All 10 teams in Evesham & District Specsavers Division 2 were in action this week as the new season got underway.
Littleton Bears and Littleton Giants fought out a close match which ended in a 5-5 draw. Dave Bevington had a terrific evening for Giants, with an undefeated performance including a 3-1 win against last year’s highest ranked Division 2 player, Paul Bruner.
New team JLM Sunrisers look like they will be strong contenders this season, starting with a 7-3 win against Bengeworth Pandas. Jonathan Lyons and Steff Mytton each won all their matches for Sunrisers.
All female team Littleton Jackson Five also had an impressive 8-2 win against Bengeworth Wolves. Junior player Holly Bilsborrow was Player of the Match with 3 straight-sets victories. Pavel Czechowicz replied with 2 wins for Wolves, and in Wolves’ next match went one better by winning 3, and helping Wolves to their first win of the season, 6-4 against Littleton Cobras. Czechowicz had to fight hard for his Player of the Match award, coming from 2-1 down to beat Luke Fisher.
Littleton Dolphins have the highest points tally so far after a 10-0 win against a depleted Littleton Cobras, followed by a 6-4 win over Littleton Giants. It was a very good night for Dolphins’ Patrick Anstey, picking up 2 wins in a league match for the first time. He did especially well to come out on top in a fiveset battle with Derek Close.
The Evesham & District Table Tennis season got underway this week with five matches played in Specsavers Division 1.
New team JLM Hawks fielded a formidable line-up of Dave Harvey, Luke Moffat and Craig Norledge and started by whitewashing a strong Littleton Aces side 10-0. Hawks will be many people’s favourites for the title even at this early stage, and will certainly provide a challenge to last year’s champions Wyre Elite.
Wyre Elite also started with a win, beating JLM Owls 7-3. Matt Hartwell was Player of the Match with 3 wins.
Littleton Clubs battled to an impressive 6-4 win against Littleton Positives, inspired by a dominant performance from last year’s u18 champion Craig Witheford. He beat rival junior James Morrow 3-1, and also scored wins against more experienced opposition in Doug Payne and Nick Mytton. Witheford ranked fifth last season and it would be no surprise to see him build on that this year. Younger brother Alistair was also in the Clubs team, having made the step up from Division 2. Although he didn’t record a win on this occasion, he had some very close games and will be one to watch for the future.
The match between JLM Dragonflies and Bengeworth Purple saw another junior player make his Division 1 debut. Ed Sommers looked very much at home in the top division, finishing with 3 wins as Dragonflies came out 7-3 victors.
Kington Blades beat Kington Bulldogs 7-3. Blades’ Alan Cotton and John Price were both undefeated.