After lots of thought my player of the season is the hugely talented JAKE BUCKLEY who has impressed everyone who have tried to compete against this super star who is still not 14 years old yet! Jake is unlikely to play in this Division again, so good luck to him against the elite from now on.
Final Week - 2016
PARKWOOD required at least a draw in their final outstanding match away against sixth placed Cliffe Woods, and at 4-3 down things looked bleak especially as COLIN SWAN was on great form and certain to collect another point for the home side which he proceeded to do. But credit to Parkwood who a few weeks ago looked destined to finish bottom, pulled together as a team to get the five points needed to keep them in Division One having only won a total of TWO matches all season! On the night Dave Lewis helped Colin with two wins and Ross Childs continued his great form for Parkwood with two as well. Commiserations to Howard who are relegated along with Sturdee 4.
In the only other fixture STURDEE 3 won their NINETEENTH match from 22 in beating Anchorians 2 by 7-3 and finish an amazing TWENTY ONE points ahead of UPNOR in second place. TIM VAUGHAN claimed a maximum for the champions supported by the ever reliable Ian Parkes (2) and Dave Bonner (1).
In a round up of the season DEAN CHIPPERFIELD finished on top of the averages with a fantastic 90%. But the most wins goes to SHANE JARRETT 55 (89%) followed by Tim Vaughan 51 (82%), Dave Bonner 47 (72%) and Jake Buckley 42 (67%).
DAVE BONNER also had the distinction of being the only player not to have missed a match (65 played), followed by Jake Buckley 63, Shane Jarrett and Tim Vaughan 62 each.
PAUL HOMEWOOD had the honour of winning the most man of the match awards 14, followed with 10 each from Tim Vaughan and Shane Jarrett.
Finally congratulations to both Anchorians 3 and Upnor for 'serving up' a great contest in the Charles Stampe Final with the former collecting the trophy. Hope to see you all after the summer break to do it all again.
Division One - Week 22
Most of the teams finished their season this week with STURDEE 3 winning the division by an amazing FOURTEEN points (with a match left) from second placed UPNOR who were EIGHT points in front of Anchorians 1. These two teams also finished first and second in the doubles league showing that they were head and shoulders above the rest.
At the bottom dramatically Sturdee 4 were relegated in loosing to Howard who may yet be safe if Parkwood do not get five points in their final match against Cliffe Woods next week. Only four points would mean a nervous play off encounter between Parkwood and Howard.
In the matches Sturdee 3 beat Chatham Belfast easily 8-2 with hatrick's from DAVE BONNER and TIMVAUGHAN. Upnor defeated fourth placed Boxley 7-3 with SHANE JARRETT and MICK LING collecting three each. Anchorians 1 thrashed Rainham 8-2 (who did just enough to stay up) with JOHN CARR (3), Paul Kelly (2) and Kieth Ludlam (2) all contributing in the win, Rikki Clarke replied with two good points. In the mid table clash Anchorians 3 won 6-4 against Cliffe Woods where everyone lost at least one game. Jeff and Paul Norman got two each for the home team with Mike Kemlo and Dave Lewis matching them for Cliffe Woods.
In the two important matches Howard did their chances of avoiding the drop a huge boost by beating Sturdee 4 7-3 which included what could prove to be a vital doubles win 14-16, 5-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-9. JAKE BUCKLEY was again the star on the night joined by two wins from Del Bartholomew. Paul Willis did his best for Sturdee with two but this was in vain from avoiding the drop.
Parkwood also with the pressure of having to win managed just that with a 7-3 victory over Anchorians 2. DAVE HOPKINS and my player of the week ROSS CHILDS stepped up and won all three, but crucially slipped up in the doubles from 2-1 up, which would have made their points required from the last match so much easier.
Division One Week 21
STURDEE 3 are worthy confirmed champions of Division One after their convincing 8-2 victory over their fourth teammates. TIM VAUGHAN and DAVE BONNER remained unbeaten with Ian Parkes loosing to Paul Willis and Peter Stokes.
Upnor should ensure promotion needing only two points from their last match against Boxley which should be a formality. This week they defeated Chatham Belfast 7-3 away with two each from Dave Gracey, Mick Ling and Shane Jarrett, matched only by Dean Chipperfield for the hosts.
Third and fourth placed teams played with Boxley at home beating Anchorians 1 6-4 with PAUL HOMEWOOD collecting his usual maximum, Peter Holmes and Kieth Ludlam replied with two each for the visitors.
Anchorians second and third teams played each other the later triumphing 6-4 in the end. My player of theweek SEAN McMILLAN got a great hatrick including a fifth leg win against Nick Boden (2) from the jaws of defeat and two wins came from the consistent Jeff Norman.
Cliffe Woods beat Howard 6-4 with Dave Lewis and Mike Kemlo getting two's but no one could get anywhere the magnificent JAKE BUCKLEY.
Rainham and Parkwood drew with two each for Dickie Hunt and Rikki Clarke for the home team and matched for the opponents by Vince Spicer and Dave Hopkins. Rainham's efforts over the last few weeks should guarantee their survival barring a miracle, but this may be what is needed for Parkwood.
The exciting and tense situation at the bottom is that any two from Parkwood, Sturdee 4 and Howard will be relegated as can be seen below. Next week crucially Howard play Sturdee 4 in a final match titanic survival battle where the looser will certainly be playing in Division Two next season. But they possibly will both be relegated if Parkwood collect at least five more points than the winners in their final TWO matches against Anchorians 2 (home) and Cliffe Woods (away). It cannot get any closer than this.
Rainham 1 21 86
Sturdee 4 21 78
Howard 5 21 78
Parkwood 20 74
Division One Week 20
Sturdee 3 spluttered this week loosing 6-4 to Cliffe Woods but are still 12 points clear and so only require nine more from their last three matches for the title and ironically could achieve this next week against their fourth team. Dave Bonner won two for the leaders but they came up against great performances from my player of the week RICHARD FARTHING and also Colin Swan (2).
Upnor produced a stunning victory 8-2 victory over Sturdee 4 which means they are a crucial six points clear in second position. Wins came from SHANE JARRETT, Marylyn Dudgeon (2) and Mick Ling (2) with Paul Willis collecting both of Sturdee's points.
Anchorians 1 thrashed a weakened Chatham Belfast team 8-2 to keep them challenging in third place and an outside possibility of promotion. JOHN CARR and KEITH LUDLAM were unbeaten with Jason Adams only loosing to Raghu Malhotra in five legs. Belfast who earlier in the season were challenging at the top on the night only won six legs in total and with two tough matches to come may drop down the league further.
Rainham boosted their chances of beating the drop with an amazing 8-2 win over 'two player' Anchorians 2. The Clarke's (Gary and Rikki) won both their games with tricky Dickie Hunt only loosing to Paul Jenkins. A doubles win would have made the result even more convincing but this time as in many others this eluded them.
Howard helped their cause with a narrow 6-4 victory over struggling Anchorians 3 which included another mega performance from young JAKE BUCKLEY supported with two from captain Del Bartholomew. Resistance came mainly from Sean McMillan with two wins as well as their customary doubles success.
Boxley again won 7-3 this time over bottom of the table Parkwood which will surely give the victor's their best ever finishing position, with triple's from COLIN TURNER and PAUL HOMEWOOD.
Division One - Week 19
Sturdee 3 continued their gallop to the Division One title with an impressive 9-1 victory this week over a struggling Anchorians 3 who are on the verge of being dragged into a relegation position unless they collect some much needed points in the last three weeks of the season. Jeff Norman's win over Ian Parkes was their only point, but even he was unable to get the better of DAVE BONNER and TIM VAUGHAN. Sturdee 3 are a colossal 16 points ahead and with a match in hand over Upnor who are increasingly looking likely to gain promotion with them after a 6-4 win over Cliffe Woods to leave them an important six points ahead of the rest. SHANE JARRETT won his three but surprisingly Mick Ling dropped a game in the fifth leg to an impressive PETER MORTLEY playing up from Division Two.
At the bottom it is extremely interesting with any two from Parkwood (66 points), Howard (68), Rainham (73) or Sturdee 4 (74) likely to drop into the lower league next year. But they are all determined to prevent this by picking every possible point they can to remain in this amazing Division (the best but I am biased!)
Sturdee 4 helped themselves with to draw against Anchorians 1 where the star of the night and my player of the week was PAUL WILLIS collecting three great wins. Ken George with two supported him well, matched by Jason Adams for the visitors.
Rainham found it toughest loosing 7-3 to Boxley where four games could have gone either way but were shared. PAUL HOMEWOOD got his usual three for Boxley supported by the reliable Colin Turner (2) and Rikki Clarke replied with two for Rainham whose doubles form could yet be their undoing with only four wins all season out of nineteen attempts.
Chatham Belfast and Parkwood fought out a draw with the home team's SHEVON McDONALD doing the business for the home side, Vince Spicer and Dave Hopkins continued their good form with two each for the bottom team.
Anchorians 2 just beat Howard 6-4 to maintain their mid table position and keep their opponents in the bottom two. Scott Whale, Mick Chambers and Nick Boden all won two but were powerless to stop another incredible performance from JAKE BUCKLEY for Howard in one of his last matches before he inevitably rises to pit his wits and skills against those in the Premier Division.
Division One - Week 18
Parkwood produced their performance of the season with a remarkable 9-1 victory over Sturdee 4 which means they are only 8 points away from lifting them from the relegation zone. They really made home advantage count with wins from VINCE SPICER (3), DAVE HOPKINS (3) and Ross Childs (2) who only lost to Peter Stokes in five legs. Vince and Dave are my players of the week for their part in Parkwood's fantastic win.
Howard second from bottom have unfortunately had to play the top two teams in consecutive weeks and this time lost 10-0 to the top side Sturdee 3. At least Howard will know that in their remaining matches they will not play a team as good as TIM VAUGHAN, IAN PARKES and DAVE BONNER. Sturdee 3 are a massive 13 points ahead of anyone with a match in hand and will wrap up promotion in the next few weeks.
Upnor are looking strong in second place with another 7-3 win this week over a good Anchorian 3 team and are now a vital five points over the rest. Straightforward triples from SHANE JARRETT and MICK LING were again the basis of the victory which also included an important four leg doubles success over their nearest rivals for second in that competition.
Anchorians 1 in third position drew with Cliffe Woods for whom Colin Swan had a rare poor evening. John Carr gained two for Anchorians but had to contend with a great three from DAVE LEWIS and an impressive two and best performance from Mike Kemlo.
Rainham showing fantastic form in recent weeks again gained a vital draw against promotion chasing Chatham Belfast. Dickie Hunt and Gary Clarke got two each but were matched by Shevon McDonald and Tunde Jotham for Belfast in a very enjoyable match. Rainham after concerns a few weeks ago are now six points from the relegation places and if they continue will just survive for another year in this Division.
Boxley beat mid table Anchorians 2 by 7-3 with good contributions from PAUL HOMEWOOD (3) and Colin Turner (2), although Colin should have won all three but he managed to loose to Scott Whale when leading at 2-0 up.
Division One - Week 17
Only four matches this week due to postponements which meant that leaders Sturdee 3 had a week off allowing the chasers to make up some ground.
Upnor took full advantage thrashing Howard 9-1 and cutting the lead at the top to ten points with great performances from my players of the week SHANE JARRETT and MICK LING who were both unbeaten and did not drop a leg. Jake Buckley got Howard's only point with a straight legged win over Marylyn Dudgeon.
Anchorians 1 moved into third place with an impressive 8-2 victory over their third team. Sean McMillan's success over Jason Adams was the thirds only singles win and he only narrowly missed out against PAUL KELLY and KEITH LUDLAM in his other two. Fortunately they are magic at doubles and secured their second point in a 3-0 win at the end of the evening.
Chatham Belfast and Boxley lost ground managing a hard fought draw in their match against each other. DEAN CHIPPERFIELD was the star with his three wins for Belfast, with Colin Turner and Paul Homewood replying with two each. It looks like both teams will finish just short of one of the available promotion positions this season.
In a titanic contest between Sturdee 4 and Rainham at the lower end of the table a marginal 6-4 victory was achieved by the visitors. No one won all three but twos were gained by Michael Porter, Paul Willis, Gary and Rikki Clarke. A key win for Rainham was Gary's win over Michael were he was at one stage 2-0 in legs and 9-7 in points down, but at the end Sturdee remain three points ahead of their opponents with only five matches left.
Division One - Week 16
Top two teams Sturdee 3 and Upnor met this week and as expected it was a close encounter with the leaders eventually winning 6-4. Star performance and my player of the week was the one and only DAVE BONNER who remained undefeated, backed up by one win each from Ian Parkes and Tim Vaughan. Upnor's top players Shane Jarrett and Mick Ling replied with two each keeping the result in doubt until the very last game. With this win Sturdee 3 are an amazing NINETEEN points clear with only 6 matches remaining and are strolling to the title. Upnor remain in second although it is really close with Chatham Belfast only one point back and Anchorians 1 just two. Belfast are at the greatest disadvantage having to play all the top teams in a tough run-in.
Belfast were fortunate that Anchorians 2 only turned up with two players in a 7-3 victory with SEGUN AKE putting in a captains performance winning both his games including a great win over Nick Boden (2). Paul Cullern played up from Division Three for Belfast and found the jump a bit too much at the moment.
Anchorians 1 had a good 8-2 result over the resurgent Howard with young Jake Buckley's two wins over John Carr (2) and Paul Kelly (2) giving his team all their points, but was unable to get the better of the player of the night KEITH LUDLAM.
Boxley succeeded in their first five games against Sturdee 4 but had to settle for a slender 6-4 victory at the end. COLIN TURNER showing fantastic form winning his three with Paul Homewood settling for two and for once playing second fiddle to his teammate. Jill Shipton usually provides the game on the evening and she did not disappoint just loosing to Sturdee's top player Paul Willis 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-13. Paul Willis also was the player to beat his namesake in the final singles.
Rainham are still fighting hard in an attempt to avoid relegation and this week drew their match with mid-table Cliffe Woods. They would certainly have won if ex premier player RICHARD FARTHING had not played his first match of the season beating both Rikki and Gary Clarke who both won two. Comeback of the week was from Dave Lewis overcoming Dickie Hunt from two legs and 7-3 down.
Parkwood did not help themselves with only two players loosing 8-2 to mid-table Anchorians 3 and slip eleven points from safety and look doomed. Although Dave Hopkins won two for the bottom team against Paul and Jeff Norman but he had no answer to SEAN MCMILLAN who won both his games.
At the top of the doubles league the positions are Sturdee 3 in first with 14 wins and 60 points, then comes Upnor with 12 wins and 52 points with Anchorians 3 in third place with 11 wins and 51 points.
Division One - Week 15
With seven weeks left Sturdee 3 kept their 17 point lead at the top with a 7-3 victory over Anchorians 1. Dave Bonner, Ian Parkes and Tim Vaughan all contributed with two each matched only by Paul Kelly for the visitors. Dave being particularly unfortunate not to get a maximum loosing the last three legs of his game with Paul all 11-9.
Upnor moved four points clear of the chasing pack in second with a great 7-3 win over Anchorians 2 even without lead player Mick Ling. But up stepped MARYLYN DUDGEON armed with a new 'lucky' forehand rubber and produced her best performance this year, backed up by the reliable SHANE JARRETT who matched her success. They must be confident in remaining second for the last few weeks and gaining promotion.
Chatham Belfast had a disastrous evening loosing 6-4 away to struggling Sturdee 4. The night did not start great having to field a really weak team with Gareth Dewdney (1) making his debut from Division Two and Segun Ake not ideally turning out days after becoming a dad to twins! (congratulations Segun). TUNDE JOTHAM needed all his attacking prowess to win three and keep the score line close. Mike Porter and Paul Willis gained two each for the victors who will be grateful for the points to stay out of trouble at the bottom of the division. Belfast's doubles trouble continued loosing for the tenth time which is seven worse than Upnor in second place which is more than the difference between them, and only Rainham have won fewer.
Boxley gained a close 6-4 victory over Cliffe Woods with PAUL HOMEWOOD the star with yet another hatrick of wins. But unbelievably the score could have been a whitewash but for four fifth leg Cliffe Woods points to make the score respectable. Mike Kemlo showed great fighting spirit after loosing the first two legs 11-7, 11-3 to Jill Shipton (who had just trounced Colin Swan 3-0) and somehow turned the game around in the next three.
Result of the week was Rainham's 7-3 win over Anchorians 3 and a great team effort from RIKKI CLARKE (3), Gaz Clarke (2) and Dickie Hunt (2). Resistance came from Jeff Norman (2) but he was beaten convincingly to Rikki three straight. If they continue like this they may yet avoid 'the drop'.
Howard beat bottom of the table Parkwood 6-4 with two's from Del Bartholomew, Kevin Charlton and Jake Buckley. Vince Spicer replied with two but they are ten points from safety and need to win matches (which they are yet to achieve) to help their plight.
Player's of the week are MARYLYN DUDGEON and RIKKI CLARKE who both excelled in their teams victories.
Division One - Week 14
Sturdee 3 continued their march to the Division One title this week thrashing Parkwood 9-1. TIM VAUGHAN and IAN PARKES remained unbeaten with Dave Bonner loosing only to Dave Hopkins. They have increased their lead at the top to 17 points with only 8 matches left.
Upnor moved into second position with a great 7-3 win over Anchorians 1 with their top players SHANEJARRETT and MICK LING doing the damage. If these two continue in tandem for the rest of the season Upnor seam destined to finally get to play in the Premier Division next season.
Chatham Belfast moved into third place also with a 7-3 victory over Cliffe Woods with RAGHU MALHOTRA the hero with three wins. He was supported by Shev McDonald (2) and young Frank Wing (1) in his first match in this league, although it would have been two if it had not been for a great recovery from Colin Swan (2).
Boxley got back to winning ways with a 6-4 success over Anchorians 3. PAUL HOMEWOOD is my player of the week with another triple, supported by the reliable Jill Shipton (2) with her win over Paul Norman particularly close with all five legs having the score of 11-9. Sean McMillan had the most success for mid-table Anchorians with two points.
Sturdee 4 and Anchorians 2 drew in their encounter with nobody claiming three on the night. Mike Porter and Paul Willis got two for the home team, Paul Jenkins matched them for Anchorians.
The most significant result of the week was Howard's 7-3 victory over Rainham. JAKE BUCKLEY and DELBARTHOLOMEW were instrumental in this win and they are hitting form at just the right time to avoid the drop. Del's 15-17, 11-9, 11-9, 17-15 win over Gary Clarke was the best game on the evening. The result means that Parkwood and Rainham are at least 7 points below the rest and slipping further back meaning they are favourites for relegation.
Division One - Week 13
Sturdee 3 demolished Rainham 10-0 with TIM VAUGHAN, DAVE BONNER and IAN PARKES dropping only seven legs all night against the bottom of the table team. They have extended their lead at the top to a massive THIRTEEN points and look like they have the league wrapped up barring a complete meltdown later on in the season. Maybe things might have been different if Rikki Clarke had got the better of Ian Parkes from a seemingly winning position in the first game.
Anchorians first team convincingly beat their second team 8-2 to stay in contention for promotion with a great performance from my player of the week KIETH LUDLAM and he was supported by Jason Adams (2) and John Carr (2).
Upnor also had a great 7-3 win over struggling Parkwood and the star on the night was again MICK LING. Teammate Shane Jarrett just missed out on a maximum for the second week running loosing to Dave Hopkins (2) from a winning position.
Both Boxley and Chatham Belfast slipped up in their matches with draws against Howard and Anchorians 3 respectively which hampers chances of promotion. For Boxley Jill Shipton and Colin Turner gained two wins, with Jake Buckley (2) causing them the most problems in search of a victory.
For Chatham Belfast DEAN CHIPPERFIELD reigned supreme, but their win was denied by greater teamwork from Anchorians with Sean McMillan getting two points.
Cliffe Woods gained a 7-3 victory over Sturdee 4 with duo COLIN SWAN and DAVE LEWIS gaining maximums to keep them in a good sixth position this season.
Division One - Week 12
Welcome to 2017 and I look forward to reporting on some great Division One matches this year. STURDEE 3 after their break got back to winning ways with a great 7-3 win over a spirited Boxley. They benefited from four final leg wins which made all the difference. Very surprisingly Paul Homewood drew a blank against the leaders, with Boxley's points coming from Jill Shipton (2) and Colin Turner (1). TIM VAUGHAN led the way with three wins supported by Ian Parkes (2) and Dave Bonner (1).
Chatham Belfast also won 7-3 against a struggling Howard team with RAGHU MALHOTRA and DEANCHIPPERFIELD dominating their games on the evening, although both Jake Buckley and Kevin Charlton got the better of Segun Ake.
Upnor matched them as well with a similar 7-3 victory over Rainham 1. MICK LING won all his three encounters and was supported well by Shane Jarrett with two points, although he lost in the opening game in straight legs to Rikki Clarke (2).
Cliffe Woods lost only their second match of the season to a good Anchorians 2 team also 7-3 and were thankful to Dave Lewis for his two wins. For Anchorians they had great teamwork from Nick Boden, Paul Jenkins and Mick Chambers who all collected two points.
Anchorians 1 produced the FIFTH 7-3 result of the week beating Parkwood with PAUL KELLY collecting three wins helped by Jason Adams with two including a 17-15 decider against Dave Hopkins. Sturdee 4 produced the best result of the week in their vital 8-2 success over Anchorians 3 which helps their relegation battle where every point counts. My player of the week is KEN GEORGE who played great supported by Mike Porter who also won three and Paul Willis who only lost to Paul Norman.
Division One - Week 11
Sturdee 3 finished the first half of the season a clear ELEVEN points from anyone at the top despite a shock 7-3 defeat to third in the table Chatham Belfast who confounded them with three left handed players. I dusted down my bat for two wins alongside the dominant Dean Chipperfield and we even managed a welcome doubles success against the best. Four teams Anchorians 1, Belfast, Upnor and Boxley vie for second place only separated by TWO points with all to play for.
Two of these Boxley and Upnor played each other with the away side getting a fantastic 7-3 victory including trebles from Mick Ling and Shane Jarrett. Amazingly Paul Homewood lost two games which was the difference in this crucial encounter.
Cliffe Woods drew with Anchorians 3 as Dave Lewis and Colin Swan claimed two wins for the home team, replying with a maximum was the ever consistent Jeff Norman.
At the bottom four teams Rainham, Howard, Parkwood and Sturdee 4 find themselves locked in a tight battle where every point counts and are separated by only THREE points. The closeness at both ends of the league shows just how competitive it is and enjoyable to play in.
Rainham lost 7-3 to promotion chasing Anchorians 1 who had Paul Kelly (3), Peter Holmes (2) and Kieth Ludlam (2) in good form. Rikki Clarke made the score respectable with two good wins and also helped get the doubles point.
Parkwood drew against two player Anchorians 2 with Vince Spicer stepping up and beating both his opponents Mick Chambers (2) and Scott Whale (2).
Finally an improving Howard beat a struggling Sturdee 4 6-4 with young JAKE BUCKLEY who is getting better each week winning all three supported by Del Bartholomew (2). Jake has to be my player of the week with these vital points with the promise of more to come in 2017. Paul Willis won two for Sturdee to keep the match in the balance until the end.
In the doubles league Sturdee 3 (even after their slip this week) are top with 42 points (9 wins), followed by Upnor with 39 points (9 wins) and Anchorians 3 with 35 points (7 wins).
Have a great Christmas and New Year until matches commence in a few weeks time and thanks for all your help.
Division One - Week 10
A glance at Division One at this stage makes interesting reading as we near the half way mark of the season. At the top STURDEE 3 are cantering to the title with an enormous 13 point lead over Boxley, who after their struggles last year have shown an impressive improvement this campaign. Boxley are heading a group of five teams (Anchorians 1, Chatham Belfast, Upnor, Cliffe Woods and Boxley themselves) in the vain chase of Sturdee 3 and are only separated by 5 points. At the bottom it is even closer where Sturdee 4, Howard, Parkwood all sharing 34 points and Rainham only a further four more above them.
This leaves our two 'middle ones' the Anchorians second and third teams, who played out an amazing match which due to the last eight games going the full distance could have been almost any score. The 'seconds' won five of those to gain the bragging rights with a 6-4 victory. Nick Boden won all his tussles, with a great brace from Scott Whale. Jeff Norman replied with two for the 'thirds', with Mark Enticnap who was unfortunate in all his singles but rewarded in the doubles for playing the maximum 20 legs possible in the evening.
Leaders Sturdee 3 trounced their fourth team 10-0 with wins from Tim Vaughan, Ian Parkes and Dave Bonner with eight of the games won in straight legs against their weakened opponents.
Boxley got the result of the week with a fantastic 7-3 away win over Anchorians 1. Paul Homewood the divisions number one collected all three, supported by two fine fifth leg wins from Colin Turner.
Upnor gained a great 6-4 win 'on the carpet' over rivals Chatham Belfast with wins from Shane Jarrett (3) and Mick Ling (2). The unpredictable Shev McDonald should be pleased with his straight legged win over Mick as part of two successes.
Surprise team of the year Cliffe Woods managed a close 6-4 victory over Howard with Dave Lewis starring with a hatrick of wins and Colin Swan only loosing to young Jake Buckley (2) from two legs up.
Parkwood and Rainham played out a draw in their relegation encounter. GARY CLARKE was the star and my player of the week with his important wins. Dave Hopkins replied with two wins for Parkwood to keep the situation at the bottom one to watch for the rest of the season.
Division One - Week 9
Sturdee 3 moved eight points higher than any of the rest with a convincing 9-1 win over a two player Cliffe Woods team. Points were shared out by Dave Bonner (3), Ian Parkes (3) and Tim Vaughan (2). They also lead the doubles league by a massive six points to show how superior they are in Division One this season.
Anchorians 1 leapt up to second with a great 7-3 victory over previously high flying Chatham Belfast. John Carr, Kieth Ludlam and Paul Kelly all settled for two wins, but were unable to defeat a fantastic DEAN CHIPPERFIELD who did not drop a leg and is this week's player of the Week.
Boxley even without star player Paul Homewood beat bottom of the table Parkwood 6-4 to maintain their fourth place. Colin Turner has now won a maximum on two successive weeks and was supported by the amazing Jill Shipton (2). Ross Childs with two wins put up the greatest resistance for Parkwood and they will welcome four precious points.
Upnor bounced back from last week's setback with a great 8-2 win over Sturdee 4. Star players Shane Jarrett and Mick Ling were the difference to move them up to fifth place and only four points from a promotion place.
Anchorians 2 managed an incredible 6-4 win with only two players against a struggling Rainham team. Mike Chambers won all his games supported by Scott Whale with two points.
Lastly Anchorians 3 surprisingly won only their second match of the season with a 7-3 success over second from bottom Howard. Jeff Norman (3) and Sean McMillan (2) made all the difference for the victorious team.
At the bottom of the Division only five points separate Sturdee 4, Rainham 1, Howard 5 and Parkwood. It is almost certain that two of these teams will be relegated at the end of the season.
Division One - Week 8
Sturdee 3 remain three points clear of Chatham Belfast as they both claimed narrow 6-4 victories over Anchorians 3 and Parkwood respectively. For Sturdee Tim Vaughan continued his fantastic form with three great wins supported by the ever reliable Dave Bonner (2), in reply was a couple of points for Jeff Norman. Belfast were indebted to Raghu Malhotra (3), Tunde Jotham (2) and a rare but welcome doubles success for their points with Vince Spicer claiming a brace for Parkwood.
Cliffe Woods (who are still unbeaten) and Anchorians 1 moved up into joint third position with 8-2 victories over a weakened two player Upnor team and Sturdee 4. For Cliffe Woods it was wins for Mike Kemlo (2), Dave Lewis (2) and Colin Swan who only lost to Marylyn Dudgeon. Anchorians 1 points came from Jason Adams (3), Paul Kelly (2) and Peter Holmes (2).
Boxley had the best result a 9-1 thrashing of a depleted Rainham side (lacking both the Clarke's). Captain for the night Jim Davie's win over John Bird was Rainham's only success as they could not get the better of Colin Turner or Paul Homewood.
Two player Anchorians 2 managed a great 6-4 victory over Howard with both Nick Boden and Mick Chambers unbeaten, with the surprise being their straight legged doubles loss.
Player of the Week - Not before time it must go to TIM VAUGHAN instrumental in Sturdee 3 being top.
Division One - Week 7
Sturdee 3 lead at the top was cut to three points, although they still managed a 7-3 win against the struggling Howard team. Young Jake Buckley showed his continued improvement with great wins over Dave Bonner (2) and Steve Nunn (1), but missed out against the extra quality of the unbeaten Tim Vaughan.
Chatham Belfast are now clear in second with a convincing 8-2 victory over Rainham, with wins from ShevonMcDonald (3), Dean Chipperfield (3) and Segun Ake (2).
Upnor moved up to third with a 8-2 win over Anchorians 3. Shane Jarrett and Mick Ling both won their games for Upnor over two player Anchorians to keep them in contention at the top of the league.
Sturdee 4 gained an important 6-4 success over bottom of the table Parkwood for whom Vince Spicer had three magnificent wins to keep his team in the match, although Mike Porter (2) and Paul Willis (2) made sure of victory to keep them seven points from the drop zone.
Cliffe Woods had an incredible 7-3 win over Anchorians 1 and in doing so remain the only team still unbeaten in the division with their opponents dropping from second place. All three Cliffe Woods players - Colin Swan, Peter Davis and Dave Lewis won two singles, but were thwarted by my player of the Week - PAUL KELLY who saved last year Premier team from a real trouncing. Paul's 12-10 final leg win over the amazing Peter Davis showed how well he played on the night. Surprisingly both John Carr and Kieth Ludlam had blank evenings which may not happen again this season.
Sturdee 3 moved a huge TEN points clear in the doubles competition still undefeated.
Division One - Week 6
Sturdee 3 moved four points clear at the top with an impressive 8-2 victory over Anchorians 2. It was as usual a great team effort with Tim Vaughan (3), Dave Bonner(2) and Ian Parkes (2) all contributing. They are also an amazing EIGHT points clear in the doubles competition having been successful in all six matches.
Chatham Belfast moved into equal second position with a good 7-3 away win to Boxley, with the surprising star of the evening being TUNDE JOTHAM winning all, including a first defeat to the divisions top player Paul Homewood. Paul however did get revenge over Dean Chipperfield with a five leg success after loosing in a county match the week before. Belfast's captain Segun Ake also contributed with two important wins, they just need to improve their doubles efforts!
Anchorians 1 kept level in second place with a closely fought 6-4 victory over their third team where no player from either team was unbeaten. Peter Holmes and Kieth Ludlam gained two for the first's and Paul Norman doing the same for the third's with his best performance this season.
Upnor's Shane Jarrett led the way in their match in a draw with Howard which keeps them in fourth position. Jake Buckley (2) and Kevin Charlton (2) were Howard's main contributors, with the highlight being Jakes comeback to beat Marylyn Dudgeon in the final leg from 7-1 down.
Two teams from just above the relegation places met with Rainham beating Sturdee 4 by 7-3 in which GaryClarke and Rikki Clarke gained great triples. Sturdee 4 need to be careful not to be sucked into the drop zone, although they were unlucky in the last few singles this week.
Parkwood and Cliffe Woods match will be played in the next few weeks.
Player of the Week - Tunde Jotham because anyone who beats Paul Homewood deserves it.
Division One - Week 5
We had three really close matches this week and overall there was only five players collecting maximums.
Sturdee 3 just won their match 6-4 against promotion rivals Upnor.and moved two points clear at the top of the league. Ian Parkes and Dave Bonner won two for Sturdee with Mick Ling replying with the same for Upnor, although he had to forfeit the third leg to Dave when 2-0 down though injury.
Anchorians 1 moved into second place with a 9-1 demolition of Howard who were indebted to Jake Buckley's five leg victory over Jason Adams for their only point. Experienced John Carr and Paul Kelly were comfortable winners for the fast improving Anchorians 1.
Chatham Belfast very surprisingly lost easily 7-3 away to Anchorians 2 and indoing so dropped down to third place. Things would have been much worse if it had not been for a magnificent performance from RAGHU MALHOTRA who overcame Ben Jennings, Mick Chambers and Nick Boden. Segun Ake was unfortunate in loosing to Nick 17-15 in the final leg of their contest.
Boxley are having a better season than their struggles last term and this week won convincingly 8-2 against an under strength Sturdee 4 team. Paul Homewood has won all fifteen games so far and looks favourite to take the best player crown for the season and was backed by teammates Mick Sheppard (2) and Steve Nielsen (2). Ken George valiantly won all Sturdee's points.
Cliffe Woods with a great performance from Dave Lewis drew with Rainham who had wins from Gary Clarke (2) and Dickie Hunt (2).
The match of the week was undoubtedly the draw between Anchorians 3 and previously struggling Parkwood. Amazingly no less than SEVEN games were taken all the way (including all Jeff Norman's games) and a long and enjoyable evening resulted with a fair scoreline. Paul and brother Jeff Norman won two each for Anchorians, with Ross Child and Vince Spicer matching this for Parkwood, who if they fight like this will pick up more points and move from the bottom.
In the doubles league Sturdee 3 also lead the way here by five points from all three of the Anchorian teams with many more games to play.
Player of the Week - Raghu Malhotra who saved the Belfast team from a real hammering.
Division One - Week 4
Chatham Belfast and Sturdee 3 are joint leaders in Division One with 28 points already each, with the result of the Week being Belfast's 9-1 thrashing of Sturdee 4. Dean Chipperfield and Raghu Malhotra remained unbeaten, with Sturdee's sole success being Peter Stokes five leg thriller over Shev McDonald.
Sturdee 3 just lost a tricky away encounter 6-4 to Anchorians 1 with Tim Vaughan collecting two wins for the leaders, but they were outdone by experienced Keith Ludlam (3) and Peter Holmes (2).
Upnor dropped to third only three points behind, loosing 7-3 to an impressive Anchorian second team. Nick Boden continued his great form with three wins, supported by Sean McMillan with two. Shane Jarrett as usual fought hard and just missed out on a maximum himself for Upnor.
A draw was the correct result between two evenly matched Boxley and Cliffe Woods teams. Top player Paul Homewood remained unbeaten, but Cliffe Woods Dave Lewis (2) and Colin Swan (2) kept the match in the balance.
Parkwood slipped five points behind the rest in their 6-4 defeat to fellow strugglers Howard. Ross Childs (2) in his first match was Parkwood's top player, but was eclipsed by the superb Jake Buckley making quite an impression stepping up this year and was also helped from Kevin Charlton's best result so far.
Lastly another struggling team Rainham lost 6-4 to an improved Anchorian third team. Star of the night and also my player of the week was a MARK ENTICNAP brilliant performance, supported by Jeff Norman (2). Rikki Clarke replied with two good points for Rainham.
In the doubles league every team has remarkably won at least one game, but top and undefeated are Sturdee 3 with 16 points, with Anchorians 3 only two points behind.
Division One - Week 3
Sturdee 3 with a crushing 10-0 defeat of Parkwood moved two points clear of Upnor at the top of the league, only dropping three legs all night in total although the visitors battled in vain. The team of Dave Bonner, Tim Vaughan and Ian Parkes make a formidable team and early promotion favourites.
So Upnor slipped into second place but they still won 6-4 over last year's Premier league team Anchorians 1 and although missing several of their top players Upnor succeeded in what I would consider a tricky fixture. Shane Jarrett (3) was the star and included a first ever win over Paul Kelly (1) and had great help from Dave Gracey (2). John Carr replied with two good wins for Anchorians who will still have a part to play at the top of this division.
Belfast remains in third position with a draw against Cliffe Woods for whom for the second week running COLIN SWAN excelled and thwarted the Chatham teams aim for a win. Raghu Malhotra (2) and Shev McDonald (2) are proving to be great acquisitions for Belfast this year and they too will be in the top half of the places this season.
Another strong team this year will be Sturdee 4 who managed a comfortable 7-3 victory over two man Anchorians 2. Highlight of the evening was Ted Tydeman's deciding leg win from 2-0 down over the previously unbeaten Nick Boden (2). Paul Willis supported Ted with a win over Nick's team mate Mike Chambers (1).
Anchorians 3 drew with two man Boxley in a tight match where yet again Paul Homewood (3) lead the way for the visitors helped by the reliable Colin Turner (2). Anchorians top player was Jeff Norman but he could not turn their numerical advantage into a win, not helped by having to play up Jacques Domingue from Division Two.
Rainham won their first match of the season with a 7-3 success over Howard to move up two places from the bottom position and leap frogging their opponents at the same time. Dickie Hunt had an upturn in form to win all his games supported ably by Rikki Clarke (2). Jake Buckley (2) really got his money's worth playing the maximum possible 20 legs on the night, winning two and loosing two. He is improving each week and a real star of the future for both Howard and Medway teams. His night included a special win over Rikki from 2-0 down.
Player of the Week - Colin Swan who just missed out last week, but deserves the accolade for another dominant performance.
Division One - Week 2
The second report quickly follows the first and as usual competition is fierce in this amazing division.
Top of the league stormed Upnor with a great 7-3 victory over Parkwood which was the battle of the promoted teams. Shane Jarrett won a predictable treble, but with two reserves playing alongside him the performance of the night came from his dad, TONY JARRETT who fantastically matched his achievements. Ken Walter although having close games could not add to their points.
Equal second a further two points behind are Chatham Belfast and Sturdee 3. Belfast beat a very good Anchorian third team 6-4 with SHEVON McDONALD on his debut winning all three backed up by a solid performance from Dean Chipperfield with two. The surprise was Dean loosing in straight legs to Ian Pagett (2) who provided the most points for Anchorians. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Ian who was taken ill the following evening in another match.
Sturdee 3 demolished bottom of the table Rainham 8-2 with fine performances from Ian Parkes (3) and Tim Vaughan (3). Ian's win over Dickie Hunt included a lengthy 17-15 first leg win.
Anchorians first and second teams played out a creditable draw, with Nick Boden continuing his superb form from last week winning all his games again. Peter Holmes and Keith Ludlam replied with two each for the first team.
Boxley kept up their good start to the season with a 7-3 victory over a struggling Howard team. Paul Homewood won his games and was backed up from two reserves, Barry Roles (2) and Mick Sheppard (1). Jake Buckley Howard's number one player won two games to make the score respectable.
Lastly Sturdee 4 surprisingly lost at home to Cliffe Woods 6-4. Ted Tydeman told me that they had been 'Swanned', referring to the great wins from Colin Swan (3) who on his day is almost unplayable. He also had good support from the consistent Dave Lewis (2).
In the doubles league two teams Sturdee 3 and Upnor are top with eight points so far.
Players of the Week - Two this time with Tony Jarrett (the super sub) and Shev McDonald unbeaten on his first Medway match against the Anchorian elite.
Division One - Week 1
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In the opening week Upnor took an early lead with a convincing 9-1 thrashing of Rainham with their strong team of David Gracey (2), Mick Ling (3) and Shane Jarrett (3). They will take some stopping with also Marylyn Dudgeon also in the squad.
Second are Chatham Belfast (having dispensed with my services - good call) with a 8-2 victory over Howard. Maximum's came from Raghu Malhotra and Tunde Jotham, with young Jake Buckley getting Howard's sole singles win over Segun Ake (2).
Another strong team this year will be relegated Anchorians 1 who easily beat promoted Parkwood 8-2, with Peter Holmes (2), Jason Adams (2) and Keith Ludlam (3) impressing. The visitors resistance came from a great display from Dave Hopkins (2).
Cliffe Woods missed an opportunity and only narrowly succeeded in beating two man Anchorians 2 6-4. But the reason clearly was because they were up against an inspired NICK BODEN with a magnificent three singles and teaming up with reserve Tony Slater to grab the doubles.
Both Sturdee teams started with wins and I expect them both to have good seasons again this year. The third team beat Boxley 6-4 with Lan Parkes (2) and Dave Bonner (2) excelling. But as with last year Paul Homewood went undefeated, showing what a class act he is and how reliant Boxley will again be on him.
Sturdee 4 triumphed 7-3 over a weakened Anchorians 3. Sean McMillan's (2) efforts could not stop the greater alround strength of Ted Tydeman (2), Paul Willis (3) and Ken George (2) shining through.
I will keep you updated with the doubles league in my reports - Upnor and Sturdee 3 are top.
Player of the Week - Nick Boden who almost single handed kept his team in the match.