League Report Week 20 - 20/03/2017

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John Metcalfe
Sun 02 Apr '17 @ 8:54am

Premier Division

With a convincing 9-0 away win, Iron Room A extended their lead at the top of the premier division to 10 points. Heron A were their victims in this match, which saw the Iron Room’s Phil Saxby (3), Kevin Powell (3) and Ray Jordan (3) sweep away the opposition of Heron’s Dianne Pearce, Dave Emery and Roger Pingram. In the closing doubles game, the Heron team fought hard to garner something from the match, taking their opponents to 5 legs before just losing 3-2. The Iron Room, who have dominated the premier league for the last 3 seasons, have one match left to play against lowly Herne Bay B and, barring any major upset, would now appear to be set to win their 3rd consecutive league title.

A good all-round team performance by 3rd placed Herne Bay A gave them a satisfying 6-3 home win against a visiting Chestfield Warriors 1. Peter Roberts, Ron Rowley and Andy Cannon all managed 2 wins apiece for Herne Bay’s match winning 6 points, with the Warriors response coming from Alan Taylor, who having just lost out in a close 5 leg opening game against Peter, had 2 excellent wins against Ron and Andy. Paul Waumsley added the Warriors 3rd point when he just edged out Peter Roberts in another 5 leg game, after which the visitors claimed a 3-0 doubles win.

2nd placed Hoath A travelled to Faversham A knowing that they needed to emulate the league leaders earlier result in order to stay in contention for the league title. However, Harry Law put a dent in Hoath’s title hopes with 3 excellent wins for Faversham, overcoming the challenge of Barry Chapman, Phil Thomas and Simon Rudland, who all managed 2 wins apiece for Hoath’s 6 points. Despite the 6-3 win, the gap at the top has widened to 10 points, although Hoath have a game in hand over the leaders. Following the singles match, Hoath were pressed hard in the doubles, before recording a 3-2 win to stay equal on points with Iron Room A at the top of the doubles league.

Lowly Herne Bay B welcomed mid-table Hoath C to their venue but despite putting up a strong fight, were just edged out as Hoath won the match 5-4 and consigned the Bay team to playing their table tennis in division 1 next season. 2 wins by Jackie Fok, plus a win each for Steve Dawson and Simon Lee gave the home side 4 points, but an unbeaten Mike Howard (3), together with 2 wins for Clive Hollingsbee secured the victory for the visitors who then added a 3-1 doubles win to their singles triumph.

Division 1

Just three points now separate the top 3 teams in division 1 after Faversham B went to league leaders Chestfield Warriors 3 and hit them with a convincing 7-2 away win. A win each for Paul Davies and Adam Dyer was the only resistance offered by the Warriors as Nicolas Waters managed 3 superb clean wins for Faversham, ably supported by 2 wins apiece by Matthew Waters and Mark Fox. 3rd placed Faversham, who have a valuable game in hand over the top two teams, continued their winning ways with a good 3-0 doubles win.

A tense club derby match between Chestfield Warriors 4 and 2nd placed Chestfield Warriors 2 resulted in a close 5-4 away win for Warriors 2. Kell Davies was the hero for Warriors 4 with 3 excellent wins, including a superb 3-0 win over the high flying Paul Whittaker. Young Lewis Marsh, who was called up from division 3 to fill a vacant place in the Warriors 4 team, contributed a single point with a fine win over Malcolm Peakes, and just lost out in a 5 leg thriller against Paul. However, 2 wins by Paul, plus 2 for Ricky Kay and a win for Malcolm tipped the balance of this match in favour of Warriors 2, keeping their promotion hopes alive. With a 3-1 win in the doubles match, Warriors 2, who have already won the doubles league, maintained their 100% record in this section of the competition.

Iron Room B climbed into 4th spot in the league with a pleasing 6-3 win over their mid-table visitors, Herne Bay C. Kevin Beasley, Steve Bispham and Tracy Deeley all had 2 wins each for the Iron Room, but none could overcome Herne Bay’s Bob Edwards, added yet another 3 clean wins to his season’s collection, earning his team’s 3 points and putting himself at the top of the player averages in this division. However, the Iron Room rounded off a satisfying singles result with a 3-1 win in the closing doubles match.

In spite of a 5-4 home win over Herne Bay D, Whitstable Natives A slipped to 5th place in the league, level on points with Iron Room B, but separated by the difference in legs won and lost. A fine treble by Barrie Thomas ensured the Natives victory, as Adam Goodall and Nick Fairweather both added a win each for the match winning 5 points. 2 wins for Chris Howard, together with a win each for Keith Blackmore and Paul Bee gave the Bay squad their 4 points, but the intensity of this match was emphasised in the doubles when the Natives just managed to edge an exciting 5 leg game, 3-2.

Division 2

With only 2 players available, runaway league champions, Blean A were still able to manage a 5-4 win, despite conceding 3 points to their guests, Chestfield Warriors 7. 3 wins for Paul Simmonds and 2 for Rob Easton was enough to put the match beyond the Warriors reach. Aaron Hollingsworth, with a good win over Rob, added a single point to the 3 gifted by Blean, for the Warriors 4 points. The ensuing doubles match was a hard fought 5 leg game, the 3-2 result finally going in Blean’s favour.

Playing their second match of the week, Chestfield Warriors 7 were the away team in a re-arranged fixture against their club-mates, Chestfield Warriors 5, who eased to a emphatic 8-1 win. Simon Howe and John Metcalfe both recorded trebles for Warriors 5, and Shaun Reid, borrowed from Warriors 6, contributed 2 fine wins for the home team’s 8 points. Aaron Hollingsworth saved Warriors 7 from a whitewash with a win over Shaun, but Warriors 5 capitalised on their singles success with a 3-0 doubles victory.

Herne Bay F needed a good win in order to maintain their 3rd place in the league, but their determined visitors, Whitstable Natives B came away from this match with a fine 5-4 away win. The Bay’s 4 points came from 2 wins by Graeme Sopp and a win apiece for Jim Burns and Graham Waters. However, the Natives had an unbeaten Tony Causer to thank for his 3 wins, and a further 2 wins for Gordon Williams gave the Natives the result. A 5 leg doubles match followed, with the 3-2 result also going in favour of the Natives.

Playing their second match of the week, Chestfield Warriors 5 called upon the services of George Marsh from division 3’s Chestfield Warriors 12, in order to field a full team against their guests, Choughs C. George contributed 3 superb wins to the Warriors 8 points, as did Simon Howe (3) and with 2 wins by John Metcalfe, Warriors 5 carded an 8-1 home win, to move up to 3rd in the league, just 1 point behind the 2nd place team. Joe Chan had the only Choughs success with a good win over John, but with a 3-0 doubles victory, Warriors 5 rounded off a very satisfactory match result.

Division 3

Herne Bay K were overjoyed to record their first win of the season in a close derby match against club-mates, Herne Bay I. An unbeaten Charles Harman (3) engineered the 5-4 win for Herne Bay K and Josie Prowse added 2 more for their match winning 5 point total. Herne Bay I’s 4 points came from 2 wins for Dave Goddard and a win each for Colin Chaston and Les Taylor, but the jubilant Herne Bay K went on to add a 3-0 doubles win to their singles success.

A win for Bob Hassam and 2 wins for Sebastian Keeble earned Chestfield Warriors 9 3 points in their home tie against their guests, Herne Bay J, but with 3 clean wins, James Ball led his team to a fine 6-3 away win. The venerable Mick Barwick did well to add 2 more wins to James’ 3, including a long 5 leg win against Bob, and William Hu completed the result with another win. The Warriors could offer little resistance in the doubles as the Bay squad cruised to a 3-0 win.

With only 2 players available, Paul Anthony and Mark Dixon, in the guise of Chestfield Warriors 11, were always going to struggle against their visitors, Faversham D and so it proved as Faversham took full advantage of the 3 gifted points, easing to an 8-1 away win. Marc Hay and Alan Culver both won all their available games but Colin Floodgate (1) dropped a game against the Warriors’ Paul Anthony to give them a single point. Although the doubles went to 5 legs, there was no reward for the Warriors as their opponents edged a 3-2 result.

Chestfield Warriors 12, who have dominated division 3 throughout the season, established themselves as champions of the division and guaranteed themselves a place in division 2 next season with a commanding 9-0 win over Herne Bay H. The Bay’s Paul Messenger, Gerry Allan and Robert Nutter had no answer to their young visitors who swept to victory thanks to 3 clean wins apiece by George and Lewis Marsh and 3 wins by Rowan Brough, with a 3-0 doubles win also going in favour of the away team.

Playing a re-arranged fixture, Faversham D could only raise 2 players when they welcomed Chestfield Warriors 8 to their table. Peter Paetow and Dave Hanson both won all their available games, Caroline Hanson also added a further win, and with the 3 conceded points, Warriors 8 inflicted an 8-1 away win over their hosts who also fell to a 3-0 doubles loss, maintaining the Warriors 100% record in the doubles league.

With the league title already won by Chestfield Warriors 12, the chase for the runners-up spot continued as Chestfield Warriors 10 and Blean C, 2nd and 3rd respectively, clashed at the Warriors venue. 3 wins for Peter McCaig, plus 2 by Bernard Ebeck and Tim Platt gave the Warriors a valuable 7-2 home win, opening up an 8 point gap between the two teams. Derek Whiddett won 2 games for the visitors to keep their hopes of promotion alive, but Warriors 10 then took their singles success into the doubles match with a 3-1 win over their guests.

Division 4

Chestfield Warriors 16, still fighting bravely for their first league win, fell to a 4-1 home defeat in a derby match against Chestfield Warriors 19. Kerry Holmes had a pleasing win for Warriors 16 when she got the better of Sam Millsted in a 5 leg game. However, 2 wins for Adrian Millsted, a win for Sam and a 3-1 match doubles win earned Warriors 19 their 4 points. The competition doubles game also went the same way as the match doubles, Warriors 19 winning 3-1.

A 4-1 home win for Herne Bay M kept them in 2nd place in division 4, and also keeps alive their promotion hopes. Paul Miles, with 2 wins, was unbeaten in the match, Pat Hugh-Jones added a 3rd win, and together, they teamed up for a 3-0 match doubles win, earning the Bay team 4 points. Chestfield Warriors 18 were on the receiving end of the defeat, whose Jan Aldridge fended off the whitewash with a hard fought 3-0 win over Pat. Unfortunately for the Warriors, that was their only success as they lost 3-0 in the competition doubles

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