Table Tennis by Paul Myers
Ash C still boast a 100% record in Division Two of the Aldershot and District Table Tennis League after thrashing bottom team Broadmoor B 10-0. Alan Gess, Ian Saxby and Nigel Care were all unbeaten in the romp. The most interesting battle developing now is between club rivals Farnborough Tennis B and C who are fighting it out for second spot. Currently in the promotion spot are Tennis C who beat Bourne A 6-4, Fleet CC A 8-2 and lost 8-2 to Tennis B. George Earle (five out of nine), Shaun Newbold (four out of six) and John Taylor (three out of six) being the main points scorers. Tennis B's rapid progress up the table has been due to the arrival of two players who were both playing successfully in Division One last season,namely Keith Winter and Phil Prady. They were both unbeaten in the 8-2 win against their C team. Tennis B then whitewashed Tennis D 10-0 with Winter, Graham Barson and Graham Dickson all in maximum form. Frimley B in a solid fourth position drew with Ash D. Pete Good was the man of the match winning all three and Andrew Davies two for Frimley with Nigel Tustin grabbing a brace for Ash.
In Division One, Farnham Central B are still topping the table after beating Central C 8-2 in an internal club affair and then losing 6-4 to nearest rivals Broadmoor A 6-4. Graham Watts bagged his usual hat-trick with Peter Millard and Paul Myers getting two each against Central C. Broadmoor A beat a two man Central B side with Mark Hancock beating Graham Watts (2 wins) and Peter Millard (2wins) to record a maximum. On level games Central B still hold an eleven points advantage over Broadmoor but this could be reduced as the season draws to a close and things could get quite exciting on the run in for the Division One title. Broadmoor A also beat Shackleford 6-4 with Clive Banham, Barry Morten and John Millward all doubling up but succumbing to Shacklefords Richard Seymour. Frimley A are having a fantastic season and have moved up to third while some other teams below them have been inactive. Frimley A beat Ash B 7-3 thanks to a Keith Falconer treble and a double from Rob Hawes with Tim Ngyou getting a single. Ash A who will finish in the top four or five beat Cody A 8-2 with the talented but frustrating Ross Saxby and awkward Martin Townshend grabbing hat-tricks. Bottom team Tennis A are the only team in the division without a win all season but they did grab a positive result in drawing with Challoner. Dave Jarvis and Dave Hewitt grabbed duos for the tennis men with Crispian Knight and Maria Taylor-Woodward doubling up for Challoner.
Bourne B are hanging tough at the summit of Division Three but they look sure to lose the top spot over the next few weeks to an Ash F side who are mounting a serious challenge for the title. Bourne B lost 6-4 to Tennis G and drew with Kingfisher A to hold on to their position at the top . In second, only five points behind Bourne and with two games in hand are Ash F who gunned down Cody D 10-0 and Frimley D 7-3. Steve Conquest won six out of six with Clive Mattin,Janet Guess and Sandy Simpson all bagging maximums.
In Division Four Ash H continue to reign supreme over the opposition with nearest rivals Fleet CC B eight points back in second. Ash H beat Ash K 7-3 and Ash J 10-0 with Terry Kavanagh, Ray Mears and Bill Abbott all winning five out of six. Dave Brown prevented them from getting maximums with a fine hat-trick for Ash K. Fleet CC B edged out Cody E 6-4 and beat Ash K 7-3 to help their bid for promotion. Mark Holbrook won five out of six with Marge Massey giving her all for her team four out of six and Andrew Blunden three out of six. Bentley B in the top half of the table beat Fleet CC C 7-3 and Kingfisher C 6-4 with a double maximum from Les Vaill. Farnham Cohesion beat Tennis H 6-4 to continue their good season with Dong Ming Lau winning all three and Dean Robertson two. Frimley E in fourth place beat a struggling Kingfisher C 8-2 with trebles from Roger Whichelow and Jon Ball with Steve Chapman grabbing a duo.
Finally the remaining quarter-final of the Handicap Cup was played with Farnham Central A of Division One playing Frimley D of Division Three. Frimley D got off to a flyer leading 4-1 and getting some big starts they never really looked back thrashing Central A 8-1. Bob Holmden and Margaret Thornton were both unbeaten with Gary Nicholson bagging two, in reply Paul Massey grabbed a single to prevent the whitewash.