Press Reports 2018/19
Press 27 - 21st April 2019
Richard Rosinski, Martin Adams and Mark Banks saw Kingfisher B end their division 1 season with an 8-2 victory over club mates Kingfisher C to finish 18 points behind champions Kingfisher A. Kingfisher D and Milestone A finish in the two relegation places. Matt Isherwood and Niall McGrane starred with maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard C ensured they avoided the drop by winning 9-1 against Kingfisher D in their final match, Guy De La Villebrunne giving Kingfisher a bright start by beating Matt Stone 11-9 13-11 11-6.
In division 2 Springfield A finished as champions and are joined in promotion to division 1 by Milestone B. Sonning Sports A had a great 2nd half of the season to climb up to 3rd place and Our Lady of Peace A also finished strongly to finish 4th. Our Lady of Peace B slumped to 3rd from bottom but comfortably avoid the drop with Curzon Club B and Kingfisher E occupying the two relegation places.
In the final match in division 3 Curzon Club C crashed to a 7-3 defeat against relegated Sonning Sports B for whom Florin Dimopte, playing in his very last Reading League match, gained a fine treble. Tilehurst Methodists B finished as champions with Springfield B promoted as runners-up. Tidmarsh C finish 3rd while Kingfisher G can count themselves unfortunate to be only 4th despite having only lost one match all season.
At the bottom Kingfisher H finished well adrift of the rest while Sonning Sports B also finished in a relegation place, just 8 points behind Sonning Common & Peppard E.
In division 4 a hat trick from Mike Casserley and another singles win by Derek Maltby, as well as the pair teaming up to win the doubles, saw Sonning Common & Peppard F hold promoted Tilehurst Methodists C to a 5-5 draw, Rob James and Andy Stone replying for Tilehurst with two wins each while David Bates managed a 12-10 13-11 11-9 win against Steve Knott. Tilehurst guaranteed their promotion with this draw. Despite losing 6-4 to champions Our Lady of Peace E, Reading FC B clinched third place, Joe Bull recording a magnificent treble and Derek Anderson a single while for OLOP Alona Slobodskoy and Chris Bunn each won twice, with Jan Polnik partnering Chris Bunn to a doubles victory and then beating Harry Edwards for his singles win.
Tidmarsh E could only field two players for their final match, away at Tilehurst Methodists C, and although they lost 7-3 these three points meant that they pipped Milestone C to 4th place. Roy Hull and Rob James were both undefeated on the night, but Andrew Stone was unable to continue his fine form, from earlier on this week, and lost to both John Harland and Mike Bundy.
The Finals of the two Team competitions have now been played. The Lower Divisions knock out trophy pitted Springfield B against Reading FC A and a closer contest it could not have been. Reading FC ultimately triumphed 5-4 in sets, but the whole picture shows Springfield actually winning the game count 13-12, and the points count so close at 241 - 236 in Reading FC’s favour. Fittingly two unbeaten pairings, Rob Wilkie / Steve Leggett for Springfield and Wayne and Antony Alleyne for Reading FC contested the final set to decide who would take home the trophy. Wayne and Anthony eventually getting Reading FC over the line, securing a maximum in the process.
Reading FC A contested their second final the following night, hoping to do the double. However the Team Handicap saw Our Lady of Peace ‘DB’ defeat them 5-1 in what was again a close contest, much closer than the score line suggests, with only one set being decided in two straight games. Despite Anthony Alleyne taking the first set for the Reading FC team, OLOP reeled off the next five to lift the trophy. Two sets apiece from both Mark and Ben Carless and a single from Ralph Phillips proving decisive.
So congratulations to both Reading FC ‘A’ and Our Lady of Peace ‘DB’, and commiserations to Springfield who should take great credit in taking part in an epic encounter, coming so close to victory in the process.
Press 26 - 31st March 2019
Hari Gehlot and Krasimer Ivanov both got comfortable hat tricks as Kingfisher A clinched the division 1 title after beating relegated Milestone A 9-1. Two man Kingfisher B were held to a 5-5 draw at Kennet Valley Free Church A, Cath Venning gaining a fine win over Richard Rosinski 11-7 6-11 11-8 2-11 11-9. Sonning Common & Peppard A ended their season with a 6-4 win against nearest rivals for 3rd place Kingfisher C, Joe Barraclough winning a key opening set against Nigel Keedy 11-6 11-7 6-11 10-12 11-7 on his way to a maximum, while Neil Hurford won twice as well as teaming up with Joe to win the doubles.
Curzon Club A grabbed a 6-4 win at Tidmarsh B, despite a good treble from Tony Baker. Doubles from Pete Bradley, John Willcocks and Jon Willis enough to give Curzon the edge. Another Andy Wang treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard B secure an 6-4 win over Tidmarsh A, Jeremy Willis winning twice for SC&P including an 11-2 11-9 11-6 win over Duncan Groves. Kingfisher D kept their slim hopes of avoiding the drop alive by drawing 5-5 with Tidmarsh B, Luca Bianchi and Grant Wheatley both winning twice.
In division 2 Sonning Sports A managed a 6-4 win against champions Springfield A with Paul Savage and Nick Sears both getting trebles, Nick beating Springfield No1 Phil Burke in thrilling style 12-10 9-11 5-11 11-6 16-14. A Graham Mendick treble and two apiece from Kaan Kitay and Jingshun Huang saw Milestone B clinch the runners-up spot after winning 7-3 at Curzon Club B, who are relegated. Nick Lean battled hard for Curzon right to the end where he beat Kaan 9-11 5-11 12-10 12-10 11-9.
Our Lady of Peace C ended an excellent season by winning 6-4 at Kingfisher F, despite a fine maximum from Roger Pritchard. Sonning Common & Peppard D ended their season in style by winning 9-1 at Tilehurst Methodists A, Alan Mollet, Angus Jones and Mark Jones all with trebles, while Darek Kminski starred with a treble as Our Lady of Peace A beat Pangbourne WMC 6-4. Two man Kingfisher E finish bottom, however Eric Holmes went down fighting with a good maximum in their 6-4 defeat at Our Lady of Peace B.
Eric Van Looy won all three to help division 3 champions Tilehurst Methodists B gain a draw against Kingfisher G. Kingfisher will count themselves unfortunate to finish only in 4th place despite only having one defeat this season. Maximums from Ian Wu, Spencer Harvey and David Sheppard gave Tidmarsh C a 10–0 win over Sonning Sports B while Ben Carless was the star for Our Lady of Peace D by winning all three to gain a draw at promoted Springfield B who finish as runners-up.
Curzon Club C had a tight 6–4 win over Sonning Common & Peppard E’ for whom Melvyn Lovegrove gained a treble. Both sides survive the drop after Sonning Sports B’s 10-0 defeat at Tidmarsh C saw them return to the basement division. Reading FC A beat bottom side Kingfisher H 10–0, Anthony and Wayne Alleyne, as well as Richard Witt all won three each, while Tidmarsh D beat Springfield C 8–2 with Dave Edwards doing well by gaining a hat trick.
Our Lady of Peace E clinched the Division 4 title with their 8-2 defeat of Sonning Sports C, Jan Polnik and Alona Slobodskoy both recording maximums while Chris Bunn had to settle for a double after losing to John Scott. By winning 6-4 at Kingfisher I, Tilehurst Methodists C have pretty well guaranteed themselves the second promotion spot, Roy Hull’s treble, along with a single from each of David Bates and Andrew Stone, as well as the doubles, earning Methodists their 6 points while, for Kingfisher, Sandeep Burande and Roger Prew each won twice.
Mike Casserley was undefeated for Sonning Common & Peppard F in their 7-3 win over Reading FC B, with Julian James scoring a double and Derek Maltby recording his first singles win of the season while, for Reading FC, Joe Bull won twice and Harry Edwards won once. Tidmarsh E kept their aspirations of snatching 3rd place from Reading FC B alive, by winning 7-3 at Springfield D, with both teams facing crucial matches next week, which will determine their final positions. A Roger Stevens treble, along with doubles from both Steve Andrews and John Harland, earned Tidmarsh their points, with Springfield’s Chris Speight and Johnny Worrall each winning once.
The match between Sonning Common & Peppard G and Milestone C was a close fought affair, with Oliver Bonser defeating Anthony Reeve in the final set to draw the match 5-5 and record his treble, Milestone’s other points courtesy of singles for Carl Edlind and John Evans, who both defeated David Pearson, while the Commoners’ Anthony Reeve and Jim Warren each recorded two wins apiece. Jamie Li-Telford recorded another maximum which, along with two wins each for Lewis Oke and Toby Barter, earned Kennet Valley Free Church B their 8-2 victory over Springfield E, for whom Julian Lancaster and Tom Powell each won once.
Press 25 - 24th March 2019
Kingfisher B closed the gap on leaders division 1 leaders Kingfisher A by beating their club mates 8-2. Martin Adams set the ball rolling with an 8-11 9-11 11-7 11-4 11-3 comeback victory against Hari Gehlot. Mark Bank also beat Hari as well as claiming a 5-11 11-6 11-9 2-11 11-7 win over Elson Costa. Artur Morar also got in on the act for the B team after he beat Sagar Sawant 13-11 12-10 9-11 5-11 11-2. The A team still have a 12 point cushion at the top.
Jason Roberts impressive 3-straight treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard A reclaim 3rd place as they beat Kennet Valley Free Church A 8-2, Julian Telford earning good wins against Joe Barraclough and Neil Hurford for Kennet Valley. Sonning Common & Peppard B won a hard fought tussle at Curzon Club A 8-2 thanks to an Andy Wang treble, a good win by Jeremy Willis over his brother Jon 11-9 11-9 5-11 8-11 11-9 and a narrow victory for Brian Meheux against Peter Bradley 11-5 12-10 8-11 8-11 11-9.
Kingfisher C were 6-4 winners at Tidmarsh A, Alan Cummings and Phil Mead winning twice with both losing out to Duncan Groves who had earlier lost 3-straight to Kingfisher’s Roger Pitchard in his opener. At the bottom Milestone A grabbed first win of the season as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Kaan Kitay beating Tim Raby 8-11 12-10 6-11 11-4 11-7 in the final set of the night.
Springfield A are champions of division 2 after a 10-0 win over Curzon Club B. John Walker took Adam Sheen close while Nick Lean and Charlotte Binley were only narrowly defeated by Ludovic Coulliard. Graham Mendick’s treble steered Milestone B to a 7-3 victory against Tilehurst Methodists A while wins from Paul Savage and Nick Sears saw Sonning Sports A win 6-4 at Our Lady of Peace C.
A maximum from Alan Mollett and singles by Mark Jones and Eric Walker gave Sonning Common & Peppard D a share of the spoils against Our Lady of Peace B, Dave Holt winning a tight tussle with Mark Jones for OLOP 11-8 11-8 6-11 9-11 14-12.
In division 3 a hat trick from Jason King helped Springfield C to a 7–3 in over Curzon Club C in a crunch relegation battle. Our Lady of Peace D continued their good form by beating Tidmarsh D 8–2 with Graham Stark and Ben Carless both gaining trebles, while relegated Kingfisher H lost 9-1 to Tidmarsh C for whom Spencer Harvey and Dave Sheppard both gained maximums. For Dave it was his first of the season.
Despite an Anthony Alleyne hat trick, Reading FC A lost 6–4 to Kingfisher G. Champions elect Tilehurst Methodists B beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 8-2, Nigel Rowland and Martin Wetherell both hitting trebles, while Springfield B clinched promotion after they beat Sonning Sports B 7-3 thanks mainly to a Peter Gurney maximum.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh E were unable to make inroads on a top three place, losing 8-2 to Kennet Valley Free Church B, with Steve Andrews and Roger Stevens both getting the better of Toby Barter but, along with Mike Bundy, finding Steve Christelow and Lewis Oke irrepressible, this being Lewis’s first maximum. Milestone C took advantage, moving up to 4th by beating Kingfisher I 7-3, Oliver Bonser and John Evans both recording maximums, with Tony Hayden losing out to both Gill Bennett and Sandeep Burande but defeating Meriel Low for his single.Sonning Common & Peppard G could only field two players, but with Ian Davenport undefeated and Jim Warren beating both Julian Lancaster and Colin Jones, only losing to Marcello Caramma, they managed to win 6-4 away to Springfield E. At the bottom of the table, Springfield D beat Sonning Sports C 7-3, to swap positions, with both teams now on the same number of points. For Springfield, Chris Speight and Johnny Worrall were both undefeated, while Tom Berryman lost to both Jude O’Halloran and Michael Byrne, but recorded a crucial single by beating Mo Cole.
Press 24 - 17th March 2019
In Division 1 Hari Gehlot and Sagar Sawant were both undefeated as Kingfisher A beat two man Kennet Valley Free Church A 9-1. Second placed Kingfisher A won a 2v2 match against Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-2, Richard Rosinski just getting the batter of Sonning Common’s Denise Weller 9-11 9-11 11-8 11-9 11-8. Phil Mead’s 3-straight treble saw Kingfisher C just hold off in-form Curzon Club A to win 6-4 while maximums from Neil Hurford and Joe Barraclough saw Sonning Common & Peppard A win 9-1 at Tidmarsh A, Barry Carter coming close to a shock win over Joe with Joe just holding on to win 4-11 9-11 13-11 11-8 11-9.
Milestone A are on the brink of relegation after their two man team lost 10-0 at Tidmarsh B Lee Calcutt, Tony Baker and especially Ray Webb with fine doubles for Tidmarsh.
In division 2 Keith Winter’s hat trick and a useful double from Jes Eassom saw Tilehurst Methodists A defeat leaders Springfield A 7-3. However the 3 points gained by Springfield were enough to clinch promotion to next season’s top flite. Milestone B edged closer to promotion after winning 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace B, Graham Mendick and Jingshun Huang both getting maximums while for OLOP Johnson Xu managed an 11-5 12-10 9-11 11-8 win over Kaan Kitay.
Pangbourne WMC saw their good recent form continue as they beat Our Lady of Peace C 8-2 with another treble from John Simmonds that included a thrilling 12-10 9-11 9-11 11-9 11-8 win over Binit Bhaskar while Clive Taylor also enjoyed a narrow win against Binit, winning 11-13 11-6 11-6 6-11 12-10. Clive Perry starred with a maximum as Our Lady of Peace A beat Sonning Common & Peppard D.
In division 3 Ian Wu was the star for Tidmarsh C by gaining a hat trick against Kingfisher G to help his team towards a draw. For Kingfisher this was their 6th drawn match of the season. Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards both won three each as Tidmarsh D won 7-3 at Curzon Club C, while Springfield B took a huge step towards clinching promotion by beating bottom side Kingfisher H 9–1 with Seth Martin and Peter Gurney both hitting trebles.
The result of the week saw Our Lady of Peace D win 10-0 at Sonning Sports B, Graham Stark, Mark Carless and reserve Ralph Phillips were the maximum men to leave the Sports men still deep in relegation trouble. Tilehurst Methodists B have almost clinched the championship after beating Springfield C 8–2 with Nigel Rowland and Martin Wetherell unbeaten, while Sonning Common & Peppard E gained 6 vital points at the bottom by winning at Reading FC A, Melvyn Lovegrove and Derek Brooke Wavell both winning two each.
In Division 4 leaders Our Lady of Peace E thrashed fellow contenders Tilehurst Methodists C 9-1 to give them a big advantage at the top going into the last few matches of the season, the victory courtesy of trebles from Ralph Philips and Alona Slobodskoy with Roy Hull’s defeat of Chris Bunn avoiding the whitewash. Sonning Common & Peppard G won a close match against Kennet Valley Free Church B 6-4 with Anthony Reeve beating Steve Christelow in the final set, which not only won the match, but determined who went home undefeated. The Commoners other points were thanks to a double from Jim Warren and a single from David Pearson, while Toby Barter chipped in with a single and partnered Steve to a doubles win.
Kingfisher I defeated Springfield E 8-2, Sandeep Burande and Roger Prew again both undefeated with Meriel Low winning her match against Julian Lancaster but losing out to both Colin Jones and Marcello Caramma. Springfield D lost 8-2 to Reading FC B, for whom Joe Bull and Harry Edwards both recorded maximums, Tony Edwards recording another win by defeating Dave Parkin but was unable to further add to his tally, losing to both Tom Berryman and Johnny Worrall. Sonning Sports C were beaten 7-3 by Tidmarsh E, Jude O’Halloran defeating both Pete Sinclair and John Harland, as well as partnering Mo Cole to a doubles victory, while Steve Andrews recording a further maximum for Tidmarsh.
Press 23 - 10th March 2019
Mark Banks, Richard Rosinski and Martin Adams all got trebles as Kingfisher B won 10-0 at home to Tidmarsh B, Richard just holding off Tony Baker to win 8-11 11-9 11-6 6-11 11-9. Andy Wang and Nigel Maltby got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard B won 8-2 at Milestone, Milestone’s Zoltan Keleman and Sanket Dave with consolation wins. Curzon Club A had another good week as they beat Tidmarsh A 6-4, in form Jon Willis with another treble.
Julian Teford’s maximum and a double from Cath Venning saw Kennet Valley Free Church A beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4. Kingfisher A took a huge step towards clinching the title by winning 10-0 at third placed Sonning Common & Peppard A, Dmitry Karkhamov, Sagar Sawant and Hari Gehlot all with maximum. A Phil Mead treble helped Kingfisher C move up to 3rd after winning 7-3 against club mates Kingfisher D, Alan Cummings beating Luca Bianchi 14-12 9-11 14-12 12-10.
In Division 2 leaders Springfield A won 8-2 against Our Lady of Peace B. Ludovic Coulliard with a treble. Dave Holt managed a good win over Phil Burke for OLOP while Dave Godfrey beat Adam Sheen for their other win 4-11 12-10 11-8 8-11 13-11. Curzon Club B were nudged nearer to relegation after losing 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace C, Binit Bhaskar with a maximum that included narrow wins over both Nick Lean and Charlotte Binley.
Alan Mollet’s treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Kingfisher F 6-4, Angus Jones adding two wins but just coming up short against Carol Byers with Carol winning 7-11 11-9 7-11 11-9 11-9. Tilehurst Methodists A were 6-4 winners at Sonning Sports A after Michael Williams managed a crucial 5-11 11-8 9-11 15-13 11-5 over Dave Chard. John Simmonds 3-straight treble saw Pangbourne WMC win 6-4 at Kingfisher E, Clive Taylor winning twice for Pangbourne, including a narrow 10-12 10-12 11-8 11-9 11-8 comeback victory against Madan Polekar.
In a top of the table clash in Division 3 Kingfisher G beat Springfield B 6–4, David Wells and Nils Wedii both won two each for Kingfisher. A hat trick from Spencer Harvey helped Tidmarsh C win 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, while a first maximum of the season from Simon Brookes helped Our Lady of Peace D beat Curzon Club C 8–2. Curzon then eased their relegation fears by comprehensively beating bottom side Kingfisher H 10–0 with Geoff Johnson, Jim Brent and Derek Harrison all getting trebles. For Jim it was his first since January 2011.
Earlier Kingfisher H shared the spoils with Sonning Sports B as they drew 5-5. For the birds Ken Robb and Peter Bennett and for Sonning Sally James all won two each. Anthony Alleyne was in good form to help Reading FC A win 6-4 at Springfield C by winning all three, while Tidmarsh D held the leaders Tilehurst Methodists B to a draw thanks mainly to a stunning three straight treble gained by Terry Hardie.
Only Oliver Bonser had any joy against division 4 leaders Our Lady of Peace E, recording two wins for Milestone C in their 3-7 loss by defeating both Chris Bunn and Jan Polnik, while Ralph Philips had his toughest match so far, eventually beating John Ecans 16-14 9-11 9-11 12-10 11-6 to record his latest maximum. Tilehurst Methodists C continued their pursuit of the leaders with an 8-2 victory over Springfield D, Roy Hull and Steve Wood both recording trebles while Rob James recorded a single, beating Dave Parkin but losing to both Johnny Worrall and Chris Speight. Joe Bull and Derek Anderson both recorded maximums and with Harry Edwards beating Michael Byrne 3rd placed Reading FC B ran out 7-3 winners over Sonning Sports C.
Sonning Common & Peppard G could only field two players and although Jim Warren recorded his first maximum they subsequently lost 3-7 to Tidmarsh E, with John Harland, Roger Stevens and Mike Bundy all defeating David Pearson. Kennet Valley Free Church B lost 2-8 against a strong Kingfisher I team, Russ Moores earning their two points by defeating Meriel Low and Roger Prew, while Sandeep Burande recorded a further maximum for Kingfisher. In recording his first maximum this year, Marcello Caramma helped Springfield E draw 5-5 with Sonning Common & Peppard F, aided by vital singles from both Tom Powell and Colin Jones while, for the Commoners, Mike Casserley and Julian James each won twice with Derek Maltby & Mike also combining to win the crucial doubles set.
Reading FC B and Kennet Valley Free Church B finally played their twice postponed match, Kennet Valley victorious despite a further maximum for Joe Bull, edging a close match 6-4 with Lewis Oke and Steve Christelow both recording doubles while Jamie Li-Telford won one set, defeating Tony Edwards but just losing out to Harry Edwards 12-10 10-12 5-11 11-8 9-11.
Press 22 - 3rd March 2019
In Division 1 Kingfisher A won 8-2 at Sonning Common & Peppard C, despite wins by Denise Weller and Matt Isherwood against Sachin Kapoor. Kingfisher B remain on their heels in 2nd place after their 9-1 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard B, Mark Banks and Martin Adams with trebles with both getting the better of Sonning Common No1 Andy Wang, both beating him in 4 games. Steve Murgatroyd and Mike Aistrop starred as Tidmarsh A won 8-2 against Kingfisher D. For Kingfisher Guy De La Villesbrunne won 10-12 8-11 11-5 11-4 16-14 against Barry Carter in a thriller.
Curzon Club A held Sonning Common & Peppard A to a 5-5 draw with Jon Willis getting an excellent hat trick, beating Jason Roberts 11-7 9-11 8-11 11-6 11-8 and Joe Barraclough 4-11 11-6 6-11 11-2 11-2 as well as beating Malcolm Gregory 11-9 in a fifth game decider. Nigel Keedy, Alan Cummings and Phil Mead all got maximums as Kingfisher C beat Milestone A 10-0 while a good treble from Lee Calcutt saw Tidmarsh B win 7-3 against Kennet Valley Free Church A, Lee beating Julian Telford 11-9 5-11 9-11 11-7 13-11.
Milestone B took a significant step in their battle for promotion from Division 2 after beating 3rd placed Kingfisher F 7-3, Graham Mendick and Daniel Wills with trebles. Meanwhile leaders Springfield A were 7-3 winners at Our Lady of Peace A to virtually seal their promotion place, Adam Sheen staring with a treble while OLOP’s Clive Perry managed a good win over Phil Burke 12-10 11-8 6-11 6-11 11-8. Sonning Common & Peppard D battled to a 5-5 draw at Pangbourne WMC with Mark Jones, Angus Jones and Eric Walker managing close victories over Leroy Wilson.
In a very close contest Our Lady of Peace C won 7-3 at Kingfisher E, Binit Bashkar starring with a hard earned treble and Abhay Gore just getting the better of Eric Holmes 6-11 11-6 11-7 9-11 11-9.
In Division 3 Reading FC A hammered Tidmarsh D 9–1 with Anthony Alleyne, Wayne Alleyne and Paul Brown all gaining trebles. Our Lady of Peace D also won 9-1 as they beat Kingfisher H away. Ben Carless and Mark Carless both obtained hat tricks. For Mark it was his first of the season. Springfield C won 6-4 at a two man Tidmarsh C side for whom Richard Hudson won all three.
Relegation threatened Sonning Sports B had a great 7–3 win over Kingfisher G who lost for the first time this season. Florin Dimofte was the star by winning all three. Springfield B beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 8–2 with Peter Gurney in top form by gaining a maximum, while Tilehurst Methodists B maintained top place by beating Curzon Club C 8–2 helped by yet another maximum from Eric Van Looy.
Although Our Lady of Peace E retained their lead at the top of Division 4 with a 10-0 victory over Springfield E, Ralph Philips, Alona Slobodskoy and Jan Polnik all unbeaten on the night, Tilehurst Methodists C stayed very much in contention for the title with Roy Hull, Steve Wood and Rob James narrowly edging a number of sets in their 10-0 win at Sonning Sports C. Derek Anderson recorded a treble for Reading FC B on his return to the team, and with the support of two wins from Joe Bull and the doubles, when he partnered Harry Edwards, they defeated Tidmarsh E 6-4, Steve Andrews’ double along with a single from both John Harland and Roger Stevens earning Tidmarsh their points.
Kennet Valley Free Church B emerged victorious from their encounter with Sonning Common & Peppard F, winning a very close match 6-4, with Steve Christelow recording a treble, Jamie Li-Telford a double and Russ Moores a single while, for the Commoners, Mike Casserley won twice and Julian James once. Ian Davenport was again on song, recording a further maximum, while Anthony Reeve’s double and David Pearson’s single helped Sonning Common & Peppard G defeat Kingfisher I 7-3, for whom Gill Bennett, Meriel Low and Sandeep Burande each recorded one win. Milestone C won 6-4 at Springfield D, thanks to Oliver Bonser’s treble, John Evans’ double and Colin Phillips’ single, with Springfield’s points courtesy of a double from Johnny Worrall, a single from Chris Speight and the doubles.
Reading FC A will now feature in both team competitions following a 5-4 victory over Our Lady of Peace D in the Lower Divisions knockout cup. Richard Witt / Antony Alleyne capturing the winning set.
Press 21 - 24th February 2019
Two wins each from Sagar Sawant, Hari Gehlot and Dmitry Karkhamov saw Kingfisher A move a step nearer the division 1 title after beating two man Tidmarsh B 10-0. A hat trick from Andy Wang that included a hard fought win over Julian Telford helped Sonning Common & Peppard B win 7-3 at Kennet Valley Free Church A. Nigel Maltby also managed a win against Julian but was then defeated by Masood Gbachi who played some inspired table tennis. Tidmarsh A were 6-4 winners at Milestone A despite a Graham Mendick treble for Milestone while team mate Zoltan Kelemen enjoyed a titanic win over John Golding 11-9 12-14 8-11 18-16 13-11.
Sonning Common & Peppard A showed little mercy for their relegation threatened C team club mates, winning 9-1 with hat tricks from Jason Roberts and Neil Hurford, Matt Stone picked up the C teams point by beating Malcom Gregory 6-11 6-11 11-9 11-9 12-10.
Springfield A took another giant leap towards promotion from division 2 after beating 4th placed Kingfisher F 8-2. Phil Burke was again the start with a 3-straight treble with Adam Sheen and Peter Gurney both chipping in with two wins apiece. Second placed Milestone B were held to a 5-5 draw by Pangbourne WMC in a closely fought contest, Clive Taylor beating Kaan Kitay 11-4 11-6 1-11 7-11 11-4 to grab a share of the points for Pangbourne. Our Lady of Peace C returned to winning ways with a 6-4 victory over Tilehurst Methodists A, Thomas Lewis winning a key opening set against Keith Winter 11-8 7-11 12-10 8-11 11-9. Alan Mollet got a maximum as Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Kingfisher E 8-2, Mark Jones and reserve Derek Wavell each winning twice.
Curzon Club B gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop after beating Our Lady of Peace B 7-3, Nick Lean with a maximum and reserve Geoff Johnson winning twice including a narrow win over Graham Stark 11-7 11-5 10-12 10-12 13-11. Sonning Sports A pushed themselves right up the table after beating Our Lady of Peace A 9-1 and with matches in hand a late promotion push could yet happen. Nick Sears and Bob Woodmansee both enjoyed 5-game victories over Darek Kaminski while Paul Savge won a crucial early encounter against Clive Perry 10-12 10-12 11-9 11-8 11-8.
Curzon Club C lost 6-4 to Reading FC A in division 3, despite a hat trick from Geoff Johnson. Sonning Sports B gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop after a great 6-4 win at Sonning Common & Peppard E with a first of the season treble from Cris Reynolds.
Despite their captain not playing Kingfisher G beat club mates Kingfisher H 6–4 with David Wells winning all three. Tidmarsh C maintained their promotion push by beating Tidmarsh D 7-3 with the inform Simon Craig winning three, while Tilehurst Methodists B went top after their 7-3 win at Our Lady of Peace D, Nigel Rowland hitting a treble for the Methodists.
In Division 4 Kingfisher I forfeited 3 sets and consequently, despite a treble from Roger Prew, lost 6-4 to Tidmarsh E, with Steve Andrews, Mike Bundy and Pete Sinclair all defeating Gill Bennett. Two man Reading FC B lost 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Rob James undefeated on the night, while Steve Wood and David Bates both beat Harry Edwards but, in turn, lost to Joe Bull.
Mike Casserley scored a maximum for Sonning Common & Peppard F in their intra-club derby match against the G team but, with Anthony Reeve, David Pearson and Jim Warren each winning twice the G team earned their bragging rights with a 7-3 victory. Ralph Philips and Alona Slobodskoy both recorded maximums when Our Lady of Peace E beat Kennet Valley Free Church B 9-1, Toby Barter beating Andrew Adair to earn Kennet Valley’s only win. In a similar fashion Milestone C beat Sonning Sports C 9-1, with Carl Edlind and Oliver Bonser both undefeated, while Tony Hayden missed out on a treble after he was beaten by John Scott.
This seasons final of the team handicap will pair Our Lady of Peace ‘DB’ against Reading FC A after both had overcome opposition from Springfield in their respective semi-finals. Maximums from Jazz Dhillon and Wayne Alleyne enough for Reading FC to see off Springfield C 7-2. And it was a third successive maximum for Mark Carless that helped OLOP to a 5-4 victory at Springfield B.
Press 20 - 17th February 2019
In division 1 Sonning Common & Peppard B managed a 10-0 win in their brought forward match against Kingfisher D, but it was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. All three Kingfisher players, Luca Bianchi, Clive Gold and Guy de la Villesbrunne pushed the Sonning Common trio hard, but hat tricks from Nigel Maltby, Jeremy Willis and Andy Wang saw them home. Kingfisher C won 7-3 at Tidmarsh B thanks to a great treble from Nigel Keedy and a good win by Alan Cummings against Simon Barter 11-8 6-11 7-11 13-11 11-8.
Our Lady of Peace A beat Our Lady of Peace B 9-1 in their inter club derby in division 2, Clive Perry and Chris West with maximums for the A team, while Johnson Xu managed a 9-11 11-9 11-4 11-5 victory over Darek Kaminski for the B team. In a key relegation match Kingfisher E could only field one player and as a result crashed to a 9-1 defeat at Pangbourne WMC, John Simmonds and Clive Taylor beating Eric Holmes, while Eric did manage an 11-8 11-13 12-10 11-5 success against Leroy Wilson.
Springfield B stole a march against their division 3 promotion rivals by beating their C team club mates 8-2, Rob Wilkie with a treble alongside doubles from Peter Gurney and Stephen Leggett. Jason King picked up the C teams victories. Tilehurst Methodists B and Tidmarsh C battled out a 5-5 draw, Eric Van Looy and Nigel Rowland winning twice for Tilehurst while Simon Craig starred for Tidmarsh with a hat trick which included beating 100% man Eric 4-11 11-8 11-8 11-9.
In division 4 Julian James and Mike Casserely both won twice for Sonning Common & Peppard F however team mate Gerry Bacon had to retire injured after his match against Carl Edlind as Milestone C grabbed a 6-4 win. Third placed Reading FC B slipped to an 8-2 defeat at Tidmarsh E after an enthralling contest, Steve Andrews and Pete Sinclair both unbeaten on the night, with Mike Bundy beating Harry Edwards but then losing out to both Keith Greene and Joe Bull.
The first intra-Club match of 2019 saw bottom placed Springfield D beat Springfield E 7-3, Chris Speight and Johnny Worrall both recording maximums, this being Johnny’s first, with Tom Berryman beating Tom Powell 12-10 13-11 13-15 11-7 for his single, Colin Jones and Marcello Carammma scoring the points for the E team. Alona Slobodskoy and Jan Polnik both recorded trebles, while Mariusz Paluszkiewicz also recorded a single by beating Phil Peat 11-8 11-8 11-9, which all added up to Our Lady of Peace E winning 8-2 at Sonning Sports C, for whom Michael Byrne and John Scott each won once.
Springfield B are the first team through to the Lower Divisions knock out final following a 7-2 victory at Kingfisher G. Rob Wilkie & Seth Martin starring for Springfield with the pairing securing a maximum without dropping a game.
Press 19 - 10th February 2019
Kingfisher A won 9-1 at 5th placed Sonning Common & Peppard B with an impressive team display from Hari Gehlot, Sagar Sawant and Dmitry Karkhamov, Sonning Common’s Andy Wang took both Hari and Dmitry to 5th game deciders with some excellent table tennis on show with Hari and Dmitry eventually winning. Mark Banks impressive treble and two from Richard Rosinski gave two man Kingfisher B a 6-4 win at Tidmarsh A, while Gary Morgan and Joe Barraclough both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Kingfisher D 9-1. Malcolm Gregory went to 5 games with all his opponents, earning wins over Willis Ma and Guy de la Villesbrunne.
A hat trick from Graham Mendip helped Milestone A hold Curzon Club A to a 5-5 draw, Dave Sanket chipping in with a good 3-straight win over Pete Bradley having gained a treble the previous week as Milestone also drew with Kingfisher D. Lee Calcutt and Tony Baker trebles proved too much for Sonning Common & Peppard C as Tidmarsh B ran out 9-1 winners, Ray Webb picking up a fine double for Tidmarsh that included a 12-10 11-13 10-12 13-11 12-10 win over Tim Raby.
Phil Burke and Adam Sheen kept Springfield A on course in division 2 as they won 8-2 at Pangbourne WMC. Graham Mendick and Daniel Wells got maximums as 2nd placed Milestone B won 8-2 at Kingfisher E while Sonning Sports A were 6-4 winners at Kingfisher F, despite a valiant treble from Kingfisher’s Roger Pritchard.
Angus Jones was again on top form as Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Our Lady of Peace C 7-3, Mark Jones with two and Eric Walker with a single also contributing as well as teaming up to win a thrilling doubles set 11-5 8-11 10-12 11-4 16-14. Chris West and Clive Perry both got trebles as Our Lady of Peace A won 7-3 against relegation threatened Curzon Club B.
In division 3 Tidmarsh C just beat Curzon Club C 6–4 despite a great hat trick from Geoff Johnson. Florin Dimofte hit a great treble to help Sonning Sports B share the spoils with Springfield C as they drew 5-5 while Tilehurst Methodists B continued their promotion challenge at the top by winning 7-3 at Reading FC A, Eric Van Looy did well by winning all three.
Kingfisher G maintained their proud unbeaten record by beating Our Lady of Peace D 6–4. For OLOP Ben Carless was the player of the match by winning all three. Derek Brooke Wavell was another maximum man as he helped his side Sonning Common & Peppard E gain a 5-5 draw at Kingfisher H, while Stephen Leggett and Rob Wilkie both hit trebles for Springfield B in a 9–1 win over Tidmarsh D.
In Division 4 Anthony Reeve recorded another maximum while Jim Warren and David Pearson both won twice to help secure a 7-3 win for Sonning Common & Peppard G over Springfield D, Johnny Worrall and Tom Berryman both winning one set each for Springfield.
Another Joe Bull treble, two wins for Keith Greene and a single from Harry Edwards helped Reading FC B beat Milestone C 7-3, Ollie Bonser’s double and Carl Edlind’s single earning Milestone their points, while in his toughest match yet, Ralph Philips recorded a further maximum, which along with a double from Jan Polnik and a single from Andrew Adair, helped Our Lady of Peace E to a 7-3 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard G, for whom David Pearson, Ian Davenport and Jim Warren each won one set.
Mike Casserley beat Sandeep Burande to record Sonning Common & Peppard F’s sole win, in their 1-9 defeat by Kingfisher I, with Meriel Low and debutant Roger Prew both undefeated on the night. Jamie Li-Telford recorded his first treble which, along with doubles from both Toby Barter and Steve Christelow, helped Kennet Valley Free Church B to an 8-2 win over Springfield D, for whom Chris Speight and Tom Berryman each won once.
Sonning Sports C beat Springfield E 6-4 courtesy of a treble from Jude O’Halloran and a double from Michael Byrne. Springfield’s points came thanks to a Colin Jones double along with a single from both Julian Lancaster and Tom Powell, who recorded his first win.
Press 18 - 3rd February 2019
Martin Adams and Mark Banks proved too strong for Curzon Club A as Kingfisher B ran out 8-2 winners in division 1. Cath Venning was a fine form for Kennet Valley Free Church A, beating Duncan Groves 13-11 7-11 13-11 14-12 to seal her teams 6-4 victory over Tidmarsh A. Earlier Cath had beaten John Golding 8-11 11-8 11-6 7-11 13-11, while star men Hari Gehlot and Elson Costa both got trebles as Kingfisher A made it 14 in a row as they beat Kingfisher C 7-3.
Andy Wang and Jeremy Willis were both in top form as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat club mates Sonning Common & Peppard C 8-2.
In division 2 Springfield A toppled a two man Kingfisher E side 10-0 as they edge nearer to clinching promotion. Graham Mendick’s treble and two from Jingshun Huang saw Milestone A win narrowly against Sonning Common & Peppard D 6-4, Eric Walker starring for Sonning Common with two wins that included a 7-11 11-9 4-11 11-6 11-8 win over Jingshun. Kingfisher F moved clear into third place after their 8-2 victory against Curzon Club B, Roger Pritchard starring with a maximum.
Our Lady of Peace C were beaten 7-3 by the B team club mates, Johnson Xu with a treble as well as teaming up with Alistair Richardson to win a thrilling doubles set 7-11 5-11 11-7 11-5 17-15. Our Lady of Peace A were 6-4 winners at Tilehurst Methodists A despite a good treble from Tilehurst’s Eric Van Looy.
An injury hit Curzon Club C went down 0–10 to Springfield B for whom Stephen Leggett Seth Martin and Rob Wilkie all gained trebles. Kingfisher G won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E with David Wells and Gwynne Penny both getting maximums, while Reading FC A won 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace D. Jazz Dhillon was the star by winning all three in straight games.
Springfield C gained 8 vital points when they beat bottom side Kingfisher H, Jason King did well by gaining a hat trick. Tidmarsh D beat Sonning Sports B 6–4 mainly thanks to Terry Hardie who gained a three straight maximum.
In Division 4 Sandeep Burande scored a further treble which, along with a double from Meriel Low and a single from Gill Bennett, secured Kingfisher I’s 6-4 win over Our Lady of Peace E, OLOP’s points came thanks to two wins for Andrew Adair one from Jan Polnik, plus the doubles. Despite a hat-trick from Roy Hull, Tilehurst Methodists C needed David Bates to win the final set to draw 5-5 with Milestone C, for whom Olly Bonser and Tony Hayden both recorded doubles, while Carl Edlind won once. Although Sonning Sports C could only field two players in their match against Kennet Valley Free Church B, John Scott and Jude O'Halloran only lost to Steve Christelow and thus still managed to draw the match 5-5.
A maximum from the in-form Joe Bull, along with doubles from both Harry Edwards and Keith Greene, helped Reading FC B win 8-2 at Springfield E, Marcello Caramma and Paul Martin each winning one set for Springfield. Milestone C and Sonning Common & Peppard G also played their postponed fixture, which the Commoners won 6-4, thanks to doubles from Ian Davenport and Jim Warren, along with a single from Arran Reeve, with Milestone’s points courtesy of doubles from both Carl Edlind and John Evans. Julian James got a treble as Sonning Common & Peppard F won narrowly, 6-4 at Tidmarsh E.
Press 17 - 27th January 2019
Hari Gehlot and Sagar Sawant trebles kept Kingfisher A on course for the division 1 title as they beat Curzon Club A 7-3. Mark Banks starred as Kingfisher B closed the gap slightly by beating Milestone A 9-1, while Tidmarsh A won a tight tussle with Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Duncan Groves with a maximum supported by singles from Barry Carter and Francois Durrand, Francois hanging on to beat Denise Weller 12-10 2-11 6-11 11-4 14-12.
Kennet Valley Free Church A kept themselves away from danger at the bottom by beating nearest rivals Kingfisher D 6-4 thanks mainly to another Julian Telford treble that saw him beat Luca Bianchi 6-11 7-11 11-7 11-3 12-10. Sonning Common & Peppard B enjoyed a 10-0 victory against a spirited Tidmarsh B side, Brian Meheux and Nigel Maltby getting narrow victories over Simon Barter to complete their hat tricks while Andy Wang also got a maximum.
Kingfisher B’s two man team still prevailed as they won 6-4 against club mates Kingfisher D, Mark Banks with a treble for the B team while Grant Wheatley managed an 11-6 11-8 8-11 12-14 11-8 victory against Richard Rosinski for the D team. Sonning Common & Peppard A cruised to a 10-0 victory at Milestone A with hat tricks from Jason Roberts, Joe Barraclough and NeIl Hurford, Dave Sanket going closest for Milestone when losing 11-7 12-10 10-12 4-11 10-12 to Jason. Nigel Keedy and Richard Fifield both got maximums as Kingfisher C beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 9-1, while a Jon Willis treble and a fine 6-11 12-10 5-11 11-9 11-7 win by Pete Bradley over Julian Telford saw Curzon Club A defeat Kennet Valley Free Church A 7-3.
Milestone B won their promotion tussle in division 2 with Our Lady of Peace C 6-4. Graham Mendip starring with another treble alongside a double from Kaan Kitay and a crucial win from Jingshun Huang against Pradeep Desh 11-5 11-3 9-11 12-10. Kingfisher F moved into joint 3rd position after they beat Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3, Roger Pritchard with a maximum while Richard Leachman won twice including a thrilling 11-7 7-11 11-13 11-9 12-10 match clinching win against Jes Eassom.
Pangbourne WMC kept themselves clear of the relegation zone after beating nearest rivals Curzon Club B 7-3, John Simmonds with another good treble, Clive Taylor winning two and Leroy Wilson chipping in with an 11-8 9-11 11-4 13-11 success over John Walker. Adam Sheen and Phil Burke both starred with maximums as top of the table Springfield A won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard D. Sonning Sports A and Kingfisher E drew 5-5, Paul Savage back to form with a treble for the Sports men.
In a top of the table clash in division 3 Tilehurst Methodists B won 6-4 at Springfield B with Eric Van Looy doing the business by winning all three. Reading FC A won 8-2 at Tidmarsh C thanks to an Anthony Alleyne treble while Jamie Legg hit a good treble to help Sonning Common & Peppard E beat Our Lady of Peace D 7–3 to ease their relegation concerns.
A hat trick from Theresa Watson helped Tidmarsh D win 7-3 at Kingfisher H in their division 3 match. Doubles from Cris Reynolds, Sally James and Florin Dimofte were enough for Sonning Sports B to defeat Curzon Club C. Florin and Cris won their first doubles of the season to make the match score 7–3. Gwynne Penny and David Wells both won three each as Kingfisher G won 9–1 against Springfield C.
In Division 4, Our Lady of Peace E stayed in contention at the top with a 6-4 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F, Ralph Philips recording another straight sets treble, supported by singles from both Alona Slobodskoy and Andrew Adair, with Mike Casserley’s two wins, along with singles for Gerry Bacon and Julian James, earning the Commoners their points. Tilehurst Methodists C were back to winning ways, beating Springfield E 7-3, thanks to a treble from Roy Hull, a single from Andy Stone and a double from new signing David Bates while, for Springfield, Paul Martin recorded a double and Colin Jones a single. Milestone C won 8-2 in a hard fought contest with Tidmarsh E, Carl Edlind and Oliver Bonser both unbeaten on the night, with Tony Hayden winning his final set, after earlier losing to both Roger Stevens and Mike Bundy.
Sandeep Burande scored his first maximum for Kingfisher I which, along with a single from Gill Bennett and a double from Meriel Low, helped them to a 7-3 victory over Springfield D, for whom Tom Berryman recorded one win and Chris Speight recorded two wins. Sonning Common & Peppard G defeated Sonning Sports C 8-2, Anthony Reeve recording a further maximum, Marko Madzar recording a further double, while Jim Warren secured his first win and ended the night with a double, with Michael Byrne and Jude O’Halloran each winning once for Sonning Sports. c
In the Team Handicap competition all Quarter-Final matches are now complete following 5-4 successes by the two remaining Springfield sides. Springfield B, despite a valiant losing maximum from Jamie Legg, overcame Sonning Common & Peppard E with doubles from Stephen Leggett and Peter Gurney plus a single from Rob Wilkie. In the other match, Springfield C recovered from 1-4 down, taking the final four sets in their victory over Our Lady of Peace DA. Rob Atack’s 21-19 13-21 24-22 win over previously unbeaten Graham Stark probably the game changer.
Press 16 - 20th January 2019
In division 1 Sonning Common & Peppard B battled out a 5-5 draw with their A team club mates, Jeremy Willis and Brian Meheux both earning good wins over Malcolm Gregory for the B team while Neil Hurford won all three for the A team including a good tactical comeback to beat Andy Wang 3-11 1-11 11-5 11-8 11-8.
In the battle between the top two in Division 2 Milestone B emerged 6-4 winners at Springfield A but Springfield still maintain a healthy lead at the top. Jingshun Huang managed an impressive treble that included a 11-3 12-10 6-11 8-11 11-7 win against Phil Burke after Phil had earlier won a hard fought win against Graham Mendick 11-8 11-8 8-11 6-11 11-5 in the battle between the top two players in the division. Third placed Our Lady of Peace C failed to close the gap as they were beaten 7-3 by Our Lady of Peace A, despite a valiant treble from Thomas Lewis, Darek Kaminski’s 11-7 11-13 8-11 11-7 11-8 win against Pradeep Desh proving crucial for the A team.
Steve Woolnough won a topsy-turvey game against Tamir Slobodskoy 11-9 7-11 11-0 7-11 13-11 however it couldn’t prevent his team Kingfisher F from a 6-4 defeat at Our Lady of Peace B, Alistair Richardson and Johnson Xu both getting trebles for OLOP. Sonning Sports A maintained their recent good form to beat Sonning Common & Peppard D 6-4, Angus Jones starring for Sonning Common with a maximum that saw a remarkable 3-straight victory over Paul Savage. The real highlight from this match though was Sonning Sports Bob Woodmansee playing his 2,000th league table tennis singles set for the club having started in 1978. He marked this memorable occasion by coming back from two games down to beat Eric Walker 11-2 in the fifth. In the battle of the bottom two teams Curzon Club B secured a vital 7-3 win over Kingfisher E, Nick Lean with a treble. Keith Winter’s maximum helped Tilehurst Methodists A secure a 5-5 draw with Pangbourne WMC.
Adrian Wegrzynowski hit a great treble to help Springfield C in division 3 as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 7–3. Peter Gurney and Rob Wilkie both won two to help Springfield B win 6-4 at Reading FC A while Tilehurst Methodists B stormed to the top of the table by beating Sonning Sports B 10–0. Nigel Rowland, Eric Van Looy and Martin Wetherell were the men who did the damage.
Kingfisher G maintained their unbeaten record by winning 7-3 at Tidmarsh D with David Wells and Joaquin both hitting maximums. Trebles from Simon Craig and Spencer Harvey helped Tidmarsh C beat Our Lady of Peace D 9–1.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard G were victorious against Reading FC B, winning 6-4 thanks to doubles from each of Anthony Reeve, Marko Madzar and Ian Davenport, which meant that Joe Bull’s treble for Reading FC was not enough. Despite a treble for Roy Hull, Tilehurst Methodists C succumbed to a further defeat, losing 6-4 away to Kennet Valley Free Church B, with Lewis Oke, Toby Barter and Steve Christelow each winning two for Kennet Valley. Sonning Common & Peppard F recorded their season’s best win with the 10-0 defeat of Springfield D, Julian James, Mike Casserley and Gerry Bacon all recording maximums.
Kingfisher I narrowly lost 6-4 to Sonning Sports C, with Gill Bennett and Meriel Low both recording doubles while, for Sonning Sports Jude O’Halloran recorded his first treble, with Michael Byrne and Mo Cole also recording one win apiece. Our Lady of Peace E won a closely fought encounter with Tidmarsh E, emerging as 6-4 winners thanks to a treble from Chris Bunn, a double from Andrew Adair and a single from Jan Polnik, Tidmarsh’s points came courtesy of the doubles, two wins for Roger Stevens and one win for Steve Andrews.
Milestone C ran out 6-4 winners against Springfield E following Oliver Bonser’s treble and a double from John Evans, with Colin Jones recording two wins for Springfield while Julian Lancaster and Marcello Caramma each recorded one win.
Press 15 - 13th January 2019
Kingfisher A made it 12 wins from 12 in division 1 as they beat Kingfisher D 9-1, Dmitry Khakhamov and Hari Gehlot with hat tricks. For the D team Luca Bianchi managed an 11-9 9-11 7-11 11-9 11-7 win against Sagar Sawant. Phil Mead, Ivor Hardman and Nigel Keedy were all in top form as Kingfisher C beat Sonning Common & Peppard B 10-0, while 2nd placed Kingfisher B won 8-2 at 3rd placed Sonning Common & Peppard A, Mark Banks and Martin Adams with maximums, Mark winning a good battle against Sonning’s Gary Morgan 8-11 12-10 11-9 7-11 11-6.
The Tidmarsh club derby ended all square Barry Carter and Steve Murgatroyd winning two each for the A team while Lee Calcutt got a maximum for the B side, Barry and Steve teaming up to win the crucial doubles set 9-11 11-9 11-6 13-11. John Willcocks returned to action for Curzon Club A as his team won 6-4 against Sonning Common & Peppard C, despite a fine treble from Sonning’s Niall McGrane. Matt Stone just missed out against Curzon’s Jon Willis 6-11 12-10 16-14 5-11 11-13. Kennet Valley Free Church A kept the gap between themselves and the bottom two the same as they held Milestone A to a 5-5 draw, Julian Telford getting a maximum.
In Division 2 Graham Mendick won twice but neither Kaan Kitay nor John Crosfield could grab a win as Sonning Sports A won 8-2 at promotion chasers Milestone B, Paul Savage getting a fine hat trick which included an 11-8 7-11 11-5 7-11 11-7 win over Graham. Kingfisher F and Our Lady of Peace A battled out a tight 5-5 draw, Michael Mitcham with a vital 11-9 11-9 11-9 win over Harikrishna Laddunuri for Kingfisher. Bottom of the table Kingfisher E held Tilehurst Methodists A to a 5-5 draw, Tariq Ramjaun winning twice.
Alistair Richardson starred with a treble as Our Lady of Peace B won 7-3 at Pangbourne A, while Angus Jones sealed a good win for Sonning Common & Peppard C after his 11-8 25-23 11-8 success over John Walker helped his team to a 6-4 win having earlier also beaten Charlotte Binley 11-9 9-11 9-11 11-9 11-9. Leaders Springfield A started the 2nd half of the season with an 8-2 win at 3rd placed Our Lady of Peace C, Binit Bhaskar getting the OLOP teams two victories including an 11-9 7-11 10-12 15-13 11-8 success over Stephen Leggett.
Ian Wu was the star for Tidmarsh C in Division 3 by hitting a great treble to help them beat Springfield B 6-4. Kingfisher G maintained their unbeaten record by beating Curzon Club C 7-3, Gwynne Penny had a great night by winning all three, while hat tricks from Nigel Rowland and Patrick O’Sullivan helped Tilehurst Methodists B win 9-1 at bottom side Kingfisher H.
Jazz Dhillon played in his first match of the season for Reading FC A and won all three to help them beat Sonning Sports B 8-2. Our Lady of Peace D and Springfield C shared the spoils with three players winning two each. For OLOP Graham Stark and Simon Brookes and for Springfield Jason King all won two. Despite a hat trick from Terry Hardie Tidmarsh D could only draw 5-5 at Sonning Common & Peppard E.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh E had a hard fought encounter with Springfield E, eventually winning 8-2 thanks to a treble from Peter Sinclair and doubles from both John Harland and Roger Stevens. Paul Martin and Colin Jones each winning one for Springfield. Reading FC B beat Kingfisher I 7-3, Joe Bull recording a further maximum, supported by a double from Harry Edwards and a single from Tony Edwards while in reply Sandeep Burande had a busy evening, winning two, with Derek Crombie recording another win for Kingfisher. Milestone C entertained Kennet Valley Free Church B, losing 4-6 despite a maximum from John Evans, with Tony Hayden recording his team’s other win, Kennet Valley’s victory courtesy of a single from Toby Barter and doubles from both Jamie Li-Telford and Lewis Oke.
Our Lady of Peace E recorded their first 10-0 win, away at Springfield D, with maximums for Ralph Phillips, Chris Bunn and Andrew Adair, enhancing their top two position. Sonning Sports C recorded their best win with an 8-2 victory against Sonning Common & Peppard F, John Scott recording his first treble while Michael Byrne and Phil Peat recorded their first doubles, both losing to Gerry Bacon. Tilehurst Methodists C suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 6-4 to Sonning Common & Peppard G, the Commoners winning by virtue of a treble from Anthony Reeve, a double from new signing Ian Davenport and the doubles while, in reply, Methodists’ Roy Hull won two with Rob James and Andy Stone each recording one win.
Press 14 - 23rd December 2018
Sonning Common & Peppard A clung on the 3rd place in division 1 despite a 7-3 loss against top 4 rivals Kingfisher C. Gary Morgan managed a fine treble for Sonning Common, however doubles from Phil Mead, Richard Fifield and Alan Cummings steered Kingfisher to victory.
In division 2 leaders Springfield A suffered a shock 6-4 home defeat against Sonning Sports A with the Sports Paul Savage getting a hard earned treble that included an 11-9 4-11 11-8 14-12 win against Phil Burke and an 11-3 12-10 15-13 win over Adam Sheen. New recruit Nick Sears also won twice for Sonning. Pangbourne WMC and Our Lady of Peace A drew 5-5. Darek Kaminski and Chris West winning twice for OLOP while reserve Paul Treadgold battled hard, especially against Leroy Wilson, before Leroy eventually triumphed 11-6 10-12 4-11 12-10 11-2.
Springfield B went top of the division 3 table after beating Sonning Sports B 10-0 with trebles from Rob Wilkie, Peter Gurney and Steve Leggett doing the damge, however the scoreline did not do the Sonning team justice who lost a few tight sets. After beating Tidmarsh D 7-3, Tilehurst Methodists B have moved into second place, Nigel Rowland and Eric Van Looy both obtaining maximums, for Nigel they were all three straight.
With Tidmarsh E having to concede their match with Springfield B due to last minute availability issues, only one match went ahead in the Lower Divisions knock-out competition. Here Our Lady of Peace D overcame Sonning Common & Peppard E 8-1, Melvyn Lovegrove / Derek Brooke-Wavell with the consolation set, whilst Mark and Ben Carless remained unbeaten for OLOP.
In the Team Handicap the delayed second round match saw Springfield C triumph 5-4 away to Milestone C. Chris Taylor taking the deciding ninth set with his only win of the evening 16-21 21-18 21-16. Oliver Bonser’s maximum not enough for Milestone. In the Quarter-Finals Our Lady of Peace DB overcame Tidmarsh D 6-3 by virtue of a second consecutive Mark Carless maximum and a crucial match winning 13-21 22-20 25-23 win by son Ben over Theresa Watson.
For the third year running Reading FC A made it through to yet another Semi-Final, but only just, in a close 5 - 4 victory over Kingfisher E. With no player recording a maximum, Richard Witt’s 21-18 22-20 win over in-form, and previously unbeaten, Tarik Ramjuan proved the game changer, leaving Wayne Alleyne to hold his nerve and take the deciding set and the match.
Press 13 - 16th December 2018
A great match at the top of division 1 went the way of Kingfisher A after they beat club mates Kingfisher B 6-4, despite a Martin Adams treble that began with an opening 8-11 10-12 11-6 11-6 11-8 comeback win over Hari Gehlot. Sonning Common & Peppard A narrowed the gap on the top two by beating Kennet Valley Free Church A 9-1, Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan with maximums. Nigel Keedy had a greta night as Kingfisher C beat Tidmarsh A 8-2, Nigel beating Steve Murgatroyd 11-9 14-12 3-11 14-12 and Mike Aistrop 11-9 11-6 21-19 on his way to a maximum.
A battling doubles from Pete Bradley and Jon Wilis, plus the doubles, saw Curzon Club A draw 5-5 at Sonning Common & Peppard B, Andy Wang’s treble and a win apiece from Brian Meheux and Jeremy Willis giving them a share of the spoils. Lee Calcutt, Tony Baker and Simon Barter proved too good for Kingfisher D as Tidmarsh B ran out 10-0 winners, while at the bottom Graham Mendick starred as Milestone A grabbed a 5-5 draw at Sonning Common & Peppard C, Matt Isherwood getting two good wins for Sonning Common.
Hat tricks from Andy Wang and Nigel Maltby saw Sonning Common & Peppard B win 7-3 at Tidmarsh A. Two man Kingfisher B triumphed 6-4 at Kennet Valley A thanks to another Martin Adams treble, Julian Telford beating Richard Rosinski 11-6 11-4 13-11. A Tony Baker treble and two wins from Lee Calcutt saw Tidmarsh B grab a 6-4 win over Curzon Club A. Kingfisher A moved 12 points clear at the top after their 10-0 win at bottom of the table Milestone A. Denise Weller’s impressive 3-straight treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard C to an 8-2 win at Kingfisher D, Matt Isherwood and Tim Raby adding two wins apiece.
Binit Bhaskar got a maximum as Our Lady of Peace C continued their good form in division 2 as they won 7-3 against Kingfisher F in the battle between the 3rd and 4th placed teams. Alan Mollett, Mark Jones and Angus Jones put in a great team display as Sonning Common & Peppard D defeated Tilehurst Methodists A 8-2, Alan beating Keith Winter 7-11 12-10 11-3 5-11 11-7 on the way to his treble.
Bottom of the table Kingfisher E shocked Our Lady of Peace B to win 7-3, Gwynne Penny was player of the match with a fine maximum which included a tough 15-17 12-10 11-9 11-2 victory over Alistair Richardson as well as an excellent win against Dave Holt.
Tidmarsh C went top of the division 3 table by winning 8-2 at Sonning Sports B with Richard Hudson and Spencer Harvey both gaining maximums. Reading FC A won 7-3 at Kingfisher H, Anthony Alleyne hitting a good treble, while Peter Gurney and Rob Wilkie were in good form by winning all three to help Springfield B win 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace D.
Tidmarsh D won 7-3 at Springfield C with Terry Hardie gaining a good hat trick. Despite a hat trick from Eric Van Looy, Tilehurst Methodists B were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher G, while Curzon Club C won only their second match of the season by winning 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E. Geoff Johnson and Derek Harrison both gained trebles, for Derek it was his first since September 2016.
In Division 4 Reading FC B remain in the race for the title following their 6-4 win against Sonning Common & Peppard F, Derek Anderson and Joe Bull guaranteeing the win after they both recorded maximums, with Julian James, Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserley earning one point each for their singles wins. Springfield E were only able to field two players due to illness and Kennet Valley Free Church B took advantage to win 7-3, Steve Christelow undefeated on the night with Russell Moores getting the better of Colin Jones in a 5-game set, Colin winning his match with Toby Barter, while Marcello Caramma won Springfield’s other two points.
Tidmarsh E marched on with an 8-2 victory over Springfield D, Roger Stevens leading the way with a maximum ably supported by doubles from John Harland and Steve Andrews, Springfield’s points courtesy of Chris Speight’s win over Steve and John’s defeat at the hands of Tom Berryman. Tilehurst Methodists C took full advantage of Kingfisher I’s misfortune, when their third player dropped out due to illness, to record a 10-0 win and cement their hold at the top of the table, Roy Hull, Steve Wood and Rob James all recording maximums.
Press 12 - 9th December 2018
Two man Kingfisher A still managed a 7-3 win at Kennet Valley Free Church A but saw title rivals Kingfisher B close the gap on them to just 6 points after they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 10-0. The two Kingfisher teams face each other this week in the first of two championship deciders. An 8-2 win for the B team would see them go joint top of the table. Third placed Sonning Common & Peppard A were 8-2 winners over Tidmarsh A with in-form Jason Roberts starring with a treble, Malcolm Gregory beating Duncan Groves 11-9 11-9 11-9 while Duncan managed a fine 12-14 11-913-11 8-11 12-10 victory against Sonning’s Neil Hurford.
Phil Mead’s 3-straight treble helped Kingfisher C to an 8-2 win at Curzon Club A, Alan Cummings almost matching his team mate before losing out to Jon Willis by the narrowest of margins 6-11 11-9 11-6 10-12 13-15. Lee Calcutt and Tony Baker both got trebles as Tidmarsh B held off a spirited challenge from bottom of the table Milestone A to win 8-2, Lee beating Zoltan Keleman 11-3 11-9 6-11 12-14 11-5 in his opener.
Springfield A continued their promotion challenge in division 2 by winning 8-2 at Curzon Club B, Phil Burke with another maximum supported by two wins apiece from Adam Sheen and Ludovic Coulliard. For Curzon Nick Lean managed a double. Fellow promotion chasers Milestone B were defeated 7-3 at Tilehurst Methodists A, for whom Keith Winter again proved a class above the rest while Michael Williams also managed two fine wins including an 11-3 11-5 11-6 victory over Graham Mendick. Phil Jones also chipped in for the Methodists as he beat Kaan Kitay 11-3 14-12 5-11 11-8.
Our Lady of Peace C continued their winning ways with a 6-4 victory at Sonning Sports A while Kingfisher F were held to a 5-5 draw by Pangbourne WMC after Pangbourne’s John Simmonds just got the better of Roger Pritchard 9-11 9-11 11-7 11-7 11-9 in the final set of the night. Our Lady of Peace B and Sonning Common & Peppard D also shared the spoils, Dave Godfrey starring for OLOP with a maximum while Alistair Richardson beat Mark Jones 6-11 11-6 11-5 18-16 at the death. Trebles from Clive Perry, Chris West and Darek Kaminski saw Our Lady of Peace A cruise to a 10-0 win over struggling Kingfisher E.
In Division 3 Kingfisher G had a sensational 10-0 win at Reading FC A with David Wells, Gwynne Penny and Nils Wedi all gaining hat tricks. Our Lady of Peace D enjoyed a fine 9-1 win at Tidmarsh D with Paul Treadgold and Graham Stark both hitting trebles, while Tidmarsh C beat Kingfisher H 9–1 thanks to Simon Craig and Ian Wu who both gained maximums.
Tilehurst Methodists B had good 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard E with Eric Van Looy and Martin Wetherell both getting maximums, while Curzon Club C and Springfield C shared the spoils with Springfield’s Adrian Wegrzynowski hitting a fine treble as the two sides battled out a 5-5 draw. An amendment from last week it was Patrick O’Sullivan who put in a player of the match performance by winning all three to help Tilehurst Meths B win 9-1 at Springfield C.
Despite fielding only two players, Sonning Common & Peppard G still managed to draw 5-5 with Springfield E in their division 4 match, thanks to an Anthony Reeve treble, a single from David Pearson, who was beaten by both Julian Lancaster and Marcello Caramma, and the doubles. Milestone C travelled to Kingfisher I, winning the match 8-2 thanks to maximums from Carl Edlind and John Evans, Tony Hayden being denied his maximum by Sandeep Burande. Tidmarsh E beat Kennet Valley Free Church B 8-2, Steve Andrews recording a maximum, while John Harland and Pete Sinclair both won twice, Toby Barter beating John to record his first win and Jamie Li-Telford getting the better of Pete over 5 games.
In a very competitive match, Our Lady of Peace E drew 5-5 with third placed Reading FC B, Chris Bunn winning two for OLOP, supported by singles from Jan Polnik and Andrew Adair, Chris & Andrew also winning a crucial doubles while, for Reading FC, Derek Anderson and Joe Bull each won twice, with Harry Edwards recording a single. Tilehurst Methodists drew level on points with leaders OLOP, following their 7-3 win at Sonning Common & Peppard F, with Roy Hull, Steve Wood and Rob James all losing to Mike Casserley, thus ending the night with two wins each.
Press 11 - 2nd December 2018
An Andy Wang treble and two apiece from Nigel Maltby and Brian Meheux saw Sonning Common & Peppard B win a hard fought match at Kingfisher D 7-3, Clive Gold and Willis Ma with wins over Brian and Nigel respectively while Willis and Grant Wheatley teamed up to win the doubles.
In division 2 Milestone B continued their good run by beating Our Lady of Peace B 7-3. Graham Mendick with another good treble, Jingshun Haung winning twice and Aran Rajagopal contributing with an impressive 11-3 11-3 11-1 success over OLOP’s Alistair Richardson. Simon Brookes picked up two consolation wins for his side. Our Lady of Peace C managed a 6-4 win against Pangbourne WMC, Pradeep Desh starring with a hat trick. Bob Woodmansee was in great form as Sonning Sports A managed an 8-2 win over Curzon Club B.
Kingfisher F were 8-2 derby winners over a two man Kingfisher E side, Richard Leachman winning both his matches including a nail biting opening set victory over Eric Holmes 5-11 5-11 14-12 11-8 11-9. Alan Mollet starred as Sonning Common & Peppard D toppled Our Lady of Peace A 7-3. Phil Burke’s win over Keith Winter proved pivotal as Springfield A beat Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3, Phil winning 11-8 9-11 11-4 3-11 11-9 while both he and Adam Sheen teamed up to win a tense doubles set 8-11 9-11 11-6 11-6 13-11.
Two good sides Kingfisher G and Tidmarsh C played out an exciting 5-5 draw in division 3 with David Wells staring for the Birds by winning all three. Tidmarsh D and Curzon Club C also drew with Geoff Johnson hitting a good treble for Curzon, while Springfield B went clear at the top by beating bottom side Kingfisher H 9-1 with hat tricks from Steve Leggett and Peter Gurney.
Richard Wit was another maximum man as Reading FC A narrowly beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 6-4. Our Lady of Peace D beat Sonning Sports B 6–4 while Alistair O’Sullivan put in a player of the match performance by gaining a treble to help Tilehurst Methodidts B win 9-1 at Springfield C. Nigel Rowland also hit all three.
There were a number of emphatic scorelines in Division 4 this week. Reading FC B closed the gap at the top of the table, following their 10-0 victory over Springfield D with Joe Bull, Harry Edwards and Derek Anderson all recording maximums. The same day Tidmarsh E also recorded a 10-0 win over Sonning Sports C, Steve Andrews, Roger Stevens and Pete Sinclair winning all their sets. Milestone C lost 7-3 to Sonning Common & Peppard F, despite Oliver Bonser’s treble, with Gerry Bacon, Mike Casserley and Julian James each recording two wins for the Commoners.
Sonning Common & Peppard G’s two players, Anthony Reeve and David Pearson, were undefeated on the night which, along with the doubles, earned them a 7-3 win over Kennet Valley Free Church B. Kingfisher I could also only field two players and ended up losing 10-0 to Springfield E, with Paul Martin, Julian Lancaster and Marcello Caramma each beating both their opponents. At the top of the table, Tilehurst Methodists C and Our Lady of Peace E could not be separated, Roy Hull winning the final set to record his treble and ensure the match was drawn 5-5, aided by Steve Wood’s one win and the doubles, OLOP’s points courtesy of doubles from Chris Bunn and Andrew Adair, along with a single from Jan Polnik.
Press 10 - 25th November 2018
In Division 1 Kingfisher A won again but visitors Sonning Common & Peppard A became only the second team to take points off them, Gary Morgan beating Elson Costa 13-11 8-11 11-5 11-3 and Neil Hurford beating Dmitry Khakhamov 11-9 11-8 11-7 to actually put the Sonning Common side 2-0 ahead. Kingfisher B were 9-1 winners at Tidmarsh B with Martin Adams in ruthless form on his way to a hat trick. Artur Morar also picked up a maximum while Lee Calcutt beat Richard Rosinski 11-8 11-8 5-11 11-7 to give Tidmarsh their point.
Nigel Keedy, Alan Cummings and Richard Fifield all got trebles as Kingfisher C toppled club mates Kingfisher D 10-0, Alan just holding off the D teams Clive Gold 7-11 11-9 3-11 11-6 11-7. Steve Murgatroyd’s trebles and one apiece from Barry Carter and Francois Durand, plus the doubles, saw Tidmarsh A defeat Curzon Club A 6-4, while doubles from Matt Stone, Matt Isherwood and Tim Raby gave Sonning Common & Peppard C a 6-4 success over Kennet Valley Free Church A, Julian Telford replying for Kennet Valley with an impressive treble. Alan Cumming and Phil Mead trebles saw Kingfisher C beat Milestone A 9-1.
In division 2 a Graham Mendick treble helped Milestone B win 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard D in their re-arranged match, Alan Mollett starring for Sonning Common by beating Kaan Kitay 5-11 13-11 8-11 11-7 11-9. Milestone were also 9-1 winners over Curzon Club B thanks to trebles from Graham, Kaan and Aran Rajagopal.
Sonning Common & Peppard F won their re-arranged match with Springfield E 9-1 thanks to trebles from Gerry Bacon and Julian James, Marcello Carama getting a fine consolation win at the end for Springfield after beating Mike Casserely 9-11 12-10 6-11 11-9 11-9. Spike Speight with a maximum alongside 2 wins from Tom Berryman saw Springfield D beat Sonning Sports C 6-4, Tom and Spike also teaming up to win the doubles.
Only two matches were played in the second round of the Lower divisions knock out cup last week. Reading FC A dismantled Springfield D 9-0 to progress to yet another semi-final and in an all-Kingfisher encounter the G side owed much of their 8-1 win over the H side to the fact that the latter could only field two players. There was also a delayed match from round one, which saw Tidmarsh E eventually come out on top in a much closer encounter with Our Lady of Peace E. John Harland/Steve Andrews, taking the deciding set for Tidmarsh 12-10 10-12 8-11 as Tidmarsh squeeze through 5-4.
In the Team Handicap there were comfortable 9-0 and 8-1 wins respectively for Kingfisher E over Tidmarsh A and Our Lady of Peace DB over Kingfisher G. Tarik Ramjuan starring for Kingfisher E for the second round running and Mark Carless and Ralph Phillips with maximums for OLOP. A maximum from Antony Alleyne, a pair from Wayne Alleyne and a single from Richard Witt was good enough for Reading FC A to see off Our Lady of Peace E, while Tidmarsh D triumphed over Kingfisher D by the same 6-3 score line, the only maximum coming from Luca Bianchi in a valiant effort for the losing side.
The third 6-3 result of the round saw Springfield B take the last three sets to snap a three set all deadlock. Robert Wilkie starring with three wins. The final two matches both went down to the wire with Paul Treadgold and Derek Brooke-Wavell winning the match for their respective teams, taking the final set of the night, and in doing so, both securing maximums. Paul starred in Our Lady of Peace DA’ s win over Tidmarsh B, Derek doing likewise for Sonning Common and Peppard B in their win over Milestone A.
Press 09 - 18th November 2018
Kingfisher A made it 6 10-0 wins out of 7 after beating Sonning Common & Peppard C 10-0, Hari Gehlot Sagar Sawant and Krasimer Ivanov again starring with trebles. Kingfisher B were 8-2 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard B, Martin Adams with a maximum while Andy Wang won twice for Sonning Common. A Jon Willis double couldn’t prevent Curzon Club A from a 7-3 defeat at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Jason Roberts with a maximum for 3rd placed Sonning Common.
Kennet Valley Free Church A slipped nearer the division 1 drop zone after a 7-3 home defeat to Tidmarsh B, Simon Barter starring for the visitors, supported through Lee Calcutt’s double and a good win from Ray Webb. Mike Aistrop and Jon Golding both got maximums as Tidmarsh A won 7-3 at Kingfisher D. Nigel Maltby and Andy Wang both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard B won 9-1 against Milestone A.
Curzon Club B continue to struggle in Division 2 after a Pradeep Desh treble helped high flying Our Lady of Peace C towards a 7-3 win, Pat Daniels and Binit Basker adding two wins each in support while Charlotte Binley kept up her good from for Curzon with two wins. Carol Byers excellent treble, including an 11-6 11-6 11-13 9-11 12-10 win against Mark Jones, saw Kingfisher F defeat Sonning Common & Peppard D 9-1, Roger Pritchard also getting a treble.
Our Lady of Peace A defeated Milestone/Saiyan B 8-2, Clive Perry on top form, while leaders Springfield A strengthened their position at the top of division 2 after winning 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace B, Adam Sheen returning to form with a fine treble for Springfield while Johnson Xu managed a fine 11-6 11-9 11-9 victory over Phil Burke for OLOP, Phil’s first defeat since September. Tilehurst Methodists A were 7-3 winners over Sonning Sports A thanks mainly to a Keith Winter treble that included an 11-5 11-4 7-11 11-13 11-7 win against Sports Paul Savage. Paul and team mate Bob Woodmansee who had previously won 12 doubles in a row, lost to Keith Winter and Jes Eassom to end their winning run.
Reading FC A romped to an 8–2 win over Springfield C in division 3 with Anthony Alleyne hitting a great treble. Tidmarsh C gained a good 8–2 win over Sonning Common & Pepppard E with Simon Craig and Spencer Harvey both gaining trebles while Kingfisher G were in top form by winning at Springfield B 6-4 with Gwynne Penny, David Wells and Nils Wedi all winning two each.
At the bottom Sonning Sports B drew with Kingfisher H with four players winning two each, namely Cris Reynolds and Himanshu Pasbola for Sonning and Ken Robb and Maksym Schipka of Kingfisher. For Kingfisher it stopped a run of 7 defeats in a row. Curzon Club C found Our Lady of Peace D’s Ben Carless in top form as he gained a hat trick that included a long game against Nick Lean after he beat him 3-11 21-23 11-7 15-13 13-11. Team mate Mark Carless won his first match of the season by beating Jim Brent to help his side to a 7-3 win.
In division 4 the rearranged match between Reading FC B and Tilehurst Methodists C was a close run affair, Methodists narrowly winning 6-4 to make it 8 wins from 8 despite a treble from Derek Anderson, with Roy Hull and Steve Wood both winning twice, while Rob James also lost to Joe Bull, Steve & Roy combining to win a crucial doubles. Anthony Reeve's treble, a single for Arran Reeve and the doubles helped Sonning Common & Peppard G to a 5-5 draw against Tidmarsh E, for whom Pete Sinclair and John Harland both recorded doubles while Mike Bundy recorded one win. Kennet Valley Free Church B won 8-2 at Kingfisher I, Steve Christelow winning all three while Jamie Li-Telford and Russ Moores both won two, Gill Bennett and debutant Sandeep Burande scoring Kingfisher's two points.
Our Lady of Peace E maintained their lead at the top of the table with an 8-2 win over Milestone C, Ralph Philips recording another straight sets treble, Chris Bunn also recording a further treble, with Milestone's Carl Edlind and John Evans both beating Jan Polnik for their two points. Tilehurst Methodists C remain in second place thanks to an 8-2 victory over Springfield D, Roy Hull winning all three, while Steve Wood and Rob James each won two, dropping sets to Margaret Kellermann-Thornton and Alan Goold, respectively.
Maintaining their push for honours, Reading FC B defeated Sonning Sports C 7-3, Joe Bull and Harry Edwards both recording trebles and Tony Edwards getting off the mark with his first win, Michael Byrne and Jude O'Halloran winning one each in reply.
A spirited fight back in a delayed Lower Divisions knock out cup match saw Our Lady of Peace E just fall short in a thrilling encounter with Tidmarsh E. Seemingly coasting at three sets to nil, Tidmarsh were pegged back to four sets apiece before holding their nerve to clinch the deciding ninth set 12-10, 10-12, 11-8 in a match that could have gone either way.
Press 08 - 11th November 2018
Kingfisher A swept to a 10-0 victory at Tidmarsh B in division 1. Kingfisher B remained in second place after winning 8-2 against Kingfisher C, Richard Rosinski and Artur Morar both getting hat tricks, while Sonning Common & Peppard A were 10-0 winners over Sonning Common & Peppard C thanks to trebles from Jason Roberts, Gary Morgan and Neil Hurford.
Steve Murgatroyd starred as Tidmarsh A beat Milestone A 8-2, while Curzon Club A managed a good 7-3 victory over Kingfisher D, Jon Willis with a 3-straight treble.
Keith Winter’s treble helped Tilehurst Methodists A to a narrow 6-4 win over Curzon Club B in division 2, Michael Williams also winning twice including a 7-11 11-9 14-12 2-11 11-7 win over Linda King and a match winning 7-11 11-2 11-7 11-7 win against John Walker. Thomas Lewis starred as Our Lady of Peace C kept up their good form with a 9-1 success against Kingfisher E, Abhay Gore matching Thomas with a hat-trick. Pangbourne WMC boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a good 6-4 win at Sonning Common & Peppard D, John Simmonds again leading the way with a treble supported through singles from Clive Taylor and Leroy Wilson, plus he doubles.
Leaders Springfield A found themselves held to a 5-5 draw by Our Lady of Peace A, Benedict Carless and Chris West winning two apiece for the OLOP team as well as teaming up to win the all important doubles set. Kaan Kitay and Arun Ragagopal both got hat tricks as second placed Milestone/Saiyan Brothers B beat Kingfisher F 7-3. Sonning Sports A and Our Lady of Peace B drew 5-5, Paul Savage with another maximum for the Sports team while Graham Stark won a tight battle with Bob Woodmansee for OLOP 5-11 11-7 12-10 10-12 11-4 and Dave Godrey beat Keith Machin in another close 5-setter 11-7 9-11 11-8 8-11 11-6.
In division 3 Curzon Club C lost 6-4 to Tilehurst Methodists B for whom star man Eric Van Looy gained a maximum. Richard Hudson was the star for Tidmarsh C by winning all three to help them beat Springfield C 8-2, while Tidmarsh D and Reading FC A shared the spoils with Anthony Alleyne gaining a treble for the away side.
Nils Wedi hit a hat trick for Kingfisher G to help them beat Sonning Sports B 7-3, Didier Garcon helping the cause by gaining a rare win. Trebles from Paul Treadgold and Ben Carless helped Our Lady of Peace D beat Kingfisher H 8-2 while Springfield B enjoyed a good 7-3 win at Sonning Common & Peppard E with Steve Leggett winning all three.
In division 4 Kennet Valley Free Church B beat Sonning Common & Peppard F 6-4 thanks to Lewis Oke’s first double, a further double from Steve Christelow, a single from Jamie Li-Telford and, crucially, a hard-fought doubles win, meaning that Mike Casserley’s treble and Steve Knott’s single were not enough for Sonning Common. Milestone C won 9-1 against a Springfield D side who were only able to field two players due to illness. Carl Edlind and Oliver Bonser both remaining undefeated, while Colin Phillips could only record one win after losing to Chris Speight. Our Lady of Peace E retained top-spot with an 8-2 victory over Springfield E, a match that was closer than the result implies, Ralph Philips remaining undefeated after another impressive straight sets win, while Chris Bunn lost his 100% record to Marcello Caramma, with Marcello also denying Alona Slobodskoy her treble.
Tilehurst Methodists C stay in second place after beating Sonning Sports C 8-2, Roy Hull recording a further treble, Steve Wood losing his 100% record to Jude O’Halloran 11-7 11-4 10-12 10-12 9-11 while Mo Cole secured her first win by beating Rob James. Sonning Common & Peppard G defeated Kingfisher I 7-3, Anthony Reeve winning all three, Arran Reeve recording a double after losing to Miguel Cabellero, while David Pearson managed a single win after losing to both Gill Bennett and Miguel.
Press 07 - 4th November 2018
In Division 1 A hat trick from Nigel Maltby helped Sonning Common & Peppard B beat a battling Kennet Valley A side 6-4, Brian Meheux clinching the win after beating Masoud Ghabachi 11-2 11-13 9-11 11-7 11-5 while reserve Angus Jones also managed a win over Masoud 11-13 13-11 11-5 11-9.
Springfield A were comfortable 9-1 winners at Kingfisher F in division 2, Phil Burke and Ludovic Couillard with hat tricks for Springfield while for Kingfisher Carol Byers managed an exciting 11-6 11-4 9-11 4-11 18-16 success over Adam Sheen. Daniel Wills Kaan Kitay and Arun Rajagopal all won twice as second placed Milestone/Sayain Brothers B managed a 6-4 away win at Pangbourne WMC, John Simmonds with a treble for the home team.
Our Lady of Peace B moved up to third after a crushing 10-0 victory over Curzon Club B, Alistair Richardson, Johnson Xu and Dave Godfrey all with maximums while Thomas Lewis. Binit Bhasker and Pradeep Desh doubles helped Our Lady of Peace C win 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists A. Alan Mollett’s treble, two from Mark Jones and an Eric Walker single saw Sonning Common & Peppard D win 6-4 at Kingfisher E.
In Division 3 Springfield B showed no mercy against their C team, beating them 10–0. Rob Wilkie, Seth Martin and Steve Leggett were the hat trick men, Despite a Geoff Johnson hat trick Curzon Club C lost 7–3 at Reading FC A while Tilehurst Methodists B smashed Our Lady of Peace D 8–2 with Eric Van Looy and Nigel Rowland both hitting trebles.
Sonning Common & Peppard E had a nice 7-3 win at Sonning Sports B, Melvyn Lovegrove was the star by gaining a maximum while Derek Brooke-Wavell managed a double. The Tidmarsh derby between the C and D teams ended all square as they battled out a 5-5 draw, while Kingfisher H crashed to an 8-2 defeat against their G team to complete a week of derby matches in this division, Gwynne Penny and Nils Wedi both hit trebles for the G team.
In Division 4, Kingfisher I lost 9-1 to a strong Tidmarsh E side, Roger Stevens and Steve Andrews both scoring trebles, while John Harland could only record a double after losing his final set to Meriel Low. The first intra club meeting between Sonning Common & Peppard F and Sonning Common & Peppard G went the way of the F team 7-3, Gerry Bacon winning all three, ably supported by doubles from Julian James, who narrowly lost to Arran Reeve 12-10 10-12 9-11 11-8 9-11, and Mike Casserley, who was beaten by Simon Blake. Our Lady of Peace E stay top of the Division following their 7-3 home win over Kennet Valley Free Church B, with Chris Bunn recording a further treble, Alona Slobodskoy recording a double and Mariusz Paluszkiewicz recording a single, while Steve Christelow and Russ Moores won two sets and one set respectively for Kennet Valley.
This week saw a second intra club match, this time Springfield E being victorious over Springfield D by winning 7-3, Paul Martin recording a maximum, Marcello Caramma a double and Colin Jones a single, while Maggie Kellermann-Thornton won one for the D team, with Chris Speight only able to record a double after losing his final set to Paul 6-11 11-3 12-10 6-11 10-12. Sonning Sports C and Milestone C fought to a 5-5 draw thanks to John Scott’s two wins, singles from both Michael Byrne and Phil Peat, along with a doubles win earning Sonning Sports their points while, for Milestone, John Evans recorded another maximum and Michal Pszczolka recorded a double.
Press 06 - 28th October 2018
Kingfisher A top Division 1 with 48 points from a maximum of 50. Kingfisher B are second. The match between these two on 5th December will go a long way towards deciding who will be champions this season. Sonning Common & Peppard A sit in third place, followed by Kingfisher C.
It’s all pretty tight between the remaining teams. While Milestone A have yet to win they are only a handful of points away from safety. Sonning Common & Peppard B and C teams shared the points as they fought out a 5-5 draw in their re-arranged match, Andy Wang with another impressive treble for the B side while Matt Stone and Denise Weller won twice for the C team alongside a vital 6-11 11-4 11-6 11-7 win by Matt Isherwood over Brian Meheux.
Tilehurst Methodists A and Our Lady of Peace B battled out a 5-5 draw in their Division 2 match. Keith Winter got a maximum for Tilehurst while both Alistair Richardson and Johnson Xu won twice for OLOP with Johnson just losing out to Keith in the final set of the night 14-12 11-13 9-11 6-11. Springfield A sit top of the table with Milestone/Saiyan Brothers B in second. Both these teams have a comfortable lead over third placed Kingfisher F and fourth placed Tilehurst Methodists.
At the bottom Kingfisher E look to have most to do to avoid the drop while Sonning Common & Peppard will have the chance to move up into mid-table if they can gain points from their match in hand at home to Milestone/Saiyan B.
In Division 3 it’s all very tight with just 3 points separating Springfield B in top spot and Tidmarsh D in fifth. Tilehurst Methodists B may now be favourites to go up with Eric Van Looy in their squad while Kingfisher G are the only unbeaten side in the division. Reading FC A have dropped down the table lately after making a promising start.
At the bottom Sonning Sports B have a couple of matches in hand that could propel them up the table. Sonning Common & Peppard E picked up their first win recently that saw them overhaul Kingfisher H.
Tidmarsh E won their outstanding fixture at Sonning Common & Peppard F 7-3 in Division 4 mainly thanks to a Steve Andrews treble. Roy Hull and Steve Wood both got trebles as Tilehurst Methodists C made it 5 wins from 5 to move into the promotion places after a hard fought 8-2 win against Tidmarsh. Steve narrowly defeating Roger Stevens 12-10 9-11 10-12 11-9 11-6, while teammate Rob James could only record a single after losing to both Roger and Steve Andrews, Steve just beating Rob 4-11 11-9 12-10 10-12 11-9. Our Lady of Peace E, Tilehurst Methodists C and Reading FC B head the division with 2 of these 3 looking the likely promotion contenders at this early stage.
At the bottom Kennet Valley Free Church B and Sonning Sports C are currently adrift of the rest, but a couple of good results could soon change things in their favour.
This week saw the first rounds of both team cup competitions. Match of the round in the Lower Divisions competition paired the 2016-17 finalists and it was Reading FC A who triumphed this time after Tidmarsh D were unable to recover from a 0-4 deficit having lost three of those opening sets to a third game decider. Elsewhere, pre-competition favourites Kingfisher G were ruthless in their 9-0 drubbing of Springfield E, where only three sets required a deciding game. Sonning Common and Peppard E moved up a gear to take the final six sets in an 8-1 win at Kingfisher I, Miguel Caballero / Meriel Low with the consolation set for Kingfisher. In an almost identical match Springfield B also took the final six sets in their 8-1 win at Milestone C. This time Michal Pszczolka / John Evans with the consolation set. Springfield D also triumphed 8-1 but in a much tighter match against Reading FC B. Here the first four sets all required a deciding game and all went to Springfield, three by a slim 11-9 scoreline.
In the Team Handicap competition there were 8-1 victories for two of the Tidmarsh teams. The ‘D’ team getting past Springfield D with Alan Goold preventing the rout. Mo Cole doing the same in Sonning Sports C’s defeat to the Tidmarsh B team. Tidmarsh A completed a trio of wins for the Tidmarsh club with a 6-3 victory over Springfield E who unfortunately could only field two players, but never-the-less put up stern resistance. Reading FC A overcame Kingfisher H in an all third division encounter. Two apiece from Richard Witt, Anthony Alleyne and Wayne Alleyne who in the process captured all the sets that needed a third game decider. Reading FC B could not match their ‘A’ team’s performance, going down 6-3 to fancied Springfield B. This match was in the balance until set eight, and again no maximum for the winners. Peter Gurney, Rob Wilkie and Steve Leggett each with two wins. First lower ranked team to prevail were Kingfisher G who just squeezed past Sonning Common and Peppard A 5-4. Tarik Ramjuan’s maximum, and in particular his victory over Andy Wang, proving decisive. In another tight match the lower ranked OLOP DB overcame Milestone B/ Saiyan Brothers 5-4 despite a valiant losing maximum from Michal Pszczolka. Elsewhere Pangbourne leave the competition for the second year running at the hands of Sonning Sports B. Himanshu Pasbola and John Scott both with maximums in their 6-3 win.
Press 05 - 21st October 2018
Sonning Common & Peppard B became the first team to take points off Kingfisher A after wins by Andy Wang against Sagar Sawant and Krasimir Ivanov. Dimitry Khakamov managed a hat trick for Kingfisher as they won the match 8-2. Martin Adams, Mark Banks and Artur Morar all got maximums as Kingfisher B trounced Tidmarsh A 10-0, while Malcolm Gregory starred for Sonning Common & Peppard A as they beat Kingfisher D 8-2, Clive Gold beating Jason Roberts 7-11 11-9 9-11 11-8 11-9 for Kingfisher while Luca Bianchi actually put Kingfisher 2-0 up after beating Joe Barraclough 3-11 8-11 12-10 11-7 11-7.
Kingfisher C won 8-2 at Kennet Valley Free Church A, Alan Cummings starring with a treble that included a fine 2-11 3-11 15-13 12-10 11-6 comeback win over Julian Telford. Tidmarsh B and Sonning Common & Peppard C shared the spoils as they drew 5-5, reserve Alan Mollett earning a vital 9-11 11-6 7-11 11-8 12-10 victory against Chris Webb for Sonning Common, while Tony Baker won a maximum for Tidmarsh. Curzon Club A picked up their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Milestone A, Pete Bradley leading the way with a maximum as Curzon ran out 7-3 winners.
Springfield A stayed top of Division 2 after winning 9-1 against Pangbourne WMC, Adam Sheen and Phil Burke with maximums. Graham Mendick’s impressive form continued as he got a maximum as Milestone/Sayain Brothers B won 9-1 against Kingfisher E, Daniel Wills also getting a maximum. Curzon Club B managed a first win of the season as they beat Our Lady of Peace A 6-4, Nick Lean starring with a treble alongside two wins from John Walker and a single from Linda King.
Another Roger Pritchard treble helped high flying Kingfisher F grab a 6-4 win at Sonning Sports A, Roger winning a key opening set against Sports Paul Savage 10-12 11-5 11-5 18-16 before battling to a 5 game victory over Bob Woodmansee. Sonning Common & Peppard D and Our Lady of Peace C shared the points as they drew 5-5, Mark Jones starring for the Commoners with a fine hat trick.
In Division 3 Tilehurst Methodists B hammered Reading FC A 9–1 with Eric Van Looy and Nigel Rowland both gaining trebles. Springfield C and Sonning Sports B shared the spoils as the two teams drew 5-5 which included a fine win for Sally James over Chris Taylor, while Paul Treadgold was the star for Our Lady of Peace D by winning all three to help them draw 5-5 with Kingfisher G.
Springfield B won 7-3 at Tidmarsh D thanks mainly to hat tricks from Rob Wilkie and Seth Martin. For Seth it was his first maximum for a very long time. Hat tricks from Melvyn Lovegrove and Jamie Legg helped Sonning Common & Peppard E beat Kingfisher H 9–1, while Ian Wu was too good for Curzon Club C by gaining a maximum but doubles from Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson helped them gain C to a 5-5 draw against Tidmarsh C.
Sonning Common & Peppard G became the latest team to lose to Our Lady of Peace E, succumbing to a 9-1 defeat, David Pearson saving the whitewash by beating Jan Polnik with Alona Slobodskoy and Ralph Philips both recording maximums for OLOP. Springfield D travelled to Kennet Valley Free Church B and won 7-3, Tom Berryman and Chris Speight both recording trebles with Dave Parkin registering his first win while for Kennet Valley, Lewis Oke and Jamie Li-Telford both recorded one win. Sonning Common & Peppard F won 6-4 at Kingfisher I, thanks to a Mike Casserley hat-trick, a single from Gerry Bacon, a crucial doubles success by Mike Casserley and Derek Maltby. SC&P also benefitted from a walk-over after Gill Bennett was taken ill, meaning that Gill was unable to add to her earlier victory. Kingfisher’s other wins came courtesy of a Miguel Caballero double and a Meriel Low single.
Milestone C turned up the heat on table topping Reading FC B with a 6-4 victory, Michal Pszczolka recording a maximum in his first outing, assisted by a double from Carl Edlind, who lost to Derek Anderson, with Reading FC’s Harry Edwards and Joe Bull both recording one win each, Harry winning his set against John Evans 11-9 9-11 9-11 11-8 11-8. Springfield E defeated Sonning Sports C 8-2, with Marcello Caramma recording a maximum while Colin Jones and Julian Lancaster could only record doubles as they both lost to Jude O’Halloran.
Press 04 - 14th October 2018
Krasimer Ivanov, Hari Gehlot and Dmitry Khakhamov trebles saw Kingfisher A earn a 4th consecutive 10-0 win as they continued their impressive start to the season by beating club mates Kingfisher C. Kingfisher B are 8 points behind their A team in 2nd place after they won 9-1 at Curzon Club A, Martin Adams and Mark Banks with maximums while Pete Bradley managed a good consolation win for Curzon over Richard Rosinski 11-9 11-6 3-11 8-11 11-9. Richard himself did well to hold off Jon Willis to win 2-11 8-11 11-7 11-2 11-8.
Sonning Common & Peppard A are up to 3rd after they won 9-1 at Tidmarsh B thanks to trebles from Joe Barraclough and Neil Hurford, both Joe and Neil having hard fought wins over Tony Baker, Joe winning 9-11 11-7 4-11 11-8 14-12 while Neil triumphed in equally close fashion 10-12 11-5 11-4 15-17 11-9. Duncan Groves, Steve Murgatroyd and John Golding proved too strong for Kennet Valley Free Church A as Tidmarsh A moved into the top half of the able with a 10-0 win, while a tight match between two relegation battlers went the way of Kingfisher D who beat Milestone A 6-4, Graham Mendick with a fine treble for Milestone, while Grant Wheatley and Clive Gold won twice for Kingfisher.
With Milestone/Saiyan Brothers B having their match postponed, Springfield A took advantage to go top of Division 2, Phil Burke and Ludovic Couillard both getting maximums as they won impressively 9-1 at Kingfisher E, Eric Holmes winning the opening set against for Kingfisher 11-8 11-3 11-8 against Adam Sheen. Roger Pritchard’s good form continued as he got a maximum in Kingfisher F’s 7-3 win over Curzon Club B that included a 11-4 11-4 8-11 11-5 success over Charlotte Binley.
A Keith Winter treble, two from Jes Eassom and a Phil Jones single saw Tilehurst Methodists A win 6-4 at Our Lady of Peace A, Jes winning a close late contest against OLOP’s Clive Perry 11-4 12-10 6-11 11-13 13-11. Our Lady of Peace C moved up the table after an 8-2 derby win against club mates Our Lady of Peace B, Abhay Gore with a treble while Pradeep Desh won a vital opening set against Dave Godfrey 8-11 11-8 7-11 11-9 11-8.
Pangbourne WMC and Sonning Sports A battled out a 5-5 draw, Paul Savage with a maximum that included a 11-6 11-7 10-12 11-9 success over Pangbourne’s John Simmonds.
In Division 3 Springfield B are starting to find some form by thrashing Curzon Club C 9–1 with Peter Gurney and Steve Leggett both gaining trebles. Reading FC A just got home against Our Lady of Peace D 7–3 with Paul Brown hitting a maximum that included a 7-11 11-8 13-11 7-11 16-14 success over Benedict Carless, while Ania Pytka played really well by winning two against Springfield C to help Kingfisher H gain 4 points from a 6-4 defeat, Peter Bennett won the other two. For Springfield Chris Taylor won all three.
Hat tricks from Dave Edwards and Terry Hardie helped Tidmarsh D win 7-3 at Sonning Sports B. Tilehurst Methodists B won 7-3 at Tidmarsh C with Nigel Rowland and ex division one player Eric Van Looy both hitting trebles. For Eric they were all 3 straight. Kingfisher G and Sonning Common & Peppard E shared the spoils in a 5-5 draw with David Wells playing good table tennis for Kingfisher by winning all three while Melvyn Lovegrove won a thriller against Gwynne Penny 6-11 11-8 8-11 12-10 12-10 as both he and Derek Wavell won twice for Sonning Common.
By beating Springfield E 9-1, Reading FC B now lead Division 4 by 2 points. Joe Bull and Harry Edwards both returned maximums, with Derek Anderson only able to record a double, after losing to Springfield’s Paul Martin. The remaining matches all ended with the same score line. Our Lady of Peace E winning their encounter with Kingfisher I 7-3, thanks to a treble from Chris Bunn, a double from Alona Slobodskoy and a single from Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, with Miguel Caballero recording a double and Gill Bennett a single, for Kingfisher. Springfield D lost 7-3 to Sonning Common & Peppard G, who won thanks to a Marko Madzar treble, a double from David Pearson and a single from Arran Reeve, with Maggie Kellermann-Thornton’s double and Chris Speight’s single earning Springfield their points.
Kennet Valley Free Church B recorded their first win, beating Sonning Sports C 7-3 with Steve Christelow recording a maximum, while both Russ Moores and Jamie Li-Telford recorded their first wins, Russ winning two and Jamie one, Sonning Sports’ gaining their points thanks to a John Scott double and a Phil Peat single. Tilehurst Methodists C beat visitors Milestone C 7-3, Rob James and Steve Wood both returning maximums, with Tony Hayden, Colin Phillips and John Evans each recording one win each for Milestone.
Press 03 - 7th October 2018
Kingfisher A made it two 10-0 wins in a row in Division 1 after victory at Curzon Club A, Hari Gehlot, Krasimer Ivanov and Sagar Sawant with trebles, Curzon’s John Willcocks pushing Sagar all the way before losing 11-7 6-11 5-11 12-10 4-11. Kingfisher B were 8-2 winners at Milestone A, Sachin Mundra and Dave Sanket earning consolation wins for Milestone with both players defeating Richard Rosinski 11-9 in the fifth. Sonning Common & Peppard C and Tidmarsh A battled out a 5-5 draw with Matt Stone starring for SC&P C with a maximum that included a fine 10-12 11-5 5-11 11-5 11-7 win over Duncan Groves.
Kingfisher D won a hard fought match with Kennet Valley Free Church 6-4, Grant Wheatley and Guy de la Villesbrunne winning twice as well as teaming up to win the doubles 11-9 11-7 8-11 13-15 12-10. Kennet Valley’s Cath Venning won a good contest against Willis Ma in the final set 11-9 11-6 7-11 11-13 12-10. A hat trick from Andy Wang couldn’t prevent Sonning Common & Peppard B from losing 7-3 to club mates Sonning Common & Peppard A, the A teams Joe Barraclough edging past Jeremy Willis 11-8 5-11 11-9 10-12 11-9. Nigel Keedy starred as Kingfisher C won 8-2 against Tidmarsh B, beating Tony Baker 11-6 11-9 11-5 in his opener.
Kingfisher B could only find two players for their club derby with Kingfisher D and as a result dropped 3 points. Mark Banks and Artur Morar trebles did at least see them win 7-3. Tidmarsh B and Sonning Common & Peppard B battled out a tight 5-5 draw, Brian Meheux sealing a share of the points for SC&P thrilling last set win over Simon Barter 11-5 6-11 16-14 15-13. A Julian Telford hat trick and two hard fought wins by Cath Venning saw Kennet Valley A win 6-4 against Curzon Club A, Julian and Cath also teaming up to win the doubles.
Kingfisher A blasted a two man Tidmarsh A side for their third 10-0 win in a row, Elson Costa, Hari Gehlot and Sagar Sawant unbeaten on the night. Phil Mead and Nigel Keedy trebles helped Kingfisher C to an impressive 9-1 win at Sonning Common & Peppard C, while Gary Morgan and Jason Roberts both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Milestone A 9-1, Milestone’s Dane Sanket just getting the better of Malcolm Gregory 11-9 11-7 8-11 11-7.
In Division 2 Jes Essom and Phil Jones maximums saw Tilehurst Methodists A win 7-3 at Pangbourne A, Phil beating John Simmonds 11-7 10-12 9-11 11-8 12-10 and Leroy Wilson 11-8 8-11 11-8 9-11 12-10. Graham Mendick and Daniel Wills both got maximums as Milestone/Saiyan Brothers B remain top after winning 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace C, while Springfield A stay second after a comfortable 9-1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard D, Phil Burke and Adam Sheen both starring with trebles. Our Lady of Peace B won their inter club derby with Our Lady of Peace A 7-3, Johnson Xu and Dave Godfrey with maximums, Dave beating Chris West in his opener 12-10 8-11 8-11 11-6 11-9.
Kingfisher F kept up their good start with a 7-3 win at Tilehurst Methodists A in a close contest, Carole Byers just getting the better of Jes Eassom 12-14 11-8 11-8 2-11 12-10 before going on to win impressively against Michael Williams and then Keith Winter 11-7 8-11 4-11 12-10 11-9. John Simmonds treble and one apiece from Simon Hopkins and Leroy Wilson gave Pangbourne WMC a 6-4 win at Curzon Club B, Simon winning a nail biter against Linda King 12-10 16-14 9-11 4-11 15-13, while Sonning Sports A picked up their first win, Keith Machin and Paul Savage unbeaten in their 8-2 success over Kingfisher E.
In Division 3 hat tricks from Graham Stark and Ben Carless helped Our Lady of Peace D defeat Sonning Common & Peppard E 7–3. Kingfisher G stormed to a great 9-1 win at Springfield C with Gwynne Penny, David Wells and Joaquin Sabater all gaining trebles, while Theresa Watson was in top form by gaining a maximum to help Tidmarsh D beat Kingfisher H 7–3.
An in form Tidmarsh C won 7-3 at Reading FC A with Ian Wu hitting yet another treble and Dave Sheppard winning twice including a notable 12-10 12-10 12-10 success against Wayne Alleyne. Another player in great form was Peter Gurney who won all three to help Springfield B win 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B for their first victory of the season, Peter winning 11-3 8-11 5-11 13-11 11-6 against Nigel Rowland in a key opening set.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard G recorded their first win, beating Sonning Sports C 7-3, Anthony Reeve winning all three, while Simon Blake and Arran Reeve, who both lost to Jude O’Halloran, recorded doubles. Tidmarsh E lost 6-4 to Milestone C, Tidmarsh gaining their points thanks to a double for Pete Sinclair and singles for both Roger Stevens and Mike Bundy while for Milestone, John Evans recorded a treble and Carl Edlind won two. Fielding only two players, Kennet Valley Free Church B suffered a 9-1 loss at the hands of Reading FC B, for whom Derek Anderson and Joe Bull both recorded maximums, while Harry Edwards was denied his own maximum when he lost out to Steve Christelow.
Despite a Meriel Low hat-trick, Kingfisher I were beaten 6-4 by Springfield D, Tom Berryman, Maggie Kellermann-Thornton and Alan Goold each recording two wins, Tom beating Gill Bennett 23-25 14-12 11-9 11-8 in the first set. Our Lady of Peace E beat Sonning Common & Peppard F 9-1 to share top spot with Reading FC B and Tilehurst Meths C, Ralph Philips recording an impressive maximum on his debut, ably assisted by doubles from both Andrew Adair and Chris Bunn, Gerry Bacon recording SC&P’s solitary win. Springfield E lost to Tilehurst Methodists C 7-3, Roy Hull and Steve Wood recording maximums for Tilehurst Meths, while Paul Martin, Julian Lancaster and Marcello Caramma each won one set for Springfield.
Press 02 - 30th September 2018
Kingfisher A went straight to the top of Division 1 with an opening 10-0 win over club mates Kingfisher D, Hari Gehlot, Sagar Sawant and Krasmier Ivanov all with maximums. Kingfisher B took close order in second place after winning 8-2 against Sonning Common & Peppard A, Martin Adams and new signing Artur Morar with trebles, while Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough managed wins over Richard Rosinski. Joe also ran Artur close before losing 11-8 11-13 10-12 11-6 11-13. New team Kennet Valley Free Church started will with a 7-3 victory over Milestone A, Mingshen Lin and Julian Telford with maximums,
Andy Wang and Nigel Maltby were both in top form as Sonning Common & Peppard B started brightly with a 7-3 win against Kingfisher C, Andy winning all three while Nigel picked up a good double, as did Kingfisher’s Phil Mead. Sonning Common & Peppard C also began with a win as they beat promoted Curzon Club A 6-4, Matt Stone and Niall McGrane with two wins apiece. Finally Tidmarsh B won their opening derby encounter against Tidmarsh A 6-4, Tony Baker’s treble ably assisted by a double from Simon Barter, plus the doubles, Steve Murgatroyd winning twice on his Tidmarsh debut but just losing out to Tony 5-11 5-11 11-6 11-7 9-11.
Milestone/Saiyan Brothers B are top of Division 2 after their opening two matches. Graham Mendick’s treble, two from Vidhu Ravinath and a Jingshun Huang single saw them edge a 6-4 win over promoted Springfield A while Vidhu was the star as they beat Sonning Sports A 9-1, although Graham also managed another hat trick after beating Paul Savage 14-16 11-8 11-3 11-4 in the final set. Before that narrow defeat Springfield A had won their opening match 8-2 against Our Lady of Peace C, Adam Sheen and Phil Burke both starring with trebles. Sonning Common & Peppard D have started well, Alan Mollet, Mark Jones and Eric Walker all winning twice as they beat Sonning Sports A 6-4, Eric winning a titanic tussle with Sports Bob Woodmansee 11-9 9-11 19-17 6-11 11-8 in his opener. Angus Jones held off Nick Lean 6-11 8-11 11-9 11-7 12-10 SC&P then managed a 5-5 draw at Curzon Club B, Curzon’s Charlotte Binley getting a maximum for Curzon.
Pradeep Desh managed a fine treble as Our Lady of Peace C beat the A team club mates 7-3 that included an opening 11-4 5-11 12-10 9-11 11-5 win over Clive Perry and a 3-straight victory over Chris West. Clive and Chris had earlier both got maximums in the A teams 7-3 win against Kingfisher F with hard fought battles over Kingfisher’s Roger Pritchard, while the C team had lost 8-2 against Springfield A. Another Charlotte Binley treble saw Curzon Club B draw a second match in a row as they drew 5-5 with Kingfisher E, Linda King winning their other singles. The Kingfisher team have also draw both their matches after also ending all square with Tilehurst Methodists A where Jes Esssom won all three for Tilehurst.
Roger Pritchard starred with an impressive maximum as Kingfisher F beat Our Lady of Peace B 6-4, while the Our Lady of Peace team had earlier beaten Pangbourne WMC 6-4 thanks mainly to a Johnson Xu treble.
In week 1 of Division 3 new signing for Tilehurst Methodists B, Nigel Rowland, showed his class by gaining a three straight maximum to help his new team beat kingfisher H 8–2. Curzon Club C shared the spoils against Kingfisher G, Nick Lean did well by winning all three as the two teams drew 5-5. Our Lady of Peace had a narrow 6-4 win at Springfield C with both Graham Stark and Ben Carless winning two each. Tony Alleyne hit a good hat trick to help fancied Reading FC A beat promoted Sonning Sports B 7-3.
Tidmarsh C gained six points by beating Springfield B 6-4, Richard Hudson and Spencer Harvey both won two each as did Stephen Leggett for Springfield, while Tidmarsh D beat Sonning Commmon & Peppard E 8–2 thanks mainly to Dave Edwards who hit a treble.
Week 2 saw Springfield C storm to a 10-0 win over Sonning Common & Peppard E with Jason King, Chris Taylor and Adrian Wegrzynowski all obtaining trebles. At Our Lady of Peace D Ian Wu was the star for Tidmarsh C by hitting a three straight maximum to help his side obtain an 8-2 win, while Reading FC A maintained their unbeaten start with a good 6-4 win at Springfield B with Tony Alleyne winning three and Wayne Alleyne picking up a double.
Curzon Club C won 8-2 at Kingfisher H thanks mainly to trebles from Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson. Jim Brent played in his first match after a hip op and managed one win. Nils Wedi was in good form for Kingfisher G by winning all three to help towards a 6–4 win over Tidmarsh D.
In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard G, thanks to a maximum from Rob James, a double from Roy Hull and a single from Andy Stone, who beat fellow newbie Arran Reeve in a close 5-game set. Anthony Reeve’s double and a single from Marko Madzar earning SC&P their 3 points. Newcomers Kennet Valley Free Church B had a torrid start, losing their first match 0-10, Milestone C taking all the points courtesy of trebles from Carl Edlind, Ollie Bonser and John Evans. Although Gill Bennett, Derek Crombie and Meriel Low each won one set, in the process earning 3 points for Kingfisher I, Reading FC B won the match 7-3 thanks to trebles from Harry Edwards and Derek Anderson.
Sonning Common & Peppard F defeated Sonning Sports C 9-1, Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Julian James all recording maximums, Michael Byrne and Mo Cole earning Sonning Sports a point by winning the doubles. Our Lady of Peace E beat Springfield D 9-1 thanks to maximums from Jan Polnik and Chris Bunn, with Andrew Adair missing out on his treble after losing to Alan Goold. Springfield E narrowly defeated Tidmarsh E 6-4 thanks to a maximum from Paul Martin and a double from Marcello Caramma, Tidmarsh earning their points courtesy of a double from Pete Sinclair and singles from Steve Andrews and Mike Bundy.
In week 2 a Joe Bull treble and a Harry Edwards double helped Reading FC B to a 6-4 win over Sonning Common & Peppard G, Simon Blake and David Pearson picking up singles for SC&P, with Anthony Reeve supplying a double. John Harland’s treble, a double for Roger Stevens and a single for Steve Andrews earned Tidmarsh E a 6-4 win over Our Lady of Peace E, for whom Mariusz Paluszkiewicz scored a single and Jan Polnik a double. Despite a treble from Carl Edlind, Milestone C lost 6-4 to visitors Springfield E, who won thanks to a single from Julian Lancaster and doubles from both Marcello Caramma and Colin Jones, Tony Hayden earning Milestone a further point courtesy of his one win.
Singles for both Steve Knott and Julian James meant that by winning the final set, Mike Casserley both recorded his treble and helped visitors Sonning Common & Peppard F tie their match with Springfield D 5-5, Springfield earning their points thanks to a double from Chris Speight and singles from both Margaret Kellermann-Thornton and Tom Berryman. A maximum from Miguel Caballero and a double from Meriel Low helped Kingfisher I to a 6-4 win over Sonning Sports C, for whom John Scott recorded a double, with Michael Byrne and Stephen Edwards also winning one each. Tilehurst Methodists C beat Kennet Valley Free Church B 8-2, thanks to a treble from Steve Wood along with doubles from Roy Hull and Rob James, who were both beaten by Steve Christelow.
Press 01 - September 2018
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Press Reports 2017/18
Press 30 - 15th April 2018
Our Lady of Peace B won the Team Handicap competition, retaining the trophy they won as OLOP E the previous season. In yet another tight match that required a final set decider, Reading FC A just missed out for a second successive season. Reading FC got off to a flying start with Antony Alleyne inflicting a first competition defeat on Hari Laddunuri in set one. Captain Richard Witt then doubled Reading’s lead beating Pradeep Desh in three games, before Abhay Gore also unbeaten in the competition, pulled a set back with victory over Paul Brown. Set seven saw Paul put Reading 4-3 up, and in sight of the winning post, with a hard fought 21-23, 21-17, 21-18 win over Pradeep. Set eight, with Antony and Abhay, both looking to secure maximums on the night, then saw Abhay and OLOP pull the match back to 4-4. Everything had come down to whether Richard could overcome a five point deficit to Hari. Despite losing the first game Hari squared it at one game all, before getting off to a flier in the deciding game and holding on the secure the match and trophy for Our Lady of Peace.
Our Lady of Peace added the Lower Divisions knock out trophy to the Team handicap trophy they won a week earlier. The four player format for Our Lady of Peace D of Binit Bhaskar, Pradeep Desh, Abhay Gore and Pat Daniels defeated the Curzon Club C trio of Linda King, John Walker and Charlotte Binley by six sets to three. From three sets each, OLOP’s predominately attacking game became harder for Curzon to contain giving OLOP the edge and ultimately the match in set eight. Set nine matched two unbeaten pairings on the night, and it was Abhay and Pradeep who secured their maximum with an 11-9, 11-9 victory over John and Charlotte. Abhay would thereby end the season unbeaten in the finals of both team competitions.