Sam Hume dominates but watch out for newcomer Ross Saxby
There were shocks galore in this year’s M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Championships played at Hylands School, Chelmsford over the weekend. The Mens Singles in particular did not go to form and a series of major upsets coupled with four top seeded players (Dave Cole, Keiran Lally,
Alex Abbott and Trevor Lloyd) having to scratch for a variety of reasons meant that the seedings counted for nothing at all - literally nothing. Perhaps for the first time ever - not one of the top eight seeded players have made it through to the Mens Semi-Finals.
In the top quarter of the draw 22 year-old Reece Seddon benefited from the withdrawal of top seed David Cole despite having lost 9-11, 9-11, 11-2, 12-10, 8-11 in his Group to Ryan Pitt. Seddon played very well to beat the seeded Colin Stallwood 6-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 only to succumb to George Reeves 11-6, 6-11, 11-13, 7-11 in the Quarter-Final. On a day where shocks abounded Reeves had also beaten Ryan Gooday 11-7, 11-4, 2-11, 11-4 and then most impressively the higher seeded Brandon Crouchman 11-8, 11-4, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10. There was an even bigger shock in the second quarter where Scott Dowsett battled his way through to the last four. Lee McHugh scored an absolute “gem” of a win - a real stunner of a victory by beating Duncan Taylor 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 and he followed this up with another excellent victory over Babul McLeod 11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 11-
4. Scott Dowsett made his mark by defeating Adrian Pitt 7-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 and in the Quarter-Final shoot-out he beat the 27 year-old Lee McHugh 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10. The third quarter threw up a new name to many of us - Ross Saxby. New to the area having been a Mens Singles finalist two years ago in
Guildford the 26 year-old top-spinner produced some top quality play to beat Colin Stallwood in their group encounter (11-8, 11-7, 11-8) and then James Hicks (11-3 11-8, 11-7), then seeded Gary Young (12-14, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6) and finally and most impressively of all Wale Bada (11-5, 11-8, 11-1). Saxby will face Essex no. one Junior Sam Hume in his Semi-Final. Hume had to pull out all the stops to retrieve a 8-4 and 10-8 fifth end deficit to get the better of Charles Sweeny 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-13, 13-11 - arguably the best match of the
day and he then showed his mettle by beating the “dangerous” Glenn Johnson 11-9, 11-4, 12-10. Hume was just one game away from the Mens Semi-Finals and he showed no shortage of determination by getting the better of Simon Webber 11-8, 11-5, 11-8. Webber had made his mark with a superb victory of his own over the
second seed Paul Davison 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7.
Both Semi-Finals which will be played on Finals Night promise to be highly exciting matches. Both George Reeves and Scott Dowsett have made it to the Mens Semi-Final before and are proven Tournament players whilst Ross Saxby and Sam Hume gave every indication that they have all the credentials to capture the
Ladies Champion Dawn Baldry fought her way through to the Ladies Singles Final where she will meet Lin Roff on Finals Night. Ironically the two players met in their Group and it was the inform Lin who came out on top 13-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-4. Lin also had her work cut out to beat newcomer Kelly Yuen 11-2, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10. In the other half of the draw top seed Julie Johnson won her three games and she looked to be on good form as she defeated Jan Fuller 11-6, 11-8, 11-8. The two ladies Semi-Finals produced fascinating encounters. Julie Johnson took a 2-0 lead against Dawn Baldry but it was Dawn who shaded a close third end and displaying all her tenacity and hard-hitting abandon she eventually triumphed 9-11, 1-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-2. Lin Roff - clearly on very good form ran out a four game winner over Jan Fuller (11-3, 3-11, 11-4, 11-5).
The Mens Doubles - always the most open of events became even harder to predict this year with many players withdrawing and pairings having to be reshuffled. Wale Bada and Reece Seddon emerged from the top half of the draw by getting the better of scratch-pairing Colin Stallwood / Paul Davison 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 in the Semi-Final. They will meet George Reeves / Ross Saxby in the Final. Reeves ./ Saxby were in all sorts of trouble against Ryan Gooday / Robert Shrimpton and trailed 7-3 in the fifth end. However, displaying all their experience they rallied to win 4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 and they then beat the 2015 Champions Scott Dowsett / Brandon Crouchman 14-16. 12-10, 11-9, 11-6. The Semi-Final ebbed and flowed but it was George Reeves / Ross Saxby who got their noses in front in the fifth end and they emerged as 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6 winners over surprise semi-Finalists Lee McHugh / Peter Mynard. The McHugh / Mynard combination scored two excellent wins of their own. They beat Adrian Pitt / Andrew Huckson (11-5, 18-16, 18-16) and then Sam Hume / Gary Cattermole (9-11, 11-19, 11-5, 11-3).
The Mixed Doubles Final will be between scratch pairing Julie Johnson / Ryan Gooday and second seeds Jan Fuller / Duncan Taylor. Ryan / Julie impressed by beating Lin Roff / Gary Young 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 whilst Jan / Duncan showed their credentials by getting the better of Shirley Carroll / Steve Whiteley (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) and Ciaran Whelan / Dawn Baldry (11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7).
New pairing Julie Johnson / Jan Fuller emerged victorious from a hotly contested Ladies Doubles event. They beat Lin Roff / Kelly Yuen (12-10, 11-9, 11-7) and Dawn Baldry / Shirley Carroll (11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 17-15. Dawn /
Shirley finished runners-up by beating Lin / Kelly 7-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6.
As with the Mens Singles there were numerous shocks in the Veterans Singles. Newcomer Wale Bada has fought his way through to the Final where he will meet second seed Paul Davison. Wale beat James Hicks 12-10, 11-9, 14-12 and then Andrew Huckson 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 and he then produced a top class display
of hard-hitting Table Tennis to oust Alex Abbott 11-9, 11-6, 11-7. Alex Abbott beat Steve Whiteley 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 after Whiteley had ousted the seeded Colin Stallwood 12-10, 11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 12-10 - yet another superb victory. Gary Young who didn’t win his group having lost to Adrian Pitt (9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 6-11, 9-11) was involved in three more titanic battles in the bottom half of the draw. Young showed all his tenacity by ousting Duncan Taylor (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10) and George Reeves (11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8) before missing out to Paul Davison over five furious ends (7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 8-11. Davison in his first year as a Veteran made no mistake in battling his way past Adam Buxton (11-8, 11-6, 12-10) and the seeded Trevor Lloyd (5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8).
There were yet more shocks in the Veterans Doubles and a new pairing have taken the title - unseeded Andrew Huckson / Adrian Pitt. Again there were twists and turns galore. Pitt / Huckson opened their campaign by beating scratch-pairing Steve Whiteley / Gary Cattermole 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-3 and they then scored “the win of the event” by fighting back from 2-0 down to sensationally get the better of second seeds George Reeves / Duncan Taylor 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9. In the top half of the draw the favourites Paul Davison / Alex Abbott ousted Jan Fuller / Paul Mulley 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 and they battled back from 2-1 down to get the better of Trevor Lloyd / Colin Stallwood 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7. However, Alex Abbott had to pull out of the Final which was scheduled for Saturday with a shoulder injury and the title has been awarded to Andrew
Huckson / Adrian Pitt. Perhaps the least expected success of the weekend ?
Babul McLeod emerged as the Winner of the Over 50s Singles - an event he also won in 2014. McLeod battled past Ian Whiteside (11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7), Lin Roff (11-5, 11-9, 11-9) and then Steve Whiteley (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7) and he produced a superb display to get the better of Glenn Johnson 11-6, 11-
8, 3-11, 11-4 in the Final. Johnson was on good form seeing off Roger Hance (11-7, 11-6, 11-9), Keith Martin (11-5, 11-6, 11-7) and Adrian Pitt (11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2). Keith Martin made his mark by getting the better of Dawn Baldry 11-4, 11-9, 15-17, 11-6.
Glenn Johnson - the top-seed in the Over 60s Singles made no mistake this time. He beat Steve Whiteley 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 and Trevor Carter 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 to take the title. Trevor Carter had ousted the holder Ian Whiteside 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 in the penultimate round having also had to battle all the way to get the better of Mike Johnston 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8 a round earlier.
The Under 21 Singles Final on Finals Night will be fought out between the holder Sam Hume and Ryan Gooday. Hume had to battle hard to get the better of Sam Lowman 13-11, 11-9, 11-9 whilst Ryan Gooday was also pushed to see off Peter Windley 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8. Peter Windley had upset the seedings by beating Daniel Berry 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6.
Sam Hume retained his Junior Boys Singles crown but only just. His Final against Ryan Gooday was a stunning encounter and Gooday came ohhh so close to capturing the crown. Gooday took a 2-0 lead and despite Hume rallying strongly to level at 2-2 it was Gooday who surged clear in the fifth end to lead 10-6. Just one point needed ! It just wouldn’t come and playing with real composure and no shortage of determination Sam Hume fought back to win 9-11, 8-11, 11-1, 11-5,12-10. The beaten Semi-Finalists were Connor Payne and Nathan Fry.
Sam Hume - by far the busiest player of the weekend also retained his Junior Doubles title. Paired with Connor Payne they beat Ryan Gooday / Ben Jackson 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 and Matthew Elliott / Nathan Fry 11-7, 16-18, 11-6, 11-8. Fry and Elliott had booked their appearance in the Final with a last gasp 11-7, 11-7, 6-
11, 15-17, 11-8 victory over Aidan Noguchi / Matthew Laws.
Connor Payne scored his second win of the weekend by taking the Under 16s Singles from the top seeded position. He beat Ben Jackson (11-9, 11-1, 11-3) and then Toby Kelly (11-3, 15-17, 11-3, 11-7) and in the Final he defeated Matthew Elliott 11-3, 12-10, 11-6. Matthew Elliott booked his Final appearance with wins over Tom Picton (11-6, 11-5, 11-6) and James Hughes (11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-7).
Toby Kelly became the Under 14s Singles Champion for the first time. He booked his place in the Final by beating Christopher Stephens and Aidan Noguchi and he captured the title by getting the better of Oliver Cohen 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 in a hard fought Final. Cohen had to pull out all the stops to reach the Final. His
match with second seed Rio Teplizki went all the way “to the wire” with Cohen finally clinching victory 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 1-18, 14-12.
The Junior Handicap Singles saw Sam Hume win again. Despite being heavily weighed down by having by far the toughest handicap to contend with he only dropped one game as he defeated Nathan Fry (12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7), Harry Rogers (11-8, 11-8, 11-8), Connor Payne (11-9, 15-13, 13-11), James Hughes (11-9, 12-10, 12-10) and in the Final - Ryan Gooday (11-9, 11-8, 11-9). Gooday battled his way past Daniel Slaney (12-10, 11-7, 12-10), Aidan Tucker (11-7, 11-8, 11-6), Alex Headley (11-7, 11-5, 11-5) and in his Semi-Final he beat Toby
Kelly 11-13, 118, 12-10, 11-9.
Sunday’s play which is dominated by the Divisional Singles events is always fiercely fought and this year’s events were as competitive as ever. In the Division Two Singles you would certainly have expected Lee McHugh to feature in light of his heroics on the Saturday. Although he beat Sam Lowman narrowly 11-
9, 12-10, 11-9 that was as far as he progressed. He lost to Andrew Huckson 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 6-11 a round later. Huckson in turn lost 5-11, 9-11, 6-11 to second seed James Hicks in the Semi-Final. In the top half of the draw Robert Shrimpton stole the show. He beat Ryan Pitt 13-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5 and then the hard-hitting Ciaran Whelan 11-1, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 and he defeated top seed Adrian Pitt by a last-gasp 7-11, 11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9 margin in a tense Semi-Final. Whelan had impressed by ousting Neil Freeeman 11-7, 5-11, 11-13, 11-9,
11-9. The Final was always going to be a tight affair but it was a very composed James Hicks who eventually emerged as the winner in four ends (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 12-10).
Samuel Lowman who plays such a smooth free-flowing attacking game emerged as the winner of the Division Three Singles. He beat Roger Hance 12-10, 14-12, 11-4 and then David Gatheral 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 and in the Semi-Final he saw off Trevor Collin 11-6, 11-7,11-9. His opponent in the Final was Robert Shrimpton - no surprise bearing in mind how well he had played in the Division Two Singles. Shrimpton had to pull out all the stops to see off Dan Anderson 11-6, 11-4, 3-11, 9-11, 12-10 and Ciaran Whelan 9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3 in
the semi-Final. The Final was another cracker and it was Sam Lowman who sneaked home 10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.
Trevor Collin - clearly playing well as displayed by his excellent run to the Semi-Final in the Division Three Singles duly took top honours in the Division Four Singles. He toppled top seed Roger Hance in the Final 11-8, 11-9, 13-15, 11-6 having beaten Colin Barham 12-10, 12-10, 11-6 in the penultimate round. Roger Hance was also pushed in his Semi-Final before finally seeing off Mark Glenister 9-11, 11-6, 4-11, 13-11, 11-8. Trevor Collin was given a scare in his first round encounter and Kelly Yuen raced into a 2-0 lead before succumbing 3-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3,11-5.
Pewist Osman - the favourite in the Division Five Singles was crowned Champion. He beat Fedal Azzazi 11-7, 11-9, 12-10 in the Semi-Final and Mark Glenister 11-7. 11-3, 11-9 in the Final. Glenister booked his Final appearance by defeating Kamil Lentas 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.
Matthew Laws is the 2017 Handicap Singles winner. His Final opponent - Pewist Osman had to retire injured but he had given a great account of himself to reach the Final. Laws defeated Peter Davenport (21-12, 21-11), Peter Windley (21-15, 21-13) and Rod MacLennan (12-21, 21-19, 21-19) to reach the Final. Pewist Osman ousted Charles Yeung (21-11, 18-21, 21-14), Robert Shrimp ton (21-17, 21-13) and Lee McHugh (21-7, 21-18). McHugh had beaten David Gatheral by a scoreline that needs to be read twice to be believed (21-17, 33-35, 24-22). Quite a match !.
Reece Seddon / Ken Sheard emerged as the winners of the Handicap Doubles. The Final went all the way “to the wire” before they finally saw off James Hicks /Peter Windley 16-21, 21-15, 21-19.
Finals Night takes place at the Old Chelmsfordians Club on Monday 13 February 2017 starting at 19.30 hours. Presentations of all trophies will be made on the night.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued - 22 January 2017
David Cole looking to win his fifth M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles title
It’s that time of the year again and the 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Table Tennis Championships take place from Friday evening (starting at 19.00 hours) on 27 January 2017 to Sunday 29 January 2017 at Hylands School, Sherwood Drive, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3DN. Admission is free and hopefully lots of former players will drop into watch over the weekend.
The Chelmsford League Committee are as always very grateful for the very generous sponsorship of M& Investments. Anna Emtage - Charity & Community Relations Manager at M&G Investments commented “M&G Investments is delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Championship and I am looking forward to what I am
sure will be an exciting event“.
The “blue riband” event the Mens Singles promises to be very hotly contested this year . Four times Chelmsford Champion David Cole is top seed and he certainly possesses that all important “big occasion temperament” but there are as many as 15 other players who will be hoping that on a good day it might just
be their year. Five times Braintree Mens Singles Champion Paul Davison is seeded no. two with two times former Chelmsford Champion Alex Abbott and 2003 Winner Keiran Lally at joint no. three. Seeded in the five to eight bracket are Brandon Crouchman, Duncan Taylor, Colin Stallwood and Trevor Lloyd whilst the other players seeded as group winners are Gary Young, George Reeves, newcomer Wale Bada, Sam Hume and Simon Webber. There is clearly no shortage of good players taking part this year despite the fact that last year’s winner Tony Halling and runner-up - Rik James are missing.
As always certain groups look intriguing and with two players to qualify look out for Group 12 where Alex Abbott takes on Charles Sweeny, Reece Seddon and Adrian Pitt and group no. seven where Colin Stallwood comes face to face with another newcomer Ross Saxby, Hamish Innes and David Gatheral. Group eight has
a real depth to it and Brandon Crouchman will be up against Oliver Reynolds, James Hicks and Peter Windley.
Julie Johnson is the top seed in the Ladies Singles where she is bidding to win the title for an incredible 24th time. After taking a year out through injury Julie has been on fine form this year and her playing record of 50 % in the very evenly matched second division illustrates that she is playing as well as ever. Last year’s Champion Dane Baldry is seeded second whilst Jan Fuller, Shirley Carroll and Lin Roff are all capable of causing major upsets.
In recent years the Mens Doubles has been one of the most open events. Last year’s winners - Paul Davison and Alex Abbott are top seeds with the winners two years ago - Scott Dowsett and Brandon Crouchman seeded second. The joint no. three seeds are Colin Stallwood and Trevor Lloyd and Glen Johnson and Gary
Young. In what is a clearly a very strong event the fifth seeded pairings are Duncan Taylor / Charles Sweeny, Wale Bada / Reece Seddon, Sam Hume / Gary Cattermole and George Reeves / Ross Saxby.
Julie Johnson / David Cole will be strong favourites to capture the Mixed Doubles title for an 11th time. However they will certainly take nothing for granted as two years ago they were seeded no. one but sensationally lost to Ciaran Whelan and Dawn Baldry who in turn lost in the Final to Steve Whiteley
and Shirley Carroll. New pairing Duncan Taylor / Jan Fuller are second seeds and Gary Young / Linda Roff and Ciaran Whelan / Dawn Baldry share the joint third berth.
As befits his top status in the Mens Singles David Cole is also the favourite in the Veterans Singles where Paul Davison is seeded to meet him in the Final. Alex Abbott and Duncan Taylor are the joint no three seeds with Colin Stallwood, George Reeves, Trevor Lloyd, Gary Young, Gary Cattermole, Glen Johnson, Wale Bada and Steve Whiteley all seeded to emerge as Group winners. Group six looks to be the pick of the bunch here. Gary Young does battle with Adrian Pitt and James Hicks.
David Cole looks set to have a very busy weekend and he is also top seed in the Over 50s Singles. This time Trevor Lloyd is seeded to meet him in the Final. With a playing record of 80 % in the first division and a victory over Cole to his name this Season Lloyd won’t be an easy “nut to crack”. George Reeves and Glen Johnson are the joint third seeds and Group Two stands out here. Trevor Lloyd faces Julie Johnson and Babul McLeod - the 2014 Chelmsford Over 50s Champion.
In the Over 60s Singles Ian Whiteside - the holder will face tough opposition from Glen Johnson, Steve Whiteley and Hamish Innes. Group three looks to be the pick of the bunch. Whiteley, Innes and Mike Johnston come face to face.
The Veterans Doubles is also very open. Alex Abbott / Paul Davison are favourites and are seeded to meet George Reeves and Duncan Taylor in the Final. Other pairings who should be in with a shout are Glen Johnson / Gary Young and Gary Cattermole / David Cole. Possible wild cards include Trevor Lloyd / Colin Stallwood and James Hicks / Adam Buxton.
Sam Hume is seeded to play Ryan Gooday in both the Under 21 Singles and Junior Boys Singles Finals and only Dan Berry who features in the Under 21 Singles looks remotely capable of halting their progress. Hume is also favourite to annexe the Junior Doubles title where he is paired with Connor Payne. Their opponents in the Final are expected to be Matthew Elliott / Nathan Fry. Connor Payne will also be looking to “strike Gold” in the Under 16 Singles where he is seeded to play Matthew Elliott in the Final. Toby Kelly carries the burden of
being the favourite in the Under 14 Singles where he is seeded to play Rio Teplizki in the Final.
Sunday’s play is dominated by the Divisional Singles events - and these are every bit as competitive as the Mens and Womens Singles. The Division Two Singles should be particularly hard fought. Adrian Pitt is the top seed and James Hicks is seeded no. two with Ryan Pitt and Lee McHugh the joint no. three seeds. McHugh will be tested in his group where he faces Ciaran Whelan and David Gatheral whilst James Hicks also faces tricky opposition first thing on the Sunday morning. He has to take on Robert Shrimpton and Victor Chan. Neil
Freeman and Ciaran Whelan are the top two seeds in the Division Three Singles whilst that billing goes to Roger Hance and Trevor Collin in the Division Four Singles. Pewist Osman and Mark Glenister are the top two seeds in the Division Five Singles.
Finals Night takes place this year on Monday 13 February 2017 at 19.30 hours at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Lawford Lane, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2NS.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued - 15 January 2017
Rawreth B notch up big win in division two
Division two of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League looks to be incredibly tight this year with a mere 12 points covering the top seven sides. OCs B are the new leaders by virtue of having played the most matches but it could be Rawreth B who are in fourth place but have three matches in hand who are best placed - as they only trail the leaders by seven points. Rawreth B were this week’s big winners and they defeated OCs C 9-1. Kim Shead and Paul Churn were both unbeaten. Danbury D fell back into second place after losing 7-3 to Liberal B. Adrian Pitt was the Liberal match winner with a hat-trick of successes which included a last gasp 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 3-11,12-10 victory over Chris Buer. This match was a marathon affair in which no single game was decided 3-0 and five games were decided in the fifth end. OCs B missed out 6-4
against a James Hicks inspired Galleywood A but they in turn beat Writtle Excalibur B 6-4. The OCs pairing of Stephen Northcott and Trevor Carter and Writtle’s Paul Sturton all won twice. Carter beat Sturton 11-3, 6-11,11-8, 9-11, 11-2 in the most widely fluctuating of five-end encounters. Danbury C ran out 7-3 winners over Chelmsford B. Peter Mynard was unbeaten for Danbury.
Maldon C were the week‘s big winners in division three and they excelled as they defeated Chelmsford D 9-1. Ciaran Whelan and Steve Scholz both bagged hat-tricks and it was left to Keith Martin to score Chelmsford’s sole win which he did with a 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 win over Colin Napper. Danbury H did very well to draw 5-5 with second placed Danbury E. Peter Hance hit top form with a very impressive hat-trick of wins. He beat Gordon Gatheral (11-9, 11-5, 11-6) and Tim Pulham (11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 4-11, 11-7) and finally Ken Sheard (8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 12-10). Danbury F ran out narrow 6-4 winners against OCs D. Dave Marsh and John Robinson won twice for Danbury whilst Mick Hayes picked up two wins for the Old Chelmfordians side. Dave Marsh fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of League Chairman Dave Porter narrowly 3-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8. Team-work was the order of the day as Chelmsford C beat Danbury G 6-4. Chelmsford’s Rob Shrimpton, Paul Nicol and Mark Allaway all won twice with Dan Anderson picking up two successes for the losers.
In division four second placed Danbury J fell back as they lost 6-4 to the third placed team - Chelmsford E. Richard Baxter was unbeaten for the Chelmsford side and he wrapped up his hat-trick with a very hard fought 12-14, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 win over Dave Goody. Danbury K (Eamon Hall, Dave Hancox and Kevin Willis) ran out 8-2 winners over Chelmsford F whilst the leaders Hatfield Peverel C pulled further clear by beating Danbury L 7-3. Trevor Collin annexed a hat-trick. It is looking good now for Hatfield Peverel C who lead the table by 10 points with a match in hand.
Pewist Osman retained his 100 % singles record in division five (he has 23 wins out of 23) although his hat-trick of wins couldn’t prevent Anglia Ruskin University losing 6-4 to Hatfield Peverel D. Osman had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Dan Patynski 6-11, 11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8. Martin Goddard was on top form for Highwood who beat Chelmsford H 6-4 whilst the match between Galleywood B and OCs G finished 5-5. Stuart Wintle was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians team whilst Stephen Peacock beat Mike Morecroft 11-8, 14-16, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 in the closest encounter of the evening.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
Press Report Issued - 8 January 2017
Top class display from Liberal‘s Adam Buxton
Occasionally a performance causes the whole of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League to take note. Adam Buxton’s superb trio of wins for Liberal A versus Danbury A in the first division certainly fell into that category and it must also be a contender for “Best Performance of the Season”. Buxton defeated Reece Seddon 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 and Keith Adams 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5 and finally Glen Johnson 6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-16 in a match that ended 5-5 - an excellent evening‘s work. The all-action Keith Adams in turn made his presence felt with a widely fluctuating five game win over Paul Davison (2-11, 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 11-6).
In division two Rawreth B have climbed into second place by beating Danbury C 8-2. Paul Churn was undefeated for Rawreth whilst Neil Want picked up two wins for Danbury C. This included an excellent 6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8 victory over Kim Shead. Danbury D stay top and it was Chris Buer who led the way as they beat Chelmsford B 8-2. Chris Buer beat Julie Johnston - Chelmsford’s best player 11-7, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9.
Hatfield Peverel B stay top in division three with Neil Freeman‘s hat-trick being instrumental as they beat Danbury E 6-4. Freeman beat David Gatheral - who won twice for Danbury E 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8. Chelmsford D did well to draw with the higher placed Danbury G. Dan Anderson won twice for Danbury G
whilst Jarek Pietraszuk and Keith Martin both picked up two wins for Chelmsford G.
Maldon D featured in two division four matches and Roger Hance was on top form winning all six singles as they drew 5-5 with Danbury J and lost 6-4 to Felsted RBL. Dave Goody provided Hance with his most severe test before he ran out a 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6 winner.
There has been plenty of Cup action over the Christmas period. Chelmsford (Ryan Gooday, Mark Allaway and Robert Shrimpton) impressed by beating Hatfield Peverel A 5-2 in the Open Cup. Mark Allaway scored two superb wins - beating Gary Ward (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10) and John Gagg (11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 13-11). Danbury A (Gary Young, Eric Green and Steve Whiteley) gave nothing away in beating Danbury B 5-0. Ace defender Eric Green again impressed as he defeated Peter Mynard 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7.
Mynard was in turn on the winning side in the Division two Cup. He led Danbury A to a 5-1 win over Danbury B. Sam Lowman made his mark for the B team by beating Glen Laing 13-11, 11-9, 11-2.
By virtue of their consistent displays in the League Hatfield Peverel A are going to take some stopping in the Division three Cup. Neil Freeman, Dave Fiddeman and Gareth Davies gave nothing away as they beat Maldon C 9-0. The match between Danbury A and Danbury C was a closer affair and Danbury A shaded it 5-3. David Gatheral won twice for the Danbury A side. Maldon B beat Chelmsford 5-3 in another closely fought match. Maldon won all three five enders with Colin Napper and Steve Scholz beating Victor Chan and Robert Shrimpton 12-10, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 in the opening doubles and Ciaran Whelan pipping Pauil Nicol 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10 in their singles encounter. Ciaran Whelan and Colin Napper got the better of Victor Chan and Robert Shrimpton 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the middle doubles. A close match could quite conceivably have been even closer.
The Division five Cup produced the two closest matches of the round. Writtle Excalibur A fought back from 4-3 down to pip OCs A 5-4. Nicola Pippen beat Vince Gurney 14-12, 11-5, 11-2 to level the scores and Keith Fitzjohn and Keith Pallett defeated Vince Gurney and Mike Morecroft 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 to seal the Writtle victory. The match between Highwood and Writtle Excalibur B was equally close - mainly due to the fine form of Highwood’s Francis Whitbread who beat both Frank Neill (11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8) and David Meah (12-10, 11-6, 11-7), With the scores poised at 4-4 Frank Neill and David Meah came up trumps by beating Martin Goddard and Russell Downton 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 to seal a very hard earned victory.
Buttsbury A are safely through to the next round of the Junior Knock Out Cup. Nathan Fry, Matthew Elliott and Alex Headley emerged as 5-3 winners over Chelmsford despite the fact that Chelmsford‘s Connor Payne remained undefeated. Payne beat Matthew Elliott 14-12, 10-12, 3-11, 11-8, 11-8 after a five game thriller.
In the Handicap Knock Out Cup OCs G (Tanishq Kotwal, Dave Bishop and Stuart Wintle) ran out 5-3 winners over Writtle Excalibur A whilst Chelmsford D (John Wickens, Robert Shrimpton and Martyn Hiskey) beat Danbury B 5-0. Writtle Excalibur B (Dave Moles, Steve Siggs and Alan Offord) are also through to the next round by beating Danbury C 5-3. Offord was the OCs match-winner on this occasion with a hat-trick and he sealed the victory by getting the better of Mo Hardy 22-10, 21-17. OCs A -Peter Windley, Frank Hodge and Nat Ravlic) did well to beat Danbury A 5-1. Five games were decided in the third end and OCs won four of them. Peter Windley and Frank Hodge both won twice. Hatfield Peverel B ran out 6-2 winners over Highwood. Dave Fiddeman and Neil Freeman were both undefeated on this occasion.
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League