort and Malcolm Peaks added 2 more wins. The Choughs had Russell Swain to thank for saving the whitewash with his solitary win over Malcolm, but the strength of the Warriors came through in the doubles as they eased to a 3-1 win.

Choughs A welcomed league leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 to their venue, but the welcome didn’t last too long as the Warriors overwhelmed their hosts with an 8-1 away win. Cliff Ball had the only success for the home team with an excellent win over Adam Dyer, but with 3 clean wins each by Paul Davies and Dirk Froebrich plus 2 by Adam, the Warriors eased to a comfortable victory. Choughs put up a good fight in the ensuing doubles match which went to 5 legs before Warriors added a 3-2 doubles match to their singles win.

Division 2

Sitting in mid-table, the home team of Chestfield Warriors 7 clashed with 3rd placed Herne Bay F and were pleased to come out of this close encounter with a 5-4 win. Aaron Hollingsworth led the Warriors to victory with 3 wins, and a win apiece for Jill Weaver and Linda Wickings gave them the match-winning 5 points. The visitors 4 points came from Graeme Sopp whose 2 wins were supported by a win each for Graham Waters and Jim Burns. Herne Bay found some consolation in the doubles match, reversing their singles defeat with a 3-0 doubles win.

Nick Wibberley was on song for Faversham C when they went away to play Herne Bay G who suffered a 6-3 home defeat at the hands of their guests. His 3 wins were backed up by 2 from Mark Thomas and a further win for Kevin Bourner for their 6 points. Simon Chambers managed 2 clean wins for the home team and Danny Reardon earned their 3rd point with a win over Kevin, but an emphatic 3-0 doubles win for Faversham ensured their 2nd place position in the doubles league.

With 3 wins, an undefeated Giulio Guariglia guided 2nd placed Herne Bay E to a 6-3 home win over a visiting Chestfield Warriors 5. Frank Carlucci added 2 more points and Pauline Howard contributed the Bay’s 6th point with an excellent 5 leg win over the hard hitting Simon Howe. The Warriors’ 3 points came from a very good win for Simon when he beat Frank in a 5 leg game, plus a win for Peter McCaig, playing up from division 3, and a win for John Metcalfe, both of whom managed to beat Pauline. Un-deterred by their singles loss, the Warriors gave a good account of themselves in the doubles, when they edged a 5 leg match for a 3-2 win

Division 3

Blean C had to concede 3 points to their guests, Chestfield Warriors 9, having only 2 players available, but this did not prevent them from cruising to a comfortable 6-3 home win. Laurie Newman and Peter Cole both won all their games to record the victory, overcoming the opposition of Sebastian Keeble, Paul Matthews and Bob Hassam for Warriors 9, whose 3 points came from those gifted by their hosts. The home team continued to prove their worth in the last game of the match when they eased to a 3-0 win in the doubles.

Sitting in 2nd place in division 3, Chestfield Warriors 10 were sorely tested by their hosts, Herne Bay I, currently 3rd from bottom. The Warriors won this match 5-4, courtesy of 2 wins apiece for Tim Platt and Peter McCaig and a win for Bernard Ebeck., but no-one could overcome Herne Bay’s James Ball, whose 3 wins, together with a win for Dave Goddard, earned the home team 4 very good points. The home team fared no better in the doubles, when the Warriors were pleased to add a 3-0 doubles win to their singles triumph.

An uncompromising Chestfield Warriors 8 swept away the opposition of lowly Herne Bay K with a convincing 9-0 home win. The Bay team of Barbara Ayling, Arnold Bearman and Josie Prowse had no answer to the strength of the Warriors, for whom Dave and Caroline Hanson both had 3 clean wins, plus a further 3 wins by Bill Hackney, who dropped just 1 leg in his game against Josie. The Warriors then went on to a 3-0 win in the doubles match, remaining unbeaten at the top of the division 3 doubles league.

With an 8-1 away win over Herne Bay J, the league leaders, Chestfield Warriors 12 continued on their road to division 2, and now have a 20 point lead plus a game in hand over their nearest rivals. Herne Bay were a player short for this match, conceding 3 points to the Warriors, but with 2 wins each for the unbeaten George and Lewis Marsh, plus a win for Rowan Brough, the visitors carded a convincing win. James Ball was the Bay’s saving grace with a win over Rowan for their 1 point, however a 3-0 doubles win for the visitors rounded off their dominance of this fixture.

Division 4

Currently top of division 4, Herne Bay L went to Chestfield Warriors 18 and earned themselves a fine 5-0 away win, as Linda Sopp and Val Ranken both won all their games over the Warriors’ Jan Aldridge, Jean Major and Judy Packwood, after which, the Bay team went on to add a 3-0 match doubles win for their 5 points.

In a club derby match, Chestfield Warriors 15 just managed to overcome their club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 13, with a close 3-2 win. Ricky Kay Jnr. won both his games for Warriors 15, and a win for Beth Dunkin gave them their 3rd point. Jan Aldridge earned Warriors 13 a point when she beat James Relf, with their 2nd point coming from a 3-0 win in the match doubles. Honours were even when Warriors 13 set aside the disappointment of their singles loss, winning the competition doubles game 3-0.

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