First maximum for Alan Burgess
Having prophesized changes at the top of Division One at the start of this season there is a familiar look about the top three teams in the Colchester & District Table Tennis League having all now played the same number of games. The curse of being at the top struck Gt Horkesley A as they went down 6-4 at home to Pegasus A. Ian Whiteside capitalised on the fact that team talisman Richard Goodhand was absent, winning three including a fine win over Aimee Sparkes who won two. Whiteside was joined by reserve Glen Laing to win the so often match winning doubles. Laing also got the better of Horkesley stand-in Steve Holland. Tollgate A takeover at the top with Keiran Lally making his second appearance of the week despite recent back surgery winning three, joined by Greg Green also unbeaten. H20 Rowhedge A are ominously just three points back in third place as they demolished Walton A 9-1. Another good performance from Jermaine Fearon saw him pick up two more wins and came close to making it three going down 14-12 in the fifth end to the awkward style of Colin Dearman. Alan Burgess registered his first treble of the season with Michael Andrews also undefeated. In Lally’s other appearance, this time for the ‘B’ team he stood alone picking up three wins in a 7-3 defeat at home to H20 Rowhedge B as they go up one place to seventh.
Walton C cemented their place at the top of Division Two with a win and a draw. They were held to 5-5 by local rivals St James B mainly thanks to Matt Watson’s treble which was emulated by John Rice in a 7-3 win at H20 Rowhedge E for Walton. Lawford A are up to second place following two big wins. The first was at the expense of St James C, 9-1 with Graham Mortimer and Nick Galley undefeated, the second 7-3 at home to H20 Rowhedge D with Keiran Hills taking the player-of-the-match award without dropping a set. Pegasus B continued their good run with a 6-4 win again also at the expense of H20 Rowhedge D. Glen Laing won the first of his two maximums, the other against Tollesbury A in an emphatic 8-2 success. Tollesbury’s Patrick Gilbert lost his unbeaten record to a spirited performance by Gordon Fairchild who also won three.
University of Essex thumped Division Three leaders Gt Horkesley E 8-2 with an impressive performance on debut from Matthew Horrocks, including a five set win by the narrowest of margins over Steve Holland. All three sets that he won were by the same 12-10 score line! Holland went one better completing a hat-trick playing up for Gt Horkesley D in a 7-3 win over St James D. Josh Sidki also won three for H20 Rowhedge G against a two-player St James D in another defeat but despite this the Clacton side still take over at the top. Third placed H20 Rowhedge D’s 8-2 defeat completed the trio of defeats for the top teams. It was Dedham A’s Mel Rampton who was largely responsible for the win taking his three singles which included a five set win over Oli Reynolds who won two. Tollesbury B are the big movers going up three places to fourth adding fifteen points to their tally. The Lewis family shared the honours with father Martyn claiming the player-of the match in a 10-0 win over CRGS and son Tom the same accolade in a 5-5 draw with H20 Rowhedge H. Steve Noble did the same for Pegasus C, joined by Tony Eversden winning three in an 8-2 win also at H20 Rowhedge H.
Tollgate D take the outright lead in Division Four by a point as they accounted for two-player Pegasus F 10-0. In the battle of the other promotion contender’s second place Gilberd A came out 9-1 winners against Dedham B only dropping the doubles. H20 Rowhedge I move up to third with Peter Giles once again untroubled in a 7-3 win at Gilberd B. Doug Green took a maximum for Pegasus E in a 6-4 win at Lawford E. There was a rare win for Gt Horkesley F, 6-4 at Pegasus G thanks mainly to a Matthew Rogers treble and no player achieved that feat in a 7-3 win for Lawford D at Gt Horkesley G.