Press Report - issued on 30 September 2019

James Denyer on top form for Chelmsford A

Chelmsford A returned to winning ways in the first division of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. With an unbeaten James Denyer in their side they beat Writle A 6-4. Casey Cross won twice for Chelmsford and just missed out against Duncan Taylor 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 15-17. The hard-hitting Denyer beat ace defender Taylor 15-13, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6. A strong OCs A side ran out 8-2 winners against Chelmsford C. Paul Lucas and Terry Dowsett were both undefeated. Terry Dowsett came through in five ends against Wiktor Delimat 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9. Galleywood A were in action twice. They drew 5-5 with Rawreth despite the fact that none of their players were able to get close to Liam Squirrell. Steve  Kerns battled through to beat Bertie Makoli 11-4, 12-14, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 and new signing Peter Barrett defeated Paul Brown 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 10-12, 11-5. Galleywood also lost to Champions Maldon A 7-3. Peter Barrett showed up well with an excellent win over Trevor Lloyd 11-5, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6. Alex Abbott was on top form for Maldon and he powered through to wins over Gary Brignall (11-3, 11-7, 11-4), Peter Barrett (11-5, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4) and Steve Kerns (11-2, 11-4, 11-1).  Danbury B won a close match against Chelmsford B 6-4, good going as it was Robert Shrimpton who was undefeated for Chelmsford. Sam Lowman and Dan Anderson  both won twice for Danbury with Lowman defeating Simon Jarvis 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 15-13.Cameron Gray played his part by beating Mark Allaway 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.  A fine team showing from Danbury B. 


In division two Danbury D scored their second 8-2 win of the Season as they beat OCs C. Neil Want and Tony Forster were both undefeated.  Maldon B also won 8-2 against Chelmsford D. Ciaran Whelan and Steve Scholz both won their three singles. Scholz prevailed 2-11, 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 against Victor Chan. Keith Martin was on target for the losers with a 11-9. 8-11,  5-11, 11-9, 11-9 win over Colin Napper. OCs B ran out 7-3 winners against Maldon C after a hard-fought match where four games were decided in the  fifth end. OCs were a player short but with Steve Northcott and Kevin Worthington both playing well they ran out handy winners. Northcott opened proceedings by getting the better of Thomas Page 11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 11-9. 

Division three produced two 7-3 results this week. Danbury F  led by Gordon Gatheral beat Writtle D. Ken Sheard beat Bob Garson 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9 in the closest game of the night. OCs D with Mick Richardson undefeated saw off Danbury J. David Porter came through in five ends to pip Rob Kneale 11-6, 3-11, 6-11, 13-11, 13-11. 

Galleywood C were impressive 9-1 winners in division four over Galleywood B.A. Andy Hanlon and Charlie Craig were both undefeated. Hanlon saw his team off to a winning start by beating Coin Blore 6-11, 9-11, 13-11, 13-11, 11-7. Chelmsford H beat OCs G 8-2. Andy Swales and James Donald were both undefeated.

Highwood B and Hatfield Peverel D were both impressive 9-1 winners in division five. Frank Neill and Russell Downton both bagged hat-tricks as Highwood beat OCs H. Downton impressed greatly beating Stuart Wintle 11-8, 11-9, 11-9. Andy Whiley and Andy Simmonds won their three singles as Hatfield Peverel D  defeated Hatfield Peverel E. Andy Simmonds had to pull out all the stops to get the better of  Phil West 9-11, 8-11, 1-16, 11-5, 11-8. Melanie Bonnett stayed undefeated as Highwood A beat OCs H 7-3. Melanie stopped Stuart Wintle in his tracks 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 8-11 11-5. The match between Hatfield Peverel E and Chelmsford K was closer and Hatfield Peverel shaded it 6-4.Good going as Jacqui Smith was undefeated for Chelmsford K. She came though in five epic ends to beat Bob Hillis 9-11, 12-10,12-10, 12-14, 11-9 - they don't come much closer  than that !.

The Chelmsford Junior League is up and running and with four divisions in operation it is great to see so many young players going through their paces.  Danbury Dragons (Ben Porter, Ewan Hynd  and Sam Ford) made it wo 5-0 wins out of two as they beat both Chelmsford Pumas and Chelmsford Rhinos in division 1A. They lead the way. Chelmsford Cougars (Josh Bickles and Sudheep Kamma) also won 5-0 against Chelmsford Leopards. Kamma defeated Cleon Fernandez 6-11, 11-7, 1-16, 11-3. Chelmsford Jaguars with Nyree Marsh undefeated ran out 4-1 winners against Chelmsford Pumas. Joachin Mapes won a tight five ender 12-10, 11-7, 3-11, 11-13, 11-7 for the losers against Annabell Sweeney. Chelmsford Rhinos with Saul Chivers undefeated were 3-2 winners against Chelmsford Leopards. Saul Chivers beat Cleo Fernandez 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 1-17, 13-11 in the closest game of the night.

Danbury Demons (Jenson Davis and Elliot Gardiner) lead the way in division 1B. They beat Buttsbury Bulldogs 5-0. Elliot Gardiner eased home in five ends against Jacob Lawrence 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6.

Buttsbury Beavers are the early leaders in division 1C. Harry Hutt won both of his singles as they beat Danbury Griffins. Harry Hutt beat Callum Caldwell 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 - a very good turnaround of fortunes and Adam Thirkettle 11-9, 11-2,11-16. Buttsbury Badgers (Max Samuels and Jacob Lawrence) defeated Chelmsford Antelopes 4-1. George Bilbow was on target for the Antelopes with a 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 1-18 success against Max Samuels. The Antelopes in turn tasted victory when they beat Butsbury Bats 4-1. Nikita Tkachuk was unbeaten. He beat Aidan Tucker 11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9 and Ryan Beresford Cole 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.    

Division 1D produced three close fought matches. Chelmsford Wolves emerged as 3-2 winners over Buttsbury Badgers courtesy of a very hard fought doubles win for brother and sister pairing Harry and Georgina Riches against Seamus Mellon and Joseph Butcher Moor 1214, 4-11, 13-11, 12-10, 1-18. It was the doubles again which gave Danbury Devils a 3-2 win against Buttsbury Badgers. This time Toby Restall and Ewan Sturrock surged through to beat Zachary Samuels and Ronnie Palmer 11-3, 11-6, 11-4. Chelmsford Wolves beat Buttsbury Bees with Georgina Riches winning both of her singles. She beat Henry Gothard 11-1,11-5, 11-4 and Joseph Hutt 11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 10-12, 11-6.

Very sad news has been reported from the Newman family. Geoff Newman passed away recently in Broomfield Hospital aged 87 following a short illness. He was a very well known player in Essex and father to the Newman brothers – Dave and Steve.   The Funeral will take place on Thursday 10 October 2019 at 15.30 hours at Chelmsford Crematorium followed by a get together at the Drapers Farm Club House.

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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Press Report issued on 23 September 2019

Liberal power to storming 10-0 win

Division One of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League has started with a flourish. Champions Maldon A showed that they will again be the team to beat as they hammered Chelmsford B 10-0. Alex Abbott, Trevor Lloyd and John Poysden carried all before them. Improving Victor Chan fared best as he pushed Alex Abbott to five ends before succumbing 3-11, 6-11,  11-6, 12-10, 4-11. The second match which resulted in a 10-0 scoreline was anything other than expected. Last year’s runners-up Chelmsford A were “put to the sword” by Liberal. Andrew Huckson, Simon Webber and Paul Davison  gave nothing away. Huckson downed the challenges of Wudong Liu (9-11, 11-5, 11-7,  11-9), Casey Cross (11-6, 11-6, 19-21, 11-9) and Shirish Basant Rai (9-11, 15-13, 11-6, 11-5). A superb performance. Danbury A impressed by beating OCs A 8-2. Eric Green and Reece Seddon were both undefeated.  Writtle A shared the points with Chelmsford C. Barintree Mens Singles Champion Lee McHugh was undefeated for Writtle whist Peter Layzell beat Waseem Qureshi 11-7, 2-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9 in the closest game of the night.

Danbury D are the early leaders in division two. Glenn Laing won his three singles as they beat Chelmsford D 8-2.  Writtle C also made a winning start, beating Maldon C 7-3. Dave Calleja was their match-winner. He beat Tom Page, the best of the Maldon players 6-11, 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8. Writtle B beat Hatfield Peverel A 6-4. after a hard fought match where six games were decided in the fifth end. Phil Smith was unbeaten for Writtle and he completed his hat-trick with a roller coaster 3-11, 11-3, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10 victory over Neil Freeman.   

Danbury E have taken an early lead in division three. David Gatheral won his three singles and he received excellent support from Tony Forster and  Tim Pulham who both won twice as they defeated Hatfield Peverel C 8-2.The other three matches all finished with 6-4.  Chelmsford E’s Harry Buckle, Vineeth Kamma and Rajeev Kamma all won twice against Danbury H although they all missed out against Dan Piggott. Piggott fought back strongly from 2-0 down to defeat Rajeev Mehta 3-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5. Trevor Collin was on top form as he led Writtle D to a narrow victory over Danbury J whilst Danbury F came out on top against OCs E in a match where no one player dominated.  Terry Hyland and Dave Marsh won twice for Danbury whilst John Newman and Tom Barker both bagged two wins for the Old Chelmsfordians side. John Newman impressed by beating Dave Marsh 11-5, 11-9, 11-9.   

Danbury K made the perfect start in division four. Kevin Willis, Denis Balac and Mick Robinson carried all before them against OCs G. Kevin Willis sealed the clean sweep by beating David Bishop  4-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 in the last game of the night. Galleywood C were also off to a winning start . Andy Hanlon led the way as they beat OCs F 8-2. Hanlon was poised at 2-2 against Farooq Ahmed but he surged clear in the decider to win 12-14, 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-0. The week’s most unusual scoreline. It was 8-2 again as Chelmsford F beat Writtle F. Sudheep Kamma won his three singles, and he sealed his hat-trick by beating Ian Hockley 4-11, 13-11, 13-11, 11-13, 12-10. Quite a battle !. The  other two matches were closer. Chelmsford H (Sarah Austin, Ian Austin and James Donald) beat Writtle E 6-4. James Donald won a five game thriller against Malcolm Storey 5-11, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8.  Chelmsford G also won 6-4, against Maldon D. Adi Kamma led the way with a hat-trick. Kamma’s last game was his closest and he finally saw off Bryan Spellar 11-8, 8-11, 13-11, 8-11, 16-14.

ARU Rhinos made a winning start in division five. Takunda Nerutanga led the way as they beat Chelmsford K 7-3. Nerutanga completed his  hat-trick with a 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6 win over Peter Davenport.  It was 7-3 again when Highwood A beat Chelmsford J. Melanie Bonnett won her three singles and this included a 7-11, 11-5, 14-12, 12-14, 11-5 victory against Bruce Li. Danbury L ran out 6-4 winners against Buttsbury. 85 year old Norman Hayes won his three singles for Danbury and his 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7 win over 12 year old Ollie Barrett was notable for the age differential between the two players. 73 years. Amazing. Hatfield Peverel D did well to beat Maldon E, good going as it was Andrea Alleyne who won her three singles for Maldon. She completed her hat-trick with a 11-1, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10 win over Mick Carter.

The CLICK League has been renamed the Chelmsford Junior League. New name but more popular than ever. This year 24 teams will be taking part in four two-a-side divisions. The Chelmsford  Club form a large a part of this membership. Chelmsford Eagles (Aarav Mehta and Nikita Tkachuk) ran out 5-0 winners over Danbury Griffins in division 1C.  Aarav Mehta beat William Ratcliffe 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9. Danbury Devils made a winning start in division 1D. Lotte Mills and Toby Restall beat Chelmsford Elephants 5-0. Toby Restall fought back to beat Eddie Pickwick 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7.   

Steve Kerns Press & Publicity Officer Chelmsford District Table Tennis League

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