Table Tennis by Paul Myers
Farnham Central B have have stormed to the top of Division One with wins against Challoner (10-0), Ash B (7-3) and Shackleford (8-2) in the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League. The hard to beat Graham Watts won nine out of nine with the master of back-spin disguise Peter Millard winning eight out of nine and Paul Myers six out of nine. Central A in second place beat Central C 9-1 with Phil Snelson and Norman Swift both unbeaten on the night. Frimley A whitewashed bottom team Tennis A to continue their improvement this season. Rob Hawes, Graham Diplock and Keith Falconer were all in treble form and look to have bashed the final nail in Tennis A's relegation coffin.
Bourne B at the top of Division Three lost out 6-4 to second placed Tennis F in a great battle. Man of the match was Bournes Peter Butler who grabbed a hat-trick with brothers Graham and Roger McCulley winning braces for the tennis men. Kingfisher A drew with Tennis G and club-mates Kingfisher B. Graham Marshall was in top form winning five out of six with Derek Read assisting him with three from six. Kingfisher B edged out Ash G 6-4 which included a superb treble from Ken Thompson with Dave Brown and Dave Phillips bagging doubles for Ash. Frimley D just above the relegation zone put daylight between themselves and the bottom two with a 7-3 win against Cody C. Robeen Roopun was the star man winning all three with Gary Nicholson two for Frimley.
In Division Four Ash H look to be edging away from their nearest rivals Fleet CC B and third placed Tennis H. Ash H beat Cody E 8-2 with trebles from Terry Kavanagh and Ray Mears. Tennis H battling for promotion didn't help their cause by fielding two players against Frimley E and duly lost 6-4. John Page trebled up for Tennis with Frimleys Stephen Bridle and David Mackinnon getting singles by beating Graham Dorey (1win). Farnham Cohesion continue to improve and beat Bentley B 7-3. Dong Ming Lau and Dean Robertson were both in hat-trick form and with more improvement surely coming we will be hearing a lot more of these two in years to come. Ash J and Ash K had an internal bottom of the table clash in which Ash J edged a 6-4 victory. Man of the Match was Ash K's John Davis who was unbeaten on the evening with George Carder and Josh Taylor winning two each for the winning side.
Division Two is looking rather predictable at the moment and avoiding any unforseen circumstances Ash C will be Champions and Tennis C the runners up. Ash C beat Ash D 8-2 to make it thirteen wins on the trot with Nigel Care and Alan Gess both trebling up. Tennis C thrashed Tennis D 9-1 with the reliable pair of John Taylor and Shaun Newbold unbeaten. Neil Print though beat George Earle (2wins) to avoid the whitewash. Tennis B in third place must be frustrated because they are having a great season, only losing the once and still trail their C side by 11 points. This week they beat relegation candidates Broadmoor B 8-2 with the ultra-consistant Graham Dickson winning all three. Broadmoors Pu Zhang showed his potential beating Graham Barson (2wins) and James Sellen (2wins) to grab his duo. Ash E beat a struggling Fleet CC A 7-3 with help from a Les Knight treble and a Sandy Simpson brace. In reply Dave Joyce doubled up for Fleet but he will need help from his team-mates, because with a few more bad results this team could be involved in a relegation battle which looked unlikey before Christmas.