Week 6 Report Winter League 21-22


Sdttl Winter League 2021-22

Premier Division

Only two games but a couple of good battles in the Premier division this week and none closer than the Hockley A 5-4 win over Rayleigh Mill. It was the third week in a row where a Mill player had gone unbeaten but come out on the losing side. This time it was Colin Chatfield with the three wins over Matt Stringer, Dan Patynski and Dave Colwill.  But two wins each for Stringer and Colwill and a win for Patynski over Steve Maltby meant Hockley taking the overall win.

The Jacob brothers, David and Simon were in fine form for Brand Identity A as they took all 6 points against a Rawreth B side of Tim Cramphorn, Dicky Wyman and Bruce Kettle. The three Rawreth players all managed to beat Jenny Harrison resulting in a 6-3 win for Brand Identity.

Duncan Taylor, Premier Division DRS

Division 1

I guess it’s probably the way of things in this unusual season. This week two fixtures have had to be postponed – Hockley D v. Stanford Le Hope A and Lentern B v. Hockley B. Let’s hope the two-week window around Christmas and the New Year will give an opportunity to complete these matches.

The Hadleigh Forum teams in the division were each involved in close 5 – 4 matches. Firstly, the Hadleigh Forum C team were unlucky losers away to Hockley C. The match was poised at 4 – 4 going in to the last rubber between Oliver George and Graham Farmer. This then went to 2 sets all. Eventually, it was young Ollie who overcame the experienced Graham 11/5 in the fifth and so give the match to Hockley. The main hero for the home side was Joerg Poeschus, though. His POM hat trick was the bedrock for the victory, together with a single each from Brian Bissenden and Ollie. Paul Fawell got two of Forum’s four, whilst Mark Everard and Graham got one each.

The match between Hadleigh Forum B and Mapledene also went all the way to the last rubber. However, Dave Woolmer had a slightly easier job in overcoming Charles Yeung in four sets to give Forum a 5 – 4 victory. No one player went unbeaten on the evening. Mick Tappenden took the POM award by virtue of his two wins in the shortest number of sets and points. However, team mate Dave and Mapledene’s Lin Roff ran a close second for this accolade, also recording two wins each. Satwant Gill, Dawn Baldry and Charles all had to settle for one win apiece.

Canvey A were far too strong for the home side’s youngsters on their visit to Ashingdon. Maximums from Peter Cray, Ray Wilson and POM Andy Murray gave them a 9 – 0 victory.

There was an upset when the two Rawreth sides in the division played each other. Home side Rawreth D overcame visitors Rawreth C 6 – 3. Despite a POM maximum performance from the visitors’ Chris Aukett, two wins apiece for the D team’s Charlie Kauders-Boothby, Noah Unstead and Harrison Creek saw their side comfortably beat their higher-rated opponents.

An old acquaintance of the Southend League made a welcome return this week after an absence of over two years. Micky Baker made his ‘debut’ for Invicta A in their away trek to Brand Identity B. It was fortuitous for his new side as, despite being rusty, Micky managed to win one rubber and therefore, avoid a whitewash for his new team. Maximums from POM Barrie Delf and Micky Grout, together with two wins for Adam Jackman saw the home side comfortable 8 – 1 winners.

David Barnes, Division 1 DRS

Division 2

The four big hitters in Division 2 Wakering, Runnymede C, RESSC and Stanford B all recorded big wins to further extend their lead over the rest of the division and there is now a gap of 10 points between the fourth and fifth placed teams.

Table toppers Wakering disposed of Hockley E 9-0, but their team of Stewart Mills, Pete Sarfras and Paul England did encounter some resistance with Pete being taken to five sets by John George and three other matches going to four sets.

Runnymede have a large squad to choose from which includes some highly ranked players. They didn’t have to bring out the big guns against Hadleigh Forum D however, as their team of Phil Digby, Jim Nariel and Steve Wisbey chalked up another 9-0 victory. Jim’s match against Debbie O’Neill was the closest on the night going to five sets after Jim had initially led 2-0.

Stanford B are equal third with RESSC after their 8-1 win against their own Stanford D team. John Handscombe, Rob Salvage and Chris Crooks showed no mercy, but Mark Downey manged to salvage a consolation point beating John in straight sets.

RESSC’s 7-2 win against Canvey C saw three of the top performers in the division come up against each other for the first time. Archie Blackburn of Canvey, with just two defeats this season, recorded probably his best victory so far inflicting a first defeat for Mike Worship after five enthralling sets. Mike led 2-0 but a great fight back saw Archie eventually win 11/4 in the fifth. He was unable, however, to dent Rob Skews 100% record going down in straight sets. He did have the consolation of a second win on the night against Ron Coutts.

Canvey B’s 8-1 thumping of Invicta C moved them up to sixth, Lee McGonagle picking up the POTM award ahead of team mates Jo Hills and Tony Westwell. Keith Baxter got the consolation for Invicta beating Tony in four sets.

Customs occupy bottom spot in the division and are still looking for their first win after losing 6-3 to Invicta B. They did however have the POTM in Richard Kidd who just had the edge on Mike Keeble, Trisha Winter and Sarah Ball of Invicta.

Hockley E, who are also struggling this season, went down 7-2 to Stanford C. Mark Farley and Peter Moxham both recorded hat tricks for Stanford with David Arnott claiming the other point but there was appoint each for Alwine Jarvis and Graham Gregory of Hockley.

Player of the Week – Richard Kidd

Team of the Week – Canvey B

Paul Strutt, Division 2 DRS

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