Press Report - Issued 29 November 2015

No change at the top - the leading two sides continue to set a very hot pace

The leading two sides continue to set a very hot pace in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League and this week the leaders Danbury A (Reece Seddon, Gary Young and Charles Sweeney) overcame Elmtree Excalibur A 10-0. Second-placed Bocking (Alan Burgess, Gary Cattermole and Rik James) beat Maldon A 9-1. Gary Cattermole impressed by beating both Hamish Innes (11-7, 12-10, 11-8) and John Poysden (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7).  OCs A remain in third place and they defeated OCs B 6-4 this week. John Cleasby stayed undefeated whilst Steve Northcott battled well to get the better of Terry Dowsett over five ends (5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7).  

In division two Chelmsford A are on a roll at present. They defeated Galleywood A 9-1 with Waseem Qureshi and Mike Johnston both bagging hat-tricks. The game that escaped their grasp was also a note-worthy win and Bryn Thomas scored a fine 12-10, 1-11, 11-4, 12-10 success over the inform Ryan Gooday.  Rawreth & Hulbridge’s Paul Churn won a hat-trick of singles as his side defeated OCs C 7-3. He had to pull all the stops out to get the better of Frank Hodge 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10.  

Maldon C were 6-4 winners over OCs E in division three. In a match where no single player remained undefeated Steve Scholz and Colin Napper both won twice for Maldon and Mick Hayes picked up two wins for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Sue Hickman beat Steve Scholz 10-12, 13-11, 11-7, 3-11, 13-11 in the closest game of the night. OCs E in turn beat Hatfield Peverel C 7-3. Their reserve Ashton Parker led the way with a hat-trick of victories. Further down the table Danbury F ran out 7-3 winners against Hatfield Peverel C. Herbie Smith and Dave Marsh were both undefeated. Dave Marsh gave Danbury F  a winning start to the evening with a last-gasp 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 victory over Dave Carter.

Leaders OCs F impressed in division four. Adrian North and Ashton Parker were both unbeaten as they saw off Hatfield Peverel D 9-1. Danbury H are in second place with a game in hand and they showed their intentions by beating Danbury K 8-2. Maurice Hardy (three wins), Norman Smith (two wins) and Ivan Chaplin (two wins) all played their part in this victory. Galleywood C ran out 7-3 winners over Chelmsford D courtesy of David Gatherall’s trio of wins whilst they also beat Elmtree Excalibur D 6-4.
David Gatherall won his three singles again to establish a record of 16 wins out of 21 - 76 %.

There were two close games in division five this week.  Danbury L beat the leaders Writtle 6-4 -Writtle’s first defeat of the Season. Roger Tiffin, Mick Robinson and Norman Hayes all won twice to counter Brian Steward’s hat-trick. Roger Tiffin sealed the Danbury victory by getting the better of Colin Griffiths 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 in the last game of the evening. OCs H and OCs G drew 5-5. Tejas Kotwal won two singles for the H side but he was trumped by Stuart Wintle who won his three singles for the G team.

OCs J did well to beat the higher placed Chelmsford H 3-2 in the CLICK League, good going as Chelmsford’s  Harry Matthews won his three singles. Adam Chalk and Harry Rogers both picked up one win and they beat Harry Matthews and Calum Day 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 in the deciding doubles.

The Open KO Cup match between Chelmsford A and Danbury A was a good one and Danbury A shaded it 5-4. Ryan Gooday was on top form and he blazed his way to two very good wins, beating Steve Whiteley (11-8, 11-7, 11-3) and Eric Green (11-2, 11-9, 11-7). Steve Whiteley kept Danbury in the hunt by beating Waseem Qureshi 13-11, 13-15, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9 after a real hum-dinger of a game and Eric Green and Ken Sheard sealed the victory by defeating Waseem Qureshi and Jarek Pietraszuk 12-10, 4-11, 12-10, 11-6 in the all important deciding doubles. Danbury B (Gary Young, Glenn Johnson and Chris Buer) ran out 5-2 winners over OCs A. Chris Buer secured Danbury’s passage into the next round by getting the better of John Cleasby 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7.  Terry Dowsett impressed for the Old Chelmsfordians team by beating Glenn Johnson 6-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9.    
 
All players are again reminded that the M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed tournament takes place over the weekend of Friday 29 to Sunday 31 January 2016 at Hylands School. The Closing date for entries is 18 December 2015 and as the draw will take place a day after the Closing date there will definitely not be any late entries allowed this Season. With events ranging from Under 14 Singles to Over 60s  Singles,  Divisional Singles for all the main Divisions as well as Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles there are events to cater for everyone.  It is hoped as many players enter as possible this year. Entries should be sent to the Competition Organiser - Arthur Clark as soon as possible.        

Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League
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Press Report - Issued 24 November 2015

Simon Webber causes one of the biggest upsets of the Season

The most eye-catching performance of the week in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League came from Elmtree Excalibur A’s hard-hitting left-hander Simon Webber who beat the 2012 and 2013 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion - Alex Abbott (Maldon A) 11-9, 8-11,  8-11,11-7, 11-9 - one of the best individual victories in the League this Season.  Webber however didn’t manage to complete his hat-trick of victories having earlier been dismissed 11-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11 by Hamish Innes. Elmtree Excalibur won this match 6-4, their first success of the Season. Elmtree were not so successful against Danbury C and slipped to a 6-4 defeat. Dave Richardson, who is looking increasingly comfortable back in the first division after spells in the lower divisions beat both Simon Webber and Scott Dowsett.  Danbury C had both Eric Green and Steve Whiteley undefeated as they beat Danbury B 8-2. Reserves Dan Anderson and Cameron Gray both beat Ken Sheard. At the top of the table Danbury A made it a startling 66 points out of 70 - the best record in the League by a considerable margin - as they beat OCs B 10-0. Gary Young (15 wins out of 15),
Ben Warner (16 wins out of 17) and newcomer Reece Seddon all won their three games. Seddon represents the eighth different player to turn out for this team to date. Danbury’s first-half clash with Bocking A on Tuesday 01 December 2015 will have a considerable say in the outcome of the League this year. 

Hatfield Peverel B were convincing 9-1 winners over Hatfield Peverel A in division two. Gary Ward (three wins), John Gagg (three wins) and Peter Brownlow (two wins) dominated this particular match. Danbury D (Matthew Brown, Steve Buer and Chris Buer) stay in third place. They beat Danbury E 6-4 although none of their trio of players were able to get the better of Chris Hancox. Rawreth & Hullbridge ran out 6-4 winners against Elmtee Excalibur B. Paul Churn turned in an unbeaten performance for Elmtree Excalibur which included recording a fine 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 victory over Lee McHugh.

Danbury G stay top in division three but their lead of 11 points disguises the fact that they have played three matches more than their nearest opponents - Elmtree Excalibur C. This week they drew with OCs D for whom Nat Ravlic won his three singles. Dan Anderson and George Ashley both picked up two wins for the Danbury G team. Chelmsford C ran out 6-4 winners against Maldon B. Victor Chan impressed with an excellent trio of wins over Tom Elder, Ev Lucas and Dawn Baldry.

The division four match between Chelmsford E and Elmtree Excalibur D finished level at 5-5. Karl Baldwin made his debut for Chelmsford and stayed undefeated. He completed his hat-trick by getting the better of Dave Moles 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 18-16 - the closest match of the week.

In division five OCs G ran out 6-4 winners against Elmtree Excalibur E. David Bishop won his three singles for
the Old Chelmsfordians side.  

Buttsbury A (24 points out of 30) look to be the most likely winners of the CLICK League. This week they beat BNCA 5-0. Tom Picton and James Hughes both won their three singles. Chelmsford H were indebted to Harrison Matthews as they beat Buttsbury B 3-2. He beat George Cobley 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 and Alex Headley 11-8, 11-9, 11-8. Chelmsford H in turn missed out 4-1 against Chelmsford J. Conner Payne won twice for Chelmsford J and James Penkman defeated Peter Davenport 3-0.   

All players are reminded that the M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed tournament takes place over the weekend of Friday 29 to Sunday 31 January 2016 at Hylands School. The Closing date for entries is 18 December 2015 and as the draw will take place a day after the Closing date there will definitely not be any late entries allowed this Season. With events ranging from Under 14 Singles to Over 60s Singles,  Divisional Singles for all the main Divisions as well as Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles there are events to cater for everyone.  It is hoped as many players enter as possible this year. Entries should be sent to the Competition Organiser - Arthur Clark as soon as possible.       

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

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Press Report - Issued 17 November 2015

Danbury A and Bocking continue to set a very hot pace

Leaders Danbury A are setting a hot pace in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis
League with 56 points out of a possible 60 but this week it was second placed Bocking (49 points out of 60) who notched up a 10-0 win,  whereas Danbury A had to make do with a 9-1 success against Galleywood A. Keiran Lally, Rik James (in his first appearance of the Season) and Sam Hume were all undefeated as
Bocking breezed past Danbury B. Gary Young (12 wins out of 12) and Charles Sweeney - another player making  his first appearance of the Season were both undefeated for Danbury A. Charles Sweeney  scored his first-ever win over Steve Kerns (7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9) in the process.

Chelmsford A are the new leaders in division two despite losing 6-4 to second-placed Danbury D. Lewis
Ewers, made his first appearance of the Season and his hat-trick swung the match in the Danbury side’s direction. Chelmsford A redeemed themselves against Danbury E by winning 7-3. Waseem Qureshi and Ryan Gooday both won their three singles. In a classic game of defence versus attack Qureshi had to pull out all
the stops to get the better of Tony Forster 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Division three leaders Danbury G suffered their second set-back of the Season, losing 7-3 to Chelmsford C despite the fact that Dan Richardson remained undefeated. Bob Francis, Victor Chan and Paul Nicol all won twice for the Chelmsford side. Elmtree Excalibur C are second with 43 points out of 60 and they beat Maldon B 8-2. Phil Smith (12 wins out of 12) and Louis Brown (eight wins out of 12) were both undefeated. Rod Maclennan picked up one win for the Elmtree side - a hard fought 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 success against Brian Riedling. Chelmsford B hit top form against OCs E and raced to a 10-0 win. Rob Shrimpton, Mick Richardson and Ali Piper were all unbeaten for the Chelmsford team. Bottom side Danbury F made a good showing against Maldon C and just succumbed 6-4. Danbury’s Dave Marsh scored a fine hat-trick of wins over 
Ciaran Whelan, Mervyn Perriman and Colin Napper.

Danbury teams occupy the top three places in division four and Danbury J lead the way. Team-work in the
shape of two wins for each of Dave Goody, Rob Kneale and Dave Powell enabled them to beat Galleywood C 7-3. Mohammed Mohseni won twice for the Galleywood team which included a very hard-fought 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 victory against Dave Goody. Danbury J also drew 5-5 with OCs F. Dave Goody was
undefeated on this occasion. Danbury K slipped back to third after losing 8-2 to Chelmsford F. Richard Baxter and Richard Upson both won their three games and Mike Pitt picked up one win. Chelmsford D scored their second win of the Season by beating Hatfield Peverel A 8-2. Jared Pietrasuk and Jason Clark were
both undefeated. Jared Pietrasuk had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Braintree League stalwart Alistair Brown 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 in the final game of the evening.

Writtle with six wins from their six matches top the table in division five and this week they beat Highwood 7-3. Brian Steward (three wins), Colin Griffith (two wins) and Andy Fox (two wins) came out on top. OCs H moved into second place by defeating Chelmsford F 9-1. Lawrence Bartlett, Tejas Kotwal and Tanishq Kotwal dominated the match although Jake Whybro showed up well by beating Lawrence Bartlett 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 12-
10. Maldon D just came out on top 6-4 against Galleywood D in a match where Shirley Carroll and Roger Hance both won their three singles. Galleywood’s Mark Glenister suffered his first defeats of the season in the process.  Maldon D also came out on top by an 8-2 margin against Hatfield Peverel E. Shirley Carroll was again undefeated and this time she was well supported by Clive Forster.

Buttsbury A are the early leaders in the CLICK League and James Hughes and Tom Picton gave nothing away as they beat Buttsbury B 5-0. With James Hughes staying undefeated they also beat Chelmsford H 4-1. Chelmsford’s Harrison Matthews came out on top against Tom Picton 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening.

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

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Press Report - Issued 9 November 2015

Danbury A overpower OCs A 9-1

OCs A who had briefly moved in to the top spot in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League were the recipients of a heavy 9-1 defeat by Danbury A who also have two matches in hand on them. Ben Warner and Minda Sinkus were both undefeated. For the losers Terry Dowsett made his mark by  beating Glenn Johnson 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 whilst Johnson beat John Cleasby - just - 9-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-4, 14-12. Bocking are very much in contention for top honours and they ran out 8-2 winners over Danbury C. Dave Cole retained his unbeaten record for the Season but it was touch and go against an impressive Steve Whiteley who only succumbed 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11. Dave Richardson who has also shown good form on his return to the top division beat free-flowing leading Essex Junior Sam Hume in four ends - an excellent win. Maldon A ran out 7-3 winners against a two-player Galleywood A. Alex Abbott was a class apart and he beat John Holland (11-9, 11-7, 11-4) and he thrashed Steve Kerns (11-5, 11-5, 11-3).

The division two match between Hatfield Peverel B and OCs C was a good one and fittingly ended as a 5-5 draw. Six games were decided in the fifth end. Gary Ward won his three singles whilst Frank Hodge and Daniel Berry both won twice for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Ward had to use all his experience to get the better of
Peter Windley 13-15, 11-9, 14-12, 5-11, 11-9. Danbury D (Chris Buer, Matthew Brown and Steve Buer) ran out 8-2 winners against Hatfield Peverel A. Steve Buer had to pull out all the stops to see off Guy McKenzie 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12.

Division three leaders Danbury G made it six wins out of seven by beating Hatfield Peverel E 8-2. Dan Anderson led the way with three wins and team-mates George Ashley and Dan Richardson both won twice. George Ashley completed the proceedings by getting the better of Dave Carter 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11 in  a very tight last game of the evening. Chelmsford C ran out 7-3 winners over the higher-placed OCs D. Bob Francis was the difference between the two sides and he beat Nat Ravlic (3-0), Tom Barker (3-2) and
Charlie Mariner (3-0).

Leaders Danbury H have a lot of experience and it is starting to show in division four. Ivan Chaplin (two wins), Nicky Reece-Ford (three wins) and Mo Hardy (three wins) breezed past  Chelmsford E 9-1. Richard
Upson came up trumps against Ivan Chaplin 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.

OCs H (Lawrence Bartlett, Ashton Parker and Tanishq Kotwal) impressed in division five and ran out 8-2 winners against the higher-placed Hatfield Peverel E. Bartlett’s widely fluctuating five-set  win (10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 18-16) over Peter Mortensen gave the Old Chelmfordians side the ascendancy and they never looked back. Kevin Barber shone as Highwood beat Chelmsford G 6-4. He completed his hat-trick of wins by getting the better of Michael Whelpdale 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 to seal a 6-4 victory for his side.   

All players are reminded that the M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed tournament takes place over the weekend of Friday 29 to Sunday 31 January 2016 at Hylands School. The Closing date for entries is 18 December 2015 and as the draw will take place a day after the Closing date there will definitely not be any late entries allowed this Season. With events ranging from Under 14 Singles to Over 60s  Singles,  Divisional Singles for all the main Divisions as well as Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles there are events to cater for everyone.  It is hoped as many players enter as possible this year. Entries should be sent to the Competition Organiser - Arthur Clark as soon as possible

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

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Press Report - Issued 2 November 2015

Three good wins for Daniel Berry instrumental in OCs C climbing up the table

OCs C moved off the bottom of the second division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League with two good results. Daniel Berry was undefeated as they beat Danbury E 7-3. Berry completed his hat-trick by getting the better of Tony Forster 14-12. 11-6, 3-11, 7-11, 11-4 in the last game of the evening.  OCs C also drew against Galleywood B.  James Hicks (nine wins out  of 12 to date) won his three singles for Galleywood and this included a well earned 11-8, 3-11, 11-4, 11-4 success against Daniel Berry.

Chelmsford C drew 5-5 with Elmtree Excalibur C in division three. Mark Allaway took top billing in a match where Paul Sturton suffered his first defeats of the Season.  Sturton lost in five ends to both Calvin Harvey and Mark Allaway.  Bib Francis had  a real tussle with Louis Brown with Brown eventually prevailing 5-11, 11-3, 11-6, 13-15, 11-9.  

In division four Galleywood C ran out 6-4 winners against early leaders – Danbury K. In what was a well contested match David Gatherall defeated Alan Dadswell 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8 in a hard-fought opening encounter.  

Danbury L turned in a top-notch performance in division five to beat Highwood 9-1 after a match which was far closer than the scoreline suggests.  Norman Hayes (two wins), Roger  Tiffin (three wins) and Mick Robinson (three wins) all played their part in a match where five games were decided in the fifth set.  Mick Robinson defeated Martin Goddard 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10 after a widely fluctuating encounter. Teamwork saw Chelmsford G through to a 7-3 win over  OCs G.  John Wickins, Michael Whelpdale and Steven Chambers all won twice although they all missed out against an impressive David Bishop.

There appears to be a distinct shortage of first division participation in this year’s Handicap Knock-Out Cup.  Ace-defender Glen Laing (Danbury B) is the only first division player to take part so far.  Players who caught the eye in round one included Daniel Berry who won his three singles as OCs A beat Chelmsford B 5-3 and Martin Goddard whose hat-trick enabled Highwood to beat Hatfield Peverel E 6-3. Hatfield Peverel B (Peter Brownlow, John Gagg and Gary Ward) were impressive 5-1 winners against Hatfield Peverel C  whilst Chelmsford C (Paul Nicol, Victor Chan and Jason Clark) defeated Danbury F 5-0. The afore-mentioned Glen Laing, playing for Danbury C was joined by Steve Buer and Ivan Chaplin and they ran out 5-2 winners against Elmtree Excalibur D.

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

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