Press Reports 2017/18
Press 30 - 15th April 2018
Our Lady of Peace B won the Team Handicap competition, retaining the trophy they won as OLOP E the previous season. In yet another tight match that required a final set decider, Reading FC A just missed out for a second successive season. Reading FC got off to a flying start with Antony Alleyne inflicting a first competition defeat on Hari Laddunuri in set one. Captain Richard Witt then doubled Reading’s lead beating Pradeep Desh in three games, before Abhay Gore also unbeaten in the competition, pulled a set back with victory over Paul Brown. Set seven saw Paul put Reading 4-3 up, and in sight of the winning post, with a hard fought 21-23, 21-17, 21-18 win over Pradeep. Set eight, with Antony and Abhay, both looking to secure maximums on the night, then saw Abhay and OLOP pull the match back to 4-4. Everything had come down to whether Richard could overcome a five point deficit to Hari. Despite losing the first game Hari squared it at one game all, before getting off to a flier in the deciding game and holding on the secure the match and trophy for Our Lady of Peace.
Our Lady of Peace added the Lower Divisions knock out trophy to the Team handicap trophy they won a week earlier. The four player format for Our Lady of Peace D of Binit Bhaskar, Pradeep Desh, Abhay Gore and Pat Daniels defeated the Curzon Club C trio of Linda King, John Walker and Charlotte Binley by six sets to three. From three sets each, OLOP’s predominately attacking game became harder for Curzon to contain giving OLOP the edge and ultimately the match in set eight. Set nine matched two unbeaten pairings on the night, and it was Abhay and Pradeep who secured their maximum with an 11-9, 11-9 victory over John and Charlotte. Abhay would thereby end the season unbeaten in the finals of both team competitions.
Press 29 - 1st April 2018
Two Kingfisher teams finished in the relegation positions in division 1, although with only 8 teams in this season’s top division it is unlikely either will actually end up being relegated so Kingfisher D and Kingfisher E may get another crack at the top flite next season. Tidmarsh A just avoided the bottom two places and they will be hoping additional players and play fitness can boost their chances next season. Kingfisher B finished runners up, 4 points ahead of third placed Our Lady of Peace A and 4 points adrift of unbeaten champions Kingfisher A.
Sonning Common & Peppard A’s quartet of Gary Morgan, Neil Hurford, Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough finished 4th, with Kingfisher C 5th.
In Division 2 Curzon Club A finished as run-away champions, 8 points clear of fellow promoted side Sonning Common & Peppard B with Pete Bradley, John Willcocks and Jon Willis all enjoying good seasons for Curzon. Brian Meheux was Sonning Common B’s star performer with Nigel Maltby also enjoying a good year.. Sonning Common & Peppard D finished 3rd while Dave Wise and Dom Cutter both got hat tricks as Tidmarsh B beat Kingfisher F 8-2 to finish in 4th place.
At the bottom elevated Our Lady of Peace B did very well after a topsy turvy season and they eventually finished just above the drop zone, leaving Kingfisher F and Pangbourne WMC as the two relegated teams.
Milestone B were the stand out team in Division 3 and they ran away with the title, finishing comfortably ahead of the rest, including fellow promoted side Springfield A. Behind Springfield Kingfisher G, Sonning Common & Peppard E and Sonning Sports A all enjoyed good seasons while Our Lady of Peace C were comfortably mid-table.
New team Sayain Brothers romped to the Division 4 title winning all 20 of their matches. Ouyr Lady of Peace D finished as runners-up, keeping themselves just ahead of third placed Reading FC A, with Springfield B having a strong finish to their season that eventually saw them finish 4th.
Patrick O’Sullivan and Roy Hull both got maximums as Tilehurst Methodists C beat Kingfisher K 8-2 in the final division 4 match of the season. Both players enjoyed narrow wins over Kingfisher’s Tarik Ramjaun with Patrick winning 11-8 11-9 4-11 13-11 and Roy 9-11 9-11 11-7 11-8 12-10. Kingfisher K are relegated along with Sonning Common & Peppard F.
In Division 5 Sonning Sports eventually snatching top spot by winning 7-3 against Kingfisher L. However the match was not without incident, Kingfisher taking an early 1-0 lead through Dmitry Merzlyakov, before Tom Allen seriously injured himself, in his first set, necessitating a visit to A&E, with the score at 2-1 to Sonning. Cris Reynolds then beat Dmitry, following which John Scott beat Derek Crombie, thus guaranteeing both points and 1st place. Mo Cole and Phil Peat both played in their first match this season, losing the Doubles to Derek & Dmitry, before Derek beat Mike Gautrey 11-8 12-10 6-11 11-13 12-10, Mike subsequently beating Dmitry in the final set.
Sonning Common & Peppard G won their two remaining matches to clinch 3rd place, firstly travelling to Milestone C, where they won 7-3, and then entertaining Springfield C, emerging as 8-2 victors. Against Milestone C both Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserley returned maximums, Tony Hayden, Maksym Schipka and Carl Edlind each replying with one win, Carl narrowly beating Derek Maltby 15-13 11-9 11-9 whilst, against Springfield C, Gerry and Mike both recorded further trebles, with Derek losing to Rob Atack and James Regan but recording one win when beating Chris Speight 12-10 11-9 11-8.
Despite a treble from Adrian Wegrzynowski, Springfield D lost 4-6 to Milestone C, Maksym Schipka and John Evans both scoring doubles, with Tony Hayden’s 11-13 11-9 9-11 11-9 11-9 win over Marcello Caramma and Maksym’s 11-9 11-9 11-9 win over Paul Martin proving to be crucial, Paul ending the evening with just the one win.
Press 28 - 25th March 2018
Kingfisher A are champions of Division 1 after winning their final match against Our Lady of Peace A. In a two v two contest Daniel Moses and Martin Adams just got the better of Harry Munro and Ian Cole as Kingfisher made it 14 wins out of 14 for the season. Neil Hurford and Gary Morgan both got hat tricks as Sonning Common & Peppard A won 8-2 at Tidmarsh A.
In Division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B are promoted, Nigel Maltby and Brian Meheux both getting maximums as the pair of them beat Tidmarsh B 7-3. Sonning Common & Peppard D were beaten 7-3 by Sonning Common & Peppard C with Tim Raby starring for the C team after beating Niall McGrane 11-8 4-11 11-3 14-16 11-8. Matt Stone also pushed Niall hard before just missing out 11-7 11-7 9-11 6-11 9-11.
Tilehurst Methodists A ended a good season for them with a 6-4 victory at Pangbourne WMC, Julian Telford and Cath Venning getting the wins needed against their two man opponents. In a relegation decider Our Lady of Peace B stayed out of the drop zone after beating Kingfisher F 6-4, Zdzislaw Jerzmanski and Dave Holts with two wins apiece for OLOP as did Richard Leachman and Luca Bianchi for the relegated Kingfisher team.
Steve Dopson managed a fine treble as Tilehurst Methodists B won a vital match at the bottom of division 3 against Kingfisher I 8-2. Steve managed an 11-8 13-11 7-11 16-14 win over Steve Woolnough in his opener while team mates Michael Williams and Jes Eassom both won twice. Michael Williams managed a brilliant final set win over Bob Woodmansee to give Tilehurst a point at Sonning Sports A. Milestone A slipped into the bottom two despite holding Sonning Common & Peppard E to a 5-5 draw, Arun Rajagopal leading the way with a maximum.
Eric Holmes starred with a treble as Kingfisher G beat Kingfisher J 7-3, Eric beating David Wells 9-11 8-11 11-3 11-7 12-10 on the way. Milestone A battled to a 5-5 draw at Our Lady of Peace C, John Evans and John Crosfield with singles alongside another fine treble from Arun Rajagopal. Harikrishna Laddunuri grabbed a point for OLOP with a 14-12 7-11 11-8 3-11 11-7 win against John Crosfield. At the top the battle between the two promoted sides went the way of Milestone B after they recovered from 1-4 down to win 6-4 at Springfield A. Zoltan Keleman held on to win a crucial contest against Ludovic Coulliard 10-12 12-10 11-9 10-12 14-12 before clinching both points for his side by beating Adam Sheen 12-10 11-5 7-11 12-14 11-5.
Kingfisher G and Sonning Common & Peppard E shared the points as they drew their final match of the season, Angus Jones and Alan Mollet with doubles as did Eric Holmes and Luca Bianchi for the visiting Kingfisher team. Sonning Sports A were 6-4 winners at Kingfisher J, Keith Machin with a treble that including a thrilling 5-11 11-8 4-11 12-10 11-9 win over Joaquin Munoz Sabater.
The Saiyan Brothers finished with a perfect record in division 4 by beating Curzon Club B 6–4. As ever Vidhu Ravinath hit a very good treble in what is believed to be is his last match in Reading. Second placed Our Lady of Peace D beat a two player Curzon Club C team 7–3 for whom Charlotte Binley won all three. Our Lady of Peace E won 7-3 at Tidmarsh D despite only having two players. Both Simon Brookes and Adam Lawes gained maximums.
Springfield B finished in fourth place by winning 8-2 at Tilehurst Methodists C, Rob Wilkie and Steve Leggett both obtained trebles while as a result of losing 6-4 to Reading FC, Kingfisher K are relegated. Paul Brown gained his first maximum of the season for Reading FC.
Sonning Sports B snatched the division 5 title with a 7-3 victory over Kingfisher L. John Scott, Mike Gautrey and Cris Reynolds all won singles while team mates Mo Cole and Phil Peat played in the doubles. Long time leaders Our Lady of Peace F have to settle for second place. Third placed Sonning Common & Peppard G won their final two matches, Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserely with maximums as they won 7-3 at Milestone C and 8-2 against Springfield C, Derek Maltby chipping in against Springfield with a 12-10 11-9 11-8 success over Spike Speight.
Springfield D finish 4th despite losing 6-4 at home to Milestone C in their final match, Adrian Wegryznowski with a valiant treble for Springfield.
Press 27 - 18th March 2018
Kingfisher A virtually assured themselves of the division 1 title by holding off Kingfisher B to win 6-4. Daniel Moses earned a maximum that included victory over Hari Gehlot 11-6 11-5 11-9, while Hari recovered to win his next two for the B team beginning with a fine 11-9 8-11 11-8 11-8 success over Martin Adams. Steve Murgatroyd and Andrew Parker hat tricks saw Kingfisher C beat Tidmarsh A 6-4, Andre winning a thrilling contest against Tony Baker 11-5 16-14 9-11 11-13 11-9.
In Division 2 two man Sonning Common & Peppard D managed a 5-5 draw at Tidmarsh B, Dom Cutter winning both his matches for Tidmarsh including a great 11-6 8-11 11-6 11-5 success over Niall McGrane and a narrow 11-8 8-11 11-9 11-9 win against Malcolm Gregory. Sonning Common & Peppard B remain second after recovering from 0-2 down to win 7-3 at Tidmarsh C. Good early wins by Chris Webb against Brian Meheux and a tense 11-7 8-11 9-11 11-6 12-10 victory by Simon Barter against Nigel Maltby put Tidmarsh ahead, Ray Webb chipping in late on with a 3-straight win over Brian. For Sonning Common Jeremy Willis starred with a maximum.
Denise Weller starred with a maximum as Sonning Common & Peppard C beat Kingfisher F 8-2, Matt Isherwood and Tim Raby with two wins apiece in support. Meanwhile Curzon Club A wrapped up their championship winning season with an 8-2 victory at Our Lady of Peace B, Marc Brent starring with a maximum while for OLOP Zdzislaw Jerzmanski managed a nail biting 9-11 12-10 6-11 12-10 14-12 win over Jon Willis.
In division 3 champions Milestone B got back to winning ways with an 8-2 victory over a two man Kingfisher H side, Zoltan Keleman and Sanket Dave unbeaten on the night. Kingfisher I grabbed a possible relegation life line with a great 6-4 win over second placed Springfield A, Carol Byers leading the way with an excellent treble.
Curzon Club B came from 0–4 down to draw with Tilehurst Methodists C in their division 4 match. For Curzon Derek Harrison and Geoff Johnson won two each as did Martin Wetherall and Roy Hull for Tilehurst. One pleasing piece of news was that Mike Maynard played in the doubles with Geoff Johnson for his first outing since the opening match of the season and helped them to win. John Walker was on top form for Curzon Club C by winning all three to help them beat Kingfisher K 7–3.
Reading FC A confirmed a 3rd place finish by beating Tidmarsh D 9–1 with Anthony Alleyne and Jazz Dhillon both gaining trebles. Champions Saiyan Brothers made it 19 out of 19 by beating Sonning Common & Peppard F 7-3, Vidhu Ravinath hit all three as usual, while runners-up Our Lady of Peace D had a good 7-3 win at 4th placed Springfield B with Binit Bhaskar in top form by winning all three.
In Division 5 leaders Our Lady of Peace F completed their fixture list with a 7-3 win over Tidmarsh E, thanks to a further maximum from Graham Stark, a double from Tony Barnett and a single from Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, Tidmarsh replying with a double from Steve Andrews and a single from John Harland. However the title race continues next week, since Sonning Sports B are only one point behind, with one match to play, following their 7-3 win over Springfield C, Florin Dimofte recording his eleventh treble, just beating Chris Speight 11-7 8-11 11-6 10-12 12-10, to remain undefeated this season. This win also relied upon a double from Cris Reynolds and a single from Sally James, with Springfield’s wins courtesy of a Chris Speight double and a Rob Atack single.
In their final match Tilehurst Methodists D lost 1-9 to Springfield D, Paul Martin and Julian Lancaster both recording trebles, Julian beating Jamie Li-Telford 11-9 10-12 11-5 11-9 in the 8th Set and Paul beating Lewis Oke 11-4 14-12 12-10 in the 9th Set, before Ryan Arch avoided the whitewash by beating Colin Jones. Kingfisher L were narrowly defeated 4-6 by Reading FC B, a brace for Gill Bennett and singles for both Meriel Low and Tom Allen proving insufficient as Derek Anderson’s treble and Harry Edwards’ double, along with a win in the doubles set for Tony Edwards and Derek meant that Reading FC went home with both points.
Press 26 - 11th March 2018
Ray Webb and Simon Barter got the wins required to give Tidmarsh C a 6-4 win at two man Sonning Common & Peppard D after the pair also teamed up to win the all important doubles set. A Pete Bradley maximum helped steer Curzon Club A to the title as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 8-2, John Willcocks and reserve Charlotte Binley both winning twice to keep Curzon 8 points clear at the top with just 2 matches left.
At the bottom Pangbourne WMC won 8-2 against Our Lady of Peace B, Leroy Wilson with a terrific maximum that included a 4-11 5-11 11-5 11-9 16-14 come back win over Dave Godfrey. John Simmonds also got a hat trick for Pangbourne.
Phil Burke kept Springfield A on course for promotion from division 3 as they won 6-4 at third placed Kingfisher G, Ludovic Coulliard adding two wins in support in a vital match at the top. Having already clinched the title Milestone B finally lost their unbeaten record as they lost 7-3 at Kingfisher I, Gwyenne Penny, Carol Byers and Steve Woolnough all putting up a fine display for the Kingfisher team to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive.
Tilehurst Methodists B were 8-2 winners over a two man Kingfisher G team to boost their own survival hopes, Michael Williams winning both his contests. Springfield A are promoted following their 6-4 win over fellow contenders Sonning Sports A, Adam Sheen, Ludovic Coulliard and Phil Burke winning twice, while Paul Savage got a maximum for Sonning including an 11-6 8-11 11-13 11-5 11-9 win over Phil. Clive Perry and Chris West trebles gave Our Lady of Peace C an 8-2 win over Kingfisher H. Nils Wedi starred as Kingfisher J beat Milestone A 7-3.
A hat trick from Rob Wilkie helped Springfield B win 6-4 at Kingfisher K in division 4, Steve Leggett gave him good support by winning two. As a result of that Kingfisher match Curzon Club B have escaped the drop despite only drawing at bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F. Geoff Johnson was the star by gaining a three straight maximum. Nick Lean, despite being ill, won one as did Derek Harrison who came back from 6-0 down in the 5th game against Derek Wavell to win 11-9. For Sonning Common it was a welcome first point of the season.
The Saiyan Brothers won their 18th match in a row by beating Our Lady of Peace E 7–3 with Vidhu Ravinath gaining a maximum. Tidmarsh D and Curzon Club C shared the spoils as they drew 5-5, Dave Edwards was in top form by gaining a treble, while maximums from Pat Daniels, Pradeep Desh and Hari Laddunuri was enough for Our Lady of Peace D as they beat Tilehurst Methodists C 9–1 and as a result clinched the runners up spot.
In Division 5 Kingfisher L lost 9-1 to Tidmarsh E, Derek Crombie beating Bob Sunerton 11-7 11-9 6-11 5-11 11-3 to record their only win, with Steve Andrews and Pete Sinclair both recording maximums for Tidmarsh. Springfield C won the final two sets to draw 5-5 with Reading FC B, Alan Goold beating Keith Greene in the 10th Set 7-11 12-10 12-10 10-12 11-9 to record his single and rescue a point. For Reading FC Derek Anderson recorded a treble, with both Keith and Harry Edwards recording singles while for Springfield, Robert Atack won two and James Regan one, to add to Alan’s win.
The title race was given a further twist with Springfield D’s 6-4 win over table-toppers Our Lady of Peace F, no-one remaining undefeated and every set going to 4 or 5 games. For Springfield there were two wins apiece for Adrian Wegrzynowski, Marcello Caramma and Colin Jones, Colin narrowly defeating Chris Bunn 12-10 11-9 9-11 11-9 for his first win over Chris while for OLOP, Alona Slobodskoy recorded a double and Tony Barnett beat Adrian 10-12 13-11 9-11 11-7 11-7 for his single, Alona and Tony also combining to win the doubles.
Sonning Sports B confirmed their promotion with an 8-2 victory over 3rd placed Sonning Common & Peppard G, thanks to trebles from Florin Dimofte and Cris Reynolds, Cris just beating Gerry Bacon 11-9 11-9 6-11 9-11 11-9, along with a single from Jude O’Halloran while in reply Gerry Bacon and Mike Casserley won one each. Milestone C visited Tilehurst Methodists D and left with both points after their 9-1 victory, Jamie Li-Telford beating Colin Phillips 6-11 11-9 11-8 7-11 12-10 to avoid the whitewash, with John Evans and Maksym Schipka both recording maximums.
Press 25 - 4th March 2018
Julian Telford’s maximum helped Tilehurst Methodists A to a 6-4 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard B in division 2 to dent the Sonning Common teams promotion hopes. Meanwhile Sonning Common & Peppard D took full advantage by winning 7-2 at Pangbourne WMC in a two v two match, Malcolm Gregory and Niall McGrane picking up wins against Pangbourne pair John Simmonds and Leroy Wilson to give Sonning Common the win and move them level with their B team counterparts.
Lee Calcutt led the way with a maximum as Tidmarsh C won 7-3 at relegation threatened Kingfisher F, Luca Bianci earning good wins over both Chris and Ray Webb for Kingfisher and in a quick fire return fixture hat tricks from Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter gave Tidmarsh an 8-2 win. Tim Raby and Matt Stone both starred as Sonning Common & Peppard C beat bottom of the table Pangbourne WMC 9-1.
Milestone B are promoted from Division 3, Sanket Dave with a treble as they won 6-4 at Sonning Sports A that included a hard fought 8-11 14-16 11-8 12-10 11-7 win against Paul Savage. Sanket Dave and Zoltan Keleman both won twice as they also won 6-4 against Our Lady of Peace C. Phil Burke’s 13-11 8-11 12-10 9-11 11-9 win over Arun Rajagopal looked to have given 2nd placed Springfield A the points against Milestone A, but late wins from Chris Collins and John Crosfield saw Milestone hit back to earn a 5-5 draw and give them a crucial point in their battle to avoid the drop.
Igor Sremec and Willis Ma both got maximums as Kingfisher H won 6-4 against Sonning Common & Peppard E, a result that lifts them clear of any relegation worries.
In the big top of the table clash in Division 4 the Saiyan Brothers won 6-4 at second place Our Lady of Peace D with Alex Horscroft hitting a hat trick. Vidhu Ravinath won two, so lost his 100% record to OLOP’s Binit Bhaskar who beat him 7-11 11-3 10-12 11-8 11-8. Earlier the Saiyan Brothers also won 6-4 at Reading FC A with Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford both winning twice. Saiyan brothers are now confirmed as champions with 17 wins from 17.
Springfield B beat Curzon Club C 6-4, despite a treble from Curzon’s Charlotte Binley. Our Lady of Peace D beat Curzon Club B 7-3 to move closer to promotion with Binit Bhaskar gaining a maximum. For Curzon Geoff Johnson gained a double. Springfield B continued their climb up the table by beating Tidmarsh D, Steve Leggett did well to win all three for Springfield, while Our Lady of Peace E managed a 6-4 win over bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F with Johnson Xu gaining a hat trick.
In Division 5 Tilehurst Methodists D fought back from 0-3 down, against Tidmarsh E, but lost the doubles and eventually the match 6-4. For Tidmarsh Bob Sunerton won one while Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews each won two, with Jamie Li-Telford and Lala Stryjak recording singles while Steve Christelow recorded a brace in reply for Methodists. Tidmarsh E then beat Springfield C by the same 6-4 margin, despite a treble from Springfield’s Rob Atack, Tom Berryman winning Springfield’s other set. Doubles from Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews, along with a single from Bob Sunerton and the doubles helping Tidmarsh gain both points.
Leaders Our Lady of Peace F defeated Milestone C 7-3, Tony Barnett winning one, Jan Polnik two and Graham Stark all three while, in reply, John Evans won twice and Tony Hayden won once. Sonning Sports B kept up the pressure on OLOP with a 9-1 home win against Reading FC B, Derek Anderson avoiding the whitewash when he beat Cris Reynolds, with Sally James and Florin Dimofte both recording trebles. Springfield D recorded an 8-2 victory over Kingfisher L, thanks to maximums from Marcello Caramma and Paul Martin, as well as a double from Julian Lancaster, who lost to Dmitry Merzlyakov over 5 games.
Further in Division 5, Milestone C could taste victory before Sally James, of Sonning Sports B, fought back in the 10th Set, to beat Carl Edlind 7-11 11-9 4-11 11-9 13-11, thus tying the match at 5-5. Sally’s win, along with a treble from Florin Dimofte and the doubles earned their point, countering a single from Carl and doubles from both Maksym Schipka and John Evans. This result meant that Our Lady of Peace F increased their lead at the top of the table, when they beat Tilehurst Methodists D 7-3, the match having been nip and tuck before the doubles, the final three sets all going to 5 games. Graham Stark recorded a further treble, Tony Barnett his first double, with Mariusz Paluszkiewicz recording a single while, in reply, Steve Christelow won two and Ryan Arch won one.
Despite a treble from Derek Anderson, Reading FC B succumbed to a 7-3 defeat away at Sonning Common & Peppard G, thanks to doubles from Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Julian James.
Press 24 - 25th February 2018
Kingfisher B enjoyed a comfortable 10-0 win over a two man Tidmarsh A side in their pursuit of Kingfisher A at the top of division 1. Sonning Common & Peppard A were 8-2 winners at Kingfisher E thanks to a Gary Morgan treble and two apiece from Jason Roberts and Neil Hurford, Jason beating Sagar Sawant 12-10 6-11 14-16 11-8 11-8 and Ke Deng 9-11 13-11 11-9 9-11 11-9.
A terrific match in division 2 saw Sonning Common & Peppard B just hold on to their slender advantage over Sonning Common & Peppard D as they battled back from 3-5 down to draw 5-5. Brian Meheux was again on top form for the B team while Nigel Maltby had a first ever victory over Malcolm Gregory after 21 previous attempts to grab a point with an 11-8 4-11 10-12 11-9 11-7 win in the final set of the night. For the D team Niall McGane starred with a classy treble. At the top Curzon Club A are now just a point away from promotion and the title after a resounding 10-0 success over Tidmarsh C, Pete Bradley, John Willcocks and Jon Willis all with maximums.
Tidmarsh B won 7-3 at Pangbourne WMC with Dom Cutter and Francois Durrand both getting trebles, while Our Lady of Peace B boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a fine 6-4 victory against Tilehurst Methodists A, Dave Godfrey beating Cath Venning 6-11 11-6 6-11 11-6 11-9.
In division 3 Kingfisher G kept up their good recent run with an 8-2 derby win over club mates Kingfisher I, Eric Holmes, Clive Gold and Guy De la Villesbrunne all contributing to keep the G team within touching distance of a promotion place. Joaquin Munoz Sabater managed a fine treble as Kingfisher J beat Kingfisher H 7-3 including an 8-11 11-8 13-11 9-11 12-10 win over Pete Bennett.
Press 23 - 18th February 2018
Mark Banks and Danny Moses trebles saw two man Kingfisher A defeat Kingfisher E 7-3 in division 1. Martin Adams and Danny Moses both got maximums in Kingfisher A’s 8-2 win over Sonning Common & Peppard A, Neil Hurford and Gary Morgan both defeating Richard Rosinski for Sonning. Andrew Parker and Marko Essomba both got maximums as Kingfisher C beat Kingfisher D 8-2. Kingfisher A now have 10 wins from 10 and a 6 point lead over Kingfisher B and OLOP A, who both have matches in hand.
Danny Ricks 11-7 7-11 12-10 11-9 win over Yonatan Slobodskoy saw Tidmarsh A avoid a white wash in their match at Our Lady of Peace A, Harry Munro and Ian Cole starring for the OLOP team. Danny also pushed Harry Munro close before losing 11-7 5-11 4-11 11-6 8-11. Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher D battled out a 5-5 draw, Phil Mead and Nigel Keedy both winning twice for Kingfisher while for Tidmarsh Danny Ricks won all three and Barry Carter enjoyed a vital 11-9 5-11 11-7 4-11 11-9 win over Alan Cummings. At the bottom Kingfisher D and Kingfisher E look certain to finish in the two relegation places but it is unlikely either will go down with only 8 teams in division 1 this season.
In division 2 Ray Webb’s 11-6 11-7 7-11 4-11 11-7 win over Carol Chard and an 11-9 11-9 10-12 11-9 win in the doubles by Ray Webb and Simon Barter was all Tidmarsh C had to show from a battling display against Sonning Common & Peppard D, the third placed Sonning Common team running out 8-2 winners with trebles from Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory. Sonning Common D face Sonning Common B this week in what looks a promotion decider with Curzon Club A virtually assured of the title.
At the bottom two from Pangbourne WMC, Kingfisher F and Our Lady of Peace B will finish in the relegation places.
Milestone B are champions elect in division 3 and they are still unbeaten in their 15 matches played so far. Springfield A remain best placed to finish 2nd as they have a 4 point cushion over Kingfisher G and Sonning Sports A and a 2 point advantage over Sonning Common & Peppard E, who have played two matches more.
At the bottom it’s going to be a close call between four teams to avoid the two relegation places with Kingfisher J, Milestone A, Tilehurst Methodists B and Kingfisher I all involved.
In a re-arranged match in division 4 Our Lady of Peace D beat Our Lady of Peace E 7–3 despite a Johnson Xu hat trick for the ‘E’ team. Binit Bhaskar gave him a good game only going down 10-12 in the 5th end. OLOP D remain best placed to finish 2nd, just ahead of Reading FC A while Saiyan Brothers look set to clinch the championship in the next few weeks having won all of their 14 matches so far.
At the bottom Sonning Common & Peppard F are down, while just 3 points separates the next five teams.
Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B are neck and neck in the battle for the division 5 title with Sonning Common & Peppard G in 3rd, awaiting any slip ups. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists D recently beat Kingfisher L, leaving the Kingfisher team 3 points adrift at the foot of the table.
Reading FC A’s hopes of reaching a third successive final in the Lower Divisions knockout cup is over following a 6-3 loss to a fine all round team performance from OLOP D. Two sets apiece from each pairing sufficient to see off the Reading side, despite a valiant maximum from Richard Witt / Antony Alleyne. OLOP will now meet Curzon C in the final.
Curzon recorded an 8-1 win at Springfield D where Colin Jones and/Adrian Wegrzynowski finally lost their 100% unbeaten record, but did manage to pick up Springfield’s consolation set. The Tracy Maynard // John Walker and Tracy / Linda King pairings unbeaten on the night, although Tracy and John had to work hard for their maximum, with winning game scores of 11-13, 10-12 and 9-11.
It’s deja vu in the Team Handicap. Despite twenty-nine teams contesting twenty-seven matches it’s all come down to a repeat of last seasons final between OLOP B and Reading FC A. Holders OLOP have shown they are in no mood to relinquish their hold on the trophy following an unsympathetic drubbing of their E team. Impressive maximums from Abhay Gore, Binit Bhaskar and Harikrishna Laddunuri and only two sets requiring a deciding game. Abhay and Hari so far unbeaten in the competition. The Reading team of Richard Witt, Antony Alleyne and Jazz Dhillon also won without dropping a set, in a match finished early at 6-0 due to injury. This was a much tighter affair with two-thirds of the sets requiring a deciding game.
Press 22 - 11th February 2018
Sonning Common & Peppard D were 7-3 winners at Tilehurst Methodists A in their top of division 2 clash, Carol Chard with a good win over Nigel Rowland. Matt Stone, Tim Raby and Matt Isherwood were all on top form as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 10-0 against Our Lady of Peace B, Tim just getting the better of Dave Godfrey 14-12 11-5 7-11 9-11 12-10 to complete his maximum, while hat tricks from Nigel Maltby and Brian Meheux saw Sonning Common & Peppard B win 9-1 against Kingfisher F, Grant Wheatley beating Andy Robertson 8-11 5-11 12-10 11-3 11-7 for Kingfisher.
At the bottom Pangbourne WMC battled back from 3-5 down to draw 5-5 with Tidmarsh C. John Simmonds and Clive Taylor both won twice for Pangbourne with John beating Lee Calcutt 11-9 12-10 6-11 11-8 and Clive getting the better of Simon Barter 11-8 16-14 6-11 11-6 to give them a point after the pair had also teamed up to win the doubles 11-9 9-11 9-11 11-4 11-9.
Sanket Dave’s maximum saw leaders Milestone B win 6-4 against Sonning Common & Peppard C in division 3. Mark Jones won twice for third placed Sonning Common, including a notable success against Zoltan Keleman while Eric Walker managed a 2-11 13-11 11-8 4-11 11-9 win over Sachin Mundra. Sonning Sports A saw their promotion chances severely dented by a 6-4 defeat at Kingfisher G, despite a Paul Savage treble.
At the bottom Milestone A boosted their chances of staying up by beating Kingfisher I 6-4, Arun Rajagopal with a maximum while Chris Collins won twice. Carol Byers did well for Kingfisher with two good wins including a 5-11 11-9 5-11 11-5 11-9 win over Chris. Chris West starred with a treble as Our Lady of Peace C held off Kingfisher J to win 6-4, Chris beating David Wells 10-12 11-7 6-11 11-9 11-8. Rumen Rangelov, Igor Sremac and Willis Ma all starred as Kingfisher H beat Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3 to virtually assure their safety.
The Saiyan Brothers won 7-3 at Springfield B to remain clear at the top of division 4 with Emma Blachford and Vidhu Ravinath both obtaining trebles. Our Lady of Peace D maintained their promotion push by beating Tidmarsh D 9–1 with Binit Bhaskar, Abhay Gore and Hari Laddonuri all gaining maximums while Reading FC A and Our Lady of Peace E shared the spoils with a 5-5 draw, Adam Lawes did the business for OLOP by winning all three.
Curzon Club B gained two vital points by beating Kingfisher K 8–2 thanks mainly to Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson who both gained hat tricks. Curzon Club C beat bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 7–3, Charlotte Binley was the star by winning all three for Curzon while for Sonning Common Derek Wavell had a fine double.
Mark Edwards had his first outing of the season and his hat trick helped Reading FC B draw 5-5 with Milestone C in division 5, Harry Edwards also registering one win, as well as combining with Mark to win the doubles while for Milestone, Carl Edlind and John Evans both recorded two wins with Colin Phillips recording one. Sonning Common & Peppard G beat Tidmarsh E 8-2, Mike Casserley and Gerry Bacon both recording maximums with Derek Maltby also recording his first win of the season by beating Bob Sunerton 11-5 9-11 4-11 11-5 11-7, Mike Bundy and John Harland replying with one win apiece for Tidmarsh.
Tilehurst Methodists D beat fellow strugglers Kingfisher L 7-3, Steve Christelow recording his first maximum and Ryan Arch his first double, with Rob James also winning two on his debut for the D team while for Kingfisher, Dmitry Merzlyakov and Meriel Low won one each. It was nip and tuck all evening as Springfield C clashed with Springfield D, the match ending 5-5, despite a treble for the D team’s Adrian Wegrzynowski, Colin Jones assisting with one win and later combining with Adrian to take the doubles. For the C team, Rob Atack and Chris Speight each won two while Tom Berryman won his crucial final set by beating Marcello Caramma 11-7 8-11 11-6 5-11 16-14.
Press 21 - 4th February 2018
Curzon Club A moved to the brink of clinching the Division 2 title after recovering from 0-4 down to defeat second placed Sonning Common & Peppard B 6-4. Jon Willis and Pete Bradley both won twice with Jon beating Brian Meheux 11-8 11-9 11-9 and Pete getting the better of Jeremy Willis 11-4 11-7 11-8 to complete a remarkable turn-around. Dom Cutter and Jon Golding both got maximums as Tidmarsh B trounced Our Lady of Peace B 9-1, while Sonning Common & Peppard D were 8-2 winners at Kingfisher F thanks to an Andy Wang treble, Grant Wheatley earning good victories over Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory for Kingfisher.
Sonning Common & Peppard C and Tilehurst Methodists A shared the points in a 5-5 draw, Julian Telford’s maximum for Tilehurst included an 8-11 8-11 11-5 11-4 11-9 win over Matt Stone while for Sonning Common Matt Isherwood held off Cath Venning 5-11 12-10 7-11 11-9 11-5.
Milestone B maintained their lead in Division 3 after winning 6-4 at Kingfisher G. Eric Holmes starred for the home side with a terrific maximum, but it wasn’t quite enough to bring his Kingfisher team a point. A Paul Savage treble helped Sonning Sports A to a 6-4 win over Milestone A.
At the bottom Milestone A remain in danger following their 6-4 loss to Sonning Sports and following this up with a 7-3 loss to Kingfisher G despite battling 5 game victories for Aran Ragagopal and Tusha Vaja. Our Lady of Peace C won a crucial match against fellow struggles Tilehurst Methodists B 6-4 to keep themselves clear of danger, Chris West with a treble supported by two good wins from Harikrishna Laddunuri, as well as the pair teaming up to win the all-important doubles set.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh D made it two wins in a row by beating Kingfisher K 9–1. Dave Edwards followed up his maximum last week by winning all three as did Theresa Watson. The Saiyan Brothers beat Tilehurst Methodists C 7–3 with Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford obtaining trebles, while Springfield B made it five points out of six by beating Sonning Common & Peppard F 9-1, Steve Leggett and Rob Wilkie both gained maximums.
Curzon Club C had a nice 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace E. Tracy Maynard and Linda King both won twice besides teaming up to win the doubles, while John Walker gained a vital single. Reading FC A came from 3-4 down to beat Curzon Club B 6–4 with Jazz Dhillon winning all three. In his match against Geoff Johnson he was 7-10 down in the 5th end, but came back to win 12-10.
In Division 5 leaders Our Lady of Peace F won 9-1 against bottom placed Kingfisher L, Meriel Low providing tough opposition all evening for Kingfisher but just losing out 11-9 4-11 10-12 13-15 to Jan Polnik and 9-11 5-11 10-12 to Graham Stark, however she did defeat Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, thus denying him his maximum. Mariusz did record his first double of the season by beating Derek Crombie and Gill Bennett, both in 4 game sets. Second placed Sonning Sports B kept up the pressure on the leaders by winning 7-3 at Tidmarsh E, Florin Dimofte recording a further maximum, supported by another double from Mike Gautrey, with Michael Byrne also recording one win while, in reply, Steve Andrews won twice and Mike Bundy once.
Sonning Common & Peppard G retained 3rd place with a 6-4 victory over Springfield D, Mike Casserley winning all three, Gerry Bacon winning two and Julian James chipping in with one win while for Springfield, Adrian Wegrzynowski recorded a double and Paul Martin a single. A battling performance from Tilehurst Methodists D was not enough to defeat Springfield C, who won 7-3 and climbed to 4th place, thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Speight, a double from Alan Goold and a single from James Regan, who won his set against Lewis Oke 12-10 7-11 5-11 14-12 18-16. Methodists’ wins came courtesy of a Steve Christelow double and a Jamie Li-Telford single.
Press 20 - 28th January 2018
Malcolm Gregory and Niall McGrane doubles helped Sonning Common & Peppard D hold leaders Curzon Club A to a 5-5 draw in division 2, John Willcocks and Jon Willis winning two apiece for Curzon. A Julian Telford maximum and two apiece from Phil Jones and Cath Venning saw Tilehurst Methodists A beat Kingfisher F 8-2, while Tidmarsh B were 6-4 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard C thanks to Barry Carter’s last gasp 9-11 4-11 11-8 11-8 11-6 win over Tim Raby. Matt Stone starred for Sonning Common with a fine treble.
Brian Meheux got yet another maximum as he continued his good form in an 8-2 win for second placed Sonning Common & Peppard B against bottom of the table Pangboune WMC. John Simmonds played well for his two wins for Pangbourne while Leroy Wilson and Clive Taylor also played well for no reward. Tidmarsh C kept up their good recent run after another Lee Calcutt treble steered them towards a 6-4 victory over Our Lady of Peace B, Dave Godfrey winning twice for OLOP as did Simon Barter for Tidmarsh.
In division 3 Milestone B took another step towards promotion after beating Kingfisher J 9-1, Sanket Dave and Zolton Keleman with maximums. Second placed Springfield A were narrow 6-4 winners at Our Lady of Peace C, Phil Burke with a treble, while Tilehurst Methodists B put up a good show at Sonning Common & Peppard E before eventually losing 6-4. Sonning Common’s Angus Jones holding off Jes Eassom to win 11-7 11-9 11-9 before Mark Jones clinched both point for Sonning with a good 11-9 11-3 11-8 win over Steve Dopson.
Kingfisher H and Kingfisher I battled out an exciting 5-5 draw, Gwynne Penny’s fine hat trick giving the I team a share of the spoils. Gwynne managed a 6-11 11-811-9 9-11 12-10 win against Pete Bennett, while Steve Woolnough also defeated Pete 12-10 in the 5th as he won 8-11 11-8 11-8 9-11 12-10.
In division 4 Curzon Club B crashed to a 6-4 defeat to Tidmarsh D for whom Dave Edwards was in top form by winning all three. Steve Leggett had a good night for Springfield B by gaining a three straight hat trick to give them a 5-5 draw against Our Lady of Peace E while Reading FC A went to Curzon Club C and came away with both points by winning 8-2, Jazz Dhillon winning all three.
At the bottom it is getting a bit tight as to who goes down with Sonning Common & Peppard F because there are now only three points separating 7 sides.
In Division 5 Springfield D played two matches this week fielding the same team both times. In their first match they beat Milestone C 7-3, thanks to maximums from Colin Jones and Adrian Wegrzynowski, with Tony Hayden, Carl Edlind and John Evans each recording one win for Milestone, but in their second match they lost 8-2 at Sonning Sports B, for whom Florin Dimofte scored a treble while John Scott and Sally James both won two each, with Adrian recording Springfield’s two wins. Until they lost the last two sets, Tilehurst Methodists D had been neck and neck all evening with Sonning Common & Peppard G, who eventually ran out 6-4 winners, thanks to a maximum from Mike Casserley and a double from Steve Knott while, in reply, Lala Stryjak recorded her first double with Ryan Arch and Jamie Li-Telford both recording singles.
The points were shared in a closely contested 5-5 draw, between Tidmarsh E, for whom Steve Andrews scored a double and both Mike Bundy and Bob Sunerton scored singles, and Reading FC B, for whom Harry Edwards scored a treble and Derek Anderson a double, Tony Edwards unlucky to end the evening without a win. Our Lady of Peace F retained top spot and kept up the pressure on their closest rivals with a 9-1 win at Springfield C, Chris Bunn and Graham Stark both recording trebles while Jan Polnik could only record a double after he was beaten 11-4 6-11 11-6 7-11 9-11 by Alan Goold.
Press 19 - 21st January 2018
Despite an excellent double from Andrew Smith that included an 11-9 14-12 8-11 11-7 win over Hari Gehlot, Kingfisher C lost 7-3 to joint division 1 leaders Kingfisher B, Krasimer Ivanov holding firm for the B team as he recorded a maximum. Yonatan Slobodskoy again starred for Our Lady of Peace A as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard A 7-3 in a tight match, Yonatan beating Gary Morgan 9-11 4-11 11-2 11-7 11-8 and Neil Hurford 11-7 11-8 11-8.
Sonning Common & Peppard A managed an 8-2 victory against Kingfisher D to keep themselves clear of any danger at the bottom, Gary Morgan with a treble supported by doubles from Jason Roberts and Joe Barraclough, while the two bottom teams, Kingfisher D and Kingfisher E, played out a 5-5 draw, Phil Mead starring for the D team with a treble, while Sagar Sawant gave the E team their first point of the season after he beat Nigel Keedy in the final set 12-10 11-9 4-11 6-11 11-7.
Jon Willis starred as division 2 leaders Curzon Club A won a hard fought match with Kingfisher F 8-2, Grant Wheatley picking up the Kingfisher teams two victories. Tidmarsh B put a further dent in Tilehurst Methodists A’s promotion hopes by beating them 8-2, Dom Cutter with a treble supported by doubles from John Golding and Francois Durrand.
At the bottom Tidmarsh C moved themselves out of the drop zone after a good 6-4 win at mid-table Sonning Common & Peppard C. With the match evenly poised Lee Calcutt completed his treble by just holding off Matt Isherwood 11-5 9-11 11-6 4-11 11-7 before Ray Webb clinched the win by beating Tim Raby 9-11 11-5 11-3 11-6.
Milestone B continue to look hot favourites for the division 3 title, Sanket Dave and Zoltan Keleman both getting trebles as they trounced club mates Milestone A 9-1 after also winning 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B despite an excellent maximum from Tilehurst’s Jes Eassom, Sanket Dave winning a thriller against Masoud Ghabachi 11-5 11-6 13-15 9-11 17-15. Springfield A remain second despite being held to a 5-5 draw by Sonning Common & Peppard E, Sonning’s Angus Jones beating Adam Sheen in a tense final match 11-8 20-18 9-11 13-11.
Mark Jones maximum helped Sonning Common & Peppard E to a 6-4 win against Kingfisher I, while Sonning Sports A were 7-3 winners over Kingfisher H. At the bottom David Wells, Nils Wedi and Joaquin Sabater all contributed as Kingfisher J won what could be a crucial match at Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3.
In division 4 leaders Saiyan Brothers smashed Kingfisher K 10–0 with hat tricks from Kaan Kitay, Alex Horscroft and Vidhu Ravinath. Our Lady of Peace D maintained second place by beating bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 8-2, Binit Bhaskar was the top man by winning all three. In the Curzon derby, despite Nick Lean winning all three for the B team it was the C team who came out on top by winning 6–4 with Tracy Maynard and John Walker both obtaining doubles.
Springfield B moved away from the bottom by winning 7-3 at 3rd placed Reading FC A. Peter Gurney did the business by obtaining a very good maximum. Tilehurst Methodists C had a great 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace E despite a treble from Johnson Xu for the home team.
In Division 5 leaders Our Lady of Peace F had one of their toughest matches of the season against 3rd placed Sonning Common & Peppard G, but came out on top, winning 6-4 to retain 1st place, thanks to a maximum from Chris Bunn, a double from Graham Stark and the doubles while, for SC&P Gerry Bacon won two with Julian James and Mike Casserley contributing one win each. Reading FC B had a convincing 10-0 win over Tilehurst Methodists D, Harry Edwards winning his treble in straight sets, Keith Greene and Derek Anderson also recording maximums. However, in their next match they were beaten 7-3 by Springfield D, Paul Martin turning on the style to beat Derek Anderson and record his first maximum. Paul was assisted in the win, by a double from Marcello Caramma and a single from Colin Jones while in reply, Derek Anderson recorded a double and Harry Edwards a single.
Milestone C won 8-2 at Kingfisher L to climb to 4th place thanks to a first treble for Maksym Schipka, a further treble for Tony Hayden and a single for Colin Phillips while for Kingfisher, Dmitry Merzlyakov and Derek Crombie won one apiece. Tilehurst Methodists D suffered a home defeat to Sonning Sports B, losing 1-9, Steve Christelow recording their solitary win by beating Mike Gautrey, with Cris Reynolds recording a maximum and Jude O’Halloran recording his first treble for the Sports team.
Press 18 - 14th January 2018
Curzon Club A took another big step towards clinching the Division 2 title after beating third placed Tilehurst Methodists A 7-3, John Willcocks starring with a treble while for Tilehurst Cath Venning won twice including a notable 8-11 6-11 11-8 11-7 11-6 victory over Jon Willis. Sonning Common & Peppard B managed a 10-0 win over Our Lady of Peace B thanks to hard fought trebles from Nigel Maltby, Brian Meheux and Andy Robertson, Andy just holding off a spirited challenge from Wendy Porter in his opener 7-11 8-11 11-9 11-9 11-8.
Lee Calcutt’s treble proved in vain as Tidmarsh C lost their inter club derby against Tidmarsh B 7-3, Barry Carter, Jon Golding and Dom Cutter all winning twice for the B team, Barry winning a tight tussle against Simon Barter 12-10 11-6 3-11 12-14 11-7. At the bottom Kingfisher F won 8-2 against fellow strugglers Pangbourne WMC, Grant Wheatley and Allan Bruton with hat tricks, Allan just holding off Leroy Wilson in a crucial opening set 6-11 9-11 11-9 11-8 11-9.
In Division 3 Ludovic Coulliard managed a fine treble as Springfield A won a close match with Kingfisher J 6-4, Ludovic just beating 11-8 6-11 6-11 11-4 16-14. For Kingfisher David Wells won twice including a notable 11-8 11-3 6-11 11-8 win against Phil Burke. Kingfisher G were 7-3 derby winners against Kingfisher H, Eric Holmes and Luca Bianci with maximums while Guy de la Villesbrunne managed an 11-5 8-11 12-10 8-11 11-9 win over Alex Zheng.
Reading FC A went to Tilehurst Methodists C in Division 4 and came away with a 10-0 victory, Jazz Dhillon, Richard Witt and Anthony Alleyne doing the damage with maximums. The Saiyan Brothers made it business as usual by winning 9-1 at Tidmarsh D to maintain their lead at the top. Dave Edwards prevented the white wash by beating Kaan Kitay.
At the bottom Kingfisher K gained two vital points by beating Sonning Common & Peppard F 6–4 thanks mainly to a Lee Wirkhani hat trick. The other two scheduled matches in the division were postponed.
In Division 5 a strong Our Lady of Peace F side inflicted a first defeat of the season on their fellow joint leaders, Sonning Sports B, winning 7-3 in a closely fought match, thanks to a maximum from Jan Polnik. Our Lady of Peace now take over top spot on their own. Jan was ably supported by a double from Graham Stark and a single from Chris Bunn, with opponents Cris Reynolds, Sally James and John Scott all recording one win each. In another tough encounter Tidmarsh E suffered a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Milestone C, with singles for Pete Sinclair, John Harland and Steve Andrews, while Carl Edlind, John Evans and Maksym Schipka all recorded doubles for Milestone.
Springfield C beat Kingfisher L 8-2 in another match which was closer than the score would indicate. Rob Atack recording a maximum while Chris Speight and Alan Goold both recorded doubles, Dmitry Merzlyakov and Meriel Low replying with one win each.
Press 17 - 7th January 2018
The Quarter Finals of both the Team Handicap and the Lower Divisions Cup competitions have been completed.
Tidmarsh D’s reign as Lower Divisions knockout cup holders is over following a 6-3 defeat at Curzon Club C. Tracy Maynard & John Walker were undefeated as Curzon moved up a gear with the match balanced at 3-3. Curzon now meet surprise package, and only division 5 team left in the competition, Springfield D. Springfield just squeezed past Milestone C 5-4 thanks to a 3-11 11-4 10-12 set nine win by Colin Jones & Adrian Wegrzynowski who are now unbeaten for three rounds in a row.
The other semi-final will see Reading FC A, who comprehensively defeated their B team club mates 8-1, face Our Lady of Peace D. OLOP triumphed 6-3 over Springfield B in a much tighter match with OLOP picking up five of the seven sets that required a deciding game.
Remarkably in the Handicap competition three of the four quarter-finals ended 5-4, the exception being Our Lady of Peace E’s 6-3 win at Milestone C, despite a valiant effort from John Evans winning all three of the sets for Milestone. OLOP will now play their ‘B’ team, and current holders of the trophy, in the semi-finals. Our Lady of Peace B required all nine sets to see off Sonning Common & Peppard E having beaten two other Sonning Common teams in previous rounds. Captain on the night Binit Bhaskar won set nine and the match 24-22 20-22 21-13, although player of the match Harikrishna Laddunuri’s maximum had done the damage earlier. Last season’s beaten finalists Reading FC A overcame Springfield B despite a Peter Gurney maximum, Antony Alleyne holding off Robert Wilkie in set nine. Tidmarsh D complete the semi-final line up following an all round team effort victory over Tilehurst Methodists. Two sets apiece from Dave Smith and Terry Hardie and a single from captain Dave Edwards in an extremely close match where 12 of the 23 games played ended deuce or 21-19.
Press 16 - 24th December 2017
Kingfisher A remain on course to retain their Division 1 title with Martin Adams and Danny Moses leading their charge. Kingfisher B are pushing them hard in second place while Our Lady of Peace A have lost 2 matches so far from their 5 played, and with a shortage of available players it seems unlikely they will be challenging for the title this year.
At the bottom Kingfisher D and Kingfisher E occupy the bottom two positions and have a lot to do if they are to catch Tidmarsh A and Sonning Common & Peppard A, however it is unlikely any teams will be relegated ahead of next season with only 8 teams in the top flight this term.
Sonning Common & Peppard B went three points clear in 2nd place in the division 2 table after a 7-3 win in their re-arranged match at Kingfisher F. Brian Meheux and Nigel Maltby both got maximums, Nigel winning a hard fought contest against Grant Wheatley 6-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 11-9 for his treble while for Kingfisher Rick Leachman managed a fine 11-7 11-4 12-10 win over Jeremy Willis. Curzon Club A lead the way, carrying a 4 point lead into the 2nd half of the season. Tilehurst Methodists A and Sonning Common & Peppard D are both still in with a chance of the top two finish.
At the bottom Pangbourne WMC A have most to do to avoid the drop while just 2 points separate Tidmarsh C and Kingfisher F in the battle to avoid the second relegation spot. Our Lady of Peace B are placed just above the drop zone.
Springfield A stayed clear in 2nd place in division 3 after winning 9-1 against Tilehurst Methodists B, Phil Burke and Ludovic Coulliard with treble after Jes Eassom had won the opening set against Adam Sheen 11-4 11-8 11-4. Sonning Sports A got back to their best form with an 8-2 victory over Sonning Common & Peppard E, Paul Savage with a maximum after beating Mark Jones in his opener 12-10 9-11 21-19 11-5. Milestone B are unbeaten so far as they look for a second successive promotion with a 5 point cushion to 3rd placed Sonning Sports A.
Guy de la Villesbrunne got a hat trick as Kingfisher G won 7-3 against Our Lady of Peace C. It’s extremely tight at the bottom with four teams on 7 points, Our Lady of Peace C, Tilehurst Methodists B, Kingfisher J and Milestone A. Just below this quartet are Kingfisher I, although even they will still carry hopes of avoiding the drop.
In Division 4 new team Siayan Brothers have a perfect record with 10 wins out of 10 and look certain to clinch promotion and the title come the new year. Our Lady of Peace D took a firm grip of second place after a recent victory over Reading FC A. Sonning Common & Peppard F look destined for the drop having yet to record a single point, however the other relegation place is extremely difficult to call with just a single point separating Kingfisher K, Tidmarsh D, Tilehurst Methodists C and Springfield B. Even Our Lady of Peace E on 11 points cannot yet count themselves as safe.
Both Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B head the way in Division 5 with Sonning Common & Peppard G three points adrift of the two promotion places. The rest are all closely bunched in mid-table with Tilehurst Methodists D and Kingfisher L adrift at the foot and battling to avoid bottom spot.
Press 15 - 17th December 2017
Kingfisher A moved a step nearer the division 1 title with a 9-1 win over two man Kingfisher D, while Sonning Common & Peppard A lost 9-1 at home to Kingfisher B, Dmitry Karkhamov, Eduard Caliman and Philip Zeng all with maximums for the Kingfisher team.
Nigel Rowland and Julian Telford both got trebles as Tilehurst Methodists A kept up their promotion aspirations by beating Tidmarsh C convincingly 9-1 in Division 2, Nigel beating Simon Barter in a tight opening set 3-11 11-6 11-8 8-11 11-9 to set them on their way. Brian Meheux starred as Sonning Common & Peppard B drew 5-5 with Sonning Common & Peppard C.
Andy Wang and Niall McGane trebles saw Sonning Common & Peppard D stay just behind the promotion places after an impressive 9-1 win at Our Lady of Peace B, Wendy Porter picked up the OLOP teams victory by earning a good 11-6 11-9 5-11 6-11 11-7 win against Malcolm Gregory.
Phil Burke’s outstanding treble just failed to bring Springfield A a point as they lost 6-4 at table toppers Milestone B in Division 3, Zoltan Keleman, Sachin Mandra and Sanket Dave all getting doubles for Milestone with Sachin’s 9-11 11-8 7-11 11-4 15-13 win over Adam Sheen proving crucial. Sonning Common & Peppard E were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher G, Clive Gold getting a hat trick for Kingfisher while Eric Walker grabbed a point for Sonning with an 11-6 13-11 7-11 11-7 win over John Liddle.
Kingfisher H and Milestone A battled out a 5-5 draw, Arun Rajagopal’s treble helping Milestone to a much needed point. At the bottom Kingfisher I managed a first win of the season by beating Kingfisher J 7-3, Carol Byers starring with a treble supported through two good wins by Gwyenne Penny.
In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C beat bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 8–2 with Martin Wetherell and Patrick O’Sullivan both gaining hat tricks. For Patrick it was his first for over two years. Pradeep Desh was in top form by winning all three to help Our Lady of Peace D win 7-3 at Reading FC A in what could prove a vital promotion battle. Binit Bhaskar did well backing him up by gaining a double.
Our Lady of Peace E salvaged a draw against Kingfisher K after Paul Treadgold beat Lee Wirkhani in the final set of the night 7-11 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-5. Tilehurst Methodists C had a fine 6-4 win at Curzon Club C to ease their relegation fears. Martin Wetherell and Patrick O’Sullivan both obtained doubles.
A John Evans maximum, a double from Carl Edlind and win in the doubles earned Milestone C a 6-4 victory over Springfield C in Division 5, Chris Speight replying with two wins for Springfield while Tom Berryman and James Regan each won one. Sonning Common & Peppard G won 6-4 at Kingfisher L thanks to maximums from both Mike Casserley and Julian James, Julian beating Derek Crombie 13-11 11-6 17-15 to gain his treble while in reply, Tom Allen, Derek Crombie and Gill Bennett each recorded one win.Derek Anderson lost for only the second time this season, beaten 5-11 12-10 11-6 4-11 11-13 by Chris Bunn whose maximum helped promotion chasing Our Lady of Peace F to an 8-2 win over Reading FC B, abetted by doubles from both Jan Polnik and Graham Stark. Adrian Wegrzynowski recorded his second treble, Colin Jones a further double and Paul Martin a single, to give Springfield D a 7-3 victory over Tidmarsh E, for whom Steve Andrews scored a double and John Harland a single.
Press 14 - 10th December 2017
Two big matches in Division 1. Kingfisher A just get the better of the B team club mates 6-4, Daniel Moses and Martin Adams both getting maximums for the A team while Hari Gehlot, Dmitry khakhamov and Krasimer Ivanov all managed wins over Mark Banks. Kingfisher A then beat their long time rivals Our Lady of Peace A 8-2 with the OLOP team only able to field two players. Daniel Moses and Martin Adams again scored trebles while Harry Munro and Ian Cole managed wins over Justin Mead for OLOP.
Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher C battled out a 5-5 draw, Andrew Smith winning all three for the two man Kingfisher team including an 11-6 12-10 7-11 12-10 win over Danny Ricks.
In Division 2 struggling Pangbourne WMC managed an excellent 5-5 draw at high flying Tilehurst Methodists A, Leroy Wilson winning a tight battle with Cath Venning 11-9 6-11 11-9 4-11 11-9 while Clive Taylor and John Simmonds won a thrilling doubles set against Julian Telford and Cath Venning 11-5 10-12 9-11 13-11 11-9. Sonning Common & Peppard B were 7-3 winners at Tidmarsh B in a very tight match, Dom Cutter needing to be at his best to see off all three Sonning opponents for his hat trick. Kingfisher F boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a fine 8-2 win at Our Lady of Peace B, Allan Bruton and Igor Sremac both getting maximums.
John Simmonds last set victory over John Willcocks was all Pangbourne WMC had to show for their efforts as they lost 9-1 at home to division leaders Curzon Club A. Pete Bradley and Jon Willis both got maximums for Curzon while John Simmonds beat Willcocks 11-9 11-7 7-11 9-11 13-11 to deny him a treble. An exciting match between Sonning Common & Peppard C and Sonning Common & Peppard D ended all square, Andy Wang with another impressive treble for the D team where as his team mate Malcolm Gregory was unfortunate to lose all his three in 5th game deciders. Matt Isherwood and Denise Weller both picked up two wins apiece for the C team.
Phil Burke’s treble and two apiece from Adam Sheen and Ludovic Coulliard kept Springfield A in the Division 3 promotion race as they beat Kingfisher I 8-2. Kingfisher I clung on to hopes of avoiding the drop after managing a 5-5 draw with Tilehurst Methodists B, Gwynne Penny and Steve Woolnough winning twice while Dave Duncan had a vital 12-10 12-10 4-11 5-11 12-10 win over Michael Williams.
Mark Jones and Eric Walker both starred as Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up their good recent form to defeat Milestone A 9-1. Kingfisher J battled well to earn a point at Sonning Sports A with the Sports team having to battle back from 3-5 down thanks to late wins by Dave Chard and Paul Savage.
In Division 4 Curzon Club B saw their good run came to an end when going down to the leaders Saiyan Brothers 8-2 for whom Alex Horscroft and Vidhu Ravinath both gained trebles. Our Lady of Peace D had a nice 6-4 win at Curzon Club C to move into second place, Pradeep Desh was the star by hitting a three straight treble.
Lyazid Wirkhani did well for Kingfisher K by gaining a maximum which helped them share the spoils with Reading FC A, while Our Lady of Peace E beat Tidmarsh D 6-4 with Johnson Xu winning all three. In a brought forward match Sonning Common & Peppard F lost 7-3 at home to Tidmarsh D, for whom Terry Haride got a maximum. Reserve Marko Madzar won twice for Sonning.
Reading FC B beat Kingfisher L 9-1 in Division 5 thanks to another maximum from Derek Anderson and a first maximum from Harry Edwards, Keith Greene being beaten 11-7 5-11 9-11 14-12 9-11 by Dmitry Merzlyakov for Kingfisher’s solitary win. However, despite a further Derek Anderson treble, Reading FC B then lost 3-7 to a strong Our Lady of Peace F side for whom Graham Stark, Chris Bunn and Jan Polnik all recorded doubles. Sonning Sports B were 8-2 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard G, which took them to the top of the table. Florin Dimofte recording another maximum, despite being pushed all the way by Gerry Bacon, along with a maximum from Cris Reynolds while, in his first match this Season, Michael Byrne recorded his first win, beating Derek Maltby but losing to both Julian James and Gerry.
Sonning Sports B were in action again, this time beating Kingfisher L by the same 8-2 scoreline, Cris Reynolds recording another treble, alongside doubles for both Michael Byrne and Mike Gautrey while, for Kingfisher Gill Bennett and Dmitry Merzlyakov both won one each. Tidmarsh E were 8-2 winners at Tilehurst Methodists D, Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews both recording maximums, while Bob Sunerton had to settle for a double, after being beaten by Steve Christelow in his final set.
Press 13 - 3rd December 2017
John Willcocks and Jon Willis both hit trebles as division 2 leaders Curzon Club A stretched their lead at the top by beating Our Lady of Peace B 8-2, Zdzislaw Jerzmanski and Dave Holt both managing 5-game wins over Pete Bradley for the OLOP side while Alistair Richardson battled hard for no reward. A strong Sonning Common & Peppard D team won 8-2 against Tidmarsh B thanks to a treble from Andy Wang and two apiece for Malcolm Gregory and Niall McGrane. Andy just hung on to beat Jon Golding 11-4 13-11 7-11 7-11 11-9.
Matt Stone was in fine form as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 8-2 at Kingfisher F, while Brian Meheux and Jeremy Willis were the hat trick men as Sonning Common & Peppard B won 8-2 against Tidmarsh C, Simon Barter earning a good 11-5 7-11 11-6 11-13 11-6 consolation win against Nigel Maltby as well as teaming up with Chris Webb to win the doubles set.
In division 3 Tilehurst Methodists B managed a shock 8-2 win over promotion contenders Sonning Sports A, Michael Williams beating Bob Woodmansee 11-8 11-2 23-21 on his way to a double while Masoud Ghabachi and Steve Dopson both got maximums. Zoltan Keleman’s treble, two from Sachin Mundra and a Dave Sprackling singles saw leaders Milestone B win 7-3 at Kingfisher H. Luca Bianchi was a fine form as Kingfisher G beat their Kingfisher J team club mates 7-3.
The Saiyan Brothers march on in Division 4 by beating bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 10–0. Another new signing Alex Horsfield, Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford all obtained maximums. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C shared the spoils with Lyazid Wirkhani gaining a great treble for the birds, while Our Lady of Peace D just got home 6–4 against Spingfield B, mainly thanks to a great hat trick obtained by Binit Bhaskar.
Reading FC A managed a 6-4 win at Tidmarsh D with Jazz Dhillon winning all three while Curzon Club B also maintained their promotion bid by winning 7-3 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson remaining unbeaten.
In Division 5 Our Lady of Peace F returned to winning ways, beating Tidmarsh E 8-2 and taking top spot for the first time this season, Graham Stark and Chris Bunn both scoring maximums, while Alona Slobodskoy recorded just the one win, losing out to Bob Sunerton 8-11 11-13 10-12 and John Harland 10-13 7-11 11-13. Sonning Common & Peppard G lost 4-6 at home to a strong Milestone C side, despite a further maximum from Marko Madzar, thanks to Colin Phillips, Carl Edlind and John Evans each winning two.
Springfield D won 8-2 against Tilehurst Methodists D, Adrian Wegrzynowski recording his first maximum, Julian Lancaster recording his first double and Paul Martin supplying another double, with Steve Christelow picking up the two wins for Tilehurst Methodists. After a tough match Sonning Sports B beat Springfield C 6-4, a victory which lifted them to 2nd in the table. For Sonning, Florin Dimofte recorded yet another maximum, to remain undefeated, supported by a double from Cris Reynolds and a crucial Doubles win while, for Springfield, Chris Speight recorded a double with Alan Goold and Rob Atack also recording one win apiece.
Press 12 - 26th November 2017
In division 1 Kingfisher B went top after beating Kingfisher D 9-1 Dmitry Khakhamov and Philip Zheng with trebles. Phil Mead beat Eduard Caliman for the D teams consolation. Sonning Common & Peppard A were 7-3 winners against Tidmarsh A, Gary Morgan with a 3-straight treble, while Kingfisher C were 6-4 victors over Sonning Common despite excellent wins by Gary Morgan and Joe Barraclough against Kingfisher’s Tony Reynolds. Marko Essomba managed a maximum to edge Kingfisher towards both points.
Two man Our Lady of Peace A still managed a 6-4 win at Kingfisher D with Steve Miller getting a maximum and Harry Munro winning twice, as well as the pair teaming up to win the key doubles set 11-8 7-11 11-8 9-11 11-4. Tidmarsh A kept themselves clear of the drop zone by beating Kingfisher E 7-3, Danny Ricks leading the way with a maximum.
Sonning Common & Peppard C won their first match of the season as they beat Pangbourne WMC 6-4 in division 2. Matt Iasherwood, Tim Raby and Denise Weller all winning twice, with Tim’s 6-11 11-7 11-7 9-11 11-5 win against Leroy Wilson settling the match.
In division 3 2nd met 3rd with Springfield A beating Sonning Sports A 6-4, Adam Sheen and Phil Burke winning twice for Springfield while Paul Savage got a maximum for Sonning. Allan Mollett, Mark Jones and Eric Walker all managed fine hat tricks as Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up their good recent form with a 9-1 victory over Kingfisher J.
In the Lower Divisions knock out competition two Springfield teams are through to the Quarter finals. The D team convincingly overcame their C team club mates 8-1, the Colin Jones / Adrian Wegrzynowski pairing unbeaten for the second round in a row. Springfield’s other team, their B side, had a tighter 6-3 victory over Our Lady of Peace E with Rob Wilkie / Steve Leggett unbeaten for Springfield. A repeat of last seasons final is still on the cards with Reading FC A disposing of Sonning Sports B. Here Reading jumped into a 4-0 lead before a spirited fightback by Sports saw them pegged back to 4-3 before Richard Witt / Joe Bull secured a place in the Quarter Finals in set eight, completing their maximum in the process.
New club Saiyan Brothers leave the competition following a close 5-4 loss to Our Lady of Peace D for whom Predeep Desh / Abhay Gore secured a maximum, team selection no doubt proving crucial in this one. Milestone C proved too strong for Kingfisher L winning 8-1 after rattling off the first seven sets, Carl Edlind the only unbeaten player on the night. Curzon Club C eased past Tidmarsh E 6-1 with the final two sets uncontested. Holders Tidmarsh D are through having beaten Sonning Common & Peppard G 8-1, Gerry Bacon / Derek Maltby picking up the consolation set for Sonning.
Team Handicap cup holders Our Lady of Peace B are safely through to the Quarter Finals following a comfortable 8-1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard G, Abhay Gore and Binit Bhaskar unbeaten on the night. OLOP are joined by their E team club mates who featured in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Sonning Sports. Simon Brookes coming back from a 9-16 deficit in game three of set nine to snatch the victory and complete his maximum. Last seasons beaten finalists Reading FC A are also through after another tight 5-4 victory, beating Kingfisher G, captain Richard Witt winning the crucial ninth set. In the battle of the two Tidmarsh sides D took the honours, beating B 8-1, with the two Dave’s both picking up maximums.
Two Sonning Common sides were also paired against each other, with the E team beating the F team 6-3. In this match each of the first four sets included a 22-20 game all of which won by the E team who eventually claimed the match with a 22-24, 23-25 win for Mark Jones over Jim McClure. Springfield B overcame Sonning Common & Peppard D 6-3, with Sonning’s new signing Andy Wang getting a fine maximum unfortunately to no avail. Best performance of the round goes to Milestone C who despite only having two players available defeated Saiyan Brothers 5-4, Maksym Schipka’s maximum well supported by captain Tony Hayden’s brace.
Press 11 - 19th November 2017
Tidmarsh B were 8-2 winners against Kingfisher F in Division 2 thanks to a treble from Dom Cutter and two wins apiece from Mike Aistrop and Barry Carter. Leaders Curzon Club A were held to a 5-5 draw by Sonning Common & Peppard C after Sonning recovered from 2-5 down. Denise Weller beat Jon Willis 11-6 11-3 2-11 2-11 11-6, Matt Stone just held off Tracey Maynard 11-5 9-11 10-12 11-3 11-9 leaving Tim Raby to beat John Willcocks 11-7 11-7 12-10 for their point.
Dave Holt and Dave Godfrey both won twice as Our Lady of Peace B won 6-4 against Pangbourne WMC. Simon Hopkins had two good wins against both for Pangbourne.
A two man Our Lady of Peace C side still managed to win 6-4 at Kingfisher H in Division 3, Darek Kaminski with a treble alongside two wins from Clive Perry. Willis Ma got the Kingfisher teams singles win by beating Clive 11-6 3-11 13-11 11-8. Milestone B stay top after a 6-4 win against Kingfisher I, Zoltan Keleman with a maximum.
At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists B gave their survival hopes a significant boost by winning 6-4 against Milestone A, Jes Eassom holding off John Crosfield in a marathon match decider to win the final set of the night 11-6 9-11 11-2 7-11 13-11. Milestone A recovered to win a tight match against Kingfisher J 7-3, John Crosfield with a fine hat trick that included an 11-4 6-11 13-15 11-9 12-10 win over Kingfisher’s Nils Wedi.
In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C gained a great 5-5 draw against Our Lady of Peace D thanks to doubles from Roy Hull and Martin Wetherell and a great single from Patrick O’Sullivan who beat Binet Bhaskar 11-9 14-12 11-8. Kingfisher K also had a good result by winning 6-4 at Springfield B. Player of the match Ken Robb did well to win two while Tarik Ramjaun clinched both points by beating Peter Gurney 5-11 6-11 11-7 13-11 12-10 in the final set of the night.
The Saiyan Brothers march on by winning 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace E with Vidhu Ravinath getting a hat trick, while Tracey Maynard was on top form by winning all three to help Curzon Club C beat Tidmarsh D 8–2, Linda King and Carine Bey both won two each in an all ladies team. Curzon Club B won 8–2 against Sonning Common & Peppard F thanks to a treble from Nick Lean and doubles from Jim Brent and Geoff Johnson.
Marcello Caramma scored his first maximum to help secure a 6-4 win for Springfield D against Our Lady of Peace F in division 5, Colin Jones assisting with a double, which included a vital 11-9 11-13 10-12 11-5 11-9 win over Tony Barnett, and Julian Lancaster recording a single in beating Mariusz Paluszkiewicz. For OLOP, Chris Bunn was victorious against both Colin and Julian, while Tony ended the evening with only the one win, narrowly losing to Marcello in his final set, 9-11 10-12 9-11. Milestone C matched their best win with a 9-1 victory over Tilehurst Methodists D, Carl Edlind and Tony Hayden both recording maximums, while Colin Phillips got off the mark, for the season with his first ever double, Methodists Lala Stryjak also recording her first ever win to avoid the whitewash.
Reading FC B were also 9-1 winners, beating table toppers Springfield C with maximums for Keith Greene and Derek Anderson, Harry Edwards having to settle for a double, after losing to Tom Berryman in the final set. Springfield’s James Regan ending the evening with nothing to show for his efforts, following close defeats to Keith (5-11 12-10 9-11 9-11) and Harry (9-11 7-11 10-12).
Press 10 - 12th November 2017
Kingfisher E couldn’t quite snatch a point from their division 1 match with club rivals Kingfisher C after a treble from Andrew Smith and an Andrew Parker double, plus an 11-8 6-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 win in the doubles set gave the C team a 6-4 win. Sagar Sawant starred for the E team with two wins.
Division 2 leaders Curzon Club A held off stiff competition from Tidmarsh B to win 6-4, Nick Lean winning a vital match against Barry Carter leaving the way for Pete Bradley to clinch the match with a 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-6 victory over Francois Durand. Barry Carter won twice for Tidmarsh including a tough 12-10 10-12 11-8 9-11 11-8 win over John Wilcocks.
Brian Meheux and Jeremy Willis both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat a weakened but none the less spirited Tilehurst Methodists A team 8-2, Cath Venning regaining her best form to beat Nigel Maltby 11-5 8-11 11-8 12-14 11-9 after having teamed up to win the doubles with Nigel Rowland for Tilehurst.
A Paul Savage treble and two from Keith Machin helped Sonning Sports A to a 6-4 success at Kingfisher I in Division 3, Paul and Keith also teaming up to win a crucial doubles set against Steven Woolnough and Gwynne Penny 11-8 10-12 11-13 13-11 11-6. Darek Kaminski battled hard for no reward as Our Lady of Peace C lost 7-3 at home to leaders Milestone B, Chris West however did get a maximum for the OLOP team.
Springfield A kept up the pace at the top with a 9-1 success over Kingfisher G despite dropping the first set after Eric Holmes beat Adam Sheen 11-7 11-8 12-10. Ludovik Couillard and Phil Burke then hit maximums for Springfield. Alan Mollet, Mark Jones and Eric Walker were all at their best as Sonning Common & Peppard E toppled Kingfisher H 9-1.
Hat tricks from Martin Wetherell and Roy Hull helped Tilehurst Methodists C win 9-1 at Kingfisher K in their basement battle in Division 4. A full strength Curzon Club B won 6-4 at Our Lady of Peace D, Marc Brent hitting a great treble while Geoff Johnson won two and Nick Lean picked up a single.
Theresa Watson was in top form by winning all three to help Tidmarsh D beat Springfield B 6–4.
In a top of the table battle the Saiyan Brothers beat Reading FC A 9-1. Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford on her debut both obtained maximums. Our Lady of Peace E managed a 7-3 win at bottom of the table Sonning Common & Peppard F thanks to hat tricks from Adam Lawes and Simon Brookes.
In Division 5 Steve Andrews was the star for Tidmarsh E in their 7-3 win over Kingfisher L, with his second treble this season, John Harland and Bob Sunerton both chipping in with two wins apiece. For Kingfisher Meriel Low and Derek Crombie each won one, while Meriel also partnered Gill Bennett in a pulsating doubles against John and Bob, eventually winning 4-11 11-9 10-12 17-15 12-10. A battling treble from Reading FC B’s Keith Greene, which included a 13-11 13-11 14-12 win over Gerry Bacon, was not enough to stop Sonning Common & Peppard G retaining top spot, with doubles from each of Marko Madzar, Julian James and Gerry helping Sonning Common to a 7-3 win.
Sonning Sports B maintained their push at the top with a 6-4 victory over Milestone C, thanks to Sally James’ first maximum this season, a double from Mike Gautrey, which included a 12-14 6-11 13-11 12-10 11-5 fightback against Maksym Schipka, and a single from Jude O’Halloran. For Milestone, Carl Edlind recorded two wins and Maksym recorded one win, Carl and Maksym also combining to win the doubles. Another title contender, Our Lady of Peace F, swept to a third consecutive 10-0 victory, this time over Tilehurst Methodists D, with maximums for Alona Slobodskoy, Jan Polnik and Graham Stark, Graham recording his first ever maximum.
Press 09 - 5th November 2017
Kingfisher A made it 4 wins from 4 in Division 1 after a 10-0 victory over a two man Tidmarsh A side, Justin Mead just holding off Tony Baker to win 6-11 15-13 7-11 11-6 11-8. Kingfisher B are also on maximum points after they earned a stunning 9-1 win over Our Lady of Peace A, Krasimer Ivanov starring with a maximum alongside that from Philip Zeng. Harry Munro managed a fine consolation 11-9 11-7 7-11 11-9 win against Hari Gehlot.
Tilehurst Methodists A continue to impress in division 2, Julian Telford and Nigel Rowland unbeaten in their 8-2 victory over a two man Our Lady of Peace B team. Tidmarsh B hit back from 1-3 down to win their local derby against Pangbourne WMC 6-4, John Simmonds with a valiant treble for Pangbourne, however Mike Aistrop’s narrow win over Clive Taylor proved decisive.
Sonning Common & Peppard D were comfortable 9-1 winners over a two man Sonning Common & Peppard B team, Andy Chang and Niall McGrane unbeaten, Andy in particularly impressive form, while Brian Meheux enjoyed a 9-11 11-7 12-10 13-11 consolation win over Malcolm Gregory. Curzon Club A won 7-3 at Tidmarsh C, despite a fine treble from Lee Calcutt for Tidmarsh.
Milestone B won a big match at the top of Division 3 against Sonning Sports A, Oliver Bonser and Zoltan Keleman both starring with trebles while Sachin Mandra managed a 13-11 9-11 11-9 11-9 win over Dave Chard as Milestone ran out 8-2 winners. Kingfisher H were 7-3 derby winners over Kingfisher J, Nils Wedi with a hat-trick for the two man J team. Luca Bianchi starred with a hat trick as Kingfisher G beat Kingfisher I 8-2.
Sonning Common & Peppard E emerged 6-4 winners in a hard fought match at Our Lady of Peace C with Mark Jones clinching the win by beating Chris West in some style 11-6 11-4 11-3. Earlier Angus Jones had battled his way to five game victories over both Chris West and Darek Kaminski for Sonning Common, while Chris had beaten Alan Mollett 12-10 7-11 11-4 7-11 13-11 in the opening set to give OLOP an early lead. Springfield A continued their good form by winning 8-2 at Milestone A, Adam Sheen starring with a maximum, while for Milestone Arun Rajagopal had a fine 8-11 11-9 14-12 11-8 win over top division 3 player Phil Burke.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh D won 9-1 at a depleted Tilehurst Methodists C with Terry Hardie and Dave Smith both recording maximums. For Dave it was his first for many years. Reading FC A beat Sonning Common & Peppard F 7–3 with Jazz Dhillon, Richard Witt and Anthony Alleyne all gaining doubles as did Derek Wavell for the away team.
Our Lady of Peace D beat Kingfisher K 8–2, Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both hitting trebles. At the top the Saiyan Brothers continue to impress and this time won at Curzon Club C 7-3 with Vidhu Ravinath and Nikesh Karki both obtaining trebles. Curzon Club B managed a 6–4 win over Our Lady of Peace E thanks mainly to a hat trick from Nick Lean and a double from Geoff Johnson.
In Division 5 Meriel Low’s first maximum of the season helped Kingfisher L earn their first point, in their 5-5 draw with Springfield D, Gill Bennett and Derek Crombie both winning 5-game sets to support Meriel while for Springfield, Paul Martin and Marcello Caramma each won one, while Colin Jones won the final set to record a double and ensure the draw. Our Lady of Peace F recorded a 10-0 win over Milestone C with maximums for Jan Polnik, Anna Slobodskoy and Chris Bunn, but it was no walkover, Carl Edlind being especially unlucky to finish the night with no wins, since 8 of his 12 singles games went the distance and were won by the minimum two points necessary.
Springfield C returned to the top of the table with a 9-1 victory over Tidmarsh E, despite Tidmarsh winning 11 games during the match. Chris Speight and Rob Atack both recorded maximums, while James Regan could only record a double after he lost to Mike Bundy. Three players started the match between Sonning Sports B and Reading FC B with 100% records, so something had to give. The match ended in a 7-3 win for Sonning Sports, with only Sonning’s Florin Dimofte retaining his 100% record, Derek Anderson losing his 100% to Florin, but subsequently taking Cris Reynolds’ 100%, in a pulsating 10th Set, 11-9 11-8 4-11 5-11 12-10, meaning that both Derek and Cris won two apiece, while John Scott lost to Reading FC’s Harry Edwards, but subsequently beat Tony Edwards, meaning that both John and Harry won one each.
Press 08 - 29th October 2017
With a free week in the league programme, focus turned to the two cup competitions.
In the Lower Divisions knock out, last seasons beaten finalists Reading FC A look in the mood to recapture the trophy they last held in 2015/16 following an impressive 9-0 demolition of Our Lady of Peace F, whose clubs progress in the competition now rests in the hand of their D team. A weakened Sonning Common & Peppard F suffered a similar fate at home to Springfield B and as a result will unfortunately leave the competition at this stage. Sonning Sports B were desperately unlucky to lose 8-1 to Springfield D where seven sets required a third game decider, of which six were won at either deuce or 9-11.
It was also 8-1 to Reading FC B over Kingfisher L who had initially led 1-0, which by strange coincidence was the score by which Sonning Sports had also led. Saiyan Brothers got off to a flier winning the first four sets against Sonning Common & Peppard G before finally settling for a 7-2 victory. The ‘youngsters’ from Curzon in another 7-2 victory started even better against Our Lady of Peace E with the match done and dusted by set five. It was two sets apiece for the three pairings from Tidmarsh E as they overcame Springfield C 6-3. In the tightest match of the round Milestone C squeezed past Kingfisher K 5-4 with every pairing winning at least one set. The only remaining fixture will see holders Tidmarsh D kick off their defence of the trophy at Our Lady of Peace D.
In the Team Handicap competition there were comprehensive 8-1 wins for Reading FC A and Sonning Sports over higher division teams Tidmarsh C and Pangbourne WMC respectively. In their debut season Saiyan Brothers also posted an impressive 8-1 victory over Milestone B, new signing Emma Blachford matching Vidhu Ravinath’s maximum. Tidmarsh E overcame Kingfisher H 7-2 courtesy of taking all the sets that went to a third game decider. In the battle of two of the Sonning Common & Peppard teams, it was the G team who came out on top after reeling off the last six sets to beat the C team, Gerry Bacon with the important maximum while Derek Maltby enjoyed two good wins.
50% of all the matches played ended 5-4 which shows what a tight competition this is. There were wins for Our Lady of Peace B, Sonning Common & Peppard E, Our Lady of Peace E, Milestone C, Tidmarsh B and Kingfisher G. An impressive maximum from Sonning Common & Peppard B’s Nigel Maltby was not enough to prevent holders Our Lady of Peace B from progressing. Likewise a maximum from John Simpson of Kingfisher K failing to halt SC&P E. Darek Kaminski secured a maximum in OLOP E’s victory having initially overcome Dave Duncan 24-22, 22-20 in set one, and Tony Hayden’s maximum for Milestone C was achieved without dropping a game. Tidmarsh B overcame a 4 -2 deficit against Kingfisher L to take the final three sets including a ninth set nail biter 21-17, 17-21, 21-16. And there was an even closer final set nail biter in the Kingfisher G match with captain John Liddle edging past Springfield C’s Alan Goold 21-18, 21-23, 21-18.
In division 3 Sonning Sports A held off a two man Kingfisher G side to win 7-3, Paul Savage winning twice and Bob Woodmansee picking up a single.
A Gerry Bacon maximum and two apiece from Julian James and Mike Casserely saw Sonning Common & Peppard G win their top of the table clash with Springfield C 7-3 in division 5, Gerry remaining unbeaten for the season. For Springfield, Rob Atack and Tom Berryman each won one.
Press 07- 22nd October 2017
Neil Hurford managed wins over Mark Banks and Justin Mead in division 1 despite Sonning Common & Peppard A’s 8-2 defeat against Kingfisher A, Neil teaming up with Joe Barraclough to just lose a thrilling doubles set 8-11 11-6 11-6 2-11 17-15. Tidmarsh A managed a win in what was only their second match of the season as they won 8-2 at Kingfisher D, Danny Ricks starring with a maximum with two apiece from Tony Baker and Lee Calcutt.
Gary Morgan and Niel Hurford both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Kingfisher E 8-2, Joe Barraclough adding a double that included a fine 11-6 9-11 9-11 12-1013-11 win over Sagar Sawant.
Malcolm Gregory’s fine maximum and singles from Lisa Williams and Carole Chard saw Sonning Common & Peppard D hold high flying Tilehurst Methodists A to a 5-5 draw, Carole’s 8-11 14-12 11-8 11-2 win over Nigel Rowland helping the Sonning Common team recover from 2-5 down. Our Lady of Peace B won a very tightly contested match as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3, Dave Godfrey with a treble while Alistair Richardson battled back to win a key opener against Tim Raby 11-9 3-11 4-11 11-9 11-9.
Ray Webb’s return to Pangbourne ended in disappointment as his new side Tidmarsh C crashed to an 8-2 defeat, John Simmond’s with a maximum alongside excellent doubles from Leroy Wilson and Clive Taylor, Leroy beating Dave Sheppard 15-13 in a thrilling 5th game decider for a vital opening win.
In division 3 Kingfisher H were 10-0 winners at Tilehurst Methodists B with trebles from Igor Sremac, Rumen Rangelov and Willis Ma. Kingfisher J and Our Lady of Peace C drew 5-5, Chris West and Clive Perry steering OLOP to their point while Nils Wedi got a maximum for Kingfisher. In another drawn match Milestone A held Kingfisher I 5-5, Arun Rajagopal with a treble.
Dave Sanket’s treble moved Milestone B to the top of the table as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E to make it 4 wins out of 5.
Curzon Club B played their best side at Kingfisher K in their division 4 match and came away with a 10-0 victory with Nick Lean, Geoff Johnson and Marc Brent all obtaining trebles. For Marc they were all three straight with no player gaining more than 6 points. Sonning Common & Peppard F only had two players against Curzon Club C and went down 8-2, Tracy Maynard remained unbeaten for Curzon. Our Lady of Peace D had a fine 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D with Abhay Gore and Predeep Desh both obtaining maximums.
Reading FC A have hit good form and had a nice 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace E despite a good hat trick from Johnson Xu. Meanwhile the Saiyan Brothers march on at the top by beating Springfield B 6–4. Vidhu Ravinath was the star by hitting a three straight treble. Rob Wilkie returned to form by gaining a hat trick to help Springfield B defeat Tilehurst Methodists C 8–2.
In Division 5 Julian James and Marko Madzar turned on the style, both recording maximums and combining to win the doubles in Sonning Common & Peppard G’s 7-3 victory over Tidmarsh E, Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton picking up a single win each for Tidmarsh. Keith Greene and Derek Anderson of Reading FC B both recorded trebles and aided by a single from Harry Edwards, beat Milestone C by the same 7-3 scoreline, Maksym Schipka and John Evans both recording one win each for Milestone. In this season’s first intra-club match, Springfield C beat their D team 7-3, winning the last four sets to take both points. Alan Goold won his final set to record his single, then Tom Berryman ensured both points when he beat Paul Martin 14-12 8-11 11-7 9-11 11-9 to record his double, with Rob Atack beating Adrian Wegrzynowski in the 10th set 11-8 8-11 11-9 14-16 11-7 for a maximum, leaving Adrian with just the two wins.
Tilehurst Methodists D came out on top in their bottom of the table clash with Kingfisher L, edging the match 6-4, with no-one remaining undefeated, Methodist’s Ryan Arch beating Dmitry Merzlyakov but subsequently losing to Derek Crombie. Derek played 19 games in total that evening, losing to both Jamie Li-Telford and Lewis Oke, but combining with Dmitry to beat Jamie & Lewis in the doubles.
Press 06- 15th October 2017
Cath Venning’s thrilling 8-11 7-11 11-8 12-10 11-9 win over Denise Weller proved crucial as Tilehurst Methodists A went on to beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3 in division 2. Tidmarsh C and Our Lady of Peace B battled out a 5-5 draw, Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter with late wins as Tidmarsh hit back from 3-5 down. An Andy Wang treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard D win 7-3 against Kingfisher F, Carole Chard contributing with a fine 11-7 11-7 14-12 win over Allan Bruton.
Francois Durand got a maximum as Tidmarsh B won their first match of the season, Dom Cutter and Dave Wise both winning twice as they beat Our Lady of Peace B 8-2. In the big match at the top John Willcocks, Pete Bradley and particularly Jon Willis were in excellent form as they beat fellow title contenders Sonning Common & Peppard B 8-2, Nigel Maltby grabbing a good consolation double for the losers.
In Division 3 Kingfisher H toppled leaders Springfield A 6-4, Igor Sremac with a maximum for Kingfisher while Luodivic Coulliard did well for Springfield, winning twice and only narrowly losing to Igor 8-11 11-9 7-11 13-11 7-11. A good team effort from Eric Holmes, Clive Gold and Guy de la Villesbrunne saw Kingfisher G beat Milestone A 6-4.
Milestone B drew 5-5 with Kingfisher G thanks to an 11-6 7-11 12-10 6-11 13-11 win by Zoltan Keleman in the final set of the night against Luca Bianchi. An Arun Rajagopal treble helped Milestone A hold Sonning Sports A to a 5-5 draw with Arun beating Paul Savage 6-11 11-7 11-9 15-13 to clinch his teams point. Tilehurst Methodists B picked up their first points of the season with a 7-3 win at Our Lady of Peace C, Chris West with a maximum for OLOP.
The Saiyan Brothers march on in division 4 as they maintained their 100% record by winning 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Vidhu Ravinath obtaining yet another three straight maximum. The Kingfisher K match against Tidmarsh D ended all square with Terry Hardie winning all three for the visiting Tidmarsh team, while Steve Leggett was in top form for Springfield B by hitting a treble to help them beat Sonning Common & Peppard F team 7-3.
Curzon Club C won a tight match against Our Lady of Peace E 6–4 for whom Simon Brookes hit a very good hat trick. For Curzon Linda King, who played her first match of the season after injury, and Terry Spice both gained doubles. Curzon Club B held Reading FC A to a draw thanks to Nick Lean who won all three and Geoff Johnson who gained a double.
In Division 5 Tidmarsh E started their week with a 5-5 draw at Milestone C, Carl Edlind winning all three to put Milestone in sight of both points, only for Mike Bundy and John Harland to win the crucial 9th and 10th sets, thus tying the match. Tony Hayden also won one and partnered Carl to a 13-11 13-11 12-14 9-11 11-5 doubles win, while John and Bob Sunerton both ended the evening with two wins apiece, John just missing out on a maximum, when beaten by Carl 9-11 9-11 9-11. Our Lady of Peace F put Kingfisher L to the sword, winning 10-0 in straight sets, Jan Polnik, Chris Bunn and Alona Slobodskoy all recording maximums.
Springfield C beat Tilehurst Methodists D 8-2, thanks to a Chris Speight treble, with both James Regan and Alan Goold also recording doubles, Steve Christelow being responsible for his side’s two wins, with teammate Ryan Arch just losing out to James 11-6 11-13 12-10 9-11 9-11. Tidmarsh E finished their week with another 5-5 draw, this time away at Sonning Sports B. After winning the doubles Tidmarsh led 5-2, courtesy of a double from John Harland and singles for both Bob Sunerton and Mike Bundy, however Sonning Sports won the final three sets, Jude O'Halloran completing their fightback, Sally James and John Scott both ending the evening with two wins.
Press 05 - 8th October 2017
Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan both got fine maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A won 8-2 at Kingfisher D in division 1, Joe and Gary also teaming up to win the match winning doubles against Alan Cummings and Phil Mead 8-11 11-8 12-10 6-11 11-9. Kingfisher D went on to lose 9-1 against club mates Kingfisher C, despite Nigel Keedy’s opening 6-11 11-6 6-11 11-8 11-9 win over Andrew Parker, while Kingfisher A were 9-1 winners over Kingfisher E, Daniel Moses and Mark Banks with maximums for the A side while Sagar Sawant saved the white wash for the E team with a 5-11 11-7 11-3 7-11 11-5 win against Justin Mead.
In Division 2 Jon Willis managed a vital comeback win against Niall McGrane on his way to a maximum as his team Curzon Club A beat Sonning Common & Peppard D 7-3, Jon beating Niall 6-11 7-11 11-8 15-13 11-7. Andy Wang managed an 11-5 13-11 4-11 11-9 win over Nick Lean on his Sonning Common debut. Sonning Common & Peppard B hold on to 2nd place after winning 10-0 at Pangbourne WMC, Nigel Maltby, Andy Robertson and Brian Meheux all getting hard earned maximums.
Tim Raby and Matt Stone both won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew 5-5 at home to Tidmarsh B, Dom Cutter with a fine maximum for the visitors. However it was an 11-4 11-8 6-11 14-16 12-10 doubles win by Tim Raby and Matt Isherwood that helped nudge Sonning Common to a share of the points. Tilehurst Methodists A were 8-2 winners at Kingfisher F with Julian Telford getting another maximum.
Igor Sremac managed a treble as Kingfisher H won a close match against Kingfisher I in division 3. Igor’s treble and two wins by Alex Zheng leading the H team to a 7-3 win. Adam Sheen and Phil Burke both got maximums as Springfield A were impressive 9-1 winners over Our Lady of Peace C, both enjoying narrow 5 game victories over OLOP’s Clive Perry. Milestone B made it 3 wins from 3 after a Dave Sanket treble helped them to a 6-4 win at Kingfisher J, Dave coming from 2 games down to defeat Nils Wedi 10-12 5-11 11-2 11-8 11-3.
An Alan Mollett treble, two from Eric Walker and an Angus Jones single was enough to move Sonning Common & Peppard E into mid-table as they won 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B.
Marc Brent and Nick Lean returned to help Curzon Club B win 9-1 at Tidmarsh D in division 4 by both gaining trebles. For Marc they were all three straight. Our Lady of Peace E beat Springfield B 7-3 with Johnson Xu winning all three. Adam Lawes did well to win two. The Saiyan Brothers beat the unbeaten Our Lady of Peace D side 7–3 with hat tricks from Vidhu Ravinath and Nickesh Karki.
Tilehurst Methodists C just got home 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard F. Martin Wetherell was the star by obtaining a maximum. Reading FC A beat Curzon Club C 6–4. Jazz Dhillon and Anthony Alleyne both recorded trebles.
In Division 5, Reading FC B recorded a 6-4 win over Springfield D thanks to maximums from Keith Greene and Derek Anderson, with Paul Martin, Colin Jones and Julian Lancaster all winning one each for Springfield. Despite Chris Speight winning all three for Springfield C, two wins apiece for Jan Polnik and Chris Bunn, who also combined to win the doubles, along with a single for Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, was just enough to secure our Lady of Peace F a 6-4 victory, Rob Atack winning Springfield C’s other set.
Although Adrian Wegrzynowski was registered in time for the match against Sonning Sports B, he could only defeat Mike Gautrey and Springfield D eventually lost 2-8, with maximums for Cris Reynolds and the irrepressible Florin Dimofte complementing Mike’s double. A treble from Derek Anderson, who also partnered Harry Edwards to a doubles victory, was not enough, as Tidmarsh E beat Reading FC B 6-4 thanks to Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton who all recorded doubles. Although Tilehurst Methodists D’s Steve Christelow participated in three 5-game sets, the final outcome was a resounding 10-0 victory to Sonning Common & Peppard G with maximums for Gerry Bacon, Mike Casserley and Marko Madzar.
Press 04 - 1st October 2017
Kingfisher B made it 3 from 3 in Division 1 with an 8-2 win against battling Tidmarsh A in a closely fought contest. Krasimer Ivanov starred for Kingfisher with a maximum after winning his opening contest against Danny Ricks 7-11 11-7 11-6 5-11 11-9. Eduard Caliman and Dmitry Karkhamov both won twice while Danny Ricks and Tony Baker picked up wins for Tidmarsh.
Harry Munro starred for Our Lady of Peace A as they won 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Harry beating Gary Morgan in the final contest of the night 9-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 13-11. Steve Miller also beat Gary in 5 games 11-9 5-119-11 13-11 14-12 while for Sonning Common Joe Barraclough beat Steve 11-9 9-11 9-11 12-10 11-9. Kingfisher D got off the mark with an 8-2 win over club mates Kingfisher E, Nigel Keedy with a maximum alongside doubles from Alan Cummings and Phil Mead.
John Willcocks and Jon Willis both starred as Curzon Club A breezed to a 9-1 win at Kingfisher F in Division 2 to stay top, Allan Bruton beating Pete Bradley 7-11 11-5 11-9 7-11 13-11 in the opening set for Kingfisher’s sole success. Two apiece from Matt Isherwood and Denise Weller and a Matt Stone single saw Sonning Common & Peppard C hold Tidmarsh C to a 5-5 draw.
Julian Telford’s maximum helped Tilehurst Methodists A to their first points of the season as they beat Tidmarsh B 6-4, Julian just holding off John Golding 9-11 6-11 13-11 11-6 12-10. Nial McGrane with a maximum and two from both Lisa Williams and Malcolm Gregory saw Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Pangbourne WMC 8-2. Richard Leachman, Grant Wheatley and Roger Woolven-Allen all won twice as Kingfisher F won 7-3 at Pangbourne WMC.
Paul Savage won all three as Sonning Sports A made it 3 from 3 in division 3 by winning 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Keith Machin and Dave Chard adding vital singles. Trebles from Phil Burke and Ludovik Coulliard saw Springfield A win 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, while Kingfisher J also won 6-4 as they beat Tilehurst Methodists B.
Milestone B managed a 6-4 derby win over club mates Milestone A, Sanket Dave with a maximum supported through a Zolten Keleman double and Sachin Mundra’s vital single. Kingfisher I were beaten 8-2 by Our Lady of Peace C, in form Clive Perry with a treble alongside doubles from Chris West and Derek Kaminski.
In Division 4 Our Lady of Peace D smashed Sonning Common & Peppard F 9 -1 with Pat Daniels, Predeep Desh and Abhay Gore all hitting trebles as they made it 3 wins out of 3. Hot on their heels are the Saiyan Brothers after they won 7-3 at Kingfisher K. Vidhu Ravinath hit yet another three straight maximum.
Despite a great hat trick from Geoff Johnson Curzon Club B lost to Curzon Club C 7-3, for whom Carine Bey, Terry Spice and John Walker all gained doubles, while Jazz Dhillon returned for Reading FC A and promptly won all three to help them win 7-3 at Springfield B. Our Lady of Peace E won 7-3 against a two man Tilehurst Methodists C side with Simon Brookes and Adam Laws unbeaten on the night.
In Division 5 Tilehurst Methodists D fielded a team of newcomers against Reading FC B and had a baptism of fire, being beaten 1-9. Steve Christelow picked up his team’s solitary set, by beating Keith Greene, while Derek Anderson and Harry Edwards both recorded maximums, Harry being pushed all the way by Lewis Oke, eventually winning 12-10 12-10 15-13. A treble from Julian James and a double from Mike Casserley were not quite enough for Sonning Common & Peppard G, as Alona Slobodskoy’s victory over Derek Maltby in the 10th set, secured a deserved point for Our Lady of Peace F, following a number of close sets, in particular Julian’s 11-9 10-12 11-7 11-9 win over Alona and Mike’s 11-9 5-11 11-8 12-14 13-11 win over Graham Stark.
Tilehurst Methodists D suffered a further 9-1 loss, this time at the hands of Sonning Sports B, Steve Christelow again winning Tilehurst Methodists’ single set, by defeating John Scott, while Sally James and Cris Reynolds ended the evening unbeaten for the Sports outfit. Trebles from John Evans and Carl Edlind helped Milestone C to a 9-1 victory over Kingfisher L, Meriel Low beating Maksym Schipka 5-11 12-10 12-10 11-8 to record Kingfisher’s single win.
Press 03 - 24th September 2017
Kingfisher B beat their club mates Kingfisher C in division 1 in a match closer than the 9-1 scoreline suggests. Krasimer Ivanov won the opening match against Tony Reynolds 11-5 9-11 6-11 11-1 11-5 while Hari Gehlot held off a spirited challenge from Steve Murgatroyd to win 11-5 13-11 8-11 7-11 11-7.
In division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B recovered from 1-4 down to win 6-4 at our Lady of Peace B, Brian Meheux claiming a fine win against Dave Godfrey to clinch an unexpected victory for the commoners. Tidmarsh C won the keenly awaiting Tidmarsh derby against Tidmarsh B 6-4, Lee Calcutt with a hat trick and Simon Barter winning twice, while Simon & Lee teamed up to win the all important doubles 3-11 11-7 10-12 11-4 11-7.
A John Willcocks treble helped Curzon Club A win 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists A, Nick Lean winning twice in support with narrow victories over both Phil Jones and Catherine Venning. John’s treble included a good win over Julian Telford 11-8 5-11 16-14 6-11 11-6.
Milestone B won their opening division 3 match following promotion, beating Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3. Sachin Mundra starred with a treble, well supported by doubles from Oliver Bonser and Zoltan Keleman. Sachin’s 11-3 4-11 11-7 6-11 11-8 win over Jes Eassom proved key. Sonning Comon & Peppard E won 6-4 at Kingfisher I, Angus Jones and Eric Walker winning twice and Mark Jones adding a single, Eric just getting the better of Dave Duncan in his opener to win 13-11 7-11 14-12 9-11 11-5.
In Division 4 Kingfisher K had a nice 7-3 win at Sonning Common & Peppard F, Lyazid Wirkhani winning all three and John Simpson and Anya Pytka both picking up doubles. The Saiyan Brothers played in their first ever Reading League match and beat Tidmarsh D 7–3. Vidhu Ravinath gaining a three straight maximum while Nikesh Karki and Kaan Kitay both won two each.
In the OLOP derby it was the D team that came out on top however the star was Johnson Xu of the E team who won all three in straight sets but could not prevent his team losing from a 6-4 defeat. Anthony Alleyne hit his first ever treble to help Reading FC A beat Tilehurst Methodists C 6–4, while Springfield B made it two wins out of two by beating Curzon Club C 6-4 with Peter Gurney hitting another hat trick.
In division 5 Springfield C hit top spot with a 7-3 away victory at Kingfisher L, Tom Berryman, Alan Gould and James Regan each winning twice, as did Meriel Low for Kingfisher after she won 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-13 12-10 against Tom. Springfield D were 7-3 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard G, despite a good maximum from Sonning Common’s Julian James.
Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B battled out a 5-5 draw with Alona Slobodskoy earning vital narrow victories over Sally James 11-3 2-11 11-3 1-11 11-9 and Jude O’Halleran 7-11 12-10 2-11 11-8 11-8
Press 02 - 17th September 2017
Mark Banks and Daniel Moses on his debut, both got 3-straight trebles as Kingfisher A opened their division 1 season with a 10-0 win over club mates Kingfisher D. Richard Rosinski however was made to battle hard for his treble, beating Phil Mead 8-11 8-11 11-8 19-17 11-7 and beating both Ivor Hardman and Grant Wheatley in four games. Kingfisher B were 9-1 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard A thanks to Hari Gehlot and Krasimer Ivanov getting maximums and Dmitry Khahkamov winning twice after dropping his opening match to Sonning’s Gary Morgan 11-7 3-11 10-12 11-7 9-11. Hari beat Gary in the final set 11-7 4-11 7-11 11-9 11-9.
Our Lady of Peace A got their season off to a bright start as they won 9-1 against Kingfisher E, Yonatan Slobskoy and Harry Munro with trebles, while Steve Ng hit back for Kingfisher to beat Ian Cole 5-11 11-7 12-10 2-11 11-8.
Peter Bradley on his Curzon Club debut, and Nick Lean both got maximums as promotion favourites Curzon Club A won 8-2 at home to Pangbourne WMC in division 2, Clive Taylor gaining a good consolation singles win for Pangbourne after he beat Jon Willis 8-11 11-8 4-11 11-5 11-9. Our Lady of Peace B took the step up from division 3 in their stride as they earned a fine 8-2 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard D, Alistair Richardson and Zdzislaw Jerzmanski with trebles while Wendy Porter managed an 8-11 11-7 8-11 11-9 13-11 victory over Malcolm Gregory. Carol Chard and Lisa Williams managed singles for the Sonning Common outfit.
Brian Meheux starred with a fine treble as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat their C team club mates 9-1, Brian earning an impressive win over Matt Stone 11-6 11-2 6-11 11-6. Andy Robertson also won all three for the B team including a 6-11 11-7 7-11 11-6 11-4 victory over Matt Stone. For the C team Matt Isherwood battled hard on his debut while Denise Weller also made her Sonning Common debut but failed to find her best form. Ray Webb and Lee Calcutt both got hat tricks as Tidmarsh C won a competitive match against Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4, Lee beating Nigel Rowland in a crucial opening set 14-12 11-13 3-11 11-4 11-8.
Philip Burke and Ludovik CouIllard both got maximums as Springfield A opened their Division 3 campaign with an 8-2 victory over Tilehurst Methodists B. Kingfisher J’s two man team were still too good for Kingfisher I after hat tricks from both David Wells and Joaquin Sabater saw the J team win 7-3, while reprieved Sonning Sports A got off to a great start as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, Paul Savage with a maximum.
Shawnik Thakur and Arun Rajagopal both got trebles as Milestone A won 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Arun just getting the better of Igor Sremac in the final contest of the night to win 7-11 13-11 19-17 7-11 11-8. A Clive Perry maximum and two wins for Chris West saw Our Lady of Peace C beat Kingfisher G 6-4, Clive earning crucial narrow wins over Luca Bianchi 2-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 11-9 and Eric Holmes 8-11 14-12 11-7 6-11 11-8.
One of the favourites for promotion from division 4, Springfield B beat Curzon Club B 6–4 thanks mainly to a stunning treble from Peter Gurney. Mike Maynard, after a year out, did well to win two and also teamed up with Derek Harrison to win the doubles for Curzon. Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both obtained maximums to give Our Lady of Peace D a 6-4 win over Reading FC A, while Tidmarsh D started with a fine 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F with Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards both gaining trebles.
Despite doubles from Tarik Ramjuan and Ken Robb Kingfisher K lost 4–6 to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Paul Treadgold won all three on his OLOP debut. Curzon Club C had a nice 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists C with John Walker and Tracy Maynard both gaining trebles. For Tracy it was a welcome return to league action after about 7 years. Terry Spice did well to gain a double.
In Division 5, Tidmarsh E celebrated the start of the new League season by beating Springfield D 8-2, with one of last season’s stalwarts, Steve Andrews, recording a maximum, abetted by Theresa Watson, who also recorded a treble as well as partnering John Harland to a doubles win, while Mike Bundy beat newcomer Julian Lancaster, but subsequently lost to Paul Martin and Colin Jones, with both sets going to 5 games.
Last season’s 3rd place finisher, Sonning Common & Peppard G, recorded a resounding 10-0 win, over Kingfisher L, with Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Marko Madzar all ending the evening with maximums, meaning that Derek Crombie, along with newcomers Dmitry Merzlyakov and Tom Allen, went home with nothing to show for their efforts. Mike won a tight opening set against Dmitry Merzlyakov 4-11 11-5 4-11 11-5 11-6.
Springfield C ended as 7-3 winners in their closely fought match against Milestone C, with Milestone’s Tony Hayden unlucky to leave with only two wins, losing in the fifth game against Rob Atack 11-3 8-11 7-11 11-5 12-10, a result which helped Rob to end the evening with the only maximum. Rob was ably supported by Tom Berryman, who won two and also partnered Rob in their 14-12 11-7 14-12 Doubles victory over Tony and newcomer Maksym Schipka, Maksym beating Chris Speight to record his first win.
Press 01 - 10th September 2017
The Reading table tennis league season gets underway this week with 50 teams spread across the league’s 5 main divisions, and a further set of teams and players taking part in the popular Youth League at Bluecoat School, Sonning.
Kingfisher A have added to their already strong squad this season, which makes them outstanding favourites for the Division 1 championship this time around. Martin Adams, Mark Banks, Justin Mead, Richard Rosinski and Daniel Moses will prove a tough nut to crack by any of their rivals. Kingfisher B and Kingfisher C also look strong contenders this year, Philip Zeng and Hari Gehlot leading the B team while Steve Murgatroyd, Andrew Parker, Tony Reynolds and Marco Essomba should bring plenty of success for the C team. Our Lady of Peace A can also challenge with Ian Cole, Harry Munro, Yonatan Slobodskoy and Steve Miller in their squad, especially if Harry and Yonaton can continue their rapid improvement from the past few seasons.
Tidmarsh A and Sonning Common & Peppard A should find themselves safely in mid-table, Duncan Groves, Danny Ricks and Tony Baker for Tidmarsh while Neil Hurford joins the SC&P A trio of Jason Roberts, Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan. Kingfisher sides D and E look to have most to do to avoid the drop from this tough 8 team division.
In Division 2 Tidmarsh B, Curzon Club A and Sonning Common & Peppard B stand out as the likely promotion contenders. Tidmarsh look strong with Mike Aistrop, Francois Durrand, Barry Carter and Dom Cutter all more than capable at this level. John Willcocks, Jon Willis, Pete Bradley and Nick Lean make up the Curzon Club squad while SC&P B add Andy Robertson to their squad of Nigel Maltby, Brian Meheux and Simon Berry, although Jeremy Willis is currently out injured.
Matt Stone, Tim Raby and new recruits Denise Weller and Matt Isherwood could see Sonning Common & Peppard C challenge in the top half of the table, as could Sonning Common & Peppard D with Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory in their side. Brothers Chris and Ray Webb team up for Tidmarsh C, and they will be looking for Lee Calcutt to help them into a safe mid-table position early on. Pangbourne WMC and Tilehurst Methodists A could also do well, with Tilehurst registering Julian Telford back into Reading table tennis.
Division 3 looks a difficult one to predict. Four Kingfisher sides and OLOP C could all do well, however perhaps the favourites this time will be Milestone A and Springfield A, spearheaded by Aran Rajagopal and Phil Burke respectively. Sonning Sports A will be keen to do well having been given another chance at this level after narrowly finishing in the bottom two last season. Promoted Milestone B may surprise a few.
Curzon Club C welcome back Tracey Maynard to their Division 4 side and she along with Kinda King, Terry Spice and John Walker could push them towards the top of the table. New club, Saiyan Brothers, are also likely to figure highly and should Reading FC A with Richard Witt, Tony Aleyne and Jazz Dhillon in their side. Derek Wavell will hope to bring out the best from junior players Oliver Sayers and Jamie Legg who both make the step up from division 5, while both Our Lady of Peace teams and Springfield B can also fight for a top half finish.
In Division 5 experienced teams from Kingfisher L and Tidmarsh E should see them in the promotion shake up. Sonning Common & Peppard G just missed out last season and could challenge again with a good all round six man squad of Mike Casserely, Julian James, Gerry Bacon, Marko Madzar, Steve Knott and Derek Maltby. Keep an eye out two for both Springfield teams and perhaps both Reading FC B and Sonning Sports B, with the latter having nine players to choose from as they look to build on improvement shown over the past couple of seasons.
Many clubs would welcome additional players – contact Nigel Maltby at email@example.com who can put you in touch with a team / club in your area. Also there is plenty of room for more junior players in the Youth League on Friday evenings. Anyone interested in that can contact Wendy Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.