BDTTA League Match Report – Week 12: Five Out Of Ten Again For Table Tennis Players
The Bournemouth and District Table Tennis league resumed last week after a week’s break for the Times & Directory Cup, and the New Milton club won five out of their ten matches, repeating their first round performance. The Club’s best results came in the lower echelons of the league, so they deserve first mention this week.
Div 5 saw the J team (Luke Gurton, Keith Kensley and Sam Watkins) do the double over Merton J, this time with the improved scoreline of 9-1 away at Southbourne. Watkins came up with his first hat-trick of the campaign, 16 year old Gurton scored his fourth treble and Kensley bagged a brace.
Also in Div 5, the K team (Lucy Craddock, Jack Fisher and Sibyl Bartlett) were delighted after they picked up their first point in nine matches in a 4-6 home defeat against Bournemouth Sports S. 14 year old Jack Fisher displayed a maturity beyond his years to get off the mark with a terrific hat-trick, and fellow 14 year old Craddock added one more to the tally. It could so easily have been a draw but the teenagers narrowly lost the doubles 11-13 in the fifth and final set.
Div 4 saw the H team do the double over bottom dwellers Winton YMCA C, this time with a 7-3 win away at Winton. The enigmatic John Parkhouse recorded his second hat-trick of the campaign, Peter Daish bagged a brace and older brother Andrew chipped in with the one win.
In Div 3, the E team (Simon Golding, Max Doohan and Clive Pitts) improved on a first round defeat against high-flyers Lynwood C by holding them to a 5-5 draw at the Arnewood School. Golding and Pitts won two apiece and won the doubles for the draw. Doohan was unfortunate not to add to the tally as he just lost two of his games 9-11 in the fifth and final sets.
Div 3 also saw the F team take maximum points off Merton G as Milton bettered their first round win with a 9-1 victory at home. Captain Sylvia Smith finally came up with her first hat-trick of the season, Frank Handy joined her in a treble and Svet Ignatov added two more to the card.
Also in Div 3, the G team (Lewis Reading, Malcolm Nash and Eddie Tompkins) did the double over basement boys Shamrock A with a 7-3 win away at Colehill, with the Milton trio winning two apiece.
Div 2 saw the D side’s seven week winning run come to an end as they lost 3-7 for the second time to high-flying Bransgore. Captain Terry Jenvey and Bob Fagan won one each and took the doubles to salvage a point at Mudeford Wood.
In Div 1, the C team (Michael Robertson, James Lewis and Gerard Redman) emerged with bragging rights from their second local derby against the B side (Julie Smillie, Shaun Newcomb and Zoltan Karib-Barath) by beating them 6-4 (their first round encounter ended in a tie). New signing Robertson won all three and captain Lewis only lost to Smillie who also won two. Redman played outstandingly well to beat Karib-Barath who suffered his first duck of the campaign. The two teams are neck and neck in the table on 23 points each but the Bees are just shading it through superior games-difference.
Up in the heady heights of the Premier, the A team (Steve Hemmings, Brian Vibert and stand-in Alan Gordon) could only scrape a 5-5 draw away against Merton A having taken maximum points off them in the first round. Gordon, playing up from Div 1, did well to beat Merton’s Clayton Fitzpatrick as did Hemmings. Captain Vibert added two more to the reckoning and combined effectively with Hemmings to win the doubles to force the draw.