Match Report Week 3
It was another winning performance for the newly formed Blazing Paddles as they ran out 6-4 winners against Balls of Fury in Division One of North Devon table tennis league. Kevin Taylor continued his unbeaten return with yet another treble and was backed up by a strong double from Steve Richardson. Tim Strand provided some resistance picking up two points for Balls Fury but the result means Blazing Paddles are now three points clear heading into week 4.
Now only sitting three points adrift in second place, Smugglers put last week’s defeat to bed in emphatic fashion, beating newly promoted Holsworthy D 10-0. On what was a relatively comfortable night for the home side, Dave Sillifant of Holsworthy was the only one really to provide any fight, firstly losing in four to Martin Babulik and forcing Peter Hedge into a five-setter. The performance of night went to Matthew Thomas as he produced an unblemished treble for Smugglers on their way to victory.
Bridgerule now hold third position in the table with a game in hand on those above, after a hard fought 7-3 win against reigning champions Misfits. David Streak maintained his perfect start to the season for Bridgerule, whilst his two teammates suffered their first defeats. Peter Freeburn only managed one win, while Steve Cragg, despite producing a strong double suffered a first blemish on his record losing out to Misfits main man so far this year Martyn Beer. Although Martyn’s record was made to suffer the same fate as David Streak put him to the sword on a night that leaves Misfits in sixth place.
After a difficult season last year for the Herons this season appears to be a different story thus far, as their 8-2 win over Chulmleigh A this week leaves them in fourth place. Two impressive trebles from both Robert Herman and James Raymont along with a successful partnership in the doubles spoke for the majority of their points. Captain Bill Tregellas had a difficult night but picked up a point in his last match of night to ensure his side walked away with the magical eight. Harry Collins and Gerald Luscombe landed a point apiece for Chulmleigh but that wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Sitting level on points with Herons after this week’s results though are Spin Doctors who’s 8-2 win over Holsworthy A made it a pretty bad week for that part of North Devon. Michael Sussex continued his unbeaten start with another treble but was made to work for it, winning in five against Dave Salisbury. Teammates Dave Morgan and Dave Ewen both secured doubles, along with opposition player Keith Bradshaw. The result leaves Holsworthy A one point off the bottom and in real need of a lift in the coming weeks.
In division two, Paddlers sit two points clear of Littleham at the top of the tree with Tim Cooke’s replacement this season Joe Percival working wonders for them. Tim’s transition to division one has seen Joe fill the void to great effect, picking up his first treble in an 8-2 win over West Buckland. Dave Sweeney and Sam Coutu-Oughton also won two each to demonstrate a performance worthy of top spot.
Littleham kept up their pursuit of Paddlers in the best possible fashion with a whitewash of Dolphins. The ever familiar trio of David Stone, Mike Bellew and Alan Pomeroy were in no mood to mess around and despatched their opposition to gain two points on Paddlers despite their impressive win.
In the battle for a third and fourth place at this stage of the season both Despicables and Chulmleigh Chiefs played out a five-all draw in what was a tight affair. Andrew Suliauskas was the star player on the night being only one on either side to pick up a treble. Both Joey Butt of the Chiefs and Richard Nicholls of Despicables recorded doubles, whilst Susan Jackson and Bob Taylor also of Despicables picked up a single point each. The result means Despicables maintain their three point gap in third.
The other match taking place saw the meeting of both Holsworthy B and C and it is safe to say the bragging rights firmly sit with the B team. In a 9-1 win, Barry Stearman and Jill Knightley both earned themselves trebles, whilst Douglas Genini scored Holsworthy C their only point of the night, meaning Jeremy Rickman had to settle for two. Holsworthy B are now in fifth place with that victory, whilst their counterparts look in a rather more difficult state, three points off the bottom.
Compiled by Rob Herman.