Press Report Issued on 26 January 2020

Gary Young can't prevent defeat for Danbury A in Division 1

In the first division there was a defeat for second placed Danbury A who lost 6-4 to Chelmsford B. Gary Young was undefeated for Danbury A whilst Robert Shrimpton, Mark Allaway and Simon Jarvis all won twice for Chelmsford. Mark Allaway excelled, beating Steve Whiteley 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10. A strong Rawreth side ran out 8-2 winners against Liberal. Liam Squirrell and Charles Sweeny were both undefeated. Newcomer Steven Marr did well to beat Steve Pennell 11-6, 10-12, 13-11, 11-5 whilst Pennell pushed Liam Squirrell all the way before succumbing 11-6, 4-11, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11.    Galleywood A, reinforced with the inclusion of Peter Radford ran out 7-3 winners against Danbury B. Radford completed his hat-trick with a 10-12, 12-14, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 win over the improving Sam Lowman. Dan Anderson made his mark with a fine 11-6, 11-9, 2-11, 9-11, 12-10 victory over Peter Barrett.

A mere seven points separate the top five sides in division two. Danbury C fell back. They lost 6-4 to Chelmsford D who were bolstered by newcomer James Liddiard who won his three singles. Liddiard competed his hat-trick by beating Gus Heath 11-13, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4. He also beat Ian Whiteside 11-2, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11. OCs C did very well to draw with Maldon B – their best performance of the Season. Ciaran Whelan won his three singles for Maldon but OCs C produced a very good team performance to secure a draw. Charles Yeung beat both Colin Napper (7-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-5) and Steve Scholz (7-11, 11-5, 1-16, 12-14, 11-9). John Newman also impressed. He defeated Steve Scholz 7-11, 8-11, 11-4,11-6, 11-1. Gary Ward led Writtle C to a 7-3 win over Hatfield  Peverel A. Ward secured his hat-trick with a  hard-fought 11-9, 13-11, 2-11, 5-11, 11-7 win over Neil Freeman. Maldon C did well to beat the higher placed Danbury D. Jan Fuller and Thomas Page – two players who will be hoping to make their mark at the Tournament both scored hat-tricks. Jan Fuller beat Tony Forster 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 in the last game of the night. In the battle of the top two sides Writtle B shared the points with OCs B. Kevin Worthington was on “stand-out” form for the Old Chelmsfordians side. He powered home 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 against Gary Cattermole. In what looks to have been the pick of the night’s action Gary Cattermole edged it : 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9 against Trevor Carter.

Writtle D jumped into third place in division three, courtesy of their 9-1 win over OCs E. Dave Carter and Trevor Collin both bagged hat-tricks. They repeated the feat with a 9-1 victory against Danbury F. Newcomer Arron Chandler won his three singles. Terry Hyland did well to beat Dave Carter 11-6, 15-13, 11-8 for the losers.  OCs D are second and they won 8-2 against Danbury F. Mick Richardson and Dave Porter were both unbeaten. Porter did well to beat Dave Marsh 11-2, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9. Chelmsford E (Harry Buckle, Vineeth Kamma and Dave Parker) ran out 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel C – good going as Nick Duce was undefeated for the Hatfield Peverel team. Harry Buckle secured the Chelmsford E victory with an impressive 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 win over Guy McKenzie. Rob Kneale was unbeaten for Danbury J, who beat Danbury G 7-3. Maurice Hardy won the most widely fluctuating of five setters against Richard Allen 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-1, 15-13.   

Second placed Chelmsford H romped to a 10-0 win in division four against Chelmsford F. Andy Swales, Matthew Odiase and Sarah Austin were all undefeated, Matthew Odiase set Chelmsford on their way with a hard-fought 5-11, 13-11, 12-10,  11-9 win over Rev Matthews. Chelmsford G were almost as emphatic. Adi Kamma, Sudheep Kamma and Luke Richardson ran out 9-1 winners against OCs G. Galleywood C stay top and their leading player - the inform Charlie Craig (91 %) was again outstanding. He powered his way past Ian Hockley (78 %) – the best of the Writtle E players 11-4, 11-4, 11-7. Hockley made his mark with a 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 victory over Mark Glenister. Galleywood C ran out 7-3 winners.  Galleywood C also beat OCs F 6-4. Gary Copsey replaced Charlie Craig this time and he won his three singles. Robert Boultwood beat Aidan Noguchi 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening.   It was a good week for the Galleywood teams, and Galleywood B won 8-2. Bryn Thomas and Colin Blore were both undefeated against Maldon D.  Danbury K beat OCs F 7-3 in a match where Denis Balic and Alan Scammell both won their three singles.    

Highwood A were the week’s big winners in division five and their 10-0 win over Danbury L means they have drawn level with Highwood B on 97 points. Nicola Pippen, Melanie Bonnett and Keith Fitz-John carried before them. Keith Fitz-John was locked at 2-2 against Norman Hayes but he powered home in the fifth end to win 11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-1. Highwood B lost 3-7 to a very strong ARU Rhinos side. Nika Bozek and Takunda Nerutanga were both undefeated with Nika making it 18 wins out of 18 for the Season.  Chelmsford J produced a strong performance to beat Hatfield Peverel D 8-2. Rajesh Dewan and Craig Studley were both undefeated. Rajesh Dewan did well to beat Richard Drozd 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8. Hatfield Peverel D in turn ran out 7-3 winners against Hatfield Peverel E. Mick Carter led the way with a hat-trick. Phil West did well to beat Richard Drozd in five ends (8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7).   Hatfield Peverel also managed to win, and they beat Chelmsford K 6-4. Phil West scored a hat-trick and he beat Cristina Licuta (5-11, 11-8, 8-11,11-7, 11-4) to seal his third success of the night.

The Chelmsford Junior League has kicked off again with a separate mini-Season. Danbury Dragons moved straight into top place in Junior division 2A with a 5-0 win over Chelmsford Jaguars. Ben Porter and Jenson Davis were both undefeated. Expect them to do well at the Chelmsford Championships. Danbury Demons also made a winning start. Sam Mortimer-Ford led them to a 3-2 win over Chelmsford Pumas. Joachin Mapes prevailed in five ends against Finley Wheeler (11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8).

Chelmsford Leopards beat Chelmsford Rhinos 3-2 in Junior division 2B after Cleon Fernandes had beaten both Ben Chivers (8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5) and Alesha Ellis-Austin (11-8, 11-9, 11-4). Chelmsford Antelopes ran out 4-1 winners against Buttsbury Bats. The doubles looks to have been the pick of the action and George Bilbao / Todd Martin ran out 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6 winners against Ryan Beresford Cole and George Hagland.

Danbury Griffins (Elliot Gardiner and Dan Wise) are the early leaders in Junior division 2C. They beat Buttsbury Beavers 4-1 in a match which Dan Wise dominated. He beat George Standish (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) and Aidan Tucker (11-3, 11-6, 11-3). OCs Lions shaded a close match 3-2 against Writtle Dragons. Tom Bird was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians side and he sneaked home 6-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10 after five pulsating ends against Ollie Plaw.

Chelmsford Owls were “out of the blocks quickly” in Junior division 2D. Toby Hart and James Finlay carried all before them, beating Chelmsford Elephants 5-0. Toby Hart encountered stern resistance from Nathan Tew but he emerged as a five game winner (9-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5).  Danbury Devils ran out 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Tigers. Callum Caldwell was undefeated whilst Toby Hart did well to beat Dominic Kirk (9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-8) for the losers

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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Press Report - issued on 26  January 2020

Preview of Individual Championships - Eren Gozcu is the player to beat

It’s that time of the year again, The 2020 Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Individual Championships have attracted an impressive 126 entries and 53 of those players are Juniors.  Action kicks off at 19.00 hours on Friday evening (31 January 2020) at Hylands School, Chelmsford (Sherwood Drive entrance) and continues late into Saturday night (for a scheduled 21.40 hours finish) and all the way into Sunday evening. Admission is free and it is hoped that many former players will pop in over the weekend.

The blue riband event as always is the Mens Singles and the favourite this year is newcomer Eren Gozcu, the highest nationally ranked player in the field. 2018 Champion, ace defender Duncan Taylor is seeded second whilst the Maldon County Over 60s stars John Poysden and Trevor Lloyd are seeded third and fourth. Other players to look out for include the younger up and coming stars – James Denyer, Liam Squirrell, Reece Seddon and Daniel Young. Players who are also seeded to win their Groups include Babul McLeod, Charles Sweeny, Steve Kerns, Gary Young, Paul Davison and Eric Green. The trio of Lee McHugh, Simon Jarvis and Peter Barrett can consider themselves unlucky not to be seeded and will be out to prove a point. Notable absentees include last year’s Champion Ugur Saglik, 2012 and 2013 Champion Alex Abbott, four times Champion David Cole as well as Paul Lucas, Casey Cross, Sam Lowman and Terry Dowsett. This year the groups will only be made up of three players instead of four players in an attempt to shave two hours off a heavy playing schedule. Two players qualify from each Group. The composition of the groups invariably makes interesting reading and Groups one, two and eleven stand out. In Group one James Denyer faces Simon Webber and Dan Anderson whilst Group two pairs John Poysden, Ian Whiteside and Wudong Liu. Group 11 could be the pick of the action. Duncan Taylor is up against Lee McHugh and Victor Chan.

The Ladies Singles features four outstanding players. 22 times Champion Julie Johnson will be looking to add to her total and she faces stiff opposition from last year’s runner-up Jan Fuller, 2016 and 2017 Champion Dawn Baldry and newcomer Nika Bozek (who is undefeated in division five and looks to have several more gears at her disposal).

The Mens Doubles is often a pretty open event but last year’s Champions Reece Seddon / Liam Squirrell will be very hard to beat. John Poysden / Trevor Lloyd are seeded second.  Lee McHugh / Eren Gozcu and 2018 Champions Charles Sweeny / Duncan Taylor are the joint no. three seeds. Julie Johnson / Jan Fuller will be looking to win the Ladies Doubles for the fourth year in a row and their Final opponents should be 2015 Champions Dawn Baldry / Shirley Carroll. New pairing Julie Johnson / Gary Young are the top seeds in the Mixed Doubles and they are expected to face another new pairing Eren Gozcu / Nyree Marsh in the Final. Others to look out for include Liam Squirrell /Annabel Sweeney and Lee McHugh / Nika Bozek.

The Veterans events (Over 40 s Singles and Doubles) take place on Friday Night. Trevor Lloyd is top seed in the Over 40s Singles and he is due to play Duncan Taylor in the Final. John Poysden and Gary Young are seeded to reach the last four. Other seeds include Eric Green, Steve Kerns, Babul McLeod and Paul Davison. John Poysden / Trevor Lloyd are the top seeds in the Veterans Doubles and they are due to meet Gary Young / Paul Davison in the Final. The number of entrants in the Over 50 Singles – 22 is the same as in the Veterans Singles. Trevor Lloyd and John Poysden are the players to beat as well as 2014, 2017 and 2018 Champion Babul McLeod. The standard in the Over 60s Singles is very high with Trevor Lloyd, John Poysden, Eric Green and Babul McLeod all seeded to win their Groups.

The Finalists in the Under 21 Singles get to appear on Finals Night. Eren Gozcu is the favourite with Liam Squirrell seeded second. Group one should be very competitive. Daniel Young meets Nika Bozek and Thomas Page.

Daniel Young, an established member of the County Junior first team is a strong favourite to win the Junior Boys Singles with Thomas Page seeded to meet him in the Final. In a very competitive event Sudheep Kamma and James Donald are seeded to reach the Semi-Finals. The six other players who are seeded to win their Groups are Aidan Noguchi, Harry Buckle, Joshua Bickles, Sam Mortimer-Ford, Charlie Craig and Ben Porter.   Daniel Young is also the top seed in the Under 16 Singles, an event which has attracted a larger entry than the Junior Boys Singles. He is due to play the very promising James Donald in the Final with Sudheep Kamma and Joshua Bickles due to reach the Semi-Finals. The entry in the Under 14 Singles is also top class and this time James Donald is the favourite and he is seeded to meet Ben Porter in the Final. Joshua Bickles and Sudheep Kamma are again expected to contest the Semi-Finals. Others who are very capable of making their mark include Ben Porter, Harry Chivers, Jenson Davis, Oliver Cheung, Todd Martin and Charles Donald, The favourites in the Under 17 Doubles are Daniel Young / Aidan Noguchi with Charlie Craig / Harry Buckle seeded at no. two. Nyree Marsh / James Donald and Ben Porter / Sam Mortimer-Ford are expected to be contest the Semi-Finals. The Chelmsford Club have provided all the entries in the Junior Girls Singles and Essex Champion Nyree Marsh is due to play the player she beat in the Essex Final – Annabel Sweeney, again in the Final here.

Sunday’s play consists of the Divisional Singles and Handicap Singles and Doubles events. Ciaran Whelan is the top seed in the Division two Singles and he is seeded to meet Paul Sturton in the Final with Thomas Page and Gareth Joice expected to contest the Semi-Finals. David Gatheral is the favourite in the Division three Singles with Trevor Collin seeded second. This event is better supported than the Division two Singles and other potential Group winners include James Donald, Eamon Hall, Ken Sheard, Andy Hanlon, Ewan Hynd and Nick Duce. The Division four Singles is also well supported and this time James Donald starts as favourite. He is expected to play Andy Hanlon in the Final with Mark Glenister and Denis Crapnell due to reach the last four. Group two whets the appetite. Adi Kamma takes on Aidan Noguchi and Kevin Willis. Takunda Nerutanga is the player to beat in the Division five Singles and he is due to play newcomer Mike Lucey in the Final. Martin Goddard and Will Kwan are seeded to reach the Semi-Finals.    

Best of luck to all players taking part.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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Press Report - issued on 19  January 2020

Top class win for Lee McHugh

Third-placed Chelmsford A have utilised the services of 10 players this year in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Pleasingly they have given young improving players the chance to experience life in the top division. Chelmsford A turned out a strong side against Writtle A and won 8-2. Casey Cross won his three singles but Lee McHugh impressed for Writtle. In what was the pick of the night’s action McHugh beat James Denyer 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 2-11, 11-9 – a very good win in anyone’s book.  McHugh also lost to newcomer Bogdan Voitashyk 11-13, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11.  Voitashyk in turn had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Ryan Pitt 8-11, 8-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-9. A totally different Chelmsford A side beat a two player Liberal team 6-4. Andrew Huckson was undefeated for Liberal and this included a really hard fought 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 victory against the hugely promising Harry Buckle. Richard Jennings impressed by getting the better of Shirish Basant Rai 11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7. Writtle A fielded 2018 Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Duncan Taylor against Chelmsford C and they won 6-4. Taylor stayed undefeated and he received excellent support from Richard Storey who beat both Wiktor Delimat (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9) and Mike Johnston (7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4).  Chelmsford C in turn drew 5-5 with a two man OCs A team. Terry Dowsett held the OCs team together beating Rajeev Mehta (11-4, 11-6, 11-7), Wiktor Delimat (11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4) and Cristian Bernado (11-8, 11-9, 11-5). The inform Alex Abbott made it 33 wins out of 33 as Maldon A scored their twelfth win of the Season by beating Galleywood A 7-3. Peter Barrett prevailed 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 12-10 in a furious five setter against John Poysden.  Chelmsford B edged home 6-4 against Danbury B. The hard-hitting Simon Jarvis (67 %) remained undefeated and he powered home 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 against Sam Lowman (70 %). Lowman beat Robert Shrimpton in five ends (15-13, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11, 11-4).

OCs B were the big winners in division two. Kevin Worthington, Steve Northcott and Dave Cole ran out 10-0 winners over Maldon C. Brian Riedling put up a superb showing against Dave Cole before succumbing 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11. Maldon B did well to beat Chelmsford D 8-2.   Mervyn Perriman led the way with wins over Jarek Pietraszuk (11-8, 12-10, 11-5), Harry Buckle (11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5) and Rev Matthews (11-9, 11-8, 11-3). Jarek Pietraszuk scored a fine 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8 win Ciaran Whelan. Danbury D beat OCs C 7-3. Tim Cramphorn starred with three wins including a 11-8, 4-11, 11-2, 11-6 success over Gareth Joice.   

Division three produced two clear-cut wins. Leaders Danbury E saw off Chelmsford E 9-1 with David Gatheral and Tim Pulham both scoring hat-tricks. Chelmsford E had to wait until the last game of the night to get their name in the plus column. It was well worth the wait and Dave Parker scored a fine 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 win over Ken Sheard. Hatfield Peverel C were 8-2 winners against OCs E. Martin Archie and Nick Duce were both undefeated. Martin  Archie completed his hat-trick of wins  by defeating John Newman 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 8-11, 11-9 in  a really hard-fought “Grand finale” to the evening. The match between Danbury J and OCs D finished tied at 5-5. No one player stayed undefeated but no one went home empty handed either. Dave Goody earned Danbury a share of the points by beating Mick Hayes 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5 in a fluctuating last game of the evening. Dave Porter fought back from 2-1 down to get the better of Rob Kneale 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7.

Galleywood C are storming away with division four. They made it 12 wins out of 12 by beating Galleywood B 7-3. Charlie Craig was undefeated and when he faced Colin Blore he didn’t put a foot wrong, Craig powered home 11-7, 11-2, 11-2.  In his other two singles Blore showed how impressive this was. He beat Gary Copsey 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 and Mark Glenister 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 14-12. Chelmsford H are second and they beat OCs G 6-4. Andy Swales led the way with a hat-trick. He beat Robert Boultwood (11-8, 11-7, 11-4), Amanda Hogger (7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9) and David Bishop (9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9). Writtle E ran out 8-2 winners against Chelmsford F. Malcolm Storey and Ian  Hockley both bagged hat-tricks. Storey sent Writtle E on their way with a narrow 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8 win over Rev Matthews in the first game of the evening. OCs F stay third and they beat Maldon D 8-2. Richard Upson and  Farooq Ahmed were both undefeated. Farooq Ahmed secured his third win of the evening by beating Shirley Carroll 9-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5. Robert Boultwood prevailed in the closest game of the night : 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11 against Bryan Speller. The match between Chelmsford G and Danbury K finished tied at 5-5. Kevin Wilis was undefeated for Danbury K. He beat Jason Clark (11-6, 11-9, 11-8), Alex Tachuk (11-8, 11-7, 12-10) and Adi Kamma (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).

Highwood B have regained the lead in division five by one point. But Highwood A who have a match in hand are in the driving seat. Martin Goddard’s hat-trick gave them the ascendency against Danbury L who they beat 6-4. Paul Thirkettle did well for the losers.  He beat Russell Downton 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 and Frank Neill 11-13, 11-9, 12-14, 11-8, 11-5.  Buttsbury and Danbury L drew 5-5. 12 year-old Ollie Barrett’s hat-trick stood out. He won all three games in the fifth end. He beat Norman Hayes 8-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9 (a great advertisement for the Sport where two players with a 73 year age differential produce such a close game) and then Ken Wilding (13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-12). He completed a memorable evening with a 7-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8, 11-2 win over Anne Mills. Buttsbury beat ARU Rhinos 6-4. Tomas Krolikowski, Frances Hutt and Keith Cullen all won twice although they all missed out to Nika Bozek who retained her 100 % record. One strongly suspects that Nika may have a couple of gears left at her disposal !. Chelmsford J (Craig Studley, Will Kwan and Rajesh Dewan) ran out comfortable 9-1 winners against Maldon E. Brian Dixon impressed for Maldon by beating Will Kwan 12-10, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10. Maldon E also lost 8-2 to Hatfield Peverel D. Andy Whiley and Richard Drozd were both undefeated. Andy Whiley fought back from 2-1 down to get the better of Rob Sach 11-9, 12-14, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8. Chelmsford K ran out 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel F. Jacqui Smith and Matthew O’Diase were both undefeated. League stalwart  Alastair Brown fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Ray Booty 2-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4.     

Next week’s report will feature a detailed review of the Chelmsford Championships which take place over the weekend of Friday 31 January 2020 to Sunday 02 February 2020 at Hylands School.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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Press Report - issued on 12 January 2020

Two excellent wins for Simon Jarvis

Maldon A made it 11 wins out of 11 in the top division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League by beating Chelmsford B 8-2. Their leading player Alex Abbott enjoyed another unbeaten night to make it 30 singles wins out of 30.  The hard-hitting Simon Jarvis (63 %) excelled for the losers and he beat both Trevor Lloyd (5-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6) and John Poysden (12-10, 11-6, 12-10), Two very good wins. In an evenly contested division it is perhaps surprising to see Chelmsford B in bottom place and they will be keen to extricate themselves from this position. Second placed Danbury A trail Maldon a by 19 points and they took full advantage of the fact that OCs A were a player short  to win 9-1. Gary Young and Eric Green were both undefeated. Eric Green impressed by beating Dan Berry (11-8, 11-1, 11-8) and Terry Dowsett  (11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 12-10). Galleywood A fielded new signing Peter Radford against a two player Rawreth side and they took full advantage winning 8-2. Radford (currently ranked no four nationally at Over 70s level) was undefeated whilst Kim Shead did well for the Southend side. He beat James  Hicks (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7) and Peter Barrett (11-6, 13-11, 11-5) and he pushed Peter Radford to five ends before succumbing 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 12-10, 6-11. With a record of 75 % Rawreth will be looking to utillise the services of Kim Shead more.

Writtle B lead the way in division two with 65 points out of a possible 100. They scored their seventh win of what has been a really good campaign by defeating Hatfield Peverel A 7-3. Paul Sturton (92%) and Phil Smith (83 %) have both had the “bit between their teeth” this year and they were both unbeaten. Sturton impressed with a hat-trick of 3-0 wins. He beat Gareth Davies (11-5, 11-8, 11-2), Neil Freeman (13-11, 12-10, 12-10) and Guy McKenzie (11-7, 12-10, 11-3). Writtle C beat Maldon C 10-0. What sounds like a routine win was anything but. Writtle won all four five enders by two point margins in the decider. Dawn Baldry just couldn’t “get over the finishing line”. She missed out to Gary Ward (11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 9-11) and to John Parodi (11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-13). Brian Riedling had a real tussle with Dave Calleja before losing (11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11, 9-11). Danbury D beat Chelmsford D 6-4 courtesy of a Tim Cramphorn “full-house”.  Cramphorn beat Victor Chan – the best of the Chelmsford players 11-4, 14-12, 10-12, 11-6 whilst Victor Chan made his mark with wins over Tim Pulham (9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7) and Ken Sheard (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 – quite a battle this one !).      

Division three leaders Danbury E (79 points out of 100) are still undefeated and they made it 10 wins out of 10 by beating Hatfield Peverel C 6-4. Tim Pulham led the way with three wins whilst Nick Duce won twice for Danbury E.  He beat David Gatheral 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 for a stand-out victory. Gatheral defeated Martin Archie 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 in the last game of the night to seal the victory for Danbury E. Danbury  F (Dave Marsh, Keith Flowers  and John Robinson) were 8-2 winners against OCSs E. John Newman won twice for the Old Chelmsfordians side beating Dave Marsh (11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 5-11, 11-8) and John Robinson (11-6, 11-8, 11-8). Harry Buckle turned in a five star performance for Chelmsford E against Danbury H. The match finished tied at 5-5. Harry Buckle beat Ewan Hynd (9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11) and Eamon Hall (10-12, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 15-13). Two really hard fought wins. Writtle D came out on top – 6-4 against Danbury J. Dave Carter was undefeated and he beat Dave Powell 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10  in his toughest examination of the evening.

Ewan Hynd vs Harry Buckle Jan 2020

 

Ewan Hynd and Harry Buckle - two of the fast-improving younger players in the League - faced each other in the recent Division 3 match between Danbury H and Chelmsford E. Harry just came out on top 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11

Division four produced three 8-2 results this week. They were all the case of the higher placed team asserting themselves against lower placed sides. Maldon D with Tom Elder and Bryan Speller both staying undefeated beat Chelmsford G 8-2. Second-placed Chelmsford H led by James Donald dominated against Writtle E. James Donald beat Malcolm Storey (11-5, 11-4, 11-7), Neil Thompson (11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 14-12) and Dave Moles (11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3).  Third placed Danbury K also won 8-2, against OCs G. Denis Balic was undefeated. He sealed his trio of wins by beating David Bishop, the best of the OCs players 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 in the last game of the night. The match between Chelmsford F and Writtle F finished tied at 5-5 after five games were decided in the fifth end. Chelmsford  F excelled in the five setters, winning four of them. Revox Matthews sealed the draw for his side and remained undefeated by beating Ian Hockley 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 9-11, 11-9 in the last game of the night. Matthews had also fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of David Meah  9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 16-14, 11-6.

Highwood B stay top in division five and they beat OCs H 8-2. Frank Neill was undefeated whilst Suzanne Shaw impressed for the OCs team.  She beat Russell Downton (14-12, 11-8, 11-7) and Dave Cockrell (11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9). Chelmsford K ran out 6-4 winners Against ARU Rhinos. Newcomer Matthew Odiase was the difference here, and he looks strong at this level. He beat Jordan Corbett (11-5, 11-6, 11-7), Douglas Bawuah (11-9, 11-6, 11-7) and Steve Peacock (11-6, 11-5, 11-5). Highwood B are a clear second and they beat Chelmsford J 6-4. Martin Goddard led the way with a hat-trick and this included tight wins against Bruce Li (18-16, 10-12, 11-7, 14-12) and Will Kwan (10-12, 15-13, 11-6, 12-10).

Chelmsford players enjoyed a fair degree of success at the recent Essex Junior Closed Tournament played at the BATTS Club in Harlow.  Pride of place goes to Nyree Marsh who won the Under 18 Girls Singles beating Annabel Sweeney (11-4, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5) in the Final. Nyree beat Mabel Shute (Woodford Wells) 14-12, 11-6, 14-12 in her Semi-Final whilst Annabel defeated Emily Kidd (Southend) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 in the penultimate round. Nyree was pushed to beat another Chelmsford player- Melinda Abraham Victor 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 11-4 in their Group encounter.   There was further success for Nyree who won the Girls Under 18 Restricted Singles beating Melinda Abraham Victor 11-2, 13-11, 12-10 in the Final this time.

The experienced Daniel Young met his match in the Semi-Final of the Under 18 Boys Singles. He missed out over five high-class ends against Daniel Zeffie (Southend) 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11. Zeffie was beaten in the Final by Jaden Aulakh (Fusion) 11-8, 11-7, 11-3. Daniel Young had ended the hopes of Joshua Bickles 11-6. 11-1, 11-6 in the Quarter Final.

James Donald was Runner-Up in the Under 13 Boys category where he lost to outstanding prospect Maliha Baig (Woodford Wells) who had been allowed to play in the Boys event as a “special request”. The Final was fast and furious and it was Maliha who prevailed 7-11, 11-8,  9-11, 11-6, 11-2. James Donald beat Sudheep Kamma 11-8, 11-9, 11-18 in his Semi Final whilst Maliha beat another Woodford Wells player – Rees Cristina 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-8 in her Semi-Final.

Joshua Bickles and Vineeth Kamma both made it to the Semi-Finals of the Boys Under 18 Restricted Singles. They both lost to Colchester players with Toby McLewin going onto beat Bright Bedding 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 in a fiercely fought Final. Sudheep Kamma was a Quarter-Final loser in this event. He lost to Charlie Kauders-Boothby (Southend) 5-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 6-11.

Top seed and outstanding prospect Charles Donald was crowned Under 11 Open Singles Champion. He overcame Shrinand Vijaykrichnan (Southend) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11, 15-13 in an absolutely thrilling Semi Final and Evie Knaapen (again Southend)  11-9, 11-3, 11-8 in the Final. Evie beat Luv Goel 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-6 in the Semi-Final after Luv had beaten the seeded Scarlotte Mills (once again Southend) 11-13, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4.

Older players will remember ex Southend United FC Manager and player Steve Tilson, He was Chelmsford Table Tennis League Mens Doubles Champion in 1986 (with Dave Birkett) and in 1998 (with Reagan Nettleingham), as well as Chelmsford Mixed Doubles Champion in 1998 (with Sarah Davison) and perhaps most impressive of all - Essex Closed Mens Singles Champion in 1996.  Hullbridge Sports Club are putting on an “Evening with Steve Tilson” where he will talk about his experiences as a Southend player and Manager.  The event takes place on Saturday 15 February 2020 at Hullbridge Sports & Social Club at 19.30 hours. Tickets can be purchased from the Club bar or by contacting Lesley Pettifer on 07872 062735 or 01702 230420. Tickets cost £ 10 and sales have been very good.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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Press Report - issued on 4 January 2020

Dave Richardson undefeated for Danbury A

Second placed Danbury A made it seven wins out of 10 in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League with a solid 8-2 win over Danbury B. Danbury A have utilised the services of eight players and this time it was Dave Richardson who led the way with a hat-trick. Richardson (with a playing record of 71 %) faced Sam Lowman 70 % and it couldn’t have been closer. Richardson came out on top 15-13, 11-9, 11-9. Sam Lowman excelled in his other two singles with wins over Reece Seddon (11-9 11-7, 11-9) and Eric Green (11-9, 11-7, 11-6).  The match between Liberal and Chelmsford C finished all square. Liberal’s Paul Davison dominated with wins over Cris Bernardo (11-9, 11-6, 11-6), Mike Johnston (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9) and Harry Buckle (11-5, 11-7, 11-8).

Danbury C stay top in division two and they impressed with an excellent 8-2 win over third placed Maldon B. Gus Heath (76 %) and Ian Whiteside (79 %) both bagged hat-tricks and Steve Buer weighed in with two wins. Gus Heath downed the challenges of Colin Napper (11-6, 11-6, 11-7), Steve Scholz (12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5) and Mervyn Perriman (7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9). Bottom placed OCs C scored their first win of the Season – a convincing 8-2 victory over Writtle C. The addition of Steve Muth to their ranks made a big difference and Muth and Gareth Joice were both undefeated. Muth sailed through his three singles, beating John Gagg (11-6, 11-8, 11-5), Dave Calleja (11-2, 11-4, 11-7) and John Parodi (11-9, 11-7, 11-9).  If Muth and Joice play regularly expect this team to climb the table.  

Danbury J jumped above Danbury F in division three with a 7-3 win. Rob Kneale and Dave Goody both won their three singles. Dave Goody opened proceedings with a 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory over Keith Flowers. Chelmsford E came out on top 6-4 after a closely fought match against Danbury G. No one player stayed undefeated and the Chelmsford duo – Vineeth Kamma and Harry Buckle and Danbury’s Nicky Ford all won twice. Vineeth Kamma pipped Jenson Davis 7-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10 after five action packed ends.   

In division four the match between Writtle F and Writtle E finished tied at 5-5. Ian Hockley (80 %) was undefeated for Writtle F although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Dave Moles (9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9). Maldon D were 8-2 winners over OCs G. Denis Crapnell was undefeated.

Highwood A were held to a draw in division five by Hatfield Peverel D. Melanie Bonnett remained unbeaten whilst Keith Fitz-John was involved in two fiercely fought five enders.  He missed out against Richard Drozd 12-14, 10-12, 11-3, 14-12, 12-14 (quite a battle) but he beat Gary Simmons 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 16-14. Highwood B stay top and they beat Chelmsford J 6-4. Francis Whitbread and Martin Goddard won twice for Highwood whilst Will Kwan and Bruce Li both picked up two wins for the Chelmsford side. Will Kwan prevailed over five hard fought ends against Martin Goddard 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9. Danbury L emerged as 6-4 winners against Chelmsford K. Martin Knights, Norman Hayes and Ken Wilding all won twice but they all met their match in Jacqui Smith. In the last game of the evening Jacqui Smith sealed her hat-trick with a hard-fought 11-5, 11-7, 11-13, 10-12, 11-7 victory against Martin Knights.    

Buttsbury Bulldogs were in action twice in Junior division 1B. They lost 5-0 to Chelmsford Tigers. Todd Martin and Nikita Tkachuk were both unbeaten.  Todd Martin had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Joseph Hutt 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8.  However, they did well to beat Buttsbury Bears 3-2, good going as Ben Brown won both of his singles for the Bears. Oscar Hutt came through in five ends to beat George Standish 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6.

Buttsbury Bats (34 points) have been crowned Champions in Junior division 1C. They lost a hard fought match 4-1 to Buttsbury Beavers, missing out in both the games that were decided in the fifth end. Jacob Lawrence beat George Hagland 11-3, 11-13, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 and Leo Beadon beat Ryan Beresford Cole 13-11, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8. Buttsbury Bats made no mistake against Chelmsford Eagles winning 5-0. This time Ryan Beresford Cole and George Hagland carried all before them. Chelmsford Wildcats completed their programme with a 3-2 win over Chelmsford Eagles. Alesha Ellis Austin and Emilie Guilloux both won once to counter the two wins of Nikita Tkachuk. Buttsbury Beavers in turn finished their Season in second place after beating Chelmsford Antelopes 3-2 after what can only be described as a “Marathon match”. Four of the five games went to five ends. Jacob Lawrence won both of his singles. He beat Malachi O’Leary 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9 and George Bilbao 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6.      

OCs Lions (32 points) are the Junior division 1 D Champions by one point. With Vyoma Upadhyaya leading the way they beat both Chelmsford Elephants and Danbury Devils 3-2. Danbury Devils finished second by one point and in the last game of the Season when the two sides met it was the Devils who led 2-1. Vyoma Upadhyaya came to the rescue with a nervy 11-2, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 win over Ewan Sturrock and Upadhyaya and Tom Bird sealed the title with a very hard fought doubles win : 11-6, 11-9, 17-15 against Ewan Sturrock and Lotte Mills. Buttsbury Bees completed their fixtures by beating Buttsbury Badgers 4-1. Joseph Hutt came through in four ends to beat Ronnie Palmer 11-3, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3.

Three matches have taken place in the Handicap Knock Out Cup. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) have again won another closely contested encounter. This time they beat Chelmsford E 5-4. Five games went the distance and the much improved Takunda Nerutanga (playing off a handicap of 47) won his three singles. Nerutanga beat Harry Buckle (50) 21-14, 21-15, then crucially Vineeth Kamma (48) 19-21, 21-19, 23-21 and finally David Parker (53) 18-21, 21-8, 21-18. With Both Nerutanga and Weronika Bozek remaining undefeated in division five this team could be one to watch in this Competition. This team has returned to the League after a brief “hiatus” and their players – Takunda Nerutanga, Weronika Bozek and other regulars – Stephen Peacock and Jordan Corbett are clearly relishing the challenge. It is hoped that they may enter a second side next year, and that will be very welcome news to the League Committee. OCs H have also won 5-4, and they came back from 4-2 down to progress to the next round.  In what looks to have been a “turbo-charged” finish Mike Morecroft (29) beat Bryan Speller (51) 21-15, 21-13, then Josh Peasgood (24) beat Tom Elder (54) 21-4, 21-11 and Robert Boultwood (42) beat Denis Crapnell (48) 21-17, 21-10. A real turnaround after OCs had clearly looked to be struggling !.  Buttsbury ran out 5-3 winners against Chelmsford. James Donald (45) was unlucky to be on the losing side. He beat Jacob Lawrence (13) 19-21, 21-12, 21-14 in what looks to have been the pick of the action.

Writtle E are through to the next round in the Division four Knock Out Cup. They beat OCs F 5-0, a result that certainly flattered them as they won three successive five enders. What’s more they were 2-0 down all three times !.  Dave Moles beat Farooq Ahmed 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-9; Malcolm Storey defeated Richard Upson 9-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-8 and Alan Offord beat David Newman     7-11, 8-11, 15-13, 13-11, 11-8. OCs F must have been left wondering what they needed to do to win a game.   Writtle  F (Ian Hockley, David Meah and Colin Griffiths) are also through safely. They beat Highwood B 5-1.  Russell Downton was on target for the losers. He beat Colin Griffiths 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7.

Older players will remember ex Southend United FC Manager and player Steve Tilson, He was Chelmsford Table Tennis League Mens Doubles Champion in 1986 (with Dave Birkett) and in 1998 (with Reagan Nettleingham), as well as Chelmsford Mixed Doubles Champion in 1998 (with Sarah Davison) and perhaps most impressive of all - Essex Closed Mens Singles Champion in 1996.  Hullbridge Sports Club are putting on an “Evening with Steve Tilson” where he will talk about his experiences as a Southend player and Manager.  The event takes place on Saturday 15 February 2020 at Hullbridge Sports & Social Club at 19.30 hours. Tickets can be purchased from the Club bar or by contacting Lesley Pettifer on 07872 062735 or 01702 230420. Tickets cost £ 10 and sales have been very good.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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