Press Report Issued on 31 October 2021

Matthew Mulley undefeated on Chelmsford debut

Chelmsford A are setting a strong pace in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. Gary Young, another new signing Matthew Mulley and James Liddiard ran out 10-0 winners against OCs A. They have 34 points out of a possible 40. Six games were decided in the fourth end but Chelmsford won all of them. Terry Dowsett pushed Gary Young hard before succumbing 5-11, 9-11, 11-7, 10-12.  Gary Young and James Liddiard have both won nine singles out of nine. Danbury C are improving. The signing of Trevor Lloyd has made a big difference and he won his three singles against Danbury B. Ian Whiteside prevailed, against Dan Anderson 14-12, 11-9, 10-12, 6-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the evening whilst Neil Want earned Danbury B a share of the points by beating David Gatheral 14-12, 11-8, 5-11,7-11, 11-7 in the last game of the night.

Neil Want was in action again in division two and his hat-trick enabled Danbury E to draw with Danbury F. Alan Scammell won two five enders for Danbury F beating Sam Phillips 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 and Dick Wyman 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6.

Danbury K did well to beat Danbury H 8-2 in division three as only one point separates the two teams. Peter Hance was undefeated whilst Mo Hardy won twice which included a last gasp 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11 success against Richard Allen.

In division four Maldon B suffered their first defeat of the Season, a 7-3 reversal to OCs E. Farooq Ahmed dominated proceedings, powering to three wins : 11-9, 16-14, 11-3 against Bryan Speller, 11-2,11-4, 8-11, 11-1 against Andrea Alleyne and 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 against Shirley Carroll.

Buttsbury top the table in division five and Jamie Elliott, Jacob Lawrence and Khalid Mohammed powered to a 10-0 win over Danbury N. Jamie Elliott opened proceedings with a 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12 victory against Ron Tam.

Buttsbury Bats ran out 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Panthers in division 1A of the Junior League. Jacob Lawrence was undefeated whilst Keen Wong Anan was on target for the losers. He beat George Standish 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-2.

Chelmsford Wildcats lead the way in division 1B and they emerged as 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Jaguars. Samaksh Sirohi and Prayak Gupta won all four singles although Samaksh Sirohi had to dig deep to see off Emilie Guilloux 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7. The Wildcats could only field one player against Writtle Rattlesnakes and they lost 4-1. Writtle’s Archie Pummell beat Malachi O’Leary 11-9, 11-1, 11-9. Writtle Rattlesnakes also beat Buttsbury Beavers 3-2. Archie Pummell was undefeated whilst Harry Hutt beat Mimi Pummell 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10 in the closest game of the match.

Chelmsford Antelopes made it 20 points out of 20 in division 1C. Arnav Kumar and Richard Carter were 5-0 winners against Chelmsford Cougars although Richard Carter had to dig deep to get the better of Daniel Lewis 18-16, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8. Quite a battle. Writtle Racoons, with Blake Webster undefeated beat Chelmsford Falcons 3-2.  Kehsaw Barrie was on target for the losers with a 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 1-18, 11-6 victory against Kush Goel.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 24 October 2021

Saul Chivers hat-trick fires Chelmsford D to 8-2 win

A mere three point covers the top five teams in the ever-competitive division two of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. After four rounds of matches Chelmsford D top the table with 25 points, courtesy of their impressive 8-2 win over Hatfield Peverel A.  Saul Chivers led the way with a hat-trick and brothers Sudheep and Vineth Kamma both won twice. Saul Chivers beat Martin Archie, the best of the Hatfield Peverel players 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5. Writtle B were 6-4 winners over OCs C, good going as Mick Richardson was undefeated for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Richardson completed his hat-trick with an excellent 4-11, 14-12, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 victory over Paul Sturton. OCs B led by an undefeated Gareth Joice ran out 7-3 winners against Writtle C. Joice defeated John Webber 11-13, 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 to complete his trio of wins. Danbury G are second with 24 points and Sanjay Saptarshi was undefeated in their 6-4 win over Danbury D. Saptarshi played well to beat Chris Buer 12-10, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7.

Chelmsford B made it three wins out of four in division one having entered the Season with relatively modest expectations. They moved into top spot by beating Writtle A 8-2 and although Chelmsford A have a game in hand Chelmsford B have already gained the respect of all their rivals. Charlie Craig (with nine wins out of nine) was again undefeated and this included a fine 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 success over Lee McHugh.  Danbury A were 7-3 winners against a two player Galleywood A team. Bruce Kettle won two hard fought five enders. He beat Gary Brignall 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 and James Hicks 3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-7.

Maldon A moved into second place in division three after beating Writtle D 7-3. Dawn Baldry remained unbeaten and this included a last gasp 11-7, 11-13, 11-2, 5-11, 13-11 victory over Dave Carter. Maldon A also beat Danbury J 7-3. New signing Lloyd Bennett-Smith won his three singles although he was stretched by both Denis Crapnell (who he beat 11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8) and by   Dave Marsh (where he won 17-15, 7-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8).  Galleywod B stay top, just, and they beat Danbury J 6-4. Gary Copsey (eight wins out of nine) won his three singles for the Galleywood side. Danbury’s Dave Meah secured a fine 12-10, 11-9, 16-18, 11-4 victory over John Holland – Holland’s first defeat of the Season. Chelmsford E, led by Rev Mathews beat Hatfield Peverel B 6-4. Matthews received good support from Pietraszuk Jaroslav who won twice.  Chelmsford F also won 6-4, beating OCs D.  Joachin Mapes led the way with a trio of wins, and this included a hard-fought 11-9, 8-11, 15-13, 7-11, 11-9 win over Tom Barker.

Chelmsford H are going to be hard to beat in division four. Harry Chivers (nine wins out of nine) and Joachin Mapes (eight wins out of nine) were both undefeated in their 9-1 victory over Highwood B. Joachin Mapes beat Roger Patient 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening. Chelmsford G beat the higher placed Writtle E 7-3. Vasile Barbulet led the way with three wins which included a monumental 11-9, 11-9, 18-20, 9-11, 11-8 victory over League General Secretary Dave Moles.  Galleywood C led by an undefeated Colin Blore ran out 6-4 winners against Highwood A. Blore completed his hat-trick with a 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7 win over Melanie Bonnett. Danbury L (with three wins out of four) are the early leaders of this division and they beat Galleywood C 9-1. Mervyn Perriman and Denis Crapnell both won their three singles. Galleywood had to wait until the last game to get off the mark, and Colin Blore will probably think it was worth the wait. He beat Denis Balic 9-11, 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9.

Division five looks like being very closely fought. Hatfield Peverel E lead the way with 22 points after four matches, a far from dominant return of points. They lost this week to their C team., for whom Mick Carter was unbeaten. Carter beat Deb Ginn in five ends; 3-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6; as widely fluctuating a game as you’re likely to see. Maldon C are second with 21 points. Team work saw them “across the line” against Chelmsford J. Ross Wheeler, Ella Sach and Rob Sach combined to counter Peter Davenport’s three wins. Ross Wheeler fought back from 2-0 down to beat John Wickins 12-14, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4.  Hatfield Peverel D impressed this week. Peter Mortensen dominated as they beat Danbury M 8-2. Kath Little beat Norman Hayes 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the evening.

Chelmsford Leopards are the early leaders in division 1 A of the Chelmsford Junior League. Dion Fernandes and Cleon Fernandes were 5-0 commanding winners against Chelmsford Tigers although Dion Fernandes had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Soumil Jain 5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 13-11, 11-6.   They were in turn beaten 4-1 by Buttsury Bees.  Jacob Lawrence led the way with wins over Dion Fernandes (11-2, 11-5, 12-10) and Cleon Fernandes (11-5, 14-12, 11-9). Ben Brown prevailed against Dion Fernandes, just (4-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-15, 12-10). Chelmsford Pumas ran out 4-1 winners against Buttsbury Bats. Todd Martin led the way with two wins and a share in a doubles win with Ben Chivers.  Chelmsford Pumas in turn lost 3-2 to Chelmsford Panthers. Keen Wong-Anan was undefeated, beating Malachi O’Leary (11-8, 11-7, 11-6) and Alisha Ellis-Austin (14-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9).

Chelmsford Antelopes are setting a red hot pace in Junior division 1C. They made it 15 points out of 15, yes; that is 15 points out of 15;  and rather incredibly with other teams not having played an equal number of games they lead the table by a full 10 points. Samaksh Siroh and Arnav Kumar gave nothing away against Chelmsford Racoons, although Kumar had to dig deep to see off Luv Goel 15-13, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7.   Chelmsford Falcons were 3-2 winners against Chelmsford Eagles. Kologn Barrie won twice beating Nathaniel Slade (11-7, 12-10, 11-5) and Atharv Gupta (11-6, 11-8, 11-9).

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 17 October 2021

Sam Lowman undefeated for Danbury B

Danbury B emerged as 7-3 winners against Galleywood A in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League after a hard-fought match where no less than seven games were decided in the fifth set. Amazingly not one single game was decided 3-0. Danbury B’s Sam Lowman was the top performer with an excellent hat-trick of wins. He beat Gary Brignall 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10, Peter Radford 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 and James Hicks 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 14-12. A superb night’s work. Elsewhere Dan Anderson overcame James Hicks after a widely fluctuating struggle 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 10-12, 12-10. Leaders Chelmsford A made it three wins out of three by beating Chelmsford C 6-4. As the result indicates they didn’t have it all their own way. Gary Young was undefeated but he was stretched by both Wiktor Delimat (12-10, 12-14, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6) and by Simon Jarvis (8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9). Simon Jarvis made his mark by beating Daniel Young 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9.   Danbury C scored their first win of the Season, by a 7-3 margin over OCs A. Terry Dowsett was undefeated for OCs but Ian Whiteside, Colin Napper and David Gatheral all won twice to give Danbury the ascendancy. OCs A also lost 8-2 to Chelmsford B who have jumped into second place. Charlie Craig and Josh Bickles were both on superb form and both bagged hat-tricks whilst Shirish Basant Rai won twice. Charlie Craig completed an outstanding evening’s work with a 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 victory over Robbie Burton. Writtle A ran out 6-4 winners against Danbury C after Ryan Pitt, Richard Storey and Aaron Chandler had all won twice. Danbury C’s new signing – Trevor Lloyd will give them fresh impetus that they can compete at this level. Lloyd remained undefeated although Richard Storey only lost narrowly 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11. Good effort !.  Elsewhere, Writtle A fielding a line-up featuring both Duncan Taylor and Lee McHugh ran out 7-3 winners against Galleywood A. Taylor and McHugh gave nothing away.  

Danbury G impressed in division two as they powered to a 9-1 win over Danbury E. Dan Piggott and Sanjay Saptarshi were both undefeated whilst Neil Want was on target for the losers with a fine 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5 win over David Gatheral.  The reliable Gary Ward (nine wins out of nine to date) led Writtle C to a 6-4 win over OCs C whilst early leaders Hatfield Peverel A did well to beat Danbury F 8-2. Gareth Davies excelled with three singles wins. He completed his evening’s work by defeating Gordon Gatheral 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7.  It was honours even between Danbury F and OCs B. Gareth Joice was undefeated for the Old Chelmsfordians side.  OCs B also shared the points against Chelmsford D. OCs’ Kevin Worthington was undefeated whilst Keith Martin picked up two very hard fought wins for the Chelmsford side. He beat Charles Yeung 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10, 11-9 and Gareth Joice 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9. Danbury D ran out 6-4 winners against Writtle B, good going as it was Writtle B’s Paul Sturton who remained unbeaten. Sturton had to pull out all the stops (and a little bit extra) to beat Chris Buer 11-13, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10 to seal his hat-trick.

In division three Galleywood B (23 points out of 30) are top and they beat Danbury K 7-3. James Hicks, Bryn Thomas and Mark Glenister all won twice. In a game which had “division one” written all over it David Gatheral defeated James Hicks 13-11, 11-8, 11-8. David Gatheral has also set a record of sorts. How many players can have appeared in the results for three divisions in the same Press report ?. Maldon A are second and with Hamish Innes remaining undefeated they beat Danbury K 7-3. The last game of the evening was the tightest and Peter Hance saw off Dawn Baldry, just, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 14-12. OCs D scored their first win of the Season by beating Writtle D 7-3. Richard Baxter (six wins out of six) led the way. Chelmsford F were in control against Chelmsford E, winning 8-2. Nikita Tkachuk won his three singles and Luke Richardson and Andy Swales both won twice. Team work enabled Danbury H to beat Hatfield Peverel B 7-3. Dave Goody, Richard Allen and Dave Powell all won twice. Richard Allen defeated Paul Mulley 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 11-6, 15-13 in the closest game of the night.

Division four leaders Maldon B scored their second and third wins of the Season, beating Danbury L 6-4 and Highwood A 7-3. Dawn Baldry (nine wins out of nine) won’t lose many at this level and she overcame Danbury L’s Kevin Willis (9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4) in her most testing encounter.  OCs E scored their first win of the Season, 7-3 against Chelmsford G. David Newman and Farooq Ahmed both stayed unbeaten. Vasile Barbulet overcame Russ Hall 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 10-12, 14-12 in the closest game of the night. Highwood B ran out narrow 6-4 winners over Galleywood C. Roger Patient won his three singles for the Highwood team whilst Will Goodchild with two wins fared best of the Galleywood side. Chelmsford H also won 6-4. Harry Chivers was undefeated and he beat Ian Hockley, the best of the Writtle players 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.

Leaders Hatfield Peverel E were clear-cut winners in division five. They powered to a 9-1 win over Hatfield Peverel D. Gary Simmons and Deb Ginn were both undefeated. Three games were decided by last gasp margins and Kath Little missed out narrowly twice. She lost 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11 to Gary Simmons and 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11 against Deb Ginn. Danbury M ran out 6-4 winners against Maldon C, although Andrea Alleyne (seven wins out of seven) remained undefeated for Maldon.  Andrea had to dig deep to beat Norman Hayes 6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4. Chelmsford J (Peter Davenport, Jacqui Smith and Shengbing Zhu) were also 6-4 winners against OCs F, although they all missed out against Stuart Wintle. It was 6-4 again as Buttsbury A beat Hatfield Peverel C. Tomasz Krolikowski won his three singles for Buttsbury. Keith Cullen prevailed, just, 12-10, 12-14, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10 against Richard Drozd. Buttsbury A in turn added eight points to their total by beating Hatfield Peverel D 8-2. Jamie Elliott and Ben Brown were both undefeated. Jamie Elliott beat Davina Brazier 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6 in the last game of the evening.

Chelmsford Pumas beat Chelmsford Tigers 3-2 in division 1A of the Chelmsford Junior League. Good going as Aarav Mehta won twice for the Tigers. Mehta beat Alesha Ellis-Austin 9-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5 and Todd Martin 7-11, 11-9, 11-17, 11-5.   Chelmsford Panthers also won, 3-2, with Chelmsford Tigers again the victims. Soumil Jain won twice for the Tigers beating Keen Wong-Anan 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 and Pratham Raut 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9.

Chelmsford Wildcats ran out 5-0 winners against Buttsbury Beavers in division 1B to move into top place. Harrison Hill and Malachi O’Leary carried all before them. Harrison Hill had to work hard against Aidan Tucker before he triumphed 7-11, 11-5, 10-12 , 11-8, 11-7. The Wildcats also beat Buttsbury Badgers 3-2. Harrison Hill was again undefeated. Buttsbury Badgers in turn picked up a 4-1 win over Chelmsford Jaguars. Joseph Hutt led the way with a 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 win over Lotte Mills and a 11-9,11-5, 11-7 victory against Francesca Hart.    

Chelmsford Antelopes have made a perfect start in division 1C. Samaksh Sirohi and Richard Carter powered to a 5-0 win against Chelmsford Falcons. They have scored 10 points out of 10. Chelmsford Cougars also started impressively. Dan Lewis was undefeated as they beat Chelmsford Eagles 4-1. Dan Lewis overcame Felix Reeve narrowly, very narrowly 12-10, 8-11, 4-11, 14-12, 11-9 in the first game. Adhuna Das was in turn unbeaten as Buttsbury Bulldogs beat Chelmsford Falcons 3-2.   

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 10 October 2021

James Liddiard unbeaten in his first two matches

Chelmsford A scored two emphatic wins in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League, beating Danbury A (8-2) and Chelmsford B (10-0) and they look to be the favourites to take the title. Newcomer James Liddiard and Dan Young were undefeated in both matches whilst Gary Young (who only played against Chelmsford B) was undefeated in that match. For Chelmsford B who had won 10-0 themselves last week it might have appeared to have been a sobering experience but the Chelmsford B side actually acquitted themselves pretty well in defeat. Harry Buckle pushed Gary Young all the way before succumbing 9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11 and he came similarly close against Daniel Young before missing out 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 3-11, 8-11. Josh Bickles took Daniel Young to five fluctuating ends before he lost 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2, 4-11.  Danbury A did well to beat Chelmsford C 7-3 in their second match.  Dave Richardson scored an impressive hat-trick which included a 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 win over Simon Jarvis. Wiktor Delimat impressed for the Chelmsford team with his 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory over Babul McLeod.  

One point separates the top four teams in division two and it is Danbury E (13 points) who lead the way after two games. Tony Forster, Dick Wyman and Tim Cramphorn all won twice in their 6-4 win over Writtle B. Dick Wyman set them on their way by beating Trevor Collin 12-10, 16-18, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 in a well contested opening encounter. Gary Ward’s hat-trick gave Writtle C the edge as they beat Danbury D 6-4. Ward had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Chris Buer 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 14-12, 16-14. Quite a battle. Danbury D were in turn 8-2 winners over OCs C. Steve Buer and Chris Buer were both undefeated on this occasion. Writtle C missed out 6-4 against Chelmsford D for whom Harry Chivers, Sudheeep Kamma and Saul Chivers all won twice. They all missed out against Gary Ward who secured his hat-trick with a 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10 win over Harry Chivers.  It was team-work which enabled Hatfield Peverel A to beat Danbury G 6-4. Martin Archie, Neil Freeman and Gareth Davies all won twice to counter Sanjay Saptarshi’s three wins. Saptarshi fought back from a heavy first game defeat to beat Martin Archie 2-11, 12-10, 11-8, 12-10 to seal his third win of the night.

Galleywood B lead the way in division three with 16 points. Mark Glenister, Gary Copsey and John Holland powered their way to a 10-0 win over Hatfield Peverel B.  Maldon A led by an unbeaten Hamish Innes ran out 8-2 winners against Hatfield Peverel B. Gareth Davies won twice for the losers and this included a 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 16-14 win over Brian Riedling. Danbury J were 6-4 winners against Writtle D. Dave Marsh’s hat-trick gave them the ascendancy. Malcolm Henstock pipped Dave Meah 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10 in the best game of the night. Writtle D were also on the wrong end of a 6-4 defeat against Chelmsford F. Andy Swales won his three singles for the Chelmsford side and Alex Tkachuk won twice.  Danbury J impressed by beating OCs D 9-1. Dave Marsh, John Robinson and David Meah won all nine singles but drew a blank in the doubles on this occasion. Tom Barker and Ian Butler were surprisingly comfortable 11-9, 11-2, 11-4 winners against Dave Marsh and John Robinson.  Danbury H ran out 6-4 winners against Chelmsford E. Dave Hancox’s three singles was the difference between the two teams. Hancox secured his third win by beating Dave Parker 12-10, 11-9, 10-12, 6-11, 11-5 in the last game of the night.

Second placed Maldon B (15 points) scored their second win of the Season in division four. Dawn Baldry was undefeated as they beat Highwood B 8-2 and she received good support from Brian Speller and Shirley Carroll who both won twice. Newcomer Roger Patient picked up two wins for the Highwood side. Danbury L ran out 7-3 winners against OCs E and they top the table with 16 points. Denis Crapnell led the way with three wins whilst Dave Goody and Kevin Willis both picked up two wins apiece. Farooq Ahmed won twice for the losers.

Hatfield Peverel C were the week’s big winners in division five. Richard Drozd and Mick Carter were both undefeated in their 9-1 win against Danbury H. Hatfield Peverel E did well to beat Maldon C 6-4, good going as Andrea Alleyne won her three singles for Maldon C. Andrea had to fight back from 2-0 down to get the better of the tenacious Alistair Brown 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8. Danbury M were 6-4 winners against OCs F who paid the price for being a player short. Stuart Wintle was unbeaten for the Old Chelmsfordians team and this included a hard fought 9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 11-6 win against Martin Knights.

Junior League action is underway and Buttsbury Bees made a winning start in division 1A . Jamie Elliott was undefeated as they defeated Chelmsford Panthers 3-2. The game between Pratham Raut and Jamie Elliott went “to the wire” before Elliott sealed victory 7-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10.  Chelmsford Leopards beat Buttsbury Bats 4-1. Cleon Fernandes led the way with a 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 win against George Standish and a 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 victory over George Hagland.

Chelmsford Antelopes were 5-0 winners over Chelmsford Eagles in division 1C. Richard Carter and Arnav Kumar dominated this match.     

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


Press Report Issued on 3 October 2021

Flying start for Chelmsford B in division one  

Table Tennis has returned to the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League after the 2020-21 Season had to be abandoned following the Covid induced break. The League has retained it’s five senior divisions and refreshingly it also has three junior divisions which commence shortly. Doubles play has been retained in League play, something that is no longer the case in the neighbouring Braintree League.

It has been quite a while since we have had an all-teenage line-up in division one of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. The Chelmsford B side of Josh Bickles (aged 15), Harry Buckle (17) and Charlie Craig (17) powered to a 10-0 win over Danbury C. They will be joined by Shirish Basant Rai and should do well this year in a division one which is missing the 2019-20 winners - Maldon A.   Danbury B were impressive 8-2 winners over Chelmsford C. Newcomer Matt Stringer was undefeated and he set them on their way with a last gasp 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10 victory over Simon Jarvis in the first game. Simon Jarvis fought back with wins over Dan Anderson (3-2) and Sam Lowman (3-1). The match between OCs A and Galleywood A finished tied at 5-5. OCs powered into a 3-0 lead and then found themselves pegged back to 3-3, so perhaps a draw was a fair result.  OCs’ Rob Burton produced a display which can’t be bettered. All three of his games were decided at deuce in the fifth end. Burton fought back from 2-0 down to beat James Hicks 12-10 in the fifth end, but lost to Gary Brignall at 14-12 in the decider. He rounded off an excellent evening’s work with a 14-12 in the fifth end win over Steve Kerns. Gary Brignall and James Hicks both excelled by beating Terry Dowsett.

Division two is often very closely matched. From the look of this week’s results that could be the case this year as well. OCs B drew 5-5 with Danbury G. No player stayed undefeated. Kevin Worthington and Trevor Carter both won twice for Old Chelmsfordians whilst Eamon Hall and Sanjay Saptarshi both bagged two wins for Danbury. Kevin Worthington sealed the draw for OCs by beating Eamon Hall 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 in the last game of the night. Chelmsford D edged out Danbury F 6-4 after a hard-fought game. Alan Scammell won his three games for the Danbury side but Adi Kamma and Sudheep Kamma “balanced the books” with two wins apiece. Saul Chivers beat Denis Balic 11-5, 12-14, 5-11, 11-9, 19-17. Quite a tussle !.  Danbury E ran out 7-3 winners against OCs C. Neil Want was unbeaten for Danbury and this included a 11-8, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-9 victory over Mick Richardson, another nail-biter. Hatfield Peverel A were 6-4 winners against Writtle B. Martin Archie led the way with three impressive wins and he concluded an excellent evening’s work by beating Phil Smith 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 in the last game of the evening.       

Division three saw all three games decided by 6-4 scorelines. Galleywood B led by the redoubtable John Holland beat Chelmsford E. Adi Kamma won twice for Chelmsford and this included fighting back from 2-0 down to get the better of Colin Blore 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8.  Chelmsford F beat Danbury H, good going as all three of their players lost to Gordon Gatheral. In the game of the night Gatheral hung on to beat Nikita Tkachuk 14-12 in the decider, after Tkachuk pulled back from 10-6 down. It was a similar story when Danbury K beat OCs D.  Danbury K came out on top even though Richard Baxter remained undefeated for the Old Chelmsfordians side. Baxter completed his hat-trick with a 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10 win over Peter Hance in the final game of the match. Mo Hardy had to pull out all the stops to beat Farooq Ahmed 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 4-11, 12-10.

Danbury L are the early leaders in division four. Mervyn Perriman, James Gatheral and Denis Crapnell were 9-1 winners against Chelmsford G. Newcomer Vasile Barbulet was the sole winner for Chelmsford with a 11-6, 11-5, 11-13, 6-11, 11-8 win over James Gatheral. Writtle E beat Galleywood C 8-2. Ian Hockley led the way with a hat-trick and this included a 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 success against Colin Blore, Galleywood’s best player. Highwood A are also off to a winning start. Melanie Bonnett led the way as they beat OCs E 6-4. Melanie got the better of David Newman 3-11, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12 to secure the win for her side.

Hatfield Peverel D have made a flying start in division five. Deb Ginn, Kath Little and Davinia Brazier powered to a 9-1 win over Danbury N. Deb Ginn and Davinia Brazier both bagged hat-tricks whilst Kath Little only missed out to Dan Wise. OCs F led by David Bishop’s hat-trick were 6-4 winners against Hatfield Peverel E. Bishop had to work hard to secure his third win, before he pinched the victory by beating Gary Simmons 11-4, 9-11,11-4, 10-12, 11-8 in the last game of the evening. Chelmsford J’s Peter Davenport, Jacqui Smith and Paul Bullock all won twice as they beat Danbury M 6-4. Paul Thirkettle picked up two wins for Danbury M. Maldon C ran out 7-3 winners over Buttsbury after Andrea Alleyne had led the way with an undefeated performance.  

Jan Fuller, the 2018-19 runner-up in the Ladies Singles at the Chelmsford Closed Championships (and who has recently moved to Norwich) was a triple medallist in the 2021 ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championships played in Berlin in September. Gold was achieved in the Ladies Singles with wins over Silke Kind (Germany) 11-7, 12-14,11-9, 11-9 in the Semi-Final and against Margie Alley (USA) 16-14, 11-8, 11-7 in the Final. Jan also won a Silver medal with team-mate George Chan in the Mixed Doubles and a Bronze medal in the Ladies Doubles with Chile’s Digna Lopez-Abarca.    

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League


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