BDTTA League Match Report – Week 11: “A” Team Plan Comes Together
The Bournemouth and District Table Tennis League programme resumed after the Christmas break and the New Milton Club won four out of their ten matches. Their most comprehensive victory came in the Premier as the A team (Steve Hemmings, Phil Handy and Brian Vibert) did the double over the struggling North Bournemouth A by whitewashing them 10-0 home at Mudeford Wood. This excellent win enabled Milton to leapfrog over Bournemouth Sports C to claim third place in the league.
Div 1 saw the B team (Zoltan Karib-Barath, Julie Smillie and Malcolm Floyd) take on Broadstone A for the first time this season as ‘Stone failed to show at Mudeford Wood in the first round. In a 3-7 away defeat Karib-Barath won Milton’s only two singles and combined well with Smillie in the doubles to salvage a point.
The C team (Alan Gordon, James Lewis and Gerard Redman) also suffered a 3-7 defeat in Div 1 as they lost for the second time to Merton B, this time at home. The homecoming Gordon scored a magnificent hat-trick against some tough opposition to gain his side a point.
In Div 2, the D team (Terry Jenvey, Roy Hobbs and Bob Fagan) are on a bit of a roll as they won their seventh consecutive match in the league and cup. Milton visited Merton D who were a player short and beat them 8-2 to gain maximum points. Hobbs and Fagan added to the three game advantage by beating both players present and captain Jenvey chipped in with the one win.
Div 3 saw the E team (Simon Golding, Bev Scott-Johns and Clive Pitts) draw 5-5 against Merton F for the second time. Golding and Pitts bagged a brace apiece and they won the doubles in three straight sets to force the away draw.
The F team (Ian Linney, Frank Handy and stand-in John Parkhouse) drew against Div 3 leaders Lynwood C for the second time also, but the opposition were a player short this time. Handy and Linney added one each to the gifted three games away at Winton and just missed out on securing victory as they lost the doubles over five ends.
Also in Div 3, the G team (Matthew Daish, Eddie Tompkins and Simon Daish) entertained Bournemouth Sports L at Mudeford Wood and beat them 6-4 for the second time. Matthew Daish came up with his fourth hat-trick of the campaign and elder brother Simon and Tompkins added one apiece to the tally. The doubles were required for victory and Tompkins and Daish junior nicked them 12-10 in the fifth and final set.
In Div 4, the H team improved on a first round draw as they walloped Bournemouth Sports P 8-2 at the Arnewood School. Bobo Jiang also came up with his fourth hat-trick while Danny Williams and Peter Daish won two each. Fourth-man Andrew Daish joined with Jiang to win the doubles in three straight sets to land the maximum four points.
Div 5 saw the J team (Malcolm Douglas, Geoff Biggs and Sam Watkins) lose 4-6 at home to the high-flying Bournemouth Sports R with two apiece from captain Douglas and Biggs. It could so easily have been a repeat of their first round draw but Douglas and Biggs just lost the doubles 10-12 in the fifth and final set.
Also in Div 5, the K team (Sue Wootton-Freeman, Sibyl Bartlett and Michael Craddock) lost 0-10 to second from bottom Winton YMCA D to remain adrift at the bottom of the league.