Week Ending Fri 6 May
Player of the Year Awards 2022
With the league campaign all but completed in the Burnham & District Table Tennis League we now turn to the coveted awards for the players with the best win averages over the season.
In Division 1, the Peter Ballard Cup goes to Fambridge’s Keith Adams who completed the campaign with a win ratio of 93% - this could actually have been higher as Adams only lost twice all season but one of those was his very last league game just a week ago. Runner-up this year was Kevin Read from the Cold Norton camp with a very respectable 89% win rate.
In the tight Division 2 race it was a battle between the two Woodham heavyweights Sanjay Saptarshi and Daniel Piglet. Over the course of the season Saptarshi was 2-1 up against his stablemate and that made the difference as Saptarshi was crowned the winner of the Brian Ellis Cup on 86% win rate (over a colossal 58 games). Piglet was a close second on 83% for the season.
The newly assigned Burnham Cup was at stake for the Division 3 players and this one went right down to the final game of the season as Woodham C’s Luca Bailey needed 3 wins in his final game to take the cup, but came away with just the two – which cruelly pushed him into 3rd place on 78%. In runner-up slot was the wily Peter Lucraft who plies his trade for Cold Norton D and with an epic second half of the season raised his win rate to 79%. Neither was enough though to catch the Stow D talisman and the only Divisional Player of the Year who wasn’t part of a championship winning side – so congratulations to Peter Chastin who just edged it on a phenomenal 81% win rate to record his second player of the year on the bounce.
The battle in Division 4 was tough as all the top players regularly knocked out hat-tricks and so it came down to the individual matches against each other to determine the rankings this year, and the winner of the Roy Davis Cup. Woodham D’s Mike Burton came in third on a whopping 87% win rate over 63 matches. In fact Burton played a total of 72 matches across all divisions this season and therefore he was the ‘busiest’ player of the year for the whole league – there is no trophy for this just some well-earned rest! In the runner-up position is the stalwart of the Burnham team, and the most consistent player in this league for many a year – Mike Pratley with 12 hat-tricks to his name and a win rate of 91%. However, the Division 4 crown fittingly goes to Steve King from the St Lawrence Baysiders. King had 38 wins out of his 41 matches to record an average of 93%, and is clearly destined to play much higher up in the league.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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