Press Report Issued 24 February 2019

Fine showing from Casey Cross

Casey Cross has proved to be an excellent acquisition for Chelmsford Table Tennis Club in division 1A of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. He was at his best as second-placed Chelmsford A beat Danbury A 7-3. Cross took the notable scalp of Daniel Young 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10. The 14 year-old Daniel Young has been one of the success stories of the season so far and he reached the Mens Singles Final at the recent Southend Championships by beating 2015 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Ben Warner 3-2 in the Semi-Final. A magnificent performance. Young showed his class here and he scored a fine five game win over Edward Ogbebor 14-12, 5-11, 11-8,7-11, 11-3. Steve Whiteley suffered two “narrow misses”. He lost 9-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12 to Casey Cross and 9-11, 5-11, 15-13, 11-9, 12-14 to 2019 M&G Investments Chelmsford Ladies Singles Champion Tulay Dundar.  Danbury A also beat OCs A 8-2. Daniel Young impressed again downing the challenges of Paul Lucas (11-8, 11-4, 11-3) and Terry Dowsett (11-4, 11-7, 11-5). Steve Whiteley also made his mark with a fine 3-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 win over Paul Lucas. Whiteley is also enjoying a fine Season. OCs A were without Lucas against the “Champions elect” Maldon A and they were well beaten 10-0. Alex Abbott, Trevor Lloyd and John Poysden gave nothing away.  Lee McHugh - another up and coming player starred as Writtle A beat Rawreth 6-4. His trio of wins included a fine 11-7, 3-11, 1-11, 11-5, 11-5 win over Reece Seddon.

Liberal included Paul Davison in their side for their division 1B fixture against Writtle B. Davison is no one’s idea of a division 1B player and by staying undefeated he led Liberal  to a 8-2 win. Davison had to work hard to beat Gary Cattermole 11-9, 11-9, 13-11 whilst Cattermole hit back with a fine 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 win over Adam Buxton. In another very close encounter Buxton had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Phil Smith 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10. Danbury B also won 8-2 and Ian Whiteside and Chris Buer both notched hat-tricks as they beat Hatfield Peverel A. Ian Whiteside had to fight hard to see off Julie Johnson 6-11, 11-2, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9 whilst Steve Buer was similarly stretched against Jan Fuller before he won 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9. The leaders Galleywood A ran out narrow 6-4  winners against Chelmsford B. James Hicks secured their win with a tricky looking 5-11, 12-10, 12-10, 5-11,11-5 victory over Simon Jarvis. There was nothing in it in the game between Rob Shrimpton and Steve Kerns and Kerns finally edged  a “marathon encounter”  9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10.

Danbury D stay second in division two and they did well to beat fourth placed Chelmsford C 7-3. Sam Lowman and Dan Anderson both stayed undefeated. Dan Anderson impressed here. He beat Christian Barnado 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9 and Mike Johnston 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 13-11 and he rounded off  an excellent evening’s work by beating Wiktor Delimat 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8. OCs B - strong favourites for the title a few weeks ago have hit a sticky patch. Kevin Worthington won his three singles against Danbury C but it wasn‘t enough and Danbury C ran out 6-4 winners. OCs reserve - Dave Porter scored an excellent 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 win over Neil Want. OCs C did well to beat Writtle C 6-4 - good going as Gary Ward was unbeaten for the Writtle side. Charles Yeung impressed for OCs C  as he beat Dave Calleja 6-11, 15-13, 11-3, 11-9.

OCs D are undefeated in division three having notched up 12 wins and three draws to date. Mick Richardson led the way as they beat Danbury F 7-3 and he got them off to a winning start by beating Dave Marsh 7-11, 15-17, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7. Chelmsford D are second and they also won 7-3. Connor Payne was undefeated against Danbury H. He had to dig deep against Dave Hancox to preserve his unbeaten record for the evening and he finally won 6-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9. Third placed Writtle D beat Danbury G 8-2. Trevor Collin and Peter Layzell were both unbeaten. Dave Carter had quite a battle against Tony Forster before missing out 11-3, 21-23, 2-11, 10-12. Richard Upson won his three singles as OCs E beat Writtle E 7-3 whilst Bob Francis was undefeated as OCs F drew 5-5 with Maldon D. Francis secured the draw for OCs in the last game by beating Mervyn Perriman 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11-7.

Danbury J - runaway leaders in division four made it 15 wins out of 15 bybeating Highwood A 9-1. Rob Kneale and Dave Powell were both undefeated. Powell retained his 100 % record, but by “the skin of his teeth !”. Melanie Bonnett pushed him all the way before succumbing 12-10, 4-11, 5-11, 11-6, 10-12.Melanie Bonnet also beat Dave Goody 11-6, 11-8 11-7. Six games were decided in the fifth end in the match between Hatfield Peverel C and Chelmsford F but it was Hatfield Peverel C who ran out 8-2 winners. Paul Mulley fared best. He beat Jason Clark (11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-9), Adi Kamma (11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6) and Amanda Hogger (11-3, 5-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4).

Division five leaders Galleywood C scored a magnificent 9-1 win over second- placed Chelmsford G. Gary Copsey (three wins), Mark Glenister (three wins) and Charlie Craig (two wins) all played their part in an excellent performance. Charlie Craig missed out to Andy Swales (11-2, 5-11, 8-11, 8-11) but he scored a fine 11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 win over Sarah Austin. Rev Matthews was undefeated as Chelmsford J defeated Hatfield Peverel E 6-4 whilst Suzanne Shaw and Stuart Wintle both won their games as OCs H beat Hatfield Peverel D 7-3.  

Chelmsford Cougars beat Danbury Dragons 4-1 in the top of the table clash in division 2A of the CLICK League. Rising star James Donald was undefeated beating Ben Porter (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3) and Alex Porter (11-5, 11-5, 11-4). Ben Porter beat Sudheep Kamma 13-11, 11-7, 11-8 for the losers.

Chelmsford Leopards (Al Lane and Cleon Fernandes) were 3-2 winners over Chelmsford Rhinos in CLICK division 2B. Cleon beat Dan Wise (12-10, 12-10, 11-9) and Ben Chivers (14-12, 11-3, 11-4).

Division 2C of the CLICK League produced two decisive results. Second placed Panthers ran out 5-0 winners over  Falcons. Malachi O’Leary and George Spicer were both undefeated. Malachi O’Leary was hard pushed against Alex King before he won 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 5-11, 11-6. Buttsbury Bees beat Buttsbury Bats 4-1. George Hagland won twice. He beat Leo Comer 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 and Seamus Mellon 11-4, 11-3, 11-3.

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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Press Report Issued 17 February 2019

Knock-Out Cups Update

The Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League’s Knock-Out Cups  remain very popular and the fact that divisions two, three, four and five have their own Cup events certainly adds to that popularity. OCs C (Gareth Joice, Mick Richardson and David Porter) were shock 5-4 winners over high-flying Danbury D in the first round of the division two Knock Out Cup. This victory owed a lot to their prowess in the doubles. They won all three doubles and Mick Richardson and David Porter sealed the victory in the last game with a strangely fluctuating 11-13, 11-1, 13-11, 11-3 win over Sam Lowman and Cameron Gray. Danbury’s Sam Lowman and Dan Anderson must have been left wondering what had hit them as they won all four of their singles. OCs C followed this up with a 5-1 win over Hatfield Peverel. Mick Richardson impressed by beating Neil Freeman 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 12-10. Writtle C (Gary Ward, Dave Calleja and John Parodi) ran out 5-0 winners against Danbury E. John Parodi defeated Gordon Gatheral 9-11, 16-14, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7. 

Gareth Joice and Mick Richardson (OCs D) were in action again in the division three Knock Out Cup but this time they were on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat to Danbury H. Allan Steel played his part with a 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 win over Mick Richardson and a 11-2, 11-8, 13-11 victory over Gareth Joice. With the scores poised at 4-4 Allan Steel and Luca Bailey came though in five ends against Mick Richardson and Mick Hayes (5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4). Three matches resulted in 5-0 results. Danbury G ran out 5-0 winners against Chelmsford D. Peter Hance, Nicky Reece Ford and Maurice Hardy carried all before them. Hance played his part with a 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2 win over Connor Payne. Writtle D also won 5-0. Trevor Collin,  Dave Carter and Colin Barham gave nothing away against Highwood A.  OCs  B (Richard Baxter, Richard Upson and David Newman) defeated OCs C. David Newman’s win over Russell Hall (11-9, 9-11, 1-12, 11-5, 11-2) meant there was no way back for OCs C. 

Chelmsford F, Writtle F and OCs A are all through to the second round of the division four Knock Out Cup. OCs A had to battle hard to beat Highwood A 5-3. They trailed 3-2 but fought back to win. David Bishop sealed the victory with a 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 win over Nicola Pippen having previously defeated Keith Fitz-John 11-2, 11-8, 11-9. Writtle F (David Meah /  Brian Steward / Colin Griffiths) beat Highwood B 5-0. Brian Steward had to dig deep to beat Frank Neill (7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8). Chelmsford E beat Chelmsford F 5-2. Jon Dyson, Dusan Doszkoty and Martin Hiskey all played their part in this success. Dusan Doszkoty won twice. He beat Vinni Kamma (11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 11-13, 11-5) and Jason Clark (11-7, 11-6, 11-7). 

A strong Chelmsford A ran out 8-0 winners against Danbury Demons in the Junior Knock Out Cup. Harry Buckle, James Donald and Vineeth Kamma were all on good form. James Donald, one of the stars of the M&G Investments Chelmsford Championships looks to be one for the future and his impressive showing where he won the Under 14 Singles and reached the final of the Under 16 Singles certainly marks him out as one to watch.

The Handicap Knock Out Cup remains the best supported Cup in the League‘s programme . It is only the first division teams - often heavily committed to League matches in other Leagues who give it a wide berth. OCs B - that very “busy” side of Gareth Joice, Mick Richardson and David Porter again, ran out 5-2 winners over Chelmsford F. Mick Richardson (handicap of 61) beat Adi Kamma (handicap of 49) narrowly 23-21, 22-20 to seal the OCs victory. Chelmsford G (Ian Austin, Andy Swales and Sarah Austin) ran out 5-1 winners over OCs A. Ian Austin (handicap of 49|) beat Dan Berry (handicap of 68) 19-21, 21-13, 21-18 to ensure Chelmsford went through to the next round. Danbury H (Eamon Hall supported by up and coming Juniors - Ben Porter and Sam Mortimer-Ford) were quick-fire 6-0 winners over Highwood B. Ben Porter (handicap of 43) stormed though his two singles - (21-5, 21-9) against Martin Goddard (handicap of 52) and against Russell Downton (21-6, 21-6) (handicap of 53). He has clearly outgrown his Handicap already.

Reigning first division Champions Maldon A faced a strong Rawreth A side in division 1(A) fielding 2019 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Doubles Champions Liam Squirrell and Reece Seddon. Alex Abbott who missed this year’s Championships was the Maldon leading light and with 12 wins out of 12 Abbott remains undefeated in the second half of the Season. Reece Seddon scored fine wins over Paul Sayer (11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-3) and Trevor Lloyd (5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8) and the Seddon / Liam Squirell doubles pairing - so impressive in the Closed Championships scored another fine win. This time they beat Lloyd / Abbott 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.  7-3 to the Champions elect, another strong performance from the leading side in the League.

Danbury B turned in an excellent performance in division 1 (B).  Gus Heath andIan Whiteside starred as they beat Chelmsford B 7-3. Ace defender Ian Whitesidewas on dominant form with three convincing wins. He beat Victor Chan (11-6, 11-3, 11-4), Rob Shrimpton (11-3, 3-11, 11-3, 11-3) and Keith Martin (11-4, 11-3,13-11).


 In division two OCs C impressed by beating Maldon C 7-3. Tom Barker was the difference between  the two teams. He defeated Dawn Baldry (7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9), John Holland (15-13. 6-11, 11-6, 11-4) and Ev Lucas (14-12, 11-6, 11-5).  

Hatfield Peverel D (Keith Flowers, Martin Archie and Nick Duce) gave nothing away against Highwood A in division four. 10-0 to Hatfield Peverel D. It looked as if Highwood were going to get off the mark in the last game when Melanie Bonnett led Keith Flowers 2-0 but Keith fought back strongly. He won 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

Second-placed Chelmsford G ran out 9-1 winners against OCs H in division five. Ian Austin and Andy Swales were both undefeated. Stuart Wintle was on target for the losers with a hard-fought 11-7, 11-8, 14-16, 8-11, 11-6 win over Sarah Austin. The leaders - Galleywood C won 8-2. Gary Copsey and Aidan Noguchi were both undefeated.

Chelmsford Cougars beat Chelmsford Jaguars 5-0 in division 2A of the CLICK League. James Donald and Harry Chivers were both undefeated although they both had to fight against 2019 M&G Investments Chelmsford Junior Girls Singles Champion Nyree Marsh. Chivers came through in five ends (11-8, 4-11, 13-15, 11-5, 11-8) whilst James Donald also required five ends before he pulled away to win 11-6, 12-14, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2. Chelmsford Pumas (Joachim Mapes and Saul Chivers) beat Chelmsford Tigers 3-2. Good going as Cameron Waite was unbeaten for the Tigers.

CLICK division 2 B produced two 3-2 scorelines. Buttsbury Bears led by an undefeated Harry Hutt beat Buttsbury Badgers. The match between Ben Brown and Harry Hutt was one of the closest on record with Hutt shading it 4-11,13-11, 11-17, 9-11, 20-18. Quite a battle. Chelmsford Rhinos (Ben Chivers and Dan Wise) edged it against Buttsbury Bulldogs although they both missed out against Max Samuels.

Buttsbury Beavers were 5-0 winners in CLICK division 2 C against Chelmsford Wildcats. George Hagland and Oliver Barrett were both undefeated. The match between Emilie Gilloux and Oliver Barrett was a close one with Oliver shading it 11-8, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10. The Wildcats did better against Chelmsford Eagles winning 3-2. Emilie Gilloux and Alesha Ellis-Austin both won once to counter the two wins picked up by James Killeen. Buttsbury Beavers shaded it 3-2 against Buttsbury Bats. Leo Beadon won his two singles beating Zachary Samuels 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 and Leo Comer 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4.  

M&G Investments Chelmsford League Tournament Organiser Arthur Clark has advised that four items of clothing were left behind on the Chelmsford Tournament weekend and remain unclaimed. Can the owners please contact Arthur Clark urgently.

Steve Kerns - Publicity & Press Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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Press Report Issued 12 February 2019

First M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles title for Ugur Saglik

19 year old Ugur Saglik, many people’s favourite - is the 2019 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion and he took the title with five game wins over David Cole in his Semi-Final and  against Wale Bada in the Final at the Old Chelmsfordians Club on Monday 11 February 2019 played in front of a sizeable crowd.

His Mens Singles Semi-Final against David Cole was one of the most dramatic on record with Cole showing that he is still a match for everyone despite playing in division two. David Cole edged a tight first end 11-9 but Ugur hit back taking the second end 11-5. Ugur was playing well and when he led 10-6 in the third end it appeared as if he was on the way to victory. David Cole had other ideas and he sneaked home 14-12. David’s “dander” was well and truly up and he proceeded to dominate the  fourth end. 8-4 ….. 9-4 … 10-4 it certainly looked as if David was on his way to victory. Amazingly it was Ugur who hit back and by going for his shots when many players would be happy just to get the ball back in play he fought back and edged the game 12-10. Two successive games won by the “wrong player” .The advantage was now surely with Ugur. But no David led 7-4 in the decider. A magnificent recovery in the circumstances. However, Ugur was far from finished and he surged back to 8-8 and he finally won a  truly marvellous match 11-8. Game to Ugur 9-11, 11-5, 12-14, 12-10, 11-8.

Wale Bada came through his Semi-Final against “surprise package” Steve Whiteley in four ends. Wale “digs” the ball hard with his backhand push and it is difficult for the opponent to open up cleanly against him. He combines that with a deadly forehand drive. Although Steve dominated the third end with some controlled hitting it was Wale who pulled away in the fourth end for a 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-3 victory.

Lin Roff / Gary Young are the 2019 Mixed Doubles Champions. They won the first end 11-6 against Jan Fuller / Wale Bada but after that there was never anything in it at all. Both the second and third ends could have gone either way but it was Lin / Gary who shaded them 11-9, 13-11.

Ugur Saglik won the Under 21 Singles title as expected but although he raced away with the first end against Daniel Young 11-3 it was Daniel who started the faster in games two and three. There was never a lot in it the second and third ends before Ugur secured his 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 victory. A fine showing from the Underdog - one of the most improved players in the County.

The Veterans Singles Final also went to five ends. And there was never a lot to choose between Wale Bada and Trevor Lloyd. Trevor Lloyd creates very acute angles with his clever placement whilst Wale Bada is a combination of heavy pushed returns, punishing forehands and when he gets driven away from the Table he favours a chopped ball. Wale raced into a 2-0 lead but Trevor hit back and it was anyone’s game in the decider. Wale eventually won  a fascinating contest 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11.

There is a new set of names on the Mens Doubles trophy - the young pretenders - Liam Squirrell and Reece Seddon. They looked well drilled and “tidy” throughout and when their opponents David Cole and Gary Cattermole hit top form in the third end they responded with some ferocious hits of their own. The third end was a terrific encounter. Liam and Reece edged an explosive match 11-8, 11-7, 12-10.

So to the Mens Singles Final. Ugur raced into a 8-2 lead in the first end but he lost his way and Wale shaded it 11-9. Worse was to come for Ugur as he fell away in the second end as well as Wale won 11-7. Ugur was in big trouble but he showed very good composure, plenty of confidence to continue to go for his shots as well as no shortage of match winning shots as he fought back over the next three ends. Ugur eventually won 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 to be crowned the 2019 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion.

Special guests included the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, The Mayor's Consort, Mr John Spence, Geoff Curd - Marketing Manager of M&G Direct Marketing, Ken Field (Essex County Table Tennis Chairman) and Jayne Johnson (Essex County Table Tennis Association General Secretary).  

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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Press Report Issued 10 February 2019

Excellent hat-trick for Daniel Young

Daniel Young and Liam Squirrell - two of the stars of the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Championships last weekend met in the division 1A of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League the week before. And it was Daniel Young who came out on top and his hat-trick of wins included a 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 victory over Liam - Liam’s first defeat of the Season. Liam hit back and he defeated Gary Young - Daniel’s Dad - 12-14, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9. Charles Sweeny had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Steve Whiteley 11-6, 1-11, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11. The match finished Rawreth 5 - Danbury A 5. Danbury A also beat Writtle A 7-3. Eric Green led the way with a hat-trick of wins whilst Matthew Brown made his mark with a fine 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 win over Daniel Young. Ryan Pitt made his presence felt with an excellent victory over Steve Whiteley - another of the “big-hitters” in the Chelmsford Closed Championships - 11-7, 11-6, 11-8. Second placed Chelmsford A (Tulay Dundar / Eddy Ogbebor / Wal Bada) ran out 9-1 winners over Rawreth A. Newcomer Mark Rudland impressed here with a 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 win over Tulay Dundar. Leaders Maldon A (13 wins out of 14) had Trevor Lloyd and Alex Abbott undefeated as they beat Writtle A 7-3.

Galleywood A (Gary Brignall / James Hicks / Steve Kerns)  lead the way in division 1B. Gary Brignall has hit a rich vein of form and he was undefeated as his side beat Writtle B (9-1) and Liberal (6-4). Writtle B’s Phil Smith scored his side’s victory in their 9-1 defeat - his first ever success against Steve Kerns : 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9. Gary Brignall was on superb form against Liberal and his three wins were all of the highest order. He beat Adam Buxton (12-10, 14-12, 12-10), Steve Pennell (6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5) and he sealed the Galleywood victory in the last game with a 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 win over Andrew Huckson. Adam Buxton came out on top after a real “roller-coaster ride” against Steve Kerns 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 16-14. Chelmsford B edged their match 6-4 against Hatfield Peverel A. Robert Shrimpton led the way with a hat-trick. And it was ace defender Ian Whiteside who excelled as Danbury B drew 5-5 with Writtle B. Whiteside beat Gary Cattermole (11-4, 11-7, 11-9), Lin Roff (11-8, 11-4. 10-12, 11-3) and Phil Smith (9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9).

Promotion-chasing Maldon B turned in a strong performance in division two.Hamish Innes and Ciaran Whelan were both undefeated as they beat Danbury E 9-1. Ken Sheard beat Colin Napper 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 for the losers. The leaders - OCs B won again - 7-3 against Writtle C. Kevin Worthington won his three singles and this included a 11-7, 16-14, 7-11, 11-9 win over Gary Ward - the best of the Writtle players. Chelmsford C also beat Writtle C - 8-2 this time. Wiktor Delimat and impressive newcomer Christian Bernardo were both undefeated.  It was honours shared between Hatfield Peverel B and Danbury C. Dave Fiddeman was unbeaten for Hatfield Peverel - just. He beat Dick Wyman (11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 13-11) and if that wasn‘t close enough he also defeated Tim Cramphorn (11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 13-15, 12-10).

The big shock in division three was the 10-0 defeat for second-placed Chelmsford D against Danbury G. From the first game when Mo Hardy beat Dave Parker 11-6, 9-11, 3-11, 11-5,11-9 it was Danbury G who were calling the shots and Peter Hance and Nicky Reece Ford both played their part in a superb Danbury G performance.  Leaders OCs D, 7-3 winners over OCs F now have a 11 point lead over Chelmsford D. Gareth Joice led the way with a hat-trick which included a 4-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 win over Ashton Parker - the best of the OCs F players. Danbury H (with Allan Steel and Eamon Hall both staying undefeated) ran out 7-3 winners over Danbury F whilst Writtle D’s Trevor Collin, Dave Carter and David Mears all won twice in their 6-4 win over OCs E. David Mears beat Richard Baxter 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11,15-13 in the closest game of the night. Maldon D only had two players against Writtle E but with Mervyn Perriman remaining undefeated they drew 5-5. Thomas Page - another player who made his mark at the M&G Investments Chelmsford Championships won twice but he missed out  against Dave Moles (6-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 1-11).

Danbury J made it 14 wins out of 14 in division four and after 14 matches they lead Writtle F by a massive 24 points. That’s a very big margin. Rob Kneale was unbeaten in their 8-2 win over Highwood B. Frank Neill impressed for Highwood with a 6-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory over Richard Allen. Ian Hockley was also undefeated and his trio of wins enabled Writtle F to beat Chelmsford F 6-4. Hockley completed his hat-trick with a 13-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7 win over Adi Kamma. Chelmsford E ran out 8-2 winners over Danbury K. Jon Dyson and James Donald were both undefeated . The match between Galleywood B and a two man OCs G finished tied at 5-5. David Bishop was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians team.

Chelmsford G climbed into second place in division five with a 9-1 win over Hatfield Peverel E. Ian Austin and Andy Swales both bagged hat-tricks. Sarah Austin won twice and this included a 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 15-13 win over John Kuhl. Maldon E also won 9-1, beating Hatfield Peverel D. Gary Eames and Denis Crapnell both won their three singles. Gary Simmonds was on target for the losers with a 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9 win over Kym Eames. Hatfield Peverel D in turn hit back by beating Hatfield Peverel E 10-0. Richard Drozd, Andy Whiley and Andy Simmonds all stayed undefeated. The first match of the evening was the closest and Andy Whiley shaded it against Phil West 11-6, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12. Chelmsford J had Revox Matthews on top form as they beat Maldon E 8-2. Jacqui Smith and Takunda Nerutanga both won twice in a good all-round team performance. Takunda Nerutanga had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Rob Sach 11-9, 15-17, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.

The leaders Danbury Dragons made it three wins out of three in Click Division 2A. Ewan Hynd and Sam Mortimer-Ford were both undefeated as they beat Chelmsford Jaguars 5-0 and in their reverse figure against the Chelmsford Jaguars they won 4-1. Sam Mortimer-Ford was again undefeated whilst Nyree Marsh was on target for the Jaguars with a 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2 win over  Jensen Davis. Chelmsford Cougars ran out 5-0 winners over Chelmsford Tigers. James Donald and  Sudheep Kamma carried all before them.

Chelmsford Panthers were the big winners in CLICK division 2B. James Killeen and Malachi O’Leary were both undefeated as they beat Buttsbury Bats 5-0. Three matches were decided  4-1. Danbury Demons (Jensen Davis and Elliot Gardiner) beat Buttsbury Bulldogs whilst West Maldon (Oliver Wylie and Noah Sage) beat OCs Lions and Chelmsford Rhinos (Dan Wise and Josh Bickles) defeated Butsbury Bears. Harry Hutt was on target for Buttsbury Bears with a last gasp 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11 victory over Dan Wise. OCs Lions were 3-2 winners over Buttsbury  Badgers. Josh Peagood led the way with wins over Ben Brown (11-5, 11-9, 11-7) and Aiden Tucker (12-10, 11-6, 12-10). Chelmsford Leopards did well to beat Danbury Demons 3-2 - good going as neither Al Lane or Dion Fernandes were able to beat Elliot Gardiner.

Buttsbury Bees did well to beat Chelmsford Panthers 4-1 in CLICK division 2C. They won the two five setters. George Hagland beat Malachi O’Leary 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 whilst Hagland and Ollie Barrett beat Malachi O’Leary and Theo Griffiths in a very well contested doubles 12-10, 13-11, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7. Callum Caldwell won his two singles as Danbury Griffins beat Buttsbury Bees 3-2 whilst Chelmsford Eagles (Charlie Donald and James Killeen) defeated Buttsbury Beavers 3-2. Danbury Griffins also beat Chelmsford Falcons 4-1. Adam Thirkettle won his two singles whilst Findley Bailey chipped in with a hard fought 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10 win over Sam Lincoln. Chelmsford Falcons had Olly Cheung and Alex King both undefeated as they beat Chelmsford Eagles 5-0. The doubles looked poised at 2-2 after Jixuan Li and Pragrak Gupta had squared the game. But it wasn‘t enough and Olly and Alex surged clear in the decider for a 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 10-12, 11-3 victory.

The M&G Investments Chelmsford League Finals Night takes place on Monday 11 February 2019 at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Lawford Lane at 19.30 hours. All eyes will be on the four Mens Singles Semi-Finalists. Surprise package Steve Whiteley faces Wal Bada and four times Champion David Cole faces newcomerand second seed Ugur Saglik. Should be a very entertaining evening.          

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League


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Press Report Issued 3 February 2019

Steve Whiteley produces the shock of the weekend

The preliminary weekend of the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis Championships played at Hylands School produced no shortage of shocks as well as some superb play. 

With top seed Duncan Taylor having to withdraw from the Mens Singles through injury the top quarter took on a very open look and it was 67 years old Steve Whiteley who took full advantage. Mens Singles Champion in 1974 and 1975 and absent from the Sport for 31 years Whiteley has been playing again for five years. He produced the finest moment of his comeback. Steve Whiteley impressed by beating Peter Barrett 11-3, 14-12, 11-8 and then in what was a real shock the seeded Paul Davison 2-11, 11-9, 17-15, 5-11, 11-8. Davison had also impressed by defeating Scott Dowsett 11-8, 11-9, 11-8. In his Quarter Final Whiteley faced Robert Shrimpton who had ousted Ciaran Whelan 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5. A thrilling match went “to the wire” and it was Whiteley who emerged victorious 5-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 14-12. Whiteley will meet Wale Bada in his Semi-Final on Finals Night an amazing 44 years after he last won the title.

Lee McHugh, a shock winner over Paul Lucas in his group, ousted Daniel Young 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6 after Daniel Young had beaten Gary Cattermole 11-8, 12-10,11-8.  McHugh pushed Bada to the brink in his Quarter-Final before Bada came through a nail biting fourth end and a tense decider. Bada won 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 15-13, 11-7. In the third quarter it was David Cole who prevailed. Eyebrows were raised that the four times Champion wasn‘t seeded in the top eight and he seemingly had a point to prove. Cole beat David Gatheral 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 and then with a superb display he defeated last year‘s runner-up Trevor Lloyd 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 - the most powerful showing of the weekend. Cole had to battle hard to defeat top notch newcomer 19 year-old Liam Squirrell 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 14-12 in the Quarter Final. Squirrell had made his mark by beating Charles Sweeny 11-7, 12-14, 11-5, 11-2 and Reece Seddon 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7. Cole will face Ugur Saglik - many people’s favourite to win the title. Saglik had a tough examination in the second round. Paul Lucas - a victim of not winning his group had to face a  top seed much earlier than expected. Saglik was pushed hard - very hard before he won 13-11, 13-11, 15-13 and in his Quarter-Final Saglik turned on the style by beating Gary Young 11-6, 11-6, 11-8. Young had also impressed by defeating Casey Cross 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 and Wudong Liu 11-8, 11-8, 11-7. Other results of interest had included a fine Group win for Daniel Young who beat Casey Cross (3-1), Simon Jarvis (3-1) and Daniel Anderson (3-0). Victor Chan scored  a superb 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 13-11 victory over Paul Davison but it was Paul who went through as Group winner as Victor lost 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11 to Gareth Joice. Wudong Liu also excelled and he defeated Scott Dowsett 11-6, 14-12, 6-11, 11-8. No shortage of upsets in this event !.  

The new M&G Investments Chelmsford Ladies Singles Champion is Tulay Dundar. Tulay fought her way through to the Final with wins over Nyree Marsh (11-2, 11-7, 11-5) and Lin Roff (11-6, 11-7, 14-12). In the top half of the draw top seed Julie Johnson defeated the improving Sarah Austin 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7 but she met her match in the Semi-Final against old rival Jan Fuller who prevailed in five hard fought ends (11-8, 7-11, 8-11,  11-7, 11-7). Tulay - a newcomer to the League had not been aware that the League hold a separate Finals Night. Jan therefore had every right to claim the title by default but with great magnamity she agreed to play the Final. However it was Tulay who dominated and she ran out a comfortable 11-6, 11-0, 11-6 winner.

The Mens Doubles Final will be between David Cole / Gary Cattermole and Liam Squirrell / Reece Seddon. Cole / Cattermole dominated the top half of the draw with wins over Simon Jarvis / Robert Shrimpton 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 and then the seeded Trevor Lloyd / Casey Cross 11-6, 11-3, 5-11, 11-9 and they beat Paul Davison / Steve Kerns 11-7,11-8, 11-8 in the Semi-Final.  In the bottom half Liam Squirrell / Reece Seddon impressed by beating the third seeded Paul Lucas / Scott Dowsett 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 and they beat the second seeds Ugur Saglik / Wale Bada 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 with a top class display in the Semi-Final. Both pairs look well drilled and David Cole will be bidding to win the title with a fifth different  partner having previously been successful with Rik James (seven times), brother Martin, Mathew Staines and John Holland.

Jan Fuller / Julie Johnson won the Ladies Double title for the third year in a row but they were pushed to the brink. The Press Officer had suggested that they were in a class of their own. Clearly Lin Roff / Sarah Austin hadn’t read the script. With the scores poised at 2-2 Lin / Sarah surged ahead to 8-1 in the fifth end. Surely there was going to be a new pairing on the trophy ? The answer was “no” and it was Julie / Jan who levelled at 9-9 and they finally won a fantastic match 3-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 13-11.

The Mixed Doubles saw a lot of reshuffling of partners and the Final will be between Gary Young / Lin Roff and Wal Bada and Jan Fuller. Jan / Wal beat Scott Dowsett / Julie Johnson 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 in their Semi-Final although they had been pushed to the brink a round earlier. Wudong Liu and Nyree Marsh held a match point in the fourth end before they finally succumbed 11-9, 1-11, 11-9, 10-12, 5-11. A fantastic effort from the under-dogs. Gary Young / Lin Roff booked their Finals Night appearance by beating Steve Whiteley / Dawn Baldry 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6.

The Under 21 Singles Final will be between the favourite Ugur Saglik and Daniel Young. Considering how well Liam Squirrel played in the Mens events you have got to credit Daniel Young for beating him here and Daniel came through in four ends 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 - a superb performance. This event was marred by walk-overs and for many players it proved to be one event too many.

The Veterans events were dominated by Trevor Lloyd. His real test came in the Over 40s Singles where he battled his way to the Final with wins over Robin Armstrong (9-11, 11-4,11-5, 11-8) , Eric Green (11-5, 13-11, 11-9) and in a furious and tense Semi-Final - Gary Young 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7. Young had beaten David Cole 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-5 after trailing 5-2 in the fifth end at the change of ends. Lloyd will face Wal Bada in the Final. The hard hitting Bada had beaten Peter Barrett 3-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 and then Paul Davison 5-11, 12-10, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7 and he saw off Tulay Dundar 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 in his Semi-Final. Tulay beat Victor Chan 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 and Wudong Liu 2-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 to fight her way through to the last four.  

The 2019 Veterans Doubles winners are Wal Bada / Trevor Lloyd. They had to pull out all the stops to beat David Cole / Gary Cattermole 11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10 in a thrilling Semi-Final and they defeated Gary Young / Paul Davison 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-17 in the Final.

Trevor Lloyd annexed the Over 50s Singles without dropping an end. He raced to wins over David Parker (11-6, 11-3,11-4), Gareth Joice (11-2, 11-8, 11-9), Julie Johnson (11-5, 11-3, 11-2) and in the Final - yes you’ve guessed - Steve Whiteley 11-5, 11-5, 11-6. Whiteley had to battle hard to see of Colin Napper (12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10), Steve Kerns (6-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7) and Eric Green (9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 13-11).

There was another Trevor Lloyd “master-class” in the Over 60s Singles and Lloyd again won the event with a series of straight set wins. He beat Lin Roff (11-5, 11-1, 11-5), Steve Whiteley (11-9, 11-6, 11-8) and in the Final - Eric Green (11-2, 11-6, 11-9).

Daniel Young dominated the Junior events as expected. In the Junior Boys he fought his way to the Final without dropping an end with 3-0 wins over Joachin Mapes, Ben Porter and Sam Mortimer-Ford and he beat Thomas Page 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 in the Final. Thomas Page saw off the challenges of Jensen Davis (11-7, 11-4, 11-7), Luca Bailey (11-6, 11-9, 11-8) and Harry Buckle 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5 to battle his way to the Final.

It was Daniel Young who emerged victorious in the Under 16 Singles as well. He beat Saul Chivers (11-3, 11-2, 11-4) and then Ben Porter after a real struggle 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 15-13 and Thomas Page 11-5, 11-9, 11-4. He beat James Donald 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 in the Final. James Donald booked his Final appearance only after a last gasp win over Luca Bailey 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 4-11, 11-9 in a really hard fought Semi-Final.  Donald had battled his way past Harry Buckle 13-15, 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 a round earlier.

James Donald impressed again in the Under 14 Singles. From the no. three seeded spot he beat Aidan Turner (3-0), Cleon Fernandez (3-0) and second seed Ben Porter |(11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 14-12) and in the Final he secured victory with a widely fluctuating 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 6-11, 11-1 win over Ewan Hynd. In his Semi-Final Ewan Hynd beat Sudheep Kamma 11-3, 1-13, 11-6 having previously enjoyed 3-0 wins over Ben Chivers and Joshua Bickles.

Nyree Marsh - so close to causing a sensation in the Mixed Doubles is the 2019 Junior Girls Singles Champion.  She beat Annabel Sweeney 11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 11-8 in the Final having beaten Melinda Abraham Victor 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 a round earlier. Annabel defeated Aleshia Ellis-Austin 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 at the same stage.

The Daniel Young / Aidan Noguchi pairing “walked tall” in the Junior Doubles and they powered their way to the title with wins over Nyree Marsh / James Donald 11-8, 11-8, 11-7, Luca Bailey / Vineeth Kamma 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 and in the Final Ben Porter / Sam  Mortimer-Ford  11-2, 11-3,11-7. Ben Porter / Sam Mortimer-Ford came through their semi-Final 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 against Joachin Mapes / Saul Chivers.  In the closest match of the event Mapes / Chivers had seen off Noah Sage / Oliver Wylie 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 6-11, 11-9.

The Junior Handicap Singles Final was played at the weekend although the earlier rounds had been played at Melbourne Stadium a week earlier. It was James Donald who emerged victorious 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 against  Noah Sage in a Final which was played off scratch. Noah Sage battled his way through to the Final with wins over Isabella Borgia, Harry Buckle, Annabel Sweeney, and Alan Jiang whilst James Donald left Dion Fernandes, Melinda Abraham-Victor, Sam Mortimer-Ford and Cleon Fernandes trailing in his march to the Final.     

Sunday’s play was dominated by the Divisional Singles and it was top seed Ciaran Whelan who won the Division two title. He was tested by Dan Anderson where he won 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10 and the much improved Charles Yeung where he prevailed 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8. He shut down Trevor Collin 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 in the Final. The hard hitting Trevor Collin had excelled to win three tough five enders beating Steve Scholz (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4) and Wiktor Delimat (2-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9) and finally Neil Freeman (8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6). A superb run.

Trevor Collin was favourite for the Division three singles and he reached the Semi-Final stage where he met his match in Nick Duce who beat him 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8. It was Thomas Page, the runner-up in the Junior Boys Singles on the Saturday who prevailed in the Final. Page ran out a 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 winner over Duce having defeated Mervyn Perriman 11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 in the penultimate round.

Nick Duce was the strong favourite for the Division four singles title and he didn’t disappoint. He cruised to the title with wins over Adi Kamma (11-5, 11-17, 11-2), Andy Swales (11-5, 11-7, 11-6) and Mark Glenister (11-4, 11-6, 11-4). He looked in control throughout. Glenister booked his Final appearance by beating Denis Crapnell 11-7, 13-11, 11-7.

Mark Glenister also made it through to the Final of the Division five singles but this time he met his match in Denis Crapnell. It was Crapnell who dominated and he won 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6. Crapnell beat Jamie Dowsett 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 in Semi Final whilst Mark Glenister ousted Andy Swales 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9.

The Handicap Singles was last won by a first Division player in 1997 - one Steve Kerns - forgive me for mentioning that !. Liam Squirrell set about putting that record right with relish and he powered his past Simon Jarvis (21-13,  21-16), Steve Whiteley (21-13, 21-9),Vineeth Kamma (22-20, 21-17) and Ciaran Whelan (21-15, 18-21, 21-15). He met Luca Bailey in the Final after Bailey had battled his way past Charles Yeung (21-14, 22-20), Thomas Page (15-21, 28-26, 21-18) Mark Glenister (21-8, 21-18), Gareth Joice (21-14, 16-2, 21-10) and Neil Freeman (21-13, 21-12). The Final was a thriller with Squirrel easing through the first end 21-12. He looked in control and at 20-16 in the second end everyone assumed that it was his title for the taking. Luca Bailey had other ideas and playing superbly he matched Squirrell’s power and guile with his own class. He amazingly edged the game 23-21 and he matched his opponent all the way in a brilliant deciding leg before succumbing 26-24. The best Handicap Singles Final for many a year. And a first Chelmsford title for Liam Squirell.

Luca Bailey didn’t leave empty handed and paired with Vineeth Kamma they turned in a sparkling display to win the Handicap Doubles. Their Final opponents - Wiktor Delimat / Dan Anderson put up a fine showing but despite taking the match to a third end their younger opponents showed no sign of being denied. Luc and Vineeth powered to a 11-7, 18-21, 21-8 victory. 

The M&G Investments Chelmsford League Finals Night takes place at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Lawford Lane on Monday 11 February 2019 at 19.30 hours. Admission is free and there is a chance to see some top class Table Tennis.

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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