Newspaper report - Wk 4 2017-18
 

Nuneaton & District Table Tennis League

Division 1

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey CWolvey C

4

3

1

0

30

10

0

30

2

Ambleside ExpertsAmbleside E

4

3

0

1

26

14

0

26

3

Stockingford BStockingford B

4

3

0

1

24

16

0

24

4

Ajax Wolvey DWolvey D

4

2

2

0

24

16

0

24

5

Stockingford AStockingford A

4

1

1

2

19

21

0

19

6

Ambleside HeroesAmbleside H

4

0

2

2

13

27

0

13

7

Nalgo Mira 1Nalgo Mira 1

4

0

2

2

13

27

0

13

8

Ajax Wolvey FWolvey F

4

0

0

4

11

29

0

11

 

Division 2

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ambleside AmateursAmbleside A

4

4

0

0

35

5

0

35

2

Stockingford DStockingford D

4

3

0

1

25

15

0

25

3

Fire BrigadeFire Brigade

4

2

0

2

23

17

0

23

4

Hit And HopeHit & Hope

4

2

0

2

21

19

0

21

5

Phoenix GoldPhoenix Gold

4

2

0

2

21

19

0

21

6

Ambleside CasualsAmbleside C

4

2

0

2

19

21

0

19

7

Nalgo Mira 2Nalgo Mira 2

4

1

0

3

12

28

0

12

8

Ambleside RhinosAmbleside R

4

0

0

4

4

36

0

4

 

Division 3

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Stockingford CStockingford C

4

4

0

0

35

5

0

35

2

Griff & CotonGrifff & Coton

3

3

0

0

25

5

0

25

3

Phoenix SilverPhoenix Silver

4

2

0

2

24

16

0

24

4

Ambleside GraftersAmbleside G

4

2

0

2

19

21

0

19

5

Ajax Wolvey GWolvey G

3

2

0

1

18

12

0

18

6

Ambleside FanaticsAmbleside F

4

1

0

3

12

28

0

12

7

Ambleside DynamosAmbleside D

4

1

0

3

10

30

0

10

8

Hit and Hope 2Hit & Hope 2

4

0

0

4

7

33

0

7

 

Four weeks into the season, and Ajax Wolvey C have taken the lead in the First Division on 30 points. In week 3, the pick of the matches was between them and last year’s champions, Ajax Wolvey D. This resulted in honours being shared 5-5, but  Mick Allsopp of the D team, who was undefeated all last year, lost in 4 games in the opening set to Gareth Edmunds, and then lost his next set over 5 games to Mark Rose with Rose taking the last game in the set 15-13. Despite this neither Rose nor Edmunds were player of the match as Mat Hobday of the D team, proceeded to beat all three opponents to remain undefeated, although again Rose took their set to 5 games but this time lost in the final game 17-15. Wolvey C then met the team below them, Ambleside E, and ran out 8-2 winners with Paul Calloway and Gareth Edmunds winning all three of their sets, but Rose missed out on doing the same when he lost his final singles to Arun Jogi. Ambleside E who are 4 points behind the leaders, met another Wolvey team – their F team, and a maximum from Arun Jogi helped them to a comfortable 7-3 win. Close behind Ambleside just 2 points adrift of them are both Stockingford B and Ajax Wolvey D. Stockingford had two good wins by the same margin in both their latest matches with 7-3 wins over Ambleside H and Nalgo MIRA 1, whereas Wolvey F had exactly the same scores too, but unfortunately found themselves on the wrong side of the results losing to Ambleside E and then to Ambleside A. Ady Yates and Kevin Hobley of Stockingford both made a maximum in their match against Ambleside H, but in their match against Nalgo the only maximum made was by Pete Jamieson of Nalgo, but these were their only points on the night. Stockingford A follow in 5th place, with a draw against Nalgo MIRA 1, Pete Jamieson and Mark Perkins met in their final singles of the night both needing a win to make a maximum, but after going to 5 games in the set, Perkins came out victorious. He followed this up with another maximum in their 7-3 defeat of Ajax Wolvey F.

Ambleside H and Nalgo MIRA 1 share the same points in 6th and 7th place followed closely by Ajax Wolvey F in bottom spot.

In the 2nd division, Ambleside A continue in top spot on 35 points, with a 10 point advantage over 2nd placed Stockingford D. These teams met in week 3 of the league, and Ambleside came away with an 8-2 win, but was a lot closer than the score suggests with quite a number of 5 game sets. Both Robbie Webster and Matt Jackson made a maximum but Jackson was pressed hard for his final singles against Geoff Stratford where he was 2 games down initially but pulled it back to take the 5th game 15-13 and the player of the match title. Ambleside then went on to beat Hit & Hope  by the same score with Robbie Webster continuing his unbeaten run making a maximum, as did Greg Way. Stockingford D then met Phoenix Gold and came away with a narrow victory 6-4. Just 2 points behind Stockingford come the Fire Brigade with an 8-2 win over Ambleside C, followed by a win of the same score against Nalgo MIRA 2, in both matches Steve Leonard made a maximum, as did Steve Tandy in the Nalgo match. In 4th and 5th spots come Hit & Hope and Phoenix Gold with 21 points apiece. Hit & Hope beat Nalgo MIRA 2 8-2 in the 3rd week with Rob Sedols and Dave Shaw winning their 3 sets each, before going down by the same score to the leaders in the following week. Before their defeat by Stockingford D, Phoenix Gold beat bottom placed Ambleside R by 9-1 thanks to maxima from Graham Bolstridge and Mick Hobley. Ambleside’s only point was won by Luke Moore, but he did this against Steve Hobley which is a really good win for the youngster. Phoenix are followed by Ambleside C 2 points behind, who followed their defeat in week 3 with a win against sister team Ambleside R by 7-3 with Richard Crosbie making a maximum for the C team. The two promoted teams from last season, Nalgo MIRA 2 and Ambleside R, are finding themselves adrift of the pace in the division but there is still a long way to go to the end of the season.

In division 3, Stockingford C have also got a 10 point lead on 35 points over their nearest challenger, Griff & Coton in 2nd spot, although Griff do have a match in hand to try to make up this difference. Stockingford have had two good wins, beating Ambleside F 9-1 only failing in the final doubles to take all the points. They then followed this with an 8-2 win over another Ambleside team the G team. In both matches John Pagett and Tony Aubury won all their singles to maintain their unbeaten run. Griff & Coton also played an Ambleside team their D side in week 4 and had a good win against them running out 9-1 winners with Pete Green and Robin Entecott taking all 3 of their singles. Phoenix Silver are just behind Griff who also beat Ambleside D by 9-1 in the third week, with Bob Stilgoe and Ralph Oldacres made a maximum each, although Oldacres was pushed close by Ambleside captain Jon Peace losing in the 5th game of their set by 11-9. They then met Ambleside F in week 4 but this was a close match with Ambleside taking the honours 6-4, thanks to maxima from player of the match, Lewis Ward, and Harrison Allwood. In 4th place are Ambleside G and before their loss to the league leaders in the 4th week, they beat Hit & Hope 2 by 7-3, thanks to a maximum by Jack Millerchip, although he had to fight hard for this in the opening set against Dael Sidwell which went to 5 games, after Sidwell won the first two games, but Millerchip fought back to take the final game 11-7. Sidwell was also pushed in a 5 game set against Jeff Oddy, but this time he lost the first two games only to win the next three to take the set. Ajax Wolvey G are 1 point behind Ambleside G, but with a match in hand of the teams above them. They met Hit & Hope 2 and came away with a 9-1 win with Keith Howes and Ram Nangalia helping themselves to a maximum each. In 5th and 6th spots are two Ambleside teams, their F and D sides respectively, and the new team to the league Hit & Hope 2  find themselves still in the bottom spot searching for their first win, as are Ambleside D above them, and they meet in week 5 to see if either can register a win.

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