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Weeks 1 to 8 Review

Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ have made a strong start to the season and, after 8 rounds of matches, enjoy a healthy lead at the top of the table. Led by Graham Farmer, who has 13 wins from 15 games played, they are unbeaten to date, and hold a 16 point lead over their nearest rivals.

Bluehouse ‘C’ are in second place with a narrow 1 point advantage over Stanford ‘C’, who have played a game less. For Bluehouse, Phil Smith has 10 wins from 12, whilst Adrian Atkinson has had most success for Stanford with 11 wins from 15.

A further 3 points back are Basildon ‘C’. Leading the way for Basildon is the evergreen Stan Dyson who has prevailed in 11 of the 15 games he has played to date.

Canvey ‘A’ and Basildon Hospital occupy fifth and sixth places respectively, a further 7 points back. Not surprisingly for such a big club, Canvey ‘A’ have used no fewer than 10 different players to date. The most successful of these so far is Phil Puckey who has 5 wins from 6. For Basildon Hospital, Chudi Ukpaka leads the way with 7 wins from 9.

Occupying bottom place at this stage are Canvey ‘B’, but they only are seven points adrift of the field. Promising junior player, Harry Keys, has been their top performer to date with 7 wins from 9.

Mention should also be made of Terry Girt, Ben Matthews and Dean Baker who all hold 100% records, but have only played one match each for, Stanford ‘C’, Canvey ‘B’ and Basildon Hospital respectively.

Week 9 Report

Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ maintained their unbeaten record, and were in dominant form with a 10-0 victory over Basildon Hospital, dropping only 4 sets in the process.

There was also a big win for Bluehouse ‘C’ who overcame Canvey ‘A’ 9-1. Tony Westwell picked up the only point of the night for the Islanders with a victory over Jeff Parker. For Bluehouse, there were maximums for Phil Smith and Chris Crooks, with Chris eventually getting the better of Tony Westwell at 12-10 in the deciding set. These two also enjoyed a straight sets doubles victory to end the evening.

The other game in this division was a much closer affair with Basildon ‘C’ and Stanford ‘C’ fighting out a 5-5 draw, in a match where no player was unbeaten. The closest game of the evening saw Tony Ayliffe overcome the hard hitting Adrian Armstrong 10-12 11-9 11-6 7-11 11-9.

Week 11 Report

Only one match to report on this week.  This saw Bluehouse ‘C’ record a fine 7/3 victory away at Stanford ‘C’.   Phil Smith was the star for Bluehouse with a fine maximum.  He was backed up by Chris Crooks and Jeffrey Parker who recorded 2 wins each.  Most successful player for Stanford was Martin Winter with 2 wins.

The matches between leaders Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ and Canvey ‘B’ and Basildon Hospital and Basildon ‘C’ were postponed and will be played at a later date.

Week 12 Report

Two matches to report on this week.

The Canvey ‘derby’ resulted in a comfortable 8-2 win for the ‘A’ team.  Lee Mcgonagle led the way with a maximum.  He was well supported by his son Archie Blackburn, and Des Duffield with 2 wins each.  Joanna Hills was the ‘B’ team’s most successful player with 2 wins.

In the other match, league leaders Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ maintained their unbeaten run, beating Basildon ‘C’ by 8-2.  Peter Lucraft and Tony Mace with maximums, and Graham Farmer with 2 wins did the damage for Forum.  Tony Ayliffe, with a win over Graham, scored the only singles point on the night for Basildon.

The match between Bluehouse ‘C’ and Basildon Hospital was postponed and will have to be played at a later date

Week 13 Report

Just one match to report.

This ended up as 5/5 draw between two man Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ and Canvey ‘A’.

Dave Woolmer led the way with a maximum for the league leaders.  Tony Mace with a win over Jo Hills and victory in the doubles ensured that the points were shared on the night.  For Canvey, father and son Lee Mcgonagle and Archie Blackburn both recorded wins over Tony.

The results of the matches between Stanford ‘C’ and Canvey ‘B’ and Basildon ‘C’ and Bluehouse ‘C’ have yet to be recorded.

Week 17 Report

League matches resumed this week following the Christmas break and a week set aside for the Handicap Cup.

Both Canvey teams were involved in home matches this week, but unfortunately both came out on the wrong end of 7/3 scorelines.

Dan Harris was the star for Stanford ‘C’ against the Islanders ‘A’ side.  His maximum plus 2 wins by John Handscombe and 1 for Mark Farley saw them home.  The game of the night saw Tony Westwell edge a tight 5 setter against John by the score of 11/9 11/9 9/11 10/12 11/9.

It was a good team performance from Basildon Hospital that ensured their victory over Canvey’s ‘B’ team.  2 wins apiece for Kevin Smart, Clive Beauchamp and Jay Shivapujimath plus a win in the doubles saw them home.  Harry Keys was the best player on the night for Canvey with 2 wins.

Finally this week, Bluehouse ‘C’ and Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ fought out a 5/5 draw.

For the second match in a row, Forum could only field 2 players, but a maximum from Dave Woolmer and 2 wins for Tony Mace was enough to preserve the league leader’s unbeaten record.  Jeff Parker won the only singles point on the night for Bluehouse with a win over Tony.  Chris Crooks can count himself unlucky though, ending up on the wrong side of 2, close 5 set games.

Week 18 Report

It was a solid team performance that saw Basildon Hospital overcome Canvey ‘A’ by 6/4.  Kevin Smart led the way with a fine maximum, ably supported by Errol Anderson with 2 wins and Jay Shivapujimath with 1 win.  For Canvey, Tony Westwell was most successful with 2 wins.

A first hat trick of the season from Tony Ayliffe and 2 wins each for Stan Dyson and Keith Cullen plus a doubles win meant an emphatic 8/2 victory for Basildon ‘C’ over Canvey ‘B’.  Jo Hills continued her recent good form with 2 wins for the league’s bottom team.

Finally this week, league leaders Hadleigh Forum ‘C’ continued their push for promotion with an 8/2 success over Stanford ‘C’.  A maximum from Dave Woolmer and a brace each from Peter Lucraft and Graham Farmer did the damage.  Adrian Armstrong maintained his fine average with 2 wins for the losers.

Week 19 Report

Two results to report.

A closely fought 5/5 draw was the outcome when Bluehouse ‘C’ travelled to Canvey ‘B’.  In a match when no player was unbeaten, Ben Matthews and Jo Hills both won 2 games for Canvey and then teamed up in the final doubles, when they edged a tight 5 setter 11/8 in the final set.  Phil Smith and Chris Crooks both recorded 2 wins for Bluehouse and Jeff Parker scored their other point on the night.  The closest game of the night saw Jo Hills overcome Jeff Parker by 11/7 8/11 11/13 12/10 15/13.

Stanford ‘C’ had a good 8/2 victory over Basildon Hospital.  Dan Harris was in fine form with a straight sets maximum.  He was backed up by Martin Winter and Adrian Armstrong with 2 wins each.  2 wins for Kevin Smart were the only successes for the Hospital on the night.

The result of the match between Canvey ‘A’ and Basildon ‘C’ had not been recorded at the time of writing.

David Woolmer

07/02/17