Press Report Issued 30 September 2018

Paul Lucas - back with a vengeance

The favourites Maldon A made it two wins out of two in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League by beating OCs A 7-3. But it was Paul Lucas, the M&G Investments Chelmsford Under 21 Singles Champion back in 2000 and 2001 who stole the show. After a couple of lengthy breaks from the game he is clearly back with a vengeance. Lucas scored a sensational hat-trick beating all three Maldon players - Trevor Lloyd (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5), John Poysden (11-3, 11-6, 11-4) and Alex Abbott (11-13, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4). Danbury B’s Daniel Young, such an impressive winner of the Essex Junior Trials the previous weekend was another player to hit top form. He won his three singles as his side lost 6-4 to Liberal A. This was another top draw performance as he defeated Andrew Huckson (11-8, 11-8, 15-13), Paul Davison (9-11, 11-9, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7) and Steve Pennell (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8). The match between Writtle B and Galleywood A finished tied at 5-5. Writtle’s new signing Gary Cattermole won his three singles whilst James Hicks and Gary Brignall both won twice for Galleywood. The match between Hatfield Peverel A and Rawreth A was another match that finished tied. Bruce Kettle won his three singles for Rawreth and this included a last gasp 3-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 12-10 victory over Scott Dowsett. Writtle A have made a major coup in signing current M&G
Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion Duncan Taylor and he was undefeated in his side’s 6-4 win over Danbury A. Only just though. Fellow defender Eric Green came perilously close to beating Taylor before succumbing 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12. Chelmsford A ran out 8-2 winners over Chelmsford B. The hard-hitting Eddie Ogbebor was undefeated.

In division two OCs B scored their second 9-1 win of the Season as they beat OCs C. Kevin Worthington and Stephen Northcott were both undefeated and Trevor Carter won twice. On this showing they will take some stopping. Last year’s division three Champions - Maldon B were also 9-1 winners and Steve Scholz and Mervyn Perriman led the way in their success against Danbury C. Mervyn Perriman scored a fine 11-6, 9-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8 win over Neil Want. Chelmsford C who are third beat Hatfield Peverel B 8-2. Mike Johnston led the way with three wins whilst Neil Freeman impressed for the losers by beating both Waseem Qureshi (10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3) and Paul Nicol (9-11, 11-9.11-4, 11-6). Maldon C slipped to a 4-6 defeat against Danbury D although it was the evergreen and vastly experienced John Holland who stayed unbeaten for the losers. Holland prevailed against Sam Lowman 11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7. Gary Ward was on top form for Writtle C who beat Danbury E 7-3. Ken Sheard came good for Danbury in the last game of the night with a last-gasp 14-12, 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 13-11 victory over John Gagg.

Chelmsford D are tied with Writtle D on 15 points at the top of the third division. Both sides won 7-3 this week. Jarek Pietraszuk was unbeaten as Chelmsford saw off Danbury F. Richard Gardiner impressed for the losers with wins over Keith Martin and Connor Payne. Writtle D beat OCs F in a match where Peter Layzell called the shots. Colin Barham won twice and he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Farooq Ahmed 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-18, 14-12. Danbury G overcame the handicap of being a player short to beat Writtle E 6-4. Mo Hardy won his three singles. OCs D were the week’s biggest winners in this division and Gareth Joice and David Porter were both undefeated as they beat OCs E 8-2. Gareth Joice set the ball rolling with a 6-11,12-10, 12-14, 11-5, 11-5 win over Richard Baxter in the opening game of the evening. No one player managed to win all three singles in the match between Danbury H and Maldon D and Danbury shaded it 6-4 after Dave Hancox and Eamon Hall had both won twice. Hancox sealed the Danbury victory by beating Kelly Yuen 13-11, 11-8, 4-11, 8-11, 11-5 in the last game of the night.

Writtle F lead the way in division four with 13 points. They lost 6-4 this week against Danbury K - proof if any is needed that this division is likely to be very closely fought. David Meah was unbeaten for Writtle although he only just overcame Jean Chasmer 5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 11-9. Chelmsford F did well to beat Highwood B 7-3. Amanda Hogger led the way with a hat-trick and Adi Kamma and Ben Jackson both won twice. Highwood B also drew 5-5 with Highwood A. Frank Neill won his three singles for the B team whilst Melanie Bonnett and Keith Pallett both won twice for the Highwood A side. Melanie beat Francis Whitbread 11-7, 11-7, 15-17, 7-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the night. OCs G were 6-4 winners against Highwood A after David Bishop and Aswin Siam were both undefeated. Melanie Bonnett tasted the “last gasp defeat” this time. She missed out 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 10-12 against Aswin Siam.

OCs H lead the way in division five. They have 14 points and they beat Chelmsford J 7-3 this week. Stuart Wintle, Steve Pratt and Mike Morecroft all won twice but they all drew blanks against an inform Jacqui Smith. Jacqui hit top form downing the challenges of Morecroft (11-8, 11-5, 11-8), Wintle (11-6, 11-7,11-5) and Pratt (11-7, 11-7, 11-7). In another match where the player who won his three singles was on the losing side - Maldon E beat Galleywood 6-4. Mark Glenister was undefeated for Galleywood whilst Garry Eames and Denis Crapnell both won twice for Maldon. Glenister came out on top over five hard fought ends against Garry Eames : 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8. Chelmsford G raced to a 9-1 win over Hatfield Peverel D. Ian Austin and Andy Swales were both undefeated and Sarah Austin only missed out against Andy Simmonds in five ends. Last but definitely not least Chelmsford H (Michael Whelpdale, John Wickins and Luke Richardson) ran out 10-0 winners against Hatfield Peverel E.

Burttsbury Bears (Alex Healey and Ben Brown) made a very good start to their CLICK League campaign in division 1A. They are up and running after beating Chelmsford Leopards 5-0. West Maldon (Noah Sage and Blaydon Farmer) were also successful. They beat Chelmsford Cougars 4-1. Noah Sage beat Al Lane (11-2, 11-
7, 11-7) and Sudheep Kamma (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4).

Buttsbury Bulldogs ran out 4-1 winners in division 1B of the CLICK League against Chelmsford Panthers. Daven Muldal won both of his singles defeating Prayrak Gupta (11-3, 11-5, 11-9) and George Spicer (11-3, 11-2, 11-7). Buttsbury Badgers (Harry Hutt and Oscar Hutt) also won 4-1. They beat Chelmsford Wildcats with Harry Hutt securing two wins. He beat Alesha Ellis Austin 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 and Georgina Riches 11-3, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8.

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

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Press Report Issued 23 September 2018

OCA A make excellent start in Division One

A new look OCs A team have made an excellent start to the Season in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. And in a division which now includes 12 teams and with no less than seven matches having been played this week this report is unashamedly a little “top-heavy” !. With a team that included both new signing Paul Lucas and Terry Dowsett OCs A ran out 8-2 winners against Rawreth A. Lucas stayed unbeaten although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Kim Shead 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 15-13 in the opening game of the night. Last year’s Champions - Maldon A beat Liberal 9-1 with Trevor Lloyd and Alex Abbott both winning their three singles. However, it was the game that they didn’t win that will cause the biggest stir. Adam Buxton scored an excellent 7-11, 11-19, 11-9, 11-7 win over John Poysden. Promoted Writtle A impressed as well. Matthew Brown and Lee McHugh were both undefeated as they beat Danbury B 8-2. With the addition of 2017 M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Champion -Duncan Taylor to their ranks this team could cause a few surprises on this showing. Last year’s runners-up Chelmsford A have played twice. They beat a new look Hatfield Peveral A 7-3 after Wal Bada and Casey Cross had carried all before them. Chelmsford A also drew 5-5 against Rawreth A. Wal Bada was again undefeated. Charles Sweeney won twice for Rawreth whilst Rawreth’s Paul Churn bagged an excellent win. He beat Eddie Ogbebor 5-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9. Danbury A with a line-up of Gary Young, Peter Mynard and Dave Richardson should do well and Gary Young was undefeated as they beat Writtle B 8-2. Paul Sturton scored two fine wins for the losers and he battled hard to get the better of Pete Mynard 6-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-6, 11-8. Galleywood A have also made a winning start. James Hick scored a fine hat-trick as they beat Chelmsford B 7-3. Hicks beat Simon Jarvis 11-9, 11-9, 7-11 6-11, 11-5 in a well contested opening encounter.

OCs B are the week’s big winners in division two. Trevor Carter and Steve Nothcott were unbeaten as they overcame Hatfield Peverel B 9-1. Northcott battled through against Dave Fiddeman after a “hum-dinger” of a game 11-9, 11-2, 10-12 10-12, 15-13. Last year‘s division three Champions - Maldon B should definitely be in with a “shout for honours“. Ciaran Whelan led them to a 6-4 win over Danbury D. Whelan beat Sam Lowman - the best of the Danbury players - 7-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-5. Maldon C also made an impressive start by beating Writtle C 8-2. John Holland and Merv Perriman won their three singles and Dawn Baldry won twice. It was the performance of Perriman which caught the eye here. He beat John Gagg 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 and Dave Calleja 11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 8-11, 11-9 - two excellent wins. Chelmsford C ran out 6-4 winners against Danbury E after Mike Johnston and Waseem Qureshi had both won their three singles whilst the match between Danbury C and OCs C finished as a 5-5 draw. Neil Want was unbeaten for the Danbury team and he completed his hat-trick by getting the better of Charles Yeung 11-6, 11-18, 7-11, 12-14, 11-9 in the last game of the night.

Chelmsford D impressed in division three. Keith Martin won his three singles and he was supported by Connor Payne and Dave Parker (who both won twice) as they beat OCs F 8-2. Martin fought back very strongly to beat Ashton Parker 2-11, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8. Writtle D also won 8-2. Trevor Collin led the way with a hat-trick against Writtle E. Peter Layzell overcame Steve Siggs 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 in the closest game of the night. In a hard-fought match in which no one player stayed undefeated Danbury F beat OCs E 6-4. Dave Marsh and Richard Gardner (Danbury) and Nat Ravlic and Richard Baxter (OCs) all stayed undefeated. Maldon D did well to beat Danbury G 7-3. Shirley Carroll in particular excelled. She beat both Nicky Ford (6-11,12-10, 3-11, 13-11, 12-10) and Norman Smith (11-6, 11-13, 13-11, 11-7) in her impressive hat-trick. Team work saw OCs D sneak through 6-4 against Danbury H. Mike Hayes, Gareth Joice and Dave Porter all won twice in another match (fairly unique in the middle division) where no one player stayed unbeaten. Newcomer Luca Bailey made his mark by beating Gareth Joice 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8.

Writtle F are the early leaders in division four. Malcolm Storey and Brian Steward led the way as they beat Galleywood B 9-1. Brian Steward’s hat-trick included a 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 9-11,11-4 win over Ron Salton - the best of the Galleywood players. Danbury J are also off to a convincing start. They beat OCs G 8-2. Rob Kneale and Dave Powell both won their three singles. It was “touch and go” though for Rob Kneale who just beat James Mitty 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11. The match between Chelmsford E and Danbury K ended as a 5-5 draw. Chelmsford’s Amanda Hogger “stole” the show with her excellent 6-11,11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7 victory over Mick Robinson. Hatfield Peverel C beat Chelmsford E 6-4 and it was the performance of newcomer Martin Archie that stood out. He won his three singles in convincing style.

Division five can be difficult to call as teams often improve dramatically over the Season. Maldon E led by Garry Eames and Denis Crapnell beat Chelmsford H 7-3 and they should be “in the mix“. Galleywood C led by Gary Copsey beat Chelmsford G 6-4 and you wouldn’t expect Copsey to lose many at this level. Fast improving Aidan Noguchi won twice. Chelmsford J (Jacqueline Smith, Paul Bullock and Peter Davenport) ran out 8-2 winners against Hatfield Peverel E and on that showing you would expect them to do well. Philip West won the week’s tightest game beating Jacqueline Smith 12-14, 19-17, 10-12, 11-4, 13-11. Paul Bullock’s success is an interesting one as he has entered the League after taking up the Sport at the “Bat n’Chat” Sessions at Riverside Leisure Centre which take place on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00 hours and are staffed by Qualified Coaches. The emphasis is on having fun and sociability and it is hoped that other players will follow Paul’s example and join the League. OCs H complete this week’s action with their 7-3 win over Hatfield Peverel D. Michael Lucy led the way with three wins and this included a five set success against Philip West who he beat 10-12, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6.

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

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