WEEK 13 REPORT, WINTER LEAGUE 21/22
Three games to report on from week 13 in the Premier Division of the Southend & District Table Tennis League. Irons A built on their win last week to beat Hullbridge B 6-3. Dave Bowles, John Monk and Richard Brown all with two wins each over Berti Makolli and Kim Shead with Chris Ballard replying with three wins for the Hullbridge side. Game of the night surely had to be Makolli v Monk as it went to 11-13 in the 5th end after already having two deuce games along the way.
Elsewhere, Thorpe Bay B were too strong for Rayleigh Mill and ran out 7-2 winners. A Hatrick each for Gurj Bhambra and Kieran Skeggs and a single win for Keith Willett over Rob Harris for the victors, a win a piece for Colin Chatfield and Peter Radford for the Millers.
Hockley A continued their great form this season with a 6-3 win over Rawreth B. Three wins for Matt Stringer, two for Daniel Patynski and Tim Pang getting the better of Tim Cramphorn in the battle of the Tim’s in a close 5 set match.
Duncan Taylor DRS Premier Division
The long-held and last unbeaten record in the division finally succumbed this week, as home side Hockley B entertained Mapledene. Despite the regular POM unbeaten hat trick for Hockley’s Andy Cunningham, two wins each for the visitors’ Bill Smith and Steve Woodley, together with a single success for Dawn Baldry, was enough to give Mapledene a 5 – 4 victory. Stuart Adshead got Hockley’s other win.
There was another “derby” match at Hockley this week, as Hockley C entertained Hockley D. This time it resulted in a convincing 8 – 1 win for Hockley C. Joerg Poeschus was in fine form winning all his games to take the POM title. There was a hat trick, too, for Brian Bissenden, although he was taken all the way by Paul Henlen coming back from 2 - 0 down to win in five sets. Paul picked up his side's consolation point however, when he overcame the C team’s Paul Strutt in a five-set marathon, coming back from two sets to one down, to win the fifth set 19/17.
A Keanan Ford POM hat trick gave Ashingdon their second win of the season 5 – 4 against visitors Rawreth D. The home side’s Ben Pacey and Katie Tanner won one each. Noah Unstead was Rawreth’s best player with two wins, whilst both Charlie Kauders Boothby and Amber Sturgeon got one each.
Lentern B were not greatly troubled on their visit to Invicta A. Tony Ayliffe got the home side’s only success in an 8 – 1 away win. There were hat tricks for POM Paul Sims and the re-emerging John Tendler. Peter Lucraft added two more for Lentern.
Canvey A were too strong for visitors Hadleigh Forum B. Hat tricks from Andy Murray and Ray Wilson laid the foundations for a 7 – 2 success. Mick Tappenden and Tony Jacks got one win apiece for Forum, whilst Peter Cray got Canvey’s other victory.
Brand Identity B got back to their winning ways after a bit of a wobble in their previous two matches. POM Barrie Delf and David Jacob each recorded hat tricks in an 8 – 1 canter past home side Hadleigh Forum C. Graham Farmer got Forum’s only triumph, whilst Jenny Harrison got two wins for the visitors.
Sadly, despite having sixteen players to call upon, Rawreth C were not able to put together a team for the long trip to Stanford Le Hope A, so conceded all nine points.
David Barnes Division 1 DRS
No change in Division 2 as the top teams continue to steamroller the opposition. Anything better than 8-1 was a good result for a losing team this week.
RESSC were first out of the blocks beating Stanford D 9-0 Ron Coutts, Richard Gill and Dave Reynolds sweeping all before them although Mark Downey gave Richard a fright coming back from 2-0 down to 2-2 only to lose 11/5 in the fifth. Ron took the POTM award dropping just one set on the night.
Second clean sweep went to Canvey B who literally whitewashed Hadleigh Forum D 9-0 not dropping a single set. Kevin Walsingham, Daniel Kellard and Tony Westwell took the honours in a very one sided match.
Stanford B secured the third 9-0 win of the week against Invicta C Robert Salvage, John Handscombe and Chris Crooks making up the winning team. The only resistance came from Trisha Winter who, in the last game of the evening, took a two set lead against John only to see him fight back and win it 13/11 in the fifth.
Wakering maintained their position in the division winning 8-1 against Invicta B Stewart Mills and Paul England recording hat tricks with Pete Sarfras winning two. Steve Lennox got the consolation point for Invicta with a five set win against Peter. That made the score 1-1 on the night but it never got any better for Invicta.
There was another 8-1 victory for Runnymede against Stanford C with Dimitry Kisil and Phil Digby recording maximums whilst Steve Wisbey won two but missed out on his hat trick losing to Dan Harris in three sets.
Player of the Week – Unable to choose this week!
Team of the Week – Canvey B
Paul Strutt Division 2 DRS