Press Report Issued 17 December 2017

Outstanding display from Hatfield Peverel’s Dave Calleja

Division two is in the spotlight this week in the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. The 5-5 draw between Chelmsford C and Hatfield Peverel saw Peverel’s Dave Calleja hit top form. Calleja opened with a fine 3-0 win over Waseem Qureshi (11-7, 15-13, 11-5) and he then scored an equally impressive five game win over Mike Johnston.  This one could have gone either way and Calleja finally nicked it 7-11, 11-9, 12-14, 15-13, 11-9. In his last singles Calleja faced Chelmsford reserve Keith Martin (who had scored two excellent wins over Gary Ward and John Parodi) and Martin struck early forging a 2-0 lead. However, it wasn‘t enough as Calleja stormed back as if his life depended on it to win 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.  Liberal C did well to beat Chelmsford C  6-4. Paul Lombardi and Hannah Pitt both won twice for the Liberal side with Hannah’s 12-10, 11-13, 12-14, 11-2, 11-9 success against Waseem Qureshi perhaps being the pick of the action. Danbury B ran out 6-4 winners over a two-man OCs B. However, OCs B who are last placed may well consider this to be a “moral” victory and they certainly fought very hard for their four points. In the games that went to five ends  Steve Northcott beat Neil Want (11-8, 11-6 , 6-11, 7-11, 11-6) whilst Trevor Carter defeated Graham Briggs (11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 13-15, 11-5) and Carter also beat Neil Want (14-16, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10).

Maldon B are taking a “Manchester City” like grip on division three. They made it 75 points out of 100 with a commanding 9-1 win over OCs D with Colin Napper and Ciaran Whelan both winning their three singles. Perhaps the big shock here was the game that Maldon lost. Mick Richardson certainly made his mark with a fine four game win over Hamish Innes (15-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7). Whilst Maldon are setting a scorching pace second placed Hatfield Peverel B have slipped back and they lost 6-4 to Danbury F. Peter Hance and Dave Marsh both picked up two wins for the Danbury side. Dave Marsh excelled to beat Neil Freeman 11-8, 13-11, 14-12. Third placed Writtle Excalibur B moved into contention with a superb 9-1 win over Danbury E. All three Writtle players (Paul Sturton, Phil Smith and Louis Brown) hit top form and Danbury missed out in all nine singles. David Gatheral - so impressive in his opening five matches lost all three singles for the first time this Season. Paul Sturton kicked off the proceedings with a fine 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5 win over Gatheral and Louis Brown prevailed over five ends (11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3). Despite no shortage of effort Gatheral also came up short against Phil Smith and he succumbed 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 8-11. A very strong team performance from the Writtle Excalibur side.

Danbury H jumped into third place in division four by beating Maldon D 7-3. Richard Allen, Robert Kneale and Dave Powell all won twice. The ever-green Shirley Carroll was the best of the Maldon players and she beat both Dave Powell (4-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8) and Robert Kneale (9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4). Danbury H also beat OCs G 6-4. Dave Goody was their match-winner. He beat Aswin Siam (11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9) and Tanishq Kotwal (12-10, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9) and he completed his hat-trick by defeating James Mitty (9-11, 12-10, 11-9,
11-7).

Division five produced two 7-3 results. Chelmsford G jumped into third place by beating OCs H. Martin Hiskey led the way with a hat-trick which he completed with a very hard-fought 11-9, 7-11, 18-16, 11-8 victory over Stuart Wintle - the best of the OCs players. Chelmsford J’s  Jamie Dowsett and Richard Gardiner were both undefeated against Hatfield Peverel D. Jamie Dowsett had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Alistair Brown 11-3, 15-17, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8. Quite a battle !.

For those players who like International Table Tennis please note that the ITTF World Team Cup takes place at the Copper Box Arena, Stratford from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 February 2018. The new Mens world no. one Dimitrij Ovcharov heads the German line-up whilst the brilliant Ding Ning (the current Olympic and World Champion|) heads the Chinese challenge in the Ladies event.  However, many eyes will be on 14 year old Japanese sensation  (if he is selected)  - Tomokazu Harimoto - currently ranked no. 16 in the World on the ITTF Mens List. Tickets which have been selling fast are available from the Table Tennis England Web-Site.  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all players

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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Press Report Issued 10 December 2017

Davison ends Lloyd’s superb unbeaten run

Maldon A’s Trevor Lloyd - the outstanding player so far in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League tasted defeat for the first time this week. After 20 straight wins he was beaten in four ends by Liberal B’s Paul Davison (11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 8-11). Davison also won another hotly contested four ender against Colin Stallwood (5-11,11-8, 13-11, 11-7) but he missed out over five ends against Alex Abbott (11-7,14-12, 8-11, 11-13, 6-11). Maldon A duly won 8-2 and they share top place with Chelmsford A who beat Galleywood A 9-1. Ryan Gooday and Eddie Ogbebor both bagged hat-tricks whilst Galleywood’s sole success stands out a mile. Gary Brignall defeated 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Veterans Singles Champion Wale Bada 11-9, 13-11, 11-7. A gem of a win !. Galleywood A were only able to field two players against Rawreth A and they paid a heavy price. The Rawreth trio - Babul McLeod, Mike Hayes and Charles Sweeny ran out 10-0 winners. The match between Liberal A and Liberal B was closer on paper although Liberal A were hindered by only having two players. The B team ran out 6-4 winners. Sam Hume was on top form for the A team and he defeated Adam Buxton (11-8, 11-8, 11-6), Paul Davison (11-7, 11-5, 14-12) and Steve Pennell (11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6). Hume looks to be running into top form. Gracie Edwards is looking increasingly comfortable at this level and she scored a last gasp 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 7-11, 16-14 victory over Steve Pennell.    

Top played second this week in division two and the match went pretty much to form. Leaders Writtle Excalibur A won 6-4 with Lee McHugh leading the way with a hat-trick. With a 94 % record this year McHugh has added a level of consistency to his game, and he is proving very difficult to beat.  Chelmsford had to battle hard to stay in contention and they came out on top in the two closest games of the night. Mark Allaway beat Ryan Pitt 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 3-11, 12-10 and Rob Shrimpton defeated Matthew Brown 11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9. Danbury C stay third although they were held to a draw by Danbury D. Ian Whiteside was on top form for the C team. He defeated Dan Anderson (12-10, 13-11, 11-7), Cameron Gray (11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6) and most impressively of all Sam Lowman (11-7, 12-10, 11-4). An excellent evening’s work.  OCs C scored a fine 7-3 win over the higher placed Danbury B. Peter Windley was the star of the show with three singles wins. The match between Charles Yeung and Ken Sheard could hardly have been closer. Sheard finally “crossed the finishing line” 11-9 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 17-15. Hatfield Peverel A ran out 8-2 winners against OCs B. Gary Ward led the way with a hat-trick and he received excellent support from Dave Calleja and  John Parodi who both won twice.  Dave Calleja came very close to winning his three singles. He just missed out against ace defender Robbie Burton 7-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 10-12.

Maldon B have stamped their authority on division three in no uncertain terms. Their 10-0 whitewash of fifth placed Danbury E was a clinical performance with Ciaran Whelan, Colin Napper and Hamish Innes carrying all before them. They lead second-placed Hatfield Peverel B by a massive 10 points. Hatfield Peverel B won this week but their 6-4 success against seventh placed Chelmsford E wasn’t particularly convincing. Keith Martin scored a fine hat-trick of wins for the Chelmsford team. All 3-0 to boot. He beat Dave Fiddeman (11-4, 11-5, 11-7), Neil Freeman (11-9, 11-9, 11-9) and Gareth Davies (11-6, 11-7, 11-4). With John Holland  leading the way Maldon C ran out 7-3 winners against OCs D. League Chairman Dave Porter made his mark here with a fine 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 victory over 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Ladies Singles Champion Dawn Baldry. Writtle Excalibur B scored their fourth win of the Season with a 9-1 victory over Hatfield Peverel C. Peverel lost all three five enders. Lin Roff fought back from 2-0 down to beat Dave Carter 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 and Phil Smith came through a relentless battle against Bob Garson (10-12, 15-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8). Things just wouldn’t run for the Hatfield Peverel side and Paul Sturton defeated Bob Garson (6-11, 11-2, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9). The points were shared between Danbury F and Chelmsford D. Chelmsford were hindered by only having two players and Jarek Pietraszuk and Wiktor Delimat both won twice to earn themselves a share of the points.

Danbury G made it eight wins out of eight in division  four. They didn’t put a foot wrong against Danbury H and Maurice Hardy, Nicky Ford and Norman Smith ran out 10-0 winners. They lead the table with a eight point cushion over OCs E. OCs G beat OCs F 7-3. Terry Dowsett retained his 100 % record for the F team and it is difficult to see him losing at this level. Writtle Excalibur C came out on top in an evenly contested match against Danbury H. Dave Powell had to pull out all the stops to beat Neil Thompson 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Chelmsford F have a massive 14 point lead over Galleywood B in division five. Jason Clark was undefeated as they beat Hatfield Peverel D 8-2. Peverel’s Dan Patynski had beaten both Ian Austin and Adi Kamma but he made little impact against Jason Clark. It was a very dominant Clark who ran out a 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 winner. Matthew Elliott led the way for Chelmsford J who beat OCs H 7-3. Elliott did well to beat Stuart Wintle - OCs’ best player - 11-5, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9.         

All players are reminded that the Closing date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Championships is this coming Friday - 15 December 2017. Entries must be sent to the Tournament Organiser Arthur Clark on line or directly. The event takes place at Hylands School, Chelmsford over the weekend of Friday to Sunday 03 to 05 February 2018. Late entries will not be allowed.  An entry form is available in the League Handbook and on line.

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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Press Report Issued 3 December 2017

Danbury’s Sam Lowman scores a fine hat-trick against Chelmsford B  


Division two of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League saw a number of stand-out performances this week. Sam Lowman led the way. He impressed for Danbury D and his hat-trick enabled his team to draw against second-placed Chelmsford B. Lowman won a close encounter against Robert Shrimpton 11-5, 11-13,12-14, 11-8, 11-8 and he also defeated Mark Allaway 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 in another well-contested battle. He completed his hat-trick with a quick-fire 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 victory over Victor Chan. Neil Want was on top form for Danbury B and his hat-trick enabled his side to share the points with Danbury C. Want came through a real “hum-dinger” in his first singles against Chris Buer 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-13, 12-10 and he also beat Daniel Young 11-4, 3-11, 11-6, 13-11. He completed an excellent evening’s work by beating Steve Buer 11-6, 11-8, 11-6.  The leaders Writtle Excalibur A pulled further ahead by beating Liberal C 8-2. Lee McHugh (who has a 93 % record to date) was again on top form winning is three singles. He had a five set tussle with Paul Lombardi before he pulled clear in the fifth end to win 12-14, 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4. Gary Ward is always hard to beat at this level and he led Hatfield Peverel A to a 8-2 win over OCs C whilst Chelmsford C also won 8-2. Waseem Qureshi was undefeated against OCs B. Qureshi secured three hard-fought successes. He beat Trevor Carter (7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-4),  Stephen Northcott (11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6) and Robbie Burton (16-14, 15-13, 11-1). Three good wins !.

Only one result for division one this week and it saw last year’s Champions Maldon A produce another top-notch performance to beat Danbury A 9-1. Trevor Lloyd and John Poysden were both undefeated. Lloyd now has a record of 18 wins out of 18 and he has been the League‘s outstanding player so far this Season. John Poysden - the County Over 60s first team Captain was also on fine form and he scored an excellent 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7 win over Gary Young.  It was Young who picked up the Danbury A win. He in turn scored a superb 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Alex Abbott.

In division three David Gatherall’s excellent run of wins came to an end as Danbury E lost 6-4 to Maldon C. Maldon were bolstered by the inclusion of the redoubtable five time’s Chelmsford Veterans Champion John Holland and he duly defeated Gatherall 11-6, 11-8, 12-10. Gatherall also tasted defeat in his third singles with current M&G Investments Chelmsford Ladies Singles Champion Dawn Baldry coming out on top 1-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10. Leaders Maldon B pulled further clear by beating Hatfield Peverel C 8-2. Hamish Innes and Ciaran Whelan were both undefeated and with these two players fronting their challenge it is hard to see any team beating them. Colin Barham scored a fine 7-11, 1-11, 11-8, 11-6, 13-11 victory over Colin Napper after having looked to be well off the pace in the first two games. Second placed Hatfield Peverel B slipped back after losing 7-3 to Chelmsford D. They only had two players and paid a heavy price. Jarek Pietraszuk excelled for the Chelmsford side. He beat Gareth Davies (11-8, 11-13, 11-2, 15-13) and most impressively Neil Freeman (11-5, 11-3, 14-12).  The match between OCs D and Danbury F finished tied at 5-5. Tony Forster excelled for Danbury F with three  wins and he received solid support from Dave Marsh who won twice. Mick Richardson secured the draw for the Old Chelmsfordians team by beating Dave Marsh by a widely fluctuating 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 11-1 margin in the last game of the evening.

OCs E consolidated second place in division four by beating fourth placed Danbury J 7-3. Adam Yardley was their match-winner with three wins. He had a real tussle with Dave Hancox before he finally took control to win 17-19, 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6. OCs F were 6-4 winners against Writtle Excalibur D with Terry Dowsett again leading the way. He retained his 100 % singles record and it is difficult to see anyone getting the better of him at this level. Writtle C also won 6-4. Steve Siggs led the way with a hat-trick as they defeated OCs G. Siggs completed his trio of wins by beating David Bishop 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5.

Chelmsford F inflicted the first defeat of the season on Highwood A and they stay top in division five although Highwood have two matches in hand.  Adi Kamma led the way with three wins as Chelmsford edged the match 6-4. In the best game of the evening Kamma had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Francis Whitbread 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 3-11, 18-16. Quite a battle !. Chelmsford G were well served by Steven Chambers and Michael Whelpdale who were both unbeaten against Chelmsford J. The G team ran out 8-2 winners. Chelmsford J in turn beat Anglia Ruskin University 6-4. Richard Gardner led the way with three wins. Galleywood B were strengthened by the inclusion of Colin Blore in his first appearance of the Season and his hat-trick was instrumental in Galleywood beating Highwood B 7-3. Ron Salton bagged two wins for the Galleywood team whilst Melanie Bonnett won twice for the Highwood B side.

Chelmsford Jaguars completed their fixtures in division 1B of the CLICK League by beating Chelmsford Tigers 3-2. Ryan Armstrong was undefeated for the Tigers. He beat Nyree Marsh (11-7, 11-5, 13-11) and Melinda Abraham Victor (8-11, 11-8,11-9, 11-8). Melinda Abraham Victor came out on top 11-5, 8-11, 5-11, 11-3, 16-14 after a really testing encounter with Louis Burnett.

All players are reminded that the Closing date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Championships is Friday 15 December 2017. Entries must be sent to the Tournament Organiser Arthur Clark on line or directly. The event takes place at Hylands School, Chelmsford over the weekend of Friday to Sunday 03 to 05 February 2018. Late entries will not be allowed.  An entry form is available in the League Handbook and on line.

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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