Table Tennis by Paul Myers
Mike Levey was in irresistible form winning all three for Ash C as they beat Cody B 8-2 to go top of Division Two in the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League. The match started with Cody B taking the first two sets but after that Ash turned on the style winning the next eight. Tennis B and Tennis C showing each other maximum respect fought out a draw with Brian Hartles, Graham Dickson, Shaun Newbold and Trevor Dodd all bagging two each. Tennis D in fourth place grabbed their second win of the season by beating club-mates Tennis E 8-2. Neil Print was the man of the match with a hard fought treble and he was ably assisted by Graeme Streets and Andy Murdock who won two each. In reply Ron Wale and George Courtney both won singles for Tennis E but this result proved it will be a tough battle for them to avoid relegation this season. Tennis D also beat Ash E 6-4 in which Jeff Brawn took the honours with a treble for the losing side. Broadmoor B in their first game of the season lost 7-3 to Cody B. John Harvey was the star man with a hat-trick for Cody with Stuart Stone and Jock Docherty winning two each, in reply Mark Armstrong won two for Broadmoor.
Top of Division Three are Bourne B who crushed Cody D 9-1 thanks to trebles from Andy Barnard and John Hayman. Mick Strode prevented the whitewash by beating Peter Butler(2 wins) 12-10, 6-11, 13-11, 9-11 and 11-7 in a titanic battle. Cody D are going to struggle to stay up if they cannot improve on this performance. Kingfisher A just edged out club rivals Kingfisher B 6-4 to get their first win of the new season. Roy Pike, Graham Marshall, Geoff Green and Ken Thompson all won two each and the match showed that both teams will probably achieve a mid-division position this campaign.
Ash H are top of Division Four after a convincing 8-2 win against Fleet CC C in which Terry Kavanagh and Ray Mears both grabbed trebles. Kavanagh was pushed all the way though by Fleet's Roy Chittenden( 1 win) and Kevin Bissell( 1 win) who both took him to the wire. Fleet CC B in second at this very early stage beat Farnham Cohesion 8-2 in which Mark Holbrook was the top dog grabbing a hat-trick. Marge Massey and Andy Blunden won two each as did Duncan Weir for Cohesion. Dong Ming-Lau lost all three on the evening but certainly showed promise by taking many games off the Fleet CC B trio. Kingfisher C registered their first win of the season by beating Ash J 9-1 with John Atkinson and Chris Saville both unbeaten. Josh Taylor once again showed he is only going to improve as the season goes on by beating John Saville( 2 wins) to avoid the drubbing and by taking Atkinson all the way in their match.
Finally in Division One Central B beat Shackleford 7-3 in their first match of the season. Peter Millard and Graham Watts were in treble form for Central who will be looking to try and retain their Division One Crown. Top of the pile at this early stage are Broadmoor A who pipped Central A 6-4 in which Phil Snelson grabbed his usual three in style for the losing side. Mark Handcock and Barry Morten both won two each for Broadmoor. Ash A and Ash B both registered their first wins of the new campaign by beating Frimley A and Tennis A respectively. Ash A beat Frimley A 6-4 with Martin Townshend and Ross Saxby in treble form. Ash B beat Tennis A 7-3 with Nick Mills and Dave Gilham both unbeaten on the evening. Tennis A will find things much tougher than last season and will need dramatic improvement if they're to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle this season.