With almost three-quarters of games complete in the Colchester & District Table Tennis League, teams are looking to pick up valuable points to help their chances of gaining promotion or staying in their respective divisions. Two teams at the top of Division Four are finding it extremely hard to falter in their battle to claim the top spot. Tollgate F remain at the peak of the table after beating Gt Horkesley F 9-1. It could have been different if Caroline Dunn had not awarded Callum Wilkinson a walkover. Toby Deng and Wilkinson won all of their games. Gt Horkesley E remain two points behind as they matched Tollgate F’s win by beating Tollgate E 9-1. Paul Naret-Barnes and Janet Faiers proved too strong as they ended the night unbeaten. CRGS A beat Lawford E 8-2 in the other game of the week in Division Four.
The Premier Division is even closer at the top of the table thanks to Tollgate A’s 7-3 victory over Rowhedge B. With Rik James and Andy Warner finely poised at two wins apiece, it came down to the last game of the evening to see who would prevail. It was no surprise, then, when the game went to five sets. Warner was able to open a big lead and never looked back, beating James 11-3 in the fifth. Gt Horkesley A looked to take this opportunity to move above Rowhedge B in the table and did so with a 6-4 win against Rowhedge A. Jake Collins won all of his games for Gt Horkesley. These results leave Gt Horkesley top, level on points with Rowhedge B, and Tollgate A three points behind in 3rd place. St James B were too strong for lowly Pegasus A after beating them 8-2. Dedham A beat Walton A 6-4 to move level on points with Walton, both of whom are fighting to stay in the division. Rowhedge C beat Tollgate B 7-3 in a mid-table clash.
In Division One, Lawford A stay top after beating Rowhedge D 7-3. Keith Norman (Lawford) was the only player able to achieve a maximum. Pegasus B remain 2nd thanks to a fine maximum from Steve Noble in their big 8-2 win over Tollesbury B. Tollgate C were victorious over Walton B (6-4), with Neil Freeman winning all of his games for Tollgate.
2nd place in Division Two is still up for grabs after Lawford B and Tollesbury B both recorded wins during the week. Tollesbury B’s win was probably the more significant as they beat the team currently in 2nd place, Pegasus B, 7-3. Bryan Speller and Rob King won all of their games for Tollesbury. Lawford B matched this scoreline by beating Gt Horkesley D 7-3. Paul Hewitt was too strong for all of Gt Horkesley’s players. Gt Horkesley C beat Rowhedge G 6-4.
Lawford C recorded a strong 8-2 win against 3rd place St James E to further cement their place at the top of Division Three. Matt Webb and Mark Seymour were unbeaten come the end of the evening. Rowhedge H look likely to join Lawford C in going up to the next division after a comfortable 9-1 victory over Dedham C. They move six points ahead of St James E and have three games in hand over them. Dedham D are struggling at the bottom of the table as they went down 9-1 to a young Rowhedge I team. Jenny Clarke gained Dedham’s only point of the night, beating Cameron Simpson in four sets. Pegasus E drew 5-5 with Gilberd A.
Tom Lewis - CDTTL Press Officer