Vets Div 1 Inter League Report 24th April 2011

Vets Div 1.          Champions Ilford with 23 points

Round 1.              Favourites Ilford played Colchester, winning 8-1. Ray Lam, Paul Martindill and Phil Walker were all unbeaten for Ilford, although Jimmy Farrow, Kenny Lewis and Roger Warren had several close games and as Roger said, they were very enjoyable matches. Colchester’s Jimmy Farrow and Kenny Lewis prevented the whitewash winning the final doubles against Paul and Phil. In the other match Harlow also proved too strong for Southend, winning 8-1. Paul Cummins, Dave Langham and Carl Johnson doing the damage, Southend’s only win coming from Richard Brown who beat Dave Langham in a tight 5 setter.

 Round 2.              Southend fared better against Colchester winning 7-2. They won all the doubles but Colchester’s Kenny Lewis beat Tim Pang in straight games and Jimmy Farrow beat Nigel Lamb in 4. Richard Brown was undefeated for Southend. The 2 leading teams met, Ilford and Harlow, with Ilford taking the tie 6-3 and thus being virtually assured of the Title. Ray Lam won both his singles for Ilford, with Paul Martindill winning 1 and Phil walker drawing a blank; whilst Dave Langham, Graham Frankel and Carl Johnson won a game each. The key factor of this match was that Ilford won all 3 doubles: that was the difference and they won the tie 6-3.        

Final Round.      The final round was a bit of an anticlimax with Ilford taking the title with a 9-0 win over Southend: Ray Lam, Paul Martindill and Sal Ahmed doing the damage. Harlow took 2nd place beating Colchester 7-2; Graham Frankel and Carl Johnson were undefeated, with Dave Lanham losing in the fifth 11-9 to Ken Lewis and Colchester took one of the doubles when Ken & Jimmy Farrow beat Dave and Graham in 4.

 County Chairman Ken Field thanked the players and leagues for their support in making it a good day; Neil Brierley and Batts for allowing us to use their excellent venue; to the girls at Batts for the tasty food and finally, Jayne Johnson for help run the very enjoyable day.

Vets Division 1
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Ilford 3 3 0 0 23
Harlow 3 2 0 1 18
Southend 3 1 0 2 8
Colchester 3 0 0 3 5
Round 1 Ilford  8      Colchester 1   Harlow 8         Southend 1
Round 2 Ilford  6       Harlow 3   Southend  7   Colchester 2
Round 3 Ilford  9       Southend 0   Harlow  7        Colchester 2