Table Tennis by Paul Myers
With the table tennis season now in full swing, patterns are starting to emerge from all four Divisions of the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League.
The early signs in Division Two are that the title is going to be fought out by the Cody and Farnborough Tennis Clubs. Tennis B are five points clear after beating club mates Tennis E 7-3. Dave Jarvis collected a maximum with Dave Hewitt and Stuart Middlemiss chipping in with two each. In second place are Tennis C who drew with Cody B. Tennis C have a big squad to choose from and if they use the right manpower the title is theirs for the taking. In third are Cody A who beat Tennis D 9-1 thanks to trebles from Dave Stenning and Paul Mission with Peter Anthony grabbing a brace. Frimley B comfortable behind the top four teams drew with Bourne A with a blast from the past Nigel Oh claiming a hat-trick. Congratulations to Ash E who in a local derby match bagged their first win of the season by beating Ash D 7-3. Karim Lawji was the star turn with a maximum and he was ably assisted by Sandy Simpson and Clive Mattin who both claimed braces.
Division Three looks like being dominated by a team beginning with ‘B’, namely Bourne B and Broadmoor B. Bourne B thrashed Fleet CC B 9-1 with John Hayman, Peter Butler and Phil Larking all winning maximums. Tennis F in second lost ground on the leaders by losing 6-4 to club-rivals Tennis G for whom the evergreen Ray Eason bagged a treble. Broadmoor B are in third place with games in hand on the top two sides. Broadmoor thumped Ash G 10-0 with Norma Millward, Mark Armstrong and Pu Zhang all oozing class in the unbeaten romp. Farnham Cohesion A are finding their feet in this division now and bagged another win beating Frimley D 7-3 with Duncan Weir claiming the man of the match honours with a treble. Tennis H beat bottom team Cody C 7-3 in which Colin Baggott won all three for the tennis men.
Frimley E are on a good run in Division Four and are now in third place thanks to the superb form of Paul Phelan who was unbeaten against both Cody E and Fleet CC C. His team beat Cody E 7-3 in which David Mackinnon also claimed a hat-trick and then edged out Fleet CC C 6-4. Only four points cover the top few sides in this division and Bentley B who are at the top only drew with Ash K in which Les Vaill bagged a treble. Joining them at the top are Cody D who thrashed Farnham Cohesion B 9-1 with John Asprey and Andy Stenning both winning maximums for the Cody boys. Tennis J just behind in fourth claimed 7-3 wins against Cody D and Cody E. John Page played some solid experienced table tennis in both matches winning six out of six. Other notable performances all involved Cody F in some way. Bob Fenner won a maximum in Cody F’s 6-4 loss to Fleet CC C, Dave Phillips won all three in his sides 7-3 win against Cody F and Josh Taylor grabbed a treble in Ash J’s draw against Cody.
Finally in the top division Broadmoor A are looking a very solid proposition with a five point cushion over Central B. Broadmoor A beat Ash C 9-1 with Mark Handcock, Barry Morten and Clive Banham all claiming trebles. Central B beat Ash B 7-3 with superb performances from Pete Millard and Trevor Spraggs who both won all three. In third are Central A who beat Frimley A 7-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Phil Snelson (who is only just back playing after having had a hernia operation) and a double from newcomer Michael Kwan. Central C’s Dave Phelps continued his excellent run of form winning all three against lowly Bentley A. Dennis Perrett was the man of the match bagging a maximum for Shackleford in his sides 6-4 loss to Tennis A who were registering their first win of the season.