Newspaper Report - Week 8

Division One:

TeamName

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Ajax Wolvey A

8

8

0

0

75

5

75

Ambleside Experts

8

7

0

1

58

22

58

Boys Club A

8

6

0

2

47

33

43

Nalgo B

8

4

0

4

39

41

38

Crescent A

8

1

1

6

28

52

28

Boys Club B

8

2

1

5

26

54

26

Nalgo D

8

3

0

5

24

56

23

Stockingford B

8

0

0

8

23

57

23

 

 

Division Two:

TeamName

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Ambleside Heroes

8

8

0

0

65

15

65

Ajax Wolvey C

8

6

0

2

53

27

53

Nalgo F

8

5

0

3

45

35

45

Fire Brigade

8

4

0

4

39

41

38

Ambleside Amateurs

8

3

0

5

38

42

38

Stockingford A

7

3

0

4

31

39

31

Nalgo E

7

2

0

5

31

39

31

Ajax Wolvey B

8

0

0

8

8

72

8

 

 

Division Three:

TeamName

Pl

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Crescent B

8

7

0

1

68

12

68

Ajax Wolvey D

8

7

0

1

62

18

62

Ambleside Fanatics

8

6

0

2

51

29

51

Crescent C

8

5

1

2

50

30

50

Boys Club C

8

3

0

4

36

44

33

Ambleside Dynamos

8

2

1

5

33

47

32

Ajax Wolvey E

8

1

0

7

15

65

15

Ambleside Battlers

8

0

0

8

5

75

5

 

 

 

Div 1

We are now into the Christmas break, and into the second half of the league season, and there seems to be no stopping Ajax Wolvey A’ this year as they have now amassed a 17 point lead over 2ndplaced Ambleside E. In their last two outings, Wolvey A whitewashed bottom placed Stockingford B 10-0, although Bob Whittaker of Stockingford did his best to upset the leaders by taking Jon Williams to 5 sets, and only lost 13 -11 in the 5thset of the final singles to Andy Lebuttbut. Wolvey then dropped 2 points against NALGO B beating them 8-2. Not surprisingly they have 3 players, Jon Williams, Aiden Walsh and Mick Allsopp, occupying the top 3 spots in the averages with a 100% success rate. Similarly Ambleside E look to be well cemented into the 2ndplace spot with a 15 point advantage over 3rdplaced Boys Club A, and those two teams met in week 7 with Ambleside running out 7-3 winners and Sohail Caratella maintaining his unbeaten run with a maximum. Boys Club A had a close match with Crescent A, especially considering they only had 2 players, but still managed a close win 6-4. Crescent also came off second best against 4thplaced NALGO B, losing 7-3 with Tony Nixon and Paul Lucas notching up a maximum each. Only 5 points separate the bottom 4 clubs so a real dogfight for the relegation spots should develop here as the season progresses. 2ndbottom NALGO D are having team problems at the moment and their cause was not helped when they were beaten 9-1 by Boys Club B who are one place above them. However, they then played against Stockingford B in bottom place, who were weakened by the loss of Bob Whittaker, and in a close match NALGO D beat their closest rival 6-4.

Div 2

Ambleside H continue in top spot and have a 12 point lead over 2ndplace Ajax Wolvey C who have taken this from NALGO F. Ambleside H have had two 9-1 wins against Stockingford A and Fire Brigade with Aaron Riley again making a maximum in both matches and continuing unbeaten at the top of the averages. Ajax Wolvey C had even better results with two 10-0 wins against their rival for 2ndplace NALGO F, and against their sister team Ajax Wolvey B who find themselves in bottom place, well astray of the rest of the league and look destined to return to division 3 next year. Bob Pickersgill and Pete Morris had maxima in both matches for Wolvey. NALGO F did have a good win 8-2 against Ambleside A which leaves them in 3rdplace 8 points behind Wolvey. This division is very close from 3rddown to 7thpositions, especially when the match in hand is played between Stockingford and NALGO E. Fire Brigade and Ambleside A are in the following places both with the same points figure of 38. Fire Brigade had a good win against NALGO E 8-2 with Steve Smith maintaining his good form with a maximum, and Ambleside A having the same result against Stockingford A, with Ambleside being bolstered with the arrival of Lee Bennett, although Greg Way was the man of the match with another maximum. Stockingford A and NALGO E are also locked together with a matching points figure of 31, and they  have yet to play each other in the one outstanding fixture in what will be a crunch match for both teams.

Div 3

Crescent B  had a super finish to 2011 jumping into top spot over Ajax Wolvey D as they had 3 wins out of 3. They had easy wins against Ambleside D 10-0, and Boys Club C 9-1 and followed this up with a good win in their outstanding fixture against in form team Ambleside F. This match was won 7-3, with Asif Patel the man of the match with an unbeaten 3 game haul, including the scalp of Matt Jackson who had been unbeaten up to that point. Ambleside F had 2 good wins previous to this defeat  with the pick of these being over the then current league leaders, Ajax Wolvey D, beating them 7-3. The top 3 positions have all changed now with Crescent B leading Wolvey D by 6 points, and Wolvey D being 11 points ahead of Ambleside F in 3rdplace. Crescent C follows Ambleside in 4thspot but are only 1 point behind. In the first 2 matches of 2012 Ajax Wolvey D play both Crescent teams and hope to emulate their wins against both teams at the beginning of the season. Like their sister team Crescent C also had a good end to 2012 with 2 wins 7-3 against Boys Club C, and 9-1 against Ajax Wolvey E, and Aadam Rashid got his first maximum in the later match. There is a large gap then to 5thand 6thspot occupied by Boys Club C and Ambleside D although only 1 point separates these two teams. Unfortunately both teams did not have a good finish to 2011 with both of them losing their last two matches, Boys Club coming up against the two Crescent teams, and Ambleside D playing Crescent C, then coming up against their sister team Ambleside F and losing 8-2. Ajax Wolvey E and Ambleside B had a bottom of the table clash in the penultimate match of 2011 and their positions were reversed with Ambleside going to the bottom of the division after they were beaten 10-0 by the Wolvey side, John Crook, Brian Emery and Julie Williscroft all enjoying themselves with maximum wins. The youngsters of Ambleside B are finding it tough in their first year in the league, but I know they enjoy their table tennis and that is what it is all about at the end of the day.

  

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