Division 1 League Report - 18th April 2019 by Nigel Griffiths

Ashford TT A or Postling A to end Ruckinge A reign


In the top division of Ashford and Disctrict Table tennis league the title will be decided in the last round of games with Ashford TT A and Postling A separated by 3 points at the top.  Ashford TT A will be crowned champions if they beat Little Chart A by 7 or more, Postling have to post a big Win against Challock A and hope Little Chart can do them a big favour.  


Ashford TT A beat Challock A 7 -3 despite the best efforts of Paul Amos who won all 3 for Challock, but with Reuben Tozer, Tom Down, and Mani Khapung all winning a brace over Chris Senior and Lee Hirst the win moved them a step closer to the title.

The defending champions Ruckinge A will finish 3rd , their title defence ending following an 8-2 defeat by Postling A for whom Malcom Skates won all 3 of his games.  Joe Britnell provded the two for Ruckinge, but Nick Owen & Chris Hooper both added a brace for a convincing win and ensure a tight finish to the league.

Little Chart A secured mid table with a 7-3 victory over Challock B who are relegated, Darren Richardson winning all 3 legs for Challock B, but with only two players it was always going to be  hard against the seasoned Division 1 side of Alan Provan, Kevin Beasley & Michelle Kingsland.


Barring a disaster in the last weeks matches Paul Amos looks to have secured the top of the virtual singles averages only losing one game all season to George Epure, who was undefeated in the 3 games he played.  However under league rules you need to have completed in at least 70% of matches to qualifiy, so it is likely Malcolm Skates will inherit that title, but they could face each other in the final match of the season.

It is fantastic to see second and third places in the singles averages currently occupied by youngsters Arthur Braken and Shem Lejarde who continue to improve and are playing at national level in their age groups, well done to both.  In fact half over the players in the top ten are currently 30 or under, so it is looking birght for the locla league.


For those eagled eyed amongst you, the new tables have been placed in Park Mall and are free to use, just visist www.loveashford.com for details.  The popularity of Repton Connect is growing, and they are hoping to add another table to their growing collection, so come along and try on a Thursday evening between 8 & 10:30.


For full details on all of these activities, and the league standings please visit www.tabletennis365.com/Ashford

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