Week 7 Reports

Premier Division

Rawreth B gained a much needed win in emphatic style beating Stanford A 9-0. However at one point they were down to 2 men with the rest of the team either travelling or recuperating after operations! Their saviour was Eric Green (pictured) who managed to make the match and more than made up the numbers by winning all his 3 matches and picking up the MoM award. He was ably supported by Matt Spero and Mike Hayes.

Two results for Warehouse A report on this week including a  fascinating evenings table tennis as they came up against Brand Identity A with a mixture of pimples in, pimples out and anti loop rubbers culminating in an epic pips out battle just edged by Kim Shead over Chris Jacob with a net in the last game leading to a 5-4 victory to the Warehouse. Kim was also in action against Hockley A and manged to get the better of Tim Pang and Matt Stringer but unfortunately for Warehouse A this is all they had to show for the evening as Pang and Stringer won two and Chris Ballard took all three.

Rayleigh Mill continued their good start to the season with a 9-0 victory over Hadleigh Forum A. There were three wins a piece for Peter Radford, Duncan Taylor and Man of the Match Sam Lowman who produced some great attacking table tennis to overcome the Hadleigh Forum trio.

Thorpe Bay A recorded a good 8-1 win over Brand Identity A with Mark Stones and John Poysden unbeaten. A great win for Chris Jacob over Paul Sayer for the consolation point for Identity.

Warehouse B turned up with a strong trio securing a solid 8-1 win over Hullbridge C. The Rudland brothers Mark and Simon on 3 wins each and were supported by a brace from Harry Small dropping only a point to Reece Harris-Griffiths.

In the Hullbridge Derby  the A team led by Dave Bowles with three wins overcame the B team 6-3.  There were some notable wins for the B team though as Paul Churn had good wins against Richard Brown and Reece Seddon and Ian Rattray overcame Richard Brown.

And finally, Steve Tilson continued his good start to his comeback to league table tennis as he contributed three wins to Rawreth A’s 8-1 win over Thorpe Bay B. Tilson’s maximum was matched by Minda Sinkus with the Bay’s only success coming in the form of a win for Rawreth Juniors’ coach Kieran Skeggs over Ben Warner.

Eric Green, Rawreth B

Report from Duncan Taylor

Division 1

Hockley B are still joint top but were made to fight all the way in a close 5-4 win over Customs A. Alex Barnetson and Dan Patynski scored two each for the Hockley side but neither could overcome Roy Thomas from Customs who completed his hat trick on the night. Josh Copeland added the extra point with a win over Brain Rackham, whilst Dave Morgan added one for Customs to leave them comfortably in mid-table.

Lentern A join Hockley B on top following a solid 9-0 win over bottom club, Rawreth D, but have a game in hand. Martin Archie, Peter Cranmer and Rasmus Stockholm all scored maximums against the Rawreth team to keep it close at the top. Andy Nunn, Olivia Jones and Caroline Cole were in the Rawreth team who need to start picking up points to stop the others moving away from them.

Hullbridge D have found some consistent form and have moved into 3rd position, thanks to a 9-0 derby win over Hullbridge E. Rod Maclennan, Mike Johnston and a rare Bill Smith hat trick made up the winning teams score against Will and James Skelt and Jo Buscombe, with Wil lSkelt coming closest to causing an upset. This leaves the E team in problems at the bottom.

Hadleigh Forum B are the second unbeaten team in the league but were made to fight all the way in a close 5-4 win over a spirited RESSC team. Dave Woolmer and Mick Tappenedes scored two each with Tony Jacks (still relaxing in holiday mode) adding the extra point. Kevin Smart performed well for RESSC taking wins against all three opponents but only Mike Worship could add a further point to leave them short and still towards the bottom of the table.

Invicta A continue their surge up the table with their 4th consecutive win by 6-3 over Rawreth C. Tony Ayliffe scored his first hat trick of the season and POTM award and was supported by 2 wins from Steve Marr and one from Mike Piper. For the Rwreth team, Garry Hartgrove, Colin Clements and Trevor Ward all scored one point leaving both teams sat comfortably in mid-table.

Brand Identity B came to Canvey A boosted by the inclusion of tricky premier star, Chris Jacob, and came away with a 8-1 victory. Both, father and son, Chris and David Jacob had an unbeaten night with Mick Grout adding two points too. Unusually, both Terry Giddens and Ray Wilson came out of the night with no points, and it was left to Andrew Murray to salvage their consolation point leaving both teams in mid-table.

Finally, Lentern B played out a 9-0 win over Hockley C to help push them up the table. Paul Sims, Pat White and Gus Heath were in the undefeated winning team, while Dan Patynski, Keith Abbott and Neal Klyman were the Hockley team who could not make any impression, Dan coming the closest in a couple of 5 setters, but leaving them struggling towards the bottom of the table.

Barrie Delf

Division 2

Stanford Le Hope B cruised to a comfortable 9 – 0 win at home to two-man Canvey B. Their team of Brain Spencer, Russell Bright and Chris Crooks were too strong for Canvey’s Des Duffield and Tony Westwell.

Leaders Hadleigh Forum C had an impressive 6 – 3 win away to mid-table Hockley D to keep them in top spot. Tony Mace, Satwant Gill and Mark Everard shared two wins apiece for Forum; Paul Strutt got two for the home side and Dave Chenery one.

Wakering stay in contention at the top with a 7 – 2 win against visitors Warehouse C. Zac England was again their star, his maximum earning him POM. Stewart Mills and Paul England chipped in with two wins each. Warehouse’s points were shared between Tamas Mezo and Conrad Gomes.

In an exciting match, Canvey C went into a 4-0 lead at home to Invicta B. However, Invicta stormed back to nearly snatch a win, eventually narrowly losing out 5 - 4. Tony Molisso and Steve Robinson both got two wins with Joanna Hills adding a single for the home side. Neil Daines and Barrie Murphy played well for two wins each but your DRS’s thoughts are with Mike Keeble who (again) lost two of his games in the fifth set.

Brand Identity C were generous hosts, providing the young visitors from Hullbridge F with their second win of the season in a 6 – 3 victory. Toby Zeffie is fast becoming a talent to equal others in his family. His three wins deservedly made him POM.  Toby’s team mates Ben Hoskins (two wins) and Ellena Hart (one) gave him good support. The home side’s trio of Colin Smith, Dave Humphreys and Richard Riebold each won one game.

Visitors Runnymede had too much experience for their hosts Rawreth G. Rawreth were very grateful that Cho Chak Man and Mason Murray could both play up to ensure the match went ahead. POM Dmitri Kisil was again unbeaten, with Anne Addlington adding two and Mick Saunders one, as Runnymede came away with a 6 – 3 victory. Mason made his appearance special with a fine win over Mick, whist experienced Andy Deadman got the home sides two other victories.  

There was one of what will be several Rawreth derby games in this division this season at the Megga Centre, when Rawreth F were at home to Rawreth E. Unfortunately, the away team could only muster two players, so the ranking went out the window with the home side recording a 7 – 2 victory.  The match was played with lots of high energy games and some amazing rallies (even from the SDTTL Chairman, Ken Field, it is reported!). Talented Botond Mezo was un-beaten and there were two wins each for Harrison Creak and Noah Unstead. Bradley Nunn took both the visiting team’s successes.

Division 3

Hullbridge G stayed top of the division despite losing 5-4 to their H team but selection problems meant that young Charlie Bartlett played up for the G team but he found the going too tough against his own teammates. The H team raced into a 4-0 lead before the experienced Ann Lane and Bob Shingleton-Smith began to peg them  back but it was too late to snatch a win. Josh Jones and Ben Cannon both won two for the H team as did Ann and Bob, with Katy Tanner getting the final point for the youngsters.

Moving up to second place, two points behind but with a game in hand are Customs B, who disposed of bottom of the table Warehouse  D 7-2.

Paul Strut

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