Table Tennis by Paul Myers
The Aldershot and District Table Tennis League is at a stage now where all the teams know whether they are fighting for a title, scrapping out relegation and promotion or they are simply not going up or down.
In Division One Broadmoor A and Farnham Central B are having a ding-dong battle for the title. Broadmoor A are nine points ahead but Central B have two games in hand of their rivals. Broadmoor beat both Central C and Ash A 6-4 and thrashed Bentley A 10-0. Central B however had a dissapointing result against Ash A losing 8-2 in which Ross Saxby was in treble form with Martin Townshend and Chris Hazelhurst both bagging doubles. In third place are Central A who in this period have bagged three wins by beating Tennis A 9-1, Ash B 8-2 and Ash A 6-4. Phil Snelson (nine out of nine) and Norman Swift (six out of six) were both unbeaten with Paul Massey backing them up winning five out of nine. Ash A look as though they will finish in fourth place this season with Frimley A, Ash B, Bentley, Central C and Shackleford all safe in the mid-division places. Tennis A look doomed to finish bottom and are the only team in the whole League without a win so far this season. Cody A, with only one win to their name all year, also seem to be fighting a losing battle because Challoner just ahead of them in tenth, although not winning many are grabbing vital points.
Ash C are in a different class to anyone in Division Two this season and will be crowned Champions very shortly. In second place and surely the team who will finish runners-up are Tennis C who without the excellent Ash C would be worthy winners themselves in a normal season. Tennis C beat Cody B 7-3 and Ash D 8-2 to pull eight points ahead of club rivals Tennis B in third. The regular trio of Shaun Newbold, John Taylor (both five out of six) and George Earle (three out of six) are having a great season for their club. In third place are Tennis B who beat Bourne A 7-3 and lost 6-4 to Frimley B and Ash C . Those results look to have ended their promotion challenge unless their B side have some dramatic losses in the next few weeks. In fourth place and having a pleasing season are Frimley B. In this period they drew with Ash C, Ash D, Broadmoor B and narrowly beat Tennis B 6-4. Andrew Davies (seven out of nine) and Derek Seager (seven out of twelve) were the main points scorers for Frimley with Hilary Greig bagging a few wins for her side. Bourne A, Ash D, Ash E, Cody B, Fleet CC A and Tennis D have all performed well without being good enough to challenge for the top places and at the same time too good to go down. The bottom two teams are Tennis E and Broadmoor B who both look likely to struggle to get out of those positions.
In what was a very tight division many weeks ago, Ash F now seem to have stamped their authority on Division Three with a great run of form to go eleven points clear of Tennis F. Ash F drew with Tennis G but more importantly beat second placed Tennis F 8-2 and third placed Bourne B 9-1. Paul Shakespeare was the star man winning all three for Tennis G against the top team. Sandy Simpson (eight out of nine), Clive Mattin (six out of nine) and Janet Guess (five out of nine) won the points for Ash F who are playing great table tennis. At the bottom of the table, Cody D with fifteen straight losses bagged their first win of the season beating Ash G 7-3. Mick Strode was the man of the match with a hat-trick and ably assisted by Phil Russell who won two and John Asprey a single. Unfortunately for both these teams they both will be relegated and playing fourth division table tennis next season.
In Division Four the leaders are Ash H who have a four points advantage over nearest rivals Fleet CC B. Ash H however lost 7-3 to Fleet CC B which could see the battle for the title of Division Four Champions go right to the wire. Jeremy Fox a new player for the Fleet side made the difference with a hard fought treble which included a five set winning thriller against Terry Kavanagh. Mark Holbrook and Andy Blunden both bagged doubles for Fleet in their sides win as well. Tennis H in third beat Fleet CC C 8-2 with Graham Dorey and Paul Jarvis bagging trebles and then beat Cody E 7-3 with a John Page hat-trick and doubles from Colin Baggott and Kerry Bennett. Cody E in fourth place beat lowly Ash K 8-2 and drew with Kingfisher C. John Warburton bagged a treble against Ash K with Norrie Short and Len Williams winning four out of six in both matches combined. Chris Saville claimed the top honours winning all three for Kingfisher C.