Press Report Issued on 19 December 2021

Inform Bruce Kettle – unbeaten for Danbury A 

The young Chelmsford B side - 6-4 losers to Galleywood A the week before, redeemed themselves in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League by beating Danbury A 6-4. Saul Chivers, Harry Buckle and Charlie Craig all won twice although they all missed out against an inform Bruce Kettle. In a high class match the Chelmsford side acquitted themselves superbly. Charlie Craig defeated Dave Richardson 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 and Saul Chivers sealed the win for his team with a 11-9, 3-11, 11-7, 5-11, 13-11 victory over Richardson. Chelmsford B enter the Christmas break in second place. Danbury A fared better against Danbury B and won 7-3. Dave Richardson led the way and his trio of wins included a fine 8-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 12-10 victory over Sam Lowman and a 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 success against Dan Anderson.

The points were shared in division two, where Danbury D drew 5-5 with Danbury E. Chris Buer was unbeaten and he sealed the draw for his side with a 7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8 victory against Neil Want. Steve Buer won an even closer encounter. He beat Dick Wyman 11-8, 18-20, 13-11, 4-11, 11-8. Quite a battle.

The division three match between Danbury K and Writtle D also finished tied at 5-5. Writtle D led 5-3 but Danbury K finished the stronger. Alan Dadswell beat Colin Barham 11-4, 11-1, 12-10 and Nick Reece-Ford completed his hat-trick by beating Dave Carter 13-11, 11-3, 11-6 to earn Danbury K a share of the points.

Maldon B did well to beat the higher placed Writtle E 6-4 in division four. Shirley Carrol excelled. She beat Neil Thompson (7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8), Ian Hockley (11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10) and Malcolm Storey (6-11, 17-15, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9).

Division five leaders Buttsbury missed out 7-3 against OCA F. Frances Hutt was undefeated but Harry Hutt and Oscar Hutt were unable to add to the title. David Bishop, Stuart Wintle and Suzanne Shaw all won twice for the old Chelmsfordians team.

The Chelmsford Junior Leagues aren’t quite finished yet and the teams have up to 14 January 2022 to complete their fixtures. Division 1A is finalised and Buttsbury Bees, the Champions beat Chelmsford Pumas 5-0. Jacob Lawrence (86 %) and Jamie Elliott (92 %) were both undefeated. Chelmsford Tigers emerged as 3-2 winners against Buttsbury Bats. Singles were shared and Aarav Mehta and Soumil Jain (Tigers) and George Hagland and George Standish (Bats) all won once.

Buttsbury Badgers lead the way in division 1B but this week they lost 3-2 to second placed Writtle Rattlesnakes. Harry Hutt (79 %) was undefeated for the Badgers despatching Archie Pummell (11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8) and Mimi Pummell (13-11, 11-7, 11-6). Buttsbury Badgers did better against Buttsbury Beavers and won 5-0. Harry Hutt and Joseph Hutt carried all before them. Chelmsford Jaguars did well to beat Chelmsford Beavers 3-2. Lotte Mills won twice, beating Joseph Hutt (11-5, 11-7, 11-5) and Oscar Hutt (13-11, 11-2, 11-7).  

In division 1C - the Champions Chelmsford Antelopes scored their ninth win of the Season beating Buttsbury Bulldogs 5-0. Samaksh Sirohi (100 %) and Arnav Kumar (93 %) were both undefeated. Writtle Racoons won twice. Luv Goel picked up two wins in their 4-1 victory over Chelmsford Eagles. Atharv Gupta was on target for Chelmsford Eagles, beating Kush Goel (11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4).  Writtle Racoons also beat Chelmsford Falcons 4-1. Luv Goel again won twice, beating Kehsaw Barrie (11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7) and Kologn Barrie (11-4, 11-3, 11-7).   

The 2021/ 2 Chelmsford League Championships will be held over the weekend of Friday 28 to Sunday 30 January 2022 at St. John Payne’s Catholic School, Chelmsford, CM1 4BS. The closing date for entries is 02 January 2022 and the entry form can be found on the League’s Website.  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all players.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 12 December 2021

Keith Adams on superb form for Danbury C

There were two outstanding performances in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League this week. They came from players with contrasting levels of experience. Keith Adams, a regular in the Essex Veterans teams won his three singles as Danbury C lost 4-6 to runaway leaders Chelmsford A. Adams powered his way past Gary Young (11-6, 11-6, 11-8), Daniel Young (11-7, 11-5, 12-10) and Kim Shead (11-2, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4). Sam Phillips added a notable win as well. He defeated Gary Young (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9). Bottom team Galleywood A secured their first win of the Season, 6-4, against Chelmsford B. Six games were decided in the fifth end and these were shared 3-3. 17 year-old Saul Chivers took centre stage on his first division debut. He beat Gary Brignall (11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-8), Steve Kerns (9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8) and James Hicks (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6). Well played !.  James Hicks had given the Galleywood side an excellent start by beating Josh Bickles (11-8, 12-14, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10). Galleywood A also drew 5-5 with Danbury C. This time Sam Phillips scored a superb 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win over Peter Radford in his first singles but he was well beaten 3-0 by both Gary Brignall and James Hicks. Peter Radford redeemed himself with a fine 11-9, 14-12, 11-8 victory against Trevor Lloyd. Chelmsford C did well to beat the higher placed Writtle A 6-4. Duncan Taylor (93 % / 14 wins out of 15) was unbeaten for Writtle whilst Robert Shrimpton and Simon Jarvis both won twice for Chelmsford C.

Danbury G are the new leaders in division two. They take over from Chelmsford D who they beat 7-3. Sanjay Saptarshi (88 %) gave his side a superb start with a 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 win over Saul Chivers, who had played so well in the first division earlier in the week. Chelmsford D were on the back-foot and David Gatheral and Sanjay Saptarshi both recorded “maximums”. Gatheral defeated Vineeth Kamma (11-9, 11-8, 11-5), Saul Chivers (11-8, 11-5, 11-9) and Sudheep Kamma after a very hard fought encounter (11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 14-16, 11-8). An undefeated Eamon Hall took centre stage as Danbury G beat Danbury F 7-3 after no fewer than seven games had gone to a decider. Gordon Gatheral won twice for the losers and this included a very tight and against the form book win over his son – David (9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8). OCA C jumped above OCA B after beating them 7-3. David Porter (with his first maximum of the Season) and Mick Richardson were both undefeated. Porter completed an excellent trio of wins with a 13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9 victory over Trevor Carter having also defeated Gareth Joice (12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9) and Charles Yeung (11-5, 11-8 13-11).  Writtle C powered to a 9-1 win over Danbury F. Gary Ward (95 %) who has been outstanding this Season again won his three singles whilst John Webber banked three wins and John Parodi won twice. Ken Sheard was the sole Danbury F winner on this occasion.


Sanjay Saptarshi vs Saul Chivers (Division 2 : Danbury G vs Chelmsford D)


The Gatheral Derby - Gordon vs David (Division 2 : Danbury G vs Danbury F)

Galleywood B have reclaimed pole position in division three. Maldon A were without their three leading players against Chelmsford E and well beaten 9-1. Rev Matthews (three wins), Adi Kamma (three wins) and Dave Parker (two wins) ran amok. When Adi Kamma beat Brian Riedling 11-7, 10-12, 14-12, 8-11, 14-12 in the third game Maldon might well have had some inkling that it wasn’t going to be their night. Galleywood B meanwhile beat Danbury H 9-1. Mark Glenister and John Holland were both unbeaten whilst Colin Blore chipped in with two wins. Maldon A returned to winning ways by beating Danbury H 8-2. Hamish Innes won his three singles and this included a 11-6, 11-9, 11-1 win over Dave Powell, the best of the Danbury players. Dawn Baldry rounded off a strong Maldon performance by beating Dave Hancox 5-11, 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8. Hatfield Peverel B scored their second win of the Season - a 6-4 success against OCA D. Paul Mulley and Roger Slade both picked up three singles wins. Paul Mulley beat Connor Payne (11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-8) in the closest game of the evening. Danbury J also won 6-4. Dave Marsh led them to a victory against Chelmsford F. Marsh was on top form, powering his way past Andy Swales (11-9, 11-1, 11-5), Alex Tkachuk (11-3, 11-7, 11-5) and Luke Richardson (11-5, 11-7, 11-8).

Leaders Chelmsford H made it eight wins out of eight in division four. The records of Harry Chivers (100 %) and Joachin Mapes (92 %) speak for themselves and they were both undefeated in their 7-3 win over Galleywood C. Annabel Sweeney was desperately unlucky not to register a win, losing 10-12, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 10-12 to Ron Salton and 5-11, 8-11, 13-11, 9-11, 10-12 to Will Goodchild. Danbury L are Chelmsford H’s only credible challengers and they overpowered Highwood B 10-0. Mervyn Perriman, Denis Balic and Denis Crapnel gave nothing away. Danbury L were equally dominant against Highwood A and they again won 10-0. Mervyn Perriman had to work hard against Melanie Bonnett but he came through in five ends (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6). OCA E scored their fourth win of the Season, beating Highwood B 8-2. Farooq Ahmed won his three singles for Old Chelmsfordians and he completed his hat-trick with a 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7 win over Roger Patient who had won twice for Highwood.

Danbury N scored their first win of the season in division five with an excellent 8-2 victory against Maldon C. Ron Tam and Steve Martin were both undefeated. Further up the table Hatfield Peverel E also won 8-2. Bob Hillis and Deb Ginn both stayed unbeaten. Deb Ginn beat John Wickins 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 to secure her “full-house”. Hatfield Peverel C jumped above Hatfield Peverel D into second place, by beating them 7-3. Richard Drozd and Andy Simmonds both bagged hat-tricks. In a closely fought division Buttsbury and Hatfield Peverel C both have 50 points, followed by Hatfield Peverel D on 49 points and Hatfield Peverel E on 47 points. Everything to play for.

There was a first win for Chelmsford Tigers and a first defeat for the Champions Buttsbury Bees in division 1A of the Junior League. Cleon Fernandes was the “catalyst” on this occasion. He marked his debut for this team with two wins. He toppled Jacob Lawrence (9-11, 16-14, 12-10, 11-6) and Ben Brown (9-11, 11-13, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6). Two very hard fought wins. Buttsbury Bees returned to winning ways against Buttsbury Bats. Their leading player – Jacob Lawrence won twice as they ran out 3-2 winners. Lawrence beat George Standish (11-9, 11-8, 11-3) and George Hagland (11-4, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7). Chelmsford Panthers ran out 4-1 winners against Buttsbury Bats. Richard Carter won twice, although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of George Hagland (11-9,7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9). Second placed Chelmsford Leopards concluded their programme by beating Chelmsford Panthers 4-1. Cleon and Dion Fernandes took all four singles but they missed out in the doubles against Felix Reeve and Arnav Kumar (11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 6-11).

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 5 December 2021

Mulley brothers win all six singles for OCA A  

OCA A took a giant stride away from the relegation zone in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League by beating Chelmsford C 8-2, their first win of the Season.  New signing Matthew Mulley and his equally hard-hitting brother Mark won their six singles and Robert Burton contributed a useful 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 win over Mark Allaway. Matthew Mulley was clearly on good form beating Simon Jarvis, Cristian Bernardo and Mark Allaway all 3-0. They now have a healthy 32 points. Writtle A moved into second place by beating Danbury A 6-4. Duncan Taylor was undefeated and Lee McHugh won twice, although he missed out 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 16-18 to Bruce Kettle.  Chelmsford A with 55 points out of a possible 70 are heavy favourites to capture the title. James Liddiard (15 wins out of 15) and Gary Young (16 wins out of 18) led the way as they defeated Danbury B 9-1. Sam Lowman was on target for Danbury with a fine 12-10, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9 win over Daniel Young.       

Chelmsford D are the new leaders in division two. Saul Chivers (three wins), Sudheep Kamma (two wins) and Vineeth Kamma (three wins) powered to a 9-1 victory over Writtle B. Peter Layzel beat Sudheep Kamma 2-11, 15-13, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 whilst Saul Chivers had to dig deep to get the better  of Trevor Collin 8-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-8. Hatfield Peverel A ran out 7-3 winners against a two- man Danbury D. Danbury’s Chris Buer impressed again, beating Martin Archie (11-9, 11-6, 11-8), Gareth Davies (11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8) and Neil Freeman (10-12, 11-4, 14-16, 11-4, 11-5). The match between Danbury E and Writtle C was a hard-fought affair which finished tied at 5-5. The inform Gary Ward (17 wins out of 18) was again undefeated and he fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Neil Want 5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7.  

Second placed Galleywood B were convincing 10-0 winners over Chelmsford F in division three. The very strong team of James Hicks, Gary Copsey and John Holland carried all before them. However, they will lose the services of James Hicks who is now tied to the Galleywood A team in division one.  Writtle D scored their first win of the Season - an impressive 8-2 victory over Hatfield Peverel B. Dave Carter led the way with three victories which included a fine 14-12, 11-8, 11-4 win over Paul Mulley.  It was “honours even” between Danbury J and Danbury K. Dave Marsh and David Meah both won twice for Danbury J whilst Nicky Reece Ford and Peter Hance both bagged two wins for Danbury K. Dave Marsh prevailed against Nicky Reece Ford, just, 5-11, 13-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9. OCA D did well to beat Chelmsford E 7-3. Richard Upson excelled. He defeated Adi Kamma (11-4, 8-11,11-7, 6-11, 11-3), Chris Young (11-7, 11-4, 12-10) and Joachin Mapes (11-6, 11-4, 11-9).

Division four produced three sets of clear-cut winners. Leaders Chelmsford H (Joachin Mapes, Nyree Marsh and Harry Chivers) powered their way past Maldon B 10-0. Nyree Marsh fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Shirley Carroll 6-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9. Writtle E were equally dominant. Ian Hockley, Dave Moles and Neil Thompson defeated OCA E 10-0. There were two close finishes and David Newman was on the wrong end of both of them. Neil Thompson beat Newman 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 12-10 whilst Ian Hockley defeated the unfortunate David Newman 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-13, 13-11. Chelmsford G (Adam Hill, Dusan Doszkoty and Vasile Barbulet) were 9-1 winners against Highwood A. Melanie Bonnett came through in five hard-fought ends against Adam Hill (12-10, 13-15, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8).  

In contrast to division four division five produced four hard-fought matches. Buttsbury are top but they could only draw with Chelmsford J. Frances Hutt remained unbeaten and this included an odd looking 11-8, 1-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6 victory over Jacqui Smith. Hatfield Peverel E did well to beat Danbury M 7-3. Bob Hillis was unbeaten whilst Deb Ginn and Gary Simmons both won twice. Ken Wilding traded games with Deb Ginn before he claimed victory 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9. Hatfield Peverel C led by a Mick Carter “full-house” beat Maldon C 6-4. Kym Eames won twice for Maldon but Mick Carter proved a step too far. Carter won this one 11-3, 11-9, 11-7.  Danbury N without a win to date did well to push OCA F before succumbing 6-4. Stuart Wintle was undefeated for the Old Boys whilst Bob Francis won twice. This included a quite bizarre looking 12-10, 16-14, 3-11, 2-11, 12-10 victory against Graham Naggs.    

Buttsbury Bees made it seven wins out of seven in division 1A of the Junior League. Ben Brown and Jamie Elliott over powered Chelmsford Tigers 5-0. Chelmsford Pumas (Oliver Cheung and Todd Martin) ran out 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Panthers, and although they won all four singles they lost the doubles 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11 to Harrison Hill and Richard Carter. Chelmsford Leopards are second and they beat Chelmsford Pumas 4-1. Cleon Fernandes was unbeaten.

Chelmsford Antelopes demonstrated just how far ahead of the opposition they are indivision 1C. They beat second-placed Chelmsford Cougars 5-0. Richard Carter and Arnav Kumar gave nothing away although Carter was pushed by Joshua Lewis before he won 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10. Buttsbury Bulldogs moved into third place with their 5-0 win over Chelmsford Eagles. Callum Walker and Adhuna Das carried all before them.   

League Cup Secretary - Matthew Brown has reported from the first round of Handicap Knock Out Cup matches. “The Cup competitions are underway.  With 22 teams entered, representing seven Clubs, there were six first round matches. As always, determining handicaps is a tricky business, not least because juniors in particular improve very quickly, and mixed in with closely fought matches were some very one-sided games”.

“The tightest match of the round was Chelmsford H versus Writtle E, where the juniors of Chelmsford H – Harry and Saul Chivers plus Joachin Mapes, just got the better of Writtle E’s established trio of Dave Moles, Ian Hockley and Malcolm Storey. Five of the nine games went to a deciding set but it was Harry’s rather more straightforward 21-15, 21-14 win over Malcolm that decided the tie in Chelmsford’s favour”.

“Writtle were also on the wrong end of the results card when their B team of Ryan Pitt, Rod Maclennan and Phil Smith lost 6-3 to Danbury G’s trio of Sanjay Saptarshi, Luca Bailey and Eamonn Hall. Unfortunately for Writtle their captain, Rod, had to retire at match point in his first game (all the other five players insisted!). Despite this set back Writtle did their best to give the Danbury team a run for their money, with Phil winning his three matches but Ryan was unable to support him, most notably losing 15-21, 21-17, 16-21 to Luca”.

“Chelmsford E, led by Dave Parker and with Adi Kamma and Chris Young alongside him, ran out 5-3 winners over Danbury H’s Richard Allen, Jean Chasmer and Dave Goody. There were two deciding set wins for Jean over Adi (17-21, 21-14, 18-21) and Chris (21-19, 25-27, 14-21) but two wins from each of Adi and Chris plus Dave Parker’s 21-19, 24-22 win over Dave Goody was enough to see the Chelmsford team through”.

“The youngsters of Buttsbury B were run away 8-1 winners over the division one team of Chelmsford C. A last gasp 18-21, 21-18, 18-21 win for Vasile Barbulet over Jamie Elliott was Chelmsford’s sole return for a night trying to play “catch up”. Oscar Hutt, Jacob Lawrence and Jamie Elliott used their handicaps to their best advantage to easily hold off Vasile, Mark Allaway and Simon Jarvis”.

“Another top division team playing in the handicap cup were the all-star Chelmsford A team of James Liddiard, Daniel Young and Gary Young. They found themselves playing the division five side of Danbury N (Graham Naggs, David Smith and Steve Martin). The results speak for themselves, the handicappers misjudged Danbury’s David Smith, who is more often seen at Melbourne’s Bat & Chat sessions and who won his three matches with ease (only once allowing the opposition to get back to zero). The two matches that Chelmsford did win were, as you would expect, by the tightest of margins, with Gary Young defeating Steve Martin 6-21, 21-19, 21-19 and James Liddiard getting the better of Graham Naggs 11-21, 22-20, 22-20”.

“The last of the first-round matches involved a third division one team - Danbury B’s Dan Anderson, Eric Green and Sam Lowman who got the better of Buttsbury A’s Joseph Hutt, Gary Carr and Frances Hutt. The sole junior for Buttsbury - Joseph Hutt, did his job with two straight sets wins over Eric and Dan but with mum Frances unable to win any of her three games and Gary Carr losing 17-21 in the deciding game to Eric Green, it was the Danbury team who prevailed 5-3”.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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