CDTTL End of Season report – 2016/17
Tom Lewis – CDTTL Press Officer
Tollgate A have been crowned ‘Champions of Colchester’ for the second successive season. Tollgate stayed at the peak of the division since the third week and went on to win all sixteen of their games played. They finished the season off with a 10-0 win over Walton A. The runner-up accolade goes to Rowhedge A who were the only team able to challenge Tollgate for the title throughout the season. They finished twenty-five points behind, with a few people claiming the challenge for the top spot was over after Tollgate beat Rowhedge 8-2 in the first game of the season. The remaining seven teams could have played in a division of their own, as only eighteen points separated them from one another. Unfortunately, two teams had to succumb to the dreaded relegation zone and those who go down to Division One are Walton A and Pegasus A. Walton needed to win two games against the champions to stay up but were not able to win them. Pegasus needed six points against St James B to move out of the bottom two, however they were only able to win three from the match. Seven players were able to achieve above 80% in games won. Colchester Men’s Singles champion, Rik James, topped the individual averages table by winning twenty-five games out of twenty-seven (92.59%).
Rowhedge D and Tollgate D gained promotion to Colchester’s elite in what was the closest division out of all five. The top four teams (Rowhedge D, Tollgate D, Gt Horkesley A and Walton B) were only separated by four points, so they each had the chance to get themselves in the promotion spots during the last round of fixtures. Rowhedge D beat St James C 6-4 to secure themselves winners of Division One. This left the other three teams battling it out for the final promotion spot. Walton B beat Lawford B 6-4 to move into preliminary second place, before Tollgate D beat Rowhedge C 8-2 to jump ahead. This left Gt Horkesley A needing a 10-0 whitewash over Tollesbury A to give them enough points to overtake Tollgate in the table. However, they could only win eight out of ten to leave them just short of the final promotion spot. Lawford B and Tollesbury A are the two teams that are relegated to Division Two after only winning two matches each.
Rowhedge dominate the top of Division Two as all three of their teams in this division came in the top four. Rowhedge E finish top after beating third place Lawford C in the final match of the season. Chris Parr finished strongly by winning all his games and taking his win record to 93.33%. Rowhedge F join their ‘E’ team in gaining promotion to Division One after beating Tollesbury B 10-0. This result also carried great importance for Tollesbury as they still had a chance of survival if they managed to get a good result in this game. Unfortunately for Tollesbury, this did not happen and they join St James D in being relegated to Division Three. A special mention must go out to Jared Chelski (Rowhedge G) who finished the season on an incredible 100%-win record, with fifty games won out of a possible fifty. Even though his team did not gain promotion, he will surely play at a higher level when the new season is here.
Like Rowhedge in Division Two, Tollgate were the club to dominate Division Three. Tollgate F achieved promotion a few weeks ago and could enjoy their last few games. However, they wouldn’t have wanted to have lost their last game as they were unbeaten all season. Staying true to form, they managed a 7-3 victory over the Gilberd A to take their total points tally to a staggering 151. Olly Fifield managed to defeat all of Tollgate’s players and move top of the averages table (four or more games played) with an impressive 94.12%-win record (forty-eight out of fifty-one games won). Tollgate G just managed to pip the Gilberd to the second promotion spot as they finished seven points ahead of the Gilberd. Andy Huang and Toby Deng won all of their games for Tollgate against Pegasus E in their final game of the season. Pegasus E were one of the teams to be relegated to Division Four, alongside Dedham B.
Rowhedge H are the Division Four winners after they were unable to be caught by Tollesbury C, who finished in second place. Rowhedge finished their season off with a 9-1 win over Dedham C. Jamie Morgan won all of his games for Rowhedge and was another young player, following in the steps of Jared Chelski and Olly Fifield, who achieved a very high win-percentage (94.12%).