Press Reports 2021/22
Press 06 - 24th October 2021
Ian Cole managed another good treble as Our Lady of Peace A won 8-2 at Kingfisher D in division 1, Ian beating Graham Mendick 14-12 3-11 5-11 11-9 11-8. Mo Cook and Steve Murgatroyd both managed two wins in support against a strong Kingfisher team, Mo beating Julian Telford 14-12 13-15 13-11 11-1 and Steve also getting the better of Julian 11-6 7-11 11-4 8-11 11-5. Jamie Barlow made it a personal 7 wins from 8 as his treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard B win 6-4 against Kingfisher B. Brian Meheux managed two wins, including an 11-8 5-11 11-9 11-9 success against Alan Cummings. Simon Berry picked up their other singles win in his first outing of the season.
Division 2 leaders Reading FC A narrowly defeated Kingfisher E 6-4 to retain top spot, their points courtesy of a Mike Childs treble, a Tony Alleyne double and a Jazz Dhillon single, with Kingfisher’s Clive Gold, Andrew Adair and Stephen Leggett each winning one each. Sonning Sports A lost ground after being held to a 5-5 draw by Tilehurst Methodists A, Nick Sears and Bob Woodmansee each winning once, while Paul Savage won twice, with Methodists Eric Van Looy undefeated on the night, Bill Stamatiou and Jes Eassom each contributing one win to earn the draw. Kingfisher G are still without a win after losing 8-2 to Our Lady of Peace B, Neil Dellar earning both his team’s points and the titular award of busiest player after three 5-game sets, first defeating Darek Kaminski, then losing to Alistair Richardson, before his 11-8 9-11 11-8 2-11 12-10 win over Dave Godfrey.
Tidmarsh B took the honours in their club derby against Tidmarsh C, winning 9-1, with Dale Ballard and Francois Durand both recording maximums, Richard Hudson earning the C team‘s solitary point thanks to his 11-9 11-9 6-11 11-4 win over Barry Carter. Despite a treble from Jon Abbott, Our Lady of Peace C managed to secure the win after Pat Daniels defeated Sonning Common & Peppard D’s Marko Madzar, in the final set, to end the match 6-4 in favour of OLOP. OLOP’s other, crucial points were thanks to Binit Bhaskar and Pradeep Desh, both winning two singles as well as partnering each other to a 12-10 11-9 11-7 doubles victory. The Commoners’ fourth point came courtesy of Mark Jones.
In Division 3 Kingfisher H beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 9-1 in a match which was closer than the score line suggests. The match produced some fluctuating sets which went to five with Kingfisher H coming out on top in all of them. Best of the night was Huzefe Borazan’s comeback from 2 games down to beat Jim Warren 11-6 in the fifth.
In the clash of two of the likely promotion contenders Pangbourne WMC just came out on top against Tilehurst RBL B 6-4. This match saw an excellent performance from the in-form Clive Tylor with notable wins against the previously unbeaten Tilehurst trio which included a three straight win over Kate Maximenko.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion C beat Kingfisher J 10–0 in Division 4 to make it two wins from two. Jim Brent, Geoff Johnson and Paul Treadgold were the treble hitting men with no one scoring more than six points against Geoff.
Press 05 - 17th October 2021
Reading FC A remain top of Division 2 following their 7-3 win over Kingfisher G with Tony Alleyne, Wayne Alleyne and Mike Childs all defeating Hamid Mohseni and substitute Satej Jaywant but, in turn, each losing to Kingfisher’s Neil Dellar. Although they have played one match fewer, Sonning Sports A climbed to second place after their 7-3 defeat of Kingfisher F, Nick Sears recording a treble, Paul Savage a double and Keith Machin a single while, for Kingfisher, Roger Pritchard won twice and Ajai Kamath won once. Our Lady of Peace B dropped to third after losing 3-7 away to Sonning Common & Peppard D, with Alistair Richardson, Chris West and Darek Kaminski each winning once while, for the Commoners, Mark Jones, Jon Abbott and Danny Dockree each won twice.
Despite a hard won treble from Clive Gold, Kingfisher E lost 4-6 to Tidmarsh B with Abhay Gore earning his team’s other point after defeating Mike Aistrop 11-9 11-7 10-12 8-11 11-6 in his opening set, subsequently losing to Barry Carter in 4 games, and then to Dale Ballard, 8-11 12-10 12-10 11-13 8-11. Tilehurst Methodists A recorded their second victory, winning 6-4 against Tidmarsh C, Jes Eassom with one win while team mates Phil Jones and Bill Stamatiou each won twice, which meant that Ian Wu’s fine maximum for Tidmarsh was in vain since Richard Hudson could only chip in with the one win, defeating Jes in the final set 11-9 11-7 9-11 12-10.
In Division 1 Kingfisher A beat a two man Tilehurst Royal British Legion A team 10-0, Hari Gehlot, Ross Saxby and Darren Jones again in invincible form. Our Lady of Peace A needed Ian Cole’s hat trick as they scrambled a 6-4 win at Tidmarsh A, Ian just getting the better of Anthony Baker 11-6 4-11 11-6 15-17 11-2 while OLOP’s Phil Davenport also just got the better of Anthony 5-11 11-9 11-9 6-11 11-9.
Neil Hurford’s treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard A to a 5-5 draw at Kingfisher C, Neil beating Shreeshe Gupte 8-11 8-11 11-9 11-7 12-10 with Jason Roberts picking up their other singles win. For Kingfisher Shreeshe and Adrian Cretu both managed two wins apiece.
Springfield recorded their first Division 3 win of the season with a 7-3 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard E. Skipper Jason King led the way for Springfield with a maximum but the star of the match was his playing partner Rob Wilkie with a three straight maximum. Tilehurst RBL B just edged out Kingfisher H 6-4 to maintain their winning start to the season. This match featured a good maximum by Nick Lean including beating Ruben Hernandez in a fluctuating set which went to five plus a great comeback from 10-5 down to win 12-10 in the second game of his set against Eyup Odemis.
Two of the promotion favourites met at Milestone with Pangbourne WMC coming out on top with a 7-3 win in a match where almost all of the sets went to four or five. Zoltan Kelemen had a very good maximum for Milestone but the Pangbourne team all picked up two wins.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard F had a fine 7-3 win at Our Lady of Peace F, mainly thanks to a treble from Mike Casserley. Gerry Bacon did well to win two. Kingfisher J beat Tilehurst Methodists B 6-4 with Peter Bennett winning all three For the Methodists Patrick O’Sullivan gained a double.
The Sonning Sports B team consisting of Harry Brough, Cris Reynolds and Dave Chard beat Reading FC B 6-4 with all of them winning two each.
Press 04 - 10th October 2021
Hat tricks from Jason Roberts and Neil Hurford saw Sonning Common & Peppard A 9-1 winners at Kingfisher B in Division 1, Malcolm Gregory picking up two wins including a 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-8 14-12 win over Kingfisher’s Stephen Leggett, while Neil Hurford only just got the better of Michael Stanners 11-9 7-11 11-6 11-13 12-10. A good team performance saw Tidmarsh A defeat Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Duncan Groves, Simon Barter and reserve Francois Durrand all winning twice, while Ed Lush managed a maximum for the Commoners.
Kingfisher A’s hot streak continued as they beat club mates Kingfisher D 10-0, Hari Gehlot, Martin Adams and Darren Jones all with trebles. Ian Cole’s hat trick helped Our Lady of Peace A to an 8-2 win at Kingfisher C, Ian beating Daniel McTiernan 12-10 9-11 11-9 11-8. Despite a terrific win by Neil Hurford over Dmitry Karkamov 10-12 7-11 11-6 11-13-11 Sonning Common & Peppard A’s two man team slipped to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of title chasing Kingfisher A.
Despite a fine maximum from Graham Mendick Kingfisher D lost 6-4 against club mates Kingfisher C, Adrian Cretu just getting the better of Cath Venning 11-2 8-11 11-6 7-11 11-8 and Emanuel Sandu edging out Jordan Haung 11-7 6-11 7-11 11-8 11-7. Steve Murgatroyd’s hat trick proved the difference as Our Lady of Peace A beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Denise Weller beating Phil Davenport for the Commoners 6-11 8-11 11-8 11-5 11-9. Alan Cumming got a treble as Kingfisher B won 8-2 at Tilehurst RBL A, Michael Stanners managing a 12-10 18-20 4-11 11-4 11-4 comeback win over Pete Bradley.
Despite being held to a 5-5 draw away to Tidmarsh B, Our Lady of Peace B still topped the Division 2 table. Everyone won and everyone lost, with Ray Webb and Mike Aistrop scoring two apiece for Tidmarsh, Francois Durand aiding their cause with a single, losing in 5 games to Darek Kaminski, with Louise Forster also winning once and Alistair Richardson twice, for OLOP. A treble from Eric van Looy helped Tilehurst Methodists A secure their first win of the season, defeating Kingfisher G 7-3, Bill Stamatiou recording two wins and Masoud Ghabachi one win, although Kingfisher’s substitutes both won, Satej Jaywant winning twice and Huzeyfe Borazan once.
Kingfisher F won 8-2 against club mates Kingfisher E, Roger Pritchard and Ajai Kamath both scoring maximums, abetted by a single from Eapen John, who lost to Abhay Gore and Clive Gold but then defeated Andrew Adair 11-9 9-11 12-10 6-11 12-10, in his final set. In another clash between Our Lady of Peace and Tidmarsh, this time between the C teams, OLOP emerged as 7-3 winners, thanks to a treble from Binit Bhaskar, a double from Pradeep Desh and a single from Kaan Kitay, Ian Wu’s brace and David Sheppard’s single earning the Tidmarsh team 3 points, Richard Hudson with nothing to show for his efforts, his closest contest being a 12-10 4-11 6-11 12-10 9-11 loss to Pradeep.
Reading FC A continued their winning streak with a 6-4 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard D, Mark Jones winning twice for the Commoners, with teammates Danny Dockree and Angus Jones each winning once, while Mike Childs recorded another treble and Wayne Alleyne a double, for the Royals, Mike & Wayne also partnering up to win their third doubles. In a top of the table clash, Reading FC A won 6-4 against Our Lady of Peace B, Mike Childs again the star with another treble, abetted by singles from Tony Alleyne and Wayne Alleyne, Tony defeating Dave Godfrey 17-15 4-11 11-7 8-11 11-7, in the final set to seal the win.
Our Lady of Peace C also lost for the first time, beaten 2-8 by Sonning Sports A, who are the only other undefeated team in this Division. Paul Savage and Nick Sears both recorded trebles, Bob Woodmansee recording one win, in his first match, by defeating Arun Rajagopal but losing 8-11 10-12 10-12 to Binit Bhaskar and 10-12 9-11 4-11 to Kaan Kitay. After defeating Tidmarsh C 7-3, Kingfisher F climbed to 4th place, Ajai Kamath and Roger Pritchard winning all their matches, as well as partnering up to win the Doubles, with team mate John Liddle losing out to Ian Wu, Richard Hudson and David Sheppard, David winning 11-6 11-9 12-10.
In the other Kingfisher v Tidmarsh clash, the points were evenly shared, with Kingfisher G’s Neil Dellar recording two wins, including the crucial 10th set win, aided by a brace from substitute Satej Jaywant and a single from Mick Mitcham while, for Tidmarsh B, Barry Carter returned home undefeated, after overcoming Neil 10-12 11-8 9-11 13-11 11-6, with doubles partner Francois Durand also recording one singles win. Without their star player, Tilehurst Methodists A lost 1-9 away to Kingfisher E, Stephen Leggett and Clive Gold both recording trebles, whilst Abhay Gore ended the evening with two wins, after losing to Phil Jones earlier in the match. However, this match was much closer than the scoreline would indicate, with Clive beating Jes Eassom 11-5 13-11 8-11 12-10, Masoud Ghabachi losing in 5 games to Abhay and Phil leading 2-0 against Stephen, before Stephen’s successful fightback.
Our Lady of Peace D edged out a two man Pangbourne team 6-4 in Division 3 despite Pangbourne’s Clive Taylor getting a good maximum which featured a 15-13 win in the fifth over Graham Stark. Leroy Wilson was unfortunate to lose three very close sets. Tilehurst RBL B played their first match of the season and eased to a 9-1 win over Our Lady of Peace E with Kate Masimento and John Willcocks getting maximums. Parvin Baishkyar was OLOP’s best player and deservedly picked up their one set.
Milestone A continued their good start to the season with and 8-2 win over Springfield. Zoltan Kelermen and Sachin Mundra both had fairly comprehensive maximums for Milestone and the best set of the night was the doubles which Milestone just edged 11-8 in the fifth. Kingfisher H just pipped the youngsters of Kingfisher I 6-4 in their inter club derby. This was a very hard fought match with nine of the ten sets going to four or five. Ruben Hernadez got a very good maximum for the H team including recovering from losing the first two games to beat Ethan Zeng 11-7 in the fifth.
Tilehurst RBL B continued their good start to the season with a 10-0 win at Springfield. The best set of the night was Kate Maximento’s win over Jason King which Jason almost won in four before Kate went away in the last game. Tidmarsh D played their first match of the season and drew with a two man Our Lady of Peace D. Graham Stark got a hard fought maximum for OLOP including a marathon set against Theresa Watson which he won 19-17 in the fifth. Sonning Common & Peppard E also played their first match of the season and drew against Our Lady of Peace E. Parvin Baishkiyar got a maximum for the OLOP side including a 11-8 win in the fifth against Derek Brooke Wavell.
Promotion contenders Milestone A had a hard fought match against Kingfisher H which they won 6-4. Zoltan Kelemen continued his fine start to the season with another maximum, Kingfisher’s Satej Jaywant had a good win over Sachin Mundra coming back from 2-1 down to win 11-5 in the fifth. Pangbourne WMC had a very good 8-2 win over Kingfisher I with Clive Taylor getting a maximum and skipper Leroy Wilson picking up two good wins.
In Division 4 Milestone B playing in their first match of the season went down 6-4 to Reading FC B. John Evans hit a fine double with Tony Hayden and Colin Phillips winning one each for Milestone while for Reading FC Joe Bull obtained a fine three straight treble by beating Tony 11-2 11-4 13-11 and Colin 11-9 11-3 11-6 and then John 14-12 12-10 11-5, While Harry Edwards won twice with close victories against Tony Hayden 12-10 in the fifth and Colin Phillips 13-11 also in the fifth.
Tilehurst Methodists B made it three out of three by beating Milestone B 7–3 with Martin Wetherell and Andy Stone both hitting hat tricks. For Andy it was his first ever. Kingfisher J won 6-4 at Reading FC B with Peter Bennett and Miguel Caballero both obtaining doubles, while Sonning Common & Peppard F had a nice 7-3 victory over Sonning Sports C, Gerry Bacon doing most of the damage by winning all three in straight games.
Press 03 - 27th September 2021
A big match in division 1, even at this early stage, saw Kingfisher A win 6-4 at reigning champions Our Lady of Peace A. Sam Ricks and Ian Cole had put OLOP 2-0 up, however a crucial 12-10 9-11 11-4 9-11 11-9 win for Hari Gehlot over Sam put Kingfisher 3-2 ahead. OLOP stayed in the match by winning the doubles set but Darren Jones ensured Kingfisher came away with the win on the night by beating Steve Murgatroyd 15-13 11-4 7-11 11-9. A fine treble from young Jamie Barlow and two apiece from Nigel Maltby and Brian Meheux saw Sonning Common & Peppard B win 8-2 at Tilehurst RBL A, Jamie just holding off a stiff challenge from British Legion’s Kate Maksimenko 11-8 11-8 6-11 11-9 with some sparkling play from both players.
Kingfisher C followed up their opening 6-4 win at home to Tidmarsh A with a hard fought 8-2 win at Sonning Common & Peppard C, Daniel McTiernan and Shreesh Gupte with maximums with Shreesh winning a key opening set against Matt Stone 11-7 8-11 11-8 5-11 11-3. Julian Telford got a maximum as Kingfisher D opened their account with a 6-4 victory against Kingfisher B, Graham Mendick getting a good double in support alongside a single from Jordan Huang.
In Division 2, Kingfisher E and Our Lady of Peace C shared the points, Stephen Leggett winning twice with Clive Gold and Andrew Adair each contributing a single, for Kingfisher whilst for OLOP, Arun Rajagopal won once while Pradeep Desh and Binit Bhaskar each won twice, Pradeep defeating Clive 12-10 9-11 11-9 11-6, in the final set, to earn a 5-5 draw. Satej Jaywant, who was playing up from Division 3, defeated Eapen John, Roger Pritchard and Ajai Kamath to win all Kingfisher G’s points in the 3-7 loss to Kingfisher F, Ajai only losing narrowly to Satej11-6 9-11 9-11 9-11.
Our Lady of Peace B defeated Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4, thanks to two wins apiece for Dave Godfrey and Louise Forster, Alistair Richardson earning his single with a 9-11 11-9 8-11 11-8 15-13 victory over Phil Jones who, subsequently, beat Dave for his single, Jes Eassom’s brace and Bill Stamatiou’s single netting Methodists’ other points. Mike Childs recorded a treble for Reading FC A, which along with a double from Wayne Alleyne and a single from Jazz Dhillon, helped them to defeat Tidmarsh B 7-3, for whom Barry Carter won twice and Mike Aistrop won once, in defeating Jazz 6-11 12-10 8-11 12-10 11-9.
Following the match with Sonning Common & Peppard D, Sonning Sports A’s Nick Sears is still undefeated, although the Commoners’ cause was not helped when they could only field two players. They eventually lost 3-7, with Danny Dockree beating Paul Savage over 5 games and narrowly defeating Keith Machin 12-10 12-10 11-9, Keith also losing to Mark Jones 6-11 10-12 13-11 11-13.
In Division 3 the young Kingfisher I team beat Springfield 7-3 with another maximum for
Theo Kniep. This match featured a lot of very close sets and all of Springfield's Jason King's went to fifth game deciders with the highlight being his 15-13 win in the fifth against Sahil Tekurkar. Kingfisher H and Our Lady of Peace D had a very close match which the OLOP team won 6-4. This match featured a good win for Kingfisher's Eyup Odemis over Mark
Milestone A, one of the promotion favourites, won their first match of the season 9-1 against OUR Lady of Peace E. This match featured a three straight maximum for Sachin Mundra and a good win in five for Oliver Bonsar over Karan Baishkiyar where he recovered from being 1-2 down.
Tilehurst Methodists B beat Our Lady of Peace F 6–4 in division 4 with Martin Wetherell maintaining his 100% average with another treble. Arek Ziolkowski won his first ever sets by gaining a double while Andy Stone in his first match of the season hit a single. For OLOP Alona Slobodskoy won twice. Tilehurst Royal British Legion C romped to a 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F with Jim Brent, Geoff Johnson and Linda King all hitting trebles. For Jim they were all three straight.
Harry Brough and Cris Reynolds both got maximums as Sonning Sports B gained an impressive 9-1 victory over Kingfisher J, Brett Hastings also winning twice for the Sports team.
Press 02 - 20th September 2021
In Division 1, Kingfisher A were in ominous form as trebles from Ross Saxby, Darren Jones and Hari Gehlot saw them win their opening fixture against Sonning Common & Peppard C 10-0. Our Lady of Peace A started the defence of their title with an 8-2 win at Kingfisher B, Sam Ricks and Mo Cook, both achieving trebles.
Sonning Common & Peppard B won 6-4 against a two man Sonning Common & Peppard A side. For the B team Jamie Barlow beat Malcolm Gregory on his club debut, coming from 2 games down to win 7-11 8-11 11-9 11-6 11-7 having earlier just lost out in a thrilling battle against Jason Roberts 11-8 11-9 9-11 10-12 8-11.
In Division 2 Barry Carter’s treble could not prevent a Tidmarsh B loss 4-6 to Sonning Common & Peppard D. Danny Dockree and Jon Abbott both with doubles and Angus Jones chipped in Sonning Common. Wayne Alleyne, with a great treble, including a win over Eric van Looy and a double from Mike Childs helped, Reading FCA defeat Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3.
Win of the week goes to Our Lady of Peace B, who dispatched Kingfisher F 10-0, with maximums for Alistair Richardson, Chris West and Dave Godfrey. The same two Clubs clashed again, Pradeep Desh’s treble, along with singles from Arun Rajagopal and Kaan Kitay, helping OLOP C to a narrow 6-4 win over Kingfisher G, with Mick Mitcham’s brace and a single from both Steve Woolnough and Advay Chopra, earning Kingfisher their points.
Sonning Sports A won 9-1 at home to Tidmarsh C, Nick Sears and Paul Savage both undefeated on the night, Ian Wu earning his team’s only point after he defeated Keith Machin in the penultimate set.
Postponements in Division 3 meant only 2 matches played. The highlight was Kingfisher I, with a team of 10 to 12 year olds all playing their first ever league matches, getting a 10-0 win over OLOP E. In doing so they only dropped two games with Theo Kniep and Ethan Zeng both getting three straight maximums. In the other match played OLOP D beat Springfield 9-1 with maximums for Mark Carless and Simon Brookes.
In Division 4 only 3 matches were played. Sonning Sports C won 10-0 against 2 players. So Mike Gautrey back after 3 years, won both matches and doubles along with Stephen Reader and John Scott. OLOP F beat Reading FC B 8-2 with Alona Slobodskoy scoring a treble and Jan Polnik a double. The final match saw Tilehurst Methodists B see off Sonning Common and Peppard F 6-4. Martin Wetherall with a treble and Patrick O’Sullivan with a double seeing Tilehurst home.
Press 01 - 10th September 2021 - Season Preview
Kingfisher A and reigning champions Our Lady of Peace A will start out as favourites in Division 1 as the Reading Table Tennis League gets back underway after an 18 month break. Kingfisher look to have a good strong squad with Hari Gehlot, Dmitry Karkhamov, Mark Banks, Ross Saxby and Darren Jones all registered, while Ian Cole will lead the OLOP challenge in their bid to retain their title. Further down Sonning Common & Peppard A and Kingfisher B will be vying for 3rd and 4th and Sonning Common & Peppard C could do well with new recruit Ed Lush in their team, while all the rest might be happy to avoid the bottom 2 places with only 10 teams in the division this time around. Tilehurst RBL A are the ex Curzon Club A team and new recruit Keith Winter teaming up with Jon Willis will make them difficult to beat. Kingfisher D are the ex Kennet Valley A team, led by Julian Telford.
In division 2 Sonning Sports A came 3rd last time around and will likely be battling once again at the top end of the division, Paul Savage and Nick Sears their leading lights Tilehurst Methodists A will be strong with Eric Van Looy in their team and Michael Childs may spearhead a challenge from Reading FC A following their promotion from division 3. Both Our Lady of Peace teams could also figure as might any of the 3 Kingfisher sides and also Tidmarsh B.
Tilehurst Royal British Legion B look like favourites in division 3 with a formidable looking squad of John Willcocks, Nick Lean, Linda King and Kate Maksimenko. However this is a strong looking division and they can expect stiff competition from the likes of relegated Pangbourne WMC, Our Lady of Peace D, Milestone A and possibly Springfield. Leroy Wilson is always a good player at this level for Pangbourne as will be John Simmonds. OLOP D finished bottom of division 2 last time but with a rejigged squad they may challenge, while both Milestone A and Springfield have different squads from last time but can also expect to figure highly.
Reading FC B, Sonning Sports B and Tilehurst RBL C are the stand out sides in division 4, although Kingfisher J and Sonning Common & Peppard F may also challenge. Reading FC were 3rd last time around and only just missed out on promotion. Sonning Sports B were relegated last time but have added experienced Harry Brough to their squad, while Tilehurst RBL C were also relegated, but with Paul Treadgold in their side they should do well.
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Press 23 - 15th March 2020
Sonning Common & Peppard C couldn’t prevent Our Lady of Peace Premiers charge for the division 1 title as Sam Ricks, Ian Cole and Steve Murgatroyd all got trebles in a 10-0 win for the OLOP team. Kingfisher A are now 8 points behind the leaders despite winning 8-2 in their derby match against Kingfisher C, Phil Mead beating Tony Stead 11-5 11-9 14-12 as well as teaming up with Alan Cummings to win the doubles for the C team. Jason Roberts and Neil Hurford both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat club mates Sonning Common & Peppard B 9-1, Jeremy Willis getting a win over Joe Barraclough for the B team.
Bottom side Tidmarsh B kept their chances of avoiding the drop alive after a creditable 5-5 draw against Kingfisher B, Mike Aistrop’s double for Tidmarsh included a 15-13 12-10 12-10 success over Richard Rosinski while Barry Carter and Duncan Groves both managed singles. Springfield A were 6-4 winners at Kennet Valley A, despite a good treble from Kennet’s Graham Mendick. Adam Sheen stepped up to the mark to seal the win by beating Catherine Venning 6-11 12-10 14-12 15-13. Curzon Club A nudged a little close towards safety despite losing 7-3 to Tidmarsh A, Lee Calcutt holding off Jon Willis 9-11 11-4 12-14 11-6 12-10 for Tidmarsh while Nick Lean managed a 7-11 11-7 6-11 13-11 12-10 win over Ray Webb for Curzon.
In division 2 the promotion race continues to get tighter and tighter. Our Lady of Peace B pushed their A team club mates hard before the A team eventually won 7-3. For the B team Pradeep Desh managed an 11-8 6-11 11-1 9-11 11-7 win over Benedict Carless and Binit Bhaskar beat Chris West 15-13 12-10 11-13 13-11. Tilehurst Methodists A were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher D, Keith Winter’s treble supported through singles from Nigel Rowland and Phil Jones, while Sonning Sports A continued their pursuit of a top two finish after winning 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace C, Paul Savage and Nick Sears with trebles, Paul just getting the better of Dave Godfrey 11-6 9-11 17-15 9-11 11-4.
Alan Mollett managed an impressive maximum as Sonning Common & Peppard D defeated Milestone A 6-4, Alan and team mate Johnathan Abbott also teaming up to win the doubles set 22-20 7-11 11-7 12-10. Pangbourne WMC kept their hopes of avoiding the drop alive after a 5-5 draw at Kingfisher E, Clive Taylor winning twice, while Springfield B were 7-3 winners against Our Lady of Peace D in a close tussle that see’s the OLOP teams relegation confirmed.
In division 3 Our Lady of Peace E beat second place Tidmarsh C 6–4 mainly due to the third division champion Mo Cook who hit a stunning treble by beating Simon Craig 11-6 11-5 11-9, Richard Hudson 11-5 11-4 11-2 and Spencer Harvey 11-2 11-3 11-6. Louise Forster also did well to win two. Tilehurst Methodists B beat Curzon Club C 6–4 with four players all winning two namely Mike Williams, Jes Eassom and Patrick O’Sullivan for the Methodists and Paul Treadgold for Curzon. Eric Holmes was in good form by winning all three to help Kingfisher F beat Springfield C 8–2.
Milestone B came back to winning ways by winning 10-0 at Sonning Sports B, John Crosfield, Chris Collins and Oliver Bonser were the hat trick men, while Curzon Club B drew a long match with Kingfisher G 5-5. Kate Maksimenko and Linda King both gained doubles for Curzon as did Nils Wedi and Andrew Adair for Kingfisher, Linda gaining probably her best ever win when she beat Nils. Reading FC A beat a two player Tidmarsh D team 9–1 with Anthony and Wayne Alleyne unbeaten. For Tidmarsh Theresa Watson won their set.
In Division 4 Reading FC B maintained their bid for the top spot with an 8-2 defeat of Kingfisher H, Freedom Agindotan and Derek Anderson undefeated on the night, with teammate Harry Edwards beating Gill Bennett but losing to Ania Pytka 9-11 12-10 8-11 10-12 and Haris Munir. Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up the pressure at the top by winning 10-0 at Springfield D, with Anthony Reeve, Ian Davenport and Jim Warren winning every game bar one, in a very one-sided match, Paul Martin, Tom Berryman and Colin Jones finding the competition too tough on the day.
Kennet Valley Free Church B recorded a 9-1 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard F, Derek Wavell avoiding the whitewash by winning the final set against Steve Christelow, leaving Toby Barter and Roshan Patel as the only two undefeated players, the Commoners’ Alistair Scott and Derek Maltby leaving empty-handed. Tidmarsh E gained valuable points when Our Lady of Peace F could only field two players, but still lost 4-6 with Pete Sinclair defeating Alona Slobodskoy 11-8 14-12 11-9 to earn Tidmarsh’s fourth point, Jan Polnik recording a further maximum in beating Steve Andrews, Mike Bundy and Pete. Milestone C won 7-3 at Sonning Sports C with both teams gaining valuable points in their fight to avoid bottom place, Milestone’s Carl Edlind and John Evans both recording trebles while Colin Phillips ended the evening with no points, after losing to John Scott 9-11 5-11 10-12, Michael Byrne 9-11 12-10 8-11 11-9 14-16 and Mo Cole in another 5 game set.
Press 22 - 8th March 2020
Our Lady of Peace Premier kept up their title challenge after winning 8-2 against Kennet Valley A, Graham Mendick and Julian Telford managing wins over Steve Murgatroyd for Kennet Valley. Kingfisher A were back to full strength as they beat a two person Sonning Common & Peppard C team 10-0, while third placed Sonning Common & Peppard B were 9-1 winners at Kingfisher B thanks to trebles from Andy Wang and reserve Simon Berry, Nigel Maltby winning twice.
Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough got trebles as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Curzon Club A 8-2, Pete Bradley just getting the better of Sonning’s Malcolm Gregory 7-11 12-10 8-11 11-4 12-10. Phil Mead’s maximum, including a 4-11 11-6 12-10 11-1 win over Anthony Baker, helped Kingfisher C to a 7-3 win at Tidmarsh A, while Springfield A were 7-3 winners against Tidmarsh B, Graham Diplock leading the way with a treble.
In division 2 Tilehurst Methodists A took a significant step towards promotion after beating 4th placed Sonning Common & Peppard D 9-1, Eric Van Looy and Keith Winter with treble while Angus Jones managed a win over Nigel Rowland for the Commoners. Our Lady of Peace A grabbed back 2nd place after a fine 10-0 win at Milestone A, Darek Kaminski, Benedict Carless and Chris West all on top form with trebles. Sonning Sports A kept up their promotion challenge after beating Kingfisher E 8-2, Paul Savage starring with a maximum while Kingfisher’s Roger Pritchard managed two wins for his side.
Our Lady of Peace B and Our Lady of Peace C drew 5-5, Pat Daniels and Pradeep Desh with two apiece for the B team while Igo Scremec and Dave Godfrey did the same for the C team. Abhay Gore was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet after losing 12-10 9-11 11-9 10-12 10-12 to Igor. Kingfisher D were 6-4 winners at Our Lady of Peace D thanks to trebles from Luca Bianchi and Clive Gold, while in a big relegation tussle Springfield B and Pangbourne WMC drew 5-5 after Leroy Wilson played his best of the season so far to win twice for Pangbourne after Steve Leggett and Peter Gurney had both manged fine wins over John Simmonds.
By beating Tidmarsh C 6-4, Reading FC A have clinched promotion and almost certainly as champions. Mike Childs hit a three straight treble and Wayne Alleyne obtained a double for the unbeaten division 3 leaders. Our Lady of Peace E had a fine 6-4 win at fading Milestone B, Mo Cook was in great form for OLOP by gaining a three straight treble. Ruben Hernandez was in top form for Kingfisher F by winning all three against Curzon Club C, a result that nudged the Curzon team a step nearer relegation.
Springfield C beat Sonning Sports B 7-3 and as a result have almost clinched survival and a place in next seasons division 3, Jason King was the star by winning all three. Kate Maksimenko and Nick Lean starred with trebles for Curzon Club B in their 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D, while Kingfisher G and Tilehurst Methodists B fought out a 5-5 draw. For the birds Nils Wedi won all three.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard E suffered a surprise narrow 6-4 defeat at home to Kennet Valley Free Church B, for whom Roshan Patel scored a treble, Steve Christelow a double and Lewis Oke a single, with the Commoners’ Anthony Reeve winning twice and Jim Warren once, David Pearson managing to take a game off Steve. Sonning Common & Peppard F needed Derek Wavell’s maximum, Alistair Scott’s single and the doubles, to draw their match with Sonning Sports C 5-5, John Scott winning the final set to record a double, Stephen Reader also recording a double and Mo Cole a single.
Milestone C’s 6-4 win over Tidmarsh E opened a slight gap at the bottom of the table, Milestone’s points courtesy of a treble from John Evans, a double from Tony Hayden and a single from Colin Phillips, while Tidmarsh’s points were thanks to two wins for Roger Stevens, one win for Mike Bundy and the doubles, when John Harland partnered Mike to victory. Sonning Common & Peppard G consolidated their lead at the top of the table with an 8-2 defeat of Our Lady of Peace F, OLOP only managing to field two players, namely Qing Wu and Jan Polnik, who each beat Mark Berry but, in turn, lost to both Simon Berry and Melvyn Lovegrove. Kingfisher H could also only field two players, but since Anita Pytka and Azaan Ali were both undefeated on the night they ended up beating Springfield D 7-3, Chris Taylor, Tom Berryman and Emily Goodall earning three points as forfeit.
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Liam McTeirnan, Sam Ricks and Ian Cole got the wins as Our Lady of Peace Premier were convincing 9-1 winners against a two man Kingfisher A side in the battle between the top two teams in division 1. Sam Ricks gained the best win of the night as he beat Hari Gehlot 11-7 5-11 16-14 7-11 11-8. Two wins apiece from Malcolm Gregory and Jason Roberts saw a two man Sonning Common & Peppard A side manage a 5-5 draw with Kingfisher C, while a nail biting 5-11 11-3 5-11 11-7 14-12 win by Jon Willis against Lily Cherry gave Curzon Club A an unexpected 5-5 draw against Kingfisher B.
A Graham Mendick treble and a thrilling final set victory by Jingshun Huang saw Kennet Valley A win 6-4 at Tidmarsh B, Jingshun winning 11-5 2-11 11-8 9-11 13-11 against Barry Carter. Duncan Groves won twice for Tidmarsh, beating Jingshun 13-15 11-3 8-11 11-8 12-10 and Cath Venning 11-8 12-10 20-18. Matt Stone and Matt Isherwood both won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 6-4 against Tidmarsh A, Lee Calcutt with a maximum for Tidmarsh. Sonning Common & Peppard B remain 3rd after beating Springfield A 8-2 in a well fought match, Andy Wang’s treble including an 11-8 11-8 9-11 11-3 win over Graham Diplock, while Nigel Maltby managed a thrilling 6-11 11-9 5-11 11-9 14-12 win against Phil Burke.
In the big battle at the top of division 2 Tilehurst Methodists A managed a 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace A, despite the OLOP team going 2-0 ahead thanks to a fine win from Benedict Carless over Eric Van Looy 6-11 12-10 5-11 11-9 11-9. Tilehurst hit back through a Keith Winter treble while Keith and Eric teamed up to win the key doubles set 11-9 8-11 11-9 6-11 12-10. This result saw Sonning Sports A gain further ground in the promotion race after Nick Sears 3-straight treble helped them to a 7-3 win at Springfield B, Paul Savahe also getting a maximum.
A Thomas Lewis treble saw Our Lady of Peace B win 6-4 at Kingfisher E, Thomas beating Roger Pritchard in the opening set 11-6 8-11 13-11 11-3. Our Lady of Peace C were also 6-4 winners as they came out on top against Milestone A, Igor Scremec with a maximum that included an 11-6 11-8 8-11 7-11 11-5 win against Milestone’s Zoltan Keleman, Zoltan having earlier beaten Alistair Richardson by the narrowest of margins 6-11 7-11 11-9 11-3 14-12. In a battle at the bottom Pangbourne WMC and Our Lady of Peace D drew 5-5, Clive Taylor and John Simmonds winning twice for Pangbourne while Graham Stark starred with a maximum for OLOP.
Division 3 leaders Reading FC A beat a two man Milestone B team 9–1 with Michael Childs and Anthony Alleyne unbeaten on the night. In a very long match Kingfisher G beat Curzon Club C 6–4 despite a great maximum from Geoff Johnson. For the birds Andrew Adair and Ken Robb both won two each. Curzon Club B lost at home to second placed Tidmarsh C 7-3 despite Kate Maksimenko winning all three for Curzon.
Without Mo Cook Our Lady of Peace E went down 3–7 to Springfield C for whom Jason King and Oliver Delas both obtained trebles. Dave Edwards and Theresa Watson were in good form with both gaining maximums to help Tidmarsh D win 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists B, while Sonning Sports B lost 0–10 to Kingfisher F with Alan Yeung, Muharrem Aydin and Ruben Hernandez all winning three apiece.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard G opened up a 12 point gap at the top thanks to playing two matches, winning both. First up was Milestone C who they defeated 8-2, Melvyn Lovegrove and Simon Berry recording maximums while Marko Madzar beat Tony Hayden 12-10 12-10 11-4, in between losing to John Evans and Carl Edlind. Two days later they beat Springfield D 1-9, Simon and Melvyn reprising their feats, while Mark Berry won twice, losing to Tom Berryman but then going on to defeat both Colin Jones and Emily Goodall. Sonning Common & Peppard E retain second place with a 6-4 win at Kingfisher H, Anthony Reeve recording a treble, Jim Warren a double and Anthony & Jim winning a crucial doubles set, while for Kingfisher, Azaan Ali won twice, with Roger Prew and Anita Pytka each winning once, everyone defeating the Commoners’ David Pearson.
Tidmarsh E gained vital points despite their 3-7 defeat by Sonning Common & Peppard F, not going down without a fight in a match which needed 42 games to complete, Mike Bundy, Roger Stevens and Steve Andrews each getting the better of Alistair Scott, while compatriots Julian James and Mike Casserley both scored maximums. Sonning Sports C suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Kennet Valley Free Church B, Sonning Sports earning their points thanks to a double from John Scott, teammates Michael Byrne and Jude O’Halloran ending with nothing to show for their efforts, Lewis Oke recording his first maximum for Kennet Valley with teammates Steve Christelow and Jamie Li-Telford both winning twice.
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In division 3 Paul Treadgold hit a superb maximum for Curzon Club C but could not prevent second in the table Tidmarsh C winning 6-4, however the 4 points earned by Curzon keeps them within touching distance of third from bottom Springfield C, however the Springfield side managed an 8-2 win against bottom of the table Sonning Sports B, Jason King and Oliver Delas both gaining trebles.
Leaders Reading FC A carried on as usual by beating Our Lady of Peace E 8–2. Michael Childs won all three but was made to work hard against Mo Cook before beating him 12-10 12-10 12-14 11-9.
Anthony Baker and Lee Calcutt both hit maximums as Tidmarsh A won their inter club derby with Tidmarsh B in division 1 8-2, both Tony and Lee managed hard fought wins over Duncan Groves while Lee also just held off the stiff challenged posed by Francois Durand 11-8 9-11 11-9 11-9.
In division 2 Springfield B moved themselves out of the drop zone by beating Our Lady of Peace C 7-3 in a re-arranged match. Rob Wilkie and Stephen Leggett both got maximum, Stephen just seeing off Alistair Richardson in his final match of the night 8-11 9-11 11-7 11-3 13-11. For OLOP Igor Sremac managed an exciting 4-11 3-11 11-9 11-5 16-14 victory against Peter Gurney.
In Division 4 Reading FC B won their postponed match against Tidmarsh E 10-0, Freedom Agindotan, Derek Anderson and Joe Bull proving too strong for Steve Andrews, John Harland and Roger Stevens, this result ensuring that Tidmarsh remain rooted to the bottom of the table while Reading FC maintained their title aspirations.
This season’s Team Handicap final will be between Sonning Sports B and Our Lady of Peace D, another maximum from Keith Machin and a fine unbeaten double from Brett Hastings getting Sports past Kingfisher G. OLOP were comfortable winners over Reading FC B with Simon Brookes, Derek Kaminski and Morgan Sykes all unbeaten on the night.
The all Tidmarsh semi-final in the Lower Division knock-out competition saw the ‘C’ side overcome the ‘D’ team 6-3, Ian Wu and Richard Hudson with the all important maximum for the victors. A creditable double from Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards was not enough for the ‘D’ team. Tidmarsh C await either Kingfisher F or Springfield C in the final.