EASY FOR SPORTS SO FAR
Champions, Aylesbury Sports A benefited from a walkover this week against Quainton A due to sickness and as a result top the Premier Division table by 3 points with a match in hand. Haddenham A have had the toughest battles at the start of this season. Last week they faced Dashuai Zhang, a British League player representing Sports B. In a display of fascinating top class table tennis, he beat all Haddenham’s best dropping just one set to Darren Palmer. Haddenham still ran out winners 7-3. They then had to face Bierton A this week for whom Alan Cherry and Craig Brown feature. However, Andy Misseldine and Mark Scott took maximums and accomplished another 7-3 win for their team.Craig and Alan with one each for Bierton and a tight doubles victory for Alan and Neil Massa winning 11-9 in the 5th set.
There were two excellent performances from teams at the other end of the table. Firstly Sports C gained a credible 5-5 draw away at Haddenham B. Chris Hawkes was in fine form winning all 3 and Ben Rolfe only losing out in a great match to Iain Willcocks who won 2 for Sports C. Pete Tillotson and Graham Silversides both picking up one win each.
Tring A are working their way up the table with a superb 7-3 victory over Sports B. James George winning all 3 in convincing style, not dropping a set all evening. Les is rolling back the years and playing great table tennis winning 2 matches including the scalp of Dave Wackrill in a 5-set thriller.
The final result was a 10-0 win for Ridgeway A against a struggling Thame team. Gary Keers, Kevin Doyle and Mike Bellamy all recording maximums.
SPORTS START TITLE DEFENCE
After three matches in the new Aylesbury Table Tennis season, Bierton A lead with 25 points but last season’s champions, Sports A, have amassed 20 points from two matches and are on course to pinch the lead. Adversaries Haddenham A are second on 22 points having played tougher matches earlier than others. Bierton have benefited from one walkover against Sports B who languish second from bottom behind their promoted C Team. New Club Thame have suffered at the hands of Sports C 10-0 and Sports A also 10-0, although Sports A demonstrated the difference in skills beating their C Team 10-0. Outstanding performances have come from young James and Matt George for Tring with wins against Mike Bellamy (Ridgeway). Elsewhere Biao Wang won twice against Bellingdon for Sports B including a win against Singles Champion, Lee Rogerson. Equally, Keith Newell and Jim Welch did well to win two games each against Bierton A in a drawn match. It is early days yet.
Dafna Dekel and David Badham win The Summer Competition 2017 see Summer Competition page
Jack Bacon wins The Handicap at 14 years old see Championships
MIKE ATKINSON TAKES DIV ONE TITLE see Championships
3/5/17 Martin Taylor wins Div Two and Dave Stevens wins Div Three see Championships