It is with great sadness that I’m letting Members know about the recent death, in early May, of long time Southend Member, Richard (Dick) Mann. Kath, Dick’s wife, phoned Invicta Club Secretary, and former teammate of Dick, David Barnes, to tell him the sad news. Dick having had complications following a hip replacement. Our thoughts are with Kath, her family and their friends.
Four games to bring you from week 11 of the Southend Premier Division. We have joint leaders at the top of the table so we will start with their (Thorpe Bay A and Rawreth A) results. Both recorded good wins, Rawreth A recording a 9-0 win over Thorpe Bay B with Kevin Read, Zayd Mauthoor and Yasir Mauthoor going unbeaten. The closest Thorpe Bay B got to a win was when both Kieran Skeggs and Richard Stubbington pushed Zayd to a fifth end.
This week was just one match better than the previous week in that 2 matches were played. Hockley A turned in an excellent performance to beat current champions Thorpe Bay 7-2. Andy Cunningham & Ian Wall both taking their n3 matches and Matt Stringer picking up the other point. For Thorpe Bay Paul Sayer and Keith Willett toom a game each with Gurjit Bhambra having a rare blank evening.
There was just 1 match played in the Premier Division this week. This saw Rayleigh Mill take on a strong Rawreth A. To make matters worse, the Millers could only muster 2 players, Captain Rob Harris, and ever reliable Colin Chatfield. Rawreth turned out a very strong side of Yasir & Zayd Mauthoor and evergreen George Reeves. Colin got the better of George and that’s where it ended with Rawreth running out 8-1 winners
This week saw just 3 matches played. Rawreth B had a close encounter with Brand Identity A, just edging it at 5-4. For the home side Captain Eric Green was unbeaten throughout, well supported by Babul McLeod with a brace. Tim Cramphorn did not have a good night not adding to his Teams score, while Simon Jacob did well to beat Babul and Tim for his brace, with David Jacob & Richard Jackman gaining a point each.
The youngsters of Rawreth D accredited themselves well when they took the long trip to Stanford Le Hope A. Stanford’s Dave Hancox was unbeaten to take the POM award, whilst teammates Chris Crooks and Saad Abdullah won two each to take the match 7 – 2. However, Charlie Kauders Boothby and George Davis should be complimented on taking the scalps of Chris and Saad respectively.
Mixed fortunes for Rayleigh Mill as they recorded a good 5-4 win over Irons A but only after suffering an 8-1 defeat against Hockley A. In the victory over Irons A it was Colin Chatfield who took the man of the match award for his three wins and he was backed up by a win a piece by Rob Harris and Steve Maltby.
A shortage of players for Hadleigh Forum C saw them draft in B team player Mick Tappenden and Tony Mace from the D team for the visit of Mapledene. Mick was able to contribute two victories. Regular C team player Satwant Gill got one in a marathon five-setter against Charles Yeung that he edged 11 – 9 in the fifth. However, Mapledene cruised to a 6 – 3 win. Lin Roff’s maximum gave her the POM award, whilst Andy Seaman added two more and Charles one,
Our first game saw a comprehensive win for Hockley A, as they continue their impressive start to the season, 7-2 over Hadleigh Forum A. Andy Cunningham with his usual 3 wins was complemented by another three from Matt Stringer and one from skipper Tim Pang. Good wins for Ylber Makolli and Hamish Innes over Pang for the Forum.
Another three games to report on from week 3 of the Southend Premier Division. Thorpe Bay A were in the sort of form which shows that they will certainly be there near the top if not at the top of the table come the end of the season with a 7-2 win over Brand Identity A. Paul Sayer took the player of the match award with three wins over Simon Jacob, Barrie Delf and Richard Jackman, Jackman responding with two good wins for Brand Identity over John Poysden and Mark Stones.
Ylber Makolli via Southend Table Tennis League ::
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