HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
COUNTY TABLE TENNIS RESULTS on 21 Oct 2017
Report by Harry Jutle- County Team Co-ordinator.
Hereford 1st and 2nd travelled to Okehampton to play their first set of County Championship fixtures. The first team of Ola Andersson, Andy Castle, Nigel Foreshew and Liz Hallam won their matches defeating Dorset 2nd 6-4 and Hereford 2nd 8-2. The second team of Alex Aston, Nick Price, Bob Marshall and Margaret Shock lost their other match also 2-8 to Cornwall 2nd 1-9.
Hereford 1st v Dorset 2nd: Ola started off losing 1st, winning 2nd , losing 3rd and then won the next 2 to lead 1-0. Nigel Lost 1st, won 2nd, but then lost the next 2 very close games for the score at 1-1. Andy won his in 3 sets to lead 2-1. Ola and Liz in the 1st mixed doubles were 0-2 down but came strong to win the next 3, with the decider 13-11 to increase the lead to 3-1. Nigel lost the 1st, won the next 2, but then lost the next 2 at 12-14, for the reduced lead of 3-2. Liz in the Women's singles won the 1st, but then lost the next 3 for the score level at 3-3. Ola and Andy in the Men's doubles won in 4 sets to restore the lead 4-3. Andy lost the 1st, then won the next 2 (10-12), and the 4th to increase lead to 5-3. Ola won his in 3 sets, 2 at 12-10, to guarantee a win to score at 6-3. Nigel and Liz won the 1st at deuce, lost the 2nd at deuce, lost 3rd very close, won a close 4th, but then lost the decider for the final result of score at 6-4 Win.
Scores: Ola Andersson 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 and 12-10, 11-7, 12-10. Andy Castle 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 and 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-8. Nigel Foreshew 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 9-11 and 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-14, 12-14. Women's singles Liz 11-9, 5-11, 2-11, 3-11. Men's doubles Ola and Andy 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7. 1st Mixed doubles Ola and Liz 10-12, 1-11, 11-7, 11-5, 13-11. 2nd Mixed doubles Nigel and Liz 13-11, 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11.
Hereford 1st v Hereford 2nd: Andy against Alex lost the 1st , won the 2nd, lost the 3rd and then won the next 2 to lead 1-0. Nigel against Bob won the 1st, lost 2nd and 3rd close games, and won the next 2 to lead 2-0. Ola beat Nick in 4 sets, dropping the 2nd , to increase lead to 3-0. Ola and Liz in the 1st doubles against Alex and Margaret lost the 1st 2, but then won the next 3, final set 15-13 for the score at 4-0. Andy beat Bob in 3 sets for 5-0. Liz against Margaret in the Women's singles lost the 1st, won next 2, lost 4th 17-19, followed by loss of the decider for a reduced lead of 5-1. Ola and Andy in the Men's doubles against Alex and Nick won in 4 sets, dropping the 3rd set, to guarantee a win with the score at 6-1. Nigel against Nick won the 1st 2, but then Nick won the next 3 to reduce the lead to 6-2. Ola lost the 1st to Alex, but then won the next 3 to increase the lead to 7-2. Nigel and Liz against Bob and Margaret in the 2nd Mixed doubles won in 3 sets for the final score of 8-2.
Scores: Ola v Nick 11-6, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8; and v Alex 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8. Andy Castle v Alex 9-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8; and v Bob 11-3, 11-5, 11-7. Nigel Foreshew v Bob 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8 and v 11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 9-11. Women's singles Liz v Margaret 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 17-19, 5-11. Men's doubles Ola and Andy v Alex and Nick 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5. 1st Mixed doubles Ola and Liz v Alex and Margaret 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 15-13. 2nd Mixed doubles Nigel and Liz v Bob v Margaret 11-9, 11-8, 11-6.
Report from Alex Aston, 2nd team captain:
Having made enquiries about hosting county veterans matches but not finding a suitable venue at an affordable price it has been a struggle to get our best players being willing to travel the long distances required this season.
On Saturday 21st October the second team of Alex Aston(number one and captain), Nick Price(two) Bob Marshall (three) and Marg Shock made the long three hours trek down to Okehampton in South Devon for three matches, with two of them to be played simultaneously on two tables.
With only two of our players currently playing in division one and one of those two playing in division two last season we knew we would be up against it at this level.
For Captain Alex it was a day of near misses. In the first match of the day against Cornwall he looked all set to get us off to a good start going 2-0 and 9-5 up until his opponent got a series of nets which continued into the next two games with Alex unluckily losing duece in the fifth. Nick Price had a better day and picked up a win against the Cornwall number three and also added the mens doubles with Alex with Cornwall winning the rest.
Herefordshire II 2 Cornwall 8
Against Dorset our only win was in the mixed doubles of Alex and Marg
Herefordshire II 1 Dorset II 9
The match against our own first team was the most encouraging of the day as on paper we were probably expected to lose 10-0 but Nick Price picked up what he said was his best win ever against the awkward Nigel Foreshew and Marg Shock won the Women's singles against Liz Hallam. It was also another two near misses for Alex. Against the classic looper Andy Castle Alex tried to mess up his game with his pimples and it was all to play for at 8-8 in the fifth but Andy held his nerve better at the end to win 11-8. Alex also struggled in the crucial points against Ola Anderson losing in four close ends and twice serving off at 10-10.
Herefordshire II 2 Herefordshire I 8
COUNTY TABLE TENNIS RESULTS on 13 Jan 2018
Report by Harry Jutle- County Team Co-ordinator.
Hereford 1st and 2nd travelled to Okehampton again to play their second set of County Championship fixtures. The first team of Toby Eckley, Andy Castle, Nigel Foreshew and Liz Hallam resulted with wins against Somerset 3rd 7-3 and Devon 2nd 8-2. The 1st team are unbeaten with the final set of fixtures on 10th March 2018. The second team of Nigel Forshew, Alex Aston, Nick Price, and Margaret Shock lost their single fixture to Somerset 3rd 3-7.
Hereford 1st v Somerset 3rd: Toby started off with a 3 sets win to lead 1-0. Nigel lost in 3 sets for the score at 1-1. Andy lost the 1st, but then won the next 3 to lead 2-1. Nigel and Liz in the 1st mixed doubles lost in 3 sets for the score at 2-2. Nigel lost the 1st, but then won the next 3 to lead 3-2. Liz in the Women's lost in 4 sets, winning the 3rd set for the score to level again at 3-3. Toby and Andy in the Men's doubles won the 1st 2, only for the opposition to draw level with the next 2, but then they dominated the decider to restore the lead once again to 4-3. Andy won in 4 sets, dropping the 3rd to increase the lead to 5-3. Toby won in 3 sets to guarantee a win to lead 6-3. Toby and Liz won in 3 sets for the final score of a win at 7-3.
Scores: Toby Eckley 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 and 11-7, 11-9, 11-9. Andy Castle 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 and 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8. Nigel Foreshew 9-11, 7-11, 5-11 and 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10. Women's singles Liz 11-13, 11-13, 11-3, 7-11. Men's doubles Toby and Andy 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 8-12, 11-2. 1st Mixed doubles Nigel and Liz 5-11, 10-12, 7-11. 2nd Mixed doubles Toby and Liz 11-3, 11-8, 11-7.
Hereford 1st v Devon 2nd : Andy started off with a win in 4 sets to lead 1-0. Nigel won also won in 3 sets, 1st at deuce to lead 2-0. Toby also won in 3 sets to increase lead to 4-0. Toby and Liz in the 1st doubles lost the 1st , but then won the next 3, 4th at 16-14 putting the score at 4-0. Andy won in 3 sets for 5-0. Liz in the Women's singles lost in 4 sets with only the 2nd set win for the score at 5-1. Toby and Andy in the Men's doubles won in 4 sets, dropping the 2nd set, to guarantee a win with the score at 6-1. Nigel won in 4 sets, dropping the 3rd to increase the lead to 7-2. Toby won in 3 sets, 3rd 13-11 the score at 7-2. Nigel and Liz in the 2nd Mixed doubles won the 1st, lost the 2nd, won the 3rdat deuce, lost the 4th and then lost the decider on deuce for the final score of a 8-2 win.
Scores: Toby Eckley 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-4, 11-4, 13-11. Andy Castle 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11 and 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. Nigel Foreshew 15-13, 11-9, 12-10 and 11-3, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10. Women's singles Liz 8-11, 11-8, 2-11, 4-11. Men's doubles Toby and Andy 11-1, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4. 1st Mixed doubles Toby and Liz 3-11, 11-8, 11-5, 16-14. 2nd Mixed doubles Nigel and Liz 11-9, 4-11, 13-11, 6-11, 10-12.
Report from 2nd team captain Alex Aston:
On Saturday 13th January 2018 we had to travel all the way to Okehampton again but this time for only one match. For some this was not worthwhile, but keen players Alex Aston, Nick Price and Marg Shock were prepared to go. As our first team were already there playing two matches of their own we decided to ask Nigel Foreshew to help us out by playing for us at number one while he played for the firsts at number three.
The match between Hereford II and Somerset III was notable in that Nick Price was the only one out of 6 men not playing with pimples. He was unlucky in losing to both of his opponents in four close ends. Alex did better this time playing at number 2, losing in 5 games to Somerset III's number one and winning in 5 games against their number three. Nigel who was playing on two tables had little time to rest as all of his matches for Herefordshire II went the full distance, he also lost to their number one 3-2 and beat their number two 3-2 and then in the mixed doubles with Marg lost 3-2. In the other mixed doubles, Alex was able to take advantage of the Somerset lady's (Wendy Price) weak serves and return of serves by serving long and fast which she struggled with and took the uncharacteristic approach of taking the serve on the forehand against her in order to attack it. This worked and we won this 3-1. Wendy was better in the longer rallies though and because of this she beat Marg in the ladies singles.
Herefordshire II 3 Somerset III 7
With two matches left in March in Christchurch Dorset, we have to play a strong Hampshire team and a potential wooden spoon battle with Devon II who have also lost all of their matches so far. We have more scope for optimism against Devon as Alex has played two of their players previously and has a 1-1 record with number one Mike Kiff and a 2-0 winning record against number two Wim Faason
2nd team match report from Alex Aston March 10th
We made the long trek down to Christchurch in Dorset for our final two matches of the season. This turned out to be our most successful Saturday of the season. We had a different line up with Ken Read (number 2) and Simon Morgan (number 3) making their county debuts for Herefordshire alongside captain Alex Aston (number 1) and Marg Shock who have played every match this season.
Having lost all four of our previous matches we first took on Devon 2 who had also lost all four, had the same sets difference and an inferior games difference. This meant it almost a "wooden spoon" match although the matches in the afternoon also counted. We thought we would need to win at least two out of the first three men's singles matches to stand a chance. We did exactly that as Alex and Simon opened up a 2-0 lead with 3-1 and 3-0 victories respectively. The Devon 2 number 1 Mike Kiff then pulled one back for them with a 3-1 win over Ken. When Mike and Pat Lyon beat Marg and Alex in the mixed doubles we knew we would have to keep winning our men's matches. A second win for Simon, this time 3-1 and a 3-0 win for Pat over Marg made it 3-3. Choosing the combination of Men's and Mixed doubles is always difficult, especially as none of us had played with Ken previously. We chose the combined awkwardness of Ken and Alex and this proved just about good enough to win the crucial mens doubles 11-8 in the fifth. Ken and Alex then secured victory with singles wins over Paul Wood and Mike Kiff respectively, both 3-1. Devon 2 then won the second mixed doubles 3-1 with Pat and Paul over Simon and Marg to make the final score 6-4 to Herefordshire 2
Our second match was against Hampshire 2 and the league table suggested they were the favorites, having won 3 out of 5 matches and us only 1 out of 5. However we had strengthened our team since the first Saturday and they were probably weaker without Mike Rhodes. We knew they had lost 9-1 to the all conquering Herefordshire 1 team in the morning with their only victory being the ladies' singles so again we thought we would have to win most of the men's matches to stand a chance. We started in similar fashion to the morning's match winning two out of three in the first round of men's singles. Ken and Alex both recovered from 2-1 down to win in 5. Simon previously beaten his opponent Cameron Brealey, a long pimple player easily when they last played and simon was using long pimples. This time Simon chose short pimples but Cameron was able to return Simon backhand attacks more easily with them and Cameron won 3-1. Alex and Marg then struggled against Cameron's long pimples in the mixed doubles and another 3-1 defeat made it 2-2. Ken also lost to an in form Cameron 3-1 and Marg 3-0 defeat in the ladies made it 4-2. We decided to stick with the doubles combination that worked in the morning with Ken and Alex once again playing Mens doubles but Cameron and Paul were too good at attacking Kens sidespin lobs and Alex's defence wasn't up to it. Hampshire 2 secured the victory when Paul May beat Simon 3-0. We then recovered from 6-2 to only lose 6-4 as Alex kept his unbeaten singles record for the day with a 3-1 win over their number one, Daniel Lucking and Marg and Simon then had a good victory over Daniel and Sarah Whithorn in the second mixed doubles.
Devon 2 needed to beat Somerset three 7-3 to overtake us which seemed unlikely but they did well to draw 5-5 ,so we finished second to bottom. Hopefully we can improve on this next season and if we can manage to play matches closer to or in Herefordshire that would help to encourage our best players to play.
Player averages(singles only)
Nigel Foreshew at number 1 played 2 won 1 50%
Ken Read at number 2 played 4 won 2 50%
Simon Morgan at number 3 played 4 won 2 50%
Alex Aston at numbers 1 and 2 played 12 won 5 42%
Nick Price at numbers 2 and 3 played 8 won 2 25%
Bob Marshall at number 3 played 6 won 0 0%
Marg Shock played 6 won 1 17%