Week Ending Fri 17th October 2020
Division 1 – Bragging Rights for Cold Norton B
West Maldon A stormed to the top of the Burnham Division courtesy of a hat-trick of wins from the young but dependable Harry Keys. Keys led his team to a fine 6-3 victory over the yet-to-win Woodham A trio. Although Woodham lost this battle, their top player Alan Burgess can take more than a crumb of comfort from recording the best win of the week as he defeated the current Mens’ Singles champion Daniel Young in 5 sets. Just behind West Maldon are the Cold Norton B mob – who this week revelled in a last gasp win over their very own ’A’ Team! It was left to Captain Dan Anderson to bring home the spoils and upset the Cold Norton apple cart in the final and deciding encounter of the evening. Despite going behind to the A team’s Colin Chatfield, Anderson rallied to take 3 consecutive legs and secure the full bragging rights for his team.
Division 2 – Woodham B Triumph over League Leaders
Woodham B surprised themselves, and the rest of the league, with a superb 5-4 turnover against league leaders and league favourites West Maldon B. It was especially hard for the Woodham trio as they were 2-4 down going into the final 3 match-ups, and in one of those games Woodham’s Eamonn Hall was 0-2 and matchpoint down against the highly rated Neil Freeman. It was left to Woodham’s Trevor Collin to secure the win in a final match shootout with the very impressive, and player of the match, Louis Gunn. That win leaves Woodham B as the only unbeaten team in Division 2, and allowed Stow B to capitalise on the opportunity to overtake West Maldon B at the top of the table following their strong 7-2 taming of Maldon C. Both Dave T Marsh, and Nicky Reece-Ford were unbeaten for Stow throughout the course of the match.
Division 3 – Blackwater A Full Steam Ahead
It’s all about Blackwater A in Division 3 as they continued their fine run with an excellent 6-3 victory over a strong Stow D side – all 3 Blackwater players won 2 matches but the pick of evening went to Simon Quelch’s 3 set victory over this division’s top player Peter Chastin – it’s been a long time since that happened! However, what goes around comes around and later on in proceedings Peter’s team-mate (and mother) Jean Chasmer sought and found early revenge as she defeated Quelch in straight sets to even things out for the Chasmer family! Woodham C were glad to be able to put their opening week whitewash behind them as they recorded their first win of the season – largely thanks to an Ian Cranstone hat-trick in their 6-3 win over West Maldon C. The youngsters of Maldon D had enough to outwit Cold Norton C – well Just – as two wins each for Alan Billing and Shirley Carroll provided the foundation for a decent 5-4 win.
Division 4 – St Lawrence Sitting Pretty
St Lawrence are proudly sitting atop Division 4 following their 7-2 success over Mayland B. The victory was inspired by a dogged Karen Braney as she recorded her first hat-trick of this season. For Mayland B Jon Stevens was in fine fettle as he took both his team’s points with excellent wins over Steve King and David Siggins.
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