Press Report Issued 29 October 2017

Close victory for Tom Barker inspires OCs C to clear-cut victory

The Handicap Knock Out Cup should theoretically give all sides an equal chance of winning and not surprisingly it remains the best supported of the Cup Competitions run by the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Games are still played up to the traditional 21 points as it is easier to calculate the Individual Handicaps using a “wider range” of points.

OCs C are through to the second round. Tom Barker (playing off a handicap of 61) clearly gave his team a big lift in their match against Chelmsford D by beating Connor Payne (58) 17-21, 21-18, 23-21 in the opening encounter and Chelmsford never really recovered. Peter Windley (66) and Chris Jacob (70) were also on target as OCs C ran out 5-0 winners. The division five line-up of Chelmsford - Steven Chambers (49), Michael Whelpdale (47) and Martin Hiskey (47) did well to beat Danbury A 5-3. Whelpdale played his part with a hard-fought 21-10, 20-22, 21-19 victory over Cameron Gray (63). Martin Hiskey sealed the Chelmsford victory by beating Dan Anderson (64) 21-18, 21-18.  Chelmsford H are also safely through to the next round. Ian Austin (48), Jacqui Smith (46) and Harry Buckle (43) defeated Danbury C 5-3. Ian Austin played his part with a last gasp 18-21, 22-20, 22-20 success against Nicky Ford (55). Ford had earlier fought back to beat Harry Buckle after suffering a heavy first game set-back. Ford eventually pulled through 11-21, 22-10, 21-18. Division two stalwarts Hatfield Peverel - represented by John Parodi - 64, Gary Ward - 68 and John Gagg - 66 usually do well in this Competition. They showed their usual “savvy” by beating Danbury B 5-2. John Parodi had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Herbie Smith (61) 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 whilst Gary Ward secured the Peverel victory by defeating Herbie Smith 22-20, 21-17. Chelmsford J from division five are also through to the next round. Jamie Dowsett (45), Peter Davenport (45) and Ray Booty (42) defeated OCs  A 5-3. Jamie Dowsett scored the all-important fifth win, beating Mick Hayes (61) 21-17, 17-21, 21-18.

There was success for Chelmsford players - Jan Fuller and Julie Johnson at the recent VETTS Midlands Masters Tournament at Tipton. Jan and Julie won the Over 50s Ladies Doubles. They captured the title by beating Christine Burke (Northumberland) and Christina Wright (Notts) 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 in the Final. Peter Radford, an integral part of the Galleywood first team squad a couple of years ago continued his good form at National level in the Over 70s age category and he annexed the Over 70s Singles title with a 11-2, 13-11, 11-9 Final win over Nat Richardson (Oxfordshire).

The division three match between Writtle Excalibur B and Danbury F resulted in a hard-fought 5-5 draw. Danbury F will probably be the more satisfied with the result as they won all three five enders. Writtle’s Lin Roff was on the losing side all three times although she battled back well to beat Herbie Smith 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. Tony Forster beat Lin Roff 3-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 and Dave Marsh defeated Lin 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 3-11, 12-10. The Danbury pairing of Forster and Marsh also prevailed in the Doubles beating Lin and Louis Brown after a hugely fluctuating encounter 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-1.

Chelmsford Leopards made it four wins out of four in Division 1B of the CLICK League. Harry Buckle and James Donald  were 4-1 winners over Butsbury Beavers. Buckle and Donald won all  four singles but missed out 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11 to Aidan Tucker and Alexei Antoniou  in a well contested doubles encounter. Chelmsford Tigers scored their first win of the Season. Louis Burnett and Ryan Armstrong defeated Buttsbury Badgers 4-1. Ryan Armstong was undefeated. He beat both Alexei Antoniou 16-18, 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 and Aidan Tucker 12-14, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3. Galleywood D moved into second place. Vineeth Kamma and Charlie Craig gave nothing away as they disposed of Chelmsford Jaguars 5-0.  

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

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Press Report Issued 22 October 2017

Danbury A the leaders after week four in the Chelmsford & DTTL


Danbury A (26 points from four matches) and Chelmsford A (21 points from three matches) are the early leaders in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Danbury A were greatly indebted to Gary Young as they drew 5-5 with Galleywood A. Gary Brignall and Lucy Wang both picked up two wins for Galleywood with Brignall doing well to get the better of Eric Green 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8.  Danbury A were without Gary Young against Liberal A and they did well to win 6-4. Peter Mynard, Eric Green and Steve Whiteley all won twice to counter Paul Davison’s hat-trick for the Liberal side. Steve Whiteley defeated Adam Buxton 4-11, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening. Maldon A were the week‘s big winners. Trevor Lloyd and John Poysden were both undefeated in their 9-1 win over Galleywood A. Gary Brignall showed up well for the losers again and he scored a superb 6-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 win over Colin Stallwood. Chelmsford A ran out 8-2 winners over Rawreth A. Eddie Ogbebor and Ryan Gooday both bagged hat-tricks. Rayan Gooday impressed by beating Mike Hayes 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7.

Writtle Excalibur A lead the way in division two. Ryan Pitt, Lee McHugh and Matthew Brown all won twice against Chelmsford C although they were all beaten by the inform Julie Johnson. Julie scored a superb trio of wins, beating Lee McHugh (11-3, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7) and then  Matthew Brown decisively (11-7, 11-7, 11-7) and finally Ryan Pitt (6-11, 1-19, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6). An excellent evening‘s work. Danbury C are second although they were held to a draw by OCs C. Daniel Young and Chris Buer both won twice for Danbury whilst Peter Windley picked up two wins for the OCs side. Windley impressed by beating Chris Buer 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 although he missed out to Daniel Young (11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 7-11). There were two sets of 9-1 winners this week. Danbury B (Neil Want, Glenn Laing and David Gatheral) beat Liberal C. Richard Jennings was on target for the losers with his 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 13-11 victory over David Gatheral. Chelmsford B (Mark Allaway, Rob Shrimpton and Wiktor Delimat) were equally convincing against OCs B. Reserve David Porter showed up best for the Old Chelmsfordians side by beating Wiktor Delimat in five ends (11-6, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7). The match between Hatfield Peverel A and Danbury D was evenly fought and Hatfield Peverel shaded it 6-4. Peverel’s Dave Calleja did well to beat Sam Lowman 11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7.

Maldon B and Hatfield Peverel B are tied on 30 points at the top of division three. They both won 9-1 this week. Maldon’s Ciaran Whelan and Hamish Innes both won their three singles as they powered home against Maldon C. Hamish Innes finally pulled clear of Dawn Baldry in the fifth end to seal a 9-11, 10-12, 13-11, 12-10, 11-6 win. Hatfield Peverel B were equally convincing against Danbury E. Dave Fiddeman and Gareth Davies both scored hat-tricks. Tim Pulham impressed for the losers with his fine 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory  against Neil Freemen. OCs D ran out 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel C although it was Peverel’s Trevor Collin who won his three singles. Collin looked to be in big trouble against Mick Richardson but he turned things round completely to storm home to a 10-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 victory. Chelmsford E (Keith Martin, Richard Baxter and Connor Payne) were 8-2 winners against Chelmsford D. Martin and Baxter were both undefeated.

OCs E (31 points) are clear leaders in division four - five points ahead of Danbury G. Nat Ravlic led OCs E to a 7-3 win over Maldon D. Ravlic beat Mervyn Perriman 11-2, 12-10, 11-9 and Shirley Carroll 11-9, 11-6, 14-16, 11-6 and he completed his hat-trick with a  10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory over newcomer Gerry Eames. OCs F were 6-4 winners against Writtle Excalibur C. Terry Dowsett and Farooq Ahmed both won their three singles for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Writtle’s Dave Moles beat Russell Hall 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening. Mo Hardy was on top form as Danbury G defeated Danbury J 7-3. It was a vintage display from former League Press Officer - Hardy who beat Kevin Willis (9-11, 15-13, 18-16, 11-8) and Eamon Hall (11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8) and finally Dave Hancox (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7).

Highwood A made it four wins out of four in division  five. Francis Whitbread and Martin Goddard both picked up “maximums“ against Chelmsford J- who they beat 8-2. Goddard had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Jamie Dowsett 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9 whilst Francis Whitbread was tested by Jamie Dowsett  before he sneaked home 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9. Chelmsford F are in second place and Ian Austin led them to a 7-3 win over OCs H. He was supported well by new comer Adi Kamma who won twice. Stuart Wintle picked up two wins for the losers.  Chelmsford H ran out narrow 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel D. Harry Buckle scored a hat-trick for the Chelmsford side. Buckle beat Richard Drozd 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-2 to secure his hat-trick of wins. Galleywood B beat Anglia Ruskin University 7-3. Steve Peacock was undefeated and he impressed by beating Takunga Neruthala 11-7, 13-11, 9-11, 10-12, 12-10 in the first game of the evening.  Melanie Bonnett was on good form for Highwood B and she won her three singles against Chelmsford G but it was Chelmsford G who ran out 7-3 winners.

Galleywood C made it four wins out of four in CLICK League - division 1A. Rio Teplizki and Aidan Noguchi were both undefeated in their 5-0 success against Buttsbury Bulldogs. Teplizki defeated Harry Hutt in five ends (7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4, 11-5).   West Maldon were also 5-0 winners. William Moore and Blaydon Farmer gave nothing away against Black Notley. Blaydon Farmer beat Patrick Sweeney 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 in the closest game of the night. Danbury Dragons (Conor Hall and Ewan Hynd) beat Buttsbury Beavers 4-1. Ewan Hynd was undefeated. He beat Zach Antoniou 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 14-12 and Dan Slaney 12-10, 11-3, 11-4. Buttsbury Bears (Jason Yeh and Toby Kelly) are in second place and they ran out 5-0 winners over OCs Lions. The OCs Lions team did better against Black Notley and they won 3-2 this time. Fraser Heard led the way with two successes and a share in a doubles victory.

Galleywood D lead the way in division 1B of the CLICK League. Vineeth Kamma won twice and Sudheep Kamma once in their 4-1 victory against Buttsbury Beavers. Ben Brown was on target for the losers with his 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 victory against Sudheep Kamma.                              

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

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Press Report Issued 15 October 2017

Writtle Excalibur A are resounding 9-1 winners in division two

There has been plenty of action in the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League this week. Division two was particularly busy. Writtle Excalibur A produced arguably the most eye-catching performance to beat a strong OCs B side 9-1. Matthew Brown, Lee McHugh and Ryan Pitt won all nine singles with Matthew Brown beating all three OCs opponents - Kevin Worthington, Trevor Carter and Steve Nothcott three straight. This result moves Writtle into second place with 22 points - the same tally as Danbury C who also won 9-1. Ian Whiteside and Chris Buer were both undefeated in Danbury’s demolition of Liberal C. James Mullane was on target for the Liberal side and he defeated Steve Buer 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 in the last game of the evening to prevent the whitewash. Third-placed  Danbury D ran out narrow 6-4 winners over Chelmsford C. No single player dominated the evening and Sam Lowman and Dan Anderson both won twice for the Danbury side to give them the edge. Sam Lowman beat Julie Johnson - the best of the Chelmsford players 14-12, 11-8, 11-9. In another match where no single player stayed undefeated.  Hatfield Peverel A defeated Danbury B 6-4. Peverel's John Parodi and Peter Barrett and Danbury’s Neil Want and Tony Forster all won twice. Peter Barrett impressed with his quick-fire 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 demolition of Neil Want.  Fourth placed Chelmsford B scored their second win of the campaign. They were indebted to Robert Shrimpton as they beat OCs C 7-3. Shrimpton scored three 3-0 wins. He beat Tom Barker 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 and followed that up with a hard-fought 12-10, 11-9, 12-10 victory over Ashton Parker and he completed his clean-swap with a 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 success against Charles Yeung. Liberal C scored their first win of the campaign by beating Hatfield Peveral A 7-3. Andrew Huckson and Adrian Pitt both scored hat-tricks. Andrew Huckson fought back strongly from 2-0 down to get the better of John Gagg 9-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8.

An impressive win in division one has enabled Liberal B to jump into second place. Adam Buxton was undefeated as they beat OCs A 8-2. Daniel Berry scored two excellent wins for the Old Chelmsfordians team. He beat Steve Pennell 12-10, 14-12, 11-6 and Simon Webber 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7.

Maldon B lead the way in division three with 21 points out of a possible 30 and they turned on the style to beat Danbury F 9-1. They look a good bet to win this division.  Colin Napper and Ciaran Whelan both carried all before them whilst Dave Marsh impressed for the losers. He took the scalp of Hamish Innes over five ends (4-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8). Hatfield Peverel B also have 21 points and they also won 9-1. Gareth Davies and Neil Freeman were both on top form against their C team. However, Hatfield Peverel B were less successful  against Maldon C and lost 6-4. This was no fault of Neil Freeman who won his three singles in some style. The inform Freeman beat Dawn Baldry 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 followed by Ev Lucas 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 and Brian Riedling 11-9, 11-9, 11-4. Writtle Excalibur B did well to beat Chelmsford D 7-3 - good going as none of their players were able to get the better of Wiktor Delimat. Rod Maclennan, Linda Roff and Phil Smith all won twice. Delimat had to work hard to beat Linda Roff. He fell two games behind before he reasserted himself to win 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4. The match between OCs D and Chelmsford E was a 5-5 draw. Honours even !. Keith Martin scored three good wins for the Chelmsford side. He beat League Chairman David Porter 11-3, 11-5, 13-11 and Mick Hayes 11-8, 11-8, 13-11 and he completed his hat-trick by getting the better of Mick Richardson 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10.

Three sides - Danbury G, Danbury J and Writtle Excalibur D are tied on 19 points in division four. Writtle Excalibur D were 7-3 winners over Writtle C. Ian Hockley carried all before him. David Meah won twice for the Writtle side and this included a hard-fought 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10 victory over Steve Siggs. Writtle Excalibur D were also 7-3 winners over a two-player Maldon D side. Mervyn Perriman excelled for the losers with a hat-trick of four game wins. He saw off Andy Fox 11-8, 11-13, 11-2, 11-9 and David Meah 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 and he sealed an excellent hat-trick with a 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-2 success against Brian Steward. Maldon D were without Perriman against OCs F and did well to draw 5-5. Terry Dowsett was relatively untroubled in winning his three singles but other encounters were fiercely fought. Not least Kelly Yuenyongpknan's 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10 victory over Russell Hall. Danbury G are very much in contention for honours and Nicky Ford led the way as they ran out 7-3 winners against OCs G. Tanishq Kotwal was involved in three fiercely fought five-setters. He defeated League President Norman Smith 12-10, 11-6, 12-14, 9-11, 11-7 and missed out to Maurice Hardy by a tantalising 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 14-16 margin. If that wasn‘t enough he also lost to the undefeated Nicky Ford 6-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11. Quite an evening‘s Table Tennis. Danbury J shaded the inter-club derby against Danbury H 6-4. Dave Hancox held his side together with three wins. Dave Powell defeated Kevin Willis 11-5, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 in a strangely fluctuating five ender.

Highwood A - the experienced stalwarts of division five are making the early running with 22 points out of 30. They impressed greatly by beating OCs H 8-2. Martin Goddard won his three singles and he received excellent support from Francis Whitbread and Russell Downton who both won twice. Stuart Wintle - so tricky to beat at this level was left without a win for the OCs side and it was left to Harry Rogers to forge the OCs challenge. Rogers excelled to beat Francis Whitbread 3-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 and Russell Downton 11-8, 11-3, 11-5. Highwood A also beat Anglia Ruskin University 8-2. Martin Goddard was again undefeated. Taku Nerutanga was involved in  a cliff-hanger against Russell Downton and he finally scraped home 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 15-13. Chelmsford G did well to defeat Hatfield Peverel D 6-4. Dan Patynski was undefeated for the Hatfield Peverel side and he looks rather strong for this level but Chelmsford picked up some notable wins. John Wickens beat Andrew Simmonds 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 and Michael Whelpdale sealed the Chelmsford victory with a 9-11, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10 success against the luckless Andrew  Simmonds. Quite an end to a match !.  Chelmsford H were narrow 6-4 winners against Galleywood B. Ben Jackson dominated proceedings and he received good support from Jamie Penkman. James Higgs won twice for the Galleywood side and this included a last gasp 11-4, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12 victory against Jacqui Smith. Ben Jackson sealed the Chelmsford victory with a well executed 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 victory over Steve Peacock. Highwood B were the division's big winners this week. Melanie Bonnett and Nicola Pippen were both undefeated as  they stormed to a 9-1 victory over Chelmsford J. Jamie Dowsett was on target for the losers with his hard-fought 11-9, 11-9, 6-11,12-10 victory over Keith Fitz-John. Chelmsford F also impressed. Ian Austin scored a hat-trick in their 8-2 victory over Anglia Ruskin University. Team-mates Amanda Hogger and Jason Clark each won twice.

Galleywood C lead the way in division 1A of the CLICK League. Rio Tiplizki and Aidan Noguchi carried all before them as they beat Black Notley 5-0. They have amassed 13 points out of 15. Buttsbury Bears also won 5-0 to make it 10 points of 10. Toby Kelly and Zach Antoniou both remained undefeated. Galleywood C were also 5-0 winners over West Maldon A. This time Lewis Wilson replaced Aidan Noguchi and he was tested by Noah Sage before he edged home 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8. Rio Tiplizki had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Oliver Wylie 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8. The match between Buttsbury Bulldogs and Danbury Dragons was a close one and the Bulldogs won 3-2. Tom Picton was undefeated for the Bulldogs. 

There were two 4-1 results in division 1B of the CLICK League. Harry Buckle led Chelmsford Leopards to a 4-1 win over Buttsbury Badgers. He beat Darren Muldal 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 and Ben Brown 11-7, 11-6, 11-8. Buttsbury Beavers ran out the winners against Danbury Griffins. Alexei Antoniou was unbeaten for the Beavers whilst Oscar Hutt played his part with a hard-fought ”never-say die” 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 win over William Ratcliffe.

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

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Press Report Issued 8 October 2017

Hume’s hat-trick gives Liberal A the edge 

Three players notched up hat-tricks in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League this week.  However, only one of those players - Sam Hume was on the winning side. Hume won his three singles as Liberal A beat Galleywood A 7-3. Gary Brignall showed up well for the Galleywood side. He not only beat Gracie Edwards 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 but he excelled to get the better of Gary Cattermole 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 4-11, 11-8. Brignall also gave a hugely creditable showing against Essex no. one Junior Sam Hume before succumbing 11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 6-11, 8-11. Ace defender Duncan Taylor was on top form for Rawreth A against Liberal B although it was Liberal who won 6-4. Taylor defeated Adam Buxton 11-1, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 and then he really found “the groove” to defeat Brandon Crouchman 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 and Paul Davison 11-8, 11-4, 11-7. Chelmsford A who are second beat last year’s Champions Maldon A 6-4. Edward Ogbebor, Wal Bada and Ryan Gooday all won once although none of them could beat Trevor Lloyd. The vastly experienced Wiltshire County player Lloyd had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Ryan Gooday 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 and he added the scalp of current M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Tournament Veterans Singles Champion Wal Bada 12-10, 9-11, 15-13, 6-11, 11-8. He completed an excellent evening’s work with a hard fought 11-9, 14-12, 11-9 win over the hard hitting Edward Ogbebor.

Danbury C impressed in division two this week. Ian Whiteside and Chris Buer both won their three singles as they beat Chelmsford B 8-2. The real drama came in the ninth game of the night when Chris Buer surged into a 2-0 lead against Rob Shrimpton only to find himself pegged back to 2-2. Shrimpton dominated the fifth end and at 10-3 it certainly appeared as if he was about to secure victory. However, no one had told Chris Buer and he rather amazingly took the last nine points to secure a most unlikely 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10 win. Writtle A also won 8-2. Lee McHugh and Richard Storey were both undefeated. Richard Storey in particular looks to have been on fine form. He beat Charles Yeung (11-7, 11-5, 11-6), Ashton Parker (11-6, 11-7, 11-6) and Tom Barker (11-9, 11-6, 11-8). Danbury D beat OCs B 7-3. The smooth-flowing Sam Lowman was undefeated for the Danbury side. He did well to beat Kevin Worthington  15-13, 11-7, 11-5. The match between Chelmsford C and Danbury B finished tied at 5-5. Danbury came out on top in the two closest games. Neil Want defeated Julie Johnson 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 1-11, 11-9 whilst Glen Laing saw off Alastair Piper 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9.     

Maldon B and Writtle Excalibur B who both have 12 points are the joint leaders of division three. Maldon ran out 6-4 winners against Chelmsford D after a fiercely fought match where seven games were decided in the fifth end. Colin Napper, Steve Scholz and Ciaran Whelan all won twice for Maldon whilst Wiktor Delimat picked up two wins for Chelmsford. Delimat did very well to beat Ciaran Whelan 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 whilst Whelan was also involved in a “cliff-hanger” with Dave Parker. This time he scraped home 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9. Hatfield Peverel B who were in contention for promotion from this division for much of last Season have started well again. Gareth Davies led them to an 8-2 win over Danbury F with a well executed hat-trick. Herbie Smith showed up well for the losers defeating Dave Fiddeman 10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9. Maldon C returned to winning ways by beating Danbury F 7-3. Ev Lucas held his side together with a hat-trick. David Gatherall was another player who has started the Season in fine form. He won his three singles as Danbury E beat Chelmsford E 7-3. A well executed hat-trick it was too. He beat Keith Martin 11-4, 11-7, 11-8, Connor Payne 11-4, 11-5, 14-12 and Richard Upson 11-3, 11-9, 11-7.

OCs E have made a strong start in division four. Nat Ravlic and newcomer Adam Yardley were both undefeated as they overcame OCs G 8-2. Yardley overcame James Mitty - just - 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11 in what looks to have been the pick of the night’s action. Danbury J impressed by beating Writtle C. Eamon Hall and Kevin Willis both bagged hat-tricks. Hall overcame Alan Offord over five fluctuating games - 8-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9. The inter-club match between Danbury G and Danbury H was one of those evenly fought affairs where no single player won all three singles but no one went home empty-handed either. The G team shaded it 6-4 courtesy of two wins for both Mo Hardy and Nicky Ford. Mo Hardy defeated Richard Allen 12-10, 3-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 to seal the Danbury G victory. OCs F with Terry Dowsett staying undefeated drew 5-5 with Danbury K. Norman Hayes ran out a 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 winner against Russell Hall in the closest game of the night. Danbury K also drew with Writtle Excalibur D. Mick Robinson won twice for the Danbury side which included a hard-fought 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8 win over Frank Neill but perhaps the stand-out result here was the excellent 11-4, 12-10, 11-5 win that Norman Hayes secured over Ian Hockley.

There is only one result for division five this week. Galleywood B ran out 8-2 winners over Hatfield Peverel D. Mark Glenister led the way with a hat-trick of wins. Nathan Blore won twice and this included a last gasp 11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 13-11 victory over Alastair Brown.

Galleywood C ran out 5-0 winners over Black Notley in Division 1A of the CLICK League. Rio Teplizki and Aidan Noguchi were both undefeated. Likewise, the Demons (Alex Porter and Ben Porter) beat Buttsbury Bulldogs 5-0. Alex Porter beat Harry Hutt 7-11, 1-15, 11-5, 13-15, 11-5 in the opening encounter and they never looked back after that. Danbury Dragons beat West Maldon 3-2. Conor Hall was their match-winner and he beat Will Moore by a last gasp 11-4, 13-11, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10 margin and Blaydon Farmer 15-13, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8 - two very hard fought wins.

Galleywood  D top the table in Division 1B of the CLICK League. Vincent Kamma and Charlie Craig carried all before them as they defeated Tigers 5-0. Buttsbury Badgers also won 5-0 but this was one of those games where the opposition came very close to doing better. Harry Squires missed out narrowly to Darren Muldal (5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 8-11) and to Ben Brown 11-7, 11-7,  6-11, 6-11, 8-11.

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

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Press Report Issued - 1 October 2017

Obituary - Linda Hales (was Barrow) 

The Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Committee are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Linda Hales - who as Linda Barrow was the Chelmsford & District League Ladies Singles Champion in 1974, 1975 and 1976. In the mid 1970s Linda was definitely the Lady to beat in the Chelmsford League and she also won the Ladies Doubles with Clare Hamilton in 1975, 1976, and 1977 and the Mixed Doubles five times. In1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980 she paired up with Dave Newman and she was also successful in 1987 with Dave Bowles.  Linda was a formidable player throughout her life reaching the dizzy heights of England no. two Junior and also playing for Essex Senior first team. In more recent years she moved to Dorset with her late husband Tom (best known as Chairman of the Burnham League) and she represented Dorset first team at Veterans level. She excelled in 2014 and with Welsh starlet Chloe Thomas she won the JM Rose Bowl (the National Ladies Town Knock Out Cup) for the third time representing Bournemouth. In 2016 she moved back to Essex and was still playing regularly at a high standard. She was on holiday in Australia when she was taken ill and sadly she never recovered. Popular, friendly and well known on the Veterans National circuit she valued her Table Tennis friends dearly and will be greatly missed.   

Three players scored hat-tricks in the opening week in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Edward Ogbebor led Chelmsford A to an excellent 7-3 success against Liberal A with three hard-fought wins. He beat Oliver Reynolds (11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6), Gary Cattermole (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9) and Alan Burgess (11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6). Cattermole in turn made his mark with an excellent win over 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Closed Tournament Veterans Champion Wal Bada 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 11-3. Galleywood A made a successful start to the Season by beating OCs A 6-4. James Hicks scored a fine “triple” for the Galleywood side. Danbury A also ran out 6-4 winners. They beat Rawreth A with Gary Young leading the way with three wins,. He had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Charles Sweeny and he finally edged a widely fluctuating five-ender 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 14-12. Daniel Young (Gary’s son - who is 13 and ranked no. three at County Under 15 level) made an excellent first division debut with an outstanding 6-11, 4-11, 12-10. 11-6, 11-9 win over Babul McCleod.

First division teams are asked to note that Rawreth B have been forced to withdraw. With a squad of players all strongly committed to other Leagues it became clear to their Team Captain when he tried to draw up a rota that his players were all fully committed elsewhere and participation would not be possible.

Chelmsford B are the early leaders in division two. They scored a fine 8-2 win over Liberal C. Robert Shrimpton was on top form and he was undefeated downing the challenges of Andrew Huckson (11-6, 11-8, 11-3), Hannah Pitt (12-10, 11-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7) and Adrian Pitt (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).The other three matches ended in draws. Writtle A and Danbury C could not be separated. Chris Buer was on top form for Danbury. He beat Ryan Pitt (11-3, 11-8, 11-9), Matthew  Brown (11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6) and Richard Storey by a last gasp 11-7, 4-11, 16-14,7-11, 11-9 margin. Hatfield Peverel A were held to a 5-5 draw by Chelmsford C. Julie Johnson dominated this match with three wins. She beat Gary Ward (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9), John Gagg (11-8, 11-5, 11-6) before fighting back from 2-0 down to get the better of and John Parodi 11-13, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7. The match between Danbury D and OCs C featured some very close games. OCs' Tom Barker scored a superb 12-10, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 win over Sam Lowman whilst Dave Porter beat Dan Anderson 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9. Cameron Gray made his mark by defeating Tom Barker 5-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9.         

Chelmsford D opened their campaign in impressive style in division three. Wiktor Delimat and Dave Parker were both undefeated as they beat Maldon C 7-3. Dave Parker was on top form beating Denis Crapnell (11-6, 11-8, 11-7), Dawn Baldry (13-11, 11-9, 11-9) and Ev Lucas (11-8, 11-5 9-11, 11-3). OCs D were bolstered by the inclusion of Terry Dowsett but they met their match against Maldon B. Dowsett won  his three singles but Maldon shaded the match 6-4. Steve Scholz was involved in two tightly fought battles. He beat Mick Richardson 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 and he surged into a 2-0 lead against Terry Dowsett before being pegged back and losing 11-9, 16-14, 2-11, 7-11, 7-11.  The match between Harfield Peverel C and Chelmsford E finished tied at 5-5. Hatfield Peverel’s Bob Garson dominated with a very good hat-trick of wins. He beat Connor Payne (8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6), Keith Martin (11-5, 3-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6) and Richard Baxter (11-6, 16-14, 11-6). Trevor Collin also impressed in downing the challenge of Keith Martin 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4. Danbury E’s Ken Sheard was undefeated for Danbury E but he still found himself on the losing side against Writtle Excalibur B who won 7-3. Sheard scored an excellent hat-trick beating Phil Smith (13-11, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8), Rod Maclennan (11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9) and Louis Brown (11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 3-11, 11-9). Seven of his games finished at 11-9 and Sheard won six of them.

OCs E are the early leaders in division four. Bob Francis led them to a 8-2 win over their F team. Adrian North proved to be his trickiest opponent and he needed the full five ends before he won 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 11-7. Danbury J were indebted to an undefeated  Scott Perry as they beat Maldon D 6-4. He had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Thomas Page 11-3, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 13-11. Nicky Reece Ford won his three singles in a 6-4 victory for Danbury G against Writtle Excalibur C. Steve Siggs proved to be a very difficult "nut to crack" and Reece Ford finally finally edged home 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10. The match between Danbury H and  OCs G finished level at 5-5. Dave Oxley - Goody dominated with three good wins - all achieved in 3-0 fashion. He beat David Bishop, James Mitty and Tanishq Kotwal.

Chelmsford F were convincing 9-1 winners in division five over Galleywood B. Newcomer Adinaryana Komma and Ian Austin were both undefeated whilst Harry Buckle won twice. James Higgs was on target for the losers. Stuart Wintle is always a difficult player to beat at this level and he won his three singles for  OCs H but Chelmsford G shaded the match 6-4. Steve Chambers beat Mike Morecroft 3-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11. Highwood A also won 6-4 and Martin Goddard and Keith Fitz-John both picked up two wins. Chelmsford J did well to draw against  Hatfield Peverel D. Matthew Elliott won his three singles. He fought back strongly from 2-0 down to defeat Alastair Brown 10-12, 1-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 and he also beat Andy Simmonds 11-9, 4-11, 11-7,11-7.      

Buttsbury Bears (Toby Kelly and Dan Slaney) were 5-0 winners over Black Notley in division 1A of the CLICK League. West Maldon were 4-1 winners over Danbury Demons with Noah Sage remaining undefeated. Alex Porter beat Oliver Wylie for the losers. Aidan Noguchi won his two singles in Gallyewood C’s 3-2 win over Danbury Dragons. Noguchi beat Conor Hall 11-8, 11-7, 17-15 and Ewan Hynd 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9.

Chelmsford Leopards (Harry Buckle and Max Tyre) are up and running in division 1B of the CLICK League. They beat Chelmsford Tigers 5-0 whilst Chelmsford Jaguars ran out 4-1 winners against Danbury Griffins. Annabel Sweeney and Melinda Victor were both undefeated although they did lose in the doubles.
  
Steve Kerns - Press & Publicity Officer - Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League

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