I have been away on holiday for the last few weeks so apologise that this report will not include all of the results. But with retirement comes holidays !!. In Division 1 of the Southend and District Summer League there are only 5 points separating the top three teams with all of them tasting defeat at least once so far. Although Castle Point who are in third place will not be able to call on their star player, Steve Tilson who has just had an operation on his foot and will be out of action for at least 6 to 9 months. This means that the title will be between the top two, leading at the moment are Rawreth A who had a 9-0 victory over Warehouse A which included an excellent win for Justin Jeffrey over Kim Shead. Lentern in second place had a 9-0 victory over Hullbridge B and 8-1 over Warehouse. Warehouse in turn had a good 7-2 win over Kingswood, with some unusual results. Tarun Goel beat Gus Heath and so did Martin Turner, although it was 18-20 in the fifth set and Bertie Makoli had a good win over Paul Churn. Warehouse also lost 5-4 to Castle Point who had Simon Jacob and Richard Jackman unbeaten in their singles and combining in the doubles. Castle Point also had a good 5-4 victory over the League leaders Rawreth A. Kingswood beat Hadleigh Forum 6-3 in a game where Gus Heath won both of his singles but lost both of his doubles. Hadleigh also lost 8-1 to Castle Point in a game where Mick Tappendon had a good win over Barrie Delf. In the local encounter at Hullbridge the Sandpaper boys came out on top although Peter Saunders had a good victory over Fred Dove and likewise Maxine Abbott over Keith Phillips for Hullbridge B.
In Division 2 there are only 3 points separating the top three, although Hockley currently in third position do have a game in hand and Bluehouse in 4th have two games in hand so this could be a very close Division. There have been lots of close games Runnymede are in pole position at the moment and had a 5-4 win over Hockley in a game where young Matt Stringer did well to beat Phil Digby and Dimitri Kisil only to finish on the losing side. The same thing happened to Phil Digby in his teams 5-4 defeat to Kingswood B he won both of his singles but finished on the losing side as Kingswood won all three doubles. There was another close game between Bluehouse and Hockley where Tim Pang was involved in two good games he just beat Dave Kirston in 5 then lost to Mark Jupe in the 5th set. Pat White was unbeaten in leading Bluehouse to a 5-4 win. A strong Castle Point B team beat Canvey A Barrie Delf and Simon Jacob were unbeaten but a good performance from Martin Roberts ensured the 9-0 victory.
Basildon Hospital lead Division 3 by 2 points over the youngsters from Hullbridge E although they lost to a Sarah Mapes inspired RESSC who was unbeaten in her singles including an excellent 5 set victory over Kevin Smart. Castle Point C beat Canvey B 5-4 thanks to Tony Ayliffe but his 2 singles victories over Warehouse B could not prevent his team losing that game. There was a good game between the youngsters of Hullbridge E and Hockley B but the experience of the Hockley players just saw them home with a 5-4 victory in a game where no one was unbeaten on the night. Graham Back and Dave Walton led Warehouse to a 6-3 victory over Canvey B who remain winless so far but are still 1 point above the bottom team Rawreth B who this week had Robbie Appleton winning both of his singles but the teamwork of Hullbridge gave them the victory.
It is no surprise to see Wakering top of Division 4 as they have been including a winter Premier Division player in their line up, most of the teams in this Division are youngsters and complete beginners. It would not be as bad if the Wakering team were either youngsters or beginners but they are mostly very experienced players anyway. At the moment they have won every game 9-0. An unusual game between Warehouse C and Rawreth Juniors B with 2 Mike Webb's for Warehouse and an Oliver and Olivia for Rawreth, great for umpiring !!. Mike J Webb with an unbeaten performance led his team to victory. Invita B are in 2nd place after there 8-1 win over Hockley C, who had Jim Nariel gaining their point with a win over John Golding.