Press Reports 2016/17
Press 29 - 23rd April 2017
In Division 1 Kingfisher A finish as champions after clinching a decisive win over runners-up Our Lady of Peace A. Martin Gunn and Martin Adams both got trebles as Kingfisher won their final match against club mates Kingfisher C 6-4. Kingfisher B finished third. Our Lady of Peace B won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Yonatan Slobodskoy starring with a treble while Gary Morgan had a good 6-11 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-9 win over Harry Munro for Sonning. The OLOP team finish in a creditable 4th place after Yonatan Slobodskoy and Harry Munro trebles saw them defeat Kingfisher D 9-1 in their final match.
At the bottom YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B are relegated with neither quite able to bridge the gap to third from bottom Kingfisher D.
There will be six Kingfisher teams in the top division next season after both Kingfisher F and Kingfisher G earned promotion from Division 2. Kingfisher G held on to take the title from the F team club mates. Tidmarsh B finish third while Curzon Club A are fourth. Tim Raby and Matt Stone won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew their final Division 2 match 5-5 with relegated Kingfisher E, Roger Woolven-Allen and Nikhil Kulkarni also winning twice for Kingfisher while Grant Wheatley picked up a good single. Joining Kingfisher E in being relegated are Sonning Common & Peppard D who slipped into the drop zone in the final week as Tilehurst Methodists A completed a notable escape after looking doomed a few weeks ago.
Division 3 was as tough, competitive and closely fought as ever with promotion and relegation places not decided until the final weeks. Tidmarsh C came through to win the division, while Pangbourne WMC B are promoted as runners-up with Springfield A finishing in third place. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists C finished some way adrift of the rest, while Sonning Sports A are also relegated on sets difference after finishing level on points with both Tilehurst Methodists B and Kingfisher J.
After beating Tilehurst Methodists D 6-4 Sonning Common & Peppard F clinched the runners up spot in Division 4. Eric Walker put on a great show by winning all three while Derek Wavell and Simon Blake did there bit by winning one each.
By winning 4 sets the Tilehurst team avoided the drop by one set, consigning Our Lady of Peace E to Division 5, alongside Tilehurst Methodists E. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C finish just two points above the drop zone.
At the top Milestone B comfortably won the championship having led from start to finish.
Reading FC C were 8-2 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard H in the final Division 5 match of the season, thus giving their Reading FC B team promotion. SC&P H needed just a point to clinch 2nd place, but just miss out on sets difference, as do Kingfisher L. Our Lady of Peace F marched away at the top to take the title by a 10 point margin.
Press 28 - 9th April 2017
Tidmarsh C claimed the Division 3 title ahead of long-time leaders Pangbourne WMC B with a 9-1 success over Kingfisher J in their final match - maximums for Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter with two wins in support from Dave Sheppard. Nils Wedi saved the whitewash for Kingfisher and came so close to inflicting a rare defeat on Lee Calcutt - in a classic fluctuating encounter Lee just got home 13-15 13-11 11-6 11-13 11-6. So Tidmarsh and Pangbourne take the two promotion spots narrowly ahead of Springfield A in third place.
Tilehurst Methodists C finish bottom of Division 3 and without a win all season - 12 points adrift of the three teams immediately above them at the foot of the table - Tilehurst Methodists B, Kingfisher J and Sonning Sports A - who all finish on 16 points. In the individual performance stakes both Phil Burke and Lee Calcutt went through the season with only one defeat each - but Phil just nudged out Lee from top spot in the averages - his 97.78% a fraction ahead of Lee's 96.97%.
In their bid to avoid the drop from Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists D just came short when losing 6-4 to Reading FC A, Jazz Dhillon hitting a good maximum for the football club team. Tilehurst now have to rely on their final match on the 10th April against Sonning Common & Peppard F. Eric Walker was the star for Sonning Common & Peppard F who won all three to help his side to a 6-4 win over Curzon Club B. Sonning need just a point from their final match to overtake Springfield B for the second promotion spot.
As ever Andy Stevens hit a three straight maximum against Tilehurst Methodists E and with Dave Edwards and reserve Steve Andrews winning two this helped Tidmarsh D to an 8-2 win.
In Division 5, Sonning Common & Peppard H put themselves in contention for the runners-up spot by beating Springfield D 8-2, Gerry Bacon recording a maximum, ably abetted by Mike Casserley and Julian James, who each won twice, Stephen Leggett replying for Springfield with a double. However, not to be outdone, Reading FC B - The Biscuitmen - replied with a 10-0 victory over Springfield C to take over second place, on games difference, thanks to maximums from Joe Bull, Paul Brown and Keith Greene.
The final match of the season pitted Sonning Common & Peppard H against Reading FC C - The Royals - with SC&P needing to avoid defeat to guarantee themselves the runners-up spot. However, it was not to be as Reading FC burst out of the blocks to lead 5-2 after winning the doubles, Wayne Alleyne and Harry Edwards retaining their unbeaten partnership with a tightly contested 12-14 11-9 13-11 13-11 victory. Harry then proceeded to beat Gerry Bacon, ensuring both points for Reading FC and the runners-up spot for their B team, before Derek Anderson and Wayne continued their recent run of fine form, both winning to complete their trebles. The eventual 8-2 score line, with Mike Casserley and Julian James recording SC&P’s only wins, does not reflect the competitiveness of this match, which contained a number of entertaining rallies, with 19 of the 42 games being won by the minimum two points.
Reading FC A suffered double heartbreak as they missed out in both the final of the Team Handicap and the Lower Divisions competition. Our Lady of Peace E won the Handicap event while Tidmarsh D pipped their fellow division 4 rival to win the Lower Divisions Cup.
In the Team Handicap Our Lady of Peace E defeated Reading FC A 6-3. Both captains decided to ‘open the batting’ and a tense nervy first set followed, eventually won in three games by OLOP’s Alistair Richardson over Reading’s Richard Witt. Antony Alleyne then levelled the match with a comfortable win over Tamir Slobodskoy. Set three could have gone either way, but ended in a 21-19, 23-25, 21-19 victory for Dave Holt over Jazz Dhillon. 2-1 to OLOP. Set four was another tight set 20-22, 21-17, 21-18 with Tamir just edging out Richard, before Jazz then overcame Alistair. OLOP now up 3-2. Player of the match Dave looking good for his +6 handicap made it 4-2 and Tamir finally sealed the victory holding his nerve for a three game win in set seven.
Reading FC A contested their second final the following night, the Lower Divisions Knock out trophy, which they were looking to retain from the previous season. Their opponents Tidmarsh D, beaten finalists in two of the previous three seasons, were hoping for a third time lucky. Both teams decided on a four player format. Richard Witt, Jazz Dhillon, Anthony Alleyne and Mark Edwards for Reading, and Dave Edwards, Terry Hardie, Dave Smith and Andy Stephens for Tidmarsh. At one set all the match looked evenly balanced before Tidmarsh then took a tight third set 10-12, 12-14 before commanding performances in the next three sets saw them claim the trophy.
So congratulations to both Our Lady Of Peace and Tidmarsh and commiserations to Reading FC who should take great credit in reaching two finals in the same season.
Press 27 - 2nd April 2017
Kingfisher A took the Division 1 title after beating nearest rivals Our Lady of Peace A 7-3, Martin Gunn, Martin Adams and Mark Banks picking up two wins each while Daniel Moses hit back for OLOP with a fine treble that began with an 11-9 8-11 11-4 11-9 win over Martin Adams. Mark Banks clinched the win by beating Krasimer Ivanov 11-6 11-6 10-12 7-11 11-7. YMCA won their bottom of the table clash with Sonning Common & Peppard B 9-1, Neil Hurford and Dave Halfpenny unbeaten on the night while Nigel Maltby managed a 12-10 6-11 11-3 11-8 win against Pete Bradley for Sonning Common.
Tidmarsh A ended their season on a high with an 8-2 victory at Kingfisher D, Csaba Pall and Sam Ricks with trebles. Kingfisher B were also 8-2 winners as they won at Our Lady of Peace B thanks to hat tricks from Hari Gehlot and Dmitry Khakhamov.
Barry Carter, Jon Golding and Mike Aistrop saw Tidmarsh B win 6-4 at Pangbourne WMC A in their final Division 2 match, Jon beating John Simmonds 11-3 11-4 11-9 to clinch both points and a third placed finish for Tidmarsh. John Willcocks and Jon Willis trebles nudged Sonning Common & Peppard D down as Curzon Club A’s 8-2 win relegated the Sonning outfit. Tilehurst Methodists A completed a remarkable escape from the drop with Peter Galea and Phil Jones maximums in their 8-2 win over Sonning Common D the previous week and benefitting from a 10-0 walkover against Our Lady of Peace C this week.
In the top of the table clash in Division 3 Tidmarsh C claimed the second promotion spot in style with an 8-2 thumping of leaders Pangbourne WMC B - maximums for Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter. In the contest of the Webb brothers Pangbourne's Ray edged home 13-11 in the fifth game against Tidmarsh's Chris. Tidmarsh now need just a point from their remaining match to clinch the Division 3 title. At the bottom of the table basement team Tilehurst Methodists C signed off with a 0-10 defeat at home to Kingfisher J - maximums for reserve David Wells, Nils Wedi and Joaquin Munoz Sabater. Despite a number of good performances this season, Tilehurst finish a massive 12 points adrift of the three teams immediately above them at the foot of the table - including Kingfisher J who still have a match to play at Tidmarsh.
Tilehurst Methodists B joined Kingfisher J in moving up and out of the bottom two thanks to a 6-4 win at Kingfisher I - a maximum for John Virgo and a brace for Jes Eassom - two wins in reply for Kingfisher's Eric Holmes. The second relegation spot falls to the team of the three on 16 points with the worst sets' difference - and this is Sonning Sports A - who put up a brave show before succumbing to a 4-6 defeat at the hands of Kingfisher H - who themselves finish in a very creditable 4th position. Igor Sremac with a maximum and Peter Bennett with two wins for Kingfisher whilst Keith Machin hit a double in reply for the Sports. In what proved to be the crucial set Igor came back from two games down to defeat Bob Woodmansee 7-11 9-11 11-9 11-7 12-10.
Finally the mid-table clash between Our Lady of Peace D and Milestone A ended all square - doubles for Dave Godfrey and Alistair Richardson for OLOP with Chris Collins and Arun Rajagopal replying in kind for Milestone.
Springfield B ended their Division 4 season by sharing the spoils with Reading FC A, for whom Jazz Dhillon hit a great treble. A full strength Tidmarsh D side stunned champions Milestone B 7-3 with Terry Hardie and Andy Stevens both gaining maximums, while Sonning Common & Peppard F maintained their late promotion bid by winning 6-4 at Our Lady of Peace E with Eric Walker and Simon Blake both obtaining doubles.
Kingfisher K avoided the drop by beating Curzon Club B 6-4 for whom Geoff Johnson and Derek Harrison both gained doubles, however David Wells was in top form for the Birds by winning all three. By winning at Tilehurst Methodists E, Curzon Club C also avoided the drop. Carine Bey, John Walker and Terry Spice all won two each to give them a vital 6-4 win.
In Division 5 Springfield C had a narrow 6-4 victory over the BBC Club, winning the 9th and 10th sets to take both points. The 9th set was pivotal, with combatants Chris Speight and Jack Mitchell both being unbeaten, Chris emerging victorious to complete his treble, whilst in the 10th set Tom Berryman beat John Scott to ensure he finished with two wins, John Scott and teammate John Lancashire both ending up with one singles win each. Reading FC B - The Biscuitmen - retained their interest in second place with a good team performance, Keith Greene, Joe Bull and Paul Brown all winning two sets, which helped Reading FC to a 7-3 victory over Tidmarsh E, for whom Isaac Davies recorded a double and Mike Bundy recorded a single.
Reading FC C - The Royals - had a pulsating encounter with Sonning Common & Peppard G, eventually running out 6-4 winners, after Wayne Alleyne beat Nick Palmer in the final set, to record a double, Derek Anderson having ensured Reading FC at least one point when he won the 8th set to complete his treble, Wayne and Harry Edwards having won the doubles earlier, to keep their 100% record and edge their team in front. This meant that Jamie Legg’s double, along with singles from both Nick and Mikey Legg were all for naught. The BBC Club were in action again, the following day, this time losing 9-1 to Kingfisher L, Dave Pearson beating David O’Keeffe to record his team's one win, while Kingfisher's Clive Gold and Meriel Low both recorded trebles to guarantee their team a top four finish.
Our Lady of Peace F finished the season strongly, recording their 18th victory, this time an 8-2 win over Milestone C, for whom Tony Hayden and John Evans each won one. For OLOP, Laurence de Ste Croix was, once again, unbeatable, while Mariusz Paluszkiewicz and Hari Laddunuri both lost only one set each. In their second match this week, Springfield C met with an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Sonning Sports B, for whom both Florin Dimofte and Cris Reynolds recorded trebles, Mike Gautrey chipping in with a single, by beating Chris Speight but losing out to both Rob Atack and Alan Goold.
The Lower Divisions Knock out Final will be between Reading FC A and Tidmarsh D following Reading FC’s semi-final win over Tidmarsh E. Reading FC now have the chance to retain the trophy they lifted last season.
Press 26 - 26th March 2017
Kingfisher B were impressive 10-0 winners in Division 1 against a strong Tidmarsh A side. Our Lady of Peace B proved too strong for relegated Sonning Common & Peppard B with Yonatan Slobodskoy, Steve Miller and Harry Munro all getting maximums in a 10-0 win. Our Lady of Peace A were 10-0 winners against a two man YMCA side who are now condemned to a bottom two finish, Dave Halfpenny unlucky to lose 6-11 11-7 12-10 4-11 12-14 to Krasimer Ivanov.
Martin Gunn and Martin Adams both got hat tricks as Kingfisher A beat Sonning Common & Peppard A 8-2, while a two man Kingfisher B side was enough to defeat Kingfisher D 7-3, Hari Gehlot and Philp Zeng with trebles. Tidmarsh A won a hard fought match with Kingfisher C 7-3, Tony Reynolds with a treble for Kingfisher that included a 10-12 11-9 12-10 12-10 win over Sam Ricks.
In Division 2 a fine win by Nick Lean over Niall McGrane in the final match of the night saw Curzon Club A beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 6-4, Nick winning 11-5 13-11 9-11 8-11 11-8. John Willcock’s had earlier clinch a treble for the Curzon Club outfit. Danny Dockree’s fine form continued as his treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard C to a 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace C, Matt Stone winning twice while Jon Abbott clinched the win by beating Clive Perry 11-8 11-6 11-8.
Pangbourne WMC A were 7-3 winners at promoted Kingfisher F, John Simmonds early victory over Ivor Hardman 11-4 13-15 11-6 8-11 13-11 proving crucial alongside hard fought doubles from Denise Weller and Simon Hopkins. Champions Kingfisher G lost 6-4 at third placed Tidmarsh B, Jon Golding with a fine maximum for Tidmarsh.
Pangbourne WMC B became the first team to clinch promotion from Division 3 this season with a resounding 9-1 success over Sonning Sports A. A trio of maximums for Ray Webb, Clive Taylor and Leroy Wilson, while the Sports were indebted to Keith Machin and reserve Florin Dimofte for saving the whitewash with a win in the doubles. Tidmarsh C are favourites to claim the second promotion spot despite dropping a point in a fluctuating drawn encounter at Milestone A. No individual maximums in this match - but two players on each side notched a double - Simon Barter and Chris Webb for Tidmarsh with Chris Collins and Arun Rajagopal replying in kind for Milestone. Tidmarsh now need just a point from their two remaining matches to claim promotion - these matches including a Division 3 Title decider against leaders Pangbourne next week.
The only other promotion contenders, Springfield A, had a busy week with two matches - but, having finished their programme, are now relying on Tidmarsh to slip up. Their expected 6-4 win against Tilehurst Methodists B included a first maximum of the season for Ludovic Couillard, but their 6-4 defeat at Kingfisher H will probably prove crucial in the final analysis. Phil Burke hit two maximums in the week but an inspired display by Kingfisher saw them home by the narrowest of margins - two wins apiece for Willis Ma and Igor Sremac who also combined for a five-game win in the doubles - with Peter Bennett winning the other set.
In the inter-club battle at the bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C picked up just their fourth point of the season in a 5-5 draw with a two-man Tilehurst Methodists B, for whom Jes Eassom hit a fine maximum and reserve Chis Taylor notched a single. Our Lady of Peace D continued their revival with a 7-3 win at Kingfisher J, a maximum for Dave Holt and two wins apiece for Wendy Porter and Alistair Richardson, while Nils Wedi hit a double in reply for the home side.
Curzon Club B had a fine 7-3 win over Reading FC A in Division 4 thanks mainly to a Geoff Johnson hat trick which included a long expedite set against Jazz Dhillon when it took five and half minutes before the first point was gained in one game. Jim Brent won two and Derek Harrison had a nice win over Jazz. Curzon Club C gained a vital 7-3 over Tidmarsh D at the bottom with John Walker, Linda King and Carine Bey all gaining doubles. Terry Hardie was in top form for Tidmarsh by winning all three.
Our Lady of Peace E moved out of the bottom two by winning 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists D thanks mainly to a great hat trick from Abhay Gore. Sonning Common & Peppard F kept their promotion hopes alive by beating Kingfisher K 7-3 with Angus Jones getting a another great treble, while Tilehurst Methodists E had a great 5-5 draw at second place Springfield B but this point could not prevent them from going down. Steve Dopson tried in vain by obtaining a great maximum, but sadly it was not enough to save his team from the drop.
This week in Division 5, Our Lady of Peace F got back to winning ways with an 8-2 victory over Reading FC C, Hari Laddunuri leading the way with his second maximum of the season, assisted by doubles from both Laurence de Ste Croix and Andrew Adair, Derek Anderson recording the two wins for Reading FC. Tidmarsh E bounced back from last week’s defeat to win 8-2 at the BBC Club, thanks to maximums from both Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews, along with a single from Bob Sunerton while, for the BBC Club, Jack Mitchell and John Lancashire both won one each. Springfield D were leading 5-2 and close to taking both points before Sonning Common & Peppard G staged a magnificent comeback by winning the final three sets, to draw the match 5-5. Paul Martin and Colin Jones each won one set, while Stephen Leggett was denied a maximum when Jamie Legg won their 10th set encounter, Jamie also ending the evening with two wins, as did Mikey Legg, with teammate Jim McClure winning the 8th set to start the fightback.
Milestone C were beaten 8-2 by Kingfisher L who kept themselves in the hunt for the runners-up spot, thanks to a further maximum for Clive Gold, along with doubles for both Meriel Low and Ken Robb, Milestone’s two wins courtesy of John Evans. By winning the 10th set Florin Dimofte recorded another maximum and helped Sonning Sports B earn a point against Sonning Common & Peppard H, Sally James chipping in with a vital singles win before combining with Florin to win the doubles, while two wins apiece for Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserley, along with a singles win for Julian James earned Sonning Common their point in this 5-5 draw.
Press 25 - 19th March 2017
Phil Mead and Calin Spicica trebles denied Sonning Common & Peppard B a point as they lost 6-4 at Kingfisher D in Division 1, all three Sonning players managing wins over Trevor Organ. Our Lady of Peace A beat their two-man B team club mates 7-3, Yonaton Slobodskoy beating Ian Cole for the B team 13-11 18-16 8-11 8-11 11-6 while Harry Munro managed a good win over Krasimer Ivanov 11-8 8-11 14-12 12-10. Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan both got trebles as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Kingfisher C 7-3 to go 4th.
In Division 2 an Ivor Hardman treble and two wins from Richard Leachman saw second placed Kingfisher F win 6-4 against Kingfisher G, Ivor beating Steve Ng 11-9 4-11 11-7 11-9 and David Joyce 15-13 17-15 14-12. The result confirms the F teams promotion to Division 1 alongside their club mates. Tidmarsh C were 7-3 winners at Curzon Club A, Barry Carter earning a good treble that included an 11-8 8-11 10-12 11-8 12-10 win over Nick Lean and an excellent victory over John Willcocks.
At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists A benefitted from facing only two players as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard E 7-3. Pangbourne WMC raced away to beat Kingfisher E 10-0 with trebles from John Simmonds, Simon Hopkins and Denise Weller.
The Division 3 leaders Pangbourne WMC B came a cropper this week - losing 4-6 at fellow promotion hopefuls Springfield A - Phil Burke with yet another maximum for the victors whilst Ray Webb and Leroy Wilson each hit a double for Pangbourne. The result still leaves Pangbourne in top spot - but now only two points ahead of both Tidmarsh C and Springfield.
Elsewhere Our Lady of Peace D continued their move up the table with an 8-2 success over two- man Tilehurst Methodists B - Dave Godfrey with two wins. Sonning Sports A produced a great team performance to defeat high-flying Milestone A 7-3 - a maximum for Keith Machin and two for Bob Woodmansee. Finally Kingfisher I defeated basement team Tilehurst Methodists C 6-4 despite a maximum for Masoud Ghabachi for Tilehurst.
In Division 4 Ruben Hernandez starred for Kingfisher K by winning all three to help his side gain a draw with Tilehurst Methodists D. Milestone B went further clear at the top by winning 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace E with Zoltan Kelemen and Sachin Mundra both gaining trebles. Tilehurst Methodists E went down 6-4 to Reading FC A, for whom Jazz Dhillon hit a fine treble.
Curzon Club B held Sonning Common & Peppard F to a draw which should just about make them safe. Geoff Johnson with three and Jim Brent with a double did the business. The Tidmarsh D match against Springfield B also ended in a draw with 4 players gaining doubles For Tidmarsh it was Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards and for Springfield it was Rob Wilkie and Peter Gurney.
In Division 5 Bob Sunerton won both his first set and then his final set to ensure Tidmarsh E both points following their 6-4 victory over Reading FC C, but sandwiched in-between was a fine maximum from Steve Andrews and a crucial single from Mike Bundy. For Reading FC, Wayne Alleyne ended the evening with a double. Reading FC C’s misery continued, as they lost their next match by the same score, this time losing 6-4 at Kingfisher L, for whom Clive Gold was the star winning the final set to record another maximum. However Kingfisher’s victory was also dependent on crucial singles wins for David O’Keeffe and Meriel Low whilst, for Reading FC, both Wayne Alleyne and Derek Anderson recorded doubles.
Despite fielding a strong side Tidmarsh E could not continue their winning form, Milestone C taking the final four sets to win 7-3 with John Evans recording a further maximum, Tony Hayden a single, Carl Edlind a double, including a 7-11 11-9 9-11 11-5 11-9 win over Steve Andrews, while for Tidmarsh Isaac Davies won two and Steve won one. Our Lady of Peace F were held to a 5-5 draw by Springfield D, which was a vastly different result to their previous encounter, Springfield’s Colin Jones winning the final set to record a double, adding to Stephen Leggett’s earlier double and Paul Martin’s single. OLOP were indebted to a further Laurence de Ste Croix maximum, as well as a single from Andrew Adair and the Doubles, for their point.
The final intra club match of the season was, as expected, a closely contested event between the Sonning Common & Peppard G and H teams, the H team eventually winning 6-4, Gerry Bacon ensuring both points by beating Oliver Sayer 11-2 12-10 9-11 13-11 in the final set, Marko Madzar having kept the G team in contention for a share of the points by beating Mike Casserley 7-11 13-11 12-10 13-11, in the ninth. Oliver ended the evening with one win, an 11-6 10-12 10-12 11-7 12-10 victory over Julian James, which ended Julian's hopes of recording a maximum, while Marko, Mike, Gerry and Julian all recorded doubles. Reading FC B kept themselves in contention for the runners-up spot with a comprehensive 10-0 victory over a strong Sonning Sports B side, with Paul Brown, Joe Bull and Keith Greene all recording maximums, despite the best efforts of Cris Reynolds, Mike Gautrey and Sally James.
With both cup competitions at the semi-final stage, an all Milestone Final in the Team Handicap was possible but it didn’t turn out that way. First Our Lady of Peace E took out the Milestone A team, reeling off the final 6 sets to take the match 7-2, Tamir Slobodskoy unbeaten for OLOP on the night. Milestone B then fell to Reading FC A in an excitingly tight match. Here they were 4-1 in front, before Reading eventually ran out winners 5-4. Antony Alleyne’s win in set eight probably the most crucial.
This gives Reading FC A a great chance of making the final of both cup competitions. In the Lower Divisions Knock out cup they would meet Tidmarsh D should they get past Tidmarsh E in the remaining semi-final, Tidmarsh D having previously defeated Our Lady of Peace E 6-3 to book their own place in the final.
Press 24 - 12th March 2017
Kingfisher A went top of Division 1 after they hung on to defeat YMCA 7-3 with Richard Rosinski winning a marathon contest against Neil Hurford 12-10 9-11 11-7 10-12 12-10. Kingfisher B kept up their hopes with a 10-0 win at Sonning Common & Peppard B after also winning 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace B, Dmitry Khakhamov and Hari Gehlot with trebles while Harry Munro managed an 11-13 11-9 12-10 15-13 win over Philip Zeng for OLOP.
Csaba Pall and Pete Matthews both got trebles as Tidmarsh A gained an impressive 9-1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard A.
Kingfisher F took another huge step towards promotion from Division 2 after beating close rivals Curzon Club A 8-2, Ivor Hardman leading the way with a maximum. Malcolm Gregory’s 3-straight treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard E beat their D team club mates 8-2, while Tidmarsh B were held to a 5-5 draw by Tilehurst Methodists A, Francois Durrand and Dom Cutter winning twice as they hit back from 2-5 down to claim a point.
David Joyce, Melvyn Lovegrove and Steve Ng clinched promotion to the top division next season as Kingfisher G beat relegated club mates Kingfisher E 6-4, Grant Wheatley earned a fine treble for the losers. Danny Dockree’s treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard C beat Pangbourne WMC A 6-4, Tim Raby and Jon Abbott both winning once in support.
Pangbourne WMC B remain at the top of the table with a narrow 6-4 win over Kingfisher H, thanks to a good maximum from Clive Taylor, a win apiece from Ray Webb and Leroy Wilson, plus the ever-crucial doubles. With matches yet to come against their promotion rivals Pangbourne still have work to do before they can be sure of going up. Tidmarsh C kept up their push for promotion with a comfortable 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists B as Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter both hits maximums, each losing just two ends in the process. Springfield A came away from their match at Milestone A with a hard-earned point, despite having to play a reserve. Phil Burke won his usual 3 and Seth Martin one, but Rob Wilkie showed great resilience to come from 2 games to 1 down against John Crosfield to win 14-12 in the decider which effectively won a point for the visitors.
The mid-table battle between Kingfisher I and Our Lady of Peace D saw 6 sets go to a deciding 5th game, but OLOP won them all and somehow came away with a 10-0 win. Kingfisher J may have been surprised when 3 players from Sonning Sports B turned up to deputise for their A team, who all were otherwise indisposed. The Sports subs put up a good fight with Florin Demofte winning two and Cris Reynolds one, but Nils Wedi led Kingfisher J to a 7-3 win and two very valuable points.
A great team performance in Division 4 saw Curzon Club B defeat Tilehurst Methodists E 6-4 with Geoff Johnson winning three Jim Brent winning two and Derek Harrison picking up a vital single to end a recent bad run of results for the Curzon team. At the top Milestone B clinched the 4th division championship by sharing the points with Kingfisher K thanks mainly to a Zoltan Kelemen hat trick. This was a great result for the lower placed Kingfisher team with the point gained keeping them just ahead of the relegation places.
Curzon Club C remain deep in trouble. Despite a recent uplift in fortunes they lost 8-2 to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Binit Bhaskar won all three. Reading FC A just got the better of Tidmarsh D 6-4. Jazz Dhillon and Tony Alleyne for Reading FC and Dave Edwards and Terry Hardie for Tidmarsh all gained doubles.
Thanks to a 6-4 win against second placed Sonning Common & Peppard H, Our Lady of Peace F now have an unassailable lead and are consequently Division 5 Champions. This win was achieved thanks to a further maximum from Laurence de Ste Croix and a double from Simon Brookes, Laurence and Simon also combining to win the doubles. In reply for SC&P Mike Casserley won two, while Gerry Bacon and Julian James each won one. Reading FC B continued their push for the runners-up spot by winning 8-2 away at the BBC Club, with both Joe Bull and Paul Brown recording maximums, while Keith Greene was made to work hard for his single victory, beating Phil Peat 8-11 10-12 11-9 11-7 12-10 but losing to both Dave Pearson and Jack Mitchell in two other close 5-game sets.
Kingfisher L were victorious in their encounter with Springfield D, edging the match 6-4, thanks to a maximum from Ken Robb and a double from Clive Gold, Stephen Leggett becoming only the third person to beat Clive. Ken and Clive also took the doubles, meaning that Stephen’s two wins, along with single wins for Colin Jones and Paul Martin, were to no avail. Milestone C remain rooted to the bottom of the table, following their 8-2 defeat by Springfield C, for whom Rob Atack and Chris Speight both scored maximums. However, Milestone’s Igor Grbic recorded his first win, an 11-9 6-11 9-11 13-11 14-12 victory over James Regan, who also lost to Tony Hayden. Sally James recorded her third maximum, as Sonning Sports B beat Sonning Common & Peppard G 7-3, Cris Reynolds also recording two wins and Mike Gautrey chipping in with one win, which guaranteed both points, while, in reply, Mikey Legg won two and Marko Madzar won one.
Press 23 - 5th March 2017
Dmitry Khakhamov beat Daniel Moses 9-11 11-5 7-11 12-10 11-7 to give Kingfisher B a share of the spoils in their top of the table match against Our Lady of Peace A in Division 1. Maximums from Martin Gunn and Martin Adams kept Kingfisher A on course for the title as they won 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace B. Tidmarsh A won 10-0 at Sonning Common & Peppard B with Duncan Groves, Anthony Baker and reserve Barry Carter all getting hard earned hat tricks.
Kingfisher C scrambled to a 6-4 away win at YMCA thanks to trebles from Marco Essomba and Tony Reynolds, Tony winning the final match of the night against Pete Bradley 8-11 11-6 11-9 10-12 11-5.
In Division 2 Sagar Sawant and David Joyce both got trebles as Kingfisher G beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 9-1, Matt Stone beating Steve Ng 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-9 11-7 for the Commoners. Ivor Hardman’s treble helped Kingfisher F to a 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists A, Nigel Rowland getting two good wins for the Methodists.
Jon Willis returned to form with a fine 3-straight treble as Curzon Club A won 7-3 against Kingfisher E, Grant Wheatley getting a double for the seemingly relegation bound Kingfisher team. Sonning Common & Peppard D needed two reserves to full fill their fixture against Tidmarsh B, the Tidmarsh team managing a 10-0 win. Nigel Rowland and Peter Galea trebles kept Tilehurst Methodists A’s hopes of avoiding the drop as they won 9-1 at fellow strugglers Kingfisher E.
In Division 3 Kingfisher H continued their promotion push with a 6–4 win over Milestone A thanks to a maximum from man of the match Igor Sremac which included good wins over Chris Collins and Arun Rajagopal. That result also helped Springfield A move into third place, as they beat Kingfisher J 7–3 thanks mainly to Phil Burke’s 3-straight maximum. Tidmarsh C consolidated second place with a close win over Kingfisher I that was only secured in the last contest of the match. Lee Calcutt hit another maximum while Simon Barter and Theresa Watson chipped in with one win each.
Sonning Sports A contrived to lose 6-4 to 2-man Tilehurst Methodists B for whom John Virgo had a good maximum which included a last gasp 17-15 in the fifth against Nigel Goodman, while Our Lady of Peace D had a comfortable 8–2 win over already relegated Tilehurst Methodists C with Dave Godfrey and David Holt both hitting maximums.
Despite a hat trick from Geoff Johnson, Curzon Club B lost 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists D so have now lost 5 matches in a row in Division 4. Rapidly improving Our Lady of Peace E hit top form by beating second in the table Springfield B 7-3 with Binit Bhasker and Predeep Desh both gaining trebles.
Zoltan Kelemen was in top form for Milestone B by winning all three to help them share the spoils at Sonning Common & Peppard F, while Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C drew 5-5 in a vital relegation tussle with John Walker getting a good treble for Curzon.
This week, in Division 5, Sonning Sports B emerged victorious from their match with the BBC Club, eventually winning 6-4, thanks to another maximum for Florin Dimofte, along with singles for Sally James and Michael Byrne, who almost had a double, narrowly losing 9-11 10-12 9-11 to Dave Pearson while, for the BBC Club, John Scott and Dave Pearson both ended the evening with two wins each. Our Lady of Peace F took a further step towards the title with a 7-3 win over Sonning Common & Peppard G, thanks to maximums from both Simon Brookes and Andrew Adair, who also combined to win the doubles while, for SC&P, Mikey Legg, Jamie Legg and Marko Madzar each won one, Mikey only just losing the first set to Simon 12-14 12-10 12-14 8-11.
Reading FC C could only muster two players and subsequently lost 7-3 to Springfield C, Wayne Alleyne winning two singles and then partnering Harry Edwards to a Doubles win while, for Springfield, Chris Speight was undefeated, with two wins, Tom Berryman and Alan Goold also winning one each. Following last week’s win, Milestone C suffered a straight sets 10-0 defeat, to Reading FC B, who climbed to third place in the table, thanks to maximums from Paul Brown, Keith Greene and Joe Bull. Despite another maximum for Clive Gold, Kingfisher L dropped to fifth, after losing 6-4 to Sonning Common & Peppard H, who subsequently climbed to second place. Kingfisher's David O’Keeffe only recorded one win, after close defeats to Mike Casserley and Julian James, Mike and Julian also combining to beat Clive and David in the crucial Doubles 13-11 11-7 9-11 11-9. As well as two wins apiece, for Mike and Julian, Gerry Bacon also won one, for SC&P.
Tidmarsh E climbed to fourth, with their 6-4 victory over Springfield D, for whom Stephen Leggett’s treble was for naught, since teammate Colin Jones could only defeat Mike Bundy. For Tidmarsh, Peter Sinclair recorded two wins, as did Isaac Davies, who lost his 100% record following his defeat to Stephen, Peter and Isaac also combining to beat Paul Martin and Stephen in the doubles which, along with a single from Mike, was enough to guarantee both points.
Press 22 - 26th February 2017
In Division 1 Our Lady of Peace A beat Tidmarsh A 9-1, Daniel Moses and Krasimer Ivanov with maximums. Our Lady of Peace B beat Kingfisher C 6-4 with doubles from Harry Munro and Yonatan Slobodskoy, with the pair also teaming up to win a tense doubles against Tony Reynolds and Steve Murgatroyd 11-8 7-11 7-11 12-10 16-14. Ed Caliman, Ian Cole and Daniel Moses all got hat tricks as Our Lady of Peace A comfortably defeated bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard B.
Martin Gunn and Mark Banks trebles helped Kingfisher A to an 8-2 win over Kingfisher D, Simon Vine and Rob Gladstone gaining consolation wins for the D team. Sonning Common & Peppard A beat a two man YMCA side 7-3, Thomas Perkins gaining a good 14-12 11-8 9-11 9-11 11-7 win over Pete Bradley while Gary Morgan won a titanic tussle with Neil Hurford 9-11 9-11 11-8 11-9 12-10.
Kingfisher F saw their Division 2 promotion chances hit by a 6-4 home defeat to Sonning Common & Peppard D, Mark Jones late 11-4 7-11 11-7 8-11 11-9 win over Roger Pritchard proving crucial. Tidmarsh B and Sonning Common & Peppard E battled out a 5-5 draw, Niall McGrane’s treble and two from Malcolm Gregory giving the two man SC&P E team a share of the spoils. Sagar Sawant, David Joyce and Steve Ng kept Kingfisher G on course for the title after a comprehensive 10-0 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard E.
Our Lady of Peace C and Pangbourne WMC A also drew 5-5, John Simmonds comfortable treble assisted by singles from Simon Hopkins and George White for Pangbourne while Chris and Dan West both won twice for OLOP. Two man Sonning Common & Peppard C claimed a shock 6-4 win over third placed Curzon Club A thanks to a Danny Dockree hat trick and narrow wins for Jon Abbott over Nick Lean 13-11 11-13 9-11 11-5 11-9 and Jon Willis 11-8 12-10 9-11 8-11 11-9.
The top two teams in Division 3 went head to head this week and it was the leaders Pangbourne WMC B who came out on top against Milestone A by an 8-2 margin with maximums for Ray Webb and Clive Taylor and a double for Leroy Wilson. For Milestone it was captain Arun Rajagopal who saved the whitewash and then he teamed up with John Crosfield to win the doubles. But Milestone will feel a little disappointed at having to play such a key match with a reserve as their previously ever-present number 2, Chris Collins, was unavailable. Tidmarsh C moved up into 2nd place after a convincing 9-1 win at bottom team Tilehurst Methodists C - maximums for Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter. Masoud Ghabachi saved the whitewash for Tilehurst and was desperately unlucky not to claim a particularly notable second scalp when only losing 8-11 in the fifth game to Tidmarsh's star man, Lee.
Springfield A remain in 4th place after a narrow 6-4 success at Tilehurst Methodists B, Phil Burke with another maximum for the visitors whilst Jes Eassom and John Virgo both hit doubles for Tilehurst. John was another player who came very close to a notable scalp when he took Phil Burke all the way before losing 14-12 11-8 6-11 4-11 9-11. Kingfisher H remain in the promotion hunt thanks to a 9-1 success over their club-mates from Kingfisher J - maximums for Willis Ma and Igor Sremac and a double for Peter Bennett. Joaquin Sabater saved the whitewash for a weakened Kingfisher J side. Sonning Sports A recorded a good 6-4 win at Kingfisher I. Keith Machin hit a great treble for Sonning with Bob Woodmansee contributing two wins. Eric Holmes hit a double in reply for the hosts.
In Division 4 Curzon Club B lost their fourth match in a row when losing to a strong Tidmarsh D team 8-2 for whom Andy Stevens won all three. Curzon Club C fought out a 5-5 draw with Sonning Common & Peppard F. Terry Spice and John Walker for Curzon, and Eric Walker and Simon Blake for Sonning Common all gained doubles.
Despite playing a reserve, Milestone B beat Tilehurst Methodists D 6-4 thanks to trebles from Sachin Mundra and Zoltan Kelemen to remain clear at the top. Springfield B gained the first 10-0 win of the season by beating Kingfisher K, John Burke, Rob Wilkie and Simmons were the hat trick men, while despite a fine maximum from Jazz Dhillon Reading FC A could only draw with Our Lady of Peace E.
Joe Bull scored a double, Joe and Paul Brown then combined to win the doubles, before Paul completed his treble to ensure that Division 5’s Reading FC B left with both points from their encounter with Springfield D by winning 6-4. In reply for Springfield Stephen Leggett won two, while Colin Jones and Paul Martin each won one. Springfield C fared no better, eventually being beaten 7-3 by Tidmarsh E. Having been 0-6 down, the fightback started with a 9-11 11-3 11-7 18-20 17-15 doubles win. Bob Sunerton was the star for Tidmarsh, winning all three, with teammates John Harland and Mike Bundy both winning two, while only Tom Berryman and Alan Goold managed singles wins for Springfield, although Tom and Alan also combined to win that very close doubles match.
Sonning Common & Peppard G were beaten by the same 7-3 score line when they met Kingfisher L. Jamie Legg scored a double and Oliver Sayer a single, Ken Robb starring for Kingfisher with another maximum, while David O’Keeffe scored a double and Derek Crombie recorded his first win, taking the scalp of Mikey Legg. Sonning Common & Peppard H put in a strong performance to beat Tidmarsh E 9-1, with maximums for both Mike Casserley and Gerry Bacon, while Julian James ended the evening with two wins, after losing to Mike Bundy in his first set.
Springfield started off this week’s intra club matches, when the D team played their C team, and, after the dust settled, both teams had to settle for a single point, thanks to the D team’s Stephen Leggett winning the 10th set and, in the process, recording another maximum. A single from Colin Jones and the Doubles were also crucial for the D team while, for the C team, two wins apiece for Tom Berryman and Chris Speight, along with a single for Rob Atack, helped earn their point. The second intra club match was between Reading FC’s B and C teams, with the B team emerging triumphant 8-2, thanks to a maximum for Joe Bull, who defeated Wayne Alleyne 11-9 11-9 11-4, a maximum for Paul Brown, who defeated Derek Anderson 11-9 11-8 11-9, and a single for Keith Greene, who was beaten by both Wayne and Derek.
Although they are still bottom of the table, Milestone C won their first match of the season, beating the BBC Club 6-4, with John Evans recording another maximum, Tony Hayden a double, which included an 11-9 11-4 11-13 9-11 13-11 victory over John Lancashire, John and Tony also combining to win the doubles, beating Jack Mitchell and John Lancashire 11-8 12-10 2-11 12-10. For the BBC Club, Jack ended the evening with two wins, while John and Phil Peat each won one. Our Lady of Peace F played their strongest team against Sonning Sports B and it paid dividends when, after a sporting but competitive affair, they emerged 6-4 winners, OLOP winning the last three sets to grab both points. Both Simon Brookes, for OLOP, and Florin Dimofte, for Sonning Sports, were on fire and something had to give, both going into the 10th set with two wins apiece, Simon emerging the eventual winner, storming back in the 3rd game to win 10-12 7-11 11-5 11-8 11-8. Laurence de Ste Croix recorded two wins and Andrew Adair one, to ensure the points while, for Sonning Sports, Mike Gautrey recorded his first win, by beating Andrew, Florin and Cris Reynolds also combining to win the doubles, to retain their 100% record, beating the in-form duo of Laurence and Andrew.
Press 21 - 19th February 2017
Both the Team Handicap and Lower Divisions Knockout competitions have reached the Quarter-Final stages.
In the Lower Divisions Knockout Our Lady of Peace E enjoyed a convincing 7-2 win over their ‘F’ team club mates, securing victory after only five sets. Pradeep Desh & Abhay Gore starring with a two straight maximum. OLOP now face Tidmarsh D who beat Sonning Common & Peppard F 6-3, Dave Smith & Andy Stephens with the maximum. Tidmarsh E made it a second Tidmarsh side into the Semi-Finals following their 6-3 win over Reading FC C, despite being 1-3 behind at one stage. Bob Sunerton & Pete Sinclair winning all of their sets played. Tidmarsh now await the winners from the Milestone B v Reading FC A match.
In the Team Handicap it was Deja Vu for Our Lady of Peace E who beat Pangbourne WMC B 5-4 with captain Alistair Richardson winning the match by taking the final set of the evening, just as he had done in the previous round. Pangbourne’s Leroy Wilson managed a fine maximum, but to no avail. OLOP now travel to Milestone A who won 5-2 against Sonning Common & Peppard D with the final two sets un-played, potentially depriving unbeaten John Crosfield of a maximum, and likewise Mark Jones for Sonning. Milestone B progress on the back of a 7-2 victory over Reading FC B. Despite the first two sets being tight and requiring a third game decider, Milestone romped to a 4-0 lead after which it proved difficult for Reading to come back. Zoltan Keleman unbeaten on the night. Reading FC A complete the Semi-Final line up following a 6-3 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard C, captain Richard Witt staring with the maximum.
Andrew Robertson’s treble and two apiece from Mark Jones and Anthony Reeve saw Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Kingfisher E 7-3 in Division 2, a result that leaves Kingfisher deep in relegation trouble and nudges the Sonning Common team in touch with those in mid-table. Anthony’s tough 13-11 13-15 12-10 11-9 victory over Grant Wheatley proved crucial.
In Division 4 Curzon Club C beat club mates Curzon Club B 8-2 with Carine Bey obtaining a great treble which was her first of the season. Linda King and Terry Spice both managed doubles for the C side. Three days later Curzon Club C won again, this time 7-3 at Tilehurst Methodists D to give them every hope of avoiding the drop. Terry Spice gained a hat trick with John Walker winning two and Linda King obtaining a nice single.
Curzon Club B lost at home to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Binit Bhaskar managed a great treble and Jan Polnik and Pradeep Desh did well to win two each.
Paul Brown’s hat trick saw Reading FC B defeat Springfield D 6-4 in Division 5, Joe Bull adding two wins in support as well as the pair teaming up to win the doubles set.
Press 20 - 12th February 2017
In Division 1 a stunning 3-straight victory by Rob Gladstone over Marco Essomba 12-10 11-7 11-7 in the opening set looked to have given Kingfisher D a chance of a point against their club mates Kingfisher C. In a hard fought contest it took a win by Steve Murgatroyd against Rob in the final set 7-11 6-11 12-10 11-8 12-10 to give the C team a narrow 6-4 win. The Our Lady of Peace B youngsters Harry Munro and Yonaton Slobodskoy were in fine form as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard A 8-2, Harry winning a tight contest against Gary Morgan 11-6 4-11 11-5 9-11 12-10.
A Gary Morgan treble and two from Jason Roberts saw Sonning Common & Peppard A win 6-4 against Tidmarsh A in their re-arranged match.
Steve Ng, Sagar Sawant and David Joyce nudged Kingfisher G nearer promotion from Division 2 as they beat Pangbourne WMC A 9-1n Denise Weller with a consolation win over David Joyce for Pangbourne. Club mates Kingfisher F lost a close match at Sonning Common & Peppard E with Malcolm Gregory beating Allan Bruton 9-11 11-9 11-9 7-11 13-11 to clinch a 6-4 win for Sonning. Tidmarsh B are now in the promotion hunt after beating Kingfisher F the previous week and following it up with a 6-4 win over Our Lady of Peace C, despite a Dan West treble for visiting OLOP.
At the bottom Sonning Common & Peppard D lost a marathon match against Sonning Common & Peppard C 8-2 with Danny Dockree getting a maximum for the C side. Andrew Robertson won twice for the D team including a 9-11 11-5 9-11 12-10 11-9 victory over Matt Stone. Tilehurst Methodists A kept their chances of avoiding the drop alive with a battling 5-5 draw with Sonning Common & Peppard C, Cath Venning with an impressive treble, supporting by two wins from Nigel Rowland.
Team of the week in Division 3 are Our Lady of Peace D who continued their recent resurgence with a stunning 8-2 win over high-flying Tidmarsh C - maximums for Ali Richardson and Wendy Porter - plus a double from Dave Godfrey - Simon Barter saving the whitewash for Tidmarsh, who remain in third place. Basement team Tilehurst Methodists C picked up just their third point of the season with a 5-5 draw against Sonning Sports A - doubles for Mike Williams and Paul Treadgold whilst Bob Woodmansee hit a straight games maximum for the Sports.
Springfield A moved up into fourth place after a narrow 6-4 win over Kingfisher I - another maximum for Phil Burke and a nice double for Ludo Couillard whose wins included a win over the redoubtable Eric Holmes. Two wins for Carol Byers in reply for Kingfisher. Reserve Clive Gold hit a maximum to help inspire Kingfisher H to an 8-2 win over Tilehurst Methodists B, who have slipped into the relegation places as a result. Igor Sremac also hit a treble with Jes Eassom and Steve Dopson replaying for Tilehurst. Pangbourne WMC B still lead the table after a narrow 6-4 win over Kingfisher J.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard F recorded their 7th win in a row by a 7–3 scoreline as they opened out the promotion race with victory over Springfield B, Angus Jones getting another hat trick which was his 5th in a row. Our Lady of Peace E obtained their first win since the opening match of the season by beating Tilehurst Methodists E 6–4 with Binit Bhaskar winning all three, while Gwynne Penny was the star by gaining a treble to help Kingfisher K beat Reading FC A 6–4. Ruben Hernandez did well to gain a double.
Milestone B went 5 points clear at the top by beating Curzon Club B 8–2 with Sachin Mundra and Zoltan Kelemen both winning all three, however in the win 3 sets were decided by the home team winning in 5th game deciders by just two points.
Our Lady of Peace F increased their lead at the top of Division 5 with a 7-3 victory over second placed Kingfisher L, with Laurence de Ste Croix, Simon Brookes and Andrew Adair all winning two while, in reply for Kingfisher, Ken Robb scored a single and David O’Keeffe a double, David becoming only the second person to beat Laurence, this season. Springfield C were defeated 4-6, by Sonning Common & Peppard H, which meant that they swapped league positions, SC&P climbing up to third. Mike Casserley led the way for SC&P with a fine treble, abetted by a double from Julian James, Mike and Julian also combining to win the doubles while, for Springfield, Chris Speight won two, James Regan won one and Rob Atack won one.
Isaac Davies scored another maximum for Tidmarsh E, but Sonning Common & Peppard G fought to the end, Marko Madzar beating Mike Bundy 11-9 13-11 11-8 in the ninth set and Mikey Legg beating Bob Sunerton 11-8 11-9 11-9, in the final set, to tie the match at 5-5. Bob and Mike ended the match with one win each, to help earn Tidmarsh their point, while Jamie Legg’s two wins, before Marko and Mikey partnered up to win the doubles set, were crucial for SC&P’s point. The BBC Club and Reading FC C both expended a lot of effort, in a marathon match, which eventually ended in an honourable 5-5 draw. For the BBC, John Scott scored a maximum, Phil Peat a vital singles win, defeating Harry Edwards 12-10 14-12 4-11 12-10, and John also partnered Dave Pearson to a doubles win, while for Reading FC, Derek Anderson and Wayne Alleyne both scored two, and Harry Edwards defeated Dave Pearson 21-19 10-12 11-5 12-10 to ensure his team their point.
Sonning Sports B recorded a 7-3 victory over bottom side Milestone C, courtesy of a further treble from Florin Dimofte, a single from Mo Cole and two wins from Cris Reynolds, whose hopes for a treble were dashed when he lost to John Evans 8-11 11-9 11-9 13-15 8-11, with Milestone’s wins courtesy of a Tony Hayden single and two wins from John.
Press 19 - 5th February 2017
At the top of Division 1 Kingfisher A beat a two man Sonning Common & Peppard B side 10-0 while third placed Kingfisher B were 8-2 derby winners against Kingfisher C with Philip Zeng and Hari Gehlot both getting maximums, Hari beating long time rival Tony Reynolds 11-2 6-11 5-11 12-10 11-8.
Tidmarsh A beat YMCA 8-2, Csaba Pall and Sam Ricks with trebles, while an impressive win by Yonatan Slobodskoy against Cesaba Pall 11-7 7-11 13-11 2-11 11-8 gave Our Lady of Peace B a 5-5 draw with Tidmarsh A.
In Division 2 Kingfisher G went joint top after their 8-2 win at Our Lady of Peace C, Sagar Sawant and Steve Ng both with maximums. Curzon Club A had an impressive 6-4 win at Pangbourne WMC A with another good all round team performance from trio John Willcocks, Nick Lean and Jon Willis. Malcolm Gregory starred as Sonning Common & Peppard E won 7-3 at Kingfisher E, Malcolm just holding off the battling Nikhil Kulkarni 10-12 13-11 9-11 11-7 14-12.
Basement team Tilehurst Methodists C picked up only their second point of the season in Division 3 with a 5-5 draw against mid-table Springfield A. Mike Williams and Martin Wetherell were Tilehurst's key men in this match - both notching a couple of wins and then combining for victory in the doubles encounter. The match went to the wire with Mike coming back to defeat Ludo Couillard 5-11 11-9 11-9 12-10 in the final set to earn the point. Adam Sheen and Ludo both had doubles for Springfield. Our Lady of Peace D were the biggest winners of the week - a comprehensive 9-1 thumping of fellow relegation candidates Sonning Sports A. Alistair Richardson and Dave Godfrey both hit trebles for OLOP whilst Wendy Porter chipped in with a couple of wins - Keith Machin saved the whitewash for the Sports.
Tilehurst Methodists B couldn't quite make it a trio of success for the bottom teams - but it was a fantastic effort against high-flying Pangbourne WMC B as, despite playing a reserve, they only succumbed 4-6 when Jes Eassom lost an incredible deciding set to Clive Taylor by the narrowest of margins - 7-11 11-4 9-11 12-10 13-15. Although Clive had the only maximum of the night for Pangbourne, the man of the match was probably Tilehurst's Division 4 reserve, Steve Dopson, who recorded two wins - including one against the formidable defensive skills of Ray Webb - who had a rare duck. Leroy Wilson had two wins for Pangbourne and teamed up with Clive for a vital success in the doubles.
With previous leaders Tidmarsh C inactive this week - both Pangbourne and Milestone A took the opportunity to move up into the top two places - Pangbourne the new leaders by a point. Milestone had a strange and much more difficult evening at Kingfisher J than they might have expected. Both teams had to field a reserve and then Kingfisher found out that they actually had only one player available (Nils Wedi) from their own squad. However, Nils played a blinder and recorded a straight-games maximum whilst reserve David Wells defeated Milestone's reserve John Evans before combining with Nils in the doubles encounter against Chris Collins and John Crosfield - which only just went the way of Milestone - 9-11 11-6 6-11 11-9 11-7.
In the mid-table derby between the two Kingfisher teams - it was Kingfisher I who came out on top against Kingfisher H by a margin of 7-3. Carol Byers hit a maximum and was well supported by Eric Holmes who hit a double - both inflicting a rare defeat on Willis Ma. Finally - nice to see Kingfisher I skipper Mick Mitcham back in action for the first time this season after his shoulder injury lay-off - and he marked the occasion with a good win against Peter Bennett.
In Division 4 Kingfisher K gained two welcome points by winning 7-3 at Tilehurst Methodists E with David Wells gaining a great hat trick. Milestone B were also 7-3 winners as they won at Curzon Club C. Zoltan Kelemen played well to win all three. Despite a brilliant maximum from Tamir Siobodonskoy it was not enough as Our Lady of Peace E were held to a 5-5 draw by Tidmarsh D.
Sonning Common & Peppard F won their 6th match in a row by a 7-3 margin by beating Reading FC A. Again Angus Jones was the star by gaining a treble. Springfield B went clear in second place by beating Tilehurst Methodists D 8–2 with hat tricks from Peter Gurney and Rob Wilkie.
Sonning Common & Peppard G fought back from 1-5 down in their Division 5 encounter with Springfield C to almost tie, before eventually losing 4-6, Alan Goold beating Nick Palmer, in a tight 9th set, 10-12 11-3 9-11 11-9 11-8. Springfield’s players shared the glory, with Alan, Tom Berryman and Rob Atack each winning two, while an Oli Sayer double and Marko Madzar single, along with the doubles, accounted for SC&P’s wins. Our Lady of Peace F continued their march to the title with a comprehensive 8-2 victory over Tidmarsh E, Hari Laddunuri playing well to record his first maximum of the season. However, this match was far from easy, with 15 of the 40 games played finishing 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 or, in one instance, 17-15. Along with Hari, Laurence de Ste Croix also recorded a further maximum and Simon Brookes a double, while Steve Andrews recorded Tidmarsh’s only singles win.
Springfield D continued their recent return to form, by beating the BBC Club 8-2, Stephen Leggett recording another maximum, Paul Martin a double and Colin Jones a single, with Jack Mitchell recording both BBC’s wins, fighting back from 8-10 down in his fifth game, against Colin, to eventually win 14-12. Kingfisher L and Sonning Sports B fought to an honourable draw, a result which leaves both teams in the pack that is fighting for second place. For Kingfisher, Clive Gold recorded a maximum and Ken Robb a double while, for Sonning Sports, Florin Dimofte won two, including the crucial 10th set against David O’Keeffe, Sally James and Cris Reynolds both won one, before Sally and Cris partnered up to win the Doubles.
Reading FC C recorded their fifth win in a row by beating Milestone C 7-3, Derek Anderson leading the way with another maximum, ably assisted by team mates Wayne Alleyne, who won two, and Harry Edwards, who won one. For Milestone, John Evans won two and Carl Edlind won one.
Press 18 - 29th January 2017
Successive 8-2 victories keeps Our Lady of Peace A in the Division 1 championship hunt. Krasimer Ivanov got a maximum as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard A 8-2, while Ivanov again starred with a treble as they beat Kingfisher C, Daniel Moses also getting a maximum in this one after holding off Tony Reynolds to win 7-11 11-7 11-6 6-11 11-3. Kingfisher B’s two man team just held on to win 6-4 against Sonning Common & Peppard A thanks mainly to a Hari Gehlot maximum which began with a tight tussle against Gary Morgan to win 15-13 11-13 12-14 11-4 11-6.
Steve Miller gained an impressive treble as Our Lady of Peace B beat YMCA 7-3, Pete Bradley getting a good consolation win over OLOP’s Harry Munro 7-11 15-13 11-9 5-11 15-13. YMCA however had earlier given themselves real hope of avoiding relegation after a 7-3 win over nearest rivals Kingfisher D, Dave Halfpenny and Neil Hurford with fine trebles. Sonning Common & Peppard B grabbed a 1st point of the season against a two man Kingfisher C side. From 3-5 down Jeremy Willis enjoyed large slices of luck to defeat Stuart Williams before Jeremy and Nigel Maltby teamed up to defeat Andrew Parker and Stuart Williams in the decisive doubles 6-11 11-4 11-2 9-11 11-7.
In Division 2 Kingfisher F saw their promotion charge dented by a 7-3 defeat to in-form Our Lady of Peace C, Clive Perry starring for the OLOP team with a maximum. This was the Kingfisher teams first defeat of the season. Second placed Kingfisher G fared no better as they were beaten 6-4 by third placed Curzon Club A, John Willcocks treble backed by two wins from Jon Willis and a hard fought doubles win by the pair against David Joyce and Melvyn Lovegrove 8-11 11-8 7-11 11-7 11-9.
Sonning Common & Peppard C were able to ease any relegation fears with a 7-3 derby win against Sonning Common & Peppard E, Niall McGrane’s treble for the E side proving in vain. Tidmarsh B continued their improved form with a fine 9-1 win over Kingfisher E, Dom Cutter and Barry Carter both starring with trebles. Denise Weller’s maximum steered Pangbourne WMC A to a 7-3 win at Tilehurst Methodists A.
A trio of surprise results in Division 3 last week. Pride of place to lowly Sonning Sports A who pulled off one of the surprise results of the season with a 6-4 success over leaders Tidmarsh C. A great team effort - two wins apiece for Keith Machin and Chris Dexter - whilst Bob Woodmansee won the final set to give his team the win. Lee Calcutt again won all his three sets for Tidmarsh - but to no avail on this occasion - Chris Webb with Tidmarsh's other set. However Tidmarsh still lead the table on sets difference because their nearest rivals, Pangbourne WMC B, also fell victim to something of a surprise result when Kingfisher I held them to a 5-5 draw, despite only having two players! For Kingfisher, Eric Holmes and Carol Byers each had a couple of wins and then teamed up for a great comeback win in the doubles from two games down to win 3-11 9-11 11-8 11-3 11-6 For Pangbourne Clive Taylor had two wins.
Fourth placed Springfield A were the other leading team to have their wings clipped by lowly opposition as Our Lady of Peace D held them to a 5-5 draw - two wins apiece for Dave Godfrey and Wendy Porter. Phil Burke was once again the main man for Springfield with yet another treble. Milestone A consolidated third position and moved to within a point of the two leading teams with a 6-4 win over Tilehurst Methodists B - who had to field a reserve. Captain Arun Rajagopal continued his consistent form by hitting another treble for Milestone including a great comeback win against Jes Eassom 4-11 7-11 12-10 11-5 11-7 - and, just to add even more drama to the comeback, Arun was actually five match-points down at 5-10 in the third game! Chris Collins had another useful double for Milestone but lost to Jes - who notched a double himself with success over Milestone's John Crosfield.
Kingfisher H were pushed all the way by plucky bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C - and were largely indebted to Jarek Chmielowiec who hit a fine maximum in their 6-4 win as well as teaming up with Igor Sremac to win a tense five-game doubles encounter. For Tilehurst both Paul Treadgold and Mike Williams had two wins whilst Masoud Ghabachi gave Peter Bennett an early scare before Peter eventually got home 9-11 9-11 11-5 11-8 11-6.
In Division 4 Dave Edwards hit a great hat trick to help Tidmarsh D win 7-3 at Kingfisher K. Sonning Common & Peppard F beat Tilehurst Methodists E 7–3 with Angus Jones obtaining yet another treble, while at the top Milestone B beat second place Springfield B 9–1 with Sachin Mundra and Zoltan Kelemen both gaining maximums. This was the Springfield teams first defeat of the season and pushes Milestone 3 points ahead of the field.
In Division 5 Derek Anderson hit another maximum and Wayne Alleyne a double, to assure Reading FC C both points, in their 6-4 win over Sonning Sports B, for whom Michael Byrne and Sally James each won one, and Cris Reynolds won two. Our Lady of Peace F emerged victorious from a close match with Springfield C, the 6-4 score line hinging on the doubles, which OLOP won 9-11 13-11 11-9 11-8, and Simon Brookes’ 10th game victory. Both Simon and Andrew Adair finished with two wins apiece, but Hari Laddunuri’s single was also crucial to OLOP’s win while, for Springfield, Rob Atack and Chris Speight also won two each.
Gerry Bacon was in imperious form, leading Sonning Common & Peppard H to a 7-3 win over the BBC Club, with Mike Casserley and Julian James providing great support, winning two each. For the BBC Club, John Scott won two singles and the doubles, partnered by Mojtaba Safavi, while Phil Peat narrowly lost 11-13 9-11 9-11, to Julian James, as did Mojtaba, who was defeated 8-11 10-12 11-9 13-15. Kingfisher L suffered a blow to their Championship hopes, eventually losing 2-8 to Tidmarsh E, with only Ken Robb having any joy on the night, recording both their wins. For Tidmarsh, Isaac Davies recorded his second maximum, while Steve Andrews and Mike Bundy each won two. Springfield D returned to winning ways, beating Milestone C 8-2, their win courtesy of a Stephen Leggett maximum and two wins each for Colin Jones and Paul Martin, with John Evans recording both of Milestone’s wins.
Press 17 - 22nd January 2017
Sonning Common & Peppard A won their derby with Sonning Common & Peppard B 10-0, Nigel Maltby taking Thomas Perkins close for the B team before losing 6-11 1-11 11-8 11-5 9-11.
Kingfisher F’s promotion charge in Division 2 continued as they beat Kingfisher E 7-3, Allan Bruton leading the way with a maximum. Second placed Kingfisher G were made to battle in their match at Sonning Common & Peppard D before winning 6-4, Steve Ng with a treble and David Joyce winning twice. Curzon Club A saw an promotion aspirations all but ended as they lost 8-2 at home to mid-table Our Lady of Peace C, Dan West starring with a treble that began with a thrilling 15-13 7-11 11-5 10-12 11-9 victory over Nick Lean.
Pangbbourne WMC A eased any relegation worries with a fine 6-4 win at Sonning Common & Peppard E, Simon Hopkins earning a brilliant win over Niall McGrane and John Simmonds just holding off a spirited challenge from Carole Chard to win 10-12 13-11 11-7 11-13 15-13. Tidmarsh B were 9-1 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard C in a match closer than the score suggests, Barry Carter and Mike Aistrop with trebles. Denise Weller’s treble helped Pangbourne WMC A defeat Sonning Common & Peppard D 7-3.
With no match this week for the Division 3 leaders Tidmarsh C, second placed Pangbourne WMC B moved to within a point of top spot by defeating bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C 7-3 - maximums for Leroy Wilson and Clive Taylor. Biggest winners of the week were Milestone A who consolidated third position with a 9-1 win at Kingfisher I - a surprisingly comfortable win given Kingfisher's recent form. Captain Arun Rajagopal and reserve Zoltan Kelemen both hit trebles with Dave Duncan saving the whitewash for the home team with success over Chris Collins.
Tilehurst Methodists B were too good for Kingfisher J and eased to a 7-3 win - Jes Eassom hitting a straight games maximum which included a fine win over Nils Wedi. John Virgo was just one point away from a maximum too - being 11-10 up against Nils and leading 2-1 in games before losing the game 12-14 and then losing the fifth game 6-11. The only drawn match of the week came at OLOP - where Our Lady of Peace D and Kingfisher H shared the points. Dave Godfrey had a great treble for OLOP including a comeback from 2 games down to defeat Jarek Chmielowiec 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 whilst Ali Richardson won the crucial final set against Jarek to secure the draw. Igor Sremac and Peter Bennett both hit doubles for Kingfisher. Finally - a real statistical quirk in the Division 3 table sees the three Kingfisher teams alongside each other in 5th, 6th and 7th positions - all with 12 points from 12 matches!
The Tilehurst Methodists Division 4 derby was won by the ‘D’ team who beat the ‘E’ team 6-4 with Patrick O’Sullivan, Roy Hull and Chris Taylor all getting doubles. Springfield B maintained their promotion push by beating Curzon Club C 6–4. Peter Gurney beat Carine Bey in set ten 8-11 8-11 11-5 11-7 13-11 to clinch the two points. New signing Marc Brent and Geoff Johnson both gained hat tricks to help Curzon Club B win 7-3 at bottom side Our Lady of Peace E.
Sonning Common & Peppard F had a fine 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D thanks mainly to a great treble gained by Angus Jones, while Milestone B moved to the top of the table with a brilliant 8-2 win at Reading FC A. Zoltan Kelemen was the star by winning all three.
In Division 5, Sonning Common & Peppard G beat the BBC Club 7-3, thanks to a maximum from Oliver Sayer, a brace from Jamie Legg and a single from Nick Palmer, the BBC Club replying with two wins for John Scott and a single for Jack Mitchell. Simon Brookes fought off illness and Keith Greene to win the final set 5-11 13-11 9-11 13-11 11-4 and ensure that Our Lady of Peace F went home with both points having beaten Reading FC B 6-4. However, this victory was reliant upon another Laurence de Ste Croix maximum, which merited his fourth consecutive PoM award, and a single from Andrew Adair, with Reading FC B’s wins courtesy of a brace from Joe Bull and singles from both Paul Brown and Keith.
Springfield D succumbed to a sixth successive defeat, this time losing 4-6 to Reading FC C, for whom Derek Anderson led the way with a maximum and Wayne Alleyne abetted with a brace while, for Springfield, Stephen Leggett won two and Paul Martin and Colin Jones each won one. Second and third could not be separated, as Kingfisher L drew their match with Springfield C, a result which mirrored their previous encounter, with Clive Gold winning the final set to record another maximum and, along with a single from David O’Keeffe, help his team earn their point. Springfield went home with a point thanks to two wins each, for Rob Atack and Chris Speight, as well as a single for Tom Berryman.
Against Sonning Sports B, Tidmarsh E recorded their first 10-0 win, with maximums for Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and newly registered Isaac Davies, who appears to have carried on from where he left off last season. A Gerry Bacon maximum and a brace from Julian James was only sufficient to earn Sonning Common & Peppard H a point, after Milestone C’s Colin Phillips won the final set to draw the match and ensure his team only their second point of the season. However, this draw was only possible because Tony Hayden and Carl Edlind, who won one and two sets respectively, also combined to win the doubles.
Press 16 - 15th January 2017
Martin Gunn was made to work hard for his hat trick as Kingfisher A won a tough match at Tidmarsh A 8-2 in Division 1, Martin Adams also recording a maximum for Kingfisher. Neil Hurford managed a fine 11-8 11-9 9-11 9-11 11-7 win over Hari Gehlot, however it wasn’t enough to gain a much needed point for his YMCA team as Kingfisher B pulled clear from 3-3 to win 7-3.
Nigel Rowland’s excellent 11-5 11-7 11-7 win over Jon Willis and a fine double from Catherine Venning helped Tilehurst Methodists A secure a valuable point from their Division 2 match against 3rd placed Curzon Club A. Leaders Kingfisher F beat a two man Sonning Common & Peppard C team 7-3, Danny Dockree with a good 11-8 3-11 11-9 11-9 victory over Ivor Hardman for the losers, while Our Lady of Peace C beat Kingfisher E 6-4 with Chris West starring with a fine treble.
Tidmarsh C have moved three points clear at the top of Division 3 after two wins since the turn of the year. First up they defeated Springfield A 6-4 with a maximum from Lee Calcutt in a match which also saw him take Phil Burke's 100% record in a classic fluctuating five-game tussle 11-4, 6-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6. Chris Webb also contributed two wins - although he only just got home 11-9 in the fifth game against Adam Sheen. Tidmarsh then travelled to Kingfisher H and, largely thanks to another maximum from Lee, came away with another 6-4 victory. Both Willis Ma & Jarek Chmielowiec hit doubles for the home team. Pangbourne WMC B kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 7-3 success against next to bottom Our Lady of Peace D. Ray Webb was once again the star man for Pangbourne with a treble whilst Clive Taylor marked his return from injury with a double - as did Leroy Wilson. Alistair Richardson and Dave Godfrey fought hard for OLOP and each had a good win as well as combining for victory in the doubles.
Milestone A moved into third place on sets difference after thumping bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C 9-1. Captain Arun Rajagopal led the way with a straight games maximum, well supported by Chris Collins who also hit a treble. Reserve Sachin Mundra also played his part with two wins. For Tilehurst Martin Wetherill saved the whitewash by defeating Sachin and was unlucky to only lose 9-11 if the final game to Chris. Springfield A returned to winning ways at home to Sonning Sports A - another 7-3 scoreline - Phil Burke back to maximum form in this match, well supported by Ludo Couillard with a double. Bob Woodmansee hit a double in reply for the Sports. The inter-club tussle at Kingfisher went the way of Kingfisher J against Kingfisher I - but only just - Nils Wedi completing a personal maximum in a tense final set which included two deuces against Steve Woolnough. Earlier Joaquin Sabater was only denied his own personal maximum by Carol Byers' tenacity in the final game of their marathon encounter which Carol edged 17-15.
Curzon Club C gained two vital points in Division 4 by beating Tilehurst Methodists E 6–4 mainly due to a great John Walker maximum and a double from Linda King. Curzon then held Reading FC A to a 5-5 draw with Linda King and Carine Bey both winning two each besides teaming up to win the vital doubles set.
In a bottom of the table clash Kingfisher K beat Our Lady of Peace E 7–3 with Gwynne Penny and David Wells both obtaining trebles. Curzon Club B held Springfield B to a 5-5 draw thanks to a Geoff Johnson maximum and a double from Jim Brent, while Milestone B beat Tilehurst Methodists E 7–3 with Zoltan Kelemen and Sachin Mundra both winning all three. Tilehurst Methodist D lost at home to Tidmarsh D 6-4 for whom Andy Stephens and Dave Edwards both hit three straight trebles.
In Division 5, it was business as usual for leaders Our Lady of Peace F, who beat the BBC Club 8-2, thanks to maximums from Laurence de Ste Croix and Andrew Adair, as well as a single from Mariusz Paluszkiewicz. For the BBC Club, there were consolation singles for Dave Pearson and John Lancashire. Wayne Alleyne won his first maximum of the season, as he led Reading FC C to a 6-4 victory, over Sonning Common & Peppard H, helped by a brace from Derek Anderson. For SC&P, Mike Casserley won two, only losing 8-11 9-11 11-3 11-9 12-10 to Wayne, while Julian James and Steve Knott each won one. Struck down by injuries, Milestone C lost 0-10 to Sonning Common & Peppard G, with Mikey Legg, Marko Madzar and Jamie Legg taking home the points.
Kingfisher L kept up the pressure on the leaders, with a closely fought 6-4 win over Reading FC B, thanks to a treble from Ken Robb and a brace from Clive Gold, Clive losing for only the second time this season. In reply, Reading FC’s Joe Bull ended the evening with two wins, and there were single wins for Keith Greene and Paul Brown. Sonning Sports B emerged triumphant from their match with Springfield D, running out 8-2 winners, a score line which didn’t do justice to the epic contest which took place, thanks to further maximums from Florin Dimofte and Sally James, along with a single from Cris Reynolds. For all their efforts, Colin Jones and Stephen Leggett only emerged with a single win each, while Paul Martin left with nothing to show for his efforts, just losing to Sally 7-11 11-8 12-14 12-10 12-14, in his final match of the evening.
Press 15 - 8th January 2017
Kingfisher A lead Division 1 at the halfway stage and with Martin Adams and Martin Gunn in their side they will be a tough nut to crack. However reigning champions Our Lady of Peace A are right on their heals and the match between these two teams in mid-January will no doubt prove decisive. Kingfisher B are third and only a couple of points behind so they shouldn’t be written off yet. Elsewhere Kingfisher C, Our Lady of Peace B and Sonning Common & Peppard A are all safely in mid-table.
Both Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher D have a little more to do to secure their safety at the bottom, but both these teams should be more than capable of holding off YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B who both look destined for the drop. YMCA’s recent 6-4 win at Sonning Common gives them some hope and a return to fitness of some of their players could also help.
In Division 2 both Kingfisher F and Kingfisher G look set for promotion. The F team are unbeaten at the halfway stage while Kingfisher G have a 3 point cushion over third placed Curzon Club A. Sonning Common & Peppard E complete the top four. Of the rest it looks like being a mighty scramble to avoid the drop. Tidmarsh B, Our Lady of Peace C and Sonning Common & Peppard D look safe, while Tilehurst Methodists A sit bottom of the table and have most to do to get out of trouble. That leaves Sonning Common & Peppard C, Pangbourne A and Kingfisher E fighting to stay out of the bottom two.
It’s an extremely tight contest in Division 3 with just 5 points separating third from bottom Sonning Sports A and top of the table Tidmarsh C. Tidmarsh will be favourites to go up having a couple of stronger players to call on while the second promotion place is really up for grabs. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists C are adrift of the rest and look doomed while Our Lady of Peace D will need to quickly turn their fortunes around in the new year.
It looks like a three horse race in Division 4 with Milestone B, Springfield B and Reading FC A ahead of the rest. Curzon Club B have matches in hand but are unlikely to feature in the promotion race. At the foot of the table Our Lady of Peace E and Curzon Club C are currently just behind Kingfisher K and it looks as if two of these three will drop into the basement division come the seasons end.
Our Lady of Peace F have taken a commanding lead of Division 5 after early challenges from Kingfisher L and Springfield D have faded of late. Kingfisher and Springfield are still well placed for a promotion push, however Reading FC B, Springfield C and Sonning Common & Peppard H are close behind and either of these three could yet feature. With matches in hand BBC Club and Reading FC C can pull themselves away from the bottom towards mid-table, however Milestone C have yet to record a win, but should they do so they could quickly regain touch with the rest.
Press 14 - 18th December 2016
Tony Reynolds became the first player to defeat Kingfisher A’s Martin Gunn as Kingfisher C grabbed a 5-5 draw against their fellow Division 1 club mates. Tony clinched a fantastic point for his side by beating Martin 9-11 3-11 11-9 11-8 13-11. Martin had earlier won another marathon contest against the C teams Marco Essomba 9-11 11-8 6-11 11-5 11-7. Tidmarsh A were 6-4 winners against Kingfisher D with Csaba Pall and Tony Baker winning a key doubles contest against Simon Vine and Rob Gladstone 11-13 9-11 11-4 12-10 11-9.
It needed a Martin Adams’ hat trick and two good wins from Mark Banks to take Kingfisher A back to the top as they won 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard A in their re-arranged fixture, Sonning Common’s Gary Morgan earning a good win over Banks 11-7 11-4 7-11 9-11 11-8 while young Joe Barraclough managed a fine 11-13 11-5 15-13 9-11 12-10 victory over Richard Rosinski.
In Division 2 a John Willcocks treble and another impressive win by Nick Lean, beating Alan Mollett in a last set decider 9-11 11-8 11-7 6-11 11-9, gave Curzon Club A a 6-4 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard D to leave the Curzon team on third place at the half way stage of the season. Danny Dockree starred as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 6-4 at Kingfisher E, Danny clinching a match winning hat trick when holding off John Morris 11-9 7-11 11-6 15-17 11-7. Tim Raby won twice and Jon Abbott managed a single in support.
Reading FC A were forced to play two reserves at Springfield B in their Division 4 encounter and just went down 6–4. For Springfield Rob Wilkie made the difference by winning all three. Tidmarsh D beat top of the table Milestone B 7-3 thanks mainly to the ex first division star Andy Stevens getting a fairly easy three straight maximum.
Mikey Legg’s hat trick and doubles from Oliver Sayer and Jamie Legg saw Sonning Common & Peppard G win 8-2 against Milestone C in Division 5. Mickey’s treble including a notable win over Milestone’s John Evans 9-11 11-6 7-11 12-10 11-8. Although Springfield D’s Stephen Leggett won all his matches, his team mates were only able to win one other set, a victory for Colin Jones over Julian James, narrowly losing the Doubles 9-11 12-10 11-9 9-11 10-12, which ensured that Sonning Common & Peppard H ended the evening as 6-4 victors, thanks to a single from Julian James and doubles for both Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserley.
Press 13 - 11th December 2016
In the battle at the bottom of Division 1 YMCA clinched a 6-4 win at Sonning Common & Peppard B thanks to a Neil Hurford treble and a vital opening win by Pete Bradley over Jeremy Willis 2-11 16-14 9-11 11-6 11-8. Brian Meheux had a fine 11-9 13-11 11-9 win over Pete Bradley for Sonning Common while Nigel Maltby managed a first win of the season as he beat Dave Gilham.
In Division 2 Our Lady of Peace C hung on to draw 5-5 with Sonning Common & Peppard C despite only having two players, Clive Perry with a good maximum. Kingfisher G remain clear in second place after beating nearest rivals Sonning Common & Peppard E 8-2, Sagar Sawant and David Joyce with trebles, while Tidmarsh B enjoyed a 10-0 victory over Pangbourne WMC A and a Dan West treble helped Our Lady of Peace C defeat bottom side Tilehurst Methodists A 8-2.
The top of the table clash in Division 3 between Pangbourne WMC B and Tidmarsh C finished with honours even and, as a result, Tidmarsh top the table at Christmas by a point. However, the Webb family bragging rights definitely belong to Pangbourne's Ray who hit a maximum and in the process beat his brother, Chris, in a final set thriller 7-11 11-9 9-11 11-3 11-8 to earn the point for his team. And, just to rub it in, Ray teamed up with Leroy Wilson to defeat Chris again in the crucial doubles encounter 11-9 9-11 6-11 12-10 12-10. Simon Barter and Chris Webb both had two wins for Tidmarsh with Theresa Watson chipping in with a single.
Kingfisher I are tucked in just a point behind Pangbourne in third place. However, they nearly came a cropper at lowly Tilehurst Methodists B who were well worth their point in another drawn encounter. No maximums in this match - just a great team effort on both sides. Jes Eassom hit a double for Tilehurst which included a great win over Eric Holmes 11-5 8-11 11-5 11-3. Doubles for Eric and Carol Byers in reply for Kingfisher, supported by Dave Duncan who had a fine win over Ian Cockling 8-11 11-7 11-3 11-2 but then lost out to John Virgo in a tense five-game battle. Ian then came up trumps for Tilehurst with a final set win over Carol to earn the point. Kingfisher H were the only big winners this week - thumping Sonning Sports A 9-1 to move into joint 4th place. Jarek Chmielowiec was the star of the night with a straight games maximum, well supported by Wills Ma who also hit a treble. Bob Woodmansee saved Sonning from the whitewash after a marathon encounter with Igor Sremac - Bob ending Igor's hopes of a personal maximum by edging home 12-10 9-11 5-11 13-11 15-13 while Milestone A kept Our Lady of Peace D in the relegation zone with a narrow 6-4 win - Arun Rajagopal with a maximum and Chris Collins with a double. Alistair Richardson fought hard for OLOP and had two good wins - but an 11-9 final game win for Milestone in the doubles encounter was to ultimately prove decisive.
Bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C came so close to a rare point at Kingfisher J - but came away with nothing apart from plenty of plaudits for a gutsy performance. Kingfisher eventually just got home 6-4, largely due to Nils Wedi's maximum and Joaquin Munoz Sabater's double. Kingfisher skipper Didier Garcon fought back superbly in his clash with Paul Treadgold but eventually lost by the narrowest of margins 5-11 4-11 12-10 11-9 10-12. For Tilehurst Paul hit a nice double and only lost 8-11 in the final game to Nils - support for Paul from Masoud Ghabachi and Martin Wetherell with one win each.
Curzon Club B had a fine 8–2 win over Kingfisher K in Division 4 with Geoff Johnson hitting a good hat trick and Jim Brent and Derek Harrison both obtaining doubles, as did David Wells for Kingfisher. Angus Jones hit a very good maximum to help Sonning Common & Peppard F beat Our Lady of Peace E 7–3, Angus winning a tight tussle with OLOP’s Predeep Desh 14-16 13-11 10-12 11-7 13-11.
In Division 5 Reading FC C beat Sonning Common & Peppard G 7-3 thanks to a straight sets treble for Derek Anderson, a double for Wayne Alleyne and a single for Harry Edwards while, in reply for SC&P, Jamie Legg won two and Mikey Legg won one. It was also a good week for Reading FC B, who beat Tidmarsh E 6-4, thanks to a maximum from Joe Bull, who beat Steve Andrews in the crucial 10th set. Joe was ably supported by Keith Greene, who won two and who also combined with Joe to win the Doubles. For Tidmarsh, Bob Sunerton replied with two wins, while both Steve Andrews and John Harland won one each.
Sonning Sports B inflicted a 6-4 defeat on Springfield C, thanks to maximums for both Florin Dimofte and Sally James while, for Springfield, there was one apiece for Chris Speight, Tom Berryman and Alan Goold. The BBC Club won their second match of the season, this time beating Kingfisher L 7-3, with Kingfisher’s wins being courtesy of a David O’Keefe maximum, who was unlucky to end up on the losing side. For BBC, Dave Pearson, John Scott and Phil Peat each won two.
Press 12 - 4th December 2016
Hat tricks from Harry Munro and Yonaton Slobodskoy saw Our Lady of Peace B win 9-1 against Sonning Common & Peppard B in Division 1, reserve Felix Thomis earning two excellent wins against Brian Meheux and Nigel Maltby as well as running Jeremy Willis close before losing a thriller 3-11 11-7 11-8 10-12 13-15. Our Lady of Peace A were 9-1 winners against a two man YMCA side, Neil Hurford’s win over Eduard Caliman the only consolation for depleted YMCA.
Simon Vine managed a fine double for Kingfisher D but it wasn’t enough to save his team from a derby defeat to Kingfisher B, Hari Gehlot getting a comfortable maximum for the B team. Sam Ricks fine treble proved in vain as Tidmarsh A lost 7-3 at Kingfisher C, Sam beating Marco Essomba in his opener 11-7 11-8 13-11.
Ivor Hardman managed another maximum as Kingfisher F maintained their lead in Division 2 with a 7-3 success at Pangbourne WMC A, Ivor winning a tough opening encounter with Denise Weller 14-12 10-12 11-7 12-10. Richard Leachman added a vital single for Kingfisher by beating Denise 11-9 in the 5th. Steve Ng and David Joyce trebles kept Kingfisher G on course after they impressively beat Tidmarsh B 9-1, while Nial McGrane’s maximum moved Sonning Common & Peppard E up to third after they won 7-3 at Curzon Club A, Malcolm Gregory clinching the match win after holding off Jon Willis 11-13 11-5 10-12 11-8 11-7.
The Tilehurst Methodists A v Sonning Common & Peppard D fixture went to the wire with Anthony Reeve beating Nigel Rowland 11-9 7-11 12-10 7-11 11-9 in the final set to grab a 6-4 victory for Sonning Common, Andrew Robertson having earlier clinched a good maximum.
New leaders in Division 3 this week in Tidmarsh C - by a point from Pangbourne WMC B who they meet next week in a battle of the top two - a match which also sees the Webb brothers - Chris & Ray - go head to head. Kingfisher I are just a further point behind in third place - on sets difference from Springfield A - but without a match this week. The bottom four met each other - and the results leave them all still in the bottom four - albeit with Kingfisher J having slipped down a place.
There was certainly no inter-club love for lowly Tilehurst Methodists C who were defeated 7-3 by their own B team - a result which sees the C team still winless and now six points adrift at the foot of the table. Paul Treadgold hit a good double for the C team but was overshadowed by Jes Eassom who recorded a maximum for the B side - including a marathon five-game battling win over Paul in the opening set. And two more good wins for consistent B team skipper Ian Cockling before he lost to Paul in the final set of the night. The B team also won a doubles encounter in a League match for the first time this season. Our Lady of Peace D remain next to bottom despite registering the week's biggest win - a 10-0 whitewash of a weakened Kingfisher J - maximums for Ali Richardson, Dave Godfrey & Wendy Porter.
A good team effort saw Tidmarsh C overcome Milestone A 7-3 - although Milestone did have to play two reserves in this match. Simon Barter, Dave Sheppard & Chris Webb all hit doubles for Tidmarsh with Chris Collins replying with two good wins for Milestone. Set of the week in this match - Chris Webb coming back from the brink to defeat Zoltan Kelemen 7-11 10-12 14-12 11-8 13-11. Pangbourne WMC B were too strong for Sonning Sports A - maximums for Ray Webb & Leroy Wilson in their 7-3 win plus a great win for veteran Eddie Cripps against Dave Chard 11-6 11-2 4-11 12-10. Springfield A were without their 100% man Phil Burke, at home to Kingfisher H - and paid the price with a 3-7 defeat. Igor Sremac was the star for the visitors, only dropping one game on his way to a great treble. Good support from Peter Bennett for Kingfisher with two wins whilst Ludo Couillard lead Springfield's resistance with a double.
In Division 4 Sonning Common & Peppard F had a fine 7-3 away win at Kingfisher K thanks mainly to a great hat trick from Eric Walker. With new signing Andy Stephens in their team Tidmarsh D beat Curzon Club C 8–2. Stephens won all three in straight sets. Tilehurst Methodists E and Springfield B shared the spoils with Steve Wood playing well by beating Springfield’s Rob Wilkie.
Despite a fine treble from Praeep Desh Our Lady of Peace E went down to Tilehurst Methodists D 7-3. Reading FC A maintained their promotion challenge by beating Curzon Club B 6–4. The vital set was won by Mark Edwards who beat Geoff Johnson 17-15 11-13 9-11 11-4 11-9.
In Division 5, Kingfisher L beat Milestone C 8-2, Milestone avoiding the whitewash thanks to a double from John Evans. For Kingfisher, Clive Gold won all three and both Meriel Low and Ken Robb won two. Sonning Common & Peppard H continued their recent fine run, with another 10-0 victory, this time beating Sonning Sports B. As anticipated, there were many close matches but, in the end, Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Julian James all went home with maximums. Erstwhile leaders Springfield D suffered their third consecutive defeat, losing 4-6 to Sonning Common & Peppard G, in a closely contested match. Oliver Sayer and Stephen Leggett had each won both of their previous sets, when they clashed in the crucial final set, and it looked like Stephen was earning Springfield a point, until Oliver turned it around, eventually winning 11-13 10-12 11-7 11-5 11-9. Helping SC&P take the points were Marko Madzar, who won two, and Jim McClure, who won one, while, in reply for Springfield, Colin Jones also won one.
Reading FC C made division leaders Our Lady of Peace F fight for the points, OLOP eventually winning 6-4, thanks to another Laurence de Ste Croix maximum, a double from Simon Brookes and a vital 9th set win for Hari Laddunuri, against Wayne Alleyne, whose efforts all evening went unrewarded, while, for Reading FC, Derek Anderson won two and Harry Edwards won one. Springfield C climbed up the table, with their 6-4 win over Reading FC B, thanks to a 10th set victory for Chris Speight, over Dave Evans. Springfield’s Tom Berryman won one, while teammates Rob Atack and Chris ended the night with two wins apiece, as did Reading FC’s Keith Greene and Paul Brown. By beating the BBC Club 7-3, Tidmarsh E took their winning run to three matches and continued their march up the table, with Pete Sinclair getting his first maximum, while Bob Sunerton and Mike Bundy both won two. However, there were many close games, not least John Scott’s 11-9 10-12 8-11 12-10 11-9 win over Mike and Jack Mitchell’s 8-11 11-9 9-11 11-8 11-5 win over Bob.
In the Team Handicap competition a thrilling see-saw encounter saw Tidmarsh D take the lead four times but still somehow manage to lose to Sonning Common and Peppard C. At 3-4 down Danny Dockree crucially won set eight 23-25, 20-22 to again tie the match for Sonning, leaving Tim Raby to complete his maximum and ensure the come from behind victory.
Press 11 - 26th November 2016
In Division 1 Kingfisher A beat Our Lady of Peace B 7-3, Martin Adams, Justin Mead and Martin Gunn all just too good for OLOP’s junior pairing of Yonaton Slobodskoy and Harry Munro, however Martin Gunn was made to fight all the way before beating Yonaton 10-12 11-7 6-11 11-5 11-6. Daniel Moses fine treble helped Our Lady of Peace B towards a 7-3 victory over Kingfisher B, Moses beating Hari Gehlot 11-7 11-9 11-9. Kingfisher C had a 10-0 walkover victory against YMCA who were unable to field a side.
Kingfisher F lept 4 points clear at the top of Division 2 after beating nearest rivals Kingfisher G 6-4. Sagar Sawant starred for the G team with a fine treble that included a 11-6 9-11 11-7 5-11 12-10 win over Ivor Hardman and an even closer win over Allan Bruton 13-15 11-5 18-16 8-11 11-8. However doubles from Hardman and Nigel Keedy saw the F team just hang on for the match win. Sonning Common & Peppard E held on for a draw with club mates Sonning Common D despite only having two players, Malcolm Gregory with a hat trick that included an 11-3 9-11 10-12 11-9 14-12 success over Mark Jones after his comeback victory over Allan Mollett 7-11 14-16 11-5 11-1 11-8.
Denise Weller’s excellent 3-straight treble moved Pangbourne WMC A out of the relegation zone as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Simon Hopkins winning a vital match with Jon Abbott 11-8 13-11 15-17 10-12 11-5.
Angus Jones hit a great maximum to help Sonning Common & Peppard F beat Tilehurst Methodists D 7–3 in their Division 4 match. In fact only Patrick O’Sullivan took a game from him. Two days later Tilehurst Methodists D returned to the table and gained a point from Springfield B with Chris Taylor and Roy Hull both gaining doubles. Roy’s double included a great victory over Rob Wilkie who at the time had only lost 1 set.
In Division 5 Julian James won all three of his matches in fifth game deciders as Sonning Common & Peppard H won their re-arranged fixture with Springfield C 8-2, team mate Mike Casserely also winning all three. This was the Springfield teams first defeat of the season. Top of the table Our Lady of Peace F beat bottom of the table Milestone C by the narrowest of margins, 6-4, Laurence De Ste Croix clinching both points and his personal maximum by beating Colin Philips 11-8 11-5 11-5 in the last set of the night.
In the Second Round of the Lower Divisions Knock Out Tournament, for SC&P ‘F’ ?elding the same players produced the same result, a second 9-0 victory, this time at the expense of King?sher ‘L’. Cup holders Reading FC ‘A’, another unbeaten team in this years competition, triumphed with a second successive 6-3 victory, a ?ne team performance with each pair winning two sets. Tidmarsh ‘D’ with player availability problems signed Andy Stephens and as a result triumphed 9-0 over SC&P ‘H’ to set up an intriguing Quarter ?nal match-up with SC&P ‘F’.
Tidmarsh ‘E’ shuf?ed their team after a loss in Round One, bringing in Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews and came up trumps with a 7-2 win over ?rst round winners Spring?eld ‘D’. Only one set requiring a third game decider. There were victories for the two OLOP teams, who like Tidmarsh, were also beaten in Round One. For the ‘E’ team Pradeep Desh came into the side and had a hand in ?ve of the winning sets that saw off King?sher ‘K’. The ‘F’ team, the ?rst to use four players in a match, proved too strong for Reading FC ‘B’. On the night Laurence De Set Croix / Andrew Adair starred in a hard fought match. Milestone ‘B’, another losing First Round team, are through to the next round at the expense of Sonning Sports ‘B’. The Sachin Mundra / Gareth Aldridge pairing unbeaten, in a match tighter than the scoreline of 7-2 suggests with seven sets requiring a third game decider.
In Round Two of the Handicap competition Reading FC ‘A’ triumphed 7-2 over King?sher ‘J’, Antony Alleyne recording a ?ne maximum for Reading FC with Nils Wedi replying with a hard fought double for King?sher. Last seasons ?nalists SC&P ‘D’ are still on track for a repeat appearance in the ?nal following a 6-3 win at Curzon ‘C’, Alan Mollett with a maximum, his 17-21 22-20 20-22 eighth set win over Carine Bey proving to be the match winner. OLOP ‘E’, 9-0 winners in Round One, had a much tighter match against Tidmarsh ‘C’ just edging it 5-4. Captain Alistair Richardson winning the deciding ninth set against Chris Webb 21-18, 19-21, 21-18. OLOP now meet Pangbourne ‘B’ in the Quarter Finals after they overcame King?sher ‘L’ 6-3 following doubles from each of the team. Milestone ‘C’ unfortunately could only ?eld two players and subsequently went down to Reading FC B 7-2.
Press 10 - 19th November 2016
A Gary Morgan treble and wins by Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough saw Sonning Common & Peppard A win 6-4 at Kingfisher C in Division 1, Roberts beating Stuart Williams 10-12 8-11 11-7 11-9 14-12 while Barraclough also beat Williams in 5 games 7-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-9. Maximums from Eduard Caliman, Ian Cole and Krasimer Ivanov saw Our Lady of Peace A stroll to victory at Kingfisher D 10-0 while Kingfisher B were 7-3 winners at Tidmarsh A, despite a fine victory for Sam Ricks over Hari Gehlot 11-6 11-9 9-11 6-11 11-8.
Danny Moses returned to action for Our Lady of Peace A and his maximum alongside that of Krasimer Ivanov saw them win their inter club derby against Our Lady of Peace B 8-2. Calin Scacia and Rob Gladstone both earned hard fought maximums as Kingfisher D beat bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard B, Jeremy Willis and Brian Meheux both earning good victories over Trevor Organ for the Sonning side.
In Division 2 Dom Cutter scored another impressive treble for Tidmarsh B, however it wasn’t enough to save his side from a 6-4 defeat, Nick Lean and John Willcocks both winning twice as Curzon Club A returned home with both points. A Niall McGrane treble and singles from Lisa Williams and Carole Chard saw Sonning Common & Peppard E defeat Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4.
John Morris, Grant Wheatley and Roger Woolven-Allen all contributed as Kingfisher E beat Pangbourne WMC A 6-4, John winning winning a marathon opening contest against Denise Weller 11-4 9-11 11-9 8-11 12-10.
Still very tight at the top of Division 3 with just 2 points separating the top 6 teams. Kingfisher I lead the way on sets difference from Tidmarsh C and Springfield A - both of whom have played a match less than the leaders. Maximums for Eric Holmes and Steve Woolnough and a double from Carol Byers gave Kingfisher I a comfortable 9-1 win over bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C - who remain winless and for whom Martin Wetherell saved the whitewash with a 16-14 fifth game win against Carol. Tidmarsh C won 8-2 at Kingfisher J - Simon Barter leading the way with a treble, supported by Chris Webb and Lee Calcutt with two wins apiece. However, Lee lost for the first time this season - 6-11 in the fifth game to Nils Wedi - Nils also defeated Chris.
Springfield A won 8-2 against last week's leaders, Pangbourne WMC B. For Springfield Phil Burke retained the division's only 100% record, making it 5 maximums in a row this season. Reserve Rob Wilkie showed that his impressive form in Division 4 this season is no fluke with two good wins for Springfield as well as taking Ray Webb to five games before losing 2-11 in the fifth game. Adam Sheen also contributed two singles wins and teamed up with Phil for a straight games doubles success. Milestone A moved up to fifth place with a 7-3 win against Sonning Sports A. Arun Rajagopal with a treble and Chris Collins with two wins were, once again, the key men for Milestone - but Olly Bonser played his part too with a tense 12-10 fifth game win over Dave Chard. Keith Machin was the only Sonning player to impress on the night - two singles wins and only losing to Arun after a tremendous five-game battle.
In the closest match of the week Tilehurst Methodists B squeezed past a determined Our Lady of Peace D team by a narrow 6-4 margin. Jes Eassom was the star for Tilehurst with his first maximum of the season whilst Nick Barnes continued his comeback after surgery with a good double. For OLOP, Ali Richardson had two good wins and teamed up with Wendy Porter for an emphatic straight-games doubles win.
In Division 4 Springfield B won a close match against Tidmarsh D 6–4 when John Burke beat Dave Edwards in set 10 which completed his double. Aidan Simmons also won two. Trebles from Zoltan Kelemen and new signing Sanket Dave gave Milestone B a 6–4 win over Our Lady of Peace E, while an injury to Jazz Dhillon marred Reading FC A’s 6–4 win over Tilehurst Methodists E however he still won two as did Mark Edwards and Richard Witt.
Chris Taylor hit a three straight maximum to help Tilehurst Methodists D beat Kingfisher K, also by a 6–4 margin.
In Division 5, Our Lady of Peace F presented their credentials as Championship contenders with an emphatic 10-0 victory over league leaders Springfield D with maximums for Laurence de Ste Croix, Simon Brookes and Andrew Adair. As expected, there were close games but nothing to compare with Andrew’s 9-11 11-9 10-12 11-9 11-9 win over Colin Jones. There was intra-club rivalry and some brilliant rallies at Sonning Common & Peppard, where the H team beat the G team 7-3, thanks to Mike Casserley’s treble, a Julian James double and a single from Gerry Bacon. For the G team, Mikey Legg, Jamie Legg and Marko Madzar each won one. Kingfisher L had a close fought encounter, with Reading FC C, edging out 6-4 winners. Kingfisher’s Clive Gold returned another maximum, while Gill Bennett and Derek Crombie each chipped in with crucial singles. For Reading FC, Derek Anderson won two, while Wayne Alleyne and Harry Edwards each won one.
There was another close fought match between Sonning Sports B and Reading FC B, which went down to the wire, with Sonning Sports running out 6-4 victors thanks to a treble from Florin Dimofte, a double from Sally James and a crucial 12-10 10-12 11-9 12-10 doubles win for Florin & Sally over Joe Bull and Paul Brown. For Reading FC, Dave Evans and Joe each won one, while Paul won two. A John Evans maximum for Milestone C was not enough and Tidmarsh E eventually won 7-3, thanks to doubles from Bob Sunerton, John Harland and Pete Sinclair, while a Chris Speight’s maximum for Springfield C was enough for a share of the points, against the BBC Club, thanks to a single from Tom Berryman and the Doubles. For the BBC Club, John Scott and Phil Peat each won two, while Mojtaba Safavi helped clinch their point with his first win of the season.
Press 09 - 12th November 2016
In Division 1 Martin Adams, Mark Banks and Justin Mead all returned unbeaten from their visit to a two man YMCA team as Kingfisher A ran out 10-0 winners, Dave Halfpenny came closest to getting a win for YMCA but eventually lost out 11-9 6-11 11-8 6-11 6-11 to Justin Mead. Kingfisher B trio of Dmitry Khakhamov, Hari Gehlot and Richard Fifield beat a two man Sonning Common & Peppard B side 10-0.
In Division 2 Nigel Keedy scored an impressive 3-straight treble as Kingfisher F were held to a 5-5 draw at Curzon Club A, Nick Lean grabbing a point for Curzon with a 10-12 11-8 11-1 12-10 victory over Richard Leachman. Kingfisher G were 8-2 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard C, Steve Ng and Sagar Sawant with trebles, before also defeating club mates Kingfisher E 8-2, David Joyce and Steve Ng gaining maximums on this occasion.
Jon Willis and John Willcocks both got trebles as Curzon Club A won 7-3 at Kingfisher E, Willcocks winning a tight opening match with John Morris 11-7 8-11 10-12 11-4 11-9. Dom Cutter’s excellent recent form saw Tidmarsh B win 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists A as he and team mate Mike Aistrop both got maximums.
A truly remarkable week in Division 3 with all the 5 matches played finishing with a 6-4 scoreline! Leaders by just a solitary point from the four chasing clubs immediately below them are Pangbourne WMC B. Their win at Kingfisher H was the maximum man Ray Webb & Clive Taylor's show - five singles wins between them and then combining for a doubles success. Willis Ma fought hard for Kingfisher with two wins including a great comeback against Leroy Wilson 6-11 7-11 11-4 11-2 11-6. Kingfisher I currently sit in second place - their win at Our Lady of Peace D saw Carol Byers hitting a great treble - only Ali Richardson taking any games off her - both of these in a tense deciding final set when Carol just edged home 11-7 in the fifth game. Eric Holmes continued his recent good form with a double for Kingfisher - losing only to Dave Godfrey - who, in turn hit a double for OLOP. A word also for young OLOP reserve Abhay Gore who, despite not winning a set, took both Eric Holmes and Dave Duncan to five games.
Tidmarsh C employed the services of Division 5 reserve Lee Calcutt for the second time - and, for the second time, he hit a treble. Recently recovered from elbow surgery, Lee is likely to re-register in Division 3 shortly. This week Tidmarsh overcame Tilehurst Methodists B - for whom Jes Eassom and Nick Barnes - another player recently recovered from surgery - hit doubles in reply. Nick's return to fitness was really put to the test in a marathon encounter with Chris Webb but Nick eventually came out on top 11-8 11-6 9-11 22-24 12-10. Phil Burke maintained his 100% record with a maximum as Springfield A overcame Milestone A - Adam Sheen contributing two wins and Ludo Couillard a single. Chris Collins replied with a double for Milestone whilst Arun Rajagopal also fought all the way for his team - particularly in a fine comeback win against Ludo 6-11 6-11 12-10 11-6 11-6.
Sonning Sports A joined the teams sitting just behind the leaders with success against Kingfisher J. Star man for the Sports was new boy Chris Dexter who, in only his second match, hit a superb treble which included a classic encounter with Nils Wedi - Chris finally getting home 12-10 9-11 13-11 10-12 11-7. Keith Machin, happily recovered from his heart scare last week, and Bob Snellgrove each won once - Bob securing both points in an incredibly tense final set when he scraped home 11-9 in the fifth game against Gabor Radnoti. Nils and Joaquin Munoz Sabater each recorded two singles wins in vain for Kingfisher but will probably feel more aggrieved at losing their 100% doubles record to Chris & Bob who hadn't even met each other prior to the evening of the match, never mind played doubles together!!
In Division 4 Terry Hardie hit a great maximum which included a win over the 100% Jazz Dhillon of Reading FC A which helped Tidmarsh D gain a 5-5 draw. The leaders Milestone B just managed a 6-4 win at Kingfisher K thanks mainly to a maximum from Sachin Mundra. For Kingfisher there was a first win of the season by John Simpson.
A treble from John Walker and a double from Terry Spice helped Curzon Club C win 6-4 to gain their first win of the season as they beat Our Lady of Peace E. Alona Slobodskoy did well for OLOP by obtaining her first win of the season. Steve Dopson was in good form for Tilehurst Methodists E by hitting all three which helped them share the spoils with Curzon B.
In Division 5, Kingfisher L beat Springfield D 6-4, inflicting Springfield's first defeat, thanks to a Clive Gold treble and a David O’Keeffe double. For Springfield, Colin Jones and Paul Martin each won one, while Stephen Leggett won two. Sonning Sports B and Sonning Common & Peppard G shared the points in a closely fought contest. For SC&P, Oliver Sayer and Jamie Legg both won two and Mikey Legg won one while, for Sonning Sports, Florin Dimofte won all three and Cris Reynolds beat Mikey, narrowly losing to Oliver 9-11 15-13 8-11 9-11 and Jamie 9-11 9-11 9-11.
Lee Calcutt, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton were all in fine form for Tidmarsh E, in their 8-2 victory over Reading FC C, with Lee and Steve both recording maximums and Bob recording a brace, while Derek Anderson recorded Reading FC's only singles win. However, Harry Edwards was unlucky not to go home with a win, narrowly losing to Steve 8-11 9-11 13-15. Although John Evans won his first maximum of the season, it was not enough as Milestone C were beaten 6-4 by Springfield C, for whom Alan Goold and Robert Atack both won two and James Regan, who was playing his first match, won one while, for Milestone, Tony Hayden also won one. It was a similar tale for Sonning Common & Peppard H, who succumbed to a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Our Lady of Peace F, for whom Andrew Adair and Simon Brookes both won two and Hari Laddunuri won one. For SC&P, Mike Casserley was too accurate with his smashes and deservedly recorded another maximum, while Julian James also chipped in with a win, beating Hari 11-8 11-7 9-11 12-14 13-11.
Press 08 - 5th November 2016
Tidmarsh A’s trio of Antony Baker, Danny Ricks and Csaba Pall easily defeated Sonning Common & Peppard B 10-0 in their Division 1 encounter.
Nigel Keedy, Allan Bruton and Richard Leechman kept Kingfisher F on course in Division 2 as they beat Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3, Cath Venning earning a good win for Tilehurst against Allan 11-6 10-12 11-5 10-12 11-9. Malcolm Gregory starred with a fine 3-straight treble as Sonning Common & Peppard E won 8-2 at Our Lady of Peace C, while Tidmarsh B moved up after a convincing 10-0 success over Sonning Common & Peppard D, Dom Cutter, Francois Durand and Dave Wise all with impressive trebles.
Another week of close encounters in the incredibly competitive Division 3 - with 4 of the 5 matches played finishing either 6-4 or 5-5. Not only that, the League table currently shows the top 8 teams separated by just one point! Pride of place this week to Sonning Sports A who, after two late withdrawals due to illness, could only field two players at Tilehurst Meths B - but still came away with both points and a 6-4 win. Bob Snellgrove dropped just one game in hitting an inspired treble and was backed up by Bob Woodmansee with a double - the two Bobs then combined for a narrow fifth-game win in the doubles. Kingfisher J move up to joint top spot after a 7-3 win over Springfield A - who badly missed their star man, Phil Burke. Maximums for Kingfisher from Nils Wedi and Joaquin Munoz Sabater - whilst Springfield were unlucky to lose three very close five-game sets - Joaquin getting home 11-8 in the fifth game twice and Nils coming back from two games down to defeat Adam Sheen in a classic battle 8-11 10-12 11-9 11-6 12-10.
Milestone A and Kingfisher H shared the points in the week's only drawn match - doubles for Chris Collins and John Crosfield for Milestone matched by Peter Bennet and Jarek Chmielowiec for Kingfisher. Several close sets - worthy of special note is Alex Zheng's comeback win against Viliam Andrascik - 8-11 5-11 11-9 11-8 12-10. Kingfisher I made it back to back wins after a 6-4 triumph over Tidmarsh C. Eric Holmes hit another maximum for Kingfisher with Steve Woolnough and Dave Duncan each getting a vital single win - Dave coming back from 2-10 to win his opening game 12-10 against Simon Barter - but then he lost the next three games! For Tidmarsh, Dave Sheppard had a rare off-night and lost all three of his sets for the first time in several seasons whilst Simon and Chris Webb kept Tidmarsh's hopes alive until the very end - each recording a double.
Finally, the battle of the bottom two teams saw Our Lady of Peace D come away from Tilehurst Methodists C with a 6-4 win - leaving Tilehurst still winless and slightly adrift at the foot of the table. Dave Godfrey hit a maximum for OLOP - but, on a night when all six players won at least one set, Masoud Ghabachi's double and Martin Wetherell's fine win over Ali Richardson were not enough to rescue a point for the home side.
In Division 4 Curzon Club B had a fine 6–4 victory over Tilehurst Methodists D thanks to hat tricks from Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson. Club mates Curzon Club C grabbed a first point of the season as their match with Kingfisher K ended all square with Ruben Hernandez playing in his first match of the season gaining a hat trick for Kingfisher.
Springfield B maintained their place near the top by beating Our Lady of Peace E 7–3 with Rob Wilkie winning all three, For OLOP Tamir Slobodonskoy managed a great double. Milestone B remain top after beating Sonning Common & Peppard F 6-4, Zoltan Kelemen and Sachin Mundra starred with both gaining trebles.
In Division 5, Sonning Common & Peppard H could only draw with Kingfisher L, even though Mike Casserley won another maximum, taking the 100% records of Kingfisher’s Clive Gold and David O’Keeffe, by beating David 11-9 5-11 11-9 13-11 in the 10th set. A single for Gerry Bacon and victory in the doubles secured a point for SC&P, while Kingfisher replied with a single from Meriel Low and doubles from both Clive and David. Our Lady of Peace F beat Sonning Common & Peppard G 6-4, thanks to Andrew Adair’s first maximum and Hari Laddunuri’s 10th set victory over Nick Palmer, winning 11-4 11-9 4-11 11-9. A single from Mariusz Paluszkiewicz and victory in the Doubles were also crucial for OLOP, which meant that the two wins apiece, for Oliver Sayer and Marko Madzar, were to no avail.
Springfield D edged to another 6-4 win, in their closely contested match with Tidmarsh E, thanks to a maximum from Stephen Leggett, which included an 11-9 9-11 11-6 11-9 win over Mike Bundy, a double from Colin Jones, who lost to John Harland 8-11 18-16 11-13 9-11, and the Doubles. Although Springfield’s Paul Martin lost all three, he had some close sets, only just losing out to Steve Andrews 7-11 9-11 12-10 9-11. Although Milestone C suffered a 1-9 defeat at the hands of Reading FC B, there were a number of hard fought sets. Joe Bull and Paul Brown both recorded maximums, while Keith Greene won two, losing 8-11 8-11 12-14 to Carl Edlind but beating Tony Hayden 11-4 11-9 10-12 11-9.
Sonning Sports B also won 9 - 1, although the BBC’s single win, for John Scott, could have been more, with a number of sets being closely contested. Mo Cole won two, one of which was an 11-9 14-12 8-11 11-8 victory over John Lancashire, while Cris Reynolds and Florin Dimofte both won three.
The First Round of both cup competitions were completed this week.
In the Lower Divisions knockout the final two matches both featured Sonning Common & Peppard teams travelling to Springfield. First up saw Springfield D defeat the Sonning Common H team 7-2. Colin/ Paul with the maximum for the home team and the Derek/Mike combination replying with the consolation two sets. The following night saw Sonning Common and Peppard F in rampant form winning 9-0 against the home side’s C team. Derek, Eric and Simon proving too hot to handle on the night, and with Angus waiting in the wings, this team could take some stopping. Springfield C now join Milestone C, as the teams eliminated from this seasons competition.
Amazingly in the Handicap, just as in the Lower Divisions cup, the final match played posted a 9-0 result, Our Lady of Peace E defeating Reading FC C, but with an eleven player squad this will surely give captain Alistair some selection problems for Round Two. There were two 5-4 victories, for Curzon C and Kingfisher G. Mick Gillard scoring a two straight maximum for Curzon in a match that, on paper at least, seemed more comfortable than the result suggested. The Kingfisher match however appeared a much tighter affair with seven sets going to a decider, plus an eighth in which David Joyce edged past Steve Andrews 20-22, 20-22. Kingfisher L became the club’s fourth team into Round Two with a 6-3 victory, this built around three from Derek Crombie. Interestingly we could now see an all Kingfisher semi-finals. Milestone C complete the line up for the Second Round following a 7-2 win over Our Lady of Peace C, Bill Hayden remaining unbeaten.
Press 07 - 30th October 2016
A big shock in Division 1 as Our Lady of Peace A lost 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard A in their re-arranged fixture. Unfortunately the OLOP team could only field two players and Sonning Common took full advantage with Gary Morgan beating Eduard Caliman 11-8 11-6 14-12 and Ian Cole 8-11 9-11 11-6 11-6 11-8, while Gary teamed up with Jason Roberts to win the vital doubles set 11-6 2-11 11-5 11-3.
Malcolm Gregory scored a good maximum as Sonning Common & Peppard E narrowly beat Kingfisher E 6-4 in Division 2, Lisa Williams sealing the win with an 11-8 11-6 11-6 victory against Kingfisher’s John Morris. Kingfisher F were 7-3 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard D as they made it 5 wins out of 5, Nigel Keedy with an impressive 3-straight treble that included an 11-5 11-8 11-4 win over Sonning Common’s Andy Robertson.
Ivor Hardman scored a hard fought treble as Kingfisher F made it 6 wins out of 6 after they won their re-arranged fixture at Sonning Common & Peppard C 6-4, Alan Bruton just holding off Jon Abbott to win the match 7-11 11-5 7-11 11-5 12-10.
Roy Hull’s treble and two wins apiece from Patrick O’Sullivan and Chris Taylor saw Tilehurst Methodists D beat their E team club mates 8-2 in their Division 4 fixture, Steve Dopson winning twice for the E team.
With a blank week in the league programme, focus turns to the cup competitions.
Reading FC A are up and running in defence of the Lower Divisions knockout trophy winning 6-3 against Our Lady of Peace E, the pairing of Jazz Dhillon and Mark Edwards winning all three in straight sets. Tilehurst Methodists E and Curzon Club C also won 6-3 to progress to Round Two, with maximums from the two Steve’s and John/Linda respectively. Kingfisher K edged past Tidmarsh E 5-4, despite Mike/John winning three sets for Tidmarsh. The two Milestone sides both faced tough opposition and were on the end of 8-1 and 7-2 defeats to Sonning Sports B and Tidmarsh D. The Sonning Sports win looked particularly impressive, whereas Tidmarsh still remain my pre-tournament favourites.
In the Handicap tournament there were 7-2 victories for Tidmarsh C, Sonning Common & Peppard D and Reading FC B. The Tidmarsh victory was much closer than the score suggests as Dave Sheppard’s maximum all went to deuce in the deciding game against Sonning Common & Peppard A. Alan Mollett and Mark Jones recorded maximums in the Sonning Common & Peppard D victory, while Paul Brown and Joe Bull did likewise for Reading FC B. Of the three 6-3 victories for Milestone A, Reading FC A and Sonning Common & Peppard C, Reading FC A had the advantage of the biggest ‘starts’, Richard Witt taking full advantage of two 17 point, and one 15 point start. Milestone B edged out Kingfisher K 5-4 curtesy of an Ollie Bonser maximum and a crucial 19-21 21-19 22-20 win by Zoltan Kelemen over Calin Spicica. Pangbourne WMC B also won 5-4, captain Leroy Wilson with the maximum.
Press 06 - 23rd October 2016
In Division 1 Our Lady of Peace B’s lack of available players told as they lost 8-2 at home to Kingfisher C. Harry Munro did beat Steve Murgatroyd 9-11 9-11 11-5 11-7 11-2 and Harry teamed up with Steve Miller to win the doubles 11-9 in the fifth. Our Lady of Peace A won a tricky match at Tidmarsh A 7-3 thanks to an opening 11-8 7-11 8-11 11-5 11-4 win by Krasimer Ivanov against Sam Ricks alongside a single from Eduard Caliman and Danny Moses treble.
Thomas Perkins, Gary Morgan and Jason Roberts all won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard A won 6-4 at YMCA, Neil Hurford with a maximum for YMCA. Richard Rosinski, mark Banks and Martin Gunn all got trebles as Kingfisher A beat Kingfisher D 10-0. Our Lady of Peace A strolled to a comfortable 10-0 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard B.
In Division 2 Kingfisher G won 7-3 at Pangbourne WMC A to stay top, Steve Ng with a hat trick. Kingfisher F were 6-4 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard E where Nigel Keedy won all three, while Sonning Common & Peppard D are up to mid-table after two wins on the bounce, Andrew Robertson’s treble helping them defeat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3 while another Robertson treble saw a similar scoreline in their match at Kingfisher E. Curzon Club A were 6-4 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard C with Jon Willis getting a maximum.
Our Lady of Peace C and Tidmarsh B fought out a tight 5-5 draw, Dom Cutter with an impressive treble for Tidmarsh, while OLOP went on to beat Pangbourne WMC A despite only having two players, Clive Perry and Dan West winning a key doubles match 11-9 11-6 12-14 15-13. Tim Raby won a hard fought 3-11 7-11 11-8 11-6 13-11 victory against Phil Jones as Sonning Common & Peppard C held on to beat Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4. Malcolm Gregory and Niall McGrane both starred as Sonning Common & Peppard E beat Tidmarsh B 7-3 while Tilehurst Methodists won their first match after beating Kingfisher E 7-3, Cath Venning with a vital 11-6 11-7 9-11 7-11 11-8 win against Grant Wheatley.
Match of the week in Division 3 saw Pangbourne WMC B and Milestone A share the points in a real thriller. Clive Taylor hit a superb treble for Pangbourne, whilst Arun Rajagopal and Chris Collins responded with doubles for Milestone. A great tussle between Clive and Chris saw Clive edge home 14-12 in the fifth game. The point takes Pangbourne back to the top of the table as Springfield A had their match postponed this week. Tidmarsh C move up into 2nd place thanks to a convincing 9-1 win over bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C - maximums for Dave Sheppard and Lee Calcutt - playing his first match in Division 3 this season. Simon Barter hit a double for Tidmarsh before losing to Masoud Ghabachi who thereby saved the whitewash for Tilehurst.
A similar story at Sonning where Sonning Sports A were thrashed 9-1 by Kingfisher I - maximums for Eric Holmes and Steve Woolnough, and a double for Dave Duncan. Bob Woodmansee saving the whitewash for the Sports. Kingfisher J could only field two players against Kingfisher H and, not surprisingly, were well beaten 8-2. Willis Ma continued his fine form for the victors with two wins whilst Joaquin Sabater's two wins for Kingfisher J at least ensured that the scoreline was a little more respectable for his team.
In Division 4 Chris Taylor hit his first hat trick for a year to help Tilehurst Methodists D win 6-4 at Curzon Club C. Richard Witt and Mark Edwards both gained trebles to give Reading FC A a 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace E while Sonning Common & Peppard F won their first match of the season by beating Curzon Club C 7–3 with Angus Jones hitting a three straight treble.
Kingfisher K lost 7-3 to Springfield B for whom Rob Wilkie maintained his form by winning all three. Nick lean with three and Jim Brent with two helped Curzon Club B to a 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D while Milestone B just got home at Tilehurst Methodist D with Oliver Bonser, Zoltan Kelemen and Sachin Mundra all winning two each in a 6-4 victory. Chris Taylor for Tilehurst took Sachin’s 100 % record off him.
This week, in Division 5, intra-club rivalry was a major topic at two clubs. Although the match between the Springfield C and D teams ended in an honourable draw, this result did mean that the D team dropped their first point. For the D team Stephen Leggett recorded another maximum, which was countered by a brace each, for Robert Atack and Chris Speight, who also combined to win the doubles. The Reading FC B and C teams also clashed, in a heated exchange, with the B team taking the bragging rights by winning 8-2, thanks to a maximum from Paul Brown and doubles from Joe Bull & Keith Greene.
Tidmarsh E enjoyed an 8-2 win over Sonning Common & Peppard H, thanks to a fine maximum from Lee Calcutt, ably supported by two wins apiece for Bob Sunerton and Mike Bundy. The BBC Club beat Milestone C 9-1, to register their first win, with both Dave Pearson and Phil Peat winning all three and John Lancashire registering two wins. Even though Ken Robb won all three of his matches for Kingfisher L, in the end it was not enough and Sonning Common & Peppard G went home 6-4 winners, courtesy of doubles from Marko Madzar and Mikey Legg and a single from Jamie Legg. The match between Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B was also tightly contested with no player going home undefeated, although Sonning Sports eventually won 6-4 and so left with both points. OLOP's Simon Brookes and Andrew Adair both won doubles, as did Sonning Sports' Florin Dimofte and Cris Reynolds.
Press 05 - 16th October 2016
In Division 1 Kingfisher A managed a derby win over Kingfisher B 7-3 with Martin Gunn, Martin Adams and Mark Banks all earning wins over the B teams Hari Gehlot. In another derby encounter Kingfisher C beat their D team club mates 8-2 thanks to hat trick from Marco Essomba and doubles from both Steve Murgatroyd and Andrew Parker
A real week of 'firsts' in what continues to be a very interesting and competitive Division 3 - which, after just 5 weeks, now has no teams still unbeaten. A first win for Our Lady of Peace D - their 8-2 success inflicting a first defeat on Tidmarsh C. Both teams played up a reserve - and, of the two reserves, it was OLOP's Pradeep Desh who stole the headlines with a great 11-4, 14-12, 11-4 win over Chris Webb - who had a rare first duck of the season. For OLOP Ali Richardson and Dave Godfrey both hit maximums - although Ali was made to fight all the way by reserve John Liddle before squeezing home 16-14 in the fifth game. A first point of the season for bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C against erratic Sonning Sports A. A good team performance by Tilehurst included a superb display by Mike Williams who defeated both Dave Chard and Bob Woodmansee and only lost 7-11 in the fifth to Bob Snellgrove. Martin Wetherell and Masoud Ghabachi also picked up single wins and combined for a straight games doubles win too. For Sonning Sports Bob Snellgrove not only recorded his first win of the season after ducks in his two previous matches, he went on to turn this into an impressive maximum and save face for his team.
Pangbourne WMC B moved back to joint top spot with a narrow 6-4 win at Kingfisher J - thereby inflicting the home team's first defeat of the season - Leroy Wilson and Ray Webb starring with maximums - Ray's threesome all in straight games. Springfield A share top spot with Pangbourne - Phil Burke recording his third maximum in as many matches for Springfield in another tight 6-4 win - this one at Kingfisher I - for whom Eric Holmes and Steve Woolnough both hit doubles in vain. In a mid-table battle Tilehurst Meths B narrowly defeated Kingfisher H - also by a 6-4 margin. A great team effort by Tilehurst with doubles for John Virgo, Jes Eassom and Ian Cockling. Willis Ma replied with a double for Kingfisher - but lost for the first time this season - to Ian - after a great comeback from two games down - 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4. Ian himself also lost for the first time this season - to Peter Bennett.
Despite a three straight maximum from Sachin Mundra Division 4 leaders Milestone B were held to a draw by Curzon Club B for whom Nick Lean and Jim Brent both won two each. Curzon Club C slipped to their 5th defeat when going down 4–6 to Tilehurst Methodists D, Terry Spice for Curzon and Patrick O’Sullivan and Chris Taylor all gained doubles.
Springfield B helped themselves to a point against Sonning Common & Peppard F mainly thanks to a treble from Rob Wilkie. His win over Derek Wavell was a bit tight beating him 12-10 12-10 12-10. Reading FC A saw off Kingfisher K 8-2 with Richard Witt and Jazz Dhillon both winning all three, while Steve Dopson was the star by gaining a maximum to help Tilehurst Methodists E beat Our Lady of Peace E 7–3.
Although all the teams in the bottom half of Division 5 were playing each other, none were able to find the elusive winner and climb up the table. Tidmarsh E went into the final set leading 5-4 against Sonning Common & Peppard G, with Pete Sinclair and Oliver Sayer each having won their previous two sets. A thrilling game ensued, with Oliver finally emerging victorious 10-12 11-8 10-12 11-9 11-9 to ensure Sonning Common grabbed share of the points. A treble for Derek Anderson and a brace for Wayne Alleyne was enough to secure a point for Reading FC C, in their match against the BBC Club, for whom John Scott scored a double.
Sonning Sports B were leading 5-3 but Milestone C clawed their way back by winning the remaining two sets. First, Tony Hayden beat Sally 11-7 6-11 11-8 11-13 12-10, to end his day with a brace, and then Cris lost to Bill Hayden, who went home with a maximum in his first match of the season. Kingfisher L suffered their first loss of the season, a 9-1 defeat away to Our Lady of Peace F, who won thanks to a brace from Hari Laddunuri and maximums from both Simon Brookes and Laurence De Ste Croix. Springfield D fought back against Reading FC B, to emerge victorious by taking the final three sets to win 6-4 and retain their 100% record. The fight back started when Paul Martin beat Dave Evans 11-7 8-11 11-7 7-11 11-7, it continued when Colin Jones beat Keith Greene in another close 5 setter and was completed when Stephen Leggett beat Joe Bull, in a match containing some remarkable rallies.
Press 04 - 9th October 2016
The big match at the top of Division 1 saw Our Lady of Peace A draw 5-5 with Kingfisher A, Martin Gunn with an excellent treble for Kingfisher that included an 11-9 11-6 7-11 11-9 victory over Daniel Moses while Moses won a crucial match against Martin Adams 14-16 11-3 11-7 4-11 13-11 as the OLOP team fought back to draw. Hari Gehlot starred as Kingfisher B went joint top after beating Kingfisher C 7-3, Hari beating Marco Essomba 7-11 11-6 11-9 11-9. Simon Vine’s treble helped Kingfisher D to a hard fought 7-3 win over Sonning Common & Peppard A, Calin Spicica winning a close match against Sonning’s Joe Barraclough 9-11 9-11 14-12 11-9 11-9.
At the bottom Tidmarsh A got there season underway with an 8-2 win at YMCA, Cesaba Pall beating Neil Hurford 3-11 6-11 14-12 11-7 11-4. Neil recovered to beat Sam Ricks 11-6 11-8 7-11 8-11 11-9. Hat tricks from Martin Adams and Martin Gunn saw Kingfisher A win 9-1 at Sonning Common & Peppard B, Jeremy Willis earning an 11-5 1-11 9-11 11-5 11-7 win over Kingfisher’s Richard Rosinski.
Sagar Sawant and David Joyce doubles gave Division 2 leaders Kingfisher G a 6-4 home win over Our Lady of Peace C, Dan West earning a good consolation hat trick for the visitors. A Jon Willis treble and two excellent wins by Nick Lean saw Curzon Club A defeat Pangbourne WMC A 6-4, Nick beating Simon Hopkins to seal his teams win 6-11 11-4 11-8 9-11 14-12. Nigel Keedy starred as Kingfisher F maintained their 100% record with an 8-2 win at Tidmarsh B, Nigel defeating Mike Aistrop 11-9 2-11 14-12 6-11 13-11 in his opener.
Match of the week in Division 3 saw new leaders Kingfisher J maintain the Division's only 100% record with a narrow 6-4 win at Milestone A. Doubles for Kingfisher's Nils Wedi and Joaquin Sabater were matched by doubles for Milestone's Chris Collins and Zoltan Kelemen - but it was the actual doubles encounter which proved crucial - Nils and Joaquin winning in straight games. Springfield A join a group of 4 teams on 5 points - just a point behind the leaders - thanks to a 7-3 win over bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C. Phil Burke recorded his second maximum in as many matches for Springfield whilst Adam Sheen chipped in with two wins. For Tilehurst Masoud Ghabachi also had two wins.
Pangbourne WMC B lost for the first time this season - 3-7 to Tilehurst Methodists B - Ian Cockling's maximum guiding his team to their first points of the season with good support from Jes Eassom and John Virgo who both recorded doubles. In a mid-table battle of two Kingfisher sides - Kingfisher I recorded their first win at the expense of Kingfisher H by a 7-3 margin. Carol Byers led the way with a maximum and was well supported by Steve Woolnough and Dave Duncan with doubles. Meanwhile Winless Our Lady of Peace D slipped into the relegation places following a 7-3 loss at Sonning Sports A. Debut man Chris Dexter had a good double for the Sports - as did Keith Machin and Bob Woodmansee.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh D came away from Our Lady of Peace E with both points from a 7-3 win, Terry Hardie was the star by winning all three. Despite a brilliant treble from Angus Jones Sonning Common & Peppard F lost 6-4 to Reading FC A, while Milestone B moved to the top of the table by beating Curzon Club C 9–1 with Oliver Bonser and Sachin Mundra both gaining hat tricks.
Kingfisher K beat Tilehurst Methodists E 7–3 thanks mainly to a fine treble obtained by Gwynne Penny which was her first for about a year.
In Division 5 a first treble for Laurence De Ste Croix along with a brace for Andrew Adair, saw Our Lady of Peace F take both points in a 7-3 win against Tidmarsh E, with Pete Sinclair winning two matches in reply. A Robert Atack maximum and a double from Tom Berryman, who needed all five games to win his match against Marko Madzar, helped Springfield C to a 6-4 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard G, while another maximum from Mike Casserley for Sonning Common & Peppard H was not enough to stop Reading FC B winning 7-3, with doubles from Keith Greene, Joe Bull and Paul Brown ensuring they secured both points.
Springfield D beat BBC Club 6-4 thanks to Stephen Leggett's first maximum and a crucial single for Colin Jones which meant that Jack Mitchell's 3-11 12-10 7-11 14-12 11-9 win against Richard Cartland, who both then ended the evening with two wins apiece, was all in vain. Kingfisher L beat Sonning Sports B 8-2 with trebles from Clive Gold and Ken Robb ensuring the win. Then, although no points were on the line, Gill Bennett (Kingfisher) and Sally James (Sonning Sports) went on to play a tightly contested match, with Sally eventually winning 9-11 14-12 9-11 14-12 13-11. Wins for Derek Anderson, Harry Edwards and Wayne Alleyne ensured that Reading FC C beat Milestone C 7-3, for whom Carl Edlind won a brace and John Evans a single.
Press 03 - 2nd October 2016
Maximums from Andrew Parker, Tony Reynolds and Marko Essomba gave Kingfisher C a comfortable 10-0 win over Sonning Common & Peppard B in Division 1. Sonning Common & Peppard A began their season with a 7-3 derby win over Sonning Common & Peppard B, meanwhile Our Lady of Peace B made it a fine 3 wins in a row as they won 8-2 at YMCA, Harry Munro starring with a treble while Yonaton Slobodskoy won twice but lost his 100% record when losing 11-7 12-14 7-11 9-11 to YM’s Dave Halfpenny.
David Joyce and Sagar Sawant maximums saw Kingfisher G win 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists A in Division 2 before going on to hold Curzon Club A to a 5-5 draw, Steve Ng gaining an impressive treble for the table topping Kingfisher team. John Willcocks grabbed his Curzon team a point after beating David Joyce 11-13 3-11 11-9 11-7 11-9 in a thrilling climax. Ivor Hardman’s impressive 3-straight treble helped Kingfisher F to an 8-2 victory at Our Lady of Peace C. A Danny Dockree double and a singles from Matt Stone and Jon Abbott saw Sonning Common & Peppard C win their derby match against two man Sonning Common & Peppard E 7-3.
John Simmonds, Denise Weller and George White all got trebles as Pangbourne WMC A stormed to a 10-0 win at Sonning Common & Peppard D, but they needed a last match win by Simmonds against Tilehurst Methodists Phil Jones to give them a 5-5 draw, Peter Galea starring for Tilehurst who gained their first point of the season. John Morris scored a key 7-11 14-12 11-8 10-12 13-11 opening win against Mike Aistrop as Kingfisher E beat Tidmarsh B 6-4.
Match of the week in Division 3 saw last season's Division 4 champions and runners-up go head to head, and in a repeat of last season's scoreline Tidmarsh C ran out 6-4 winners against Sonning Sports A. Dave Sheppard's maximum prevailing over Bob Woodmansee's double for the Sports while the win takes Tidmarsh to the top of the table on sets difference. Milestone A and Pangbourne WMC B also have five points from three matches. Milestone won 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B, despite Tilehurst's Jes Eassom inflicting a first defeat of the season on Arun Rajagopal. Chris Collins contributed an important double for Milestone, while Pangbourne won 7-3 at Kingfisher I with a maximum for Ray Webb and a double for Clive Taylor.
Biggest winners of the week were Kingfisher H who won 9-1 at bottom of the table Tilehurst Methodists C, maximums for Peter Bennett & Jarek Chmielowiec after Paul Treadgold had won the first set of the night for Tilehurst. Martin Wetherell and Jarek played out the set of the week in this match - Jarek eventually squeaking home 8-11 13-11 11-13 11-7 12-10. Mid-table Springfield A edged out Our Lady of Peace D 6-4 largely thanks to Phil Burke's maximum. In a great comeback encounter Phil was taken all the way by Alistair Richardson before winning 7-11 8-11 11-8 11-6 11-8.
Kingfisher K had a brilliant 6-4 win at Tidmarsh D thanks to a great treble from David Wells and a fine double from Gwynne Penny. Ania Pytka did well to beat Dave Edwards. Reading FC A bounced back after losing last week by beating Tilehurst Methodists D 8–2 with Jazz Dhillon and Richard Witt both gaining trebles. Springfield B and Milestone B shared the spoils, for Milestone Zoltan Kelemen won all three.
In the local derby Curzon Club B beat the C team club mates 6–4. Derek Harrison managed a hat trick and Geoff Johnson won two for the B tean while for the C team Linda King won two and Carine Bey, playing in her second match in the Reading league, won one. Tilehurst Methodists E got off the mark by beating Sonning Common & Peppard F 8–2 with Steve Dopson and Steve Wood both gaining trebles.
In Division 5, a first treble for Keith Greene, backed up by doubles from Paul Brown and Joe Bull, led to Reading FC B taking both points from their encounter with Our Lady of Peace F, winning 7-3. Mike Casserley of Sonning Common & Peppard H beat BBC Club’s Dave Pearson to draw the match 5-5 and clinch a fine treble. A brace each from Dave Pearson and Jack Mitchell, helped BBC earn their point. Springfield C managed a 5-5 draw after Tom Berryman beat Hari Laddunuri 11-9 7-11 10-12 11-5 11-9 in the final match, when it had looked like a Simon Brookes maximum had won both points for Our Lady of Peace F.
Although Springfield D won 6-4, the final match between Springfield’s Stephen Leggett and Carl Edlind of Milestone C was a pulsating affair, with both players making some amazing returns, Carl eventually winning 5-11 11-7 11-2 9-11 11-4. Kingfisher L had a comprehensive 10-0 victory over Tidmarsh E, with maximums for Clive Gold, Meriel Low and Ken Robb, although John Harland took Ken to five games, winning the 3rd game 23-21.Reading FC B won 7-3 against Sonning Common & Peppard G, which included a treble for Paul Brown and a double for Keith Greene. For their opponents, Oliver Sayer had a double and Mikey Legg a single, with all three going to five games.
The outcome of the match between Sonning Sports B and Reading FC C, which Sonning Sports won 6-4, was reliant on their doubles victory, when Cris Reynolds and Sally James recovered to beat Harry Edwards and Derek Anderson 10-12 9-11 11-5 11-8 11-5, and Cris's win over Wayne Alleyne, both of whom were aiming for the treble, in the final match.
Press 02 - 25th September 2016
In Division 1 Harry Gehlot and Philip Zeng both got hat tricks as Kingfisher B opened their Division 1 season with a 9-1 win at YMCA. Promoted Our Lady of Peace B got off to a fine start by winning 8-2 win against Kingfisher D. Yonatan Slobodskoy was the hero with a maximum with Harry Munro and Steve Miller both winning twice. Martin Gunn and Martin Adams ensured title chasers Kingfisher A got off to a winning start as they won a tough opening match 7-3 against Tidmarsh A.
Harry Munro starred as Our Lady of Peace B made it two wins from two after an impressive 9-1 success at Tidmarsh A, Yonatan Slobodskoy maintaining his 100% record and beating Danny Ricks in a key 2nd match of the evening 11-6 8-11 6-11 14-12 17-15. Simon Vine’s treble helped Kingfisher D to a narrow 6-4 win against YMCA, Rob Gladstone winning twice, including a match winning 8-11 11-4 12-10 13-11 success over Pete Bradley and Trevor Organ getting a vital single by beating Pete Bradley 11-7 7-11 7-11 11-9 11-9. Daniel Moses hat trick, two wins from Ian Cole and a win in the doubles saw reigning champions Our Lady of Peace A edge a 6-4 win over Kingfisher C, for whom Steve Murgatroyd gained impressive wins over both Ian Cole 11-6 11-13 3-11 11-7 11-9 and Krasimer Ivanov. Cole recovered to win a key ninth match against Tony Reynolds 11-6 11-9 14-16 11-3 to clinch his sides victory.
Niall McGrane and Lisa Williams both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard E opened their Division 2 account with a 7-3 win at Pangbourne WMC A. Jon Willis and John Willcocks both got trebles as Curzon Club A beat promoted Tilehurst Methodists A 8-2 while Melvyn Lovegrove starred for Kingfisher G as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard D 7-3. Grant Wheatley’s excellent treble saw Kingfisher E hold Our Lady of Peace C to a 5-5 draw, Luca Bianci and Roger Woolven Allen adding singles while Zdzislaw Jerzmanski and Dan West both won twice for OLOP.
A Dave Wise hat trick and two from Barry Carter gave Tidmarsh B an opening 6-4 success over Sonning Common & Peppard C, Wise just holding off young Danny Dockree 11-5 13-11 9-11 9-11 19-17 to give his side the win. Alan Bruton led the way as Kingfisher F beat their E team club mates 7-3, Bruton’s treble backed by doubles from Nigel Keedy and Richard Leechman. Our Lady of Peace C impressed in their 8-2 win over Curzon Club A, Clive Perry with a maximum that included an opening 14-12 7-11 13-11 6-11 11-3 success over John Willcocks. Nick Lean battled hard for Curzon, only just missing out against Chris West 11-4 13-11 5-11 6-11 8-11.
Kingfisher J enjoyed a 6-4 opening derby win against Kingfisher I in Division 3 despite a valliant treble from the I team’s Eric Holmes. Dave Godfrey and Wendy Porter won twice as Our Lady of Peace D held Pangbourne WMC B to a 5-5 draw, Clive Taylor with a fine opening maximum for Pangbourne, while Simon Barter, Dave Sheppard and Chris Webb all got maximums as Tidmarsh C beat Kingfisher H 10-0. Arun Ragagopal and Chris Collins both got trebles in Milestone A’s 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists C. Promoted Sonning Sports A won 6-4 against Springfield A thanks to a Keith Machin treble and two wins from Dave Chard.
Willis Ma starred as Kingfisher H beat Our Lady of Peace D 6-4, Pete Bennett adding a good double in support. Ma sealed his teams win against a battling Alistair Richardson 11-8 9-11 7-11 13-11 11-9. Nils Wedi and Joaquin Munoz Sabater both got maximums as Kingfisher J made it two wins from two as they beat Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3. Springfield A and Tidmarsh C battled out a 5-5 draw, Tidmarsh hitting back from 2-5 down to draw with Theresa Watson gaining a fine 12-10 3-11 11-9 11-8 win over Ludovic Couillard, while Ray Webb and Leroy Wilson both got maximums as Pangbourne WMC B won 7-3 against Tilehurst Methodists C. Arun Ragagopal maintained his unbeaten record as Milestone A held Kingfisher I to a 5-5 draw.
Despite a good hat trick from Mike Maynard Curzon Club B lost 6–4 at Springfield B in their opening Division 4 match, new comers to the Reading league Rob Wilkie and Peter Gurney both won two for Springfield, as did John Burke. Reserve Dom Cutter hit a three straight maximum to help Tidmarsh D beat Tilehurst Methodists D 7–3, while last season’s Division 5 champions Reading FC beat Curzon C 6–4 thanks mainly to a Jazz Dillan treble. A great team performance saw Milestone B win 9-1 at Tilehurst Methodists E with both Sachin Mundra and Oliver Bonser gaining maximums, while Our Lady of Peace E Just got the better of Kingfisher K 6–4 with four players winning two each. Yan Polnik and Pradeep Desh for OLOP and Gwynne Penny and Ania Pytka for Kingfisher.
Springfield B made it two wins out of two by winning 8-2 at Curzon Club C, Rob Wilkie was the star by hitting a great maximum that included a key opening come back win against John Walker 10-12 9-11 11-8 11-7 13-11. Tidmarsh D had a fine 9-1 win at Sonning Common & Peppard F with John Liddle and Terry Hardie both gaining hat tricks, while Reading FC A came down to earth when they lost at Milestone B 7–3 for whom Sachin Mundra and Zoltan Kelemen both obtained maximums.
In Division 5 Kingfisher L managed an opening 7-3 victory over new boys Reading FC B, Clive Gold and David O’Keefe both getting trebles. Our Lady of Peace F opened their account with an 8-2 win over BBC Club Simon Brookes with a maximum alongside Andrew Adair and Laurence De Ste Croix doubles. Springfield D were 6-4 winners against Sonning Sports B with two wins apiece from Paul Martin Richard Cartland and Colin Jones gaining doubles. A Lee Calcutt treble wasn’t enough to give Tidmarsh E a point after they lost 6-4 to Springfield C.
Jamie Legg and his brother Michael Legg both won twice and new recruit Nick Palmer managed a single as Sonning Common & Peppard G drew 5-5 at BBC Club, BBC’s John Scott getting a treble. Jamie Legg grabbed his team a point by winning the last match 11-6 11-5 8-11 11-8 against Phil Peat. A Derek Anderson treble proved in vain as Reading FC C lost 6-4 at home to Springfield D, while Gerry Bacon, Mike Casserely and Julian James all starred as Sonning Common & Peppard H were 10-0 winners at Milestone C, Carl Edlind unlucky for Milestone after losing in deciding fifth games to all his opponents. Experienced trio Pete Sinclair, John Harland and Bob Sunerton all won twice as Tidmarsh E won 6-4 at Sonning Sports B, Florin Dimofte getting a fine debut maximum for Sonning Sports. Springfield C and Kingfisher L fought out a 5-5 draw with Clive Gold gaining another maximum for Kingfisher.
Press 01 - 19th September 2016
The Reading & District Table Tennis season gets under way this week with 55 teams spread across 5 Divisions.
In Division 1 Our Lady of Peace A will be looking to retain their championship title. Daniel Moses, Ian Cole, Krasimer Ivanov and new recruit Eduard Caliman should have every chance. However a rejigged Kingfisher A side could well threaten with Martin Adams playing alongside Mark Banks, Justin Mean, Martin Gunn and Richard Rosinski. Kingfisher B also look strong and Kingfisher C could should also be amongst the pace setters with Tony Reynolds and Roddy Kay teaming up with Steve Murgatroyd and Andrew Parker. Tidmarsh A could also threaten with Danny and Sam Ricks in their side.
Promoted Our Lady of Peace B have added Felix Thomis to their side as well as the experienced Steve Miller to play with Harry Munro and Yonaton Slobodskoy and they should be safely midtable, as should Sonning Common & Peppard A where juniors Joe Barraclough and Thomas Perkins step up under the guidance of Gary Morgan and Jason Roberts. Relegation battles loom for the rest with two from Kingfisher D, YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B likely to go down.
In Division 2 any number of teams could be in with a chance of promotion, Lisa Williams and Niall McGrane have moved from Kingfisher to Sonning Common and their SC&P E side could do well with Carole Chare and Malcolm Gregory completing their squad. Tidmarsh B will figure highly as should Kingfisher side E and F and Sonning Common & Peppard C. Promoted Tilehurst Methodists A have added Peter Galea to their squad while relegated Curzon Club A will prove difficult to beat with John Willcocks and Jon Willis in their side. Our Lady of Peace C could also feature.
In Division 3 the clutch of three Kingfisher sides could all do well as will Our Lady of Peace D. Promoted Sonning Sports A also look to have a good in-depth squad while Phil Burke should keep Springfield A in the top half. Pangbourne WMC B and Tilehurst Methodists B and C may have most to do to avoid the drop.
Reading FC A will be keen to clinch a second successive promotion as they look towards the Division 4 title. Sonning Common & Peppard F and Tidmarsh D could also do well. Our Lady of Peace E are an unknown quantity while Kingfisher K and Springfield B will be hoping for a midtable finish, as will both Curzon Club sides.
Experience may prove the key to Division 5 with perhaps Kingfisher L and Tidmarsh E the favourites, however Reading FC B could feature as could both Sonning Common & Peppard sides.
Press Reports 2015/16
Press 27 - 10th April 2016
The final matches in the Reading Table Tennis season have now been played and in Division 1 Our Lady of Peace retained their title with an unblemished record of 18 wins from 18.
Our Lady of Peace A were 9-1 winners against Curzon Club A while Kingfisher A won 10-0 against Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher B. OLOP and Kingfisher A then met in their Championship decider with OLOP emerging 6-3 winners, Daniel McTiernan won a thrilling contest against Martin Gunn 9-11 8-11 11-5 11-9 14-12 before clinching his teams victory by beating Stuart Williams 11-4 8-11 11-6 9-11 11-9. At the bottom YMCA and Curzon Club A are relegated.
In Division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B are champions with Our Lady of Peace C also promoted as runners-up. Sonning Common & Peppard E and Kingfisher G drop down to Division 3.
Kingfisher J finish as champions of Division 3 while Tilehurst Methodists A held on to finish as runners-up, just ahead of Springfield A and Our Lady of Peace D. At the bottom Curzon Club B had a disastrous last few weeks to end up in the bottom two, joining Birch Copse A as the two relegated sides.
Curzon Club C became only the second team to take a point from Division 4 champions Tidmarsh E, Linda King and John Walker both getting doubles while Mick Gillard chipped in with a vital win against Isaac Davies 11-4 10-12 11-6 11-4. Pre-season favourites Sonning Sports A are promoted as runners-up with Tidmarsh D finishing third.
At the bottom Milestone B and Sonning Common & Peppard F finish adrift of third from bottom Kingfisher K.
Tilehurst Methodists D finished their season as runners up in Division 5 after winning 8-2 at Tidmarsh F, Steve Wood and Sam Will both getting maximums. Reading FC Community Trust survived a nervy end of season to be champions in their debut league season while Our Lady of Peace F finished the season strongly in third place.
At the bottom BBC Club finished the season 5 point adrift of next to bottom Springfield C.