League Report Week 22 - 03/04/2017

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John Metcalfe
Mon 24 Apr '17 @ 10:03am

Premier Division

In the final week of premiership matches, Heron A welcomed Hoath B to their venue for a mid-table fixture in which the visitors could only field 2 players. Despite conceding 3 points, Hoath fought hard to earn a result, but fell at the last hurdle. With a win each for Dave and Matt Emery, plus the 3 points already carded, Heron accrued the necessary match winning 5 points. Hoath’s Simon Hillier and David Jeavons both managed 2 wins apiece for Hoath, and with the score at 4-4 after 8 games, the final game of the evening saw Dave Emery pushed to the limit before he edged out David Jeavons in a 5 leg thriller, for Heron’s match winning 5th point. However, retribution for Hoath came in the doubles match as they eased to a 3-0 win.

With a fine 7-2 home win, Herne Bay A secured 3rd place in the league as they overcame the challenge of a visiting Hoath C. Ron Rowley was instrumental in setting up the victory for Herne Bay with 3 clean wins supported by team-mates Andy Cannon and Peter Roberts who both added 2 more each for the Bay’s 7 points. Hoath’s 2 points came courtesy of Mike Howard with unbeaten wins over Peter and Andy, after which, Hoath claimed a 3-0 doubles victory.

Hoath A established themselves as runners-up in the premier league with a convincing 8-1 away win over Chestfield Warriors 1. The Warriors solitary point came from Joe Britnall, who manage a clean win over Ian Mileham, but Andy Roberts (3) and John Ferguson (3), were both unbeaten on the night, and 2 more wins from Ian gave Hoath the result. In the closing doubles match, a 3-0 triumph for Hoath earned them the premier doubles title, putting them 1 point ahead of Iron Room A.

For the 3rd year in succession, Iron Room A are the premier division singles champions after a 9-0 whitewash over their host team, Herne Bay B. The Bay’s 2-man team of Vince Corbin and Simon Lee had no answer to the Iron Room domination, although Vince did take Ray Jordan to 5 legs before just losing out in the 5th. Martin Hewitt and Kevin Powell won all their available games cleanly, and with Ray winning his available games, Iron Room established the success. In the final game of the evening, a 3-1 doubles win for the Iron Room put them in the runner-up spot in the doubles league.

Division 1

A 6-3 home win for Chestfield Warriors 3 over their guests Iron Room C, has helped to keep their tenuous hopes of league honours alive despite trailing 6 points behind the league leaders, with both teams having one game left to play. Team captain Adam Dyer (3) set the example, winning all his games, supported by 2 wins for Paul Davies and 1 win by Ian Blogg. Jeff Jordan managed 2 good wins for the Iron Room, and Brian Kennett, whose games all went to 5 legs, earned their 3rd point with a win over Ian. Not to be outdone however, the Iron Room put their singles loss behind them to just pinch a 3-2 win in the doubles.

With just 5 points separating the top 3 teams in division 1, league leaders Faversham B went to Chestfield Warriors 4 knowing that every point is vital, and with a fine 7-2 away win, Faversham now have a 6 point lead over Chestfield Warriors 3, the only team who can catch them. Lewis Marsh, playing up from division 3, and Roger Jordan both managed a win over Callum McDonagh to give the Warriors 2 points, but Nicolas and Matthew Waters both had 3 wins apiece to give Faversham 6 points, and a win for Callum gave them a 7 point total. A close 5 leg doubles match followed, finally won by Faversham, completing their evening’s successful table tennis.

Chestfield Warriors 2 played their final match of the season, away to Herne Bay C, and with a fine 6-3 away win, the Warriors maintained their 2nd placed position, just 3 points ahead of club-mates Chestfield Warriors 3, who still have one match to play. Paul Whittaker, Malcolm Peaks and Ricky Kay all had 2 wins each for the Warriors, but none could overcome Herne Bay’s Bob Edwards, whose 3 wins take him on a 42 games unbeaten run, keeping him top of the player averages in division 1. Herne Bay fared no better in the closing doubles match, as their guests eased to a 3-0 win.

Bottom but one team, Choughs A travelled to 4th placed Iron Room B, and surprised their hosts with an excellent 5-4 away win. The Iron Room’s Mike Holiday was unbeaten in the match, his 3 points being supplemented by a further win by Tracey Deeley. Tracey was also unfortunate to just lose a 5 leg thriller against Steve Powell, in which the 5th leg went to 17-15 in Steve’s favour. Choughs match winning 5 points came through 2 wins for Roy Coles, 2 for Steve and a win for Roy Baker, but the Iron Room hit back to win a hotly contested doubles match 3-1.

Division 2

A club derby match between Herne Bay G and Herne Bay E saw Herne Bay E retain their 2nd place spot in the league with a 6-3 away win, Steve Richardson and Giulio Guariglia both having 3 wins each to earn Bay E’s 6 points. Herne Bay G responded with a win each for Danny Reardon, Simon Chambers and Al Parkes, who all overcame Bay E’s Pauline Howard, to give the home team their 3 points. The ensuing doubles match was closely contested and went to 5 legs before Herne Bay E added the doubles to their singes win.

Two teams playing their last match of the season were 4th placed Faversham C and their guests, Chestfield Warriors 7 who are sitting comfortably in mid-table. 4-1 down after 5 games, the Warriors fought back to win the last 4 games establishing a very satisfying 5-4 away win. 3 wins for Aaron Hollingsworth were complimented by a win for Linda Wickings and 1 for George Marsh, playing up from division 3, giving the visitors the excellent result. Harry Hutchison, also playing up from division 3 for Faversham, managed 2 good wins, supported by a win apiece for Mark Thomas and Kevin Bourner. In a 5 leg doubles match, Warriors showed their mettle, coming back twice before winning the final leg to add a 3-2 doubles result to their singles victory.

Graham Waters and Jim Burns both carded 2 wins, and together with a win by Graeme Sopp, Herne Bay F recorded a narrow 5-4 home win over a visiting Blean B. Kevin West and Dave Mason both managed 2 wins for the visitors, to give them 4 points, but Herne Bay took their singles success into the closing doubles match, winning this part of the contest 3-1.

Currently sitting in 3rd place in the league, Chestfield Warriors 5 kept their faint hopes of a runners-up spot alive with an excellent 8-1 home win over Whitstable Natives B. Lewis Marsh, playing up from division 3, contributed 3 superb clean wins to the score line, John Metcalfe also added 3 more wins, and with 2 from Simon Howe, the Warriors eased to a comfortable result, Dave Block saving the Natives from a whitewash with a good win over Simon. In the doubles match, the Warriors went 2-1 down before coming back by winning the last 2 games, giving them a 3-2 doubles win. With the singles win, Warriors 5 have reduced the gap between themselves and 2nd placed Herne Bay E to 7 points, both teams having one match left to play.

Division 3

Chestfield Warriors 9 were subjected to an 8-1 home defeat by a visiting 3rd placed Faversham D, who had Mark Hay and Alan Culver on song, both managing 3 wins each, and with 2 by Colin Floodgate cruised to the comfortable away win. Bob Hassam was the Warriors saving grace with a win over Colin, thus preventing a whitewash, but that was all the resistance the Warriors team could offer as they fell to a 3-0 defeat in the doubles.

Despite having already clinched the division 3 singles title, Chestfield Warriors 12 gave no quarter when they clashed with Chestfield Warriors 8 in this club derby match. With 3 clean wins by Rowan Brough, brothers Lewis and George Marsh added 3 more wins each in a 9-0 rout of their opponents. A modicum of resistance came from Caroline Hanson, who was unfortunate to lose a 5 leg game against Lewis, but with a 3-0 doubles win, Warriors 12 completed the whitewash.

A good all-round team performance by Blean C in their last game of the season, earned them a 6-3 home win over Herne Bay J. Derek Whiddett, Peter Cole and Laurie Newman all had 2 wins each for their match-winning 6 points. However, no-one could overcome Herne Bay’s young James Ball, who, in winning all his matches, earned his team 3 points. Putting their singles disappointment behind them, Herne Bay J went on to take a 3-0 doubles result in the last match of the evening.

Chestfield Warriors 10 continued their claim for the runners-up place in division 3 with a convincing 7-2 home victory over Herne Bay H. A pleasing treble by Tim Platt, plus a hat-trick of wins by Peter McCaig and a win for Bernard Ebeck gave Warriors the 7 points, putting the match beyond the reach of their opponents. Paul Messenger and Roger Townsin both overcame Bernard, to earn the Bay team 2 points, but the Warriors dominance continued into the doubles as they eased to a 3-0 win, keeping them in contention for the doubles title. Warriors 10 must now await the outcome of Faversham D’s final match of the season to see if they retain their 2nd place in the league.

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