A great day of table tennis was on view at the annual Bucks County Inter-League competition on Sunday at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association. Multiple times past winners Milton Keynes have yet to win the main competition since it’s reincarnation in 2015 after an 8 year lapse. 4 Leagues provided 8 teams between them split into 2 Divisions of 4 teams, a tried and tested format for a great day’s play. Aylesbury had two teams in the top section with one from High Wycombe and one from Milton Keynes.




Aylesbury put in two strong teams with Steve Munson, Andy Misseldine and Elson Costa in the A Team and Dave Ralls, Darren Palmer and Gary Keers representing the B Team. As it turned out both teams played well on the day with the A Team unlucky not to take the title and the B Team ousting the Milton Keynes A Team to finish in third place.


High Wycome ’A’ successfully defended their title in a thrilling finish against 2017 champions Aylesbury ‘A’ with Milton Keynes ‘A’ (Alan Cherry, Craig Brown, Guy Sparrow) a distant 4th after losing all their matches, including the ‘wooden spoon’ battle with Aylesbury ‘B’. Alan put up most resistance on the day with 5 wins from 9, Craig won twice and Guy just the once, a surprise defeat of Steve Munson from Aylesbury A. Steve was again centre of attention in his match against Dave Croucher (Wycombe A) which he sensationally lost 3-2 after being 7-2 up in the fifth leg.  


Wycombe A and Aylesbury A were neck and neck at the top and met in the last match. Andy Misseldine (Aylesbury A) recouped Steve’s earlier loss to Dave Croucher with a stunning 5 set victory against top individual, Robert Hansell, to leave the title decider between Steve and Danny Baxter as a ‘winner take all’ match which, after 8 sets, stood at 4-4. The well matched combatants played up to their usual standard to give the sizeable audience, who had stayed to watch, an excellent display with their attractive attacking/counter attacking styles. Fittingly it went to deuce in the 5th before a grateful Danny eased home to give Wycombe the Title once again. 


Many commentators remarked on the high standard of play this year, stronger than before and it’s great for the County that this competition appeals to so many of the top men. Many games went to 5 sets with deuce in the fifth so it was close all day long leaving the contestants well fatigued at the end.





MK ‘B’ won this division 2 years ago, albeit with a stronger side, but sank this time to a third place finish, just above MK ’C’ who brought up the rear, after losing all 3 matches. The ‘B’ side got off to a flying start in beating the ‘C’ team 7-2 with just the couple of wins going against the grain when Jit Pitamber hit through Tomek Nowakowski and Andy Smith out pushed Ioan Constantin. The crunch set of the day came at 4-4 in their next match against Chalfonts. Dave Wackrill was still unbeaten at this stage and faced Janu Aurelian, a formidable pimple bat blocker/hitter. He was much too good and with that loss went MK’s expectations of a top 2 finish.


High Wycome ‘B’ are the current holders and fielded a strong 4-man squad intent on keeping their title, which they did with ease. They put out Hari Vennapusa, Nick Lee and (MK Spinner and Aylesbury Sports regular) Tim Cheek against MK ‘B’ to win 6-2. MK’s 2 wins came from Tomek who, after 2 moderate performances in the earlier matches was sensational in this one, coming close to a hat-trick with a deuce in the 5th loss to Tim. He shone like a jewel with wins over Hari, in 4 games, and Nick, in 5 (Nick’s only defeat of the day). Tomek’s first match point against Hari was interrupted by Andy Smith, who came crashing through the barriers from an adjoining court in an attempt at recovering a forehand smash from Chalfonts opponent Nigel Naylor-Smith. At the bequest of the organiser the last set of this match (Tim v Dave Wackrill) remained unplayed in order that the event would not overrun.


MK ‘C’’ team was a mixture of youth and experience, giving Dylan Cox a chance to play at this level with no pressure. He acquitted himself well despite having just one win to show for his day’s efforts. which was against another youngster, Chalfont’s Harry Maxwell. Andy won 3 sets in all and Jiten 2.


Many thanks to Referee, Mike Atkinson, who ran the competition with his usual efficiency.

AYLESBURY A21171017 
AYLESBURY B12101710 
Robert Hansell (High Wycombe A)98188.9 
Andy Misseldine (Aylesbury A)98188.9 
Danny Baxter (High Wycombe A)97277.8 
Alan Cherry (Milton Keynes A)95455.6 
Dave Ralls (Aylesbury B) 95455.6 
Elson Costa(Aylesbury A) 95455.6 
Mark Banks (High Wycombe A)63350.0 
Steve Munson (Aylesbury A)94544.4 
Darren Palmer (Aylesbury B)93633.3 
Dave Croucher (High Wycombe B)31233.3 
Craig Brown(Milton Keynes A)92722.2 
Gary Keers (Aylesbury B) 92722.2 
Guy Sparrow (Milton Keynes A)91811.1 
The Sewell Trophy for the most wins by a Bucks player was won by Robert Hansell. 
MILTON KEYNES B12131313(4-5)
Dave Croucher (High Wycombe B)330100.0 
Nick Lee (High Wycombe B)98188.9 
Yanu Aurelian (Chalfonts) 98188.9 
Tim Cheek (High Wycombe B)87187.5 
Dave Wackrill (Milton Keynes B)85362.5 
Tomek Nowakowski (Milton Keynes B)95455.6 
Hari Vennapusa (High Wycombe B) 63350.0 
Andy Smith (Milton Keynes C)93633.3 
Nigel Naylor-Smith (Chalfonts)93633.3 
Harry Maxwell (Chalfonts) 31233.3 
Ioan Constantin (Milton Keynes B)93633.3 
Jiten Pitamber (Milton Keynes C)92722.2 
Nigel Wong (Chalfonts) 61516.7 
Dylan Cox (Milton Keynes C)91811.1 
Tim Cheek & Dave Wackrill did not play as usual    




Last February Aylesbury won a County Inter League Table Tennis Competition, an event that was reincarnated in 2015 after an 8 year break. Last Sunday (27 Nov) at Quarrendon, they defended their Title against High Wycombe, Milton Keynes (winners of multiple competitions in the previous format) and a second Aylesbury Team. The A Team substituted Lee Rogerson with Ridgeway’s Gary Keer joining Steve Munson and Dave Ralls. Wycombe who came second by a whisker in February were represented by Robert Hansell, Danny Baxter and Mark Banks. Haddenham’s Andy Misseldine, Mark Scott and Darren Palmer were Aylesbury B whilst Milton Keynes had Dakshin Subramanian, Alan Cherry and Mark Purcell.



Aylesbury fielded a strong team in defence of their title but came second best to High Wycombe this time. MK lost 8-1 to Wycombe and 5-4 to Aylesbury. Dakshin Subramanain showed good form in taking the set against Wycombe with a win over Mark Banks followed by a brace against Aylesbury, who also had their 2nd team in this division losing every match. MK beat them 6-3 with a maximum from Dakshin, a brace from Alan Cherry and Mark Purcell’s only win of the day, when he beat Darren Palmer. Robert Hansell took the Sewell Trophy for being the best player, unbeaten despite a late attempt by Andy Misseldine to upset the statistics, losing in 5 excellent sets, right at the end of the day. Danny Baxter lost once only and Mark Banks twice, giving Wycombe the Title by 12 points from second placed Aylesbury A. The top Aylesbury player was Steve Munson on 66%, although this doesn’t tell the full story, given that he was on the losing end of three 5 set matches. It was a long and enjoyable day well organised by Mike Atkinson.



MK ‘B’ won this division last year with Dan Appanna, Nigel Metcalfe and Peter Bannister. Unfortunately illness to Ollie Horswell severely hampered MK ‘B’s side this time. He bravely opted to play in the opening match with the MK ‘C’ team though unfit to do so and lost easily to Carl Furness, Biao Wang and Dave Wackrill. Ollie wisely decided not to continue and went home, leaving the team a man down for the other matches, a 4-5 loss to Chalfont and an 8-1 defeat to High Wycombe. Tom Nowakowski and Minesh Pitamber made up the team and played well without much luck for a brace each against Chalfont while the side’s consolation win against High Wycombe came courtesy of Tom’s win over Julie Lawrence. Minesh took Tim Cheek, unbeaten on the day, to a deciding game here as baby brother JIten was winning the Handicap Singles event back at MKTTC.


MK’C’s 6-3 win over MK’B’ included a maximum from Dave and a brace from Biao Wang. They crashed out to Wycombe 7-2 with just Biao and Dave beating Julie, before recovering to take 2nd spot with a 6-3 win over Chalfont (Biao 3, Dave 2 and a win from Carl in his last set of the day).


It was a long and enjoyable day well organised by Mike Atkinson. Many Thanks Mike.

Robert Hansell (High Wycombe A)990100.0
Danny Baxter (High Wycombe A)98188.9
Mark Banks (High Wycombe A)97277.8
Steve Munson (Aylesbury A)96366.7
Dakshin Subramanian(Milton Keynes A)95455.6
Alan Cherry (Milton Keynes A)95455.6
Dave Ralls (Aylesbury A) 94544.4
Andy Misseldine (Aylesbury B)93633.3
Mark Scott (Aylesbury B) 92722.2
Gary Keers (Aylesbury A) 92722.2
Darren Palmer (Aylesbury B)92722.2
Mark Purcell (Milton Keynes A)91811.1
The Sewell Trophy for the most wins by a Bucks player was won by Robert Hansell.
Tim Cheek (High Wycombe B)880100.0
Dave Croucher (High Wycombe B)550100.0
Mark Croucher (High Wycombe B)330100.0
Dave Wackrill (Milton Keynes C)96366.7
Biao Wang (Milton Keynes C)96366.7
Julie Lawrence (High Wycombe B)85362.5
Tomek Nowakowski (Milton Keynes B)95455.6
Nigel Naylor-Smith (Chalfonts)84450.0
Minesh Pitamber (Milton Keynes B)93633.3
Richard Cottle (Chalfonts) 31233.3
Carl Furness (Milton Keynes C)92722.2
Rob Storey (Chalfonts) 5050.0
Simon Pells (Chalfonts) 8080
Oliver Horswell (Milton Keynes B)3030



Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Association hosted the Annual Bucks County Inter-League Competition on 5 February. It involved a high percentage of top County players where the play was continuous from 9am until 5pm. High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Chalfont and Aylesbury Leagues were represented, split into two Divisions of 4 teams in each. 25 players put on a tremendous display of classy table tennis, supported by up to 20 spectators through the day.

Robert Hansell representing High Wycombe A was the best player in Div 1 on the day with only one loss and was awarded the Sewell Trophy. High Wycombe won this event last year but lost this time to Aylesbury in their encounter with Lee Rogerson, Dave Ralls and Steve Munson grasping a 5-4 win. Aylesbury needed to continue their performance against the other teams and this they did. Alan Cherry, Craig Brown and Dan Smalley from Milton Keynes tried their best to stem the flow, typified by Dave Ralls and his flashing blade. At the end Aylesbury were level with High Wycombe on points but prevailed as Champions as a result of their 5-4 win. Steve Munson and Lee Rogerson both dropped 2 games each and Dave finished with 5 wins out of 9. Danny Baxter for High Wycombe was also in great form, only losing twice. Shae Thakker was Chalfonts’ best player in this high class table tennis company.

Milton Keynes B won Division Two where Dan Apanna was unbeaten. Aylesbury B finished a creditable second with sterling performances from Gary Keers, Jim Welch and James McCafferty. 

AYLESBURY A3019819(5-4)
HIGH WYCOMBE A2119819(4-5)
Robert Hansell (High Wycombe A)98188.9 
Steve Munson (Aylesbury A)97277.8 
Lee Rogerson (Aylesbury A)97277.8 
Danny Baxter (High Wycombe A)97277.8 
Alan Cherry (Milton Keynes A)96366.7 
Dave Ralls (Aylesbury A) 95455.6 
Craig Brown (Milton Keynes A)94544.4 
Rob Hazlewood (High Wycombe A)94544.4 
Dan Smalley (Milton Keynes A)94544.4 
Shae Thakker (Chalfonts) 92722.2 
Jon Tolontan (Chalfonts) 9090.0 
Nigel Naylor-Smith (Chalfonts)6060.0 
Rhys Thoroughgood (Chalfonts)3030.0 
The Sewell Trophy for the most wins by a Bucks player was won by Robert Hansell. 
AYLESBURY B21151215 
Dan Appanna (Milton Keynes B)990100.0 
Nigel Metcalfe (Milton Keynes B)98188.9 
Gary Keers (Aylesbury B) 97277.8 
Peter Bannister (Milton Keynes B)95455.6 
Jim Welch (Aylesbury B) 95455.6 
Tim Cheek (High Wycombe B)84450.0 
Dave Wackrill (Milton Keynes C)83537.5 
Nick Howard (Milton Keynes C)93633.3 
James McCafferty (Aylesbury B)93633.3 
Richard Ambrose (High Wycombe B)93633.3 
Jacek Umanski (High Wycombe B)92722.2 
Ryan Murphy (Milton Keynes B)91811.1 



The League are entering teams in the Bucks County Inter-League Competition (2 teams) and in the national Wilmott Cup (Men) and Carter Cup (Boys) competitions.

Players from the Premier Division and higher ranking players from Division One are welcome to apply to represent the League in the Senior competitions.

The County Inter-League Competition is due to take place on Sunday 5th February. It is an all day event run as two divisions each of four teams. Two players are fielded in each match but ideally the League would use three players for each team meaning six players are required in total.


In the national cup competitions the League like to field  3 players for each team meaning squads of 6 men players and 3 junior (under 18) boy players. The League would be happy to field a women's team in the J M Rose Bowl competition if there are two ladies of requisite standard willing to play. These competitions run at weekends. Players must have played at least four Aylesbury League matches to qualify.


Interested players please contact the League Secretary, Brian Whitehead; or 01442 822 226

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