HONOURS EVEN IN DIV 3 DERBY
Out of their nine matches played in the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis league last week, the New Milton Club only lost one of them, a record for the club so far this season. Their seven victories included first wins of the season for the B team in the Premier and the D team in Division 2, although both teams remain second from bottom in their respective divisions.
The local Div 3 derby between the F team (Steve Cheesman, Sylvia Smith & Malcolm Nash) and the G team (Graham Underwood, Bev Scott-Johns & Ben Greene) ended up in a 5-5 draw, the first of the club’s derbies to end in a tie this season. The F’s looked to have had the edge at 5-3 courtesy of yet another hat-trick from Cheesman, but Gees Underwood beat Smith in the final singles and then Underwood & Greene got the better of Smith & Nash in the doubles to level things off.
Ben Greene (pictured below) deserves a special mention in despatches as he played in two matches simultaneously on the same night and won five out of his six matches. He played up a division and bagged a brace in the G team’s draw against the F team in Div 3, and scored a hat-trick for his own J team in their spectacular 9-1 victory over Nimrod B in Div 4. He even played in both doubles matches which he helped to win and crown an epic night’s performance.
There was a stark contrast at extreme ends of the league as the previously unbeaten A team were hammered 10-0 by Merton A in the Premier, while the L team won 10-0 by default in Div 5 as Shamrock B were unable to put out a team.
In Div 2, all of the E team’s results so far involve a 6-4 scoreline, last week’s victory making it three wins out of six. 18 year old Peter Daish came up with his second hat-trick of the campaign, older brother Simon bagged a brace and Clive Pitts added one more to the tally. Full results details are below:-
Merton A 10 New Milton A 0
(Steve Hemmings 0, Umit Kaya 0, Paul Iliffe 0)
New Milton B 6 Merton B 4
(John Millward 1, John Hook 3, Shaun Newcomb 2)
Merton E 4 New Milton C 6
(Frank Handy 1, Paul Iliffe 1, Andy Tipsana 3)
Breamore 4 New Milton D 6
(Terry Jenvey 2, Steve Cheesman 2, Bob Fagan 1)
New Milton E 6 Bmth Sports G 4
(Peter Daish 3, Simon Daish 2, Clive Pitts 1)
New Milton G 5 New Milton F 5
(F Team: Steve Cheesman 3, Sylvia Smith 1, Malcolm Nash 1)
(G Team: Graham Underwood 2, Bev Scott-Johns 0, Ben Greene 2)
New Milton J 9 Nimrod B 1
(Ben Greene 3, Andrew Stainton 3, John Parkhouse 2)
Bmth Sports N 4 New Milton K 6
(Mike Gent 2, Malcolm Douglas 2, Geoff Biggs 1)
New Milton L 10 Shamrock B 0
(Match conceded by Shamrock B)