WEEK 3 REPORT, PART 2 OF WINTER LEAGUE 21/22
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.
A great close match between Hockley A and Thorpe Bay B saw the Thorpe Bay side scrape through 5-4. Kieran Skeggs with three wins and Gurj Bhambra with two victories on the night. For Hockley there was a good win for Tim Pang over Gurj Bhambra while Dan Patynski and Joerg Poeschus picked up wins over Amber Sturgeon.
The final match this week was a tight 5-4 win for Irons B over Rawreth B. Lee McHugh took the player of the match honours with a good Hatrick over Eric Green, Babul McLeod and Neil Want. The other two wins for Irons B came from Norbert Fullerton with wins over Want and McLeod both of whom joined Green in beating Kim Shead on the night. Special mention to McLeod who saw all three of his games going the distance, must be working on his fitness.
Duncan Taylor DRS Premier Division
Ashingdon returned to league fixtures this week after a couple of weeks’ postponements. Unfortunately, their visitors were too strong, overcoming their youngsters 8 – 1. Ray Wilson and Andy Murray recorded hat tricks for Canvey A, and Terry Giddens added two more wins. Keanan Ford was Ashingdon’s star, getting his side’s single win.
Despite a hat trick from POM Sanjay Saptarshi, Lentern B went down 5 – 4 on their visit to Hockley B. Joerg Poeschus, again playing up from Hockley C, won two for the B side, as did regular B team player Dennis Squirrell. Dan Patynski added the other contribution. Wayne Farmer got Lentern’s other victory in a close five setter against Dan.
For the second week in a row Rawreth D were again only able to muster two players for their trip to Hadleigh Forum B. Their hosts were none too hospitable either, overcoming the plucky George Davis and Max Samuels 9 – 0. David Woolmer, Mick Tappenden and Tony Jacks all added to their season’s stats with maximums.
Brand Identity B were far too strong for visitors Runnymede C.David Jacob and Mick Grout both recorded maximums, whilst Dmitry Kisil overcame the home side’s Jenny Harrison to gain a consolation for Runnymede in an 8 – 1 defeat.
Stanford Le Hope A were again having to call upon reserves from their other teams for this week’s home game against Mapledene.Regular Peter Weatherall was Player of the Match, winning all his encounters. Bill Smith, Dawn Baldry and Steve Woodley got two wins each to record a 6 – 3 away win for Mapledene.
With an Invicta A player succumbing to Covid, their match at home to Hadleigh Forum C had to be postponed for a later date.
David Barnes DRS Division 1
With three weeks gone the front runners from the first half of this season are already making their presence felt in the second. Stanford B, admittedly with the benefit of a gifted 9 points from Hockley, sit at the top of the table with 26 points closely followed by RESSC with 25 points, newcomers Brand Identity C, 23 and Canvey B on 20. Sitting in fifth surprisingly, and a further 5 points behind, are Wakering.
Stanford B disposed of their D team 8-1 Mark Downey salvaging a point with a win over Randy Santiago but otherwise John Handscombe and Robert Salvage both recorded maximums Robert not losing a set.
RESSC were even more ruthless in their 9-0 demolition of Hockley D dropping just one set all night. Ron Coutts, Bob Skews and Richard Gill inflicted the damage.
Another player with a perfect record from this week was Ashokkumar Sivanandam of Brand Identity C who led his team to a 7-2 win against Customs. They won the first three games of the night, lost the next two, but then romped away with the next four. Andy Roff and Ross Leatham won two games each whilst Richard Kidd and Amar Al-Soufi got a point each for the Taxmen.
Invicta C probably wished they hadn’t turned up against Canvey B as they were whitewashed 9-0. The Islanders team of Daniel Kellard, Des Duffield and Tony Westwell conceded just two sets throughout.
Wakering’s game against Stanford C went right to the wire and ultimately ended in their first defeat with Mark Farley gaining a very good win in straight sets against Stewart Mills in the last game of the evening. Man of the match, however, was Steve King who is making a big impact for Stanford in his first season. He won all his games which included two five set matches firstly against the experienced Paul England and then against Pete Sarfras where he recovered from a 2-0 deficit.
There was another close 5-4 match at Invicta B where visitors Hockley E had young Aaryan Vatsa to thank as he secured a perfect hat trick. Backed up by a brace from Neal Klyman it gave Hockley their first win in this second half. Steve Lennox got two for Invicta plus a point each for Sarah Ball and Mike Keeble.
David Thomas and Tony Mace were in good form for Hadleigh Forum as they overcame Canvey C 6-3. Both recorded hat tricks whilst the Islanders team of Kevin Walsingham, Ray Baker and Jo Hills all got the better of Jeff Gritzman.
Player of the Week – Steve King
Team of the Week – Stanford C
Paul Strutt DRS Division 2