Press Report - Week No 24 - 3rd March 2014

Southend & District Table Tennis League

Winter League 2013-14 Season

Week 24 - Commencing 3rd March 2014

Premier Division

Runnymede A needed a Kevin Caldon hat trick to edge past Hullbridge A 5-4 while there were two wins for Glenn Johnson and Gary Young in reply. Rawreth A overcame their C team this week without too much trouble but did drop two games which could prove crucial at the end of the season. Ben Warner was in good form for Rawreth C getting the better of Kevin Read and Adam Brewer.
There was a comfortable win for Lentern A against Warehouse A, a good Martin West win over Charlie Bates the only consolation for Warehouse in an 8-1 defeat. Another good team performance from Thorpe Bay B as they overcame Hadleigh Forum 6-3. There were two wins each for Gurj Bhambra, Richard Stubbington and Kieran Skeggs. Thorpe Bay A overcame Castle Point A 8-1, with hat tricks from Alex Abbott and James Denyer while a Minda Sinkus hat trick helped Rayleigh Mill to a 6-3 win over Hullbridge B.

Duncan Taylor, Divisional Results Secretary, Premier Division

Division 1

"Hullbridge C were the big winners this week with an 8-1 victory over Lentern C. Hat tricks from Andy Seaman and Bill Smith plus two wins from Maxine Abbott made up the successful team with experienced veteran Les Taylor picking up the sole point for Lentern C respectively. Customs A also had a good win over Hadleigh Forum C with Roy Thomas winning his three on the night. Russ Bright was Hadleigh's best player winning two of his three but was unable to get the better of Roy. Lentern B came out on top against Lentern E winning 5-4 despite a great effort from the E Teams Richard Wyman winning all his three games including a close 5 setter with Steve Appleby taking it 9 in the 5th."

Andy Seabrook, Divisional Results Secretary, 1st Division

Division 2

An Andy Nunn maximum was not enough for Rawreth D to overcome Hockley C. Two wins each for Liam Squirrall, Paul Henlen and Ashley Seymour gave the visitors an impressive 6 – 3 away win.

Paul Ogden faired better with his maximum away to Castle Point C. One each from Sue Reece and Janet Finch gave them a 5 – 4 win. Colin Smith won two for the home side.

A close-fought match between improving Basildon Hospital and second-placed Hockley B resulted in a 5 – 4 win for the visitors. Kieran Wood dented the almost-perfect record of Tony Vassallo. However, Tony’s two, plus two from Paul Strutt and one from Denis Squirrall playing up settled matters. Clive Beauchamp took two for the home side.

Canvey C are also a team looking to move up the division. This week they took on RESSC at home and edged it 5 - 4. A maximum from the ever-steady Peter Cray sealed the match with one each from Gordon Johnstone and Lee McGonagle. Ron Coutts and Sarah Mapes share the visitors’ points.

Leaders Invicta A bounced back from their surprise defeat last week to inflict a comprehensive 9 – 0 win away at two-man Hullbridge E.

Despite an excellent maximum from Dan Payne, the youngsters of Hullbridge F were brought back to earth by a 4 – 5 defeat to Castle Point B. Tony Ayliffe and Martin Roberts won two each for the visitors and Paul Thompson’s single gave them the win.

Another close encounter was played out at Runnymede B, when Warehouse C were the visitors. Back in form Phil Digby won all his games. His maximum was aided by one each from Barbara O’Brien and Dmitry Kisil in a 5 – 4 win. Gordon Child got two of the Warehouse’s points.

David Barnes, Divisional Results Secretary, 2nd Division

Division 3

Wakering had another good 7-2 win over Hockley D, Nigel Cook unbeaten on the night with two each for Dave Accleton and Cliff Noakes, Jon Knight scoring the two points for Hockley. Warehouse D had some close matches with Rawreth Juniors before the youngsters ran out 6-3 winners. Justin Jeffery scored a maximum, along with two for ‘recycled youngster’ Andy Deadman, Chi Cheung scoring two for the home team.
Final result received was for the youngsters of Hullbridge G who ran out 9-0 winners against Rawreth E who were only able to turn out Ken Field due to a number of circumstances. Two of the games did go to 5 sets, but the energetic youngsters proved too strong for the ‘experienced’ SDTTL Chairman.

Barrie Delf, Divisional Results Secretary, 3rd Division

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