Press Report - Issued on 28 February 2016

Brandon Crouchman hat-trick not enough for OCs

Maldon A scored their sixth win of the Season in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League, beating the higher-placed OCs A 6-4. This was despite the fact that it was OCs Brandon Crouchman who remained undefeated. The match between Danbury B and Galleywood A finished tied at 5-5. Keith Adams won his three singles for Danbury. Leaders Danbury A took another step towards capturing the title by beating OCs B 9-1. Gary Young and Reece Seddon were both undefeated.

In division two the match between Hatfield Peverel B and Rawreth & Hullbridge ended in a 5-5 draw. Gary Ward dominated proceedings and bagged a hat-trick of wins. Danbury D had Steve Buer on top form as they defeated Elmtree Graphics B 6-4. Steve Buer completed his trio of wins by getting the better of Lee McHugh 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9. Second-placed Liberal in turn ran out 6-4 winners over Rawreth & Hullbridge. Hector Rogers starred for the Braintree based team and won his three singles. The match between Danbury E and Hatfield Peverel A finished tied at 5-5. Neil Freeman remained undefeated for the Hatfield Peverel team.

Dave Marsh was on top form in division three as Danbury F beat OCs E 6-4. Marsh secured the Danbury victory in the last game of the night by downing the challenge of Ashton Parker narrowly 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9. OCs D also won 6-4. Their victims were Hatfield Peverel C and Tom Barker showed up best with a hat-trick of wins.

In division four Galleywood C ran out 7-3 winners against Danbury H. David Gatherall and Mohammad Mohseni both picked up three wins. Mohseni had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Ivan Chaplin 9-11, 11-7, 15-13, 6-11, 11-8. OCs F were also 7-3 winners. Charles Yeung took top billing with three victories. Steve Siggs proved to be a tough nut to crack and he only succumbed 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 10-12. Leaders Danbury J beat Hatfield Peverel D 9-1. Rob Kneale and Dave Goody were both unbeaten for Danbury whilst Barry Evans made his mark for the losers by beating Dave Powell 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-13, 11-6.

Danbury L, third in division five scored a convincing 8-2 win over fourth placed Highwood. Mick Robinson and Norman Hayes both picked up three victories and Roger Tiffin won twice. OCs H (Alan Whitmore, Tanishq Kotwal and Tejas Kotwal) were 6-4 winners over Galleywood D 6-4 - good going as it was Galleywood's Roger Wilson who remained undefeated,

In the CLICK League there were 4-1 wins for OCs J and Buttsbury A. OCs J (Alan Whitmore and Harry Rogers) overcame Buttsbury B (George Cobley and Chrois Stephens) with Harry Rogers leading the way whilst James Hughes was unbeaten as Buttsbury A defeated Chelmsford A.

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


Press Report - Issued on 21 February 2016

Reserve Brignall produces top class performance for Galleywood A

The most eye-catching performance in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League this week came from a reserve - Gary Brignall - who deputised for Galleywood A. He registered a fine hat-trick of wins as Galleywood A beat Danbury C 7-3. Brignall downed the challenges of Eric Green (3-1), Steve Whiteley (3-1) and Ian Whiteside (3-0). OCs B went a long way in their bid to avoid relegation by beating Danbury B 8-2. Kevin Worthington and Trevor Carter both picked up hat-tricks and Carter defeated Glen Laing 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 14-12 in the closest game of the night. OCs A with Brandon Crouchman staying undefeated beat Danbury C 6-4 and Crouchmam was also unbeaten as OCs A defeated Danbury 6-4. Maldon A ran out 8-2 winners over OCs B in a match where Alex Abbott and John Poysden both won their three singles. Steve Northcott and reserve Daniel Berry both did well to get the better of Hamish Innes.

Division two leaders Chelmsford A (Waseem Qureshi, Ryan Gooday and Mike Johnston) took another step towards the title with a 10-0 victory over Hatfield Peverel A whilst Liberal (Steve Pennell, Adam Buxton and Hector Rogers) are looking good for second place. They beat Hatfield Peverel B 7-3. Adam Buxton picked up three good wins with victories over John Gagg (3-1), Peter Brownlow (3-1) and Gary Ward (3-2). This turned out to be a very long match with only one game decided three straight. Danbury D led by an undefeated Chris Buer did well to beat the higher-placed OCs C 8-2 whilst Chris Hancox and Gordon Gatherall both won twice as Danbury E beat Elmtree Excalibur B 6-4. Phil Smith won twice for the Elmtree side.

Elmtree Excalibur C failed to win for the first time this Season in division three when they were held to a 5-5 draw by OCs D. Phil Smith retained his 100 % record for the Season and he made it 30 wins out of 30 although he was pushed hard by Nat Ravlic who only succumbed 11-7,11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4. Chelmsford B consolidated second place by beating Danbury F 7-3. Alastair Piper, Dave Parker and Mick Richardson all won twice although none of them were able to get the better of Dave Marsh. Two games went to a decider. Alastair Piper beat Peter Hance 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 and Mick Richardson also defeated the luckless Hance 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9. The match between OCs E and Maldon B finished tied at 5-5. Five games were decided in the fifth end and Ashton Parker won his three singles for the Old Chelmsfordians side. It was touch and go against Dawn Baldry and Parker edged home 11-3, 7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 after a widely fluctuating encounter. Chelmsford C with Mark Allaway staying undefeated ran out 8-2 winners over Hatfield Peverel B. Allaway completed his hat-trick by getting the better of Ray Eldridge narrowly 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 in the last game of the night.

Only two points separate Danbury H and Danbury J at the top of division four. Danbury J won 7-3 against Chelmsford D and Dave Goody led the way with three singles wins. He completed his hat-trick with a last gasp 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 victory over Jaroslaw Pietraszuk in the last game of the evening. The match between Elmtree Excalibur D and Hatfield Peverel D went pretty much to form with Elmtree winning 7-3. Dave Moles was unbeaten for the Elmtree side and Alan Offord won twice.

This week's division five results all reflected closely fought matches. Hatfield Peverel E ran out 6-4 winners over Chelmsford E. Richard Drozd beat Connor Payne 6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 1-19, 15-13 in the closest game of the evening. Leaders Writtle ran out 6-4 winners over third-placed Maldon D. Frank Neill who had lost to Jan Fuller (3-1) and to Clive Forster (3-2) beat Shirley Carroll 11-5, 11-9, 16-14 to secure the Writtle victory. Galleywood D's match against OCs E finished tied at 5-5. Mark Glenister won his three singles for the Galleywood side.

Buttsbury A with 13 wins out of 14 top the table in the CLICK League. Tom Picton and James Hughes were both undefeated in the singles encounters in their 4-1 victory over OCs J. Buttsbury B also won 4-1. They beat Chelmsford J with Nathan Fry winning twice. Chelmsford H were narrow 3-2 winners over Black Notley. Lawrence Grantham won twice for Black Notley beating Harry Matthews 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7 and Callum Day 11-7, 11-2, 11-8. Chelmsford H were also in action against Chelmsford J and they won 3-2. Callum Day and Harry Mathews both won twice although they both fell short against Connor Payne. Payne defeated Matthews 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening.

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


Press Report - Issued on 14 February 2016

Colin Napper and Mervyn Perriman secure hard-fought victory in final doubles

Maldon B advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Two Down Knock-Out Cup in the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis league by beating Danbury B 5-4. This victory owed a lot to their successes in all three doubles clashes and Colin Napper and Mervyn Perriman eventually secured the victory by getting the better of Dan Anderson and George Ashley 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 in a very tight last doubles encounter. Dan Anderson had previously won both of his singles for Danbury B downing the challenge of Colin Napper 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 and Ciaran Whelan 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7.

Hatfield Peverel A are also through to the Semi-Finals of the Two Down Knock Out Cup and they also came through a riveting match 5-4 by seeing off the challenge of Danbury A. Peter Brownlow and John Parodi were the heroes this time and they eventually beat Chris Buer and Matthew Brown 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 after a very tight game to secure the victory. Matthew Brown had excelled for Danbury. He beat John Parodi 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 and most impressively Peter Brownlow 11-7, 11-8, 11-3.

In the Four Down Knock-Out Cup - Chelmsford (Jaroslaw Pietrascuk, John Barrett and Ian Austin) ran out 5-3 winners over Danbury D. Jaroslaw Pietrascuk was the differnce between the two teams and he shared in both doubles successes and also beat Roger Tiffin (7-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-2) and Norman Hayes (11-2, 11-7, 11-8) in his singles encounters.

Chelmsford represented by Rob Shrimpton, Richard Upson and Richard Baxter won a hard-fought encounter against  Elmtree Excalibur A 5-3 in the Handicap Knock-Out Cup. Three games were decided over the full three ends format. Chelmsford’s Richard Upson (playing off of a Handicap of  56) beat Rod MacLennan (60) 21-17, 16-21, 21-15 whilst Elmtree’s Paul Sturton (64) defeated Richard Baxter (56) 18-21, 21-17, 21-15 and Chelmsford’s Robert Shrimp ton (66) beat Rod MacLennan (60) 21-17, 20-22, 21-16.

In the League first division there was an 8-2 win for second-placed Bocking over fourth-placed Galleywood A. Rik James was undefeated for Bocking whilst Super Veteran John Holland excelled for Galleywood. Holland beat both Sam Hume (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10) and Gary Cattermole (11-7, 13-11, 11-9). OCs B scored their second win of the Season as they defeated Danbury B 7-3. Steve Northcott, Trevor Carter and Kevin Worthington all won twice although none of their players were able to get the better of Eric Green.

In the second division Galleywood B ran out 8-2 winners over the higher placed Rawreth & Hullbridge. James Hicks and Gary Brignall both won their three singles. Hicks defeated Simon Jacob 11-9, 2-11, 5-11, 11-6, 14-12 in the closest game of the night. Galleywood B were also involved in a 5-5 draw with Liberal and again James Hicks excelled. He made his mark with three excellent wins, beating Hector Rogers (3-0), Steve Pennell (3-1) and Adam Buxton (3-0). Impressive indeed.

The division three encounter between Maldon C and OCs D finished tied at 5-5. Colin Napper was undefeated for Maldon and his trio of wins included a 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-13, 11-9 success against Tom Barker. Napper also did well to defeat Nat Ravlic 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9.

In division four Elmtree Excalibur D did well to draw against the higher-placed Chelmsford D. No singles player stayed undefeated and Chelmsford’s Jason Clark and Jaroslaw Pietrascuk  and Elmtree’s Dave Moles all won twice. Elmtree’s Alan Offord fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Jason Clark 3-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9.

Writtle have moved into pole place in division five by beating OCs G 8-2. Francis Whitbread won his three singles and Andy Fox and Colin Griffith supported him by both winning twice. Maldon D are tied on 95 points with second-placed Danbury L and Roger Hance won his three singles as they ran out surprisingly comfortable 8-2 winners over Danbury L. Hance beat Norman Hayes (11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9), Roger Tiffin (9-11,11-7, 13-11, 12-10) and Mick Robinson (12-10, 11-7, 11-5). Chelmsford G were 6-4 winners against OCs G. John Wickens, Michael Whelpdale and Steve Chambers all won twice although they all missed out against David Bishop.

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


Press Report - Issued on 9 February 2016

Tony Halling - 2016 Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion

Tony Halling, the 2015 Southend Mens Singles Champion and many people’s tip to capture the title didn’t disappoint and he was crowned the 2016 M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Mens Singles Champion at Old Chelmsfordians Association on Monday 08 February 2016.Known for the variety and strength of his serves Halling displayed a sureness of touch as well as calmness and confidence under
pressure and a dazzling forehand  as he beat Dave Cole 3-1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5) in the Semi-Final and Rik James (9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-2) in the Final.

Rik gave it all in the first game of the Final and for a fleeting moment it seemed as if  he might just be on the way to capturing the title for a second time. Tony however had other ideas and he powered his way back to level the scores at 1-1. The third game was vital here and when Tony clinched it he was able to relax. In the fourth game he hit some truly superbly placed forehands as he powered his way to a 11-2 victory.

In his Semi-Final Rik had survived a prolonged onslaught of fierce forehand attacking strokes from Keiran Lally who shaded the first end and stayed in contention throughout four very close games. Rik finally scraped home 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 15-13 after a series of excellent deuce points in the fourth end.

The Ladies Singles Final featured two ladies who like to take the ball early and who both hit very hard particularly on the backhand. Rallies were short and sharp and at times ferocious as Dawn Baldry captured the title for the first time with a four game win over Jan Fuller (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7).

There was an initial success for Melanie Bonnett and Steve Kerns in the Mixed Doubles Final. Four times runners-up in this event they got off to a good start in the Final against Linda Attridge and Dave Cole and won the first end decisively 11-4. The second end was very much a reversal of fortunes as Linda / David equalised  by the same scoreline. At this point you would probably have favoured Linda / David but with Melanie playing an ever increasingly assertive role Melanie / Steve shaded the third game 13-11. They in turn made a good start in the fourth end which they managed to hold and this was sufficient to enable them to run out 11-4, 4-11, 13-11, 11-6 winners.

The Under 21 Singles Final was always going to be a top class game and 15 year-old left-hander - Essex no. one Junior Sam Hume turned in a remarkably consistent and mature display to topple the holder and last year’s Mens Singles losing Finalist Brandon Crouchman 11-9, 13-11, 11-6. Without wishing to put undue pressure on Sam it seems very likely that he will also be challenging strongly for the Mens Singles title within the next three

Rik James carried his excellent form into the Veterans Final, a repeat of last year’s Finals night battle against Dave Cole. Again this match was decided 3-1 but this time it was Rik who ran out the winner. Some of the rallies were truly breath-taking as Rik chased down Dave’s angled hits from all over the court. It was certainly a case of Rik James playing at his very best as he ran out a 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 winner.

The 2016 Mens Doubles Champions are new pairing Paul Davison and Alex Abbott. They won two very close
encounters in the Tournament weekend against Tony Haling / Ben Warner and Gary Young / Steve Kerns and they carried that form in to the Final by seeing off last year’s Champions - the hard-hitting duo of Brandon Crouchman / Scott Dowsett in four ends - 11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-2.

Special guests for the evening included the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Councillor Philip Wilson
and  Mrs Angela Wilson as well Mrs Anna Emtage the Charity and Community Relations Manager at M&G Investments.

With the reporting on the 2016 M&G Investments Individual Championships having taken priority in the last two
weeks it is now time to update everyone on the latest rounds of League action.

The two outstanding sides in the first division were both held to draws this week and in the case of the leaders Danbury A this represented the first match that that they have failed to win. They were held 5-5 by Maldon A for whom Alex Abbott and Colin Stallwood (in his first appearance of the Season) both won twice. Stallwood did well to beat both Charles Sweeney (3-1) and Gary Young (3-2). Perhaps significantly bearing in mind his form in the Chelmsford tournament Tony Halling won three times for Danbury and this included a quick-fire 11-7,
11-5, 11-7 victory over Alex Abbott.  Second placed Bocking A were held by OCs A. Brandon Crouchman was the top player on view and he scored hard-fought 3-2 victories over both Sam Hume and Gary Cattermole.

A dramatic improvement in form has seen Liberal move into third place in division two. They beat Danbury D decisively 9-1. Both Hector Rogers and Steve Pennell stayed undefeated for the Braintree based side. Liberal were even more impressive against Danbury E and their side of Dean Andrews, Steve Pennell and Hector Rogers defeated Danbury E 10-0 - something of a rarity at this level. Steve Pennell eventually beat Tony Forster 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-1, 12-10 after a strangely fluctuating match. Danbury D also missed out 6-4 against Rawreth & Hullbridge. Gus Heath was the Rawreth match-winner with an excellent hat-trick of wins over Chris Buer,  Steve Buer and Matthew Brown - all achieved in convincing three-straight fashion. Hatfield Peverel B inspired by an undefeated Gary Ward ran out 7-3 winners over Galleywood B. Gary Brignall excelled for the losers and he
recorded two excellent wins over Peter Brownlow (3-0) and John Parodi (3-1).

Chelmsford B scored two very useful 8-2 wins in division three to climb into fourth place. They beat Maldon B with Mick Richardson (three wins), Alastair Piper (two wins) and Dave Parker (two wins) all playing their part in the success. Mick Richardson started the ball rolling by getting the better of Brian Riedling 11-2, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 12-10 in a widely fluctuating opening encounter and he also had to fight hard to see off the challenge of Dawn Baldry 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8. Alastair Piper was undefeated in his side’s victory over Danbury G. He looked sharp as he brushed aside the challenges of George Ashley (3-1), Dan Richardson (3-1) and Dan Anderson (3-0). Elmtree Excalibur C look to be near certainties to win this division and in Phil Smith they have a talisman who is yet to lose.  Smith made it 27 wins out of 27 as the Elmtree side beat Hatfield Peverel C 7-3. Trevor Collin won twice for the losers with excellent victories over Lin Attridge and Rod Maclennan. Danbury F had an undefeated Dave Marsh (who boasts an impressive 82 % singles record to date) to thank as they beat Maldon B 6-4. Herbie Smith defeated Dawn Baldry 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 7-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening. In the derby
match between OCs D and OCs E it was the E side who came out on top 7-3. David Porter won his three singles for the E team.      

In division four the leaders Danbury H scored their eighth win of the Season by beating Hatfield Peverel D 6-4. Maurice Hardy (two wins), Norman Smith (two wins) and Ivan Chaplin (one win) all played their part although they all fell short against Keith Cullen. Danbury H didn’t fare so well against OCs F though and lost 7-3. Charles Yeung led the way with an excellent trio of wins.  Danbury K (Eamon Hall, Dave Hancox and Kevin Willis) made no mistake in beating bottom team Hatfield Peverel D 10-0. Hatfield Peverel will no doubt feel that it might have
been a very different evening had Alistair Brown not succumbed 9-11, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9, 13-15 to Dave Hancox in the opening game of the match. Chelmsford E impressed by beating the higher-placed OCs F 7-3. Richard Upson and Richard Baxter were both undefeated with Richard Baxter getting the better of Adrian North 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10 in the tightest encounter of the evening. Danbury J ran out 7-3 winners over Elmtree Excalibur D after Robert Kneale and Dave Powell had both won their three singles. The match between Steve Siggs and Robert Kneale couldn’t have been much closer with Kneale eventually triumphing 12-10,13-15, 12-10, 12-14, 11-9.

Danbury L (Mick Robinson, Norman Hayes and Craig Foster) lead the way in division five and they made no mistake by beating OCs H 9-1. Tanishq Kotwal was on target for the losers and he beat Craig Foster
in five ends. Danbury L scored another clear-cut victory by getting the better of OCs G 9-1. Norman Hayes and Ray Cheung were both undefeated on this occasion and they received backing from Mick Robinson who won twice. A combined team effort enabled Highwood to beat Elmtree Excalibur E 7-3. Martin Goddard, Kevin Barber and Tim Smith all won twice to counter the two wins that Melanie Bonnett picked up for the Elmtree side. Two games stood out in this match and Melanie Bonnett was involved in both of them. She defeated Kevin Barber 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 3-11, 14-12 but she also missed out against Tim Smith 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 10-12. Writtle are in second place and they beat OCs G 8-2. Frank Neill (three wins), Colin Griffiths (two wins) and Andy Fox (two wins) all played their part in this success.

Buttsbury A lead the way in the CLICK League and they ran out 4-1 winners over Black Notley. James Hughes beat both Lawrence Grantham (3-2) and Peter Hull (3-0). OCs J were also 4-1 winners over BNCA with Adam Chalk (two wins) and Alan Whitmore (one win) both contributing to the victory. Buttsbury B were narrow 3-2 winners over Chelmsford H. Matthew Elliott beat both Peter Davenport (11-9, 11-9, 11-5) and Harry Matthews (11-13, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4).

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

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