Maldon A too strong for Rawreth in Division One
This week’s division one matches in the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League produced four close fought affairs and two 9-1 results. The leaders Maldon A predictably ran out 9-1 winners, against Rawreth after Trevor Lloyd and Alex Abbott had stayed undefeated. Charles Sweeny was on target for Rawreth with a hard-fought 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 victory over John Poysden. Second-placed Chelmsford A also won 9-1. Wale Bada and Casey Cross were both undefeated against OCs A. Dan Berry was on target for OCs with a 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 victory over Tulay Dundar. Adrian Pitt impressed for Liberal who drew 5-5 with Writtle A. He was twice taken to five ends but on both occasions he stormed through the decider. Pitt beat Matthew Brown 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 and Lee McHugh by the most unlikely of scorelines : 11-2, 6-11, 11-1, 10-12, 11-2. Eric Green led Danbury A to 6-4 victory over Chelmsford B. It was a night Rob Shrimpton will wish to forget. He had the crushing experience of losing all three games in the fifth end. It was 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11 against David Gatheral, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11 against Eric Green and 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 9-11 against Peter Mynard. It was honours even in the match between Writtle B and Danbury B. Phil Smith impressed for Writtle with a fine 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 win over Daniel Young whilst Steve Buer triumphed against Lin Roff by a last-gasp 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 15-13 margin. Galleywood A’s match with Hatfield Peverel A resulted in another well contested draw. Scott Dowsett was undefeated for Hatfield Peverel but he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Steve Kerns 5-11, 5-11, 11-6, 16-14, 12-10. Hatfield Peverel reserve Neil Freeman played his part with a narrow 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11 victory over Gary Brignall.
Division two leaders OCs B ran out 7-3 winners against OCs C - and with both David Cole and Kevin Worthington in their line-up few eye-brows will have been raised at that result. Worthington overcame some stubborn resistance from Frank Hodge before he triumphed 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6. OCs B were forced toface Hatfield Peverel B without their two best players and Hatfield Peverel were also a player short. With Neil Freeman beating Steve Northcott (8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-3) and Trevor Carter (11-9, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10) Hatfield Peverel won 5-4. Chelmsford C moved into second place , only four points behind OCs B after beating Chelmsford C 6-4. Waseem Qureshi - who is on top form at present with five successive hat-tricks won his three singles again. He put together a very strong showing downing the challenges of Dave Fiddeman (11-3, 11-7, 11-7), Neil Freeman (11-9, 11-5, 11-4) and Gareth Davies (11-8, 11-7, 11-6). The match between Writtle C and Danbury E finished tied at 5-5. Gary Ward - another very experienced hand at this level won his three singles. He beat Gus Heath (11-7, 11-8, 11-6), Ken Sheard (11-5, 11-5, 11-7) and David Gatheral (11-9, 11-3, 11-7).
Just three scorecards in division three this week. OCs D moved back into top spot by beating OCs E 8-2. Mick Richardson and David Porter were both unbeaten. Mick Hayes won once and it couldn’t have been closer. He beat Adam Yardley 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9 in a rousing last game of the evening. Maldon D shaded their match 6-4 against Danbury H. Thomas Page was undefeated and his trio of wins included a 4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory over Luca Bailey. Writtle D relied on team work to get the better of OCs F 7-3. Bob Garson, Trevor Colin and Dave Carter all won twice although they all missed out against Ashton Parker. Dave Carter came very close to beating Parker 3-0 before Parker came through to win 8-11, 8-11, 15-13, 11-9,11-7.
In division four Nicola Pippen (Highwood A), the Hatfield Peverel C duo of Keith Flowers and Nick Duce and David Meah (Writtle F) all stayed undefeated this week. Nicola Pippen won her three singles the hard way against Highwood B - each time in the fifth end. She beat Frank Neil (9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8) and then Martin Goddard (3-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7) and finally Francis Whitbread (6-11, 15-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5). Three very hard fought wins !. A two man Hatfield Peverel C side managed to beat Galleywood B 7-3, in a match where Keith Flowers and Nick Duce called all the shots. Writtle F with David Meah leading the way ran out 6-4 winners against Danbury K. Andy Fox beat Mick Robinson 8-11, 11-2, 1-19, 9-11, 13-11 in the closest game of the night.
Galleywood C are pulling away in division five. Gary Copsey, Charlie Craig and Aidan Noguchi were clear-cut 10-0 winners against Hatfield Peverel E. Second-placed Chelmsford G slipped back by losing 7-3 to Chelmsford H. Michael Whelpdale did the damage with a hat-trick and he received excellent support from Jamie Dowsett and Luke Richardson who both won twice. Whelpdale had to work hard to defeat Andy Swales and this included losing the second game 11-0. Whelpdale eventually won 11-9, 0-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7. Chelmsford H in turn lost 6-4 to OCs H. The experienced Stuart Wintle won his three singles for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Maldon E with Denis Crapnell on unbeaten form defeated OCs H 7-3. Maldon’s Ross Wheeler won twice and this included a 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10 win over Mike Morecroft. Chelmsford J emerged as 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel D in a match where no one player won three singles and no one went home empty-handed. Andy Whiley beat Paul Bullock 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-1, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued 9 December 2018
Alex Abbott on sparkling form for Maldon A
The two main contenders (and it’s not unfair to say the only contenders) met this week in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League and their 5-5 draw means that Maldon A retain their six point lead over Chelmsford A. The match was a personal triumph for 2012 and 2013 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Alex Abbott who was on sparkling form and he won his three singles. This included inflicting a first defeat on Ugur Saglik (the League’s highest ranked player) who Abbott beat 10-12, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 in the opening encounter. Abbott went on to beat Wal Bada 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 and Casey Cross 11-7, 11-9, 11-1. Casey Cross made his mark with a fine 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Trevor Lloyd whilst Colin Stallwood impressed with a 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 success against Casey Cross. At one stage it looked as if Maldon were going to run away with the match as they surged into a 4-0 lead. However, Chelmsford had other ideas and they pulled back to 4-4 and a draw seems like a fair result. Writtle A drew 5-5 with Writtle B - a reasonable effort considering they were a player short. Lee McHugh led the way with a hat-trick which included a hard-fought 11-9, 12-14, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 win over Peter Barrett. Danbury A ran out 7-3 winners over OCs A. Paul Lucas was undefeated for the Old Chelmsfordians whilst Eric Green, Steve Whitely and Dave Richardson all bagged two wins for Danbury A. Lucas had to dig deep to defeat Eric Green and he pulled through to win 5-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6.
There was a third defeat for Maldon C in division two and they drop back to third. They lost 6-4 to Danbury D for whom Simon Lowman scored a fine hat-trick. This included an excellent 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 win over Ciaran Whelan. This was Lowman’s fourth successive “full-house“. Lowman looks well worth a first division place next year. Writtle C ran out 7-3 winners against Maldon C. Gary Ward led the way with three wins. Team-work was the order of the day for Danbury C who overcame OCs C 7-3. Tim Cramphorn, Neil Wantand Allan Steel all won twice although none of them could overcome Frank Hodge. Tim Cramphorn beat Tom Barker 11-9, 11-1, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the night.
Chelmsford D lead the division three table by one point after 10 matches. Keith Martin and Jarek Pietraszuk were both undefeated as they beat OCs F 7-3. John Watts beat Dave Parker 11-5, 7-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-9 in the closest game of the night. OCs D are only one point adrift in second place but they were held to a draw by Danbury H. Mick Richardson was unbeaten for OCs whilst Allan Steel picked up two wins for the Danbury side. Danbury F did well to beat OCs E 8-2. Dave Marsh and Richard Gardiner both won their three singles. Marsh hit top form as he disposed of Richard Baxter 11-6,11-7, 11-4. League stalwart Tom Elder was on top form for Maldon D who drew 5-5 with Danbury G. Elder completed his hat-trick of wins by defeating Richard Allen 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9. Elder also came through in three close ends against Mo Hardy (11-9, 11-9, 12-10). Writtle D with Trevor Collin firing on all cylinders beat Writtle E 7-3. Another League stalwart Malcolm Storey fared best of the Writtle E players.
All players will be deeply saddened by the death last week in a Brentwood League match of popular and well respected Writtle E player Steve Siggs. An obituary will follow.
Runaway leaders Danbury J made it 10 wins out of 10 in division four. All four of their regular players have fared well and this is supported by the Individual averages. Dave Oxley-Goody (74 %), Richard Allen (55 %), Dave Powell (100 %) and Robert Kneale (76 %) have all impressed. With Richard Allen and Dave Powell winning their six singles Danbury J beat OCs G 8-2. Sue Hickman impressed for the losers with a fine 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11, 11-7 victory over Dave Oxley-Goody. Danbury K were involved in two matches. With Denis Balic and Roger Tiffin staying undefeated they beat Highwood A 7-3. Roger Tiffin came through in five ends against Melanie Bonnett 11-8, 14-16, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7. Danbury K also lost 6-4 to Chelmsford F. Adi Kamma won his three singles for the Chelmsford side and he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Denis Balic 8-11, 6-11, 16-14, 11-4, 11-8. That third game was crucial !.
Galleywood C moved back into pole position in division five. Gary Copsey, Charlie Craig and Aidan Noguchi ran put 10-0 winners against Hatfield Peverel D. OCs H were also comfortable winners and they beat Chelmsford J 8-2. Suzanne Shaw and Michael Lucey were both undefeated. Suzanne Shaw completed an excellent evening‘s work by beating Jacqui Smith 4-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9. Second-placed Chelmsford G led by a hat-trick by Ian Austin defeated Chelmsford J 6-4. Paul Bullock and Rev Matthews both won twice for Chelmsford J. Rev Matthews beat Andy Swales 3-11, 8-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the night.
And a final reminder - all players are again requested to note that the closing date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is this coming Friday (14 December 2018). Entries should be forwarded toArthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex, CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to firstname.lastname@example.org will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the Leagues Bank Account stated at the bottom of the entry form and the box is ticked. The entry form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the closing date. Late entries or entries without payment will not be accepted.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued 2 December 2018
Danbury B off the mark with impressive 7-3 victory
Danbury B scored their first win of the Season in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League and their 7-3 victory over Hatfield Peverel A takes them out of the bottom two. With Gus Heath, Steve Buer and Chris Buer all winning twice they raced in to a 7-0 lead as nothing went Hatfield Peverel’s way-literally nothing at all !. Chris Buer scored a fine 7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 win over Julie Johnson and an equally impressive 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 13-15, 11-8 win over Scott Dowsett whilst Steve Buer impressed with a superb 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 victory over Scott Dowsett. In game number eight Alastair Piper finally secured a win for Hatfield Peverel with a decisive 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 victory over Steve Buer and Julie Johnson and Scott Dowsett also picked up wins to give the score a degree of respectability. Liberal ran out 8-2 winners over Writtle B after a Paul Davison hat-trick fashioned their triumph. Phil Smith impressed for the losers by beating Steve Pennell (11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 15-13) and Andrew Huckson (11-7, 9-11,12-10, 7-11, 11-7). Two excellent victories !. Writtle A with Duncan Taylor and Lee McHugh firing on all cylinders ran out 9-1 winners against Chelmsford B. 2018 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Duncan Taylor was several classes apart. He beat Victor Chan (11-6, 11-5, 11-8), Simon Jarvis (11-2, 11-3, 11-4) and Rob Shrimpton (11-4, 11-6, 11-6),
Chelmsford C were impressive 7-3 winners over Maldon C in division two. They are now tied with Maldon B on 57 points in second place. Waseem Qureshi has hit a rich vein of form and he led the way with a hat-trick of wins. This included a last gasp 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 win over John Holland. OCs B stay top but they could only muster two players against Danbury E and had to settle for a 6-4 win. Kevin Worthington won his three singles whilst David Gatheral was on target for the losers with a 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9 victory over Trevor Carter. Danbury D ran out 6-4 winners against Danbury C after Sam Lowman had remained undefeated. Lowman was successful against Neil Want - the best of the Danbury C players - 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6. The match between Maldon B and Writtle C finished tied at 5-5. No one player dominated and Maldon’s Hamish Innes and Colin Napper and Writtle’s Gary Ward all won twice. Writtle’s John Gagg secured a fine 11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 11-6 win over Ciaran Whelan. It was honours even between OCs C and Hatfield Peverel B as well. Neil Freeman was undefeated for Hatfield Peverel and he completed his trio of wins with a 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 success against Frank Hodge. There was little to separate Charles Yeung and Guy McKenzie with Yeung eventually nicking it 3-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10.
Division three leaders OCs D scored their seventh win of the Season with a 8-2 victory over Danbury G. Gareth Joice led the way with three wins and Mick Richardson and David Porter provided excellent support with two victories apiece. Peter Hance dented Mick Richardson’s record with a 11-2, 12-10, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9 win. Solid team-work in the shape of two wins for Luca Bailey, Eamon Hall and Allan Steel meant Danbury H beat OCs E 7-3. Richard Baxter was undefeated for OCs E but he had to fight back from 9-5 down in the decider to get the better of Allan Steel. He took the last six points to triumph 12-10, 9-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9. Nat Ravlic looked to be on his way to a 3-0 win over Eamon Hall and he led by two games to nil and by 10-5. How often is that last point the trickiest one to annexe ?. Sure enough Hall found his groove and he came through to win 7-11, 14-16, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5. Maldon D did well to draw 5-5 with Writtle D. Good going as Peter Layzell was undefeated for Writtle. Shirley Carroll beat Colin Barham 5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 14-12 in the closest game of the evening. OCs F secured their second win of the Season by beating Danbury F 6-4. Ashton Parker was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians side. He pulled clear in the fifth end to defeat Dave Marsh 11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 4-11, 11-3.
Danbury J are looking good in division four and they made it nine straight wins by beating Hatfield Peverel C 7-3. Dave Powell was undefeated although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Nick Duce (11-7, 11-5, 3-11, 2-11, 13-11). Chelmsford E (58 points from nine matches) are a clear second and Martin Hiskey was unbeaten in their 6-4 win over Writtle F. Hiskey defeated Ian Hockley 7-11, 11-6, 14-12, 13-11 to complete his hat-trick. OCs G ran out 8-2 winners against Highwood B. John Newman and David Bishop were both undefeated. Bishop fought back strongly from 2-0 down to beat Francis Whitbread 10-12, 10-12,11-7, 11-7, 11-8. Galleywood B did well to beat the higher placed Chelmsford F 7-3. Colin Blore led the way with a hat-trick and Will Goodchild won twice to support him. Amanda Hogger was the best of the Chelmsford players with two wins.
There was a set-back for second placed Galleywood C in division five. They were beaten 7-3 by Maldon E. Garry Eames and Denis Crapnell were both undefeated. Garry Eames had to work hard for his three wins. He beat Aidan Noguchi (11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4), Charlie Craig (12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4) and he defeated Mark Glenister in a real thriller (8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10). Chelmsford G (Ian Austin, Sarah Austin and Andy Swales) ran out 10-0 winners against Hatfield Peverel D. Andy Simmonds came really close against both Sarah Austin (11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11) and Ian Austin (11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11) but he just missed out on both occasions. With Luke Richardson and Michael Whelpdale both staying undefeated Chelmsford H beat Hatfield Peverel E 7-3. Richardson completed his hat-trick with a 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 victory over John Kuhl.
And another reminder - all players are again requested to note that the closing date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is 14 December 2018. Entries should be forwarded to Arthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex, CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to email@example.com will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the Leagues Bank Account stated at the bottom of the entry form and the box is ticked. The entry form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the closing date. Late entries or entries without payment will not be accepted. All players are requested to enter as early as possible.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League