Press Report - Issued 25 September 2016

Maldon A make impressive start to the Season 

A strong Maldon A side opened their campaign with a fine 7-3 win over Bocking in the first round of matches in the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. In a high class match their new signing - Wiltshire County player Trevor Lloyd, former M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Alex Abbott and current
Clacton Mens Singles Champion Colin Stallwood all played a part in this success. Bocking‘s all-action Rik James opened proceedings with a “never-say die” 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 win over Alex Abbott but he injured himself playing Colin Stallwood and withdrew as a “precautionary” measure. Gary Cattermole excelled by downing the challenge of Trevor Lloyd 12-10, 2-11, 5-11, 12-10, 13-11 whilst Colin Stallwood again saw off the young pretender Sam Hume 11-5,11-7, 6-11, 12-10. The battle between Stallwood and Cattermole went all
the way “to the wire” with Stallwood eventually triumphing 11-13, 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10.  Promoted Chelmsford A have added Mateusz Zagajewski to their side and he made an immediate impact by winning his three singles as Chelmsford beat Danbury B 7-3. Ryan Gooday also looked very capable at this new higher level and he won twice beating Chris Buer and Dave Richardson. Gooday just missed out to ace-defender Eric Green 11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-14. The match between Liberal and OCs A finished tied at 5-5. Brandon Crouchman was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians side. He saw off Liberal‘s new signing Paul Davison 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 13-11.      

In division two OCs B impressed greatly by beating Writtle Excalibur A 8-2. They look strong at this level and their attacking trio of Stephen Northcott, Kevin Worthington and newcomer Ashley Skeggs will take some beating. Skeggs and Worthington ruled the roost in this encounter.  Danbury D’s Steve Steve Buer was unbeaten in their 7-3 win over Chelmsford B. His hat-trick was a good one - three convincing 3-0 victories over Mick Richardson, Julie Johnson  and Alistair Piper.  Hatfield Peverel A also impressed by beating Writtle Excalibur C 8-2. The evergreen John Parodi was unbeaten for Hatfield Peverel whilst Lin Roff excelled for the Writtle side. She beat both John Gagg and Peter Brownlow - two top draw wins. Galleywood A were the week’s big winners in this division with a thumping 9-1 success against OCs C. Frank Hodge opened proceedings with
a fine 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9 victory over James Hicks but Galleywood’s Gary Brignall and Bryn Thomas were on top form and they sailed through to an excellent 9-1 success.

Hatfield Peverel B are the early leaders in division three and they notched up their second success by beating Danbury E 8-2. Neil Freeman was their “rock” whilst David Gatherall won twice for Danbury. Freeman showed his mettle by fighting back from 2-0 down to beat Gordon Gatherall 7-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-3. Team-work was the order of the day as Maldon B beat OCs D 6-4 with Tom Elder, Roger Hance and Dawn Baldry all winning twice. Tom Elder defeated David Porter 4-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 in what looks to have been the pick of the action. OCs E were also 6-4 winners. Nat Ravlic and Charles Yeung were both undefeated against Danbury H. Ravlic had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Mo Hardy 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10. Quite a fluctuating encounter !. Danbury G who were in contention for promotion for much of last Season
should be in the running again this year. Sam Lowman, Dan Anderson and Cameron Gray all won twice as they defeated Chelmsford D 7-3. Maldon C relied on team-work to beat Danbury F 7-3. Colin Napper, Ciaran Whelan and Jan Fuller all won two times although they all missed out against Dave Marsh. 

Division four produced three very hard fought matches. OCs F ran out 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel C even though it was Peverel’s Dave Carter who won his three singles. Farooq Ahmed did well to beat Colin Barham 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8. The match between Danbury J and Maldon D finished tied at 5-5.
Roger Hance won his three singles for Maldon D. Chelmsford E had Richard Baxter to thank as they drew with Writtle Excalibur C.  Baxter completed his hat-trick with a 7-11, 11-8, 12-9, 11-6 victory over Neil Thompson.

There were four clear-cut victories in division five. Writtle E (Frank Neil, Brian Steward and Andy Fox) ran out 8-2 winners against OCs G in a match where Fox edged out Mike Morecroft 11-8, 7-11, 11-2, 7-11, 13-11. Galleywood B (Roger Wilson, Nathan Blore and Kamil Lentas) also won 8-2. They beat Chelmsford G and Wilson and Lentas both picked up three wins. Hatfield Peverel’s unbeaten Peter Mortensen was the man on form as his side beat Chelmsford H 7-3. The experienced Alastair Brown picked up two hard-fought victories for the Peverel side. He beat Harry Matthews 11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9 and Jacqui Smith 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8. OCs H (Tanishq Kotwal, David Bishop and Harry Rogers) all won twice to seal their side’s 7-3 win over Anglia Ruskin University. They all missed out against impressive newcomer Pewist Osman.

Buttsbury C’s 4-1 win over OCs J looks to have been the pick of the CLICK action. Daniel Storey beat Fraser Heard 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8 whilst Zach Antoniou beat Adam Chalk 11-6, 9-11, 11-5,7-11, 11-6 in another close encounter. Buttsbury B (Tom Picton and Harry Hutt) were also 4-1 winners. They beat Black Notley B 4-1. Picton was unbeaten whilst Hutt only missed out against Alex Doran 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11. There were two sets of 5-0 winners. Galleywood C (Adam Noguchi and Rio Teplizki) beat Buttsbury A and Chelmsford J (Jamie Penkman and Calum Day) beat Black Notley A. 

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

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Press Report - Issued 18 September 2016

Great start to the Season for Alastair Piper

If the initial batch of scorecards are to be believed then we can expect to see some very closely fought matches in the second division and third divisions of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Eight matches have been played and rather incredibly all of them have resulted in 6-4 or 5-5 scorelines.

In division two Chelmsford B did well to beat Hatfield Peverel A 6-4. Alastair Piper led the way with a  convincing hat-trick of 3-0 wins over John Parodi, Gary Ward and Neil Freeman whilst Julie Johnson who missed last Season through injury made a strong return to action by winning twice. She sealed the Chelmsford victory by getting the better of Gary Ward by a last-gasp 8-11, 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 15-13 margin in the last game of the evening. Danbury C were also 6-4 winners. They had an undefeated Peter Mynard to thank as they beat Danbury D. Mynard beat Tim Cramphorn 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 13-15, 11-2 in a widely fluctuating five-setter. Promoted Writtle  Excalibur B drew 5-5 with OCs C. Lin Roffe and Phil Smith both won twice to counter the three wins that League
Chairman Dave  Porter (playing up as a reserve) scored for the Old Chelmsfordians team. Lin Roffe impressed by fighting back from 2-0 down to beat Peter Windley over five ends (6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2). It was honours
even when Writtle Excalibur A drew with Galleywood A. Gary Brignall won his three singles for Galleywood whilst Ryan Pitt and Matthew Brown both won twice for the Writtle Excalibur team. Brignall sealed the draw for his side by seeing off Ryan Pitt 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 in a hard fought last match of the evening. New side Liberal B marked their debut with a 5-5 draw against OCs B. Adrian Pitt won his three singles for Liberal whilst Ashley Skeggs and Stephen Northcott both won twice for the OCs second team. The first game of the evening was seemingly the pick of the action  between two of the hardest hitters in the division and Stephen Northcott finally defeated Andrew Huckson 11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9 after five furious ends.

OCs D are the early leaders in division three. They beat OCs E 6-4 courtesy of a Dave Porter hat-trick. Porter secured the victory for his team in the last game of the night by getting the better of Drazen Ravlic 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8 in  a very hard-fought final encounter. Danbury F had Dave Marsh on top form as they drew 5-5 with Maldon B. Marsh lost the first end to Dawn Baldry but fought back strongly to win 4-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 to earn his team a share of the points.  In the match between Danbury H and Chelmsford D no single player remained unbeaten. League President Norman Smith and Ivan Chaplin both won twice for Danbury whilst Keith Martin and Jarek Pietraszuk both picked up two wins for the Chelmsford side.         

For those who like watching top class Table Tennis the BATTS Club in Harlow is the place to be next Saturday (24 September 2016) when BATTS play long-time rivals Fusion in the Premier Division of the British League. Fusion’s side will include Lorestas Trumpauskas, the England no. one Veteran player and three times Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion. All Fusion’s squad are England top 50 ranked players.  BATTS will include England no. one Cadet player Ethan Walsh and up-and-coming Sussex star - 19 year old Jack Bennett. This match represents the return to home and away matches at a single venue for the British  League Premier Division after years of playing matches over weekends in multi-table venues. The action starts at 14.00 hours and admission is free and the doors open at 13.00 hours where entertainment takes place in the form of a “Lightning Shootout” and a Raffle. A great opportunity to watch some of the top players in the country.    

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

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