Table Tennis by Paul Myers
Cody C beat Cody D 8-2 in a fiercely contested club battle to go top of Division Three in the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League. Six of the sets went to the wire with Cody D only winning one of them. David Thomas and Dave Hewitt both won all three with Hewitt winning an amazing match against George Brown. George Brown won the first game 18-16 with Hewitt winning the next two 11-9 and 12-10. With Hewitt needing one more game for the victory, Brown won 13-11 to make it two games all. In the final game Hewitt shaved it 12-10 for the win in what was a memorable encounter. Bourne B remain in second place after a 7-3 win against Kingfisher A in which Peter Butler and Andy Barnard showed their class grabbing trebles. Previous leaders Tennis F dropped down to third due to their inactivity.
Ash H have leapfrogged Fleet CC B to go top of Division Four. Both teams though had really good wins with Ash H beating Ash J and Ash K 9-1 respectively, whilst Fleet CC B whitewashed Ash K 10-0. Ray Mears and Terry Kavanagh were both unstoppable for Ash H winning six out of six with Holbrook, Blunden and Massey all unbeaten for Fleet. In third place and only four points behind the leaders are Tennis H whose John Page, Graham Dorey and Paul Jarvis all claimed hat-tricks thrashing Fleet CC C 10-0. Farnham Cohesion bagged their first win of the season beating Kingfisher C 6-4. The improving Dong Ming-Lau grabbed a treble with Dean Robertson winning two in reply Chris Saville bagged a double for Kingfisher.
In Division Two there were many close matches. Leaders Tennis B lost 6-4 to Ash C in which Alan Gess was the star man winning all three for Ash with Graham Dickson bagging two for the tennis men. Tennis C have moved up to third after beating Bourne A 6-4 in which Shaun Newbold was unbeaten and Paul Creamer bagged a brace for Bourne. Bourne A also went on to beat Tennis D 7-3 with Paul Creamer unbeaten on the evening. Ash D beat club-rivals Ash E 7-3 to get their first win of the season with Nigel Tustin bagging a hat-trick in style and Frank Winnard two. In reply Jeff Brawn doubled up for Ash E who are still without a win this season. Struggling Tennis E managed to get their first positive result of the season by drawing with Cody B. The most exciting match of the night was between Ron Wale and Stuart Stone who were both unbeaten before this encounter on the evening. Stone won the first game 11-9 with Wale winning the next two 11-7 ,11-7 and needing one more game for the win. Stone then won the fourth game 11-7 to square the match. The last game was won by Wale 12-10 to snatch a dramatic victory. Ron Wale was the man of the match grabbing a hard fought maximum for Tennis with Gordon Courtney chipping in with two. In reply Stuart Stone won two with Jock Docherty and Jamie Pothecary getting singles for Cody.
Finally in Division One Ash A continue to set the pace but there are numerous challengers waiting in the wings to overtake them. Ash A could only beat a struggling Cody C 6-4 and then lost to last years runners-up Central A. Ross Saxby won all three for Ash against Cody C and the hard to beat pair of Phil Snelson and Norman Swift were also in treble form for Central A. Central C have moved up to second place by virtue of having played more matches than the closing pack. They had two 6-4 defeats against last years champions Central B and Broadmoor A. Graham Watts kept his 100% average winning all three for Central B whilst Mark Handcock won all three for Broadmoor A. Robin Pretty won four out of six and Dave Phelps three out of six for Central B. Frimley A registered win number two of their season beating Shackleford 7-3 with Keith Falconer, Tim Nygou and Graham Diplock all bagging doubles. Steve Pearce playing really well bagged a brace in reply for Shackleford. Ash B trounced lowly Challoner 8-2 with Nick Mills(3), Dave Halfpenny(2) and Stan Burton(2) getting their points but Maria Taylor-Woodward(2) was the thorn in their side preventing the drubbing.