2 Weeks Commencing 30th March 2015

Premier Division - DRS Duncan Taylor        duncan.taylor@essexcc.gov.uk

Week 28. Just two results to report on this week in the Premier division of the Southend & District Table Tennis League. There was a fairly straight forward victory for Castle Point A over Hullbridge B. Maximums for Chris Jacob, Steve Tilson and Barrie Delf meant a 9-0 win for Castle Point against a Hullbridge side of Matt Rolfe, Nigel Lamb and Glen Johnson who was suffering with injury.  The second game this week saw Thorpe Bay A win 7-2 over Warehouse A. Three wins for Mark Stones and two each for John Poysden and Keiran Skeggs who was playing up from the B team both of whom went down against Kim Shead who continues to impress this season    Duncan

Division 1 - DRS - Barrie Delf                        bdelf@castlepoint.gov.uk

Week 28. Rawreth E consolidated their second position in the table with a crushing 8-1 win over Warehouse B. Chris and Steve Buer were unbeaten on the night and it was left to Berti to secure the sole point for Warehouse in a close 5 setter against John Blackman.  Customs have taken the third spot thanks to a 7-2 win over Lentern D team who were only able to raise two players. Dale and Roy were unbeaten for the Customs men with Sue Body and Peter Pond able to get the better of Dave Morgan for the Lentern points.  Hadleigh Forum B were without a game this week and have slipped down to 4th in the table.  Lentern C kept up their winning ways despite being without the injured Chris Crooks, this week beating Invicta A by 6-3. Les Tayler was the difference and played well for his maximum with Malcolm Henstock adding two. With all the Invicta team contributing one each, everyone won at least one point in the match.  Canvey A won a close fixture 5-4 against Lentern E, Ray Wilson with 3 and Terry Giddens with 2 contributing the points for Canvey. Paul Reed was unlucky to be on the losing side scoring two for the losers.  Hockley A were another team to have a close 5-4 win over Hadleigh Forum C. Tony Vassallo and Alan Tideswell added two each for the home team with Keith Abbott adding the important extra point. Russell Bright was in great form and unbeaten for the Hadleigh team and was also unlucky to end up on the losing side.  There are some delayed/disrupted reports still to come due to the Invicta venue refurbishments    Barrie

Division 2 - DRS - David Barnes                    dbarnes89@btinternet.com

Week 28. Leaders Hockley B could do no more to consolidate their position than their convincing 9 – 0 win away to Wakering. Dennis Squirrell, Paul Strutt and Josh Copeland all recorded maximums.  A Micky Baker hat trick gave Warehouse C a comfortable 6 – 3 away win against RESSC. He was helped by two wins from Graham Back. The home side of Lou Hopkins, Sarah Mapes and Ron Coutts mustered one win each.  In a match between two teams near the top of the table, home team Castle Point B overcame Basildon Hospital 6 – 3. Keith Neville was their hero, winning all his games whilst a 5 – 4 win away to Martin Roberts chipped in with two wins. Basildon’s points came from two wins from Kevin Smart and one from Mike Smith.  Despite being a player short, a hat trick from Andy Deadman gave Rawreth F a 5 – 4 win away to Warehouse D. He was assisted by two wins from Adam Hill. Simon Lisner’s two wins for Warehouse with one each from Dave Walton and Phil Mardle were just not enough.  Runnymede kept the pressure up on the leaders with an 8 – 1 home win against Hullbridge E. Maximums from Dmitry Kisil and Tony Coeshall did the damage, whilst Paul Ogden’s single win saved Hullbridge’s blushes    David

DIVISION 3 - DRS Paul Strutt                        paulstrut@tiscali.co.uk

Week 28. There were no April Fool’s jokes to spoil Hockley C’s night last Wednesday when they became the first team in the SDTTL to clinch a League title this season, with a 6-3 home win over Canvey D. Captain Fantastic, Stuart Adshead, led the way with a hat-trick and his 9th man of the match performance of the season backed up by a brace from Brian Bissenden and one from Jon Knight. They had a fight on their hands early on however, as Canvey led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before Hockley stormed back to take the last 4 games. Ray Baker won 2 and Stuart Curham 1 for Canvey and a special well done to Jon Knight who, despite suffering from food poisoning, played through the pain and won the title clinching final game of the evening. Well done Hockley!  Warehouse E cruised to a 8-1 win against the youngsters of Rawreth J with Tina Hutchinson and Mike Webb both winning 3 and Larry Lisner chipping in with a brace. Spare a thought for Zach Harrington of Rawreth however, who won their consolation point but was beaten in 5 sets in both his other games. Better luck next time Zach.  A completely new set of Rawreth J youngsters took on theirI team but went down again 7-2. Botond Mezo led the way for the winners with a hat-trick and Ryan Williams and Samuel Nunn both won 2. Matthew Barber won both points for the J team including a very good 5 set win against Ryan    Paul

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