Diss & District Table Tennis League


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Pulham 10 Withersdale Bees 0. W/C 2/5/2011

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

Weybread Rejects 10 Withersdale Bees 0. W/C 25/4/2011
A comfortable win for the Rejects in their final league match of the season.

Adrian Key was closest to recording a point for the Bees in the very first match of the evening going down to Greg Collett 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 15-13, 8-11, otherwise it was 'business as usual' for Mark Durham and James Skilleter.

Pulham 6 Weybread Rejects 4. week commencing 25/4/2011

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.

Roydon 6 v Pulham 4. Week Commencing 18/4/2011
Roydon brought out the big guns against Pulham fielding John Monk, Stuart Gibbs and Alan Connelly. However in spite of this Roydon didn't have it all their own way. Keith Hunt ( Pulham) lost in 4 to John Monk (11-5, 11-7, 4- 11 and 11- 8), Keith then beat Alan Connelly in three straight and went on to a close match against Stuart Gibb in which he lost 12-10 in the 4th set. Jason Evans had a close game with John Monk losing 11-8 in the 4th set. Jason then beat Alan 11 -7 in the 4th set. The result of the night was Jason beating Stuart 11 - 7 in the 5th set . Francis Webb lost in 3 straight sets to both John Monk and Stuart Gibbs but beat Alan 11 - 4 in the 4th set. Going into the double it was 5 - 4 to Roydon. Johnpaired with Alan for Roydon and Keith Piared with Jason. However Roydon came out on top to win in 4 sets. Giving them a  6 - 4 victory.
Shotguns 'B' 0 v 10 Weybread Rejects. Week Commencing 4/4/2011
A very competitive match in which the Shotguns team deserved better, as there were some very close games played.
Paul Mortlock was 2-1 down to Mark Durham, scraped the forth leg 15-13 and after being 4-8 down in the fifth ended up 10-8 up, missed a smash at 10-9 and eventually lost 10-12.
Peter Maybury also went the distance in two of his games. Against Durham he lost in four legs but against Greg Collett and James Skilleter he led 2-0 before losing both games. To Collett 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 6-11 and to Skilleter 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 5-11, 8-11.
Perhaps the Shotguns team will fair better when the two teams meet again in the semi-finals of the knock-out cup.

Shotguns E 6 Diss TT 4. Week commencing 4/4/2011
A two man Diss TT side fielding Nathan Lamb and James Briddon  were not quite strong enough to get the better of Shotguns E. However they came very close.
Holly Fleming was the heroine of the evening beating Nathan 11 - 8, 11 - 1, 11 - 8 and then beating James 11 - 7, 9 - 11, 11 -5, 12 - 10. this result puts her individual position 4th in the first division averages.
Both Paul Sturman and Robin Shaw put up a battle against the two Diss TT players. Paul had an epic battle against Nathan,  8 - 11, 16 - 14, 11 - 7, 8 - 11, with Nathan winning the fifth 21 -19. Paul Against James was equally close again going to 5 with James winning 12 - 10 in the fifth. Robin went to five against Nathan, losing 12-10 to Nathan in the fifth leg. Robin then went on to lose a 4 leg match against James.
That left the evening 5 - 4 to Shotguns. Robin and Holly faced Nathan and James in the doubles and the Shotguns team came out victors. 11 - 1, 6 - 11, 12 -10, 11 - 6.
A tight match between these two mid table clubs leaving Diss TT unlucky to have to field a two man team for the third time this season. A good victory though for Shotguns and a good evening for Holly in particular.

Palgrave Tornadoes 5 Thrandeston 5. Week commencing 4/4/2011
Dennis Sore ( Mr Dependable) took his three games easily although Kevin Smith put up a fight to lose 12- 10 in the 4th leg. Ted Ling had a bad night and lost all three matches. With Alan Worthington away enjoying the Madeira sunshine, on came supersub Adam Cork, who the week previous had won 50% in a handicap match .In Adam's first match he battled away against John Pestell winning 12-10 in the fifth set. Against Peter Buck he lost in 4 sets. However against Kevin Smith he went the full five sets to come out the winner 11- 4 in the fifth set. A good win given Kevins record over this season. Thrandeston took the doubles to salvage a draw.
Aslacton A 0 Pulham 10. Week commencing 4/4/2011
In spite of the scoreline there were some  close games. Roger Crossfield was taken to 5 legs by both David Barnard and John Bryant. Francis Webb was taken to 4 legs by Nigel Bowen and John Bryant and Jason Evans was taken to 4 legs by David Barnard in a cracking game, but David lost 14-12 in the 4th leg. A close doubles match featuring Nigel and David against Jason and Francis also went to 4 legs with Nigel and David losing out 11- 9 in the last leg. Star player of the night has to be Jason, who in spite of still having a sore leg, produced some lovely play. A good match and Aslacton can perhaps consider themselves slightly unlucky to get such a heavy defeat.
Weybread Rejects 6 Shotguns A 4 - Week commencing 21st March 2011

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, 11-7.
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.

Flotmen 2 Aslacton A 8 - week commencing 21st March 2011
There were some close games in this match which is not really demonstrated by the final score. Kieran Brady won the only 2 games for Flotmen. Kieran played well having a tight match against John Bryant but winning in four sets. However he was unable to overcome David Barnard who had a particularly good night. David beat Kieran in 4 legs 11 -8 , 5- 11, 10 -12 , 12-14. Mark Beswick lost in 5 to Nigel Bowen and lost in 4 to David. Roger Canwell lost in 4 legs to John 11- 4 in the fourth set. All other games were won in three straight legs by Aslacton. Going into the doubles  Aslacton were 7 - 2 up.The doubles featuring Kieran and Mark against Nigel and David was a very tense affair. Aslacton were 10-8 up in the third set having won the first 2 sets, but Flotmen pulled back to win 13-11. They then went on to take the fourth set 11 -6. In the fifth set Flotmen were leading 8-6 but were unable to hold on and Aslacton came through to win the fifth set 11 - 8. A good evenings Table Tennis with some really good matches played in a friendly but competitive atomosphere.
Shotguns C 3 Aslacton A 7 week commencing 14th March 2011
A two man Aslacton 'A' team took on Shotguns C to gift them an immediate three points. Bryant and Bowen both proved too good on the night for Shotguns, winning all their singles games and going on to take the doubles. Peter Bowman took a set off both Aslacton players. Peter then teamed up with Marcus Hammond in the doubles eventually losing in 4 sets 9-11, 2 -11, 15- 13 and 6 - 11. Some good table tennis was played on the night by all concerned but Aslacton came away as worthy victors.
Pulham 10 Shotguns B 0 - week commencing 14th March 2011

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.

Dickleburgh 2 - Diss T T 8. Week Commencing 28th Feb 2011
All six players in this match were Juniors, with two players competing for the first time. Nathan & James for Diss had no trouble dispatching the 3 Dickleburgh players, with new boy Louie winning his first game against the Dickleburgh new boy Ben in 3 sets. Both players stuck to they guns and played very well and will be hard to beat next year.

Jack and Richard, also winning his first game, both won against Louie. Richard & Louie had a great game, going to 5 sets. It was back and forth all match, with Richard 8-1 down in the last set before coming back to take it 11-9.

The doubles also went to 5 sets, but Diss nicked it in the end winning 11-7 in the last set.
Thrandeston 6 Shotguns D 4 (week 7 rearranged match)
The match seemed to hinge on the third game. Pat West won the first two legs to 9, Kev Smith then won the third and fourth games to 8 & 9, with Pat finally winning the fifth leg to 9. This game had some very long rallies and seemed to take forever and affected the form of both players for the rest of the night.

Buck & Smith won the doubles. The first time the pairing of Evans and West have lost this season.

Match re-arranged from December.
Weybread Rejects 9 v 1 Newton Flotman .Week Commencing 14th Feb 2011.

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 1 Thrandeston 9. Week commencing 14th Feb 2011

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.

Roydon 7 Shotguns B 3. Week commencing 31/01/2011
Roydon brought out the big guns for the first time this season playing Stuart Gibbs and John Monk. John was perhaps a little below par, still recovering from recent surgery. The result was a clear win for Roydon although all John Monks' games went close. Paul Mortlock was the victor taking a game off John, winning 11 - 7 in the fourth set. Peter Maybury also went close losing 12 - 10 in the fourth set. Philip Mortlock also had a tight 3 set game against John. Roydons third player, Alan Connelly took a game off Philip but lost to Paul and Peter. Stuart Gibbs won his three games, untroubled and then went on to team up with Alan Connelly to win the doubles giving Roydon a good victory. Paul however must be pleased with his victory over John.
Weybread Rejects 10 Shotguns C 0 . week commencing 31/01/2011

A comfortable win for Weybread Rejects over a 'two-man' Shotguns 'C' as Pete Bowman was in America.

James Skilleter, Mark Durham and Greg Collett won all their games without dropping a leg which keeps the top of table tight with Pulham

Roydon 0 - Weybread Rejects 10. week commencing 17/01/2011
Weybread Rejects put in a solid display beating Roydon comfortably by only dropping three legs all evening.

No problems for James Skilleter, Greg Collett or Mark Durham as this result keeps them in touch with Pulham.

Roydon's Andy Doe took a leg off both Collett and Skilleter.

Weybread Rejects 9  Aslacton "A" 1 Week commencing 3/01/2011

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.

Palgrave Tornadoes 10 Dickleburgh 0 Week Commencing 13/12/2010
Experience was the difference between the teams in this match, but Dickleburgh should be pleased at the way they played , for a very new Club and young players. With forceful loop drives to forehand and backhand they often surprised the Tornadoes. As Dickleburgh develop they will learn to be more selective in their shots and they will be serious contenders in the future,
Flotmen 5  Roydon  5      Week Commencing 6/12/2010

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.

Palgrave Tornadoes 8  Thrandeston 2    Week Commencing 6/12/2010
The final score would suggest a comfortable home win. In fact it was far from it. Thrandeston fought all the way with 5 legs to deuce, 5 legs at 11-9, with 4 matches at 4 legs and one at 5.
Pulham 10   Aslacton A 0     Week Commencing 6/12/2010

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.

Shotguns A  6  Weybread Rejects 4 Week Commencing 29/11/2010

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.

Pulham  10   Withersdale Bees 0 Week Commencing 29/11/2010

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  A  7  Shotguns C 3. Week commencing 22/11/2010

 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.


Roydon 8   Aslacton A 2.   Week Commencing 15/11/2010

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.

Weybread Rejects 5   Pulham 5  . Week Commencing 15/11/2010

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. 

Aslacton A 0  - Weybread Rejects 10  Week Commencing 11/10/2010

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.

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