Southend& District Table Tennis League    2015-6 Winter Season

Week 5 REPORT, Week Commencing 19th October 2015

Premier Division – DRS – Duncan Taylor

Week 5    Rawreth B came up against a bang in form Hullbridge B side and despite a couple of tight encounters, went down 9-0 to John Holland, Fred Dove and Richard Hutchinson. The last match of the evening was a thriller between John Holland and Babul McLeod, with John winning a very close match 13-11 in the 5th end.  Hullbridge A were also in winning ways as they defeated Rawreth C 6-3. Two wins of note in this one were Zoe Davis over Simon Neale and the match of the night, which saw Reece Seddon, who was playing up from the D team, beat Stuart Gibbs in a thrilling match. Reece was obviously in good form as he also scored good wins for his usual Rawreth D team over Thorpe Bay A’s John Monk and John Poysden. The wins could not prevent the D team going down 6-3.  Gurj Bhambra put in a man of the match display against Rayleigh Mill as he scored a hat-trick in a 6-3 win. Steve Maltby pushed him all the way, going down 11-9 in the 5th, then followed this up with victory over Richard Stubbington. Colin Chatfield won the other two games for the Millers, defeating Kieran Skeggs and Stubbington.  Elsewhere there were comfortable wins for Rawreth A over Warehouse, Hadleigh Forum over Lentern B and Castle Point over Lentern A. Dave Page and man of the match Simon Jacob were in particularly good form for Castle Point    Duncan

Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf                      

Week 5    Customs A continue their push for the Division 1 title with a hard-earned 5-4 win over Hadleigh Forum B in a match where no-one was unbeaten. Wednesday ‘codger’ Tony Jacks took away Roy Thomas’ 100% record with a 3-1 win -9,7,8,8 having lost to Dale Gutteridge earlier in the fixture. Mick Tappenden was the other two game winner, with Brian Rackham scoring the important extra point. Anthon Ranjit Singh was unlucky, going down in 5 sets in two of his games.  Hockley A kept up the pressure and put a dent in Canvey A’s aspirations with an 8-1 win. Matt Nariel and Dave Colwill put in unbeaten performances for Hockley with Tim Pang losing to Terry Giddens for the Islanders consolation point.  Hullbridge C are looking dangerous in 3rd only two points off the lead with a game in hand.  This week, Hullbridge secured a 9-0 win over newcomers Hockley B with Bill Smith, Andy Seaman and Pete Saunders making up the winning team.  Rawreth E also had a good 8-1 win over the veterans of Lentern C. Gary McCarthy and current over 70’s champion and ‘anti-looper’ Mike Worship added maximum points, Malcolm Henstock scoring the Lentern point against Rawreth’s Captain, John Blackman, with Les Tayler and Chris Crooks unable to make any impression.  Warehouse B slipped up this week going down 6-3 to Lentern E. Brian Spencer was unbeaten and former Warehouse player Phil Puckey, scored 2 against his old team mates. Tony Wright was able to put up some resistance, scoring two for the Warehouse team.  Hadleigh Forum C put in a strong performance against Runnymede to win 6-3 with Russell Bright scoring 3 and Mark Everard 2, Tony Mace scoring the final point.  Final result of the week saw Invicta A win 5-4 over luckless Lentern D, still searching for their first victory of the season, despite taking a 4-1 lead in the match. Invicta stormed back to win the last 4 sets and the Match 5-4, with Neil Daines and Mike Piper scoring two each for the Invicta side.  Peter Pond and Peter Lucraft scored two apiece for the Lentern side, but, over 70’s ‘Ex-Champion’, Dave Kirston was unable to draw on his vast experience to pick up a win for the Lentern side    Barrie


Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes                  

Week 5    It seems, with Matt Rolfe's experience of a higher level of table tennis, Hullbridge D will be a force to be reckoned with in this division this season. Matt extended his unbeaten run this week in his side's 6 - 3 home win over Castle Point B, one of the teams tipped for promotion. Daniel Payne also recorded an excellent hat trick, whilst the Castle Point regulars, Tony Ayliffe, Martin Roberts and Keith Neville, each got one apiece.  Basildon Hospital also recorded a 6 - 3 home win, over RESSC, who were a player short. Kevin Smart was unbeaten for the Hospital and Mike Smith recorded one win. Sarah Mapes again did well, winning two for the visitors.  Rawreth F were far too strong for home side Warehouse D, comfortably winning 8 - 1. Both David Barnes and Caroline Cole were undefeated, with junior Adam Hill picking up 2 wins. Warehouse can thank Simon Lisner for avoiding a whitewash.  Warehouse's other team (their C team) fared much better at Wakering. Ro Brett won all her games, whilst Peter Maslanka (with two wins) and Jonathan Allen (one) gave them a 6 - 3 win. Nigel Cook was Wakering's most productive player, winning two    David


Division 3 - DRS Paul Strutt                        

Week 5    There are new leaders of Division 3 this week as Hullbridge G took a 2 point lead over Invicta B following their 9-0 win against a 2 man Invicta C team. Invicta B, themselves playing a 2 man Customs B team, fell short of the maximum winning 7-2.  Bill Hoy, Dave Booroff and man of the match Tony Molisso made up the Hullbridge team, Keith Baxter fought hard for the visitors but Hullbridge are now emerging as one of the promotion favourites.  Mike Keeble, Chris Gregory and Richard Verrinder were the successful Invicta team who met some stern resistance from Mark Rose who picked up both points for Customs.  Canvey D sit 3rd in the table 1 point behind Invicta following a routine 9-0 win against the youngsters of Rawreth I. No matches went beyond 3 sets. Ray Baker, Rob Mcdonald and Harry Keys were the winning team.  The two closest and most exciting games of the week both featured Hockley teams and both finished 5-4 winners. The F team took on Warehouse E for whom Tina Hutchinson reigned supreme winning all 3 of her matches but braces from league debutant Martin Scarfe and Andrew Strutt, and one from young Liam Adshead, saw Hockley home. It was close all night with the scores level at 4-4 when Andrew came from a set down against Mike Webb to win the decider 3-1.  Hockley E met Invicta C in what was a bottom of the table clash with neither side having yet recorded a win. It was nip and tuck all night with the score progressing 1-0, 1-1 etc. all the way to the final game of the evening. With the scores locked at 4-4 Jim Nariel edged out Chris Gregory in 4 sets winning the match and completing his hat-trick and a man of the match performance. John Jolley and Graham Gregory got a point each for Hockley whilst Chris Gregory and Keith Baxter got 2 each for Invicta    Paul

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