Press Reports 2017/18
Press 15 - 17th December 2017
Kingfisher A moved a step nearer the division 1 title with a 9-1 win over two man Kingfisher D, while Sonning Common & Peppard A lost 9-1 at home to Kingfisher B, Dmitry Karkhamov, Eduard Caliman and Philip Zeng all with maximums for the Kingfisher team.
Nigel Rowland and Julian Telford both got trebles as Tilehurst Methodists A kept up their promotion aspirations by beating Tidmarsh C convincingly 9-1 in Division 2, Nigel beating Simon Barter in a tight opening set 3-11 11-6 11-8 8-11 11-9 to set them on their way. Brian Meheux starred as Sonning Common & Peppard B drew 5-5 with Sonning Common & Peppard C.
Andy Wang and Niall McGane trebles saw Sonning Common & Peppard D stay just behind the promotion places after an impressive 9-1 win at Our Lady of Peace B, Wendy Porter picked up the OLOP teams victory by earning a good 11-6 11-9 5-11 6-11 11-7 win against Malcolm Gregory.
Phil Burke’s outstanding treble just failed to bring Springfield A a point as they lost 6-4 at table toppers Milestone B in Division 3, Zoltan Keleman, Sachin Mandra and Sanket Dave all getting doubles for Milestone with Sachin’s 9-11 11-8 7-11 11-4 15-13 win over Adam Sheen proving crucial. Sonning Common & Peppard E were held to a 5-5 draw by Kingfisher G, Clive Gold getting a hat trick for Kingfisher while Eric Walker grabbed a point for Sonning with an 11-6 13-11 7-11 11-7 win over John Liddle.
Kingfisher H and Milestone A battled out a 5-5 draw, Arun Rajagopal’s treble helping Milestone to a much needed point. At the bottom Kingfisher I managed a first win of the season by beating Kingfisher J 7-3, Carol Byers starring with a treble supported through two good wins by Gwyenne Penny.
In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C beat bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 8–2 with Martin Wetherell and Patrick O’Sullivan both gaining hat tricks. For Patrick it was his first for over two years. Pradeep Desh was in top form by winning all three to help Our Lady of Peace D win 7-3 at Reading FC A in what could prove a vital promotion battle. Binit Bhaskar did well backing him up by gaining a double.
Our Lady of Peace E salvaged a draw against Kingfisher K after Paul Treadgold beat Lee Wirkhani in the final set of the night 7-11 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-5. Tilehurst Methodists C had a fine 6-4 win at Curzon Club C to ease their relegation fears. Martin Wetherell and Patrick O’Sullivan both obtained doubles.
A John Evans maximum, a double from Carl Edlind and win in the doubles earned Milestone C a 6-4 victory over Springfield C in Division 5, Chris Speight replying with two wins for Springfield while Tom Berryman and James Regan each won one. Sonning Common & Peppard G won 6-4 at Kingfisher L thanks to maximums from both Mike Casserley and Julian James, Julian beating Derek Crombie 13-11 11-6 17-15 to gain his treble while in reply, Tom Allen, Derek Crombie and Gill Bennett each recorded one win.Derek Anderson lost for only the second time this season, beaten 5-11 12-10 11-6 4-11 11-13 by Chris Bunn whose maximum helped promotion chasing Our Lady of Peace F to an 8-2 win over Reading FC B, abetted by doubles from both Jan Polnik and Graham Stark. Adrian Wegrzynowski recorded his second treble, Colin Jones a further double and Paul Martin a single, to give Springfield D a 7-3 victory over Tidmarsh E, for whom Steve Andrews scored a double and John Harland a single.
Press 14 - 10th December 2017
Two big matches in Division 1. Kingfisher A just get the better of the B team club mates 6-4, Daniel Moses and Martin Adams both getting maximums for the A team while Hari Gehlot, Dmitry khakhamov and Krasimer Ivanov all managed wins over Mark Banks. Kingfisher A then beat their long time rivals Our Lady of Peace A 8-2 with the OLOP team only able to field two players. Daniel Moses and Martin Adams again scored trebles while Harry Munro and Ian Cole managed wins over Justin Mead for OLOP.
Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher C battled out a 5-5 draw, Andrew Smith winning all three for the two man Kingfisher team including an 11-6 12-10 7-11 12-10 win over Danny Ricks.
In Division 2 struggling Pangbourne WMC managed an excellent 5-5 draw at high flying Tilehurst Methodists A, Leroy Wilson winning a tight battle with Cath Venning 11-9 6-11 11-9 4-11 11-9 while Clive Taylor and John Simmonds won a thrilling doubles set against Julian Telford and Cath Venning 11-5 10-12 9-11 13-11 11-9. Sonning Common & Peppard B were 7-3 winners at Tidmarsh B in a very tight match, Dom Cutter needing to be at his best to see off all three Sonning opponents for his hat trick. Kingfisher F boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a fine 8-2 win at Our Lady of Peace B, Allan Bruton and Igor Sremac both getting maximums.
John Simmonds last set victory over John Willcocks was all Pangbourne WMC had to show for their efforts as they lost 9-1 at home to division leaders Curzon Club A. Pete Bradley and Jon Willis both got maximums for Curzon while John Simmonds beat Willcocks 11-9 11-7 7-11 9-11 13-11 to deny him a treble. An exciting match between Sonning Common & Peppard C and Sonning Common & Peppard D ended all square, Andy Wang with another impressive treble for the D team where as his team mate Malcolm Gregory was unfortunate to lose all his three in 5th game deciders. Matt Isherwood and Denise Weller both picked up two wins apiece for the C team.
Phil Burke’s treble and two apiece from Adam Sheen and Ludovic Coulliard kept Springfield A in the Division 3 promotion race as they beat Kingfisher I 8-2. Kingfisher I clung on to hopes of avoiding the drop after managing a 5-5 draw with Tilehurst Methodists B, Gwynne Penny and Steve Woolnough winning twice while Dave Duncan had a vital 12-10 12-10 4-11 5-11 12-10 win over Michael Williams.
Mark Jones and Eric Walker both starred as Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up their good recent form to defeat Milestone A 9-1. Kingfisher J battled well to earn a point at Sonning Sports A with the Sports team having to battle back from 3-5 down thanks to late wins by Dave Chard and Paul Savage.
In Division 4 Curzon Club B saw their good run came to an end when going down to the leaders Saiyan Brothers 8-2 for whom Alex Horscroft and Vidhu Ravinath both gained trebles. Our Lady of Peace D had a nice 6-4 win at Curzon Club C to move into second place, Pradeep Desh was the star by hitting a three straight treble.
Lyazid Wirkhani did well for Kingfisher K by gaining a maximum which helped them share the spoils with Reading FC A, while Our Lady of Peace E beat Tidmarsh D 6-4 with Johnson Xu winning all three. In a brought forward match Sonning Common & Peppard F lost 7-3 at home to Tidmarsh D, for whom Terry Haride got a maximum. Reserve Marko Madzar won twice for Sonning.
Reading FC B beat Kingfisher L 9-1 in Division 5 thanks to another maximum from Derek Anderson and a first maximum from Harry Edwards, Keith Greene being beaten 11-7 5-11 9-11 14-12 9-11 by Dmitry Merzlyakov for Kingfisher’s solitary win. However, despite a further Derek Anderson treble, Reading FC B then lost 3-7 to a strong Our Lady of Peace F side for whom Graham Stark, Chris Bunn and Jan Polnik all recorded doubles. Sonning Sports B were 8-2 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard G, which took them to the top of the table. Florin Dimofte recording another maximum, despite being pushed all the way by Gerry Bacon, along with a maximum from Cris Reynolds while, in his first match this Season, Michael Byrne recorded his first win, beating Derek Maltby but losing to both Julian James and Gerry.
Sonning Sports B were in action again, this time beating Kingfisher L by the same 8-2 scoreline, Cris Reynolds recording another treble, alongside doubles for both Michael Byrne and Mike Gautrey while, for Kingfisher Gill Bennett and Dmitry Merzlyakov both won one each. Tidmarsh E were 8-2 winners at Tilehurst Methodists D, Pete Sinclair and Steve Andrews both recording maximums, while Bob Sunerton had to settle for a double, after being beaten by Steve Christelow in his final set.
Press 13 - 3rd December 2017
John Willcocks and Jon Willis both hit trebles as division 2 leaders Curzon Club A stretched their lead at the top by beating Our Lady of Peace B 8-2, Zdzislaw Jerzmanski and Dave Holt both managing 5-game wins over Pete Bradley for the OLOP side while Alistair Richardson battled hard for no reward. A strong Sonning Common & Peppard D team won 8-2 against Tidmarsh B thanks to a treble from Andy Wang and two apiece for Malcolm Gregory and Niall McGrane. Andy just hung on to beat Jon Golding 11-4 13-11 7-11 7-11 11-9.
Matt Stone was in fine form as Sonning Common & Peppard C won 8-2 at Kingfisher F, while Brian Meheux and Jeremy Willis were the hat trick men as Sonning Common & Peppard B won 8-2 against Tidmarsh C, Simon Barter earning a good 11-5 7-11 11-6 11-13 11-6 consolation win against Nigel Maltby as well as teaming up with Chris Webb to win the doubles set.
In division 3 Tilehurst Methodists B managed a shock 8-2 win over promotion contenders Sonning Sports A, Michael Williams beating Bob Woodmansee 11-8 11-2 23-21 on his way to a double while Masoud Ghabachi and Steve Dopson both got maximums. Zoltan Keleman’s treble, two from Sachin Mundra and a Dave Sprackling singles saw leaders Milestone B win 7-3 at Kingfisher H. Luca Bianchi was a fine form as Kingfisher G beat their Kingfisher J team club mates 7-3.
The Saiyan Brothers march on in Division 4 by beating bottom side Sonning Common & Peppard F 10–0. Another new signing Alex Horsfield, Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford all obtained maximums. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C shared the spoils with Lyazid Wirkhani gaining a great treble for the birds, while Our Lady of Peace D just got home 6–4 against Spingfield B, mainly thanks to a great hat trick obtained by Binit Bhaskar.
Reading FC A managed a 6-4 win at Tidmarsh D with Jazz Dhillon winning all three while Curzon Club B also maintained their promotion bid by winning 7-3 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Nick Lean and Geoff Johnson remaining unbeaten.
In Division 5 Our Lady of Peace F returned to winning ways, beating Tidmarsh E 8-2 and taking top spot for the first time this season, Graham Stark and Chris Bunn both scoring maximums, while Alona Slobodskoy recorded just the one win, losing out to Bob Sunerton 8-11 11-13 10-12 and John Harland 10-13 7-11 11-13. Sonning Common & Peppard G lost 4-6 at home to a strong Milestone C side, despite a further maximum from Marko Madzar, thanks to Colin Phillips, Carl Edlind and John Evans each winning two.
Springfield D won 8-2 against Tilehurst Methodists D, Adrian Wegrzynowski recording his first maximum, Julian Lancaster recording his first double and Paul Martin supplying another double, with Steve Christelow picking up the two wins for Tilehurst Methodists. After a tough match Sonning Sports B beat Springfield C 6-4, a victory which lifted them to 2nd in the table. For Sonning, Florin Dimofte recorded yet another maximum, to remain undefeated, supported by a double from Cris Reynolds and a crucial Doubles win while, for Springfield, Chris Speight recorded a double with Alan Goold and Rob Atack also recording one win apiece.
Press 12 - 26th November 2017
In division 1 Kingfisher B went top after beating Kingfisher D 9-1 Dmitry Khakhamov and Philip Zheng with trebles. Phil Mead beat Eduard Caliman for the D teams consolation. Sonning Common & Peppard A were 7-3 winners against Tidmarsh A, Gary Morgan with a 3-straight treble, while Kingfisher C were 6-4 victors over Sonning Common despite excellent wins by Gary Morgan and Joe Barraclough against Kingfisher’s Tony Reynolds. Marko Essomba managed a maximum to edge Kingfisher towards both points.
Two man Our Lady of Peace A still managed a 6-4 win at Kingfisher D with Steve Miller getting a maximum and Harry Munro winning twice, as well as the pair teaming up to win the key doubles set 11-8 7-11 11-8 9-11 11-4. Tidmarsh A kept themselves clear of the drop zone by beating Kingfisher E 7-3, Danny Ricks leading the way with a maximum.
Sonning Common & Peppard C won their first match of the season as they beat Pangbourne WMC 6-4 in division 2. Matt Iasherwood, Tim Raby and Denise Weller all winning twice, with Tim’s 6-11 11-7 11-7 9-11 11-5 win against Leroy Wilson settling the match.
In division 3 2nd met 3rd with Springfield A beating Sonning Sports A 6-4, Adam Sheen and Phil Burke winning twice for Springfield while Paul Savage got a maximum for Sonning. Allan Mollett, Mark Jones and Eric Walker all managed fine hat tricks as Sonning Common & Peppard E kept up their good recent form with a 9-1 victory over Kingfisher J.
In the Lower Divisions knock out competition two Springfield teams are through to the Quarter finals. The D team convincingly overcame their C team club mates 8-1, the Colin Jones / Adrian Wegrzynowski pairing unbeaten for the second round in a row. Springfield’s other team, their B side, had a tighter 6-3 victory over Our Lady of Peace E with Rob Wilkie / Steve Leggett unbeaten for Springfield. A repeat of last seasons final is still on the cards with Reading FC A disposing of Sonning Sports B. Here Reading jumped into a 4-0 lead before a spirited fightback by Sports saw them pegged back to 4-3 before Richard Witt / Joe Bull secured a place in the Quarter Finals in set eight, completing their maximum in the process.
New club Saiyan Brothers leave the competition following a close 5-4 loss to Our Lady of Peace D for whom Predeep Desh / Abhay Gore secured a maximum, team selection no doubt proving crucial in this one. Milestone C proved too strong for Kingfisher L winning 8-1 after rattling off the first seven sets, Carl Edlind the only unbeaten player on the night. Curzon Club C eased past Tidmarsh E 6-1 with the final two sets uncontested. Holders Tidmarsh D are through having beaten Sonning Common & Peppard G 8-1, Gerry Bacon / Derek Maltby picking up the consolation set for Sonning.
Team Handicap cup holders Our Lady of Peace B are safely through to the Quarter Finals following a comfortable 8-1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard G, Abhay Gore and Binit Bhaskar unbeaten on the night. OLOP are joined by their E team club mates who featured in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Sonning Sports. Simon Brookes coming back from a 9-16 deficit in game three of set nine to snatch the victory and complete his maximum. Last seasons beaten finalists Reading FC A are also through after another tight 5-4 victory, beating Kingfisher G, captain Richard Witt winning the crucial ninth set. In the battle of the two Tidmarsh sides D took the honours, beating B 8-1, with the two Dave’s both picking up maximums.
Two Sonning Common sides were also paired against each other, with the E team beating the F team 6-3. In this match each of the first four sets included a 22-20 game all of which won by the E team who eventually claimed the match with a 22-24, 23-25 win for Mark Jones over Jim McClure. Springfield B overcame Sonning Common & Peppard D 6-3, with Sonning’s new signing Andy Wang getting a fine maximum unfortunately to no avail. Best performance of the round goes to Milestone C who despite only having two players available defeated Saiyan Brothers 5-4, Maksym Schipka’s maximum well supported by captain Tony Hayden’s brace.
Press 11 - 19th November 2017
Tidmarsh B were 8-2 winners against Kingfisher F in Division 2 thanks to a treble from Dom Cutter and two wins apiece from Mike Aistrop and Barry Carter. Leaders Curzon Club A were held to a 5-5 draw by Sonning Common & Peppard C after Sonning recovered from 2-5 down. Denise Weller beat Jon Willis 11-6 11-3 2-11 2-11 11-6, Matt Stone just held off Tracey Maynard 11-5 9-11 10-12 11-3 11-9 leaving Tim Raby to beat John Willcocks 11-7 11-7 12-10 for their point.
Dave Holt and Dave Godfrey both won twice as Our Lady of Peace B won 6-4 against Pangbourne WMC. Simon Hopkins had two good wins against both for Pangbourne.
A two man Our Lady of Peace C side still managed to win 6-4 at Kingfisher H in Division 3, Darek Kaminski with a treble alongside two wins from Clive Perry. Willis Ma got the Kingfisher teams singles win by beating Clive 11-6 3-11 13-11 11-8. Milestone B stay top after a 6-4 win against Kingfisher I, Zoltan Keleman with a maximum.
At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists B gave their survival hopes a significant boost by winning 6-4 against Milestone A, Jes Eassom holding off John Crosfield in a marathon match decider to win the final set of the night 11-6 9-11 11-2 7-11 13-11. Milestone A recovered to win a tight match against Kingfisher J 7-3, John Crosfield with a fine hat trick that included an 11-4 6-11 13-15 11-9 12-10 win over Kingfisher’s Nils Wedi.
In Division 4 Tilehurst Methodists C gained a great 5-5 draw against Our Lady of Peace D thanks to doubles from Roy Hull and Martin Wetherell and a great single from Patrick O’Sullivan who beat Binet Bhaskar 11-9 14-12 11-8. Kingfisher K also had a good result by winning 6-4 at Springfield B. Player of the match Ken Robb did well to win two while Tarik Ramjaun clinched both points by beating Peter Gurney 5-11 6-11 11-7 13-11 12-10 in the final set of the night.
The Saiyan Brothers march on by winning 7-3 at Our Lady of Peace E with Vidhu Ravinath getting a hat trick, while Tracey Maynard was on top form by winning all three to help Curzon Club C beat Tidmarsh D 8–2, Linda King and Carine Bey both won two each in an all ladies team. Curzon Club B won 8–2 against Sonning Common & Peppard F thanks to a treble from Nick Lean and doubles from Jim Brent and Geoff Johnson.
Marcello Caramma scored his first maximum to help secure a 6-4 win for Springfield D against Our Lady of Peace F in division 5, Colin Jones assisting with a double, which included a vital 11-9 11-13 10-12 11-5 11-9 win over Tony Barnett, and Julian Lancaster recording a single in beating Mariusz Paluszkiewicz. For OLOP, Chris Bunn was victorious against both Colin and Julian, while Tony ended the evening with only the one win, narrowly losing to Marcello in his final set, 9-11 10-12 9-11. Milestone C matched their best win with a 9-1 victory over Tilehurst Methodists D, Carl Edlind and Tony Hayden both recording maximums, while Colin Phillips got off the mark, for the season with his first ever double, Methodists Lala Stryjak also recording her first ever win to avoid the whitewash.
Reading FC B were also 9-1 winners, beating table toppers Springfield C with maximums for Keith Greene and Derek Anderson, Harry Edwards having to settle for a double, after losing to Tom Berryman in the final set. Springfield’s James Regan ending the evening with nothing to show for his efforts, following close defeats to Keith (5-11 12-10 9-11 9-11) and Harry (9-11 7-11 10-12).
Press 10 - 12th November 2017
Kingfisher E couldn’t quite snatch a point from their division 1 match with club rivals Kingfisher C after a treble from Andrew Smith and an Andrew Parker double, plus an 11-8 6-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 win in the doubles set gave the C team a 6-4 win. Sagar Sawant starred for the E team with two wins.
Division 2 leaders Curzon Club A held off stiff competition from Tidmarsh B to win 6-4, Nick Lean winning a vital match against Barry Carter leaving the way for Pete Bradley to clinch the match with a 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-6 victory over Francois Durand. Barry Carter won twice for Tidmarsh including a tough 12-10 10-12 11-8 9-11 11-8 win over John Wilcocks.
Brian Meheux and Jeremy Willis both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat a weakened but none the less spirited Tilehurst Methodists A team 8-2, Cath Venning regaining her best form to beat Nigel Maltby 11-5 8-11 11-8 12-14 11-9 after having teamed up to win the doubles with Nigel Rowland for Tilehurst.
A Paul Savage treble and two from Keith Machin helped Sonning Sports A to a 6-4 success at Kingfisher I in Division 3, Paul and Keith also teaming up to win a crucial doubles set against Steven Woolnough and Gwynne Penny 11-8 10-12 11-13 13-11 11-6. Darek Kaminski battled hard for no reward as Our Lady of Peace C lost 7-3 at home to leaders Milestone B, Chris West however did get a maximum for the OLOP team.
Springfield A kept up the pace at the top with a 9-1 success over Kingfisher G despite dropping the first set after Eric Holmes beat Adam Sheen 11-7 11-8 12-10. Ludovik Couillard and Phil Burke then hit maximums for Springfield. Alan Mollet, Mark Jones and Eric Walker were all at their best as Sonning Common & Peppard E toppled Kingfisher H 9-1.
Hat tricks from Martin Wetherell and Roy Hull helped Tilehurst Methodists C win 9-1 at Kingfisher K in their basement battle in Division 4. A full strength Curzon Club B won 6-4 at Our Lady of Peace D, Marc Brent hitting a great treble while Geoff Johnson won two and Nick Lean picked up a single.
Theresa Watson was in top form by winning all three to help Tidmarsh D beat Springfield B 6–4.
In a top of the table battle the Saiyan Brothers beat Reading FC A 9-1. Vidhu Ravinath and Emma Blachford on her debut both obtained maximums. Our Lady of Peace E managed a 7-3 win at bottom of the table Sonning Common & Peppard F thanks to hat tricks from Adam Lawes and Simon Brookes.
In Division 5 Steve Andrews was the star for Tidmarsh E in their 7-3 win over Kingfisher L, with his second treble this season, John Harland and Bob Sunerton both chipping in with two wins apiece. For Kingfisher Meriel Low and Derek Crombie each won one, while Meriel also partnered Gill Bennett in a pulsating doubles against John and Bob, eventually winning 4-11 11-9 10-12 17-15 12-10. A battling treble from Reading FC B’s Keith Greene, which included a 13-11 13-11 14-12 win over Gerry Bacon, was not enough to stop Sonning Common & Peppard G retaining top spot, with doubles from each of Marko Madzar, Julian James and Gerry helping Sonning Common to a 7-3 win.
Sonning Sports B maintained their push at the top with a 6-4 victory over Milestone C, thanks to Sally James’ first maximum this season, a double from Mike Gautrey, which included a 12-14 6-11 13-11 12-10 11-5 fightback against Maksym Schipka, and a single from Jude O’Halloran. For Milestone, Carl Edlind recorded two wins and Maksym recorded one win, Carl and Maksym also combining to win the doubles. Another title contender, Our Lady of Peace F, swept to a third consecutive 10-0 victory, this time over Tilehurst Methodists D, with maximums for Alona Slobodskoy, Jan Polnik and Graham Stark, Graham recording his first ever maximum.
Press 09 - 5th November 2017
Kingfisher A made it 4 wins from 4 in Division 1 after a 10-0 victory over a two man Tidmarsh A side, Justin Mead just holding off Tony Baker to win 6-11 15-13 7-11 11-6 11-8. Kingfisher B are also on maximum points after they earned a stunning 9-1 win over Our Lady of Peace A, Krasimer Ivanov starring with a maximum alongside that from Philip Zeng. Harry Munro managed a fine consolation 11-9 11-7 7-11 11-9 win against Hari Gehlot.
Tilehurst Methodists A continue to impress in division 2, Julian Telford and Nigel Rowland unbeaten in their 8-2 victory over a two man Our Lady of Peace B team. Tidmarsh B hit back from 1-3 down to win their local derby against Pangbourne WMC 6-4, John Simmonds with a valiant treble for Pangbourne, however Mike Aistrop’s narrow win over Clive Taylor proved decisive.
Sonning Common & Peppard D were comfortable 9-1 winners over a two man Sonning Common & Peppard B team, Andy Chang and Niall McGrane unbeaten, Andy in particularly impressive form, while Brian Meheux enjoyed a 9-11 11-7 12-10 13-11 consolation win over Malcolm Gregory. Curzon Club A won 7-3 at Tidmarsh C, despite a fine treble from Lee Calcutt for Tidmarsh.
Milestone B won a big match at the top of Division 3 against Sonning Sports A, Oliver Bonser and Zoltan Keleman both starring with trebles while Sachin Mandra managed a 13-11 9-11 11-9 11-9 win over Dave Chard as Milestone ran out 8-2 winners. Kingfisher H were 7-3 derby winners over Kingfisher J, Nils Wedi with a hat-trick for the two man J team. Luca Bianchi starred with a hat trick as Kingfisher G beat Kingfisher I 8-2.
Sonning Common & Peppard E emerged 6-4 winners in a hard fought match at Our Lady of Peace C with Mark Jones clinching the win by beating Chris West in some style 11-6 11-4 11-3. Earlier Angus Jones had battled his way to five game victories over both Chris West and Darek Kaminski for Sonning Common, while Chris had beaten Alan Mollett 12-10 7-11 11-4 7-11 13-11 in the opening set to give OLOP an early lead. Springfield A continued their good form by winning 8-2 at Milestone A, Adam Sheen starring with a maximum, while for Milestone Arun Rajagopal had a fine 8-11 11-9 14-12 11-8 win over top division 3 player Phil Burke.
In Division 4 Tidmarsh D won 9-1 at a depleted Tilehurst Methodists C with Terry Hardie and Dave Smith both recording maximums. For Dave it was his first for many years. Reading FC A beat Sonning Common & Peppard F 7–3 with Jazz Dhillon, Richard Witt and Anthony Alleyne all gaining doubles as did Derek Wavell for the away team.
Our Lady of Peace D beat Kingfisher K 8–2, Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both hitting trebles. At the top the Saiyan Brothers continue to impress and this time won at Curzon Club C 7-3 with Vidhu Ravinath and Nikesh Karki both obtaining trebles. Curzon Club B managed a 6–4 win over Our Lady of Peace E thanks mainly to a hat trick from Nick Lean and a double from Geoff Johnson.
In Division 5 Meriel Low’s first maximum of the season helped Kingfisher L earn their first point, in their 5-5 draw with Springfield D, Gill Bennett and Derek Crombie both winning 5-game sets to support Meriel while for Springfield, Paul Martin and Marcello Caramma each won one, while Colin Jones won the final set to record a double and ensure the draw. Our Lady of Peace F recorded a 10-0 win over Milestone C with maximums for Jan Polnik, Anna Slobodskoy and Chris Bunn, but it was no walkover, Carl Edlind being especially unlucky to finish the night with no wins, since 8 of his 12 singles games went the distance and were won by the minimum two points necessary.
Springfield C returned to the top of the table with a 9-1 victory over Tidmarsh E, despite Tidmarsh winning 11 games during the match. Chris Speight and Rob Atack both recorded maximums, while James Regan could only record a double after he lost to Mike Bundy. Three players started the match between Sonning Sports B and Reading FC B with 100% records, so something had to give. The match ended in a 7-3 win for Sonning Sports, with only Sonning’s Florin Dimofte retaining his 100% record, Derek Anderson losing his 100% to Florin, but subsequently taking Cris Reynolds’ 100%, in a pulsating 10th Set, 11-9 11-8 4-11 5-11 12-10, meaning that both Derek and Cris won two apiece, while John Scott lost to Reading FC’s Harry Edwards, but subsequently beat Tony Edwards, meaning that both John and Harry won one each.
Press 08 - 29th October 2017
With a free week in the league programme, focus turned to the two cup competitions.
In the Lower Divisions knock out, last seasons beaten finalists Reading FC A look in the mood to recapture the trophy they last held in 2015/16 following an impressive 9-0 demolition of Our Lady of Peace F, whose clubs progress in the competition now rests in the hand of their D team. A weakened Sonning Common & Peppard F suffered a similar fate at home to Springfield B and as a result will unfortunately leave the competition at this stage. Sonning Sports B were desperately unlucky to lose 8-1 to Springfield D where seven sets required a third game decider, of which six were won at either deuce or 9-11.
It was also 8-1 to Reading FC B over Kingfisher L who had initially led 1-0, which by strange coincidence was the score by which Sonning Sports had also led. Saiyan Brothers got off to a flier winning the first four sets against Sonning Common & Peppard G before finally settling for a 7-2 victory. The ‘youngsters’ from Curzon in another 7-2 victory started even better against Our Lady of Peace E with the match done and dusted by set five. It was two sets apiece for the three pairings from Tidmarsh E as they overcame Springfield C 6-3. In the tightest match of the round Milestone C squeezed past Kingfisher K 5-4 with every pairing winning at least one set. The only remaining fixture will see holders Tidmarsh D kick off their defence of the trophy at Our Lady of Peace D.
In the Team Handicap competition there were comprehensive 8-1 wins for Reading FC A and Sonning Sports over higher division teams Tidmarsh C and Pangbourne WMC respectively. In their debut season Saiyan Brothers also posted an impressive 8-1 victory over Milestone B, new signing Emma Blachford matching Vidhu Ravinath’s maximum. Tidmarsh E overcame Kingfisher H 7-2 courtesy of taking all the sets that went to a third game decider. In the battle of two of the Sonning Common & Peppard teams, it was the G team who came out on top after reeling off the last six sets to beat the C team, Gerry Bacon with the important maximum while Derek Maltby enjoyed two good wins.
50% of all the matches played ended 5-4 which shows what a tight competition this is. There were wins for Our Lady of Peace B, Sonning Common & Peppard E, Our Lady of Peace E, Milestone C, Tidmarsh B and Kingfisher G. An impressive maximum from Sonning Common & Peppard B’s Nigel Maltby was not enough to prevent holders Our Lady of Peace B from progressing. Likewise a maximum from John Simpson of Kingfisher K failing to halt SC&P E. Darek Kaminski secured a maximum in OLOP E’s victory having initially overcome Dave Duncan 24-22, 22-20 in set one, and Tony Hayden’s maximum for Milestone C was achieved without dropping a game. Tidmarsh B overcame a 4 -2 deficit against Kingfisher L to take the final three sets including a ninth set nail biter 21-17, 17-21, 21-16. And there was an even closer final set nail biter in the Kingfisher G match with captain John Liddle edging past Springfield C’s Alan Goold 21-18, 21-23, 21-18.
In division 3 Sonning Sports A held off a two man Kingfisher G side to win 7-3, Paul Savage winning twice and Bob Woodmansee picking up a single.
A Gerry Bacon maximum and two apiece from Julian James and Mike Casserely saw Sonning Common & Peppard G win their top of the table clash with Springfield C 7-3 in division 5, Gerry remaining unbeaten for the season. For Springfield, Rob Atack and Tom Berryman each won one.
Press 07- 22nd October 2017
Neil Hurford managed wins over Mark Banks and Justin Mead in division 1 despite Sonning Common & Peppard A’s 8-2 defeat against Kingfisher A, Neil teaming up with Joe Barraclough to just lose a thrilling doubles set 8-11 11-6 11-6 2-11 17-15. Tidmarsh A managed a win in what was only their second match of the season as they won 8-2 at Kingfisher D, Danny Ricks starring with a maximum with two apiece from Tony Baker and Lee Calcutt.
Gary Morgan and Niel Hurford both got maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A beat Kingfisher E 8-2, Joe Barraclough adding a double that included a fine 11-6 9-11 9-11 12-1013-11 win over Sagar Sawant.
Malcolm Gregory’s fine maximum and singles from Lisa Williams and Carole Chard saw Sonning Common & Peppard D hold high flying Tilehurst Methodists A to a 5-5 draw, Carole’s 8-11 14-12 11-8 11-2 win over Nigel Rowland helping the Sonning Common team recover from 2-5 down. Our Lady of Peace B won a very tightly contested match as they beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3, Dave Godfrey with a treble while Alistair Richardson battled back to win a key opener against Tim Raby 11-9 3-11 4-11 11-9 11-9.
Ray Webb’s return to Pangbourne ended in disappointment as his new side Tidmarsh C crashed to an 8-2 defeat, John Simmond’s with a maximum alongside excellent doubles from Leroy Wilson and Clive Taylor, Leroy beating Dave Sheppard 15-13 in a thrilling 5th game decider for a vital opening win.
In division 3 Kingfisher H were 10-0 winners at Tilehurst Methodists B with trebles from Igor Sremac, Rumen Rangelov and Willis Ma. Kingfisher J and Our Lady of Peace C drew 5-5, Chris West and Clive Perry steering OLOP to their point while Nils Wedi got a maximum for Kingfisher. In another drawn match Milestone A held Kingfisher I 5-5, Arun Rajagopal with a treble.
Dave Sanket’s treble moved Milestone B to the top of the table as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E to make it 4 wins out of 5.
Curzon Club B played their best side at Kingfisher K in their division 4 match and came away with a 10-0 victory with Nick Lean, Geoff Johnson and Marc Brent all obtaining trebles. For Marc they were all three straight with no player gaining more than 6 points. Sonning Common & Peppard F only had two players against Curzon Club C and went down 8-2, Tracy Maynard remained unbeaten for Curzon. Our Lady of Peace D had a fine 7-3 win at Tidmarsh D with Abhay Gore and Predeep Desh both obtaining maximums.
Reading FC A have hit good form and had a nice 6-4 win at Our Lady of Peace E despite a good hat trick from Johnson Xu. Meanwhile the Saiyan Brothers march on at the top by beating Springfield B 6–4. Vidhu Ravinath was the star by hitting a three straight treble. Rob Wilkie returned to form by gaining a hat trick to help Springfield B defeat Tilehurst Methodists C 8–2.
In Division 5 Julian James and Marko Madzar turned on the style, both recording maximums and combining to win the doubles in Sonning Common & Peppard G’s 7-3 victory over Tidmarsh E, Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton picking up a single win each for Tidmarsh. Keith Greene and Derek Anderson of Reading FC B both recorded trebles and aided by a single from Harry Edwards, beat Milestone C by the same 7-3 scoreline, Maksym Schipka and John Evans both recording one win each for Milestone. In this season’s first intra-club match, Springfield C beat their D team 7-3, winning the last four sets to take both points. Alan Goold won his final set to record his single, then Tom Berryman ensured both points when he beat Paul Martin 14-12 8-11 11-7 9-11 11-9 to record his double, with Rob Atack beating Adrian Wegrzynowski in the 10th set 11-8 8-11 11-9 14-16 11-7 for a maximum, leaving Adrian with just the two wins.
Tilehurst Methodists D came out on top in their bottom of the table clash with Kingfisher L, edging the match 6-4, with no-one remaining undefeated, Methodist’s Ryan Arch beating Dmitry Merzlyakov but subsequently losing to Derek Crombie. Derek played 19 games in total that evening, losing to both Jamie Li-Telford and Lewis Oke, but combining with Dmitry to beat Jamie & Lewis in the doubles.
Press 06- 15th October 2017
Cath Venning’s thrilling 8-11 7-11 11-8 12-10 11-9 win over Denise Weller proved crucial as Tilehurst Methodists A went on to beat Sonning Common & Peppard C 7-3 in division 2. Tidmarsh C and Our Lady of Peace B battled out a 5-5 draw, Lee Calcutt and Simon Barter with late wins as Tidmarsh hit back from 3-5 down. An Andy Wang treble helped Sonning Common & Peppard D win 7-3 against Kingfisher F, Carole Chard contributing with a fine 11-7 11-7 14-12 win over Allan Bruton.
Francois Durand got a maximum as Tidmarsh B won their first match of the season, Dom Cutter and Dave Wise both winning twice as they beat Our Lady of Peace B 8-2. In the big match at the top John Willcocks, Pete Bradley and particularly Jon Willis were in excellent form as they beat fellow title contenders Sonning Common & Peppard B 8-2, Nigel Maltby grabbing a good consolation double for the losers.
In Division 3 Kingfisher H toppled leaders Springfield A 6-4, Igor Sremac with a maximum for Kingfisher while Luodivic Coulliard did well for Springfield, winning twice and only narrowly losing to Igor 8-11 11-9 7-11 13-11 7-11. A good team effort from Eric Holmes, Clive Gold and Guy de la Villesbrunne saw Kingfisher G beat Milestone A 6-4.
Milestone B drew 5-5 with Kingfisher G thanks to an 11-6 7-11 12-10 6-11 13-11 win by Zoltan Keleman in the final set of the night against Luca Bianchi. An Arun Rajagopal treble helped Milestone A hold Sonning Sports A to a 5-5 draw with Arun beating Paul Savage 6-11 11-7 11-9 15-13 to clinch his teams point. Tilehurst Methodists B picked up their first points of the season with a 7-3 win at Our Lady of Peace C, Chris West with a maximum for OLOP.
The Saiyan Brothers march on in division 4 as they maintained their 100% record by winning 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists C with Vidhu Ravinath obtaining yet another three straight maximum. The Kingfisher K match against Tidmarsh D ended all square with Terry Hardie winning all three for the visiting Tidmarsh team, while Steve Leggett was in top form for Springfield B by hitting a treble to help them beat Sonning Common & Peppard F team 7-3.
Curzon Club C won a tight match against Our Lady of Peace E 6–4 for whom Simon Brookes hit a very good hat trick. For Curzon Linda King, who played her first match of the season after injury, and Terry Spice both gained doubles. Curzon Club B held Reading FC A to a draw thanks to Nick Lean who won all three and Geoff Johnson who gained a double.
In Division 5 Tidmarsh E started their week with a 5-5 draw at Milestone C, Carl Edlind winning all three to put Milestone in sight of both points, only for Mike Bundy and John Harland to win the crucial 9th and 10th sets, thus tying the match. Tony Hayden also won one and partnered Carl to a 13-11 13-11 12-14 9-11 11-5 doubles win, while John and Bob Sunerton both ended the evening with two wins apiece, John just missing out on a maximum, when beaten by Carl 9-11 9-11 9-11. Our Lady of Peace F put Kingfisher L to the sword, winning 10-0 in straight sets, Jan Polnik, Chris Bunn and Alona Slobodskoy all recording maximums.
Springfield C beat Tilehurst Methodists D 8-2, thanks to a Chris Speight treble, with both James Regan and Alan Goold also recording doubles, Steve Christelow being responsible for his side’s two wins, with teammate Ryan Arch just losing out to James 11-6 11-13 12-10 9-11 9-11. Tidmarsh E finished their week with another 5-5 draw, this time away at Sonning Sports B. After winning the doubles Tidmarsh led 5-2, courtesy of a double from John Harland and singles for both Bob Sunerton and Mike Bundy, however Sonning Sports won the final three sets, Jude O'Halloran completing their fightback, Sally James and John Scott both ending the evening with two wins.
Press 05 - 8th October 2017
Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan both got fine maximums as Sonning Common & Peppard A won 8-2 at Kingfisher D in division 1, Joe and Gary also teaming up to win the match winning doubles against Alan Cummings and Phil Mead 8-11 11-8 12-10 6-11 11-9. Kingfisher D went on to lose 9-1 against club mates Kingfisher C, despite Nigel Keedy’s opening 6-11 11-6 6-11 11-8 11-9 win over Andrew Parker, while Kingfisher A were 9-1 winners over Kingfisher E, Daniel Moses and Mark Banks with maximums for the A side while Sagar Sawant saved the white wash for the E team with a 5-11 11-7 11-3 7-11 11-5 win against Justin Mead.
In Division 2 Jon Willis managed a vital comeback win against Niall McGrane on his way to a maximum as his team Curzon Club A beat Sonning Common & Peppard D 7-3, Jon beating Niall 6-11 7-11 11-8 15-13 11-7. Andy Wang managed an 11-5 13-11 4-11 11-9 win over Nick Lean on his Sonning Common debut. Sonning Common & Peppard B hold on to 2nd place after winning 10-0 at Pangbourne WMC, Nigel Maltby, Andy Robertson and Brian Meheux all getting hard earned maximums.
Tim Raby and Matt Stone both won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew 5-5 at home to Tidmarsh B, Dom Cutter with a fine maximum for the visitors. However it was an 11-4 11-8 6-11 14-16 12-10 doubles win by Tim Raby and Matt Isherwood that helped nudge Sonning Common to a share of the points. Tilehurst Methodists A were 8-2 winners at Kingfisher F with Julian Telford getting another maximum.
Igor Sremac managed a treble as Kingfisher H won a close match against Kingfisher I in division 3. Igor’s treble and two wins by Alex Zheng leading the H team to a 7-3 win. Adam Sheen and Phil Burke both got maximums as Springfield A were impressive 9-1 winners over Our Lady of Peace C, both enjoying narrow 5 game victories over OLOP’s Clive Perry. Milestone B made it 3 wins from 3 after a Dave Sanket treble helped them to a 6-4 win at Kingfisher J, Dave coming from 2 games down to defeat Nils Wedi 10-12 5-11 11-2 11-8 11-3.
An Alan Mollett treble, two from Eric Walker and an Angus Jones single was enough to move Sonning Common & Peppard E into mid-table as they won 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists B.
Marc Brent and Nick Lean returned to help Curzon Club B win 9-1 at Tidmarsh D in division 4 by both gaining trebles. For Marc they were all three straight. Our Lady of Peace E beat Springfield B 7-3 with Johnson Xu winning all three. Adam Lawes did well to win two. The Saiyan Brothers beat the unbeaten Our Lady of Peace D side 7–3 with hat tricks from Vidhu Ravinath and Nickesh Karki.
Tilehurst Methodists C just got home 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard F. Martin Wetherell was the star by obtaining a maximum. Reading FC A beat Curzon Club C 6–4. Jazz Dhillon and Anthony Alleyne both recorded trebles.
In Division 5, Reading FC B recorded a 6-4 win over Springfield D thanks to maximums from Keith Greene and Derek Anderson, with Paul Martin, Colin Jones and Julian Lancaster all winning one each for Springfield. Despite Chris Speight winning all three for Springfield C, two wins apiece for Jan Polnik and Chris Bunn, who also combined to win the doubles, along with a single for Mariusz Paluszkiewicz, was just enough to secure our Lady of Peace F a 6-4 victory, Rob Atack winning Springfield C’s other set.
Although Adrian Wegrzynowski was registered in time for the match against Sonning Sports B, he could only defeat Mike Gautrey and Springfield D eventually lost 2-8, with maximums for Cris Reynolds and the irrepressible Florin Dimofte complementing Mike’s double. A treble from Derek Anderson, who also partnered Harry Edwards to a doubles victory, was not enough, as Tidmarsh E beat Reading FC B 6-4 thanks to Pete Sinclair, Steve Andrews and Bob Sunerton who all recorded doubles. Although Tilehurst Methodists D’s Steve Christelow participated in three 5-game sets, the final outcome was a resounding 10-0 victory to Sonning Common & Peppard G with maximums for Gerry Bacon, Mike Casserley and Marko Madzar.
Press 04 - 1st October 2017
Kingfisher B made it 3 from 3 in Division 1 with an 8-2 win against battling Tidmarsh A in a closely fought contest. Krasimer Ivanov starred for Kingfisher with a maximum after winning his opening contest against Danny Ricks 7-11 11-7 11-6 5-11 11-9. Eduard Caliman and Dmitry Karkhamov both won twice while Danny Ricks and Tony Baker picked up wins for Tidmarsh.
Harry Munro starred for Our Lady of Peace A as they won 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Harry beating Gary Morgan in the final contest of the night 9-11 11-9 12-10 6-11 13-11. Steve Miller also beat Gary in 5 games 11-9 5-119-11 13-11 14-12 while for Sonning Common Joe Barraclough beat Steve 11-9 9-11 9-11 12-10 11-9. Kingfisher D got off the mark with an 8-2 win over club mates Kingfisher E, Nigel Keedy with a maximum alongside doubles from Alan Cummings and Phil Mead.
John Willcocks and Jon Willis both starred as Curzon Club A breezed to a 9-1 win at Kingfisher F in Division 2 to stay top, Allan Bruton beating Pete Bradley 7-11 11-5 11-9 7-11 13-11 in the opening set for Kingfisher’s sole success. Two apiece from Matt Isherwood and Denise Weller and a Matt Stone single saw Sonning Common & Peppard C hold Tidmarsh C to a 5-5 draw.
Julian Telford’s maximum helped Tilehurst Methodists A to their first points of the season as they beat Tidmarsh B 6-4, Julian just holding off John Golding 9-11 6-11 13-11 11-6 12-10. Nial McGrane with a maximum and two from both Lisa Williams and Malcolm Gregory saw Sonning Common & Peppard D beat Pangbourne WMC 8-2. Richard Leachman, Grant Wheatley and Roger Woolven-Allen all won twice as Kingfisher F won 7-3 at Pangbourne WMC.
Paul Savage won all three as Sonning Sports A made it 3 from 3 in division 3 by winning 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Keith Machin and Dave Chard adding vital singles. Trebles from Phil Burke and Ludovik Coulliard saw Springfield A win 6-4 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, while Kingfisher J also won 6-4 as they beat Tilehurst Methodists B.
Milestone B managed a 6-4 derby win over club mates Milestone A, Sanket Dave with a maximum supported through a Zolten Keleman double and Sachin Mundra’s vital single. Kingfisher I were beaten 8-2 by Our Lady of Peace C, in form Clive Perry with a treble alongside doubles from Chris West and Derek Kaminski.
In Division 4 Our Lady of Peace D smashed Sonning Common & Peppard F 9 -1 with Pat Daniels, Predeep Desh and Abhay Gore all hitting trebles as they made it 3 wins out of 3. Hot on their heels are the Saiyan Brothers after they won 7-3 at Kingfisher K. Vidhu Ravinath hit yet another three straight maximum.
Despite a great hat trick from Geoff Johnson Curzon Club B lost to Curzon Club C 7-3, for whom Carine Bey, Terry Spice and John Walker all gained doubles, while Jazz Dhillon returned for Reading FC A and promptly won all three to help them win 7-3 at Springfield B. Our Lady of Peace E won 7-3 against a two man Tilehurst Methodists C side with Simon Brookes and Adam Laws unbeaten on the night.
In Division 5 Tilehurst Methodists D fielded a team of newcomers against Reading FC B and had a baptism of fire, being beaten 1-9. Steve Christelow picked up his team’s solitary set, by beating Keith Greene, while Derek Anderson and Harry Edwards both recorded maximums, Harry being pushed all the way by Lewis Oke, eventually winning 12-10 12-10 15-13. A treble from Julian James and a double from Mike Casserley were not quite enough for Sonning Common & Peppard G, as Alona Slobodskoy’s victory over Derek Maltby in the 10th set, secured a deserved point for Our Lady of Peace F, following a number of close sets, in particular Julian’s 11-9 10-12 11-7 11-9 win over Alona and Mike’s 11-9 5-11 11-8 12-14 13-11 win over Graham Stark.
Tilehurst Methodists D suffered a further 9-1 loss, this time at the hands of Sonning Sports B, Steve Christelow again winning Tilehurst Methodists’ single set, by defeating John Scott, while Sally James and Cris Reynolds ended the evening unbeaten for the Sports outfit. Trebles from John Evans and Carl Edlind helped Milestone C to a 9-1 victory over Kingfisher L, Meriel Low beating Maksym Schipka 5-11 12-10 12-10 11-8 to record Kingfisher’s single win.
Press 03 - 24th September 2017
Kingfisher B beat their club mates Kingfisher C in division 1 in a match closer than the 9-1 scoreline suggests. Krasimer Ivanov won the opening match against Tony Reynolds 11-5 9-11 6-11 11-1 11-5 while Hari Gehlot held off a spirited challenge from Steve Murgatroyd to win 11-5 13-11 8-11 7-11 11-7.
In division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B recovered from 1-4 down to win 6-4 at our Lady of Peace B, Brian Meheux claiming a fine win against Dave Godfrey to clinch an unexpected victory for the commoners. Tidmarsh C won the keenly awaiting Tidmarsh derby against Tidmarsh B 6-4, Lee Calcutt with a hat trick and Simon Barter winning twice, while Simon & Lee teamed up to win the all important doubles 3-11 11-7 10-12 11-4 11-7.
A John Willcocks treble helped Curzon Club A win 6-4 at Tilehurst Methodists A, Nick Lean winning twice in support with narrow victories over both Phil Jones and Catherine Venning. John’s treble included a good win over Julian Telford 11-8 5-11 16-14 6-11 11-6.
Milestone B won their opening division 3 match following promotion, beating Tilehurst Methodists B 7-3. Sachin Mundra starred with a treble, well supported by doubles from Oliver Bonser and Zoltan Keleman. Sachin’s 11-3 4-11 11-7 6-11 11-8 win over Jes Eassom proved key. Sonning Comon & Peppard E won 6-4 at Kingfisher I, Angus Jones and Eric Walker winning twice and Mark Jones adding a single, Eric just getting the better of Dave Duncan in his opener to win 13-11 7-11 14-12 9-11 11-5.
In Division 4 Kingfisher K had a nice 7-3 win at Sonning Common & Peppard F, Lyazid Wirkhani winning all three and John Simpson and Anya Pytka both picking up doubles. The Saiyan Brothers played in their first ever Reading League match and beat Tidmarsh D 7–3. Vidhu Ravinath gaining a three straight maximum while Nikesh Karki and Kaan Kitay both won two each.
In the OLOP derby it was the D team that came out on top however the star was Johnson Xu of the E team who won all three in straight sets but could not prevent his team losing from a 6-4 defeat. Anthony Alleyne hit his first ever treble to help Reading FC A beat Tilehurst Methodists C 6–4, while Springfield B made it two wins out of two by beating Curzon Club C 6-4 with Peter Gurney hitting another hat trick.
In division 5 Springfield C hit top spot with a 7-3 away victory at Kingfisher L, Tom Berryman, Alan Gould and James Regan each winning twice, as did Meriel Low for Kingfisher after she won 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-13 12-10 against Tom. Springfield D were 7-3 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard G, despite a good maximum from Sonning Common’s Julian James.
Our Lady of Peace F and Sonning Sports B battled out a 5-5 draw with Alona Slobodskoy earning vital narrow victories over Sally James 11-3 2-11 11-3 1-11 11-9 and Jude O’Halleran 7-11 12-10 2-11 11-8 11-8
Press 02 - 17th September 2017
Mark Banks and Daniel Moses on his debut, both got 3-straight trebles as Kingfisher A opened their division 1 season with a 10-0 win over club mates Kingfisher D. Richard Rosinski however was made to battle hard for his treble, beating Phil Mead 8-11 8-11 11-8 19-17 11-7 and beating both Ivor Hardman and Grant Wheatley in four games. Kingfisher B were 9-1 winners against Sonning Common & Peppard A thanks to Hari Gehlot and Krasimer Ivanov getting maximums and Dmitry Khahkamov winning twice after dropping his opening match to Sonning’s Gary Morgan 11-7 3-11 10-12 11-7 9-11. Hari beat Gary in the final set 11-7 4-11 7-11 11-9 11-9.
Our Lady of Peace A got their season off to a bright start as they won 9-1 against Kingfisher E, Yonatan Slobskoy and Harry Munro with trebles, while Steve Ng hit back for Kingfisher to beat Ian Cole 5-11 11-7 12-10 2-11 11-8.
Peter Bradley on his Curzon Club debut, and Nick Lean both got maximums as promotion favourites Curzon Club A won 8-2 at home to Pangbourne WMC in division 2, Clive Taylor gaining a good consolation singles win for Pangbourne after he beat Jon Willis 8-11 11-8 4-11 11-5 11-9. Our Lady of Peace B took the step up from division 3 in their stride as they earned a fine 8-2 victory at Sonning Common & Peppard D, Alistair Richardson and Zdzislaw Jerzmanski with trebles while Wendy Porter managed an 8-11 11-7 8-11 11-9 13-11 victory over Malcolm Gregory. Carol Chard and Lisa Williams managed singles for the Sonning Common outfit.
Brian Meheux starred with a fine treble as Sonning Common & Peppard B beat their C team club mates 9-1, Brian earning an impressive win over Matt Stone 11-6 11-2 6-11 11-6. Andy Robertson also won all three for the B team including a 6-11 11-7 7-11 11-6 11-4 victory over Matt Stone. For the C team Matt Isherwood battled hard on his debut while Denise Weller also made her Sonning Common debut but failed to find her best form. Ray Webb and Lee Calcutt both got hat tricks as Tidmarsh C won a competitive match against Tilehurst Methodists A 6-4, Lee beating Nigel Rowland in a crucial opening set 14-12 11-13 3-11 11-4 11-8.
Philip Burke and Ludovik CouIllard both got maximums as Springfield A opened their Division 3 campaign with an 8-2 victory over Tilehurst Methodists B. Kingfisher J’s two man team were still too good for Kingfisher I after hat tricks from both David Wells and Joaquin Sabater saw the J team win 7-3, while reprieved Sonning Sports A got off to a great start as they won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard E, Paul Savage with a maximum.
Shawnik Thakur and Arun Rajagopal both got trebles as Milestone A won 6-4 at Kingfisher H, Arun just getting the better of Igor Sremac in the final contest of the night to win 7-11 13-11 19-17 7-11 11-8. A Clive Perry maximum and two wins for Chris West saw Our Lady of Peace C beat Kingfisher G 6-4, Clive earning crucial narrow wins over Luca Bianchi 2-11 6-11 11-6 11-8 11-9 and Eric Holmes 8-11 14-12 11-7 6-11 11-8.
One of the favourites for promotion from division 4, Springfield B beat Curzon Club B 6–4 thanks mainly to a stunning treble from Peter Gurney. Mike Maynard, after a year out, did well to win two and also teamed up with Derek Harrison to win the doubles for Curzon. Binit Bhaskar and Predeep Desh both obtained maximums to give Our Lady of Peace D a 6-4 win over Reading FC A, while Tidmarsh D started with a fine 9–1 win over Sonning Common & Peppard F with Terry Hardie and Dave Edwards both gaining trebles.
Despite doubles from Tarik Ramjuan and Ken Robb Kingfisher K lost 4–6 to Our Lady of Peace E for whom Paul Treadgold won all three on his OLOP debut. Curzon Club C had a nice 8-2 win at Tilehurst Methodists C with John Walker and Tracy Maynard both gaining trebles. For Tracy it was a welcome return to league action after about 7 years. Terry Spice did well to gain a double.
In Division 5, Tidmarsh E celebrated the start of the new League season by beating Springfield D 8-2, with one of last season’s stalwarts, Steve Andrews, recording a maximum, abetted by Theresa Watson, who also recorded a treble as well as partnering John Harland to a doubles win, while Mike Bundy beat newcomer Julian Lancaster, but subsequently lost to Paul Martin and Colin Jones, with both sets going to 5 games.
Last season’s 3rd place finisher, Sonning Common & Peppard G, recorded a resounding 10-0 win, over Kingfisher L, with Mike Casserley, Gerry Bacon and Marko Madzar all ending the evening with maximums, meaning that Derek Crombie, along with newcomers Dmitry Merzlyakov and Tom Allen, went home with nothing to show for their efforts. Mike won a tight opening set against Dmitry Merzlyakov 4-11 11-5 4-11 11-5 11-6.
Springfield C ended as 7-3 winners in their closely fought match against Milestone C, with Milestone’s Tony Hayden unlucky to leave with only two wins, losing in the fifth game against Rob Atack 11-3 8-11 7-11 11-5 12-10, a result which helped Rob to end the evening with the only maximum. Rob was ably supported by Tom Berryman, who won two and also partnered Rob in their 14-12 11-7 14-12 Doubles victory over Tony and newcomer Maksym Schipka, Maksym beating Chris Speight to record his first win.
Press 01 - 10th September 2017
The Reading table tennis league season gets underway this week with 50 teams spread across the league’s 5 main divisions, and a further set of teams and players taking part in the popular Youth League at Bluecoat School, Sonning.
Kingfisher A have added to their already strong squad this season, which makes them outstanding favourites for the Division 1 championship this time around. Martin Adams, Mark Banks, Justin Mead, Richard Rosinski and Daniel Moses will prove a tough nut to crack by any of their rivals. Kingfisher B and Kingfisher C also look strong contenders this year, Philip Zeng and Hari Gehlot leading the B team while Steve Murgatroyd, Andrew Parker, Tony Reynolds and Marco Essomba should bring plenty of success for the C team. Our Lady of Peace A can also challenge with Ian Cole, Harry Munro, Yonatan Slobodskoy and Steve Miller in their squad, especially if Harry and Yonaton can continue their rapid improvement from the past few seasons.
Tidmarsh A and Sonning Common & Peppard A should find themselves safely in mid-table, Duncan Groves, Danny Ricks and Tony Baker for Tidmarsh while Neil Hurford joins the SC&P A trio of Jason Roberts, Joe Barraclough and Gary Morgan. Kingfisher sides D and E look to have most to do to avoid the drop from this tough 8 team division.
In Division 2 Tidmarsh B, Curzon Club A and Sonning Common & Peppard B stand out as the likely promotion contenders. Tidmarsh look strong with Mike Aistrop, Francois Durrand, Barry Carter and Dom Cutter all more than capable at this level. John Willcocks, Jon Willis, Pete Bradley and Nick Lean make up the Curzon Club squad while SC&P B add Andy Robertson to their squad of Nigel Maltby, Brian Meheux and Simon Berry, although Jeremy Willis is currently out injured.
Matt Stone, Tim Raby and new recruits Denise Weller and Matt Isherwood could see Sonning Common & Peppard C challenge in the top half of the table, as could Sonning Common & Peppard D with Niall McGrane and Malcolm Gregory in their side. Brothers Chris and Ray Webb team up for Tidmarsh C, and they will be looking for Lee Calcutt to help them into a safe mid-table position early on. Pangbourne WMC and Tilehurst Methodists A could also do well, with Tilehurst registering Julian Telford back into Reading table tennis.
Division 3 looks a difficult one to predict. Four Kingfisher sides and OLOP C could all do well, however perhaps the favourites this time will be Milestone A and Springfield A, spearheaded by Aran Rajagopal and Phil Burke respectively. Sonning Sports A will be keen to do well having been given another chance at this level after narrowly finishing in the bottom two last season. Promoted Milestone B may surprise a few.
Curzon Club C welcome back Tracey Maynard to their Division 4 side and she along with Kinda King, Terry Spice and John Walker could push them towards the top of the table. New club, Saiyan Brothers, are also likely to figure highly and should Reading FC A with Richard Witt, Tony Aleyne and Jazz Dhillon in their side. Derek Wavell will hope to bring out the best from junior players Oliver Sayers and Jamie Legg who both make the step up from division 5, while both Our Lady of Peace teams and Springfield B can also fight for a top half finish.
In Division 5 experienced teams from Kingfisher L and Tidmarsh E should see them in the promotion shake up. Sonning Common & Peppard G just missed out last season and could challenge again with a good all round six man squad of Mike Casserely, Julian James, Gerry Bacon, Marko Madzar, Steve Knott and Derek Maltby. Keep an eye out two for both Springfield teams and perhaps both Reading FC B and Sonning Sports B, with the latter having nine players to choose from as they look to build on improvement shown over the past couple of seasons.
Many clubs would welcome additional players – contact Nigel Maltby at firstname.lastname@example.org who can put you in touch with a team / club in your area. Also there is plenty of room for more junior players in the Youth League on Friday evenings. Anyone interested in that can contact Wendy Porter at email@example.com
Press Reports 2016/17
Press 29 - 23rd April 2017
In Division 1 Kingfisher A finish as champions after clinching a decisive win over runners-up Our Lady of Peace A. Martin Gunn and Martin Adams both got trebles as Kingfisher won their final match against club mates Kingfisher C 6-4. Kingfisher B finished third. Our Lady of Peace B won 7-3 at Sonning Common & Peppard A, Yonatan Slobodskoy starring with a treble while Gary Morgan had a good 6-11 12-10 7-11 11-7 11-9 win over Harry Munro for Sonning. The OLOP team finish in a creditable 4th place after Yonatan Slobodskoy and Harry Munro trebles saw them defeat Kingfisher D 9-1 in their final match.
At the bottom YMCA and Sonning Common & Peppard B are relegated with neither quite able to bridge the gap to third from bottom Kingfisher D.
There will be six Kingfisher teams in the top division next season after both Kingfisher F and Kingfisher G earned promotion from Division 2. Kingfisher G held on to take the title from the F team club mates. Tidmarsh B finish third while Curzon Club A are fourth. Tim Raby and Matt Stone won twice as Sonning Common & Peppard C drew their final Division 2 match 5-5 with relegated Kingfisher E, Roger Woolven-Allen and Nikhil Kulkarni also winning twice for Kingfisher while Grant Wheatley picked up a good single. Joining Kingfisher E in being relegated are Sonning Common & Peppard D who slipped into the drop zone in the final week as Tilehurst Methodists A completed a notable escape after looking doomed a few weeks ago.
Division 3 was as tough, competitive and closely fought as ever with promotion and relegation places not decided until the final weeks. Tidmarsh C came through to win the division, while Pangbourne WMC B are promoted as runners-up with Springfield A finishing in third place. At the bottom Tilehurst Methodists C finished some way adrift of the rest, while Sonning Sports A are also relegated on sets difference after finishing level on points with both Tilehurst Methodists B and Kingfisher J.
After beating Tilehurst Methodists D 6-4 Sonning Common & Peppard F clinched the runners up spot in Division 4. Eric Walker put on a great show by winning all three while Derek Wavell and Simon Blake did there bit by winning one each.
By winning 4 sets the Tilehurst team avoided the drop by one set, consigning Our Lady of Peace E to Division 5, alongside Tilehurst Methodists E. Kingfisher K and Curzon Club C finish just two points above the drop zone.
At the top Milestone B comfortably won the championship having led from start to finish.
Reading FC C were 8-2 winners at Sonning Common & Peppard H in the final Division 5 match of the season, thus giving their Reading FC B team promotion. SC&P H needed just a point to clinch 2nd place, but just miss out on sets difference, as do Kingfisher L. Our Lady of Peace F marched away at the top to take the title by a 10 point margin.
Press Reports 2015/16
Press 27 - 10th April 2016
The final matches in the Reading Table Tennis season have now been played and in Division 1 Our Lady of Peace retained their title with an unblemished record of 18 wins from 18.
Our Lady of Peace A were 9-1 winners against Curzon Club A while Kingfisher A won 10-0 against Tidmarsh A and Kingfisher B. OLOP and Kingfisher A then met in their Championship decider with OLOP emerging 6-3 winners, Daniel McTiernan won a thrilling contest against Martin Gunn 9-11 8-11 11-5 11-9 14-12 before clinching his teams victory by beating Stuart Williams 11-4 8-11 11-6 9-11 11-9. At the bottom YMCA and Curzon Club A are relegated.
In Division 2 Sonning Common & Peppard B are champions with Our Lady of Peace C also promoted as runners-up. Sonning Common & Peppard E and Kingfisher G drop down to Division 3.
Kingfisher J finish as champions of Division 3 while Tilehurst Methodists A held on to finish as runners-up, just ahead of Springfield A and Our Lady of Peace D. At the bottom Curzon Club B had a disastrous last few weeks to end up in the bottom two, joining Birch Copse A as the two relegated sides.
Curzon Club C became only the second team to take a point from Division 4 champions Tidmarsh E, Linda King and John Walker both getting doubles while Mick Gillard chipped in with a vital win against Isaac Davies 11-4 10-12 11-6 11-4. Pre-season favourites Sonning Sports A are promoted as runners-up with Tidmarsh D finishing third.
At the bottom Milestone B and Sonning Common & Peppard F finish adrift of third from bottom Kingfisher K.
Tilehurst Methodists D finished their season as runners up in Division 5 after winning 8-2 at Tidmarsh F, Steve Wood and Sam Will both getting maximums. Reading FC Community Trust survived a nervy end of season to be champions in their debut league season while Our Lady of Peace F finished the season strongly in third place.
At the bottom BBC Club finished the season 5 point adrift of next to bottom Springfield C.