Past West Somerset Table Tennis Association matches
|Published: 12th June 2009 10:49|
Reports from: Martyn Summerell
Ells Angels 7 Wiveliscombe 5
Minehead A 4 Wiveliscombe 8
Stogumber A 8 Washford 4
Ells Angels are within touching distance of the Division One title following an 8-4 victory over Wiveliscombe. Not everything went to plan for the Angels as Wivi veteran Dave How scored a memorable singles success over Vince Court. Dennis Buckingham and David Woodland added two singles each for Wivi. However Court recovered his form to beat both Buckingham and Woodland and Angels took all three doubles to reach their 7 point tally.
Angels title bid was also given a boost by Stogumber A who defeated second placed Washford by an 8-4 scoreline. Stogumber led 6-0 at the half way stage but a singles win each for Washfords Chris Norman and Rod Richards and two doubles successes prevented a really heavy defeat. Captain David Bryant and Martyn Summerell both recorded fine maximums for Stogumber and veteran John Watson chipped in with a singles victory over Mervyn Hillir.
Both David Woodland and Dennis Buckingham achieved maximums in Wiveliscombe's 8-4 win over Minehead A. This match was played as a double header at Alcombe Village Hall alongside the Ells Angels match. Minehead's Dave Veale and Geoff Walker won a singles each to go with two doubles successes thus keeping their defeat to a 4 point margin.
There was a very healthy turn out for the West Somerset Table Tennis Association's Finals Night. The 32 players and friends that attended witnessed some excellent competitive table tennis and enjoyed a first class buffet at the Hobby Horse.
The first two matches of the evening saw Martyn Summerell and Vince Court progress to the final of the non-handicap singles with 3 set victories over Mervyn Hillier and Lee Hooper respectively.
The doubles final was played on an up to 21 points format and it was the pairing of Mervyn Hillier and Mike Dibble that clinched the title with an impressive performance against David Gliddon and Martin Shoots.
Despite carrying a painful muscle injury David Gliddon went on to battle out the veterans final with Washfords Rod Richards. A fine consistant performance from Richards saw him through with Gliddons injury severely hampering his attacking play. In the consolation handicap final Dave Veale made a terific start against Wiveliscombes David Woodland taking the first set comfortably with a relentless backhand attack. Woodland made an impressive change to his game plan for the second set and this visibly upset the rhythm of Veales play. Despite a large deficit from the first set Woodland eventually took the title in some style.
The final of the non-handicap singles proved to be a one-sided affair. Vince Court took the initiative early on against Martyn Summerell and with consistent and accurate offensive play became champion with relative ease. Court never allowed Summerell to settle into his game and swept him aside in a 3 sets to 0 victory.
Summerell managed to salvage some pride in the handicap singles final with a win over Rod Richards. In an entertaining match Summerell took the first set by an 11 point margin. Although Richards was able to match him almost point for point in the second set the damage had already been done and Summerell took the winners trophy.
HANDICAP CUP Final
Stogumber A 318 Wiveliscombe 328
Barn Boys 5 Timberscombe Tigers 7
Wiveliscombe have been crowned team Handicap Cup champions following an exciting and extremely close encounter with Stogumber A in the final at the Hobby Horse.
Wiveliscombe made a tactical team change by deciding to field veteran George Carter (-8) in preference to David Woodland (-20) - a decision that ultimately proved succesful.
It was Stogumber who got off to a flying start with David Bryant gaining 21 points from George Carter in the first game. Stogumber's John Watson then did extremely well to hold Wiveliscombe Captain Denis Buckingham to a level scoreline in game 2. Youngster Tom Woodland who played exceptionally well throughout pulled 2 points back from Martyn Summerell. Man of the Match Buckingham went on to gain 6 points from Summerell and was brilliantly supported by Woodland who picked up 4 points from David Bryant and a decisive 19 points from John Watson. So evenly contested was the match that after game 7 Stogumber led by a solitary point. Martyn Summerell extended the lead to 16 points with a win over George Carter in game 8.
However it was Denis Buckingham who had played superbly all night who snatched victory for Wivi in the final game of the night with a terrific 26 point triumph over Stogumber Captain David Bryant.
Another evenly fought contest took place in League Division 2.
Timberscombe Tigers eventually ran out 7-5 winners at Barn Boys where a record 10 games out of 12 went to 3 sets. Les Wareing and Graham Lamacraft managed two wins a piece for Barn Boys but it was Tiger's Terry Cadman who took the Man of the Match accolade with a fine maximum. Tigers took all three doubles and Jez Dibble chipped in with an all important singles win over veteran Norman Ell to give the away side their victory.
Platos Republicans 288 Wiveliscombe 335
Stogumber A 335 Washford 283
Baptist A 296 Wiveliscombe 310
Wiveliscombe were victorious in the fourth quarter final tie of the Handicap Cup. Wivi Captain Denis Buckingham led the way with a personal points gain of 30. Team mate Dave Woodland weighed in with a further 37 point tally. A weakened Platos team who were without both Paul Rees and Paul Doolan were unable to hold Wiveliscombe despite solid performances from Bob Mullis (-8) and George Hampshire (-3).
Wiveliscombe went straight into their semi final the following day and found Baptist A to be a much tougher proposition. Despite a fine performance from youngster Marcus Short (+41) Baptists were unable to contain Wivis Dave and Tom Woodland and eventually lost out by the narrowest margin of 14 points.
Stogumber A triumphed in the second semi final over Washford. The superb standard of table taennis played would have graced the final itself. At the half way stage it was virtually level pegging but large gains for Martyn Summerell over Chris Norman, John Watson over Mervyn Hiller and David Bryant over Rod Richards saw Stogumber through.
Basement Dwellers 0 Misfits 12
Handicap Cup Quarter Finals
Washford 354 Minehead A 271
Barbarians 278 Stogumber A 330
Baptist A 329 Ells Angels 277
Misfits completed their first and very successful league division two campaign in style with a 12-0 victory at Basement Dwellers. The maximum points taken by Misfits secures them the runners up spot in the division. Maximums from David Gliddon, Ian and Ollie Rew made it a whitewash scoreline over the Dwellers.
Three of the four Handicap Cup Quarter Finals have been completed at the time of going to print.
Baptist A are still flying the flag for the Second Division in the semi finals following an impressive quarter final win over top league side Ells Angels. Marcus Short was man of the match as he made a personal gain of 46 points. Captain Roy Fernyhough and Mark Scyner also put in excellent performances for Baptists gaining 2 and 4 points respectively.
Washford proved too strong for Minehead A who were without Captain Dave Veale. Rod Richards pulled an impressive 44 points for Washford and Chris Norman chalked up a further 39. Mervyn Hillier broke even to ensure that Washford progressed to the semi final stage.
Stogumber A filled the 3rd semi final spot with a 52 point win at Barbarians.
Stogumber didn't have things all their own way. Captain David Bryant dropped a solitary point and Simon Penny dropped 5 despite a fine performance after a long lay off. Although Barbarians Captain Dave Hurley finished the evening 3 points to the good Martyn Summerell steered Stogumber through with a gain of 58.
Stogumber A v Washford
Baptist A V Platos or Wiveliscombe
Roys Boys 5 Wiveliscombe 7
Stogumber A 6 Ells Angels 6
Washford 9 Platos Republicans 3
Timberscombe Tigers 7 Barbarians 5
Misfits 7 Barbarians 5
Despite suffering 7-5 defeats in their last two league fixtures of the season Barbarians have been confirmed as Division 2 champions. A Terry Cadman maximum helped Timberscombe Tigers inflict the seasons first defeat upon the top side. A fine team effort from second placed Misfits made it two defeats in two. CaptainDavid Gliddon let the way with two singles wins. Ian Rew & Tim Auton contributed with one singles each.
Congratulations must go to Brian Howe, Sam Hutchings and Captain Dave Hurley who have formed the backbone of the title winning Barbarians squad.
Ells Angels have the Division One title within their reach despite being held to a draw at Stogumber A. Angel's Sam Ell and Stogumber's David Bryant played some of the most inspired table tennis of the season before Ell eventually edged the game 22-20, 21-18. A Martyn Summerell maximum made sure of the draw for Stogumber.
Roys Boys put in a fine performance against Wiveliscombe. A Lee Hooper maximum and two singles for brother Barry gave the Boys their five points. Wiveliscombes 3 wins to nil in the doubles helped them to a narrow victory.
Washford hold second spot following a 9-3 win over Platos Republicans.
Chris Norman and Rod Richards recorded their customary maximums for the home side. Bob Mullis and Paul Rees managed a singles each for Platos.
HANDICAP CUP RESULTS
GROUP A - Platos Republicans 336 Roys Boys 297
GROUP B - Stogumber A 316 Basement Dwellers 321
GROUP B - Minehead A 361 Misfits 257
GROUP D - Barn Boys 253 Wiveliscombe 354
LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Platos Republicans 5 Minehead A 7
POSTPONED GAMES Cup -
Baptist B v Baptist A
T.Tigers v Washford
Platos Republicans head Group A of the Handicap Cup following a 39 point win over Roys Boys. Platos' Captain Paul Rees played starring role with personal gain of 32. He was well supported by Paul Doolan who finished 9 points up on the night. Bob Mullis held his own in only conceding 2 points.
Barry Hooper's surplus of 19 points wasn't enough to save Roys Boys from defeat.
Basement Dwellers put in the perfomance of the week with a 5 point win over First Division high flyers Stogumber A. Stogumber had sailed into a big lead but were pegged back by fine performances from Ian Buchanan and Josh Hurley. Buchanan played steadily to gain 18 points on the night and Hurley displayed some fine attacking table tennis to finish 23 points to the good.
Group B remains wide open as Minehead A left themselves in a strong position with a big 104 point win over Misfits. Captain Dave Veale led from the front gaining an impressive 48 points for Minehead.
With only 1 game played Group C is yet to take shape. Wiveliscombe & Ells Angels look set to qualify from Group D following wins over the Barn Boys.
Youngster Tom Woodland was Wiveliscombes' man of the match as he conceded only 49 points to end the evening with a huge personal gain of 77.
In League Division One a Geoff Walker maximum helped Minehead A to a 7-5 victory over Platos Republicans. Martin Shoots won an all important singles to ensure Minehead's win with a 23-21, 23-21 triumph over Bob Mullis.
HANDICAP CUP RESULTS
Group A Platos Republicans 321 Baptist B 299
Group B Misfits 309 Basement Dwellers 340
Group B Minehead A 284 Stogumber A 352
Group C Timberscombe Tigers 286 Barbarians 334
Group D Barn Boys 282 Ells Angels 366
League Division 2
Basement Dwellers 9 Barn Boys 3
Having battled for the first three quarters of the season without a victory Basement Dwellers put in excellent performances to win 2 matches in the space of a week. In the Handicap Cup Ian Buchanan and Laurie Wells amassed gains of 20 points and 38 points respectively to help the Dwellers to a 31 point victory over Misfits.
Josh Hurley, Dave Robinson and Ian Buchanan all managed 2 singles wins in a storming 9-3 league win over Barn Boys. Only veteran Norman Ell was able to provide any resistance and recorded a fine maximum to gain the Barn Boys only points of the night.
Platos and Baptist B played out the tightest cup match - Platos eventually running out winners by 22 points. Captain Paul Rees was Platos man of the match with a personal gain of 33 points.
In Group D Ells Angels proved too strong for Barn Boys. Sam Ell made light of his increased handicap and gained a massive 55 points on the night. Vince Court weighed in with a further 29 point haul. Barbarians got off to a winning start in Group C with a 48 point success over Timberscombe Tigers.
Sam Jordan and Joel Dawid with gains of 53 points and 31 points respectively steered Barbarians to their victory.
Washford 10 Minehead A 2
Stogumber 8 Wiveliscombe 4
Ells Angels 10 Minehead A 2
Barn Boys 3 Misfits 9
Barbarians 12 Barn boys 0
Basement Dwellers 1 Baptist A 11
Ells Angels continued their surge towards the First Division title with a 10-2 victory over Minehead A. Vince Court managed a fine maximum but excellent singles wins for Minehead's Dave Veale and Geoff Walker denied Sam Ell & Rupert Ell their maximums. Minehead suffered defeat by the same scoreline at the hands of Washford. Chris Norman and Rod Richards recorded maximums for the home side. Geoff Walker and Dave Veale again picked up the 2 points for Minehead.
Stogumber A look set to battle it out with Washford for runners up spot following an impressive 8-4 home victory over Wiveliscombe. In a tight match where 5 games went to 3 sets Martyn Summerell was the only player to achieve a maximum. David Bryant (2) and John Watson (1) along with the doubles successes made up Stogumbers eight point haul.
In division Two Barbarians overwhelmed Barn Boys in a 12-0 home victory.
The match was a closer affair than the scoreline suggests with Barn Boys taking 4 of the 12 games to 3 sets. Barn Boys had earlier suffered a 3-9 defeat at home to Misfits despite 2 singles victories for Les Wareing.
Misfits Captain David Gliddon continued his excellent form and notched up the only maximum of the evening. Tim Auton added 2 singles and Stephen Penny chipped in with afine singles win over Norman Ell.
Baptist A hold second spot in the league table following an 11-1 success over Basement Dwellers. Roy Fernyhough and Malcolm Tate scored maximums for the Baptists. Captain Laurie Wells defeated Baptists Marcus Short to ensure that the Dwellers avoided a whitewash.
Ells Angels 9 Platos Republicans 3
Minehead A 5 Wiveliscombe 7
Roys Boys 0 Ells Angels 12
Minehead A 4 Stogumber A 8
Wiveliscombe 4 Washford 8
Misfits 5 Baptist A 7
Barbarians 12 Basement Dwellers 0
Baptist B 5 Barn Boys 7
Baptist A 6 Barbarians 6
Timberscombe Tigers 8 Baptist B 4
Ells Angels look to be uncatchable at the top of Division One having conceded only 3 games in two matches. An excellent Paul Rees maximum for Platos Republicans accounted for the league leaders only dropped points.
Minehead A's Geoff Walker recorded terrific wins over Dave How and Dave Woodland in a 5-7 defeat at the hands of Wiveliscombe and followed up with victories over John Watson and David Bryant in a 4-8 home defeat against Stogumber A.
Washford hold thirdspot in Division One following a splendid 8-4 win over a strong Wiveliscombe side. Washford's Chris Norman being the only player to manage a maximum in a hard fought contest.
Barbarians lead the second division by a huge 25 point margin following a 12-0 win over Basement Dwellers. However Baptist B put in a superb team performance and became the first team to avoid defeat against the league leaders. Two singles successes for Malcolm Tate and a singles win each for Marcus Short & Roy Fernyhough secured a fine draw for the Baptists. Ruth Howells made her league debut for Barbarians. The battle for second spot is wide open with only 4 points separating 4 teams. Timberscombe Tigers strengthened their position with an 8-4 victory over Baptist B. Jez Dibble and Terry Cadman picking up 2 singles each for the Tigers' sixth placed. Barn Boys are still in contention following their 7-5 win at Baptist B. Norman Ell & Les Wareing notched 2 singles each. Tony Prescott chipped in with a single success over Neil James.
Despite a Tim Auton maximum Misfits suffered a 5-7 defeat at home to Baptist A.
Baptist B 9 Basement Dwellers 3
Baptist A 0 Ells Angels 12
Barbarians 8 Baptist B 4
Wiveliscombe 10 Baptist A 2
Misfits 6 Barn Boys 6
Timberscombe Tigers 4 Platos Republicans 8
Minehead A 1 Washford 11
Ells Angels 10 Roys Boys 2
Maximums for Michael Vickery and Kerry Manicom sentenced Basement Dwellers to their 9th consecutive defeat at the hands of Baptist B. Josh Hurley, Captain Lawrie Wells and Ian Buchanan in his debut all managed one singles success for the Dwellers.
Baptist A fought hard against Ells Angels but couldn't prevent them from gaining their 7th whitewash victory of the season.
A Bryan Howe maximum ensured Barbarians an 8-4 home win over Baptist B and kept them in the hunt to reach Christmas in the top half of the Division. Kerry Manicom's two single wins kept the scoreline respectable for the Baptists.
George Carter made his first appearance of the season for Wiveliscombe and chalked up two singles victories to help Wivi to a 10-2 win over Baptist A.
David Woodland achieved his 7th maximum in 9 outings and David How added a further two singles. Baptists Roy Fernyhough and Marcus Short played extremely well to win a singles each over David How and George Carter respectively.
Misfits and Barn Boys shared the points in an exciting drawn match.
Captain David Gliddon led the way for the Misfits with an excellent maximum. Les Wareing and Graham Lamacraft saved the Barn Boys from defeat with two singles wins each.
Paul Rees recorded a maximum for Platos Republicans who won 8-4 at Timberscombe Tigers. Terry Cadman put up stubborn resistance and took 2 singles for the Tigers.
Washford moved into second place in the table with an 11-1 victory over Minehead A. Rod Richards, Chris Norman & Mervyn Hillier each scored maximums for Washford.
Ells Angels took their week's point tally to 22 in defeating Roys Boys 10-2. Angels won all of the singles but the Boys managed to steal 2 points with two 3 set doubles victories.
MISFITS 9 BAPTIST A 3
ROYS BOYS 10 MISFITS 2
BARN BOYS 1 MINEHEAD A 11
STOGUMBER A 12 PLATOS REPUBLICANS 0
WASHFORD 12 BARBARIANS 0
TIMBERSCOMBE TIGERS 0 WIVELISCOMBE 12
Misfits captain David Gliddon scored a great maximum to lead his team to a 9-3 victory over Baptist A. Tim Auton added two singles and Ian Rew one.
Misfits also took all 3 doubles to secure a comfortable win. Malcolm Tate put up most resistance for Baptists and ended the evening with two singles to his name.
In their second game of the week Misfits were soundly beaten by Roys Boys. Tim Auton and David Gliddon won a singles each but maximums from Barry Hooper and Andrew Preston ensured a big winning margin for 'the boys'.
Minehead A proved too strong for Barn boys. Geoff Walker and Martin Shoots recorded maximums for Minehead. Les WAreing saved his team from a whitewash defeat with a fine 3 set win over Dave Veale.
John won the battle of the Watsons defeating wife Jean on her birthday in straight sets. Jean stepped in as a last minute reserve for Platos.
Stogumber were in good form and won with a 12-0 scoreline.
Barbarians suffered a 12-0 defeat at the hands of Washford although Dave Hurley did exceptionally well to force Rod Richards to 3 sets. Paul Dawid also took Mervyn Hillier to 3.
The third whitewash of the week took place at Timberscombe where the home side were a player short. Wiveliscombe won the five games played to ensure maximum points were earnt.
Wiveliscombe Captain Dennis Buckingham completed a fine maximum to help his team inflict a first defeat of the season upon Ells Angels. Two singles from David Woodland, one from veteran David Howe and a doubles made up the 7-5 scoreline.
Dave Hurley's second maximum of the season lead Barbarians to an 8-4 success over Barn Boys. Bryan Howe added two singles for the home side and Ian Buchanan recorded his first singles win in his second match.
A Lee Hooper maximum wasn't enough to save Roy's Boys from defeat at Minehad A. Minehead Captain Dave Veale notched two singles and the home side importantly took all 3 doubles to give them a 7-5 success.
Paul Rees completed a hard earned maximum for Platos and was well supported by Bob Mullis who added 2 singles. All 3 doubles ensured that Platos ran out 8-4 winners over Baptist B.
Washford & Stogumber A proved too strong for Basement Dwellers and Timberscombe Tigers respectively. Stogumber's 10-2 victory included a first singles win for Jamie Robertson.
Week 8 results
Timberscombe Tigers 0 : Washford 12
Stogumber A 7 : Baptist B 5
Baptist A 12 : Basement Dwellers 0
Roys Boys 12 : Basement Dwellers 0
Barbarians 10 : Baptist A 2
Wiveliscombe 10 : Misfits 2
Platos Republicans 11 : Barn Boys 1
Ells Angels 12 : Minehead A 0
Basement Dwellers suffered two whitewash defeats in the space of a week.
Firstly to Baptist A for whom Sifa Vey and Marcus Short recorded their first maximums of the season. Dwellers then faced a strong Roys Boys side which comprised of the three Hooper brothers for the first time in several seasons. Carl, Lee and Barry Hooper all completed maximums.
Only Malcolm Tate managed a singles win for Baptist A as they went down 10-2 at Barbarians.
Wiveliscombe defeated Misfits by a similar scoreline. Roy Maddocks won one singles for Wivi in his first appearance of the season. Tim Auton opened his account for the Misfits with a singles success over Maddocks.
Baptist B put in an excellent performance at Stogumber A. Tony Burrows led the way for Baptists with wins over both Jamie Robertson and David Bryant.
The victory over Bryant was achieved with some extraordinary attacking backhand play. Kerry Manicom and Michael Vickery added a singles each but Baptists narrowly missed out on a draw.
George Hampshire notched up his first two singles successes of the season as Platos beat Barn Boys by 11 points to 1. Veteran Norman Ell took one singles for Barn Boys to avoid a whitewash defeat. Ells Angels raced to their fifth whitewash win of the season to strengthen their position at the top of the table. A full strength Minehaed A side became the third successive side to suffer a blank scoreline against the leagues most improved side.
West Somerset League vs Oakhampton
Match 1 Oakhampton 8 West Somerset 4
Match 2 Oakhampton 4 West Somerset 8
Match 3 Oakhampton 3 West Somerset 9
Match 4 Oakhampton 3 West Somerset 9
On Sunday 2nd November 12 players travelled to Oakhampton to represent West Somerset in what has become a six monthly challenge.
Each club fielded 4 teams of 3. West Somerset regained the trophy with a fine 30 points to 18 victory.
As expected Oakhampton fielded an extremely strong first team and took the opening match 8-4. Chris Norman, Vince Court and Rod Richards performed well to take one singles each. West Somerset's second team ran out 8-4 winners to square the overall point's total.
There was a maximum for Martyn Summerell and two singles wins for David Woodland. Dave Veale recorded a maximum in the third game and was well supported by Sam Hutchings and Mervyn Hillier who both scored two singles success giving West Somerset a 9-3 victory.
A similar score line was achieved by Michael Vickery, Barbara Parker and Les Wareing in match 4.
West Somerset proved to be too strong in depth for Oakhampton as Michael Vickery stormed to a fine maximum. Barbara Parker took two singles and Les Wareing one.
Week 7 results
Wiveliscombe 12 Baptist B 0
Ells Angels 12 Barbarians 0
Barn Boys 8 Timberscombe Tigers 4
Washford 6 Stogumber A 6
Table Toppers Ells Angels and Wiveliscombe both recorded whitewash home victories over Barbarians and Baptist B respectively. Despite the scoreline Baptist B managed to take three of the 12 games to three sets. Michael Vickery and Kerry Manicom put up a strong resistance but without success.
Barn Boys achieved their first ever league win at home to a depleted Timberscombe Tigers side. Les Wareing and Graham Lamacraft won a game each with Tigers having to concede 5 games. Barn Boys ran out 8-4 winners. Terry Cadman scored a fine maximum for Tigers but to no avail.
Washford and Stogumber A battled out an extremely entertaining 6-6 draw.
Chris Norman was the only player to score a maximum. Stogumber took the final doubles to earn the tied result.
Week 6 results
Barbarians 11 Timberscombe Tigers 1
Stogumber A 12 Barn Boys 0
Platos Republicans 8 Baptist A 4
Basement Dwellers 0 Ells Angels 12
Baptist B 1 Washford 11
Timberscombe Tigers and Baptist B both found themselves on the wrong end of 11-1 scorelines against Barbarians and Washford respectively. Even so Mike Dibble of the Tigers managed a fine singles win over Barbarians Dave Hurley and Michael Vickery of Baptist B recorded a superb 2 set victory over Washfords Chris Norman. There were maximums for Bryan Howe and Sam Hutchings for Barbarians and for Rod Richards and Mervyn Hillier for Washford.
Baptist A put up a good fight at Platos before eventually going down by 8 games to 4. Both Paul Doolan and Bob Mullis managed maximums for Platos.
The Baptist A trio of Malcolm Tate, Marcus Short and Roy Fernyhough each scored one singles success.
Basement Dwellers were overcome by table toppers Ells Angels and went down by a whitewash scoreline. Barn Boys suffered the same fate at Stogumber A.
In making his debut for Platos Republicans George Hampshire became the 60th player to feature in the league this season.
With a further 20 players that are yet to play league table tennis regularly attending club nights at the Hobby Horse on Wednesday evenings West Somerset Table Tennis Association currently appears to be going from strength to strength.
Week 5 results
BASEMENT DWELLERS 0 MINEHEAD A 12
ROYS BOYS 0 STOGUMBER A 12
BARN BOYS 3 BAPTIST B 9
WASHFORD 6 WIVELISCOMBE 6
ELLS ANGELS 10 PLATOS REPUBLICANS 2
MINEHEAD A 9 BARBARIANS 3
BAPTIST A 8 TIMBERSCOMBE TIGERS 4
Washford became the first team to take points from Wiveliscombe this season in an exciting match that finished in a draw. No player managed a maximum as the game swung one way then another. Wivi captain Dennis Buckingham defeated Rod Richards by 21-19 in the third set but was beaten in similar fashion by Washfords Chris Norman. David Woodland finished with two games for Wivi which included a fine 2 set victory over Norman.
Minehead A followed up a 12-0 success over a 2 man Basement Dwellers side with a 9-3 home win against Barbarians. Geoff Walker totalled a maximum 5 wins out of 5 over the 2 matches and Martin Shoots amassed 4 successes. Shirley Moon made her first appearance of the season for Minehead and chipped in with a singles win over Barbarians Ian Goodrum.
Stogumber A proved too strong for Roys Boys and ran out 12-0 winners. Steve Smith stood in for Stogumbers David Bryant and scored a maximum in his first West Somerset league appearance.
Ells Angels retained top spot with a 10-2 victory over a strong Platos Republicans side and Sam Ell notched up a comfortable maximum for Angels. Paul Doolan inflicted a rare defeat upon Vince Court and Paul Rees beat Rupert Ell to give Platos their two points. Captain Roy Fernyhough recorded a find maximum for Baptist A as they ran out 8-4 winners over
Week 4 results
MISFITS 4 TIMBERSCOMBE TIGERS 8
WIVELISCOMBE 12 BARBARIANS 0
WASHFORD 12 BARN BOYS 0
TIMBERSCOMBE TIGERS 0 ELLS ANGELS 12
PLATOS REPUBLICANS 10 MISFITS 2
STOGUMBER A 11 BAPTIST A 1
BAPTIST B 8 ROYS BOYS 4
A fine Ben Bowman maximum led Timberscombe Tigers to an 8-4 victory at Misfits. He was well supported by Captain Mike Dibble who managed to bag two singles. For Misfits John Leech made his debut and Johnson White recorded his first ever league singles success.
Wiveliscombe are yet to drop a set having recorded their second whitewash victory of the season. Despite the 12-0 scoreline Barbarians put up a good fight with Sam Hutchings taking all of his games to 3 sets.
Both Washford and Ells Angels proved too strong for their opponents as they each took maximum points.
Tim Auton made a welcome return to league table tennis for Misfits but they went down 2-10 at Platos. Paul Doolan, Paul Rees and Bob Mullis all notched maximums for the homeside. Misfits took both of their points in the doubles.
Mark Scyner was the second player in the week to return after a long absence. He soon got into his stride and defeated Stogumber A's John Watson to earn Baptist A's only point of the night.
Week 2 results
Platos Republicans 9 Barbarians 3
Stogumber A 12 Misfits 0
Baptist B 0 Ells Angels 12
Captain Dave Veale and Geoff Walker both recorded maximums for Minehead A as they overcame Timberscombe Tigers by 8 points to 4. Ben Bowman made his debut for Tigers and joined Mike and Jez Dibble in winning one singles game each. Ben Bowman and Jez Dibble also combined to win their doubles match 26-24 in the third set.
Platos Republicans Bob Mullis won 5 games in the space of 3 days. He triumphed twice for Platos in a 9-3 success over Barbarians and then stood in for Ells Angels as they won by a whitewash scoreline at Baptist B.
Sam Hutchings showed good early season form as he notched two singles for Barbarians.
Stogumber A proved too strong for Misfits in the 'Stogumber derby'.
Despite newcomers Johnson White and Jamie Robertson playing some fine table tennis Misfits were unable to break their duck.
Week 1 results
Ells Angels 8 Washford 4
Minehead A 2 Stogumber A 10
Misfits 7 Baptist B 5
Baptist A 6 Barn Boys 6
Basement Dwellers 3 Platos Republicans 9
Ells Angels (formerly Village Idiots) got off to a winning start against a depleted 2 man Washford side. Washford veteran Rod Richards recorded a hard earned maximum which included 3 set wins over Vince Court and Rupert Ell. However the one man deficit proved too much to overcome and Angels ran out 8-4 winners. Martyn Summerell recorded a maximum for Stogumber A at Minehead. The home teams Martin Shoots was forced to retire after one singles due to illness. Geoff Walker notched Minehead's ony singles success as they went down 10-2.
Ollie Rew stormed to a maximum and with support from Captain David Gliddon who won two singles steered Misfits to a 7-5 victory over Baptist B.
Johnson White made his debut for Misfits and partnered his captain to win a vital doubles.
Newcomers Barn Boys held Baptist A to a 6-6 draw thanks largely to two singles successes for Les Wareing. Baptists Malcolm Tate was the only player to manage a maximum.
Platos Republicans proved too strong for Basement Dwellers with both Paul Rees and Paul Doolan scoring maximums. Corrin Rees made a valuable contribution for Platos partnering both Pauls in doubles wins.