In a week in which the New Milton Table Tennis Club won 5 out of their ten matches in the Bournemouth and District league, their F team’s win ensured promotion to Division 3 and their A team hammered home their credentials for runners-up of the Premier thanks to their 9-1 win.

With only two more weeks left to go, the F team are top of Div 4 on 50 points with second-placed Bmth Sports K on 44 points. The F team may well take the title next week if they do the double over Shamrock B as this will put Milton on 54 points. Even if Bourne beat Merton K with maximum points this will put them on 48 points to have to settle for the runners-up spot. It could all be over bar the shouting before the final match between the title contenders which ended up a 5-5 draw first time round.

The Premier’s A team are currently lying third from top of the league on 41 points with second-placed Merton A just above them on 42 points. Milton look to have the easier run-up as they face Merton in the penultimate week whom they beat 7-3 first time around, then Bmth Sports B whom they whitewashed 10-0. Merton on the other hand face runaway leaders Bmth Sports A in the final week, so Milton could well finish runners-up which would be a terrific achievement.

The Premier league also saw the B team vastly improve on a first-round 0-10 drubbing at the hands of Merton A with a 7-3 victory, albeit against a weakened Merton side home at Mudeford Wood. Gerard Redman played up from Div 1 and bagged a magnificent brace, John Hook won a hat-trick and Shaun Newman chipped in with the one win. Redman also helped his own C team to get the better of Bmth Sports D at the second time of asking in Div 1 thanks to his third hat-trick of the campaign.

The club’s other win came in Div 4 as the G team did the double over Shamrock B at home at Mudeford Wood aided and abetted by a fourth hat-trick from Graham Underwood. Also in Div 4, the H team did well to hold second-placed Bmth Sports K to a 5-5 draw largely thanks to Paul Iliffe’s (pictured below) seventh hat-trick of the campaign.

NMTTC (115)

Merton C 1 New Milton A 9
(Russell Wilson 2, Brian Vibert 3, Doug Gerrish 3)

New Milton B 7 Merton A 3
(Shaun Newcomb 1, John Hook 3, Gerard Redman 2)

New Milton C 6 Bmth Sports D 4
(Frank Handy 1, Simon Daish 1, Gerard Redman 3)

Broadstone B 9 New Milton D 1
(Terry Jenvey 1, Malcolm Floyd 0, Bob Fagan 0)

New Milton E 2 Lynwood B 8
(Simon Golding 2, Paul Nelson 0, Bev Scott-Johns 0)

Merton K 2 New Milton F 8
(Malcolm Nash 2, Mike Roberts 3, Steve Cheesman 2)

New Milton G 8 Shamrock B 2
(Graham Underwood 3, Eddie Tompkins 2, Les Smith 2)

New Milton H 5 Bmth Sports K 5
(Lynn Willrich 0, Paul Iliffe 3, John Childs 1)

Shamrock C 6 New Milton J 4
(Mike Gent 1, Richard Brockbank 1, Geoff Biggs 1)

Merton M 9 New Milton K 1
(John Parkhouse 0, James Harper 1, Don Dow 0)

About Malcolm Floyd FCMA, CGMA

Retired Accountant. Ardent Saints fan! New Milton TTC Treasurer and Press Secretary. Winner of the ETTA Press Officer of the Year 2009. BDTTA Results Secretary.

Posted on 10/03/2016, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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