Northants Vets 1st team (Div 2A)
Final matches of 2015/16 season at St Neots on 5th March 2016
Yorkshire 3rds 4-6 Northants
Andy Trott started the ball rolling with a comfortable straight games win over Dave Randerson. John Fuller kept things going for Northants with a convincing win over number 3 Steve Kosmowsky. Yorkshire's highly ranked women Helen Shields proved too strong for Christine Scaysbrook in both singles and the mixed doubles respectively to keep Yorkshire in the match. Andy Trott beat Phil Cawser and that was followed up by Steve Silk's 12-10 defeat to Steve Kosmowsky.
Things looked grim with Yorkshire's Phil Cawser expected to beat John Fuller. John however had other ideas and came from 7-3 down in the fourth to beat Cawser in what was a brilliant exhibition of table tennis from both players. At four sets apiece it was up to Steve Silk to try to beat Dave Randerson to give Northants a 6-3 lead. This he did easily in straight sets. The last mixed doubles went Yorkshire's way with Christine Scaysbrook and Richard Elliott losing to Shields and Cawser in 3 tight ends.
Norfolk 1st 5-5 Northants 1
With Norfolk losing their first match of the day to Notts it meant that they realistically had to beat Northants in this match.
Andy Trott overcame strong resistance to beat Sean Malloy in four ends. Ben Thompson's attacking game proved too strong for John Fuller, with John losing in four ends. Steve Silk then lost in five ends to number 1 Mats Ollson. Trott and Scaysbrook then won their first mixed doubles to level the match at two apiece.
Sean Malloy managed to overcome John Fuller in three tight games to restore Norfolk's lead. Up stepped Christine Scaysbrook, with Christine playing brilliantly to overcome Janet Kelly in straight games. Trott and Silk were favourites to win the doubles but were outplayed by a devastating performance by Ollson and Thompson. At 4-3 down it was crucial that Steve Silk beat Ben Thompson. This he did comfortably to level the match.
Andy Trott made sure Northants wouldn't lose the match with a convincing win over Mats Ollson. The final mixed doubles was close but was lost deuce in the 4th by Richard Elliott and Christine.
Northants 1st 8-2 Leicester 2nds
Northants went into this match as red hot favourites but they still had to make sure of the win to secure the title.
Steve Silk easily beat Les Baker in the first match. Richard Elliott made his singles debut in this match and battled well to overcome an awkward Tony Smith 11-6 in the decider. Andy Trott managed to beat Richard Hayes to give Northants a 3-0 lead in the match. John Fuller and Christine Scaysbrook were very unlucky in the mixed doubles and lost 11-9 in the fifth. Steve Silk then gave Northants a 4-1 lead with an easy win over Tony Smith. Christine Scaysbrook then battled brilliantly to overcome higher ranked player Shirley Pickering 11-9 in the fifth end. Christine's consistency deservedly winning through against an extremely angry opponent.
John Fuller and Richard Elliott then combined brilliantly to beat Hayes and Smith in five ends. Richard Elliott lost to attacking player Richard Hayes in four ends.
The final two matches went Northants way with Andy Trott beating Les Baker and then Richard Elliott and Christine Scaysbrook comfortably beating Baker and Pickering in four ends.
Well done to all six players who got promoted. I knew it would be difficult after Clem had to withdraw after day 1. Christine stepped up to the mark and showed great tenacity to hold her own in a tough division. Clem's fighting spirit obviously rubbed off on her !! Oh and I forgot to mention the captaincy !!!!!
Steve Silk (Team Captain)
VETS 3rd TEAM
Northants county veterans third team report
Northants county veterans third team made a successful start in their first weekend played on 8th and 9th October at Corby Smash winning all three matches played. Alex Aston played as Mens number one with Martin Hall at two, Henry Arthur at three and the Lady was Maxime Shears. All four players did well having more personal wins than losses.
First up was Norfolk 2 on Saturday and all three men won and loss one singles each and Alex and Martin won the Mens Doubles but the star of the show was Maxime who was unbeaten winning her Ladies singles and both mixed doubles with Martin and Henry resulting in a 7-3 win.
On Sunday there were two matches. Against North Wales Northants got off to a flying start going 5-0 up. Man of the match Henry Arthur was involved in three of these being both singles and a mixed doubles. Alex and Martin also both won their first singles. Maxime then lost her singles but Alex and Martin sealed the win with the Mens Doubles. After Martin won his second singles to go 7-1 up North Wales recovered by beating Alex in a singles and Maxime and Martin in a mixed doubles to make if 7-3 to Northants.
In the match with Norfolk 3 there were five sets that went to the fifth game but only Norfolk's best player Allan Nicholls could cross the winning line for his team by beating Martin and Alex both in five games. 8-2 to Northants.
Singles Henry Arthur played 6 won 5 Martin played 6 won 4 Maxime played 3 won 2 Alex played 6 won 3. Doubles Henry played 3 won 3, Alex played 3 won 3, Maxime played 6 won 5, Martin played 6 won 5. Player of the weekend Henry Arthur
Warwickshire 2 played 4 won 4, points 8, sets for 38, sets against 2
Northamptonshire 3 played 3 won 3, points 6, sets for 22, sets against 8
Cambridgeshire 3 played 2 won 2, points 4, sets for 16, sets against 4
Cheshire played 3 won 1, points 2, sets for 8, sets against 22
Norfolk 3 played 4 won 1, points 2, sets for 11, sets against 29
North Wales played 4 won 0, drew 1, points 1 sets for 13, sets against 27
Norfolk 2 played 4 won 0, drew 1, points 1, sets for 12, sets against 28
Shropshire yet to play
So a good start but the table above suggests we have played the weakest three teams and the remaining four matches will be much tougher and Warwickshire look easily the strongest team with players of premier or division one standard. At worst we will be mid table but will strive for runners up position.
Alex Aston (Team Captain)