Aylesbury Table Tennis
Haddenham lead the way
Whilst the two Tring teams in The Vale’s Premier Division are struggling at the bottom, rivals from Haddenham are faring much better. The Haddenham A team comfortably beat two-handed Tring A, 10 – 0 to stretch their lead over Bierton A to 12 points.
Their B Team restricted Bierton to a 7 – 3 victory with Chris Hawkes winning twice and Jon Abungan once. Alan Cherry was unbeaten for Bierton. Elsewhere Tim Cheek won all three games in Sports B’s 7 – 3 win against Bellingdon, with Stuart Brown taking a double for the visitors.
Four points cover the top three in Division One with Ridgeway B a further 8 points behind with a game in hand. Leaders Sports C were held to a draw by Ridgeway for whom Jeff Amor starred. Sports duo, David Badham and Malcolm Burr clawed their way to a draw 14 – 12 in the fifth set of the doubles. Second placed Sports D pulled a point back winning 6 – 4 at Tring D. Quainton B trounced Tring C 9 – 1 with Jim Styles and Paul Reynolds victorious which puts them in third place 4.
Bierton B would have capitulated against Haddenham D had it not been for the redoubtable Bob Sergeant, playing a rare match. He overcame Simon Witney and John Cripps and took a leg off the unbeaten Mark Penn. Bierton lost 7 – 3.
Sports E have crept up the table recently gaining a draw at Haddenham C. Nick Cresswell won twice with Clive Westbury and reserve, Barry Green, winning once. Lee Mallick was unbeaten for Haddenham, but suffered a rare doubles defeat with Cynthia against Nick and Clive.
In Division Two’s top versus bottom clash leaders Risborough A had a comfortable 7 – 3 win against Bucks CC D. Gerry Saunders provided the main opposition with a twosome. Matt Axford remains at the top of the averages with a 100% record. The other 2 bottom teams met at Bucks CC E who without leading player Vic Davies went down 4 – 6 to visitors Brill A for whom John Fitsell and Charles Wallis were in sparkling form.
Sports F had a good victory over Bucks CC C thanks to maximums from Olu Sokoya and John Willcocks whilst Bucks CC B’s Ken Hill scored a maximum but finished on the losing side against Rivets A.
The ‘crunch’ match in Div 3 saw Risborough B visiting a strengthened Elmhurst team. Risborough’s Dave Stevens preserved his unbeaten record but Gerrans and Strong both won 2 games leading to a draw result.
Powerful Tring E swept Risborough C ruthlessly aside and now sit one point behind leaders Risborough B but with a game in hand. Sports G sit a comfortable third following a 7 – 3 victory over their struggling H team mates.
The Ginger brothers spurred Quainton C to a 6 – 4 win at Brill B.Bucks CC F won convincingly against the 2 ladies of Haddenham E and have climbed out of the bottom three.
Sports B 7(Cheek) Bellingdon 3
Haddenham A 10(Misseldine,Scott,D Palmer) Tring A 0
Haddenham B 3 Bierton 7(Cherry)
Tring B 3 Quainton A 7(Ralls,Davies)(two players)
Ridgeway A 0 Sports A 10(walkover)
Sports C 5 Ridgeway B 5(Amor)
Bierton B 3 Haddenham D 7(Penn)
Haddenham C 5(Mallick) Sports E 5
Tring D 4(M Luscombe) Sports D 6
Quainton B 9(J Styles,Reynolds) Tring C 1
Bucks E 4 Brill A 6 (Fitsell)
Risborough A 7 (Axford) Bucks D 3
Bucks B 4 (Hill) Rivets A 6
Sports F 6 (Sokoya, J Willcocks) Bucks C 4
Brill B 4 Quainton C 6 (A Ginger)
Risborough C 0 Tring E 10(Lark,Tipton,A McCormack)
Bucks F 8 (Vizard) Haddenham E 2 (2 players)
Sports G 7 (Marlow) Sports H 3
Elmhurst 5 Risborough B 5(Stevens)