Nuneaton & District table Tennis League
We are two weeks into the new table tennis season, and, as far as division 1 is concerned it is starting out as the league ended in the last season with Ambleside E at the top of the division. They played the two teams newly promoted from Division 2 last year, Crescent & Ambleside H, and in both matches they came away with 7-3 wins. Crescent’s result was particularly good given they were down to only two players with Khalil Badat winning 2 of his sets against tough opposition. Arun Jogi made a maximum in the second match against their sister team.
However, it does not look like they will have it all their own way with two Ajax Wolvey teams, their C & D teams both on 13 points, one point behind the leaders. Ajax C had a really good win against last year’s runner up, Stockingford C, beating them 6-4 with both William Panes and Paul Calloway making a maximum, and then in the next match going one better with a 7-3 win over Stockingford B, and once again the same two players made a maximum. The D team also met the same Stockingford team in the first week of the season with the same result, and Derek Thompson making a maximum, and then they went on to beat Crescent 6-4 with Pete Morris winning all his 3 sets.
Coming in equal 5th place are two teams who finished in the top 3 spots last year, NALGO MIRA 1 and Stockingford C. NALGO opened their league campaign with a 6-4 win over Ambleside H, with Pete Jamieson making a maximum, but he and Lee Bennett had a titanic struggle but Pete eventually beat Lee over 4 games winning 17-15 in the final game of the set. Stockingford C as mentioned above lost their first match 6-4, then they met NALGO in the second week with the final result being another 6-4, with NALGO just losing out this time, and Leigh Morris was Player of the Match with a maximum.
In equal 7th are the two promoted teams Ambleside H and Crescent, with Stockingford B residing in bottom position, but there are only 8 points between the top and bottom spot so it would seem at this early stage that this league is going to be harder fought than last year.
In division 2, the top spot is held by Ambleside A who started with a match against Stockingford A who were relegated form Division 1 last year and honours were shared 5-5, and young Jack Millerchip won all his three singles, and helped Paul Ingram in the final doubles to grab the draw. In their second match they came up against one of their sister teams, Ambleside R who came up from Division 3 last year and had an easy 9-1 win. Close behind Ambleside is the other team relegated from division 1, NALGO MIRA 2 who are only 1 point adrift of the leaders. They started with a 7-3 win over the Fire Brigade, who unfortunately were weakened by only having 2 players, but the Fire Brigade captain, Steve Leonard blazed his way to a maximum for their only points. NALGO then met Stockingford A in a close match taking the honours 6-4, with Steve Tandy making a maximum.
In 3rd spot on 10 points is Ajax Wolvey B, and only 4 points behind the top spot, having played just one match so far, and this was another defeat for Ambleside R, with Wolvey taking all the points in a 10-0 whitewash. On the same number of points is the Fire Brigade following up their defeat in the first week with a 7-3 win over newly promoted Ambleside C, with Steve Leonard and Gareth Edmunds both making a maximum. Stockingford A is in the next spot on 9 points, and at the bottom of the league are the two promoted teams Ambleside C and R, who are finding it tough going so far but there is still a long way to go.
Division 3 has a new team this year, Stockingford D, and even at this early stage of the year they are looking like the team to beat. They are currently in top spot with 18 points after beating Ajax Wolvey G, by 8-2, with Garry Rhodes making a maximum, then following this up with a 10-0 beating of Griff & Coton in the second week. In second spot is Ambleside G, who are 5 points behind at this stage. They were held to a 5-5 draw with Weddington Social, with Josh Carlton winning his final singles then accompanying Manny Patel to win the doubles which gave them a draw against an improving Weddington side, with Jamie Watson making a maximum for them. Ambleside G then went on to beat their sister side Ambleside D 8-2 to push them up into 2nd spot. Ajax Wolvey F are in 3rd position, 4 points behind Ambleside G, but they have only played one match so far winning that 9-1 against Weddington with John Steer taking the man of the match accolade with a maximum. Ambleside D follow on the same points as Wolvey F but have played one more match, beating Griff & Coton 7-3 in their first match, followed by the loss to their G team as mentioned above. Weddington Social find themselves in 5th place following their matches, and Griff & Coton follow them 3 points behind, but again having only played the one match so far. In bottom spot is the team from Ajax Wolvey G, who have a lot of players new to the league, and will gain much needed experience as the season wears on.
It is not too late if anyone in the area would like to join a team then please contact the league development officer Steve Hobley on 01455 220417, or e-mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org