A TEAM ARE RUNNERS-UP IN THE PREMIER! (FINAL WEEK RESULTS)
In the final week of the Bournemouth and District Table Tennis League, the New Milton A team secured runners-up spot in the Premier thanks to an 8-2 maximum points win over Bournemouth Sports B. Teenager Matt Daish (pictured below) scored his fifth Premier hat-trick and Doug Gerrish and Brian Vibert bagged a brace apiece. The last time Milton took second place was back in 2010/2011; this season the squad benefited from excellent new signing Gerrish and the homecoming of Russell Wilson.
Milton’s B team rubbed it in to their A team’s closest rivals, a depleted Merton A team, by beating them 8-2, although by then the A team had already landed second spot by their own devices.
Going into the final week, the F team had already clinched the Division 4 title, but hammered home their credentials by beating second-placed Bournemouth Sports K 7-3, having only drawn against them in the first round. Steve Cheesman and Mike Roberts rounded off an excellent season with a treble apiece.
Also in Division 4, the H team did likewise to Nimrod B, their own 7-3 victory pipping their victims at the post to take third place. Paul Iliffe did his bit by scoring his ninth hat-trick out of eleven matches in his maiden season.
Division 5 saw the J team gifted a point and three games as close rivals Nimrod C turned up a player short at their own venue. Captain Malcolm Douglas and Mike Gent added to the advantage by beating Chris Courage and Mike Melaniphy, both ex-Milton players, and Richard Brockbank also took Courage. Full results details appear below:-
New Milton A 8 Bmth Sports B 2
(Doug Gerrish 2, Matt Daish 3, Brian Vibert 2)
Merton A 2 New Milton B 8
(Shaun Newcomb 1, John Hook 2, John Millward 1)
New Milton C 4 Merton E 6
(Andrew Daish 0, Gerard Redman 2, Frank Handy 1)
New Milton D 2 Bmth Sports D 8
(Terry Jenvey 1, Bob Fagan 0, Chris Pusey 1)
Merton F 5 New Milton E 5
(Simon Golding 2, Paul Nelson 0, Clive Pitts 2)
New Milton F 7 Bmth Sports K 3
(Malcolm Nash 0, Steve Cheesman 3, Mike Roberts 3)
New Milton H 7 Nimrod B 3
(Elliott Storr-Smith 2, Paul Iliffe 3, John Childs 2)
Nimrod C 2 New Milton J 8
(Malcolm Douglas 2, Mike Gent 2, Richard Brockbank 1)
Elec-Trick 7 New Milton K 3
(Donald Dow 0, Stuart Burton 0, John Parkhouse 2)