Outstanding fixtures will decide who will be D1 champions
With all originally scheduled matches now completed, the outcome of the large amount of postponed and rearranged matches in Division 1 will decide the remaining promotion and relegation issues. Rowhedge F ‘s stay in the Division is now at an end but who goes down with them and who will ascend to the Premiership next season is still to be decided. St James C are guaranteed to go up having lead the table for most of the season but can still theoretically be pipped to the title should Dedham A win all their remaining games convincingly. The Tracey/Rampton selection can still be overhauled by the strong finishing Walton B, with Kevin James leading their charge with an amazing 10 player of the match performances!
At the other end of the table, the arrival of Scott Bills at Tollesbury A has helped lift them out of the danger zone and exceeding their final total of 83 points is now the target for St James B as they seek to avoid consecutive relegations. 15 points and 2 more wins would do it for the Clacton based team as they would then have a superior number of drawn matches to Tollesbury, but it looks a tough task.
The division has been notable for the number of teams made up of family members and the recent encounter between Dedham and Rowhedge E pitched father and son Paul and Mike Tracey against grand-daughter and ( whisper it ) grandfather combination of Gracie and Martin Edwards. Rowhedge’s dynasty came of best in the family duel, with Martin player of the match and Gracie taking the notable scalps of both Traceys in a pulsating 5-5 draw. Elsewhere, father and son Ken and Mike Lewis have been striving to guarantee Horkesley C’s status in D1, and an unbeaten evening for both against Rowhedge D has now made their survival certain.
Teams are reminded that all outstanding fixtures must be resolved by 17th April.
Author: via Colchester Table Tennis League
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