Table Tennis by Paul Myers
Ash C are top of Division Two and the only team in the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League to have a perfect record so far this season. They beat Fleet CC C 6-4 and Cody B 8-2 to make it twelve consecutive victories. In second place and also unbeaten are Tennis C who beat club-mates Tennis E 9-1 thanks to trebles from John Taylor and George Earle with Shaun Newbold grabbing a double. There is then a ten points gap back to third placed Tennis B who drew with sixth placed Ash D. Ash D beat a struggling Broadmoor B 8-2 with Frank Winnard and Roy Benfield both unbeaten on the evening. Cody B then piled more misery on relegation threatened Broadmoor B by also beating them 8-2 with John Harvey in hat-trick form. Frimley B in fourth place thrashed Fleet CC A 9-1 and then drew with fifth placed Bourne A to consolidate their position. Bourne A beat Ash E 7-3 with Mike Gunton, Paul Creamer and Brian Smithers all grabbing braces while Les Knight won two for Ash in reply.
In Division Three it really is hard to pick a winner at the moment with four teams slugging it out for the title. Those four teams are Bourne B, Tennis F, Frimley C and Ash F. Bourne B who are top of the pile were thrashed 9-1 by third placed Frimley C and then themselves whitewashed bottom team Cody D. Barry Baxter, Robert Brittain and Anthony Connelly were all in treble form for Frimley C in their romp over the leaders whilst Phil Larking, Nigel Espley and Peter Butler grabbed maximums against Cody D. Tennis F in second place edged out Kingfisher A 6-4 and were then beaten 6-4 by club-rivals Tennis G who were exacting revenge for their defeat in the first half. Graham McCulley was in maximum form for the tennis men with Peter Killick bagging a duo, in reply Dave Smith won two for Kingfisher. Tennis G's Paul Shakespeare was the man of the match winning all three against Tennis F with Ray Eason winning two and Keith Johnson a single. Tennis G then thrashed relegation favourites Cody D 9-1 with Eason and Johnson unbeaten on the evening. John Asprey beat Shakespeare (2wins) to prevent the drubbing. Ash F beat up club-mates Ash G 10-0 to keep up their title challenge and at the same time put a few more nails in the coffin for Ash G who look certain to go down. Steve Conquest, Sandy Simpson and Janet Guess were the unbeaten players.
Division Four is effectively a three horse race now between Ash H, Fleet CC B and Tennis H. Ash H have held a narrow lead virtually throughout the whole season so far and they beat Fleet CC C 8-2 and Farnham Cohesion 6-4. Terry Kavanagh was in treble form with Brian Simpson and Ray Mears both grabbing doubles against Fleet. Kavanagh and Bill Abbott bagged doubles in their narrow win against Cohesion but Dong Ming Lau was the star in this match winning all three. In second place and challenging Ash H all the way are Fleet CC B who beat Frimley E 7-3 and Farnham Cohesion 6-4. Mark Holbrook won six out of six and Andy Blunden three out of six in both matches with Marge Massey and Jeremy Fox chipping in with braces. Roger Whichelow won two for Frimley E and like-wise Dong Ming Lau for Cohesion against Fleet. Tennis H in third beat Kingfisher C 9-1 to keep up the pressure on the top two. John Page, Paul Jarvis and Paul Stearnes were all in treble form in their singles matches but Tennis were thwarted in their whitewash attempt by losing the doubles. Cody E in fourth are still playing well but look too far back now to make a serious challenge. Cody E beat Ash J 7-3 and Ash K 6-4 with Norrie Short bagging a maximum and Len Williams and George Brown doubles against Ash J. Short and John Warburton grabbed braces against Ash K but the Cody boys were all beaten by Ash's Dave Brown. Ash K with only two players beat Fleet CC C 6-4 with Brown once again in maximum form and John Davis doubling up for their first win of the season. Frimley E and Bentley B fought out a draw with Frimley's Jon Ball winning all three and David Mackimam two, in reply Les Vail grabbed a duo for Bentley.
In Division One Broadmoor have gone back to the top with a couple of excellent 9-1 wins over Central A and a lowly Cody A. Clive Banham and Barry Gilbert both won six out of six with John Millward and Phil Richardson winning two out of three. Norman Swift for Cental A and Peter Anthony for Cody A managed singles to help their teams avoid the dreaded whitewash. Central C are in second but will be under pressure to maintain that position when results come in. They had a 6-4 win and loss against Cody A and Challoner respectively. Robin Pretty was the star man for Central bagging a maximum against Cody with Dave Phelps winning two, in reply Dave Stenning won two. Challoners Maria Taylor-Woodward was in hat-trick form with Steve Collins winning two in their win over Central with Robin Pretty bagging a duo. Challoner also won 6-4 against Bentley A to get themselves out of the relegation zone with Crispian Knight, Taylor-Woodward and Collins all getting braces. There was no love lost between club-rivals Ash A and Ash B with the B's winning 9-1 to end the A's title challenge for this season. Ash A did not field their top players and were made to pay with Dave Halfpenny and Dave Gilham grabbing trebles. Nigel Care playing up from the all conquering Division Two side Ash C beat Nick Mills (2 wins) 11-8, 12-10 and 13-11 to bag a single and prevent the drubbing. Ash B went on to record a 7-3 win against relegation favourites Tennis A. Gilham and Halfpenny were both in maximum form again for Ash with Jack Davies, Stuart Middlemiss and Dave Hewitt all bagging singles for a fighting Tennis A. Frimley A just above the relegation zone lost 9-1 to Bentley A and 6-4 to Ash A. Andy Mudie and Micky Lang were both in treble form for Bentley with Frimley's Tim Ngyou beating Steve French (2wins) to prevent the mauling. Ngyou and Keith Falconer grabbed braces in their teams defeat against Ash A for whom Ross Saxby won all three. Central B lost their first match of the season losing out 6-4 to club-rivals Central A. At the time the match was played Phil Snelson, Norman Swift and Graham Watts were all on 100% averages so something had to give. Central A's Norman Swift beat Watts 11-7 in the fifth game coming from 2-0 down to damage his unbeaten run and then Watts beat Snelson to end his 100% average. When results come in Central B look like they will go to the top of the division but it will be a long run in for the title with Broadmoor upping the ante.