Newspaper Report - Week 12

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 1

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Ambleside Experts

12

10

1

1

81

39

81

2

Ajax Wolvey C

12

9

1

2

77

43

77

3

NALGO MIRA 1

12

7

1

4

71

49

71

4

Stockingford C

11

7

0

4

67

43

67

5

Ajax Wolvey D

12

5

2

5

51

68

51

6

Stockingford B

11

2

1

8

46

64

46

7

Ambleside Heroes

12

2

1

9

42

77

42

8

CrescentC

12

0

3

9

34

86

28

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 2

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Nalgo Mira 2

11

9

1

1

85

25

85

2

Stockingford A

10

5

3

2

67

33

67

3

Ajax Wolvey B

10

5

1

4

55

45

55

4

Firebrigade B

10

5

2

3

51

49

48

5

Ambleside Amateurs

10

3

2

5

45

55

45

6

Ambleside Casuals

10

3

0

7

34

66

34

7

Ambleside Rhinos

11

1

1

9

23

87

23

Nuneaton Table Tennis Div 3

Pos

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

Total

1

Stockingford D

11

11

0

0

101

9

101

2

Ajax Wolvey F

10

7

0

3

58

42

58

3

Weddington Social Club

11

3

2

6

50

60

50

4

Ambleside Grafters

10

3

3

4

48

52

48

5

Ajax Wolvey G

10

4

1

5

47

53

47

6

Ambleside Dynamos

10

3

1

6

31

69

31

7

Griff And Coton

10

0

3

7

25

75

25

Division 1 has proved to be a very competitive league compared to previous seasons, and with two weeks of the season remaining Ambleside E have maintained their slender lead at the top with a 4 points lead over their closest rival Ajax Wolvey C. The two sides met in their last match where Ajax were looking to win the match and make up some of the deficit. Despite a maximum from Wolvey’s Paul Calloway it was not enough to see them to a win as Ambleside won the final doubles set to snatch a draw. This maintains Paul Calloway’s lead at the top of the averages on 94%, with Leigh Morris and Mark Perkins of Stockingford C on 89% and 86% respectively following him.  Looking at the final two fixtures, Ambleside has the tougher teams to play against compared to those of Ajax, so the league title still hangs in the balance and could go down to the final week of the year. In 3rd place is NALGO Mira 1 who are 10 points behind the leaders, but they could have a say in the final outcome too, especially as their next match is against Ambleside E. Unfortunately they only managed 1 win in their last 4 matches with defeats to Ajax Wolvey C and Stockingford C, and a draw with Wolvey D in their last match – Mick Allsopp making a maximum for Wolvey. Stockingford C are in 4th place, and have registered 3 wins out of their last 4 matches, with Mark Perkins making a maximum in all 3 wins. They are still pushing for the top spots especially as they have a match in hand of the three teams above them. After Stockingford a gap has appeared to the group of teams below them with Ajax Wolvey D leading that pack but they are 16 points behind, although have registered some good results in the last 4 matches with Mick Allsopp’s assistance, registering a maximum in each of the 3 matches in which he took part. The bottom 3 teams, Stockingford B, Ambleside H and Crescent are fighting to avoid relegation, but it looks like Crescent are heading to the 2nd division next year, and who joins them is between the other two teams, but as Stockingford have a match in hand, that puts them as the favourite to stay up, although their next match is against Ambleside so that could have a major bearing on the outcome.

In Division 2, NALGO Mira 2 need 3 points from their final match against Ambleside C to clinch the league title from their closest rival, Stockingford A who are the only team with a mathematical chance of overtaking them. NALGO have had 3 good wins but came close to their second defeat of the season when the two teams at the top met in January, and Stockingford went into the final doubles needing a win to clinch the match, with Pete White and Steve Brough for NALGO against Mark Randle and Dick Jenkins of Stockingford. The set went to 5 games, and deuce in the final game but the NALGO duo just pipped their rivals with a 12-10 win to share the honours on the night with a 5-5 draw. Unfortunately, Stockingford then came up against a strong Fire Brigade team and lost 7-3 with Gareth Edmunds and Steve Leonard registering a maximum for the Fire Brigade, which helps to keep them both vying for the league average title, with Gareth, unbeaten on 100%, and Steve on 93%, and sandwiched in between is Steve Hobley of Ajax Wolvey on 94%. Following in 3rd position in the league  is Ajax Wolvey B, and Fire Brigade are in 4th spot, and both teams have a chance of taking the 3rd place in the division, and this may be settled when they both meet each other  in their next match. Ambleside A and their sister team Ambleside C are battling to stay in the 2nd division with 11 points separating them, and again their next match should resolve this when they meet in their next scheduled match. Their other sister team Ambleside R remain rooted to the bottom of the division, and will be playing in Division 3 next year.

The division 3 title was wrapped up a few weeks ago, and Stockingford D are the winners of that division, and they continue their unbeaten run, and have simply been too good for the rest of this division. This is evidenced naturally at the top of the averages where Phil Chesters, Garry Rhodes, Steve Crutchley and Geoff Stratford all remain unbeaten with 100% win records. The real battle now is which team will join them in being promoted to the 2nd division? Ajax Wolvey F look to be favourite to join them, and they have had 4 wins out of 4 over the last 4 matches, with John Steer making 3 maxima, and winning 2 sets in the last match. Chasing them are 3 teams – Weddington Social, Ambleside G and Ajax Wolvey G, who have 50,48 and 47 points respectively and Ajax Wolvey F have 58 points, so they could still come into contention with results going their way. The bottom 2 spots belong to Ambleside D and Griff & Coton, with Griff still looking for their first win of the season, and they came close to achieving this in their last match against Ajax Wolvey G, but in the end had to settle for a 5-5 draw.

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