SDTTL Season 2022-3 Reports: Week 4
A very straight forward win for our early season pacesetters as Rawreth A, helped by their opponents only fielding two players, eased to a 9-0 victory over Rawreth C. Yasir and Zyad Mauthoor and Kevin Read were unbeaten on the night with Tim Cramphorn coming the closest to an upset as he took Read all the way to a 5thset.
It was the same scoreline for Thorpe Bay A, as they continue to keep pace with Rawreth A. Their 9-0 win came at the expense of Hadleigh Forum A and saw three wins each for John Poysden, Paul Sayer and Richard Stubbington, who was playing up from their second team. The scoreline does however hide three very tight games, Berti Makolli and Dave Bassett going the distance with Stubbington and Neal Barker pushing Poysden all the way to deuce in the 5th end.
There was a much closer game as Irons A came up against Rawreth B this week. Three wins for Reece Seddon and two for Dave Bowles were enough to tip the balance in favour of the Irons. There was a win a piece for Peter Barrett and Arron Chandler and two for Kim Shead, winning in 4 very close legs over Bowles.
Duncan Taylor DRS Premier Division
Lentern called up their big guns for the visit of Brand Identity B, a move that paid off, as they overcame their opponents 6-3. The home side’s team of John Tendler, Gus Heath and Paul Sims won two each. Barrie Delf lost for the first time this season, going down to Paul Sims, albeit very narrowly 14-12 in the fifth. He won his other two and Jenny Harrison got the other victory for the visitors.
Brand Identity’s defeat unexpectedly allowed Invicta A to take over top position in the table. Their 9-0 away win at Stanford Le Hope A catapulted them to the top spot courtesy of maximums from Steve Marr, Tony Ayliffe and Lee Marson.
The Hockley derby between Hockley B and Hockley C went according to the form book, with the B team running out 7-2 winners. However, the results mask some close games. In particular, C team youngsters Harry Strawford and Oliver George acquitted themselves well, taking one win each. Dave Colwill took the Player of the Match accolade for his hat trick. However, Keith Abbott was also unbeaten. Paul Strutt got the B team’s other victory.
Due to a late withdrawal, Rawreth E had only two players to call upon when Hadleigh Forum B paid them a visit. The outcome was an 8-1 away win. Both David Woolmer and POM Paul Fawell were unbeaten, whilst Tony Jacks added two. Colin Clements saved the whitewash for Rawreth with a five-set victory over Tony in the last rubber of what was (it is imagined) an early night.
It wasn’t a good week for the Rawreth clubs, as Rawreth D also could only muster two players for the visit of Mapledene. Despite valiant efforts from the home side’s youngsters George Davis and Noah Unstead, the visitors were too strong for them, finishing 9-0 winners. Bill Smith, Mike Johnston and POM Dawn Baldry all recorded hat tricks.
David Barnes Drs Div 1
No doubt about the match of the week in Division 2, which was Canvey B’s 7-2 home win against Selbourne. Despite the somewhat convincing score line, five matches went to five sets and in three of those we saw two set deficits reversed. Kevin Walsingham of Canvey was one of those players coming back against Andy Roff which saw him on his way to a maximum and the POTM award. Des Duffield was just behind Kevin with another maximum featuring five set wins against Ross Letham and Jenne Seibolt and Tony Westwell got the other point for Canvey. Selbourne’s points came courtesy of Jenne and Ross who went to five sets in all his matches on the night.
Stanford B’s 5-4 win against Runnymede was in complete contrast the score being close, but no less than six matches were finished in three sets. Rob Salvage was the POTM completing his maximum and clinching the win in the last game of the night against Tina Hutchinson. He was ably supported by Chris Crooks with a brace. Runnymede’s points came from Dmitry Kisil with two wins and a point each from Tina and Steve Wisbey.
Despite going 2-0 and 3-1 down, RESSC’s highly experienced team of Ron Coutts, Bob Skews and Kevin Smart fought back to claim a 6-3 win away at Hadleigh Forum C. Bob Skews completed a hat trick with two wins for Kevin and one for Ron, whilst Forum’s points came from Mark Everard with a brace and one from Graham Farmer. This win leaves RESSC top of the table after three games with Forum second, five points behind.
Team of the Week Canvey B
Player of the Week Bob Skews
Paul Strutt Drs Div 2
The Invicta ‘derby’ opened proceedings in Division 3 this week and it was the Invicta B team who emerged as 7-2 winners. Steve Lennox led the way with a maximum, ably supported by Sara Ball and Mike Keeble, who both picked up a brace of wins. Trisha Winter was the best player on the night for the Invicta C team with two wins.
Megazone continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 6-3 victory over Hockley E. Hat-tricks from Jonathan Allen and Amar Al-Soufi did the damage but no luck on the night for Edward Philcox. For Hockley there was a win apiece for Hermann Maier, Ben Cook and Barry Crawley.
Jeremy Giffin took the player of the match honours as Hockley E got the better of Stanford C. He was unbeaten on the night and teammate Tony Molisso chipped in with two wins in a 5-4 win for his team. All the Stanford players recorded wins, Vaughan Chambers the best on the night with two successes.
At the end of the week, Canvey C took on the young Rawreth Gside (average age 14). Not surprisingly, the greater experience of the Canvey players told, and they ran out 8-1 winners. Player of the match, Trevor Hayes and skipper Ray Baker recorded hat tricks. Rawreth’s only point was earned by Ellery Pearson with a good 4 set victory over Stephen Parker. There is no doubt that these young players will improve as the Season progresses and I am sure that this improvement will be reflected in their results.
Dave Woolmer Drs Div 3