Sible Hedingham have stamped their authority on division two of the Braintree Table Tennis League after a resounding win against erstwhile leaders Black Notley B.
Roy Hooper, Richard Jennings and Mark Brown were in full conquering mode and took nine of the ten sets.
Victor Chan’s win over Brown was Notley’s only consolation although they came close on a couple of other occasions, Chan holding a 2-1 lead in games against Hooper and Gordon Fairchild going down only at 11-9 in the fifth game against Brown.
Otherwise it was Hedingham all the way and they consolidated their position with a 10-0 win over bottom club Hedingham Lions.
Earlier, Hedingham had caught up on their match in hand when they beat Notley’s C team 7-3.
All three players this time won two each, Hooper and Jennings losing to Matt Wallace and Brown to Warren Baines.
If Hedingham’s was the team result of the week, there is little doubt which was the top individual result.
Former first division singles winner Ken Lewis has been sailing along serenely, looking a cut above everyone else in division two. But he met his match twice in one game when Nomads faced Rayne F.
A 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 win over Dave Marsh, top of the division’s averages last year, suggests he was not in bad form and his defeat by Paul Mitchell could be written off as an indication that Mitchell has found his old form again after his short lay-off.
But losing to Alastair Brown must count as one of the shocks of the season.
With only two wins out of nine so far – and 12 out of 47 last season – Brown did not look the most formidable opponent. But his highly unorthodox style has foxed opponents in the past and Lewis could not find a way through the brick wall.
Rayne F won the match 6-4.
Earlier Nomads had beaten Hedingham Lions 8-2 while Rayne F had lost 7-3 at Rayne E.
Sean Clift suffered a rare defeat when he was bettered by Gary Jackson in Notley E’s 8-2 win over Notley D but after three unbeaten matches, Jackson fell twice in the following match. Both Oliver Hicks and Matt Wallace got the better of him as Notley C won 7-3.
Wallace was also unbeaten in Notley C’s draw with Liberal C while Clift was back to his best in taking his three sets in his team’s 7-3 defeat by Notley B.