Sdttl 2016-7 Reports - Week 11

• Premier Division.    

Thorpe Bay A were in ruthless form this week as they dispatched their B team 9-0. No mean feat against the solid line-up of Skeggs, Bhambra and Stubbington, but John Poysden and the two Pauls (Sayer & Whatton) were clearly in no mood to hang around.

There was a useful 7-2 win for Warehouse A as they took on an under strength Rawreth B side. Unfortunately, Mike Hayes had to retire injured after one game. We all wish you a speedy recovery, Mike.

Rayleigh Mill were without their man in form,  Minda Sinkus but had enough on the night to beat Hadleigh Forum A 6-3. Colin Chatfield took the plaudits with a maximum, backed up by Steve Maltby with two wins and, in the final game of the night, a nail-biting victory for Rob Harris over John Tendler, 17-15 in the 5th.

There were two other whitewashes this week with Rawreth A beating two-man Customs A, and a Castle Point side of Jacobs senior and junior (!), backed up by the ever reliable Barrie Delf, breezing past Stanford-le-Hope A.

Duncan Taylor, Prem. Div DRS

• 1st Division.  

 Forum B were only able to two players for their clash against Rawreth C, however, with Mick Tappenden playing at his best and unbeaten on the night and Dave Woolmer adding two, they were able to take a 5-4 win. The only winning player on the night for Rawreth, was Trevor Ward who overcame Dave Woolmer in a close 3-1 win. Both Gary McCarthy and Mike Worship were unusually unable to make any impression for Rawreth.

However, Canvey A sitting in second place were also only able to muster two players against a determined Castle Point B, and with Mike Grout picking up good wins against Ray Wilson and Phil Puckey, lost the match 5-4. Ray and Phil scored two each to make up 4 points for the Island side.

Lentern C sit in 3rd place after a good 6-3 win in the local derby against their Lentern B team. Pat White scored a good hat trick for the C side with 5 set wins over John Lott and Malcolm Henstock. Mark Jupenearly matched this effort but unluckily lost to John in the fifth set 11-13 but added two to the C team with Brian Spencer adding the final point. John Lott with two and Malcolm Henstock with one were the point scorers for the B team.

Invicta A came away with a good 7-2 win over another two man team from Hadleigh Forum C. POTM, Steve Marr was in good form for Invicta winning all three, including a fifth set victory over Mark Everard. Michael Piper added two for Invicta but lost out convincingly to Mark. Dave Barnes playing up from the B team had a good win over Mark but was unable to do anything against Tony Mace.

Hullbridge D seem to be involved in a run of games going 5-4 either way and this week was no exception, losing 5-4 to Hockley B. Ben Matthews continued his return to form with 3 points for Hullbridge, but two each from Dave Colwill and Dennis Squirrell and a fifth from Alan Tideswell won the game for Hockley and some much needed points.

Warehouse B had a convincing 6-3 win over Hullbridge C, still without the injured Bill Smith. Martin West scored three although taking five sets to beat Lin Roff, and Berti Makolli scored two, also beating Lin, 10-12 in the fifth set. Tony Wright added the final point for Warehouse despite the efforts of Andy Seaman, scoring two for Hullbridge. Richard Gill was unable to add to his season wins.

Barrie Delph, 1st Div DRS

• 2nd Division.    Leaders Hullbridge E cemented their number one spot with a comfortable 7 – 2 away win at near challengers Hockley C. Adam Jackman was again their star, with a maximum, whilst James Goddard and Dan Zeffie each won two. Joe Lock and Dan Patynski got one win each for Hockley.

Canvey B stay in second place, thanks to a hat trick from experienced Talbot Wiseman, as his side beat Castle Point C 6 – 3. Sean McNabb got two for the visitors, whilst Tony Westwell gained two for Canvey.

Runnymede were too strong for two-man Rawreth E. Tony Coeshall maintained his unbeaten record, whilst Botond Mezo gained all his side’s points in a 7 – 2 win.

Warehouse C easily overcame Invicta B 7 – 2, with a hat trick from Andy Humphris and two wins each for James Spencer and Jonathan Allen. Barrie Murphy got both Invicta’s points.

In a closely contested match, Basildon Hospital overcame their hosts Rawreth D 5 – 4. For the home side, experienced Andy Nunn and Colin Braham both won two. However, neither of them could overcome Hospital’s Chudi Ukpaka, who recorded a maximum. One win each for Abhinandan Bidari and JayanandShivapujimath ensured the outcome.

Canvey B had an up and down couple of matches. Firstly they overcame near challengers Hockley C 7 – 2. Three wins for Talbot Wiseman and two each for Tony Westwell and Des Duffield completed a comprehensive home win. Joe Lock and Stuart Adshead won one each for Hockley. However, Canvey’s next match was away to leaders Hullbridge E and their fortunes were vastly different. Talbot Wiseman was their only player to register a win, as maximums from Adam Jackman and Reece Harris-Griffiths gave the Hullbridge youngsters an impressive 8 – 1 victory.

An Andy Humphries hat trick inspired Warehouse C to a win over Castle Point C. He was aided by two wins from James Spencer, whilst Mark Sayce was again Castle’s star. Warehouse followed up this 5 – 4 home win with a defeat by the same score in their next game away to Basildon Hospital. This time Andy and James could only manage two wins apiece. There were two each for Basildon’s Chudi and Jayanand Shivapujimath, whilst Albert Harrison scraped home 12 – 10 in the fifth against Warehouse’s Graham Back to ensure victory.

Meanwhile, in their next game, Mark Sayce was again on form for Castle Point C as, with help from colleagues David Jacob and Sean McNabb, they defeated Rawreth D 5 – 4 in a close fought match. Colin Braham and Andy Deadman shared Rawreth’s points.

Rawreth E proved generous hosts, handing their visitors Canvey C a 7 – 2 win. An unbeaten night for Steve Robinson, playing up for the first time, was the highlight; although Rawreth’s youngsters struggled to handle Steve Parker’s spin, too.

Anne Addlington’s hat trick lead her Runnymede side to a comfortable 8 – 1 win over visitors Castle Point D. Stalwart Tony Coeshall was also undefeated. There was a first win this season for Castle’s Jenne Siebolt. Bottom club Castle Point D were again beaten in their next fixture, going down 6 – 3 to visitors RESSC. A fine maximum from Bob Skews assisted by Frank Hooper and Sarah Mapes did the damage, whilst John Beddow was again in the points for Castle.

Invicta B’s home match against Wakering went right down to the wire, with the outcome only being decided in the final rubber. Man of the match Zac England won all his three games, whilst Paul England’s two wins ensured a 5 – 4 Wakering win. Richard Verrinder scored two for the home side.

David Barnes, 2nd Div DRS

• 3rd Division.  

 Stanford Le Hope B cut the gap on leaders Hockley D by two points this week winning 8-1 against RochfordLTC whilst their rivals won 6-3 at home to HullbridgeF.  Stanford took advantage of strugglers Rochford by using some of their squad players and Mark Farley and Vaughan Chambers duly delivered maximums whilst young Nathan Jones picked up a brace. Match of the night however, was the game between Nathan and John George with John coming back from two sets down to win the crucial third set 12-10 then 11-4, 11-7 in the final two games. This was only Rochford’s third individual win of the season and they have all been won by John so well done to him. Gordon Smith and Oliver George completed the team and Oliver also showed signs of good things to come.

6-3 appeared to be the popular result of the week with Hullbridge H, Canvey D, Invicta C, Hockley D and Hullbridge G all winning by that score.

Hullbridge H managed it with the help of Customs B who could only put out two players and with William Skelt in fine form for Hullbridge his maximum plus two for Abiaz Afzal and one for Toby Zeffie saw the youngsters home. Mark Rose got two wins and Richard Kidd one for Customs. Match of the night here was the clash between Richard and Abiaz with the youngster’s hard hitting style attempting to overcome the more experienced player. He did so in five thrilling sets running out 11-7 in the decider.

Canvey D’s match against Rawreth F saw Geoff Banthorpe pitted against his grandson Ryan Williams and, like all good granddads, he let Ryan win but they were three close sets 11-8 11-9 11-9! Ryan carried on to complete another hat trick but his team mates Charlie Kauders Boothby and George Davis couldn’t overcome the experienced Canvey team and Geoff, Rob Mcdonaldand Steve Parker all provided two wins to complete the victory.

Invicta C’s win against Hockley F saw some close games with Rob West overcoming Keith Denyer in five and then Harry Sawford beating Dave Youngman by the same score but 11-9 in the fifth. Dave, John Golding and Rob all picked up two wins whilst Harry also got two for Hockley. Best match of the night and the biggest surprise, however, came in the very last game when the hugely experienced John came up against 11 year old Josh Jones. Josh had only won one other game all season and having lost his other two games on the night you would have thought the result would have been a formality. However, he won the first game 11-9,  lost the next two 11-5, 11-6, but then won the crucial fourth 12-10 before winning a nail biting fifth set 15-13. A tremendous win for Josh who celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day. Definitely an early birthday and Christmas present combined!

Hullbridge D overcame Hockley E 6-3 with every player winning at least one game. Dave Booroff was in fine form completing another maximum and Bill Hoy also had two good wins but it was not such a good night for the usually reliable Tony Molisso. His matches against Kevin Blythe and Gary Linzell both went to five, he was two sets down in both of them, but unfortunately he still lost both. He did pick up a point against Roger Sherman who in turn got his sole win against Bill Hoy.

Bucking the trend of 6-3 wins was the in house clash between Warehouse E and D with the D team running out easy winners 9-0.Conrad Gomes, Dave Walton and Ro Brett made up the winning team whilst Edward Philcox, Steve Chaffey and Mike W Webb were definitely second best.

Hard to choose a player of the week with John George, Abiaz Afzal and Josh Jones all in contention but my totally unbiased vote goes to my club mate Josh for his great win over John Golding.

Team of the Week – again, hard to choose this week, but Hullbridge D by a whisker.

Paul Strutt, 3rd Div DRS

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