Table Tennis by Paul Myers
With only a few weeks remaining of the 2008/09 Aldershot and District Table Tennis League Season there are two exciting battles which are going to the wire.
The first is between Fleet CC B and Ash H who are fighting it out to be crowned Division Four Champions. The good news for both clubs is that they are officially promoted, but which team are going up as the Champions? As it stands Fleet CC B have played all their matches and have 147pts with Ash H only having only one fixture left on 139pts. Ash H are due to play Frimley E needing 9pts to win Division Four outright but looking at their recent results this might just prove beyond them. Fleet CC B beat Kingfisher C with Mark Holbrook and Andy Blunden both in treble form. Chris Saville beat Marge Massey (2wins) 11-4, 16-14, 8-11 and 11-4 to avoid the whitewash. Ash H beat Kingfisher C by the same score with Bill Abbott and Ray Mears both unbeaten on the evening and on this occasion John Saville bagged a single for Kingfisher beating Brian Simpson (2wins) to prevent the drubbing. Frimley E in fourth place and due to contest the Handicap Final soon, beat Ash K 6-4 thanks to doubles from Paul Phelan and Stephen Bridle. Dave Brown bagged a hat-trick and John Davis a single for Ash K.
The other battle is between Broadmoor A and Farnham Central B for the Division One Title. Broadmoor A (134pts) have a one point advantage with three matches remaining with Central B (133pts) four games left to play in second. Broadmoor A who are previous Champions and Central B the reigning Champions both have the experience to lift the trophy but Broadmoors slightly easier run-in and bigger squad might just tip the balance in their favour. Broadmoor A beat Ash B 7-3 thanks to a Barry Morten treble and two wins from John Millward, whilst Nick Mills doubled up for Ash B. Central B beat Frimley A 9-1 and Challoner 8-2 with Graham Watts winning six out of six and Peter Millard five out of six. Central A in third had a dissapointing draw against Cody A fighting against relegation. Norman Swift grabbed his usual treble and Paul Massey two for Central with Dave Stenning in double form for Cody. Cody A giving their all to beat the drop also drew with a two man Shackleford squad. Peter Anthony and Stenning won singles with Simon Turner and Steve Pearce winning two each for Shackleford. Bentley A beat Tennis A and Challoner 9-1 respectively with Micky Lang unbeaten in both matches and Steve French four wins out of six. Andy Cunningham and Andy Mudie also bagged hat-tricks for Bentley A.
Ash G and Cody D are now officially relegated in Division Three despite giving their all this season. Cody D were beaten 8-2 by Kingfisher A whose regular reliables Derek Read and Graham Marshall were both unbeaten. Ash G lost out 6-4 to a two man Bourne B side with Dave Phillips picking up a single for Ash with Peter Butler winning all three and John Hayman two for Bourne. Bourne B then beat Kingfisher B 6-4 with Andy Barnard grabbing a hat-trick and Kingfishers Karim Lawji a double. Ash F went back to the top of the division by beating Cody C 8-2 whilst nearest rivals Tennis F could only draw with Frimley C. Sandy Simpson and Clive Mattin both grabbed maximums for Ash F while Tennis F's Peter Killick bagged a brace as did Barry Baxter and Anthony Connelly for Frimley C. As it stands Ash F have a two points lead and a game in hand over Tennis H and are just waiting to be crowned Division Three Champions very soon.
In Division Two, Ash C's 10-0 win against Tennis D means that they are officially promoted to Division One next season. Martin Gilbey, Nigel Care and Alan Gess were the hat-trick men in this weeks romp!! By next week they will also be confirmed as Division Two Champions . Tennis C in second beat Frimley B 7-3 with John Taylor bagging a trio and George Earle two with Derek Seager winning two for Frimley. Frimley B got back on track by putting a few more nails in Tennis E's coffin by beating them 8-2, and they look certain to go down now. Andrew Davies won all three with Derek Seager and Hilary Greig bagging duos with Tennis's Gordon Courtney winning two. Tennis B beat Cody B 8-2 to give themselves an outside chance of promotion but although they have a game in hand they are still 12pts behind club-mates Tennis C. Graham Dickson was the star man winning all three, with Graham Barson and Brian Hartles doubling up for Tennis B. Broadmoor B beat Tennis D 6-4 with help from a Mark Armstrong treble and a Pu Zhang double to give them a much needed win, but it could be too late to prevent them from being relegated.