Wensum A are odds on to clinch third Premier League table tennis title in succession
With the season just starting in the Grant Matthewson Norwich & District League, Wensum A are hot favourites to retain their Premier A title for the third year running, with probably the best two players in the league playing for them, with Neil Charles moving from the Wensum B to the A side.
Both he and Lauren Spink took maximums including the doubles to steer the A side to maximum points over the UEA A side. In the clash between the Gothic A and B sides, the A side sneaked home 6-4 with Philip Logsdon taking a maximum although he was made to fight all the way against Jase Evans just getting home in five games. It was great to see Adam Gigli returning to the Norwich league, he played well taking a two singles for the B side as did Chris Durrant to gain the four games for the B side. A Russell King maximum for CEYMS B could not stop Wensum C gaining a narrow 6-4 win. A Sean Molloy triple helped his Wensum D team to a 7-3 win over CEYMS C.
In Premier B, Gothic C started in fine style with two maximum points wins, with Joe Taplin recording clean sheets that included a four set win against last seasons Premier B player, Jamie McIntosh. Telephones B also started well with two wins including a superb 7-3 home win against Panthers. Jeremy Cocks was particularly impressive with a three set triumph over Peter Mathieson. Wensum Es new signings Stewart Lines and Martyn Cook played well in their two wins over Wensum E2 and Foxwoood D with Martyn Cook unbeaten.
In Division One, Alan Pulsford got a maximum for Hospital Drifters who beat Rosebery Road MYC 6-4. Man of the match Richard Yates of Rosebery Rd, beat Brian Cunningham, and lost closely in the fifth to Alan Pulsford and Paul Stone. CEYMS E were well beaten, 9-1 by Returners, who have been strengthened by their new signing Steve Johnson from SFC. There were excellent lengthy tussles as Newton Flotman lost to Taverham B 3-7. Highlight of the night was Kieran Brady against Jamie Leeder, with some superb rallies, Kieran taking a close called win adding to his other singles wins. St Faiths Centre celebrated their return to Division 1, beating Wensum G 9-1 and NCC A 8-2, with Andy Cullum securing maximums in both matches. Returners A lost to Wensum F 4-6 in a fiercely competitive match with new signing Steve Johnson once again justifying his transfer fee with a brace.
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In Division Two, early wins for Returners B and Gothic D see them head the table. Returners B started with 8-2 victories over Wensum H and newcomers Foxwood H. Gothic D strengthened by Alan Hough and Wendy Durrant helped themselves to 7 good points beating Telephones D 6-4 and Wensum H 9-1. Taverham C started with an excellent win over Fourbees B 9-1 but then fought hard with only 3 players to secure a point, losing 6-4 to CEYMS F, captain Janet Kelly providing the impetus for the hard earned point.
Fourbees A look like a force to be reckoned with this season with an excellent win over Telephones D side with Doug Ratcliffe providing a well earned maximum.
In Division 3, a strong start for Taverham, beating Fairfield 9-1, with a good performance from Daniel Cook coming out of retirement at short notice and winning both his singles. A weakened Thorpe St Andrew side did well against a useful UEA team, maximums from Rod Clayton and Mike Wright and both doubles gave TSA the 8-2 win.
In Division 4, Wensum K did brilliantly to take 3 points from Shelly Telly with a 7-3 win. Ryan Hubbard pushed Colin Jenkinson to the limit in a 3 setter. It was an Olympic effort that suggests Ryan could go all the way to Rio in the Paralympics in 2016. Wensum K continued their good run with a maximum point 9-1 win over Taverham in this battle of the youngsters, a close battle between Daniel Marche and Luke Edmunds resulting in the only win of the night for Taverham. NCC B proved too strong for Taverham E winning 8-2, but the young team played well, winning a doubles and Thomas Connelly a singles. NCC edged the win 6-4 after a close encounter with Wensum J Simeon Care and John Townsend played exceptionally securing 2 wins each for the home side. A maximum for Finn Brocklesby secured a point for Wensum.