Press Report Issued 25 November 2018

Another excellent performance from Daniel Young

Danbury B - without a win in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League turned in an excellent performance against third placed Rawreth and only missed out 6-4. This was largely down to their leading player - Daniel Young who won his three singles. Young scored three good wins beating Kim Shead (11-2, 13-11, 11-4), Reece Seddon (10-12, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8) and Charles Sweeney (4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8).  Maldon A continue to set the pace and they ran out 8-2 winners against Galleywood A. Maldon retain a six point lead. Maldon‘s Alex Abbott and Trevor Lloyd were both undefeated although the stand-out win here was Gary Brignall‘s superb 13-15, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5 victory over John Poysden. Chelmsford A remain the only realistic challengers to Maldon A and they also won 8-2. Wal Bada was undefeated and his trio of wins included a fine 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 win over Gary Young. However, Gary Young showed up well in his other two singles and he beat Casey Cross (11-4, 12-10, 11-6) and another newcomer Tulay Dundar (11-6, 11-9, 2-11, 11-7). Writtle A excelled by beating Hatfield Peverel A 10-0. With 2018 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Duncan Taylor in their line-up you would have expected Writtle to have the edge but the 10-0 scoreline was certainly unexpected. Matthew Brown opened proceedings with a fine 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 win over Julie Johnson and Writtle never looked back. Ryan Pitt was on inspired form racing to three 3-0 wins. He beat Alastair Piper 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 and then Julie Johnson 11-4, 11-5, 11-8. Pitt completed an outstanding evening‘s work by defeating Jan Fuller 11-7, 11-2, 11-8. Chelmsford B scored their third win of the season by getting the better of Writtle B 6-4 - good going as Gary Cattermole won his three singles for the Writtle side. Cattermole beat Simon Jarvis 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 after Jarvis had levelled at 2-2.

In division four it was honours even between Hatfield Peverel C and OCs G. Nick Duce was unbeaten for  the Hatfield Peverel side whereas John Newman won twice for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Adam Chalk beat Alastair Brown 11-7, 11-4, 5-11,11-13, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening.

Maldon E ran out 7-3 winners against Chelmsford H in division five. Denis Crapnell was undefeated for the Maldon side whilst Jamie Dowsett defeated Ross Wheeler 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening.

Chelmsford Pumas (James Donald and Joachim Mapes) were the week’s big winners in CLICK division 1A. They beat Buttsbury Bears (Aidan Tucker and Ben Brown) 5-0. Chelmsford Pumas also lost 3-2 to Chelmsford Jaguars. Annabel Sweeney beat both Saul Chivers (11-7, 11-7, 11-7) and Joachim Mapes (11-7, 11-6, 11-7).West Maldon recorded their third win of the Season. Noah Sage was pushed to four ends to beat Cleon Fernandez (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3).

The match in CLICK division 1B between Chelmsford Panthers and Buttsbury Badgers was a good one. Badgers won 3-2 but Chelmsford Panthers displayed excellent fighting spirit. Theo Griffiths beat Oscar Hutt 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 14-12 and Griffiths and George Spicer defeated Oscar Hutt and Harry Hutt in the doubles (4-11,13-11, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11). Harry Hutt was undefeated in his singles and has a record of 80 % (8 wins out of 10). Chelmsford Tigers move up to third after beating Chelmsford Rhinos 5-0. Louis Burnett set them on their way by beating Ben Chivers 10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 in a well contested opening encounter. Nicholas Grice also stayed undefeated. Chelmsford Tigers amassed another four points by beating Buttsbury Badgers 4-1. Josh Bickles retained his 100 % record (six wins out of six) with victories against Daven Muldal (11-6, 11-7, 11-7) and Max Samuels (11-9, 11-5, 11-8).  Buttsbury Badgers ran out 4-1 winners against Danbury Griffins. Harry Hutt dominated. He beat Callum Caldwell (11-8, 11-7, 11-9) and Finlay Bailey (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6).     

And yet another reminder - all players are reminded that the closing date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is 14 December 2018. Entries should be forwarded to Arthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex, CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to arthurcclark@btinternet.com will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the League’s Bank Account stated at the bottom of the entry form and the box is ticked. The entry form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the closing date. Late entries or entries without payment will not be accepted. So far very few entries have been received and it would be appreciated if players do not leave it until the eleventh hour to enter.

 

Press Report Issued 18 November 2018

Maldon A hit top form and Danbury A pay the price 

Maldon A are setting a very hot pace in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League and 69 points out of 80- eight wins out of eight is a fair indication of their level of dominance so far. You wouldn’t normally expect a Danbury A side containing Gary Young and Dave Richardson to lose 10-0 but that was their fate against Maldon A this week. Trevor Lloyd, Alex Abott and John Poysden were all on top form. Alex Abbott set the ball rolling with a 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 win over Dave Richardson in the first game and Maldon never let up. Chelmsford A (63 points) are Maldon’s only realistic challengers and they ran out 9-1 winners against Liberal A - their seventh win of the Season. Wal Bada and Ugur Saglik were both undefeated whilst Adam Buxton impressed for the losers. He scored a convincing 3-0 win over Casey Cross. The third and fourth placed teams both won. Terry Dowsett led OCs A to a 6-4 win over Danbury B. The big shock here was that Daniel Berry scored a superb 3-1 victory over Daniel Young. Chris Buer impressed for Danbury B beating both Daniel Berry (3-2) and Peter Windley (again 3-2). Rawreth A are fourth and they beat Galleywood A 7-3. Liam Squirrell and Bruce Kettle were both undefeated. Rawreth A also lost 4-6 to Danbury A after being a player short. Liam Squirrel was again unbeaten and with 12 wins out of 12 it is clear that he is a player to look out for. On the flip side this team have used 11 players in seven matches - and it is clear that they are unable to field a settled team even at this early stage of the Season.          

OCs B top the division two table with 57 points out of 80. However they didn’t have it all their own way in beating Maldon C 6-4. The hugely experienced John Holland - just one defeat in 21 games beat all three OCs players  - David Porter (3-0), Stephen Northcott (3-0) and Trevor Carter (3-1). Carter was involved in the best match of the night and he saw off Dawn Baldry - just - 11-5, 8-11,11-3, 6-11, 12-10. Chelmsford C suffered their first defeat of the Season. They lost 7-3 to second placed Maldon B. Waseem Quereshi hit top form for the Chelmsford side with three wins but Colin Napper, Hamish Innes and Ciaran Whelan all won twice to give Maldon the ascendancy. Maldon helped their cause considerably by winning all four five setters with Hamish Innes setting them on their way with a 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10 victory over Wiktor Delimat.  Sam Lowman is another player who continues to impress and he was unbeaten as Danbury D beat OCs C 7-3. Dan Anderson was involved in three close games. He beat Tom Barker (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9) and Charles Yeung (8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9) but he missed out against Frank Hodge (11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 10-12). The big-hitting Gary Ward is another very experienced performer at this level and he was undefeated for Writtle C against Danbury C. Unfortunately that was all Writtle were able to win as Danbury won the other seven games. Glen Laing prevailed in five ends against John Parodi (9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10). Hatfield Peverel B were indebted to Neil Freeman as they beat Danbury E 6-4. Freeman completed his hat-trick with a 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 win over Ken Sheard.       

Division three is very evenly matched and after eight rounds of matches OCs D and Chelmsford D are tied on 51 points.  OCs D fared better this week. Gareth Joice was unbeaten in their 7-3 win over Writtle D. David Porter completed proceedings with a 8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 14-12 victory over Bob Garson. Chelmsford D were held to a 5-5 draw by third placed Maldon D. Chelmsford D‘s Dave Parker was involved in two gruelling five enders. His match against Thomas Page looked very evenly poised after they had shared games (10-12, 10-12, 12-10, 14-12) but the fifth end was one-sided and Page raced away to win 11-2. Parker came back well to beat Mervyn Perriman (9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 16-14, 12-10) in his last game.   Nicky Reece-Ford impressed for Danbury G who drew 5-5 with Danbury H. He completed his hat-trick with a hard-fought five-end win over Eamon Hall (9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10). The “bubble burst” for  Mo Hardy - just one defeat up to this match - and he lost all three singles this time. Mo - always one to lighten the mood with a joke quipped that “the Away venue had led to his change in fortunes”.  Danbury F scored their second win of the Season by beating Writtle E 8-2. Richard Gardiner and Dave Marsh were both undefeated.  The comment on the scorecard is well worth repeating - Dave Marsh has high-lighted the fact that his 11-7, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7 win over Malcolm Storey was “revenge” for his loss in the Chelmsford Under 17 Boys Singles Championships Semi-Final ..… in 1969 !. A long time to wait !. Writtle E in turn did better against OCs F and Neil Thompson led them to a 7-3 success. Bob Francis won twice for the losers which included a narrow 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 win over Alan Offord. OCs F also tasted success. They beat OCs E 7-3. Ashton Parker led the way with three wins and Tanishq Kotwal won twice.  

With eight wins out of eight Danbury J (Rob Kneale / Dave Goody / Richard Allen) are comfortable leaders in division four. They beat Writtle F this week 6-4 although they all lost to David Meah who now has a record of 11 wins out of 12. Meah beat Richard Allen 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 in a well contested opening game and Rob Kneale 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 in his second singles. Undoubtedly seeing the ball “like a football” in his third singles he powered to a 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 win over Dave Goody.   Chelmsford E are second and they surged to a 8-2 win over Highwood A. Dusan Doszkoty and Martin Hiskey were both undefeated as they beat Highwood A 8-2. Hiskey prevailed against Melanie Bonnett by the unusual scoreline of 11-1, 10-12, 4-11, 11-2, 11-8. Chelmsford E relied on team-work to beat Chelmsford F 7-3.  Jon Dyson, James Donald and Dusan Doszkoty all won twice. James Donald fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Vineeth Kamma 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 13-11, 12-10. It was a similar story for Highwood B who beat Galleywood B 6-4. Frank Neill, Francis Whitbread and Martin Goddard all won twice to repel Colin Blore’s three wins for Galleywood B.

Galleywood C lead the way in division five and second-placed Chelmsford G were not able to close on them this week. Their match finished as a 5-5 draw. Mark Glenister and Aidan Noguchi won twice for Galleywood whilst Andy Swales and Sarah Austin picked up two wins for Chelmsford G. Sarah Austin excelled by beating Mark Glenister 11-8, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 whilst Glenister looked sharp as he disposed of Andy Swales 11-8, 11-4, 11-8. OCs H were 6-4 winners over Hatfield Peverel D - courtesy of a Stuart Wintle hat-trick whilst Hatfield Peverel E ran out 7-3 winners against Chelmsford J. John Kuhl, Kath Little and Phil West all won twice to counter Jacqui Smith’s trio of wins for the Chelmsford side.

All four results in CLICK division 1A produced clear-cut winners this week. The leaders - Danbury Dragons made it 26 points out of 30 by beating second-placed Chelmsford Cougars 4-1. Sam Mortimer-Ford was undefeated whilst Ben Porter came within “inches” of staying unbeaten as well. He only missed out to Sudheep Kamma 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 10-12. The other three matches produced 5-0 scorelines. Danbury Demons (Elliot Gardiner and Ewan Hynd) dominated against Buttsbury Bears whereas Chelmsford Cougars (Sudheep Kamma and Harry Chivers) impressed against Chelmsford Leopards. Danbury Dragons (Sam Mortimer-Ford and Connor Hall - on this occasion) didn’t drop a game in beating Chelmsford Jaguars.   

The leaders OCs Lions were a player short in CLICK division 1B. However, Josh Peasgood retained his 100 % record (12 wins out of 12) so they only lost to Chelmsford Wildcats 3-2. With Peasgood again “firing on all cylinders” they beat second-placed Chelmsford Rhinos 4-1. Dan Wise was on target for the losers with a 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 win over Tom Bird but he lost his 100 % record to Josh Peasgood who stormed home 11-2, 11-3, 11-8. Buttsbury Bulldogs ran out 4-1 winners against Danbury Griffins after Max Samuels had beaten both William Ratcliffe (11-6, 11-7, 11-8) and Finley Bailey (11-5, 11-9, 12-10). With Theo Griffiths winning his two singles Chelmsford Panthers were 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Wildcats. Georgina Riches beat Prayrak Gupta 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 for the losers.

Local players excelled at the VETTS Eastern Masters Tournament at Norwich over the weekend of 10/11 November 2018. Maldon A’s John Poysden had a fantastic weekend winning the Mens Over 60s Doubles with Scottish partner Peter Aird and he also pushed hard-hitting left-hander and top seed Phil Cawser (Yorkshire) all the way to 12-10 in the fifth end in the Mens Over 60s Singles. Lucy Wang (Galleywood) scored one of the biggest upsets of the Season. She won the Ladies Over 50s Singles beating top seed and England no. one Sue Collier (Berkshire) in the Final. Wow !.

And yet another reminder - all players are reminded that the Closing Date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is 14 December 2018. Entries should be forwarded to Arthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex, CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to arthurcclark@btinternet.com will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the Leagues Bank Account stated at the bottom of the Entry Form and the box is ticked. The Entry Form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the Closing Date. Late Entries or Entries without payment will not be accepted.

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

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Press Report Issued 11 November 2018

Liberal claim win over Chelmsford B in closely fought match

Liberal scored their third win of the Season in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. They beat Chelmsford B 8-2 after Adrian Pitt and Adam Buxton had both won their three singles. 8-2 doesn’t reflect the fact that six games were decided in the fifth end and Liberal won five of them. Steve Pennell prevailed against Rob Shrimpton 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 after falling behind. Chelmsford A stay second. They made it six wins out of seven by beating Galleywood A 9-1. Newcomers Ugur Saglik and Casey Cross were both undefeated and Saglik (the highest nationally ranked player in the League) looks to have a few “higher gears” at his disposal if he is called upon to use them. James Hicks excelled and he scored a superb win over 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford  Veterans Singles Champion Wal Bada (4-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9).  Maldon A stay top and they beat Danbury B 9-1. Trevor Lloyd and Alex Abbott were both undefeated whilst Daniel Young impressed for the losers. He beat John Poysden 5-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-9. Two matches ended as 5-5 draws. Terry Dowsett was “in charge” as OCs A drew with Writtle A whilst his son Scott won his three singles as Hatfield  Peverel A shared the points with Writtle B.  

OCs B top the table in division two and they beat third placed Maldon B 6-4 without their leading player - David Cole. Kevin Worthington won his three singles to give OCs the edge. Worthington beat Ciaran Whelan 9-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 11-8. Steve Scholz showed up well for the losers with excellent wins over Steve Northcott (11-7, 11-5, 11-9) and Trevor Carter (13-11, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9). Chelmsford C stay second and they made it seven wins out of seven by beating Danbury C 6-4. Waseem Qureshi won his three singles and this included a very hard fought 9-11, 9-11, 14-12, 13-11, 11-8 success against Glenn Laing. John Holland was unbeaten for Maldon C but it wasn‘t enough. They missed out against Danbury E 6-4. Ken Sheard and Tim Pulham won twice for Danbury E. However, Danbury E didn‘t fare so well against OCs C. They lost 7-3 after Frank Hodge had won his three singles. David Gatheral beat both Charles Yeung and Tom Barker for the losers. Danbury D produced their best performance of the Season and Sam Lowman was on top form as they beat Writtle C 8-2. Lowman’s hat-trick included a fine 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 win over Gary Ward.       

Division three is pretty evenly matched and Chelmsford D (46 points from seven games) lead the way by two points from OCs D. These two sides met and it was honours even. Jarek Pietraszuk was undefeated for Chelmsford and this included his 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 win over David Porter. OCs E lost 7-3 to Writtle D. This was a good effort from the Writtle side - Trevor Collin, Bob Garson and Dave Carter who all won twice.  In a “battle of the ages” Dave Carter used all his experience to come back from losing the first to ends to beat Luca Bailey 5-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9. Maldon D beat Danbury F 6-4 in a match where Thomas Page won his three singles. Page completed his hat-trick with a 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 win over Terry Hyland.  Danbury G won twice. Peter Hance won his three singles as they beat OCs E 7-3 whilst Mo Hardy bagged a hat-trick when they beat Writtle D 6-4. Mo Hardy defeated Trevor Collin 2-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 in a well contested  opening encounter.    

Danbury J (55 points from seven games and seven wins out of seven) have taken command in division four. With Dave Goody and Dave Powell both staying undefeated they ran out 9-1 winners against Chelmsford F. Adi Kamma was on target for Chelmsford and he beat Richard Allen by a last gasp 5-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10 margin. Chelmsford E (Jon Dyson / Martin Hiskey / Dusan Doszkoty) ran out 10-0 winners against Highwood B. It just wasn’t Highwood’s night and they lost three matches at deuce in the fifth. Jon Dyson beat Frank Neill 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 in the last game of the evening. OCs G beat Danbury K 7-3. David Bishop and newcomer John Newman were both undefeated. It was honours even between second-placed Hatfield Peverel C and third-placed Writtle F. Nick Duce retained his 100 % record in his second appearance of the Season. He beat Ian Hockley - the  best of the Writtle players 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6.

Galleywood C lead the way in division five with 55 points and Chelmsford G are second on 48 points. With Gary Copsey (14 wins out of 14) retaining his 100 % record Galleywood beat Chelmsford F 7-3. Luke Richardson beat Aidan Noguchi 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11 in the closest game of the evening. Chelmsford G ran out 9-1 winners against OCs H after Andy Swales and Sarah Austin had both won their threes singles. Suzanne Shaw made her mark for the losers with a quick-draw 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 victory over Ian Austin. Maldon E (with Gary Eames and Denis Crapnell remaining undefeated) were 8-2 winners over Chelmsford J. The battle of the no. threes was well contested and Kim Eames came out on top against Ray Booty 9-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9.  Hatfield Peverel D were narrow  6-4 winners over Hatfield Peverel E - good going as they trailed 3-1 at one stage. Andy Simmonds led the way with a hat-trick. Kath Little did well to beat Gary Simmons 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 15-13.

Chelmsford Jaguars were the week’s big winners in CLICK division 1 A. Melinda Abraham Victor and Nyree Marsh ran out 5-0 winners against Buttsbury Bears. Melinda Abraham Victor beat Ben Brown 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening. Chelmsford Pumas impressed by beating the higher placed West Maldon 4-1. James Donald win twice. He beat Noah Sage (11-9, 12-10, 11-8) and Oliver Wylie (11-3, 11-4, 11-9). Danbury Demons were also successful against West Maldon. Ewan Hynd beat both Noah Sage and Oliver Wylie as the Demons won 3-2.

Chelmsford Tigers moved into third spot in CLICK division 1B by beating Buttsbury Badgers 4-1. Josh Bickles won both of his singles. He beat Harry Hutt (11-8, 11-5, 12-10) and Oscar Hutt (11-6, 11-4, 11-5). Second placed Chelmsford Rhinos ran out 3-2 winners against Buttsbury Bulldogs. Daniel Wise led the way with wins over Daven Muldal (11-9, 11-9, 12-10) and George Standish (11-3, 11-6, 11-6).      

All players are reminded that the Closing Date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is 14 December 2018. Entries should be forwarded to Arthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex, CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to arthurcclark@btinternet.com will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the Leagues Bank Account stated at the bottom of the Entry Form and the box is ticked. The Entry Form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the Closing Date. Late Entries or Entries without payment will not be accepted.

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

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Press Report Issued 4 November 2018

Six wins out of six for Chelmsford C

Chelmsford C might just be the surprise act in division two of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. They made it six wins out of six by beating Danbury D 6-4. They displayed a “united front”  to beat Danbury D 6-4. Waseem Qureshi, Mike Johnston and Wictor Delimat all won twice. Delimat displayed top form as he beat Sam Lowman decisively 11-7, 11-4, 11-7. However OCs B remain very strong favourites to win this division despite having lost to Chelmsford C and David Cole and Kevin Worthington were both undefeated as they overcame Danbury C 8-2. Neil Want came out on top in a close encounter against Trevor Carter 11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 13-11. Maldon B are third and they also impressed this week, running out 8-2 winners against Hatfield Peverel B. Ciaran Whelan and Steve Scholz were both undefeated. Scholz came out on top against Dave Fiddeman by a last gasp 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9 margin. Writtle C led by Gary Ward (12 wins out of 15 to date) ran out 7-3 winners against OCs C. Ward found himself pegged back by Tom Barker before he triumphed 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6. 

There was only one scorecard from division one this week and it was Julie Johnson who dominated matters as Hatfield Peverel A lost 3-7 to Chelmsford B. She “opened her innings” with a hard-fought 6-11, 11-9, 11-4, 3-11, 11-8 win over Rob Shrimpton and she also beat Mark Allaway 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 and Victor Chan 7-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-9. An excellent evening’s work.

The evenly matched nature of division three was illustrated in the match between OCs D and Danbury F. Second placed OCs D raced into a 5-0 lead but Danbury F hit back well to win four of the second half games. League Chairman David Porter won his three singles to give OCs the ascendancy. There was also a first defeat for the leaders - Chelmsford D. Danbury H (Dave Hancox / Eamonn Hall / Allan Steel) all won twice as they won 6-4. Eamonn Hall‘s victory against Dave Parker can only be described as a “marathon”. It lasted 50 minutes and the fifth game took an incredible 25 minutes. Hall finally clinched victory 11-4, 9-11, 2-11, 11-8, 15-13. OCs E ran out decisive 8-2 winners against Writtle E. Richard Baxter and David Newman were both undefeated . It was Baxter’s first hat-trick of the Season and he had to pull out all the stops to get the better ofAlan Offord 11-4, 12-10, 15-17, 10-12, 11-8. Quite a battle !.  Maldon D (Tom Elder, Bryan Speller and Shirley Carroll) who are third beat OCs F 7-3. Ashton Parker was their stumbling block and he won his three singles three-straight.

The leaders Danbury J are looking good in division four with six wins out of six. Richard Allen won his three singles as they beat Highwood A 7-3. This included a really hard-fought 11-13, 11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10 success against Melanie Bonnett. Galleywood B were also clear-cut winners this week, beating Danbury K 8-2. Colin Blore and Gary Copsey were both undefeated. There was a second defeat for Hatfield Peverel C who lost 7-3 to Chelmsford F. The improving Adi Kamma won his three singles and he fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Keith Flowers 2-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. The match between Writtle F and OCs G finished tied at 5-5. Ian Hockley was unbeaten for Writtle and he completed his trio of wins by beating Sue Hickman 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6.

Galleywood C (five wins and one draw and 48 points out of 60) lead the way in division five and Gary Copsey retained his unbeaten record as they defeated OCs H 8-2. Aidan Noguchi beat Michael Lucey 11-9, 7-11, 3-11, 11-5, 12-10 in the closest match of the night. Chelmsford G (Ian Austin, Andy Swales and Sarah Austin) were all undefeated in their singles as they beat Hatfield Peverel E 9-1. But John Kuhl and Kath Little excelled to beat Ian and Sarah Austin 8-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-7 with a gritty doubles performance. Luke Richardson won his three singles as Chelmsford H beat Chelmsford J 8-2. Paul Bullock proved to be his trickiest opponent and he finally pulled through 11-7, 11-7, 12-14, 8-11, 11-8. Maldon E beat Hatfield Peverel D 7-3. Garry Eames and Denis Crapnell were both undefeated. There was little to separate Kym Eames and Richard Drozd and Richard finally pulled through 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9.

Danbury Dragons (Ben Porter and Sam Mortimer-Ford) lead the way in CLICK division 1A. They were both undefeated as they ran out 5-0 winners against Chelmsford Leopards. Danbury Demons were indebted to Ewan Hynd as they beat Chelmsford Cougars 3-2. He beat both Al Lane and Harry Chivers 3-0.

OCs Lions are second in CLICK division 1 B. Josh Peasford and Tom Bird gave nothing way as they brat Chelmsford Panthers 5-0. Danbury Griffins recorded their second win of the Season as they beat Chelmsford Wildcats 4-1.  Jenson Davis beat both Georgina Riches (11-4, 11-3, 14-16, 11-4) and Alesha Ellis-Austin (11-9, 11-4, 14-12).

All players are reminded that the Closing Date for entry to the M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Closed Tournament (which will be held over the weekend of 1, 2 & 3 February 2019), is 14 December 2018. Entries should be forwarded to Arthur Clark, 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex CM9 6RQ with the payment. Electronic entries to arthurcclark@btinternet.com will also be accepted provided that payment is made to the Leagues Bank Account stated at the bottom of the Entry Form and the box is ticked. The Entry Form is in the middle of your handbook. Please note that it was agreed at the AGM that entries will only be accepted if payment is made by the Closing Date. Late Entries or Entries without payment will not be accepted.

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

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