There was a break in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league last week, with play given over to the Preliminary Round of the Annual Times & Directory Handicap Cup competition. Four of the New Milton club’s teams were in action with two of them winning through to the First Round proper.

The F team (Malcolm Nash, Sylvia Smith & Steve Cheesman) who normally play in Div 3 and only just missed out in last year’s Cup Final, booked their place in the next round with a convincing 9-0 thumping of Div 5’s Bmth Sports P in their own back yard. This was achieved without dropping a single set, but captain Malcolm Nash was gracious enough to concede that the handicapping did Bourne no favours.


The Div 4 J team (Lynn Willrich, Ben Greene & John Parkhouse) had a real fight on their hands as they took on Merton H (Div 3) but ended up beating them 5-4. Greene’s league form continued into the Cup as he won a hat-trick without dropping a set, and captain Willrich and Parkhouse added one each to the tally by beating Rob Searle.

The Premier’s B team (John Hook, Shaun Newcomb & Rob Blackmore) were on the wrong end of a 4-5 scoreline as they lost to Merton C who play one division lower in Div 1. Milton were missing captain John Millward and he was gamely replaced by Rob Blackmore, who although from a division lower had to take on Millward’s handicap. It was nip and tuck all the way through the match with Hook and Newcomb bagging a brace apiece, but Blackmore’s handicap proved a bridge too far so he came away empty-handed.

The G team (Graham Underwood, Elliott Storr-Smith & Bev Scott-Johns) who normally ply their trade in Div 3, were beaten 3-5 by Bmth Sports G from Div 2, although it could easily have gone the other way. Underwood bagged a brace and 15 year old Storr-Smith added one to the tally having narrowly lost to Bourne’s Arthur Bartram 20-21 in their third and final set. Captain Scott-Johns drew a blank but was most unfortunate to lose out to ex Premier player Eric Buckley 20-21, 20-21.

The losing B and G teams live to fight another day however as they go into the consolation “Plate” competition which will be played Week Commencing 9th January 2017.  Full results details appear below:-

New Milton B (Prem) 4 Merton C (Div 1) 5

(Rob Blackmore 0, John Hook 2, Shaun Newcomb 2)

Bmth Sports P (Div 5) 0 New Milton F (Div 3) 9

(Steve Cheesman 3, Malcolm Nash 3, Sylvia Smith 3)

New Milton G (Div 3) 3 Bmth Sports G (Div 2) 5

(Graham Underwood 2, Elliott Storr-Smith 1, Bev Scott-Johns 0)

Merton H (Div 3) 4 New Milton J (Div 4) 5

(Ben Greene 3, Lynn Willrich 1, John Parkhouse 1)

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 02/11/2016, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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