W/C 06/03/17

With three matches left to play in the season there is still plenty to play for at the top of the table.  Rainham 2, Mick Hambleton (3), Nick Trythall (3) and John Coleman (3) consolidated their first place position with a convincing 10 - 0 victory over CTTTC Cumberland.  They have a 12 point gap between themselves and second place Luton Invicta 4 who suffered a 9 - 1 defeat at the hands of chasing Howard 6, Alex Clarke (3), Roger Morley (3) and David Scott (2).  A rare event occurred in this match with Leigh Hickey losing two matches.  This win places Howard 6 in third spot just three points behind Invicta 4.  Boxley 2 sit three point behind them after winning their match against CTTTC Dorset 8 - 2, Lyndon Gurr (3), Gary Hentschell (3) and Derek Myers (2).  Just one point behind them are to be found Cliffe Woods 3, Peter Mortley (3), Trevor Mortley (2) and Jay Davis (1) who dropped three points against Howard 7, Andrew Marchant (2) and Malcolm Newborough (1).

Of the remaining fixtures, Rainham 2 look to have the easiest run in but as Boxley 2 still have both Luton Invicta 4 and Cliffe Woods 3 to play there could still be many twists and turns before the season ends.

At the other end of the table, Upnor B and Rainham 3 consolidated their mid table positions with wins over Luton Invicta 5 (7 - 3) and Anchorians 4 (9 - 1). 

Results this week have made it more difficult for both CTTTC Cumberland and Luton Invicta 5 to stave off relegation.

 

 

 

W/C 14/02/17

 

With the top two teams in the division playing each other there was an opportunity for all challenging teams behind them to close the gap and enhance their chances of promotion.

At the top of the table Rainham 2 saw their lead over Luton Invicta 4 cut to just six points.  Rob Parkes (3) and Leigh Hickey (2) teamed up to win the deciding doubles but also showed why they are both at the top of the averages.  The Rainham trio, Mick Hambleton (2), Nick Trythall (1) and John Coleman (1) all beat Keith Ball but apart from the five leg win of Hambleton over Hickey they ended up second best in a 4 – 6 loss.

Howard 6, Alex Clarke (2), David Scott (1) and Andy Larner (3) in beating clubmates, Howard 7 8 – 2 managed to close the gap to 15 points over Rainham 2 but only 9 over Invicta 4.  Maybe a late charge up the table for Howard 6!!

Boxley 2 were also worthy 8 – 2 winners this week and moved up to third spot in the table.  Their victory over Luton Invicta  5 was down to trebles from Gary Hentschel and Lyndon Gurr and a single win for Derek Myers who lost out to Mary Ball and Mick Forrester.

The other team in chance of promotion is Cliffe Woods 3 who had a far from comfortable 6 – 4 win over Anchorians 4 which saw them up to forth spot.  Peter Mortley starring on the night with a treble.

The mid-table clash between Rainham 3 and Upnor B saw Rainham 3 pick up some valuable points in a  6 – 4 win.  Both Jim Davie and Peter baker secured doubles but neither could overcome Upnors Peter Worthington (3).

In the all CTTC clash Dorset, Trevor Towers (3), Max Day (2) and Zhong Jao Tan (1) gained a comfortable 7 – 3 win over Cumberland, Ian Kelly (2) and Chris Morford (1)    

 

 

Week 14

W/C  23/01/17

 

Rainham 2’s inevitable march back to Division 1 took a (slight) jolt this week when they were held to a draw by Howard 6.  In an evenly balanced match Mick Hambleton was the MOM going unbeaten against Alex Clarke (2), Andy Larner (1) and Roger Morley (1) who all beat John Coleman and with Alex beating Nick Trythall (2) Howard had to win the doubles to secure the draw.

Rainham 3 could not help their club mates as they ran out 9 – 1 losers to Luton Invicta 4 who are now in second spot but trail by eleven points.  A strong trio of Leigh Hickey (3), Rob Parkes (3) and Gavin Tovey (2) easily overcame Tim Davie (0), Mike Ingram (0) and Peter Baker whose win over Gavin was their only success of the night. Of note, both Hickey and Parkes have 90+ percent averages for the season and have both only lost twice each.  Impressive!!

Cliffe Woods 3 also had a 9 – 1 success this week in beating struggling CTTC Cumberland.  Playing up, Frank Wing got their only point in a five set win over Trevor Mortley (2).  Both Peter Mortley and Jay Davis completed trebles on the night. 

They are in forth spot and just three points behind Invicta 4 and one point behind Boxley in third.  Boxley 3, at 6 – 0 were winning comfortably against Anchorians 4 before Jacques Domingue (1) beat Derek Myers (2), Dick Ellis (1) beat Gary Hentschell (2) and they then teamed up to beat the same pair in five legs in the doubles to take the three points which would have seen Boxley 3 in second spot.  Barry Roles led the way earlier with a treble.

In a mid-table clash, CTTC Dorset, Trevor Towers (3) and Max Day (2) and the doubles held on to gain a 6 – 4 win over Upnor ‘B’, Peter Worthington (2), Paul Werleman (1) and Shahab Raza (1).  

At the bottom end of the table, Luton Invicta 5, had the chance to close the gap on Howard 7 but failed to do so and they remain eleven points from relative safety.  The match was poised at 3 – 2 in their favour before Howard 7, Phil Marchant (2), Andrew Marchant (2) and Michael Leonard (1) won four of the remaining five games to set up a 6 – 4 win.  Sadly, a David Oliver treble was not enough to see his side home.

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Week 12

W/C 09/01/17

A belated Happy New Year to you all.  This week saw the League matches return after the Xmas and New Year break and the 3rd round of the Charles Stampe.

At the top of the table Rainham 2, Mick Chamberlain, John Coleman and Jas Plaha (playing up) all secured trebles against luckless Luton Invicta 5 and extended their lead to 15 points over Boxley 2.

Boxley 2, 8 – 2 winners over CTTC ‘C’ now head a group of three teams behind Rainham and only separated by just three points.  Early season table toppers Luton Invicta 4 dropped further back into the pack as they let a 4 – 1 lead go over Upnor B and had to settle for a draw with only a Rob Parkes treble saving them from defeat.  The fourth spot is occupied by Cliffe Woods 3 whose 7 – 3 win over CTTC ‘D’ featured a very close 5 set win for Peter Mortley over Trevor Towers (14 – 12, 4 – 11, 10 – 12, 11 – 2 and 10 – 12).

Howard 6 look like the only other team likely to challenge the top four but they struggled this week and had to settle for a draw with Rainham 3.

The other remaining match Anchorians 4 and Howard 7 fell foul of the inclement weather on Thursday evening.   

Week 10

W/C 05/12/16

 

In the opening match of the week, Boxley 2 failed to close the gap on second spot when they lost at home to Cliffe Woods 3 by a 6 – 4 scoreline.  Only Derek Myers went away empty handed as Gary Hentschell and Lyndon Gurr (for Boxley) and Ray Farthing and Peter Mortley (for Cliffe Woods) all secured doubles with Trvor Mortley taking a single point,  On a rare appearance, Ray was unlucky to lose his match with Lyndon in five legs as they all went close to the wire, 15 – 13, 9 -11, 9 – 11, 11 – 9 and 13 – 11.

Rainham 2 continued with their good run of form but this week had to call upon Mike Ingram to play in place of injured Mick Hambleton.  Mike did not let the side down in gaining a treble along with Nick Trythall in their 7 – 3 win over Anchorians 4.  Both Aubrey Maryott and Jacques Domingue beat John Coleman before teaming up to win the doubles.

Mike had indeed had a good week as the previous evening he had teamed up with usual Rainham 4 team mates, Peter Baker (3) and Jim Davie (2) for another treble and a comfortable win over luckless Luton Invicta 5 by an 8 – 2 scoreline.  Only Dave Oliver in beating Jim and a doubles win with Mick Forrester enjoyed any success on the night.

CTTC Cumberland found themselves up against another relegation rival for the second week running but this week were not quite so successful with Howard 7 running out 7 – 3 winners.  Early wins for Gareth Dewdney (2) and Chris Morford (1) put Cumberland in early control but then Phil Marchant (3), Andy Marchant (2) and Michael Leonard (1) took control of the match to run out comfortable winners and collect a valuable 7 points.

Howard 6 continued their good run off form by this week seeing off Upnor B 8 – 2.  Only Peter Worthington (2) came away with any credit as Roger Morley (3), Alex Clarke (2) and Andy Larner (2) ran out easy winners.

In the first of two matches against the top two sides, CTTC Dorset came up against a strong Luton Invicta 4 side in Leigh Hickey, Rob Parkes and Gavin Tovey.  Trevor Towers led the way with a win over Leigh Hickey but then Invicta took total control which included a five leg defeat of Trevor by Rob Parkes.   Trevor secured his second win of the night in defeating Gavin Tovey but his young team mates, Max Day and Nathan Round were unable to give him their normal support and in also losing the doubles crashed to an 8 – 2 defeat and also ending their unbeaten run in the process.

 

 

 

Week 9

W/C   28/11/16 

 

We returned this week to league action after a week off due to round two of the Charles Stampe Cup.

Leaders, Rainham 2, Mick Hambleton (3), John Colemen (3) and Nick Trythall (3) extended their lead at the top of the table with a comprehensive 9 – 1 defeat of their club mates, Rainham 3, whose only success came when Mike Ingram beat Nick in three legs.

This week also saw the two teams in joint second place, Luton Invicta 4 and Boxley play each other and somewhat ironically for teams tied on 55 points they drew 5 apiece with each other.   For Boxley, Gary Hentschell secured a treble and a double from Lyndon Gurr Secured the draw for them.  For Luton Invicta 4 Keith Ball secured a double.

I was kindly reminded recently by Trevor Towers that his side CTTT Dorset remain as the only unbeaten side in the Division and so after this week’s matches it remains so.  Trevor got his usual treble but it must be noted that he has needed support from other players and this has come in the shape of youngsters Frank Wing, Nathan Round and Max Day who this week gained a creditable double in the  6 – 4 defeat of Anchorians 4 for whom Aubrey Maryott secured a double.   

Perhaps I should have paid more attention to what was going on on my table but I could not help but take an interest in what was going on on the table next to us – a right bottom of the table clash.  Both CTTC Cumberland and Luton Invicta 5 have so far found it a struggle in the league so far.  At the end of the day, Cumberland had by far the better of the night but even they would not have expected to end up as  8 – 2 winners.  Gareth Dewdney and Chris Morford went unbeaten whilst Ian Kelly lost n five legs to Mary Ball who then teamed up with Lawrie Wilkie to secure Invicta’s second point in the doubles.

Howard 7, like Invicta 5 and Cumberland have found the going tough and this week they suffered a  9 – 1 defeat at the hands of Upnor B.  Both Peter Worthington and Tony Jarrett took trebles from the match with back up from Paul Werlemann  with (2) losing only to Phil Marchant in the opening singles of the night.

Howard 6 suddenly found their form this week in beating Cliffe Woods 3 by a 6 – 4 scoreline.  All three players, Alex Clarke, Andy Larner and Roger Morley beat Trevor Mortley and Jason Davis but none of them had the beating of Peter Mortley.

The next two weeks will see just how resilient CTTC Dorset are as they take on both first and second in the league, Rainham 3 and Luton Invicta 4 in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

Week 8

W/C   14/11/16 

This week I have re-produced the league table as part of this report.  The reason being is that after just a third of the season the table can be divided into three distinctive parts, namely  top third, Rainham 2, Luton Invicta 4, Boxley 2, CTTTC Dorset and Cliffe Woods 3, middle, Howard 6, Upnor B, Anchorians 4 and Rainham 3 whilst Howard 7, CTTC Cumberland and Luton Invicta 5 make up the bottom three.  As you will see all the points in the groups are close with only seven points separating the top five clubs.

 

1

Rainham 2

8

7

0

1

58

22

0

58

2

Luton Invicta 4

8

7

0

1

55

25

0

55

3

Boxley 2

8

5

0

3

55

25

0

55

4

Chatham Dorset

8

5

3

0

53

27

0

53

5

Cliffe Woods 3

8

5

2

1

51

29

0

51

6

Howard 6

8

3

1

4

40

40

0

40

7

Upnor B

8

3

2

3

37

43

0

37

8

Anchorians 4

7

4

0

3

33

37

0

33

9

Rainham 3

8

3

0

5

33

47

0

33

10

Howard 7

7

1

0

6

20

50

0

20

11

Chatham Cumberland

8

0

0

8

20

60

0

20

12

Luton Invicta 5

8

0

0

8

15

65

0

15

 

Two of the clubs in the top group played each other this week and this resulted in a 6 – 4 for victory for CTTC Dorset over Boxley 2.  In a very close match Trevor Towers (3) and Frank Wing saw off the challenge of Lyndon Gurr (2), Gary Hentschell (1) and Derek Myers (1) before joining forces in the doubles to defeat Gurr and Hentschell. 

The shock result of the week came in the form of Howard 6 defeating unbeaten Luton Invicta 4 by a 7 – 3 score line.  A treble for Alex Clarke together  with  Andy Larner (2) and David Scott (1) and the doubles inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Invicta trio of Martin O’Brien (0), Gavin Tovey (1) and Tony Boarer (2).   Gavin Tovey can regard himself as slightly unlucky on the night to only win the one game as he took both Clarke and Larner to five legs in each game.  

The Cliffe Woods 3 trio of Trevor Mortley, Peter Mortley and Jayson Davis secured their second successive 10 – 0 scoreline this time beating the Howard 7 trio of Andrew and Phil Marchant and Jonathan Jennings.

The defeat of Luton Invicta 4 opened the door for Rainham 2 to climb to the top of the table.  Mick Hambleton (3) and Nick Trythall (3) led the way to an 8 – 2 victory over CTTC Cumberland, whose only wins came in Ian Kelly and Chris Morford both defeating John Coleman. 

Luton Invicta 5 continue to struggle and this week went down 8 – 2 to Upnor B.  Keith Ward (3) and Peter Worthington (3) proved to be two strong for the trio of Mick Forrester, Mary Ball and Laurie Wilkie although their two points did come through wins for Forreter and Ball over Paul Werliman.

In the remaining match, Anchorians 4 recovered from being 3 – 1 down to beat Rainham 3 by a 7 – 3 scoreline.  There were doubles for Anchorian’s Jacque Domingue, Aubrey Maryott and Greg Sammy and Rainham’s Mike Ingram who can regard himself as being unlucky not to secure a treble following a hard fought five setter against Sammy.   Mehdi Golchehreh securing the third point for Rainham in beating Sammy. 

 

 

Week 7

 

W/C 7/11/16

 

The week commenced with Boxley 2 maintaining their strong start to the season and their climb up the table with an emphatic   8 – 2 win over Howard 6.  Barry Roles and Gary Hentschell recorded trebles whilst Derek Myers,  playing  his best table tennis for years secured a double in only losing out to Roger Morley.  Howards other point coming from the doubles partnership of Alex Clarke and Morley.

CTTC Dorset maintained their challenge and climb up the table by beating Rainham 3.  Trevor Towers gained his usual treble but found good support in youngsters Frank Wing (2) and Max Day (1).  They found the style of Jim Davie (2) difficult to contend with.  Peter Baker securing the third point in their 7 – 3 defeat.

Without the experienced Doug Murray, CTTC Cumberland are finding the going tough this season losing this week’s match  8 – 2 to Anchorians 4, Aubrey Maryott (3), Greg Sammy (3).  Their successes came in the singles when Chris Morford beat Dick Ellis in a ‘war of attrition’ and in the doubles when Gareth Dewdney and Ian Kelly beat Sammy and Maryott in three legs.

Also finding it hard are Luton Invicta 5 who remain bottom of the table after a 10 – 0 thrashing by Cliffe Woods 3.

Fairing slightly better are their club mates, Luton Invicta 4 who after a 7th successive win sit proudly on top of the table.  This week they beat Howard  7, 7 – 3 through Robert Parkes (30, Gavin Tovey (2) and Keith Ball (1).  Howards successes coming from Andrew Marchant (2) who narrowly lost in five legs to Parkes and Phikl Marchant (1).

In the remaining match,  Rainham 2 re-found their form in thrashing Upnor ‘B’ 9 – 1 whose only point went to Peter Worthingington in beating Mick Hambleton.  Nick Trythall and John Coleman securing trebles. 

 

Week 6

 

W/C 31/10/16

 

There is no change at the top of the table as Luton Invicta 4 maintained top spot with Boxley 2 taking over second place from Chatham Dorset who dropped to fourth place.  At the bottom, the four team remain the same with Luton Invicta 5 stuck at the bottom whilst Anchorians 4 moved up to fourth from bottom.

Rainham 3    6    Chatham Cumberland  4

Chris Morford was the star of the night for Cumberland in securing a hard fought treble against Rainham’s  Mike Ingram (1), Jim Davie (2) and Tim Davie (2).   He was made to do it the hard way though as all matches went to five legs and he had to recover from being two legs to one down in each of the matches.  Cumberlands  other success came in Steve Collins win (again in five sets) over Mike Ingram.

Luton Invicta 5  3 Luton Invicta 4  7

A weakened Invicta 4 side of Keith Ball (3), Mick Barber (2) and Tony Boarer (1) still proved to be too strong for their club mates, Invicta 5 David Oliver (2), Sandra Parkes (1) and Mike Forrester (0).  With the scores at three apiece it looked to be either teams match but the overall strength of the 4th side shone through to take the match 6 – 4.  The result leaves the teams on opposite poles, 4th at the top and 5th rooted to the bottom.

Rainham 2    9    Cliffe Woods 3   1

After last week’s defeat at the hands of Luton Invicta 4, Rainham 2, Mick Hambleton (3), Nick Trythall (2) and John Coleman (3) returned to form in handing out a 9 – 1 thrashing to previously unbeaten Cliffe Woods 3.  Their only success was Jay Davis’s win over Nick Trythall.  The win moves them up to third place.

Howard  6    5   Chatham Dorset  5

An excellent evening for Howard 6’s Alex Clarke with an impressive treble including the first loss of the season in three sets for Trevor Towers (2).  Without the backing of team mates, Roger Morley (1) and David Scott (1) Howard had to settle for a draw as Trevor with Max Day (1) got his revenge in the doubles.  Nathan Round supported his colleagues with a win over David Scott.

Howard VII    0    Boxley 2   10

Boxley continued their run of high scoring victories with an impressive 10 – 0 victory over Howard 7 with trebles for Barry Roles, Derek Myers and Lyndon Gurr.  For Howard, Malcolm Newborough came closest to victory in having led Derek Myers by two sets failed to close out the third to allow Derek back in to win in five.

Anchorians IV    7    Upnor B 3

The Anchorian’s trio of Aubrey Maryott (2), Jacques Domingue (2) and Dick Ellis (2) at last found their form and moved of the bottom of the table with this 7 – 3 victory over Upnor B for whom Peter Worthington remained unbeaten. 

 

 

Week 5

w/c 24th October, 2016

Boxley II kicked of the week with a comfortable win over Luton Invicta V.  Both Gary Hentschel and Lyndon Gurr completed trebles with Derek Myers losing out to Mary Ball.  The result (9 – 1) did not truly really reflect on the match itself.  Dave Oliver took both Hentschel and Gurr to five legs and Ball took Hentschel to five legs before the pair narrowly lost the doubles in five sets.

Cliffe Woods III kept their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow 6 – 4 victory over Anchorians IV.  In a very even contest no one went unbeaten with Trevor Mortley, Jason Davis and Aubrey Maryott  knotching up doubles.  Cliffe Woods took a three point lead before Anchorians levelled at three apiece before Cliffe Woods finished strongest to take the win.

The half term school break played havoc with both the CTTC ‘C’ and CTTC ‘D’ struggling to get teams together and both having to play up reserves.  This did not stop Dorset continuing their run towards the top of the table with a fine 9 – 1 win.  Again the score does not really reflect the evening as five of the sets went to five legs with all but one going in the favour of Dorset.  There were trebles for both Malcolm Kay and Max Day with only Frank Wing losing out to Roger Chipperfield in the closest of matches.

Upnor ‘B’ took full advantage of a weakened Rainham III team winning 7 - 3.  Without Jim Davie, they struggled against Peter Worthington (3), Shahab Raza (2) and Paul Werliman (1) with Mike Ingram, Graham Watts and Mehdi Golchehreh all winning a single game for Rainham.

Howard 7 had no favours from club colleagues Howard 6 in an 8 – 2 defeat.  Both Michael Leonard and Andrew Marchant  took points of off David Scott but they could not stop both Alex Clarke and Andy Larner from completing trebles on the night although Andrew Marchant can feel hard done by in losing 15 – 13 to Larner in the fifth leg.

In the final match of the week  two of the strongest sides went  ‘head to head’ with Luton Invicta 4 maintaining their good start to the season with a 6 – 4 victory over Rainham 2.  The Invicta trio of Keith Ball (1), Rob Parkes (3) and Mick Barber (1) got off to a flying start and a 4 – 0 lead.  But then wins for John Coleman (1) over Ball, Mick Hambleton (1) over Barber and two for Nick Trythall over Ball and Barber pulled the score back to 5 – 4 in favour of the Invicta team.  The impressive Parkes then teamed up with Ball to defeat Trythall and Hambleton in the doubles and to stay top of the table.

 

Welcome ‘guys and gals’ to the 2016/17 season and the new website.  I have now learnt how to add the results and also how to add a weekly report.  Thank you to you all for promptly submitting your scorecards.

In this report I do not intend going into great detail over the opening four weeks of the season but suffice to say, a ‘table never lies’ and following this week’s matches there is a lot of truth in that fact.  As it happened, top (Luton Invicta 4) played bottom (Anchorians 4) and deservedly won 10 nil.  Unfortunately, their club mates Luton Invicta 5 have not made such a good start and picked up a valuable four points from two man, Howard 6 who registered their forth 6 – 4 or 4 – 6 of the season with this being the first in their favour.

Relegated Rainham 2 showed their class in beating Boxley 2   8 – 2 whilst Rainham 3 struggled against the experienced Cliffe Woods 3 trio losing by a 7 – 3 scoreline.

Chatham Cumberland have also found the going tough and suffered their forth loss of the season which turned out to be Upnor B’s first win of the season.

In the remaining match, Chatham Dorset prevailed over Howard 7, 6 – 4.  It is pleasing to see a team of youngsters being led by the experienced Trevor Towers.

This week we take a week off from League action as we all enter the 1st round of the Charles Stampe Trophy.  I will catch up with you all in a couple of weeks when hopefully I will have a bit more spare time to pur ‘some meat on the bones’ of my reports.

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