BDTTA League Match Report – Week 5: HAIL THE MIGHTY ZOLTAN!
In a week in which the New Milton Table Tennis Club only managed four wins out of ten matches, three players distinguished themselves with hat-tricks; new member Zoltan Karib-Barath, the home-coming Frank Handy and eleven year old Matthew Daish.
In the Premier, the A team (Brian Bickell, Phil Handy and Brian Vibert) were gifted a point as Kinson B turned up a player short at Mudeford Wood. In an 8-2 victory, although Bickell drew a rare blank, captain Vibert and Handy beat both players present and went on to win the doubles for maximum points. Phil Handy could argue that he could have matched younger brother Frank’s treble had he faced a full side as probably would Vibert.
Div 1 saw Malcolm Floyd return after an absence following arm surgery to captain his B team to a 6-4 away victory over the high-flying Bournemouth Sports E. Zoltan Karib-Barath came up with his first hat-trick of the campaign in a breathtaking display of attacking tennis, Floyd got off the mark with a welcome maiden win and stand-in Bob Fagan, playing up from Div 2, added one more to the tally. The doubles were needed for victory and Karib-Barath and Floyd duly obliged.
Also in Div 1, the C team (James Lewis, Max De Kment and Gerard Redman) have still to record a win as they lost 4-6 at home to Ringwood A. The Milton trio all beat Ringwood’s Wayne Moore and De Kment also beat Adrian Mountain. A draw was riding on the doubles but captain Lewis and De Kment lost in three straight sets.
Div 2 saw the D team (Roy Hobbs, Bob Fagan and stand-in Bev Scott-Johns) come a cropper as they were drubbed 0-10 away against Merton C.
In Div 3, the E team (Bev Scott-Johns, Clive Pitts and Simon Golding) were also still without a win as they lost 2-8 against the G team (Matthew & Simon Daish and Malcolm Nash) in their local derby. G’s Matthew Daish was man of the match with his second treble of the campaign and Pitts and Golding spared the E’s blushes by beating Simon Daish and Nash respectively. The E’s could have salvaged a point from the doubles, but it proved a pipe dream as Pitts and Golding were blown away by Matthew Daish and Nash in three straight sets.
Also in Div 3, the F team (Frank Handy, Svet Ignatov and Sylvia Smith) won their third match in a row, this week in a 6-4 victory away against Bournemouth Sports L. Handy is setting the division alight as he won his fourth successive hat-trick, captain Smith bagged a brace and Ignatov chipped in with the one win.
Div 4 saw the H team lose 2-8 to Bournemouth Sports M at the Arnewood School. Captain Les Smith and Bobo Liang both beat Bourne veteran Steve Joyce, so with John Parkhouse shooting blanks the doubles were needed to salvage a point. Fourth man Andrew Daish stepped up to the plate with Liang, but it was not to be as they lost in three straight sets.
There was also not much joy in Div 5 for the Milton J and K teams. In their first defeat of the season the Jays (Geoff Briggs, Keith Kensley and Malcolm Douglas) lost 3-7 at home to Nimrod C. Captain Douglas bagged a brace including a satisfying win over ex-Miltonian Chris Courage, and Kensley added one more win to the card by beating Nimrod veteran John Reynolds.
The K team of Michael Craddock, Sue Wootton-Freeman and Jack Fisher were on the receiving end of their second 0-10 whitewash, this time away against Shamrock B. Craddock came closest to sparing Milton’s blushes as he only just lost out to Shamrock’s Frank Godfrey 8-11 in the fifth and final set.