Dave Bowles made his Colchester debut for St James A
Gt Horkesley C, relegated from Division One last season are off to a flyer this time with two excellent wins against potential promotion rivals in Division Two of the Colchester & District table tennis League. Last week it was Lawford A and this time it was Walton C suffering defeat, 9-1 with Wudong Liu unbeaten so far, joined by Captain Lloyd Bennett-Smith with three fine wins. John Rice won the consolation point for the seaside team beating Mike Emerson, who won two. Tollgate B are second thanks largely to another player with six straight wins, Holly Stubbings and she was joined by her father, John in completing maximums in an 8-2 win over Tollesbury A. Game of the night however, was Mike Tracey’s five set thriller with Paul Freeman, both players attacking from distance with Tracey fluking the final point to win 11-7. Chris Brook tormented H20 Rowhedge D, winning three for their ‘F’ team against them but Brian Speller and Graham Farmer both won two each and teamed up to win the doubles in a narrow 6-4 win. Both teams share third spot. Previously it was Tony Oswick who denied H20 Rowhedge F, winning all three for St James C in a 7-3 defeat. Dan Rhodes made an impresive start for his new Rowhedge team with two wins matching Nigel Claydon and Colin Powell. Lawford B had a good 8-2 win over St James C with Peter Freeborough and Mark Seymour undefeated. H20 Rowhedge E opened their account with a 6-4 win over Pegasus B for whom the irrepressible Glen Laing won three. Lawford A’s Luke Swain took the player-of-the-match in a 6-4 win at St James B. Highlight of the evening was veteran George Berry’s fight back from two sets down to beat Annabelle Rodriguez.
Gt Horkesley E head Division Three and they put in a strong team performance against Pegasus C. Messrs’ Holland, Wolski and Witton each won two but none could stop Tony Eversden completing an excellent treble despite this his Pegasus C team went down 7-3. Title favourites and former St Peters team Gt Horkesley D are second as they trounced CRGS 10-0. This was despite their first match shock defeat at home to Pegasus C with the nomadic Steve Noble winning three including a straight sets win over Ian Carter who won two. Carter inflicted Tony Eversden’s only defeat of the season so far. University of Essex are third but also suffered defeat, 6-4 at St James D. John Hatley won three for the seaside team. Previously the University team beat H20 Rowhedge H 9-1 with Oliver Pink and Nathan Nicol unbeaten.
Early Division Four front runners are Tollgate D, an amazing eight points clear at this early stage. They hammered Lawford E 10-0 with Captain Richard Baxter returning from his holidays to join Mick Taylor and Karl Baldwin all winning three. Despite this Lawford are second as they beat Gt Horkesley F 9-1 the previous week, Nigel Foakes and Ivan Jarrad undefeated on that occasion. Their ‘D’ team share second spot, undefeated, this week beating Pegasus E 6-4. Barry Steggal won three for the Marks Tey based team. Previously a very strong H20 Rowhedge I team heralded the return of the wily Peter Giles who won three in a 5-5 draw.
In the top echelon Tollgate A’s 8-2 defeat of their B team sees them two points clear at the top. There was a successful return after a two year absence for Keiron Lally who joined Greg Green unbeaten including the doubles. Pegasus A had a good 8-2 win at home to Walton A with both Rob Bozier and Ian Whiteside scoring maximums. St James A are third despite a 6-4 defeat at H20 Rowhedge B for whom Kevin Gowlett won three with Dave Bowles picking up two on debut.