Southend & District Table Tennis Report
Week 3 Report from Chris Jacob
With no results received this week from Division 1 of the Southend & District summer league, the focus goes into Division 2, where Hadleigh Forum have taken over the lead with two emphatic 8-1 victories. In their game against Canvey “A” Peter Cray and Terry (the taxi) Giddens just beat Anthon Ranjit Singh and Tony Jacks in the final game of the evening in the fifth set. The report from this game states it was a great evening’s table tennis. It was also in the final doubles of the night that Warehouse “B” was able to stop the whitewash, when Phil Puckey and Peter Maslanka managed to beat Anthon Ranjit Singh and John Tendler. Dave Woolmer was unbeaten for Hadleigh. In both of these games Hadleigh were fortunate to get such big victories as 5 games went into a fifth set in the Canvey game and 4 went to a fifth end in the Warehouse game.
In Division 3, Runnymede have had two good victories to take them to the top of the table with 21 points. They beat Canvey “B” 8-1 the game that went away from them was a doubles win for Rob McDonald and Geoff Banthorpe beating Mac Neife and Dmitry Kisil. The last doubles of the evening was a strange affair where Phil Digby and Dmitry Kisil beat Gordan Johnstone and Geoff Banthorpe 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-0 and 15-11. Hullbridge “E” just managed to keep their unbeaten record, after a good 5-4 victory over RESSC in a game where no one remained unbeaten, they now have 18 points. Canvey “B” won their first game of the season, thanks to an unbeaten performance from Gordan Johnstone with a 7-2 victory over Hullbridge “D”. Jo Hills had a good win over Alec Taylor for Hullbridge.
Invicta “B” have taken over the lead in Division 4, thanks to a 6-3 victory over Warehouse “C”, this appeared to be an enjoyable evening’s table tennis, where no one remained unbeaten and everyone won at least one game. This gives them a 2 point lead over Basildon Hospital, although the Hospital side do have a game in hand. The two teams at the bottom played each other this week and the team currently bottom, Hullbridge “F” just managed to beat Customs 5-4, to move above them in the table, this was another game where no player remained unbeaten.