Week Ending Fri 8th October 2021
Woodham You Believe it !
We have now had 2 rounds of competitive matches in the newly constituted Burnham & District Table Tennis Winter League and South Woodham currently sit at the top of 3 of the 4 Divisions – sadly with no team in Division 1 they are unable to complete the quadruple. That position is currently occupied by the bookies favourite Fambridge who have come out of lockdown with all guns firing.
In Division 4, although Woodham D are indeed top, they share that podium with both Blackwater B and Burnham A. It’s no surprise then that the 3 top teams have dominant players all on 100% win rates for the season so far. Roger Slade was dominant and unbeaten again in Blackwater B’s close 6-4 victory over St Lawrence B, Burnham’s Michael Pratley racked up another hat-trick in his team’s 6-4 win over St Lawrence A, and Woodham D’s Mike Burton was again the unbeaten player of the match in the emphatic 8-2 triumph against Blackwater C.
With just one match played in Division 3 it allowed a very strong Woodham C team to take a commanding lead at the top of the division with a strong 7-3 victory over Cold Norton D. Woodham’s Gus Heath was unbeaten in the singles and partnered up with Ian Cranstone to secure the doubles.
Honours were even in the Division 2 Maldon shoot out betwixt Maldon B and West Maldon A. The western half of Maldon had the most dominant player in Victor Chan who won all his singles but was unable to add the doubles as he and his partner Neil Freeman were outwitted by the left-right Maldon combo of Colin Napper and Ciaran Whelan. In the final match of the night Colin Napper had to wait deep into the fifth and final leg before eventually overcoming the very loopy Neil Freeman to square off the match. There is no stopping the Saptarshi Express at the moment as Sanjay Saptarshi led Woodham B to an unexpected 8-2 turnover of their A team. Both Saptarshi and the excellent Trevor Collin recorded perfect evenings including the doubles to score 7 of their team’s points and take Woodham B into top spot in the league table.
In the top division there are two early strong contenders shining through. The pre-season favourites Fambridge continue to impress and this week had a perfect evening winning out 10-0 against a shell shocked Cold Norton C team. Cold Norton’s Dick Wyman put up the most resistance taking at least a leg in each of his singles matches, and took John Poysden to a deciding 5th set but, in the end, for no points in the plus column. Chris Ballard has become a bit of a talisman for Cold Norton B with his second hat-trick on the bounce as he helped his team to a fine 8-2 win over Maldon A, ably assisted by the consistency of Neil Want who weighed in with his own hat-trick too. So Fambridge are top but Cold Norton B are close behind and looking strong and they will be hoping their A team can halt the Fambridge charge when they meet next week!
Press Office - Burnham & District Table Tennis League