Press Report Issued 3 June 2018

Writtle win a superb Division two Knock Out Cup Final

The 2017/18 Chelmsford Table Tennis League Season has been concluded. The Division Two Knock-Out Cup Final between the all conquering Writtle Excalibur A (unbeaten in 18 League matches) and OCs A (who had not enjoyed the best of Seasons in the League) produced a superb encounter, arguably one of the best Finals on record. It was Writtle Excalibur A who ultimately emerged as 5-4 winners. OCs’ Kevin Worthington was on top form and he struck an early blow by beating Ryan Pitt 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. Steve Northcott added to this with an even more notable victory. He beat M&G Investments Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Division Two Singles Champion Lee McHugh 11-9, 11-7, 11-8. Writtle Excalibur were in trouble but Richard Storey came to the rescue by defeating League Chairman David Porter narrowly 11-4, 19-17, 11-9 to level the scores at 2-2. OCs took the middle doubles courtesy of a win for the inform Worthington and Northcott combination who beat Lee McHugh and Richard Storey 11-9, 11-4, 13-11. The next two games were “massive” and Writtle showed why they are this year‘s League Champions. Ryan Pitt recovered from falling 2-0 behind to beat David Porter 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 and Richard Storey - the Writtle star on this occasion defeated Steve Northcott 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-5, 13-11 - arguably the most crucial game of the match. OCs weren’t finished and Kevin Worthington despatched Lee McHugh over four ends 15-13, 13-11, 2-11, 11-3 to level the scores at 4-4. Everything to play for. The last game was epic and it couldn’t have been closer and it was Ryan Pitt and Richard Storey who emerged as 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 winners against Kevin Worthington and David Porter to clinch the Cup. What a match !.

Danbury C (Allan Steel, Eamon Hall and Allan Steel) were victorious in the Division Four Cup Final defeating OCs A 5-4 but unlike the Division Two Cup Final there was little drama in the deciding doubles. Danbury called the shots here with Dave Hancox and Allan Steel beating Bob Francis and Adam Yardley decisively 11-3, 11-5, 11-6. Nat Ravlic had played his part for OCs and he beat both Eamon Hall (10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7) and Dave Hancox (11-7, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4). Allan Steel’s two wins had a large say in the outcome of the match and he beat both Adam Yardley 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 and Bob Francis 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 14-12.

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The victorious Division 4 Cup Winners - Danbury C (Dave Hancox, Allan Steel, Eamonn Hall)


The League’s Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 31 May 2018 at Old Chelmsfordians Association and it was an upbeat message that League Chairman Dave Porter was able to convey. With a large improvement in the numbers of Ladies and Juniors taking part in the League a huge vote of thanks were extended to all those people involved in Coaching in and around Chelmsford. Fittingly the League’s Award for Service to the Sport - the Rosebery / Pope & Smith Award was presented to David Gatheral - the driving force behind the Chelmsford League’s Coaching activities as well as a very busy and enthusiastic Coach himself. League President Norman Smith said how heartening it was to have witnessed “the fantastic Junior participation at the M&G Investments Chelmsford Championships - the best for many a year”. Norman Smith also thanked the meeting for the unprecedented number of nominations received for this Award this Season.

The Charlie Wheeler Memorial Award - for the Junior player who has performed best in the Chelmsford Tournament taking into account their results - as opposed to what were people’s expectations were was presented to Daniel Young (Danbury). Daniel had an exceptional weekend with a win in the under 14s Singles, as well as Runner-Up berths in the U16s Singles, Under 18 Singles, Under 21s Singles, Under 18s Doubles and Handicap Doubles. He played superbly throughout the two days.

Finally, the Hill Dowsett Junior Award for the Junior player who has scored the highest percentage of wins in League play (having taken part in 80 % of his team’s matches) was awarded to Adam Yardley (OCs E) who achieved a record of 66% in division four as he helped his team finish in second place.

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


Press Report Issued 28 May 2018

Wale Bada double gives Chelmsford the edge

Chelmsford A (Wale Bada, Ryan Gooday and Eddie Ogbebor) are the 2018 winners of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Open Knock Out Cup. They beat Danbury A 5-3 in a hard-fought Final with their top player Wale Bada clinching the victory by fighting back from 2-1 down to get the better of Gary Young 11-8, 6-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7. Bada had also prevailed against Eric Green in four hard fought ends 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8. Other games of significance here were a victory for the Chelmsford pairing in the opening doubles, a result that it is often a catalyst for ultimate success. Ryan Gooday and Eddie Ogbebor came up trumps against Eric Green and Steve Whiteley via a rather “wobbly” looking scoreline of 11-7, 9-11, 1-11, 11-5, 11-7 whilst Ryan Gooday played his part with a well executed 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 victory over Steve Whiteley.

The Division three Knock Out Cup Final was even closer and Maldon A clinched a League and Cup Double by beating Danbury A 5-4. Maldon A were without their top player Ciaran Whelan and Danbury took full advantage, surging into 3-1 and 4-2 1eads. Tim Pulham excelled by beating Hamish Innes 7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 whilst Ken Sheard defeated both Steve Scholz 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 and Colin Napper 11-9, 12-10, 13-11. Maldon were in big trouble but Steve Scholz came up trumps with what was arguably a match changing 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 win over Tim Pulham. Hamish Innes defeated David Gatheral 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 to level the scores at 4-4 and Maldon who had won both doubles duly made it three doubles wins out of three when Colin Napper and Steve Scholz beat David Gatheral and Ken Sheard 11-8, 11-9, 11-7. So near and yet so far for a gallant Danbury A side.

Highwood A are this year’s winners of the Division Five Knock Out Cup. They beat Chelmsford B 5-3 in the Final. Their top player Melanie Bonnett won both of her singles. She beat Richard Gardiner by a last gasp 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 margin in the match which fittingly clinched the victory for her side and she also defeated Jamie Dowsett 11-3, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6. Keith Fitz-John made his mark with a 7-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 victory over Jamie Dowsett although he missed out against Luke Richardson in five ends (8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11). Richard Gardiner had his work cut out against Nicola Pippen but he eventually edged home narrowly 4-11, 11-9, 15-13, 15-13.

Chelmsford B (Robert Shrimpton, Mark Allaway and Wiktor Delimat) are this year's Handicap Knock Out Cup winners. They beat Danbury D 5-1 in the Final. The first game had a major influence on proceedings with Wiktor Delimat beating Sam Ford after a titanic struggle (12-21, 27-25, 27-25). Danbury competed magnificently throughout but they just couldn’t “get over the finish line”. Mark Allaway beat Sam Ford 26-24, 21-19 whilst Robert Shrimpton defeated Eamon Hall 21-18, 21-18. Wiktor Delimat beat Ben Porter 21-15, 23-21. A very professional performance form the Chelmsford side on this occasion.

All players and officials are reminded that the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Annual General Meting takes place on Thursday 31 May 2018 at 19.30 hours at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Lawford Lane. This year trophies for the Cup Competitions will be presented as well as trophies for the League

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


Press Report Issued 13 May 2018

OCs A win Junior Knock Out Cup despite efforts of Ben Jackson

OCs A (Adam Yardley, Tanishq Kotwal and James Mitty) are the 2018 Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League Junior Knock Out Cup Champions and they won the title after a thrilling 5-4 victory in the Final against Chelmsford A (Ben Jackson, Harry Buckle and Joachin Mapes). It was a match where Ben Jackson played a major role in keeping Chelmsford A in the hunt by beating Tanishq Kotwal (10-12, 12-10, 11-8,11-9) and Adam Yardley (14-12, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7). James Mitty clinched a vital 13-11, 11-6,11-8 win over Joachin Mapes and with the scores poised at 4-4 the OCs pairing of Adam Yardley and James Mitty made no mistake against Harry Buckle and Joachin Mapes and they raced to a 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win to clinch the victory.

This year’s Handicap KO Cup Final will be between Danbury D and Chelmsford B. Danbury D (Eamon Hall (handicap of 58), Ben Porter (43) and Sam Ford (37) beat Chelmsford J - Richard Gardiner (51), Jamie Dowsett (45) and Luke Richardson (45) 5-2. Ben Porter and Sam Ford were responsible for all five Danbury wins and in the case of Sam Ford he wasn’t pushed too hard. Ford surged home 21-11, 21-11 against Luke Richardson and 21-0, 21-14 against Jamie Dowsett. Chelmsford B looked good in beating Hatfield Peverel A 5-1. All six players were operating on similar handicaps but it was the Chelmsford side of Robert Shrimpton (66), Mark Allaway (65) and Victor Chan (64) who called the shots against Gary Ward (68), John Gagg (66) and John Parodi (64). Crucial matches here were the narrow 21-18, 20-22, 21-18 victory for Mark Allaway against John Parodi and a hard-fought 21-17, 23-21 win for Robert Shrimpton against Gary Ward - which secured the Chelmsford side’s victory. On this showing the Danbury D side look as if they will be very hard to beat in the Final.

Division two Champions Writtle Excalibur A (Lee McHugh, Matthew Brown and Ryan Pitt) were on top form as they defeated Danbury A 5-0 in their division two Knock Out Cup Semi-Final. Ryan Pitt impressed as he disposed of Tony Forster 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 whilst Lee McHugh played his part by defeating Glen Laing 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Danbury just couldn’t get a “foot-hold” in the match and sure enough Lee McHugh and Matthew Brown clinched a 5-0 victory by beating Neil Want and Glen Laing by a rather unpredictable scoreline of 10-12, 11-6, 3-11, 11-2, 11-5.

The Division three Knock Out Cup Semi Final between Danbury A and OCs A was a closer affair with Danbury A winning 5-3. It came down to the dominance of David Gatheral and Ken Sheard in their singles encounters. They both won twice. Gatheral beat David Porter 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 and Mick Richardson 11-5, 11-6, 2-11, 8-11, 11-8 whilst Ken Sheard defeated Mick Hayes 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 and David Porter 15-13, 11-9, 11-6.

Highwood A (Melanie Bonnett, Nicola Pippen and Keith Fitz-John) are safely through to the Division five Knock Out Cup Final. They beat Chelmsford A 5-1 in what was a very good match for Keith Fitz-John. It was Keith Fitz-John whose two wins really stood out. He beat John Wickins 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9 and Ian Austin 17-15, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6.

In division two there was a very significant result from the match between OCs C and Liberal C. The 6-4 win for OCs means that Liberal C are relegated and the other OCs side in this division - OCs B stay up despite finishing on the same number of points as Liberal C and having won the same number of games. In this case OCs B had lost a fewer number of matches, the determining factor. Fittingly it was a very hard fought match with no one player dominating proceedings. Charles Yeung made his mark for the Old Chelmsfordians C team. He beat Andrew Huckson 11-3, 12-10, 12-10 and Hannah Pitt 11-4, 11-9, 12-14, 1-11, 11-9 although he missed out to Robin Armstrong 11-13, 10-12, 11-6, 5-11.

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

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