Week 3 REPORT, Week Commencing 5th October 2015

Premier Division – DRS – Duncan Taylor  

Week 3. Tony Halling was in great form and was far too strong on the night as he led Rawreth A to an 8-1 win over Lentern A. Playing some superb table tennis, Tony seems to have a renewed injection of enthusiasm which is a worry for everyone else in the division this Season.  Thorpe Bay A showed why they will push Rawreth A all the way this season as they beat Hadleigh Forum 9-0. Mark Stones, John Poysden and Paul Sayer were all unbeaten. Meanwhile Thorpe Bay’s B team went down 4-5 in a great match against Castle Point. No player went unbeaten, but two wins for Dave Page and Richard Jackman for Castle Point proved decisive.  There was a Keith Adams maximum and two each for Babul McLeod and Keith Phillips for Rawreth B in a 7-2 win over the Millers. Steve Sawyer, with an excellent win in five sets over Keith Phillips, and Colin Chatfield in four over Babul McLeod were Rayleigh’s only wins.  Zoe Davis, in her first year in the Premier Division, delivered two good wins for Hullbridge A, as they defeated Lentern B 8-1. Richard Brown also had two wins and there was a hat-trick from the evergreen Stuart Gibbs.  Duncan


Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf                      

Week 3. Customs A continue to lead the Division after another convincing 8-1 win, this time over Hockley B. Roy Thomas and ‘POTM’, Dale Gutteridge, were unbeaten on the night with a consolation victory for Dennis Squirrell over Dave Morgan gaining the Hockley side their only point.  Hockley A are vying with Warehouse B for second spot and helped their cause with an encouraging 6-3 win over the experienced Hadleigh Forum B side, in a match where no-one was unbeaten, Matt Stringer, Dave Colwill and Tim Pang all scored two for the Hockley side, Mick Tappenden scored two for Forum but was unable to overcome Matt Stringer. Forum’s plight was not helped by Dave Woolmer feeling unwell during the match and unable to complete two of his games, we all hope he is feeling better now.  Warehouse B meanwhile, were earning a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Rawreth E with Andrew Paton, playing up from the C team earning a well deserved ‘POTM’ award with an unbeaten night. Veteran anti-loop player Mike Worship and Chris Nunn both scored two for the Rawreth Team but both lost to Andrew in 5 and 4 games respectively.  Lentern C eased into 3rd place with a comfortable 6-3 win over their D team. Evergreen Les Tayler earned a maximum and was supported by Malcolm Henstock with two. Peter Pond was the only fly-in-the-ointment scoring two for the losing D side.  Hadleigh Forum C were another side who had a close 5-4 win over Lentern E, with Russell Bright rediscovering last year’s form to go unbeaten on the night. Wayne Farmer and Mark Jupe put up stubborn resistance for the Lentern side scoring two apiece.  Hullbridge C put in a good performance to overcome Invicta A 8-1 led by ‘POTM’, Jan Fuller. Bill Smith found Neil Daines in good form to take the only point for Invicta in a close game with perhaps the second game going 17-19 in Neil’s favour the turning point. Peter Saunders gained the remaining points for the Hullbridge side.  Finally, Canvey A scored a convincing 9-0 victory over Runnymede, with the strong team of Terry Giddens, Ray Wilson and Peter Cray all unbeaten in the match.  Barrie


Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes                  

Week 3. Hullbridge D move to top of the division courtesy of Rawreth F conceding their match. Canvey B maintain their aspirations on the title thanks to a comfortable 9 – 0 home win over Castle Point C. Talbot Wiseman, Tony Westwell and Des Duffield were again undefeated.  Meanwhile, Castle Point B gained revenge for their C team’s defeat by overcoming Canvey C 7 – 2 at home. Man of the match Tony Ayliffe had an unbeaten evening, as did his team mate Martin Roberts. For Canvey, Gordon Johnstone and Stuart Curham both won one a game apiece.  The Warehouse derby was won by the D team who overcame their C team 5 – 4. Tamas Mezo and Andrew Humphries ensured the D team’s success, whilst Jonathan Allen and Harry Small shared the C team’s points.  There were two wins apiece for Wakering’s Stewart Mills, Paul England and Nigel Cook in their 6 – 3 home win over Hullbridge E. Adam Jackman won two for the visitors.  Hockey C recorded a comfortable 8 – 1 win over RESSC, Stuart Adshead and Paul Henlen each achieved hat tricks, whilst Ron Coutts saved the visitor’s embarrassment.  David

Division 3 - DRS Paul Strutt                        

Week 3.    A couple of results to catch up on, firstly from week 1 where Hullbridge G met Canvey D in a closely fought encounter between two very evenly matched teams. Canvey took an early lead winning the first 2 games, only for the home team to take the next 5 games on the trot before a late fight back brought it to 5-4 to Hullbridge. Dave Booroff and Tony Molisso both picked up braces for Hullbridge with Bill Hoy adding the fifth and Craig Aukett and Harry Keys both got braces for Canvey with, surprisingly, Ray Baker missing out. Craig Aukett took the man of the match award just missing out on a hat trick as Dave Booroff came back from 2-1 down to win the 5th set 11-8.  Two wins to record for Invicta B who romped home against their C team 9-0. In week 2. Mike Keeble, Chris Gregory and Richard Verrinder the winning team against team mates Matt Keeble, Keith Baxter and Rob West. 3 of the first 4 games went to 5 sets but no joy for the C team this time.  A much closer match for Invicta B in week 3 where they had to thank Richard Verrinder for a resounding hat trick (no sets dropped), against the youngsters of Rawreth I. Despite being 4-1 down at one stage they closed the gap to 5-4 with excellent performances coming from Matt Barber and Ryan Williams who both took the impressive scalp of John Golding, and both in 5 sets. Chris Gregory got one for the home side against young Sam Nunn who found it hard going on the night.  Finally, also in week 3, an apparently easy win for Canvey D against Hockley E 8-1, but 3 matches went to 5 sets and another 5 went to 4 so the home side had to work hard for their win. Ray Baker was back on form and man of the match with a hat trick, as was Simon Baker with 3 wins and a brace for Rob Mcdonald. Ron Rogerson grabbed the consolation point for Hockley coming back from 2 sets down to beat Rob 11-9 12-10 11-9 in the final 3, and spare a thought for Jim Nariel who came back twice from 2 sets down only to lose in the 5th.  Early days as far as the league table is concerned but the top 4 at the moment look to be the teams to beat.  Paul

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