BDTTA League Match Report – Week 6: SIX OF THE BEST FOR NEW MILTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB
Div 1 saw the B team (Zoltan Karib-Barath, Shaun Newcomb and Malcolm Floyd) win 6-4 for the second week running, this time at home to Merton B. Karib-Barath and Newcomb won two apiece, losing only to Merton’s Ian Robertson whom captain Floyd managed to beat. The doubles were needed for the win and Karib-Barath and Newcomb saw off the Merton pairing in three straight sets.
Also in Div 1, the C team of James Lewis, Jacob Tse and Max De Kment finally got off the mark with a 6-4 away win over Lynwood B. Captain Lewis and Tse bagged a brace apiece and De Kment added one more to the tally. Tse was ascloseasthis to recording his first hat-trick but lost a mind-boggling 15-17 in the fifth end against ‘Wood’s Alan Smith (they must have both thought that they were playing the old 21-up!) in the last singles of the evening. After that tense affair, the doubles proved decisive as Lewis and De Kment secured the first win in Div 1 for their team.
In Div 2, the C team recovered from last week’s 0-10 thumping by beating North Bournemouth B 6-4 at home, courtesy of a brilliant hat-trick by captain Terry Jenvey. Bob Fagan won two, but with Roy Hobbs recording his third successive duck, the doubles were required for the win. Jenvey crowned his evening by joining with Fagan to clinch victory for his team.
The club’s other 6-4 win came in Div 3 as the E team (Max Doohan, Clive Pitts and Bill Page) beat Bournemouth Sports L at the Arnewood School. Milton were trailing 3-4 by the seventh match as the trio won one apiece, but then Page and Doohan won their final singles and took the doubles in three straight sets.
Div 3 also saw the F team (Dave Sutton, Frank Handy and Sylvia Smith) come up with their best win of the campaign as they clobbered Shamrock A 9-1 at home. Handy is now scoring hat-tricks for fun and he was joined in his treble by Sutton. Captain Smith was deprived of her own treble as she lost 10-12 and 10-12 in the fourth and fifth sets against Shamrock’s Dave Stanbridge. She was out for revenge against Stanbridge in the doubles and she and Sutton duly beat Stanbridge and partner in three straight sets.
Also in Div 3, the G team lost 2-8 away against Broadstone C, Milton’s only wins coming from 11 year old Matthew Daish. With captain Malcolm Nash and Lewis Reading both drawing blanks the team needed the doubles to salvage a point. It wasn’t to be as Daish and Nash lost in three straight sets.
In Div 4, the H team (Andrew & Peter Daish and Bobo Liang) came up with their third draw of the campaign as they held Nimrod B 5-5 away at Portchester School. Peter Daish and Liang won a couple apiece and Peter’s older brother Andrew chipped in with the one win. It could so easily have been another “6-4” for the club, but Bobo and Peter lost the doubles 11-13 in the fourth set.
In Div 5, the J team (Keith Kensley, Sam Watkins and Geoff Biggs) won 7-3 away against strugglers Winton YMCA D. New signing Biggs got off the mark with two wins and was joined in a brace by Kensley and Watkins.
The club’s two 0-10 scorelines came at opposite ends of the league. In the Premier, the A team were mauled by league leaders Bournemouth Sports A at Chapel Gate, and in Div 5 the K team received similar treatment at the hands of Bournemouth Sports T at the Arnewood School.