Hullbridge A recorded an 8-1 win over Rayleigh Mill this week and that impressive scoreline was helped by two games that went right down to the wire in the 5th end. First Stuart Gibbs came out on top in a great battle with County 060s team mate Peter Radford and then Steve Maltby nearly caused an upset by taking Gibbs all the way to deuce in the 5th and even having one match point. Richard Brown won 2, just losing to Radford while Reece Seddon was in good form winning all his games.
First this week was a mid-table clash between 2 teams striving for 5th place in the table who on paper seemed evenly matched. At the end of the evening Hullbridge B beat Rawreth B 7-2. With 7 of the 9 matches finishing 3-0 it was a comfortable win for the Hullbridge team.
It seems we have a two-horse race at the top of the Premier division with just two points separating Rawreth A and Thorpe Bay A. This week gave no further indication on the destination of the title as both sides recorded convincing 9-0 wins over Brand Identity A and Warehouse A respectively.
Kevin Read was in imperious form winning his 3 for Rawreth A which included a tremendous match with Matt Spero, eventually winning 11-9 in the 5th. He therefore, quite rightly, walks away with the MoM award. Matt picked up 2 wins for the 'B' team and in doing so beat Minda Sinkus (also 11-9 in the 5th !) and Steve Tilson 3 sets to 1.
Another big margin of victory, 8-1 this time, was recorded by Thorpe Bay B over Hockley A. Liam Squirrell and Kieran Skeggs going unbeaten and Gurj Bhambra only being denied his hattrick by Chris Ballard.
We start with a close match between the two top sides in the division that ended 5-4 to Rawreth A. The pivotal game of the evening was between the outstanding players on each side, James Denyer for Thorpe Bay and Steve Tilson (pictured below) for Rawreth. Denyer had several match points in the 5th game but Steve fought back to win 12-10. Then with the match tied at 4-4 Tilson beat Paul Sayer in 4 games to win the match and collect his hat trick.
A cracking game to kick start the report for week 13 between Brand Identity A and Hadleigh Forum A. It was a game that saw the rare occurrence of all players winning at least one game with the Forum just coming out on top 5-4 due to two wins a piece from Hamish Innes and Dave Bassett.
What could have been a tough night turned out to be a comfortable one for Rawreth B who scored an emphatic 8-1 victory over a strong Hadleigh Forum A side. Matt Spero was at his imperious best sweeping aside all challengers 3 straight! In doing so he picks up yet another MoM award. Mike Hayes also picked up a hattrick while Dave Bassett manged to beat Babul Mcleod in 5 sets for Hadleigh's single point of the match.
Lentern A take the lead at the top of the table after a solid 9-0 win over Lentern B, which is the first of three derby matches this week. Martin Archie, Peter Cranmer and Elaine Sayer provided the A team with full points, with only one game going the distance.
Ylber Makolli via Southend Table Tennis League ::
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