Press Report Issued on 15 March 2020

League programme continues

The Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Committee have followed the directive of Table Tennis England and at present League matches do not have to be postponed or cancelled if all players are fit to participate, notwithstanding the ever growing concerns regarding the Corona Virus. All players are advised to check the Table Tennis England Website regularly as matters can change on a daily basis. However, the League’s largest Club – Chelmsford Table Tennis Club who play out of the Melbourne Athletics Centre on a multi Table basis have taken the decision to stop hosting matches with immediate effect. This is in line with the many Sporting events that have been postponed throughout the World in the last few days.

In division one Chelmsford B did well to beat Liberal 6-4. Simon Jarvis led the way with a hat-trick which included wins over James Mullane (8-11, 13-11, 14-12, 11-7), Andy Huckson (11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7) and Simon Webber (10-12, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9). Mark Allaway won once, an impressive 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 victory over James Mullane.

The fast improving Thomas Page shone as Maldon C beat Chelmsford D 7-3 in division two. His hat-trick of wins include a quick-fire 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 victory against Victor Chan.

Martin Knight’s hat-trick was the difference between the two sides as Danbury L beat OCs H 6-4 in division five. Knights downed the challenge of Michael Lucey – OC’s best player - 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5.

Danbury Dragons top division 2A of the Junior League with 15 points out of 20. They beat Chelmsford Jaguars 4-1 with Ben Porter dominating proceedings. Porter beat George Bilbao (11-5, 11-5, 11-4) and Todd Martin (12-10, 11-4, 11-3). Chelmsford Pumas are a clear third. They beat Danbury Demons 4-1. Sam Mortimer-Ford dropped the first end against Joachin Mapes but he fought back strongly to win 9-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-7.

There was a first win for Buttsbury Bears in Junior division 2B. And it was a decisive one as well. They beat Chelmsford Falcons 5-0 with Ben Brown and Jacob Lawrence both remaining undefeated. Jacob Lawrence came out on top against Oliver Cheung 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9.  Jacob Lawrence was also undefeated as Buttsbury Bears lost 3-2 against Buttsbury Bats. He beat Ryan Beresford Cole over five ends 10-12, 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 and George Hagland 11-9, 11-4, 11-9. Chelmsford Rhinos beat Chelmsford Leopards 3-2. Nikita Tkachuk beat both Cleon Fernandes (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) and Al Lane (11-6, 11-6, 11-7).

Danbury Griffins have surged clear in Junior division 2C. They beat OCs Lions 5-0. Dan Wise and Adam Thirkettle carried all before them.  They top the table with 22 points out of 30. Danbury Griffins also beat Buttsbury Bulldogs 4-1. Dan Wise won twice again. He beat Oscar Hutt 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9. Buttsbury Beavers are second with 16 points. Max Samuels powered to wins against the Writtle Raccoons duo of Oliver Plaw and Luke Rowse. Oliver Plaw was on target for the losers and he beat Leo Beadon 11-13, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-4. Buttsbury Beavers ran out 4-1 winners.   

Chelmsford Tigers have jumped above Buttsbury Badgers in Junior division 2D after beating their opponents 4-1. Harrison Hill was undefeated and he beat Joseph Hutt (11-9, 11-8, 11-7). Danbury Devils are one place above Chelmsford Tigers in third, and they beat Chelmsford Elephants 3-2. Will Ratcliffe was undefeated and he saw off Jesse Epstein (11-9, 11-6, 11-6) and Nathan Tew (12-10, 11-6, 11-4). Danbury Devils also beat Chelmsford Tigers 3-2. William Ratcliffe was again unbeaten. His game against Emilie Guilloux was a close one, and Ratcliffe sneaked home 13-11, 11-13, 11-3, 13-11.

There was a first defeat for Chelmsford Wildcats in Junior division 2E. They lost 3-2 to Chelmsford Eagles. Emile Guilloux won twice for the Wildcats. She beat Javier Sutherland-Moore (8-11, 7-11, 11-7.  12-10, 11-6) and Theo Hasevic (11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8). Chelmsford Kangaroos with Eddie Pickwick winning twice beat Chelmsford Ospreys 3-2. Noah Baldwin was on target for the Ospreys with a 11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8 victory against Alex Stephenson. Chelmsford Wolves came out on top 3-2 against Chelmsford Kestrels. Jishmant Shah beat Aarya Thomas 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-3. 

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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