Nuneaton & District Table Tennis League – Week 12
With 2 weeks of the season remaining, the top positions in both division 1 and division 2 have been settled already.
In Division 1, Ambleside E have retained their title , and also maintained their unbeaten run, but came close to losing this when they came up against their closest rivals Stockingford C, who look likely to take the runner up spot. This turned out to be a close match with honours even after a 5-5 draw. In a repeat of the open singles final, Arun Jogi played the new town champion, Mark Perkins, and Arun won comfortably 3-0 to give him some satisfaction, after losing to Mark in the Open Singles final at the town championships held the weekend before.
NALGO Queens in 3rd spot have an outside chance of taking the runner up spot, but their next scheduled match is against the champions so they would need an outstanding result to do this. Ajax Wolvey C are 6 points behind NALGO in 4th position, and the final placings for 3rd and 4th are likely to get settled when they meet in the final match of the league season.
In the relegation spots, at the bottom of the league, are the two teams promoted from Division 2 last year, who have found it hard going in the higher league. Stockingford A in bottom spot are definitely relegated and it does look like NALGO MIRA will join them. Their sister team NALGO Queens did them no favours when they beat them 9-1 with Rhys Emery, Eileen Shaler and Ian Baxter of the Queens side all making a maximum in the match. Stockingford A also came up against the Queens side which went one better with a 10-0 whitewash.
In the averages Sohail Caratella and Paul Calloway have maintained their 100% record, although they are unlikely to take the league averages title, having played insufficient matches. This title looks like it will be going to Ian Baxter of NALGO Queens, who has only lost once all season and is currently on an average of 96.67%.
At the top of division 2 are the two teams relegated from Division 1 last year, Crescent and Ambleside H. Crescent cannot be caught now at the top on 87 points. They met Ambleside A and beat them 9-1 with Shoyeb Memon man of the match making a maximum, as did team mate Khalil Badat. Crescent were looking forward to a top of the table clash between themselves and the team in 2nd spot, Ambleside H, but unfortunately Ambleside could not make a team on the night, and forfeited the match, thereby handing the league title to Crescent. The 3rd placed team is another Ambleside team the ‘F’ team who have 54 points, some 17 points behind the ‘H’ team.
Two Ajax Wolvey teams find themselves in 5th and 6th spots with the ‘B’ team just 4 points ahead of their ‘F’ team. The latter team have had some team issues this year which has meant having to play up a number of substitutes from division 3, and this has not helped their cause. They had a fair result against the potential runners up, Ambleside H losing 7-3 with only 2 players to call on, and Steve Hobley took all the 3 points for Wolvey, to take the man of the match award, and, into the bargain beating Lee Bennett who is topping the averages on 92.86%.
Fire Brigade are in the bottom spot, and achieved their first win of the season against Ambleside A 6-4 with Steve Leonard making a maximum for the Fire Brigade. There are only 11 points between the 3 teams in the bottom spots so it is still all to play for, although all 3 teams have matches against teams at the top of the division. The crunch match will be between the two bottom teams Fire and Wolvey F in the final week of the season.
Division 3 has still to be settled with two Ambleside teams battling it out for the league title. Ambleside C have led most of the way this year, chased by their sister team Ambleside R. The latter team have had two great weeks winning both their matches against Ambleside D and Griff & Coton by the maximum of 10-0. In comparison, Ambleside C have just had one match, and almost relinquished their unbeaten tag against the 3rd place team, Ajax Wolvey E, when they drew 5-5. Dave Jowett maintained his individual unbeaten run to make a maximum, but Geoff Taylor and Julie Williscroft both won two sets each to take it to a final doubles which Ambleside won to settle for a draw.
This could be all settled in the next round of league matches as the two Ambleside teams meet with the ‘R’ team just needing a draw, and the ‘C’ team needing a win to take it into the last week of the season. Wolvey ‘E’ could still take the runner up spot but this will depend on the outcome of the match mentioned above, but they do play Ambleside ‘R’ in the final week, which may give them the opportunity.
Ambleside D are safe in 4th spot, and in the two bottom spots are Weddington B and Griff & Coton on 26 points and 4 points respectively. These two teams are new to the league this year, but have enjoyed playing, despite the majority of the results not going their way. They have their own showdown in the penultimate week of the season, and Griff will be hoping for their first win, with Weddington looking for their 3rd win of the season.
If there are any schools, clubs or youth clubs who would like to consider forming a team in next year’s season (or possibly the Summer League) then please contact the league’s development officer, Steve Hobley on 07970 078906, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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