Crawley Community hold off challengers to win the title

A real team effort throughout the season culminated with Crawley Community A winning the Premier Division on 180 points ,Foresters A were runners up on 173,Blades A 3rd on 170 and Foresters B on 167.

Communities regular team of Paul Carter,Barrie Gilbert and Phil Richardson were well supported by John Callcut and John Hook who played up a number of times winning a lot of matches.

At the bottom Spinners B were relegated on 53 points with Copthorne looking over their shoulders just 3 points ahead on 56.

Wes Bush Harris finished top of the averages with 58 wins and 4 losses,Paul Carter had 55 wins and 4 losses.George Hazell had a fantastic season winning most matches 67 with only 6 losses.

Crawley Community produced a solid performance with messrs Gilbert,Richardson and Call cut all playing well,Stuart Brooks put up spirited resistance pushing Phil to 8 on the fifth and four tight games against Barrie.Copthornes disappointment will be tempered by the fact that they survived to fight another season in the top division.

Blades A played out a match for second and third place.The master beat the pupil as Wes Bush Harris defeated George Hazell in four,James Wheatley scored a third successive win against Steve Barby,7-2 to Foresters.

Foresters B won a tough match versus the D team winning 6-3,Mark Collins winning three,Jan Collado got two for for the D team.

Foresters C ended Horsham Bs faint hopes of survival with a comprehensive 8-1 victory,Adam Daley(one of the most improved players this season)won three as did Gerry Pugh,Tony Morris scored Spinners only success with a good win over Dave Steel.

Crawley Community B Finished up with a fine 7-2 win over Blades B,Shaun Parsley won three while Sai Man Yau and John Hook both lost to Michael Bridger.

Horsham Spinners A and Horsham B both recorded 7-2 wins against Horsham A and Trinity A respectively.

Chairman Derek Flanagan gave a rousing speech before presenting the trophy to Community which was passed to loyal supporter John Richardson for safe keeping.

Author: via Crawley and Horsham Table Tennis League
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