Press Reports 2022/23


Press 01 - 18th September 2022

With several teams making their start to their Division 1 campaign next week, last year's runners up Our Lady of Peace A got off to winning ways with an 8-2 victory, although Tidmarsh's Duncan Groves showed promising early-season form with victories over Steve Murgatroyd and the closest match of the week, possibly the entire season, vs Ian Cole 11-8 9-11 12-10 9-11 13-11.

Elsewhere, former England Top 50 player Michael Childs won his three for Reading FC but could not save his team from a 3-7 defeat against Kingfisher B with Phil Mead, Martin Pugh and Theo Kniep picking up two each. New signing for Sonning Sports A Dave Croucher made Kingfisher D work hard for their narrow 6-4 victory by picking up man of the match including victories over Cath Venning, Julian Telford and Graham Mendick. A strong Sonning Common & Peppard A line-up of Jamie Barlow, Gary Morgan and Joe Barraclough won their opening match 7-3 at Kingfisher C despite Prayrit Ahluwalia fighting hard to win 2 singles and winningthe doubles.

The first four matches of the season in Division 2 all turned out to be very close contests.

Tilehurst Methodists A just edged out Kingfisher E with Eric Van Looy getting a maximum for Tilehurst. The Kingfisher players all picked up at least one set with Stephen Leggett recording two good wins. Kingfisher F beat Our Lady of Peace C 6-4 in a match that featured a number of very close sets, Roger Pritchard and Hamid Mohseni both recorded two wins for Kingfisher. The highlight set was Sanket Dave beating Roger Pritchard 11-8 in the fifth.

Our Lady of Peace B and Tidmarsh B drew 5-5 with Dale Ballard getting a good maximum for Tidmarsh including beating Darek Kaminski 14-12 in the fifth. Darek also lost 14-12 in the fifth to Mike Alstrop. Tilehurst RBL B had a hard fought 6-4 win over Sonning Common & Peppard D. Danny Dockree recorded a very good maximum for SC&P with Tilehurst players Kate Maksimenko, Pete Bradley and John Willcocks all winning twice. The highlight set was John Willcocks just beating Mark Jones 12-10 in the fifth.


The first match of the season in Division 3 was at Tidmarsh Village Hall with the division’s new team Tidmarsh C, relegated from division 2 last season, and last year’s mid-table team Our Lady of Peace D. Even though losing doubles, Ian Wu’s three wins helped the Tidmarsh team to secure a 6-4 win. Last year’s 3rd placed team Pangbourne WMC started with a solid 9-1 win against the division’s new team Our Lady of Peace F. Clive Taylor’s and John Simmond’s impressive three straight maximum led their team to a great start to the season. Alona’s one win rescued the OLOP team from a whitewash.

Kingfisher H visited Our Lady of Peace E and managed to secure 5-5 draw despite Parvin Baishkiyar’s three wins. Highlight of the match was Muharrem Aydin’s solid performance even though failing against Parvin Baishkiyar in a 5 set thriller. In the last match of the week Springfield A won 8-2 at Sonning Sports B. Captain Jason King and Rob Wilkie’s 3 wins contributed to the great win. After the first matches Pangbourne WMC and Springfield A indicated that they are strong contenders for the title with their impressive victories.


In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C wen to Sonning Common & Peppard E and came away with an 8-2 win thanks to a fine Lewis Oke maximum. Giving him good support were Steve Christelow and Arek Zolkowski who both gained doubles. Next day Sonning Common & Peppard F were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher I. For the Commoners Gerry Bacon was the man in form by winning all three

New comers Springfield B started with an impressive 9-1win at Sonning Sports C, Rob Atack and Marcella Caramma were the hat trick men.


Press Reports 2021/22

Press 26 - 26th April 2022

Kingfisher A finished the season as division 1 champions, with Our Lady of Peace A runners-up and Sonning Common & Peppard A holding off Kingfisher D for 3rd place. At the bottom Sonning Common & Peppard B lost 9-1 at a strong Kingfisher C to end their season second from bottom with the Sonning Common & Peppard C team staying out of the drop zone following their 6-4 win at already relegated Tilehurst RBL A

In Division 2 Sonning Sports A and Reading FC A are both promoted with the Sonning Sports team pipping Reading FC to the title. At the bottom Kingfisher G and Tidmarsh C finished in the bottom two. Sonning Common & Peppard D were 7-3 winners over Tidmarsh C to grab 3rd place, in what proved to be a titanic contest, with 44 games played throughout the evening. Mark Jones was the Commoners busiest player, losing the 5th game 15-17 to Ian Wu, before defeating David Sheppard over 5 games, then partnering Jon Abbott to a Doubles win, before losing the 5th game 10-12 to Richard Hudson, although team mate Jon only played one fewer game, defeating David over 4 games then taking the 5th game against Richard 11-7, followed by the Doubles, before losing the 5th game 7-11 to Ian. Victory was guaranteed before Danny Dockree beat David to complete his treble and continue his undefeated streak to six matches.

The Kingfisher I team stormed to the division 3 title after taking just a few early weeks of the season to find their feet. Tilehurst RBL B held off Pangbourne A for the runners-up spot. At the bottom Our Lady of Peace E and Sonning Common & Peppard E were rarely out of the bottom two and both are relegated.

Sonning Sports B finished top of division 4 with Our Lady of Peace F also clinching promotion after they finished 3 points ahead of Tilehurst Methodists B.



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.




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.

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