Pulham snatch the title in their final match of the season.
In the final match of the season,Pulham had a comfortable win over a 2 man Withersdale Bees.Jason Evans won both his matches without dropping a game but Steve Pendle was taken to 4 by Adrian Key and Francis Webb was taken the full distance by Mike Smith, finally winning 11 - 5 in the fifth
Its tough at the top. James Skilleter loses his 100% record
This top of the table clash was a hard fought close affair,with many close games. Keith Hunt became the first player this season to beat James Skilleter, James went on to beat both Jason Evans and Steve Pendle in straight games.With Greg Collett having a rare off night it was left to Mark Durham to support James with two excellent wins against Jason and Keith.With the score at 5-4 to Pulham the doubles turned out to be the best game of the night. The Weybread pairing of James and Mark raced into a two game lead and were soon at match point ,10-7 in the third but Steve and Keith fought back to win that game 13-11 and the next two legs both 11-6 for a narrow 6-4 match win.
Another hard fought win for the Rejects thanks to another
maximum from James Skilleter. However he had to battle hard against Dave
Mortlock ,who led 10-8 in the third leg, before winning 11-4, 6-11, 12-10,
Mortlock dispatched Greg Collett in four legs but went the distance against Mark Durham narrowly winning 11-3, 8-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9.
In a repeat of the recent Open Singles final the game between James Skilleter and Chris Jones followed the same pattern with Skilleter winning 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9. Jones hit back strongly beating Collett and Durham in straight legs.
Mortlock/Jones doubles pairing ensured another excellent game against the Reject's duo of Skilleter/Durham and led 2-1 and were up in the forth before the Rejects boys got their game together to nick the leg and eventually the fifth - 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10.
Unfortunately Peter Maybury had to call off late due to illness and this left Shotguns unable to field a third player. Philip Mortlock played well for the losing team taking a leg from Neville and taking Francis to five sets.
Another good win for the Rejects to keep them on top of the Premier Division. Comfortable maximums for James Skilleter and Greg Collett, with the latter losing only a single leg.
Kieran Brady was Flotman's star performer which included a win over Mark Durham 12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8.
Dickleburgh took on Thrandeston for second time in less than a week, with another entertaining set of matches. Thrandestons' Kevin Smith easily squashed the opposition with a convincing score line and not losing one set. Chris Willoughby had 2 five setters to play, overcoming Richard Chenery Woods in the last set 11-4, but the first four sets where all closely matched. Richard has started to move around a lot quicker recently to make up for his lack of height and is progressing well.
Jack Chenery also had to endure 2 five set games, the best of which was against John Pestel who finally won 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9. I think John was especially pleased with the cup of tea after that match!
Dickleburgh took the doubles match to 5 sets for the first time with the two young lads gelling much better and concentrating on getting the ball back in good positions on the table. Experience took over in the end however and Chris & Kevin comfortably won the last set.
Big thanks go to Thrandeston players for passing on advice not just to Richard & Jack throughout the night, but also took time out to help our other youngsters who come down and practice on a Monday evening. This seems to a common theme whenever we play other teams and we are extremely grateful to all players for the help and advice given to the Dickleburgh team so far this season.
A very enjoyable evenings table tennis with plenty of light hearted banta.
James Skilleter and Greg Collett remained unbeaten for the Rejects on the night turning in good performances.
Mark Durham was affected by the Christmas break and was well beaten by Nigel Bowen 6-11. 11-7, 8-11, 10-12. Bowen playing his first season up in the Premier Division returned some good balls and attacked at the right time.
Bowen/Dave Barnard lost to Skilleter/Durham in four close legs in the doubles.
Some great tussles in most matches resulting in a 5-5 draw on the night.Kieran Brady played exceptionally well for Flotmen, winning all three singles and just losing out on winning the double as well.
Mark Beswick and Nigel Manning had the hardest fought match of the night with Nigel taking the win for Roydon, 12 - 10 in the deciding fifth game.
Pulham had a fairly easy win over a 2 man Aslacton A side. New signing for Pulham, Jason Evans was untroubled after losing the first set to John Bryant and won easily in four. Francis Webb had a five set tussle with John but Francis came out on top in the fifth. It looked as though Steve Pendle was going to have a close match with David Barnard at one set all but Steve produced some fine hitting to win the match in four sets. Some good table tennis was produced by all players on the night.
James Skilleter easily won his 3 games. Greg Collett chipped in with a win against Philip Mortlock. Greg then went on to take David Mortlock to five sets but lost in the fifth. Greg then took two games against Stuart Langridge to duece but still lost in three sets. Stuart and David went on to win the deciding match of the nigh, the doubles, which also went to a fifth set.
Unfortunately Weybread were only able to put out a two man team which made the win for Shotguns much easier.
Withersdale were unlucky not to get a point against Pulham with three matches going to five sets. The closest game was Steve Grifee losing to Keith Hunt 11 - 9 in the decider.
Adrian Key also went to five with Steve Pendle as did Mike Smith against Francis Webb.
Aslacton came out on top of this game but the losing team were perhaps a little unlucky not to come away with a draw. 3 of the lost games were won by Aslacton in closely fought fifth sets. The three Aslacton players, Aldrich, Bowen and Bryant each won 2 games and each of the Shotguns C team won a game a piece. Bryant and Bowen dominated the doubles in three straight sets for Aslacton to secure their first win this season.
A good evenings Table Tennis but a disappointing result for Aslacton who could not convert some close games to wins.
Both Connelly and Manning took maximum points for Roydon. However Bryant and Bowen can consider themselves a little unlucky. Both took Connelly to 5 and in both matches the Aslacton players lost 12 - 10 in the fifth set. Bryant also took Manning into a fifth set but Manning came out on top.
Bryant took a game from Doe and Bowen had his first win in this division against Doe.
The doubles also went to 5 sets with Roydon winning the fifth 15 - 13.
This was a much closer match than the score would suggest. A good result for Roydon however.
An excellent evenings table tennis between last season's top two teams which ended all-square.
James Skilleter remained unbeaten on the night which saw him beat Steve Pendle in the first game of the evening in five legs after coming back from two down 5-11, 13-15, 12-10, 11-0, 11-6.
Keith Hunt played well to beat Greg Collett and Mark Durham with some strong fore-hand loops but both Reject's players registered wins with Collett also beating Pendle 3-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 and Durham over Webb 11-9, 11-8, 11-9.
Skilleter, after beating Webb in four legs, then did the same to Hunt before Hunt/Webb won the doubles three-straight against Skilleter/Durham to secure the draw.
Shotguns E 3 Thrandeston 7 Week Commencing 11/10/2011
Buck and Smith both with 3! Pestell struggled with 1. Holly Fleming and Paul Sturman scoring for Shotguns E. New boy Kluska (Shotguns E) played well for his first match without registering a win. Doubles went to the home team.
A good start for Weybread in this new campaign although Aslacton can count themselves a little unlucky to not get themselves off the mark. John Bryant should have taken his chance when 2 games up and 10 - 8 ahead in the third. However he dropped the third set and Greg Collett went on to win. John also had a reasonable game against James Skilleter taking him to four sets, but James proved to strong in the end.
Nigel Bowen, playing in the premier league for his first season found his first league match tough but he did take a set off Mark Durham.