BDTTA League Match Report – Week 3: HONOURS EVEN IN TABLE TENNIS LOCAL DERBY
In the first of New Milton Table Tennis Club’s local derbies, the B team (Shaun Newcomb, Zoltan Karib-Barath and stand-in Bob Fagan) were held to a 5-5 draw in a highly competitive match against the newly promoted C team (James Lewis, Gerard Redman and Max De Kment) in Div 1. Karib-Barath could have had a hat-trick but lost to De Kment 10-12 in the fifth end, but Newcomb showed him how to do it by beating the big man in three straight sets. However, bragging rights were restored as Karib-Barath beat C’s captain Lewis after he had put Newcomb to the sword in three straight sets. The B’s trio all beat Redman so it all came down to the doubles. It was nip and tuck all the way through but eventually Lewis & De Kment beat Newcomb & Karib-Barath to share the spoils.
Up in the Premier, the A team trounced Merton A 9-1 at home thanks to hat-tricks from captain Brian Vibert and Steve Hemmings, their first of the season. Brian Bickell lost the only Milton singles and watched as Vibert and Hemmings took the doubles in three straight sets.
Div 2 saw the D team (Terry Jenvey, Roy Hobbs and Peter Eke) lose 3-7 for the second week running, this time away against Bransgore. Captain Jenvey led from the front to score his first hat-trick of the campaign and Hobbs only just missed out on grabbing a personal consolation as he lost 8-11 in the fifth against ‘Gore’s Mick Anderson..
In Div 3, the E team (Bev Scott-Johns, Clive Pitts and Bill Page lost for the first time having drawn their first two matches. In a 3-7 away defeat against Lynwood C, Pitts won Milton’s two singles and helped Page to win the doubles to salvage a point.
Div 3 also saw the F team (Ian Linney, Frank Handy and Svet Ignatov) win their first match of the campaign with a 7-3 away victory over Merton E. Handy reprised his last week’s treble and Linney and Ignatov, who was making an impressive league debut, won two apiece. Milton were so close to bagging maximum points in the doubles but Handy and Ignatov lost 9-11 in the fifth and final end.
Also in Div 3, the G team went one better than their F team mates by taking maximum points off Shamrock A in their 8-2 victory at Arnewood School. Matthew Daish celebrated his 11th birthday a week early by recording his first hat-trick of the campaign. Big brother Simon Daish and Lewis Reading won two apiece, then Matthew and Lewis won the doubles in three straight sets to round off a wonderful evening.
In Div 4, the H team got off the mark (and how!), with a 9-1 drubbing of Winton YMCA C, also at the Arnewood School. Bobo Jiang and Danny Williams scored their first hat-tricks in Div 4, but captain Les Smith had to settle for the two after he just lost his final singles by 9-11 in the fifth and final set. Fourth man Andrew Daish joined with an exultant Jiang to win the doubles over four sets.
Div 5 saw the J team (Keith Kensley, Luke Gurton and Sam Watkins) gifted three games as Merton J turned up a player short at Mudeford Wood. In a 7-3 home victory, the Milton trio all beat Merton’s Ron Watson to add to the advantage but lost to the wily Gordon White. The three points were already in the bag as Watkins and Kensley just shaded the doubles by 14-12 in the fifth set.
Also in Div 5, the K team of Lucy Craddock, Jack Fisher and Richard Ursell suffered a reverse of their last week’s 7-3 victory with a 3-7 defeat away against Bournemouth Sports S, but at least they went home with a point. Ursell bagged a brace and fourteen year old Lucy Craddock chipped in with the one win. Fellow fourteen year old Fisher was making his league debut and improved as the evening went on. It shouldn’t be too long before he gets off the mark!