Table Tennis by Paul Myers
In the First Division of the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League Farnham Central B have stormed up the table into second place. Central B whitewashed Tennis A and beat the league leaders Ash A 8-2. Graham Watts and Peter Millard were unbeaten in both with Paul Myers chipping in with four out of six. Leaders Ash A are hanging on to the top spot by the skin of their teeth after beating a lacklustre Broadmoor A 6-4 with Ross Saxby and Martin Townshend in double form, but they could not get past Mark Handcock who won all three. Central A who went to the top for one week lost 6-4 to Ash B and dropped five places in the process. Phil Snelson was unbeaten as usual for Central, but unfortunately the previously unbeaten Norman Swift injured his shoulder and had to forfeit his last two games after losing to Dave Gilham(2 wins). Cody A grabbed their first win of the season by beating Ash B 7-3 and in the process it became Ash B's first defeat. In what was a shock and almost unbelievable result the evergreen Dave Stenning and the awkward Peter Anthony both grabbed trebles with Kin Chan a single for Cody.
Division Three is looking really tight at the moment with five points covering the top five teams. Cody C remain at the summit after beating Tennis G 6-4 but they then lost their unbeaten record losing 8-2 to Tennis F. Tony McDowell grabbed a trio in the first match for Cody and Graham McCulley a full house for Tennis. Frimley C have moved up the table with a draw against Ash F and a 7-3 and 6-4 win against Kingfisher B and Frimley D respectively. Robert Brittan was the star man being unstoppable in all three matches with Anthony Connelly grabbing six out of six in the last two. There were also narrow 6-4 wins for Bourne B, Ash G, Tennis F and Frimley D. Peter Killick's maximum for Tennis F was a highlight along with Sandy Simpsons hat-tricks against Frimley D, Tennis F and Bourne B for her team Ash F.
In Division Four Ash H whitewashed Bentley B and beat second placed Fleet CC B 6-4 to stay top of the pile. Terry Kavanagh won maximums in both matches, with Bill Abbott winning five out of six. Ray Mears also chipped in with a treble and Brian Simpson a single for the top team. Fleet CC B got back on track with an 8-2 win against lowly Ash J in which Mark Holbrook got the full house with the ickle blonde Marge Massey and Andy Blunden winning two apiece. They were both however thwarted in their treble bids by the improving Josh Taylor who bagged a double. Tennis H beat the rock bottom side Ash K 6-4 with the Ash side helping them by only turning up with two players. Paul Jarvis was unbeaten for Tennis with Dave Brown getting a pair for Ash. Frimley E had two good victories beating Farnham Cohesion 8-2 and Ash J 7-3. Stephen Bridle was in terrific form for Frimley being unbeaten in both matches and he was ably assisted by Jon Ball who bagged a maximum against Ash J. Steve Chapman and Paul Phelan won two each for Frimley against Farnham Cohesion with Dean Robertson replying with a brace for the losing side.
Finally the unbeaten Ash C are looking strong in Division Two and had two good wins beating club mates Ash E and Ash D ,9-1 and 7-3 respectively. Martin Gilbey was impressive in both matches winning six out of six with Mike Levey, Alan Gess and Nigel Care grabbing trebles as well. Tennis C in second position are also unbeaten in this division and they posted a narrow 6-4 victory against Cody B and a 9-1 mauling of Ash D. John Taylor was unbeaten in both with team mates Shaun Newbold and George Earle winning four out of six. Tennis D drew with Cody B and beat Fleet CC A 8-2 with Neil Print the star man winning a full house in both. Fleet CC A who are starting to struggle also lost 7-3 to Bourne A who are going well in fourth place. Paul Creamer, Mike Gunton and Brian Smithers all won twice for Bourne with Dave Joyce bagging a duo in reply for Fleet. Tennis B narrowly beat bottom team Frimley B 6-4 to keep them in the promotion hunt with Graham Barson, Brian Hartles and Graham Dickson all in double form but they were all mastered by Andrew Davies who won all three for Frimley.