Newspaper report - Wk 9 2016-17

Nuneaton & District table tennis League

Division 1

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey D

7

6

1

0

57

13

0

57

2

Ambleside Experts

8

5

3

0

55

25

0

55

3

Ajax Wolvey C

8

5

2

1

49

31

0

49

4

Stockingford A

8

2

2

4

33

47

0

33

5

Stockingford B

8

2

1

5

31

49

0

31

6

NALGO MIRA 1

8

1

1

6

25

55

0

25

7

Ambleside Heroes

7

0

2

5

20

50

0

20

 

Division 2

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ambleside Amateurs

8

5

0

3

45

35

0

45

2

Ajax Wolvey B

8

6

0

2

43

37

0

43

3

Ajax Wolvey F

7

4

1

2

43

27

0

43

4

Fire Brigade

8

4

0

4

40

40

0

40

5

Stockingford D

7

3

1

3

37

33

0

37

6

Hit And Hope

8

2

0

6

35

45

0

35

7

Ambleside Casuals

8

2

0

6

27

53

0

27

 

Division 3

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey E

9

6

1

2

60

30

0

60

2

Ambleside Rhinos

9

4

2

3

58

32

0

58

3

Nalgo Mira 2

9

7

1

1

56

34

0

56

4

Ajax Wolvey G

9

5

2

2

56

34

0

56

5

Weddington Social Club

9

5

2

2

55

35

0

55

6

Stockingford C

9

4

0

5

45

45

0

45

7

Ambleside Dynamos

9

1

0

8

22

68

0

22

8

Ambleside Grafters

9

0

0

9

8

82

0

8

 

Two weeks into the New Year and in Division 1 Ajax Wolvey D have taken over the top spot from the reigning champions, Ambleside E with a small lead of 2 points, but they also have a match in hand, which ought to help them to further extend their lead in the future.  In the last 2 weeks they just played the one match against NALGO MIRA 1 which they won 8-2 with Mick Allsopp continuing his unbeaten record, although MIRA helped them by only turning up with 2 players. The two sides met just before Christmas to play their outstanding fixture from early in the season and Wolvey went one better winning 9-1 with Aidan Walsh joining Mick Allsopp with a maximum. Ambleside E started the New Year with a 7-3 win against Stockingford B thanks to Arun Jogi winning all his 3 sets. The following week they met the team below them in 3rd place, Ajax Wolvey C, and needed a good win to keep them in top spot but it was not to be with honours even on the night 5-5. Paul Calloway of Wolvey took maximum points in that match and also did the same in their 8-2 defeat of the other Ambleside team the ‘H’ team in the preceding week.  The top 3 teams seem to be breaking away from the following pack as Stockingford A in 4th place are 16 points astray of Wolvey C above them. They had two good wins in the first 2 weeks of this year, inflicting a 7-3 defeat on NALGO MIRA 1 with Mark Perkins and Andy Spring doing the damage with a maximum each, and they followed this up with a better 8-2 win against their sister team Stockingford B thanks once again to Andy Spring who won all his games, but Mark Randle of the ‘A’ team took the player of the match award. The ‘B’ team follow in 5th place just a couple of points behind their sister team. The two relegation places are taken up by NALGO MIRA 1 in 6th and Ambleside H in 7th, although they do have a match in hand of the teams above them.

Division 2 is proving to be a very tight league with only 10 points separating the top 6 teams so there is all to be played for by any team putting together a good run over the remainder of the season. Ambleside remain top of the league but they have seen their 9 point pre-Christmas lead eroded thanks to a very bad start to 2017! They met Ajax Wolvey F, who were in 2nd place 9 points behind Ambleside in the first week of the year. Wolvey played a full strength team of Pete Morris, Paul Grice and Bob Pickersgill which paid dividends as they ran out 10-0 winners, and for that week, Wolvey moved into top spot. However, they had a blank week in the second week, and Ambleside had a chance to take back the league but they met Fire Brigade with Mark Rose and Steve Leonard in good form, who both made a maximum which helped towards an eventual 7-3 win over Ambleside. The 3 points were enough to take Ambleside back into first place but they are only 2 points ahead of both Wolvey F and Wolvey B. Wolvey B are in 2nd place due to a higher win percentage over their sister team, but the latter have a match in hand so will be looking to regain the top spot in the league. Wolvey B had two 7-3 wins in the first couple of weeks, beating Fire Brigade  in the first week with Steve Leonard again making a maximum for Fire, maintaining his position at the top of the averages, having only dropped one set so far this year. Wolvey’s second win was against Ambleside C with Steve Hobley winning all his three sets for the winners. As a result of their loss followed by their win, Fire Brigade follow the 2 Wolvey teams in 4th place just 3 points behind them. Stockingford D have a similar points deficit behind Fire, but they also have a match in hand, and in the second week they had a good 7-3 win against Hit & Hope with Geoff Stratford taking the player of the match award following his 3 wins. It was not a good start to 2017 for Hit & Hope as well, as they also lost 6-4 to the bottom team Ambleside C in the first week of the year thanks to a Dave Jowett hat trick.

Division 3 is also tight with 5 points separating the top five teams, and there have been major changes to the top positions since just before Christmas. Ajax Wolvey E have jumped from 4th in week 7 to the top spot in week 9 thanks to two excellent 9-1 wins. In the first week they beat bottom placed Ambleside G with Ralph Oldacres making a maximum, and in the second week they beat NALGO MIRA 2 with Mick Hobley and Brian Spalding both winning their three sets, and Gareth Leyshon of MIRA beating Ralph Oldacres to ensure there was no whitewash. Two points behind the leaders come Ambleside R who started the year with a 5-5 draw against Ajax Wolvey G, with Keith Howes making a maximum then joined Liz Rogers in the final doubles to level the match. Ambleside R then met their sister team Ambleside G and ran out 10-0 winners with father and son duo, Richard and Oliver Costall joining Luke Moore in winning all their sets. NALGO MIRA 2 and Wolvey G both have 56 points just 2 points behind Ambleside R. MIRA met Stockingford C in the first week, before their defeat to Wolvey E, and they beat them 6-4 with Pete Jamieson making a maximum. Following their draw in the first week of the year, Wolvey G met another Ambleside team the ‘D’ team beating them 7-3 but resistance was provided by Jonathan Peace of Ambleside, who won all his three sets. Just a further point behind in 5th place come Weddington Social, who kicked off 2017 with two wins to keep them in touch with the leaders. In the first week they met Ambleside  D, and ran out 9-1 winners, then in the following week they beat Stockingford C 7-3. In both matches Kieron Watson made a maximum. A gap is starting to appear between the top 5 and the rest with Stockingford C 10 points further behind in 6th place followed by the two Ambleside teams the ‘D’ and ‘G’ sides in 7th and 8th respectively.

  

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