Press Report Issued on 21 February 2020

OCs B are in pole place in division two

Division two of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League looks to have become a two way battle for honours. The top two sides both won this week. Leaders OCs B ran out 8-2 winners against Writtle C. David Cole retained his 100 % singles record but Kevin Worthington has been the main stay of this side with an excellent return of 91 %. Worthington missed out 10-12, 7-11, 12-14 to Gary Ward on this occasion.  Ward also impressed by beating Steve Northcott, in a similarly close encounter 14-12, 11-7, 12-10. Writtle B were impressive 8-2 winners over third placed Maldon B a result that has effectively ended Maldon’s promotion challenge. Gary Cattermole and Phil Smith both bagged hat-tricks. Phil Smith was on top form downing the challenges of Steve Scholz (11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6), Colin Napper (11-7, 11-5, 11-9) and Mervyn Perriman (11-3, 11-8, 11-6). Hatfield Peverel A did well to beat the higher placed Danbury D 7-3. Alastair Piper led the way with a hat-trick of wins beating Tim Cramphorn (8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-4), Dick Wyman (12-10, 11-8, 3-11, 11-4) and Neil Want (12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4).

In division one the big news is that Rawreth have withdrawn from the League and their results have been expunged.  Writtle A made a massive jump away from the relegation zone by beating Danbury B 9-1. Duncan Taylor, the newly crowned Southend Mens Singles Champion and Lee McHugh were both undefeated. Dan Anderson was Danbury’s sole winner and he beat Matthew Brown 11-4, 12-10, 12-10. OCs A also climbed up the table by beating Chelmsford B 7-3.  Paul Lucas and Terry Dowsett were both undefeated. Chelmsford’s Harry Buckle did well to beat Dan Berry 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

Second placed OCs D beat OCs E 8-2 in division three, their tenth win of the Season. David Porter was undefeated and his hat-trick included a last gasp 11-13, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 success against Richard Baxter. Writtle D ran out 7-3 winners against Danbury G. Newcomer Aaron Chandler won his three singles and this included a 11-13, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 win over Nicky Reece-Ford, the best of the Danbury players. Danbury H also won 7-3, beating Danbury F . Another newcomer Sanjay Saptarshi led the way with a hat-trick. This included a 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 victory against Dave Marsh.

Galleywood C are looking totally unstoppable in division four and they made it 15 wins out of 15 by beating Chelmsford F 8-2. Charlie Craig (92 %) was again their leading light with another unbeaten performance. OCs F came out on top against Chelmsford G 6-4 after a close match where no player stayed unbeaten. Farooq Ahmed and David Newman both won twice which gave OCs the edge. Farooq Ahmed edged home 8-11, 17-15, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 against Adi Kamma. It was honours even between Maldon D and Writtle E. Bryan Speller saw off Dave Moles 11-4, 12-10, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9 over five gruelling sets.

OCs H were 6-4 winners over Chelmsford J in division five. Yet another new player – Finley Feil stole the show and he win his three singles. He powered home against Bruce Li (11-3, 11-8, 11-5), Craig Studley (11-1, 11-5, 11-6) and John Wickins (11-7, 11-7, 11-7). Hatfield Peverel E also won 6-4, beating Hatfield Peverel F. John Kuhl and Kath Little both picked up two wins to give Hatfield Peverel E the edge. Davina Brazier beat Phil West in five fluctuating ends (11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 13-15, 11-7). Bob Hillis won twice for Hatfield Peverel F and this included a 12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7 victory against John Kuhl.

Chelmsford Pumas beat Chelmsford Jaguars 4-1 in division 2A of the Junior League. Saul Chivers led the way with wins over Niklita Tkachuk (11-8, 11-3, 11-6) and Todd Martin (10-12, 14-12, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7).

Chelmsford Rhinos were 3-2 winners against Chelmsford Falcons in division 2B. With the singles encounters shared at 2-2 it all came down to the deciding doubles and Ben Chivers and Nicholas Grice pipped Alan Jiang and Oliver Cheung 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 to secure the victory.

Chelmsford Panthers were impressive 4-1 winners against Writtle Raccoons in division 2C.  Malachi O’Leary won his two singles, beating Oliver Plaw (11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8) and Luke Rowse (13-11, 11-3, 11-4). Writtle Raccoons also lost 4-1 to Buttsbury Beavers. Jamie Elliott was undefeated downing the challenges of Archie Pummell (14-12, 11-9, 11-3) and Mimi Pummell (6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6).

Chelmsford Owls top the division 2D table with 19 points out if 20. James Finlay and Luv Bansall carried all before them, as they beat Chelmsford Tigers 5-0.  Luv Bansall beat Neriyan Tharmathass 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 in the opening singles to set them on their way. Chelmsford Owls also beat Buttsbury Badgers 4-1. Toby Hart led the way this time with wins over Leo Beadon (11-6, 11-2, 8-11, 14-12) and Jamie Elliott (9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8).

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 16 February 2020

Danbury E – pushed all the way in the division three Knock Out Cup

Danbury E, runaway leaders of division three of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League were given the severest of examinations in the division three Knock Our Cup competition. With Gordon Gatheral losing 9-11, 9-11, 4-11 to Bob Garson they trailed Writtle D 2-4 and were in big trouble. Ken Sheard scored a vital 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 win over Colin Barham and 2020 division three Champion David Gatheral levelled the scores by beating Trevor Collin in five ends 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7. Everything to play for, and it was David and Gordon Gatheral who came out on top. They beat Bob Garson and Colin Barham 11-6, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8 in the deciding doubles.

In division one Galleywood A did well to draw 5-5 with the higher placed Danbury A. Dave Richardson was unbeaten for Danbury but James Hicks and Peter Barrett both won twice for Galleywood “to balance the books”. Eric Green lost all three singles. He missed out 9-11, 16-18, 5-11 to James Hicks and then 12-14, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12 to Peter Barrett. Despite no lack of effort he also lost 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 12-10, 4-11 to Gary Brignall. James Hicks did well to beat Steve Whiteley 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 15-13. Rawreth ran out 7-3 winners against Chelmsford C.  Charles Sweeny and Kim Shead both won their three singles on this occasion and they combined to beat Wiktor Delimat and Cristian Bernado 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 in the doubles.

Danbury C were 9-1 winners against OCs C in division two. Gareth Joice, such an impressive winner of the division two singles in the Chelmsford Championships couldn’t replicate that form here and he lost to Ian Whiteside (2-11, 6-11, 11-8, 5-11) to Steve Buer (3-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 5-11) and finally to Gus Heath (9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11).  Ian Whiteside had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Charles Yeung 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 14-12.

OCs H beat Hatfield Peverel D 7-3 in division five. Stuart Wintle and Suzanne Shaw were both undefeated. Mick Carter beat Adrian North 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 16-14 in the closest game of the evening.

In division 2A of the Chelmsford Junior League Chelmsford Cougars made it 10 points out of 10 by beating Chelmsford Pumas 5-0. Harry Chivers and Vinnie Kamma were both undefeated.  Vinnie Kamma required four ends to beat Joachin Mapes 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 whilst Harry Chivers was pushed to beat Ned Ryder 15-17, 11-3, 11-7, 11-8. 

Chelmsford Antelopes moved into pole position in division 2B by beating  Buttsbury Bears 5-0. Todd Martin and Nikita Tkachuk carried all before them. Todd Martin set the Chelmsford side on their way with a hard fought 14-12, 10-12, 11-5, 15-17, 11-5 win over Oliver Barrett. Cleon Fernandes was unbeaten as Chelmsford Leopards beat Buttsbury Bats 4-1. Ryan Beresford-Cole was on target for the losers with a fluctuating 11-13, 11-3, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4 win over Al Lane.  

Chelmsford Elephants scored their first win of the campaign, beating Buttsbury Bees 4-1  in division 2D. Nathan Tew won both of his singles including an opening game 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 win over Aidan Tucker.

Chelmsford Wildcats lead the way in the League’s newest division – division 2E. They beat Chelmsford Kangaroos 4-1. Georgina Riches and Emilie Guilloux won their four singles but they missed out 9-11, 14-16, 14-12, 10-12 in a very hard fought doubles encounter against Harrison Hill and Eddie Pickwick. Chelmsford Eagles (Javi Sutherland – Moore and Ruben Sutherland – Moore made no mistake against Chelmsford Kestrels winning 5-0 whilst Chelmsford Ospreys also won 5-0. They beat Chelmsford Wolves. Hela Kolli defeated Max Flower 11-7, 13-15, 12-10, 11-7.  

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 11 February 2020

Eren Gozcu is the 2020 Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion

Top seed Eren Gozcu is the 2020 Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Mens Singles Champion. A former top 12 England ranked Junior the 19 year old Colchester University student was many people’s tip to take the title and he delivered at the Chelmsford League Finals Night which was played at the Old Chelmsfordians Association on Monday 10 February 2020.

Gozcu was in action first and he beat Paul Davison 3-1 in the first Mens Singles Semi-Final. Davison came into his own in the third game and did well to steal it 12-10 after being 10-8 down. Davison made a promising start to the fourth game and led 4-1 but Eren Gozcu reasserted himself to win 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6.

The second Mens Semi-Final featured two players who are very strong on the back hand wing. Daniel Young - who has an excellent counter punch and Liam Squirrell whose spinny back hand “opener” wins him countless points. Daniel Young started the stronger and won the first end 11-8 but it was Liam Squirrell who took control and he won 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.

There were first Finals Night appearances in the Mixed Doubles Final for Weronika Bozek and Lee McHugh and they were always ahead against another new pairing Sarah Austin and Steve Kerns who never gave up and actually led 9-6 in the third end before succumbing 8-11, 3-11, 9-11.

Daniel Young was favourite for the Under 21 Singles title and despite getting off to a slow start he came through to win 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 against Thomas Page. Thomas impressed with his positive approach and rangy powerful forehand.

The action resumed after the interval with the hotly anticipated Veterans Singles Final. This match didn’t disappoint. Gary Young was the quicker into his stride and he raced into a 7-1 lead against Trevor Lloyd but thereafter the game ebbed one way and then the other. At 7-3 in the fifth end it looked as if Gary Young had done enough but at 9-7 it wasn’t quite so clear. However at 9-7 Young hit a rasping powerful forehand crosscourt winner to give himself Championship point. He took it at the first time of asking to win 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7.    

Duncan Taylor / Charles Sweeny, the Mens Doubles Champions in 2018 are this year’s winners. They prevailed over five thrilling ends against Eren Gozcu / Lee McHugh. Having won the first two ends they led 7-4 in the third end only to succumb 11-9 whilst they led 10-8 in the fourth end only to miss out 12-10. A lesser pair might have fallen apart. They were having none of it. With Sweeny’s reliable backhand featuring a lot they sneaked ahead late on in the fifth end to win a superb Final 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7.  

19 year old Weronika Bozek, new to the League was a heavy favourite to win the Ladies Singles title, and she duly beat Chelmsford Junior Girls Champion Nyree Marsh 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 in the Ladies Singles Final to give herself a hat-trick of successes. Nyree did very well to trade numerous quick-fire trade rallies with her experienced opponent who was ranked top 12 in Poland at Under 15 level. Again, it was the backhand wing of Weronika that impressed and she showed great variety on that side.

And so to the big one – the Mens Singles Final. For lovers of extra long rallies this might not have been the game they will have savoured as both Eren Gozcu and Lam Squirrell produce such powerful opening shots that rallies are often over in a flash. Occasionally the play did venture away from the Table and at no time was there ever more than a few points between the two players. It was Eren Gozcu who finally sealed victory in four pulsating  ends : 12-10, 10-12, 15-13, 16-14. The score line tells its own story. Eren follows Ugur Saglik in being the second successive winner from Colchester University.

The Chelmsford League Committee were delighted that the Deputy Mayor - Councillor Janette Potter was in attendance together with her Escort – Mrs. Gillian Smith.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 9 February 2020

Alex Abbott – undefeated in 13 matches

Maldon A – runaway leaders in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League took two more steps towards retaining their title. Alex Abbott their leading player was instrumental on both occasions and his record of 39 singles wins out of 39 speaks for itself. He has been the model of consistency. Maldon A beat Liberal 6-4 with the standout win here being Simon Webber’s fine 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 victory over Trevor Lloyd. Maldon A also beat Writtle A 9-1. Lee McHugh was on target here for Writtle with a 10-12, 11-9, 11-4 11-9 win over John Poysden. McHugh also led Alex Abbott 2-1 before succumbing 11-9, 7-11,13-11, 4-11, 8-11. Danbury B did well to beat Liberal 6-4. Simon Webber was undefeated although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Cameron Gray 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9. Webber produced a strong performance to beat Sam Lowman 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3. Chelmsford A ran out 6-4 winners against a two-man OCs A team. Paul Lucas won his three singles and this included a 11-6, 11-3, 13-5, 11-9 win over Casey Cross.

The leaders OCs B turned in a strong performance in division two to beat Hatfield Peverel A 9-1. Even more impressively this win was achieved without David Cole. Kevin Worthington, Stephen Northcott and Trevor Carter were all undefeated in their singles. Northcott fought back form 2-0 down to get the better of Gareth Davies 4-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-3, 12-10. Second placed Writtle B were also on top form and they beat Danbury D 10-0. Paul Sturton, Gary Cattermole and Phil Smith carried all before them. Maldon B came out on top 7-3 in the Club derby against Maldon C. Ciaran Whelan was undefeated and this included a 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 6-11, 11-6 victory over Thomas Page – one of the stars of this year’s Chelmsford Closed Championships.

There were three drawn games this week in division three, testimony to the evenly matched nature of the division. Danbury G drew 5-5 with Danbury F. Nicky Reece-Ford won his three singles downing the challenges of Terry Hyland (11-4, 12-10, 11-6), John Robinson (11-8, 11-4, 11-8) and Keith Flowers (13-11, 11-7, 11-7). It was honours even between Hatfield Peverel C and Danbury H as well. Martin Archie was unbeaten for Hatfield Peverel whilst newcomer Sanjay Saptarshi and the very promising Jenson Davis both won twice for Danbury. Archie beat Davis 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8. Saptarshi fought back strongly in the last game of the evening to beat Phil Shippen 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3. Rob Kneale was undefeated as Danbury J shared the points with Danbury H. Kneale beat Jean Chasmer (6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5), Dave Hancox (11-6, 11-9, 11-4) and Eamon Hall (11-9, 11-9, 11-4). OCs D are second and they beat Writtle D 6-4 – good going as all three OCs players lost to Trevor Collin. Chelmsford E ran out 7-3 winners over OCs E. Another hugely promising Junior Harry Buckle was undefeated for Chelmsford. He beat Richard Baxter, the best of the OCs players - 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3.

Galleywood C made it 14 wins out of 14 in division four. They lead the way with 103 points. Andy Hanlon and Charlie Craig – yet another vastly improved Junior were both undefeated in their 7-3 win against Writtle E. Craig scored impressive wins over Neil Thompson (9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 4-11, 11-4), Alan Offord (11-5, 11-5, 11-6) and Dave Moles (12-10, 11-5, 11-6). OCs F gave nothing away as they beat OCs F 10-0. Farooq Ahmed came out on top 8-11, 11-8, 7-11,11-8, 12-10 against Robert Boultwood in the closest game of the night. Galleywood B beat Danbury K 8-2. Bryn Thomas and Colin Blore were both undefeated and in the closest game of the night Nathan Blore fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Roger Tiffin 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10. Chelmsford H also won 8-2, beating Chelmsford G. Andy Swales and Sarah Austin were both undefeated. It was honours even when Writtle F met Maldon D. David Meah was undefeated for Writtle whist Shirley Carroll and Tom Elder both won twice for Maldon. Shirley Carroll edged her way past Andy Fox 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9.

Highwood B and Highwood A are neck and neck in division five with 104 points from 15 matches. Highwood A missed out 6-4 to OCs H. No player stayed undefeated and the OC duo of Adrian North and Suzanne Shaw and Highwood’s Nicola Pippen and Keith Fitz-John all won twice. Keith Fitz-John beat Adrian North 11-5, 10-12, 7-11, 13-11, 13-11 in the closest game of the night and Steve Pratt sealed the win for OCs H by beating Keith Pallett 13-15, 5-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7 in the last game of the evening. Highwood A also beat ARU Rhinos 9-1. Frank Neill and Keith Fitz-John carried all before them. Douglas Bauwah was on target for the Rhinos with a five game win over Melanie Bonnett (8-11, 12-10, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7). The match between Hatfield Peverel E and Chelmsford J finished all square. Rajesh Dewani was unbeaten for Chelmsford whilst John Kuhl won twice for Hatfield Peverel. This included a hard fought 11-5, 11-9, 1-11, 9-11, 11-9 win over Craig Studley. Buttsbury edge home 6-4 against Hatfield Peverel E. Max Samuels led the way with a hat-trick which included a really hard fought 13-15, 11-5, 12-10, 12-14, 12-10 win over Debbie Ginn. Maldon E were 6-4 winners against Danbury L. Roger Warren led the way with a hat-trick and he sealed his team’s win by beating Anne Mills 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 in the last game of the evening. Maldon E added eight points to their tally by beating OCs H 8-2. On this occasion OCs H were only able to field one player and Adrian North did well to beat both Brian Dixon (11-6, 11-9, 11-4) and Kym Eames (11-4, 14-12, 12-10). Adrian North missed out against Roger Warren 4-11, 11-8, 6-11, 10-12. Highwood B ran out 9-1 winners against Hatfield Peverel E. Frank Neill and Dave Cockrell were both undefeated whilst Alastair Brown was on target for the losers with a hard-fought 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 victory against Martin Goddard. Buttsbury in turn produced a polished performance to beat Chelmsford K 10-0. Frances Hutt, Thomas Krowlikowski and Keith Cullen gave nothing away.

Danbury Dragons and Chelmsford Cougar have both scored a maximum 10 points out of 10 in division 2A of the Chelmsford Junior League. Danbury Dragons (Ben Porter and Alex Porter) gave nothing away against Chelmsford Pumas and Chelmsford Cougars (Sudheep Kamma and Josh Bickles) were similarly dominant against Chelmsford Jaguars. 

Buttsbury Bats were 3-2 winners over Chelmsford Rhinos in division 2B. No single player stayed undefeated and the Buttsbury duo - Ryan Beresford-Cole and George Hagland and the Chelmsford lads – Nikita Tkachuk and Todd Martin all won once. Nikita Tkachuk beat Ryan Beresford-Cole in five ends (11-13, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6).

Danbury Griffins are the early leaders in division 2C. They made it eight points out of 10 by beating Writtle Raccoons 4-1. Will Ratcliffe was undefeated whilst Archie Pummell was on target for the Writtle side. He beat Toby Restall 2-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10. Buttsbury Bulldogs (Harry Hutt and Oscar Hutt) are off to a winning start. They beat Buttsbury Beavers 3-2, good going as Max Samuels won twice for the Beavers. 

Chelmsford Owls (Toby Hart and Luv Goel) are the early leaders in division 2D. They made it a perfect 10 points out of 10 by beating Buttsbury Bees 5-0. Danbury Devils are in second place and they beat Chelmsford Elephants 3-2. William Ratcliffe was unbeaten for the Devils in a close match where four games were decided in the fifth end. Lotte Mills lost twice by the closest possible margin. It was 11-9, 11-7, 4-11,9-11, 9-11 against Jesse Epstein and 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12 against Jishant Shah.

The League’s newest division – 2E is underway and Chelmsford Wildcats are the early leaders. Emilie Guilloux and Georgina Riches ran out 5-0 winners against Chelmsford Kestrels. Chelmsford Eagles also made a winning start. They beat Chelmsford Ospreys 3-2. Ruben Sutherland-Moore was undefeated. Chelmsford Kangaroos conclude this week’s report and they ran out 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Wolves. Jeremy Kammall won both of his singles. 

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 2 February 2020

Three new players in the Mens Singles Semi Finals

The 2020 Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Championships played at the Hylands School this weekend produced more than its fair share of excitement.  The Group stages in the Mens Singles were no exception. Wudong Liu scored a fine 12-10, 11-7, 11-4 win over the seeded John Poysden whilst Robert Shrimpton defeated another seed - Steve Kerns 6-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3. Lee McHugh who could consider himself unlucky not to be seeded found himself in the same group as Duncan Taylor and he pushed the 2018 Champion all the way before succumbing 4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10. Josh Bickles – one for the future did well to beat Charles Yeung – 9-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 and Eren Gozcu had to battle hard to beat Peter Barrett 11-8, 11-7, 19-17.

Top seed Eren Gozcu battled his way through to the Mens Singles Semi Finals on Finals Night. He beat Eric Green 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 and in a really high-class Quarter Final he saw off James Denyer (3-11, 16-14, 11-4, 11-6). One commiserates with a player of James Denyer’s standard on having to meet Eren Gozcu at the Quarter Final stage. James Denyer had earlier beaten Lee McHugh (4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7). Gozcu will meet Paul Davison on Finals Night. Davison’s renowned backhand was in the groove and he knocked out Reece Seddon 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-6 in the Quarter Final. Liam Squirrell and Daniel Young came through the bottom half of the draw. Squirrell defeated Wiktor Delimat (11-4, 11-4, 11-9), Peter Barrett (11-6, 12-10, 11-4) and finally Charles Sweeny (11-6, 11-6, 12-14, 11-5). Sweeny fought back from 2-0 down to beat Trevor Lloyd (6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7).  Daniel Young, many people’s tip to cause a big surprise in this Tournament didn’t disappoint. The Burnham Mens Singles Champion last year he clearly has the temperament for the big occasion. Daniel Young was a last gasp winner against the hard hitting Simon Webber (11-8, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10) and he looked to be on good form as he beat John Poysden (11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5). Poysden had really excelled to defeat Gary Young (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9). Daniel Young was locked at 2-2 against Duncan Taylor in an enthralling Quarter-Final. Ace defender Duncan stole a 6-3 lead in the decider but it wasn’t enough. Daniel rallied and playing with huge conviction and determination he battled his way through to a superb 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6 victory.  This means that there will be three new protagonists in this year’s Mens Singles Semi-Finals – Eren Gozcu, Liam Squirrell and Daniel Young.    

There will also be two new players in the Ladies Singles Final.  With 22 times Champion Julie Johnson having to withdraw before the day of the event it had an open look to it. This was exacerbated when Sarah Austin beat last year’s runner-up Jan Fuller 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 in their Group stage. Nyree Marsh in turn did well to beat Sarah Austin (6-11, 12-10, 11-16, 16-18, 11-9) after a real hum-dinger of a battle.   Nyree Marsh battled her way into Finals Night beating Annabel Sweeney (11-4, 11-7, 11-9) and Melinda Abraham Victor (10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7). Newcomer Weronika Bozek was hotly tipped to do well. She didn’t disappoint.  She beat Sarah Austin 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 and in the Semi-Final she saw off the 2016 and 2017 Champion – the hard-hitting Dawn Baldry (11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3).

The Mens Doubles Final will also feature the all action Eren Gozcu. Paired with Lee McHugh they beat the hard-hitting Paul Davison / Simon Webber (11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8) and in a really explosive Semi-Final they defeated last year’s winners – Liam Squirrell / Reece Seddon (12-10, 8-11,9-11, 11-8, 11-6). They will meet the 2018 Champions – Duncan Taylor and Charles Sweeny in the Final. Charles and Duncan did well to repel the challenge of Gary Young / Daniel Young 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 in the Semi-Final having also beaten Wiktor Delimat / Robert  Shrimpton (11-8, 11-7, 11-9).   

There are new Champions in the Ladies Doubles. Annabel Sweeney / Weronika Bozek beat Nyree Marsh / Melinda Abraham Victor 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 to book their Finals appearance and they beat 2015 Champions Shirley Carroll / Dawn Baldry 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 in the Final.  

Top seed Trevor Lloyd, the 2018 Champion booked his Finals Night appearance in the Veterans Singles. He had a smooth run through to the Final beating David Gatheral (11-4, 11-4, 11-9), Dave Moles (11-4, 11-1, 11-4) and Eric Green (11-4, 11-5, 11-6). Dave Moles scored a really eye opening 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6 win over Babul McLeod. Eric Green did well to beat John Poysden 11-6, 15-13, 4-11, 11-9. Lloyd will face Gary Young in the Final. Young beat Victor Chan (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8), Steve Kerns (11-8. 12-10, 11-9) and in a thrilling Semi-Final Young showed great patience and no shortage  of tactical awareness to beat Duncan Taylor 12-10,11-8, 5-11, 13-11. Taylor had beaten Paul Davison 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 14-12 in the Quarter-Final. The last few points of this match were the most compelling of the whole weekend.

Gary Young / Paul Davison made no mistake in the Veterans Doubles. They powered through to the title beating Neil Freeman / Michael Johnson (11-5,11-8, 11-7), Steve Whiteley / Eric Green (11-6, 11-8, 13-11) and they produced a flawless display to win the Final 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 against John Poysden / Trevor Lloyd. The Lloyd / Poysden pairing came through a widely fluctuating Semi Final 11-4, 5-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5 against a new pairing Steve Kerns / Duncan Taylor.

Steve Kerns is the Over 50s Singles Champion. He faced a tricky Group stage examination by Victor Chan and fell well short losing 10-12, 5-11, 3-11. More on Victor Chan later.  Steve Kerns, pumped up by this early reverse then battled through four very close games to win his first Chelmsford Singles title. Kerns beat Eric Green (9-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-3, 11-7) and Ian Whiteside (15-13, 11-9, 12-10). Kerns trailed John Poysden, the 2015 Champion 7-3 in the fourth end in the Semi Final but he kept his nerve to sneak home 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9. In the other half of the draw Victor Chan beat Charles Yeung 11-7, 11-2, 12-10 and then sensationally top seed Trevor Lloyd (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5). Chan finally missed out 10-12, 11-13, 8-11 against Babul McLeod. McLeod, a three times Champion in this event had impressed with a 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 win over Mike Johnston and a 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 win over Gareth Joice. Kerns took a 2-1 lead in the Final against McLeod courtesy of a marathon 18-16 third game but he was outplayed in the fourth end and trailed 7-3 in the decider. One last massive effort was required and Kerns managed to haul himself back into contention to win 3-11, 11-8, 18-16,4-11, 11-9.

Trevor Lloyd, the holder - retained his Over 60s Singles title. He showed his class beating Babul McLeod 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 in the Semi-Final and he held off Eric Green 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 5-11, 11-4 in the Final. Eric Green defeated John Poysden 11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 2-11, 13-11 in a thrilling Semi-Final.

Daniel Young, as befits his status as a Mens Singles Semi Finalist was a very heavy favourite in the Junior Boys Singles. To his credit he showed no intention of taking any opponent lightly. Young showed his class beating four players who are all making their mark. He beat Sudheep Kamma (11-5, 11-6, 11-7), Harry Buckle (11-8, 11-6, 11-7), Ben Porter (11-7, 11-7, 11-6) and in the Final Thomas Page 13-11, 11-6, 11-8. Ben Porter booked his Semi-Final appearance by beating James Donald after a thrilling Quarter Final encounter (9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9).  Thomas Page beat Josh Bickles 15-13, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 in his Semi-Final – another contender for the most dramatic match of the weekend.   

In the Under 16 Singles Daniel Young was again the player to beat and he again showed his opponents who was boss. He defeated Todd Martin (11-4,11-6, 11-8), Sam Mortimer-Ford (11-7, 11-4, 11-9), Josh Bickles (11-5, 11-6,7-11, 11-5) and in the Final Sudheep Kamma (11-7, 11-2, 11-8). Sudheep Kamma had disposed of Nikita Tkachuk (11-6, 12-14,11-3, 11-8), Saul Chivers (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8) and James Donald after a really hard fought match (11-9, 15-13, 9-11, 5-11, 15-13).

The standard in the Under 14 Singles was of a really high level. James Donald – who missed out so narrowly in the Under 16 Singles and Junior Boys Singles made no mistake this time. He took the title  with convincing wins over Elliot Gardiner (11-3, 11-6, 11-4), Jishkut Shah (11-3, 11-0, 11-5) and Sudheep Kamma (11-2,11-6, 11-6). James Donald was also in control in the Final beating Jenson Davis 11-3, 11-4, 11-9. The hugely promising Jenson Davis had impressed by beating Joshua Bickles (14-12, 11-7, 11-9) and Ben Porter (13-11,11-7, 11-4).  

There was a minor upset in the Junior Doubles. Second seeds – Charlie Craig and Harry Buckle took the title by beating the holders – Daniel Young / Aidan Noguchi in the Final. They ran out narrow 13-11, 12-10, 11-7 winners.  Charlie Craig / Harry Buckle beat Ben Porter / Sam Mortimer-Ford 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 in their Semi Final after Porter / Mortimer-Ford had seen off Sudheep Kamma / Joshua Bickles really narrowly (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10) a round earlier. Dan Young / Aidan Noguchi booked their place in the Final by beating James Donald / Nyree Marsh 11-7,11-7, 11-5.

Nyree Marsh retained her Junior Girls Singles title. She beat Melinda Abraham Victor 11-5, 11-9, 16-14 in the Final having seen off Annabel Sweeney 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 in the Semi Final. Melinda battled her way to the Final by beating Alesha Ellis-Austin 9-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-7.  

Sunday’s play was dominated by the four Divisional events. Gareth Joice who was third seed emerged as the winner of the Division two Singles. He looked to be in good form beating Neil Freeman 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 and in the Semi Final he beat David Gatheral by a last gasp 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10 margin. Gatheral had previously ousted the top seed Ciaran Whelan 11-3, 10-12,11-8, 11-3. In the other half of the draw Thomas Page scored a superb 11-5, 14-12, 11-6 win over second seed Paul Sturton. Rod MacLennan made his mark with a fine 11-8, 5-11, 10-12,11-9, 11-9 win over Saturday’s “giant killer” Victor Chan.  The final went to five ends and it was Gareth Joice who emerged as the winner 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 10-12, 11-5 against the hard hitting Thomas Page.  

David Gatheral came into his own in the Division three singles. He beat Trevor Collin 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 and then Eamon Hall (11-3, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8) and he annexed the title with a 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 win over Mark Glenister. Full marks to Glenister who battled his way through to the Final with five game wins over Andy Hanlon (11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3), Jenson Davis (11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9) and Ken Sheard (16-14,9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9). A very hard fought run through to the Final indeed.

The Division four singles didn’t go to plan. Takunda Nerutanga battled his way through to the Final with wins over Neil Thompson (11-9, 11-3, 11-6), Mark Glenister (11-9, 11-8, 11-8) and top seed James Donald (11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7) but he met his match against Denis Crapnell in the Final. Crapnell ran out a 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 winner. Crapnell survived a major scare in the first round where he only overcame Will Goodchild 5-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 although he cruised past Alex Tkachuk (11-5, 11-4, 11-7) and Andy Hanlon (11-6, 11-4, 11-3).  

Rising star Joshua Bickles is the Division five Singles Champion. He defeated Takunda Nerutanga 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 in a tense Final having beaten newcomer Mike Lucey 11-6., 11-8, 11-7 in the Semi-Final.  Takunda Nerutanga beat Sudheep Kamma 11-5,11-9, 8-11, 11-9 to book his Final appearance having needed five ends to get the better of Melinda Abraham Victor a round earlier (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-3).

The Under 21 Singles had to be held over from Saturday. The Final will be held on Finals Night and it will be between Thomas Page and Daniel Young. Thomas Page won his Semi-Final 6-11,11-6, 14-12, 11-9 against Harry Buckle whilst Daniel Young saw off James Donald (9-11,11-7, 11-7, 11-6) and Vineeth Kamma (11-4, 11-1, 11-7).

The Mixed Doubles saw a number of pairings pull out after the event couldn’t be completed on the Saturday. Two new pairings Lee McHugh / Weronika Bozek and Steve Kerns / Sarah Austin will contest the Final on Finals Night.

It was no surprise that the Handicap Singles Final was fought out by two of the League’s top Junior talents. James Donald eventually captured the title with a really hard-fought victory against Joshua Bickles in the Final (21-19, 19-21, 21-17). James Donald had previously left a whole stream of players in his wake with a series of 2-0 wins. Donald beat Sarah Austin (21-15, 21-16), Neil Freeman (21-15,21-11), Colin Barham (21-13, 21-14) and Nyree Marsh (21-19, 21-19). His Semi-Final against Sudheep Kamma couldn’t have been closer and James won 15-21, 21-18, 22-20. Joshua Bickles also impressed massively. He beat Jordan Corbett (22-20, 17-21, 21-17), Annabel Sweeney (21-15, 21-1&), Eamon Hall (21-6, 21-7) and Lee McHugh (21-13, 21-19). Lee McHugh beat Thomas Page by a last gasp 21-18, 16-21, 22-20 margin.

Joshua Bickles / Will Goodhild are the Handicap Doubles Champions. They captured the title by beating Alex Tkachuk / Sudheep Kamma in a well contested Final 21-13, 18-21,21-18.

The League’s Junior Handicap Tournament hasn’t been completed and a report of that event will follow in due course.

All players are reminded that Finals Night takes place on Monday 10 February 2020 at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Roxwell Road at 19.30 hours. Admission is free. It’s a great chance to watch the League’s best players close hand.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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