Week 2 REPORT, 

Week Commencing 28th September 2015

Premier Division – DRS – Duncan Taylor  

Week 2.    Warehouse A squeezed past Rawreth D 5-4 this week. Man of the match Reece Seddon was unlucky to finish on the losing side, as he reversed two previous losses to Kim Shead in gaining an excellent hat trick. New Rayleigh signing, Peter Radford, showed why he's been a top player for so many years as he and Colin Chatfield went unbeaten for the Millers in an 8-1 victory over Rawreth C to take an early lead in the Premier league. There was a consolation win for Mike Hayes over Steve Maltby. A maximum for Stuart Gibbs backed up by two wins by Adam Brewer saw Hullbridge A over the line 5-4 against Hadleigh Forum. Dave Bassett had a good win over Brewer. Zoe Davies was very unlucky not to register her first Premier division win as she lost out 15-13 in the 5th set to Neal Barker. The final game this week saw an easy win for Hullbridge B over a two man Lentern B team. There were hat-tricks all round for Fred Dove, Glen Johnson and John Holland.    Duncan


Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf                      

Week 2.    One late result from last week saw newcomers Runnymede push Hadleigh Forum B close, losing out by the odd game 5-4, in a match where no-one was unbeaten. 2 wins apiece from Phil Digby and Philip French shows that they will also be nearer the top than the bottom at the end of the season. In the end, 2 wins for Tony Jacks and Mick Tappenden, with Anthon Ranjit-Singh adding the vital fifth set, saw them to victory. Customs A currently head the table with two wins, this week with a comfortable 9-0 win over Lentern D. Maximums for Roy Thomas, Brian Rackham and Dale Gutteridge saw the visitors home, in a match where only two games went to 5 sets and once again shows that they should be pushing for the top spot come the end of the season. Lentern D find themselves bottom with two losses and will have their own battles to fight at the other end of the table.  Newcomers Hockley B notched up their first win against a 2 man Warehouse B team, 5-4. Micky Baker and Berti Makolli were both able to win 2 games, but good wins by Paul Strutt and Keith Abbott saw the Hockley team home. This currently still means Warehouse B are in second spot thanks to their fine week 1 win.  Hadleigh Forum B scored a 6-3 win in the local derby against their C team thanks to a hattrick from skipper, Tony Jacks, who was unplayable on the night, beating Russell Bright for the first time in the Southend league. Mark Everard also did well defeating Mick Tappenden and Dave Woolmer, but it was too little with Dave adding 2 to Tony’s maximum. This pushed them up to 3rd in the table.  The only other result I have is a close fought affair between Invicta A and Lentern C, where no player was unbeaten and ending in a 5-4 win for the veteran Lentern team. Mike Grout, Chris Crooks and Neil Daines all scored two apiece with all the other players winning one in a match where everyone won at least one game.  There are a number of teams who can claim the title this year and I believe will be decided in the final weeks of the season without any clear runaway leader.    Barrie


Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes                  

Week 2.   Castle Point B continued their good start to the season with a comfortable 7 – 2 win away to Rawreth F. Tony Ayliffe and Keith Neville both recorded maximums and Richard Reibold, playing up, added a single. One win each for Jan Thorpe and David Barnes gave Rawreth their points. Biggest win of the week was Hullbridge D’s 9 – 0 away win at RESSC which moved them to top of the table.  Matt Rolfe, Kieran Stanley and Jo Hills were all too strong for the home side. Warehouse C fielded three new players in their home match against Hockley C (Andrew Paton, Harry Small and Christian Young). Andrew’s debut started with a hattrick and Harry won two. For Hockley C, Stuart Alstead’s steady defence ensured he gained both his side’s points in a 7 – 2 defeat. A Paul England hat trick gave Wakering a 6 – 3 win at Castle Point C. Stewart Mills (2) and Dave Accleton (1) both contributed to the win. Both Deadman boys (Andrew and Adam) recorded maximums in Rawreth G’s 8 – 1 home win over Warehouse D. Dave Walton’s single win saved the visitor’s blushes. Basildon Hospital managed to find three players this week for their visit to Hullbridge E. However, even a Kevin Smart triple wasn’t enough to stop the home side edging a 5 – 4 win. There were two wins each for Hullbridge’s Dan Zeffie and Reece Harris-Griffiths, together with a single from James Goddard    David

Division 3 - DRS Paul Strutt                        

Week 2.    Hullbridge G cruised to a comfortable 9-0 win at Hockley E, the experience of Tony Molisso, Dave Booroff and Bill Hoy proving far too much for a Hockley side led by Graham Gregory and youngsters Ben Cook and Harry Sawford. A good effort by Harry, however, in taking Bill Hoy to 5 sets. Hockley F met Hockley D in the first 'derby' of the season and it was the steady play of Brian Parker, Jason Stringer and Kevin Blythe that saw them through to a 6-3 win each recording a brace. Success story of the night however, was the debut of David Chenery who won all 3 of his games, including a hard fought 5 set win over Brian Parker, coming from 2 sets to 1 down to win the last two sets 11-8, 13-11. This match also featured the husband and wife clash between Jason and Claire Stringer with Jason coming out on top 3-1. Noticeable that their son, Matt who was there, decided not to watch the game. Tactically a good move I think!   Andrew Strutt made up the F team making a return to the Winter League after 6 years absence. Welcome back Andrew.   Paul 

Week 2.    Paul

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