Final Table – Vets Division Three Essex Inter-League

Vets Division 3 
Team Played Won Lost Games For Games Against Points
West Essex A 4 4 0 27 9 27
Basildon A 4 3 1 26 10 26
Basildon B 4 1 3 17 19 17
Chelmsford B 4 2 2 13 23 13
Chelmsford C 4 0 4 7 29 7
Chelmsford C  3 Chelmsford B 6 Basildon B      4 Basildon A       5
Chelmsford B  5 Basildon B       4 West Essex A 6 Chelmsford C 3
West Essex A  5 Basildon A       4 Basildon B       8 Chelmsford C 1
Basildon B       1 West Essex      8 Chelmsford B 1 Basildon A       8
West Essex A 8 Chelmsford B  1 Basildon A       9 Chelmsford C 0

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

Mens Inter League Report 23rd April 2011

Men’s Division 1 Saturday 23rd April 2011 @ Batts

Round 1.              The first match involved Ilford and Clacton. Ilford’s Essex 1st team player, Matt Spero, proved too strong, winning all his 3 games, whilst Clacton’s Gary Young and Greg Green were almost as strong, winning 2 games each – the match ending in a 5 all draw. In the other match, Southend & Harlow were also evenly matched, with George Reeves and Kevin Read winning a brace each for the ‘Seasiders’ and the very difficult Dave Langham winning 2 for Ilford; Southend just edging it , winning the tie 6-4.

 Round 2.              Harlow made up ground on Southend, with a 7-3 win over Ilford. Matt Spero won his first 2 games but injured his shoulder and lost out in his final game to Maciej Nakieski in 5 sets, 13-11 in the 5th. Maciej went on to win all his games for Harlow, supported by Dave Langham with 2. Southend had another close encounter beating Clacton 6-4, with consistent George Reeves and Kevin Read both winning 2 games for Southend.

Final Round.      Going into the final round, only one point separated Southend and Harlow. Southend beat Ilford 8-2, with Matt Spero conceding his last 2 matches due to his injured shoulder. This left Harlow requiring a most improbable, 9 or 10 victory. But with Paul Cummings and Maciej Nakieski winning 3 each and Dave Langham 2, it all ended up, depending on the result of the last match of the tournament. This was a doubles and Clacton’s Gary Young and Colin Stallwood took the first 2 sets and Harlow’s chances looked slim; but back came Maciej Nakieski and Paul Cummings to level at 2 sets all and 8 points all, before they took the next 3 points and the match.

Southend and Harlow were declared joint winners on the day.

Men’s Division
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
Southend 3 3 0 0 20
Harlow 3 2 0 1 20
Clacton 3 1 0 2 10
Ilford 3 0 1 2 10
Round 1 Southend 6   Harlow 4   Clacton 5   Ilford 5
Round 2 Southend 6   Clacton 4   Harlow 7   Ilford 3
Round 3 Southend 8   Ilford 2   Harlow 9   Clacton 1


All 6 county vets teams have now finished the season. 

Pride of place goes to the O60 team who held on to their national title. Extraordinary achievement when you think the team lost to Kent first half and recovered second half with Shirley Carroll standing in for Marjorie Dawson who was in Australia. The men were Stuart Gibbs, Peter Radford and Dave Bowles and the team actually finished tie top with Kent on 9 points and an identical set average of 41 -19. Essex won on game average of 144-86 to Kent’s 137-86.  

Closely following this was the achievement of Essex O40 first team in retaining their premier status. It was something of a Houdini act  with a win over Northants and a magnificent  draw with Yorkshire all we had to show for the season. Amazingly the 3 points kept us above Surrey and Northants and the team of Mark Wicker, Clive Carthy, Tony West and Julie Vansertima can feel very proud. This was Tony’s debut season and wins over the likes of Chris Rogers and Richard Lightowler proved he is worthy of his place.  

Sadly Essex 2 were riddled with injury and the team led by John Monk played without a lady in the first half. They lost all 7 matches and are relegated from 1A.   Essex 3 led by Reuben Okai narrowly missed promotion from 3C finishing as runners up. Essex 4 captained by Dave Bowles finished sixth in 3B . The O60s second team captained by Shirley Carroll finished 

Neil Brierley

Vets match secretary

Success for Essex Clubs in ETTA Club of the year awards

Essex County Table Tennis Association would like to congratulate the Essex based clubs who achieved success at the ETTA club of the Year awards.

Mossford TTC based in Woodford Green were runners-up in the Advanced PremierClub of the Year award and were winners of that award for the London Region. For more information about Mossford visit their website at Mossford TTC

NETTS based at Earls Colne near Halstead were the East Region Excellence PremierClub of the year.  For more information about NETTS visit their website at NETTS

BATTS based at Old Harlow were the East Region Advanced PremierClub of the year.  For more information about BATTS visit their website at BATTS

BNCA TTC based at Black Notley near Braintree were the East Region PremierClub Mark Club of the year.  For more information about BNCA visit their website at BNCA TTC

To see the full list of winners across the county visit  Coaching, Volunteer & Club Awards 2011

Super Vets Inter-League Final Tables 2010-11 Season

Super Vets Division One P W L A PTS
Colchester 4 3 1 13 23
Burnham 4 3 1 14 22
Brentwood 4 2 2 17 19
Southend 4 2 2 22 14
Clacton 4 0 4 24 12
Super Vets Division Two P W L A PTS
Becontree 3 3 0 10 17
Basildon A 3 2 1 10 17
Chelmsford 3 1 2 14 13
Waltham Forest 3 0 3 20 7
Super Vets Division One P W L A PTS
Basildon B 3 2 1 12 15
Southend C 3 2 1 13 14
Southend B 3 1 2 14 13
Clacton B 3 1 2 15 12

Congratulations to the winning teams in this years competition. Trophies for the victors will be presented at the Essex AGM being held at Old Chelmsfordians, Lawford Lane, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2NS on the 24th May 2011

Essex Seniors Teams have mixed results this year

2nd/3rd April 2011 Senior Premier Wednesbury

 Team: Emran Hussain, Euan Liddle, Clive Carthy, Sarra Wang, Lucy Wang. 

Going into this second weekend of matches Essex were facing a stiff challenge, they were holding up the rest of the division on 1 point scored although Yorkshire and Devon were in a similar position but on better sets and games averages.  The good news for the team was that 3 of our four matches were against teams around us, so wins against these teams could be viewed as double points in our fight to stop relegation. We played, in order, Middlesex, Yorkshire, Berkshire and Devon. In years past Devon have been a bogey team for Essex so that match was looked on in trepidation. 

We achieved the following results:-

 Middlesex       -           3-7
Yorkshire         -           6-4
Berkshire         -           6-4
Devon              -           7-3

Three critical wins pulling us clear of the drop zone and leaving us in a clear fifth position on 7 points. Well done to the team for maintaining Premier status.

County P W D L F A PTS
Middlesex 1 7 5 2 0 42 28 12
Sussex 1 7 4 2 1 46 24 10
Derbyshire 1 7 4 2 1 42 28 10
Berkshire 1 7 4 0 3 35 35 8
Essex 1 7 3 1 3 33 37 7
Cleveland 7 2 2 3 30 40 6
Yorkshire 1 7 0 2 5 27 43 2
Devonshire 1 7 0 1 6 25 45 1

2nd/3rd April 2011 Senior Division 1A – Draycott 

Team: Martin Kubrt, Tony West, Steve Joslin, Michael Andrews, Ella Patel.

This was a tough weekend for the squad with 7 matches being played over two days. We were also in the unfortunate position of only being able to field one lady player. I should like to record my thanks to Ella Patel who turned out for a Senior team for the very first time and gave a very good account of herself. The team was further impacted when Ashley Stokes had to withdraw from the first team squad on the 29th March. This meant that Euan Liddle was moved into the first team, leaving the second team one player short. Michael Andrews stepped in at very short notice into what was a real baptism for him in a very tough division. Suffice to say that all matches were lost and unfortunately the team has been relegated. An interesting point to note is that all other teams taking part were their county first teams. Last season Essex 2nd team were in division 1B and in my view had we remained in that division the team we fielded would have survived the drop. 

Division 1A              
County P W D L F A PTS
Nottinghamshire 7 6 1 0 51 19 13
Lincolnshire 7 5 1 1 44 26 11
Lancashire 7 5 1 1 42 28 11
South Yorkshire 7 4 0 3 37 33 8
Bedfordshire 7 3 1 3 34 36 7
Leicestershire 1 7 2 0 5 34 36 4
Northumberland 7 1 0 6 21 48 2
Essex 2 7 0 0 7 16 53 0

The Senior sub committee is meeting on the 20th April to review what arrangements should be recommended to Management committee for next season.

 John Andrews
Essex Senior Match Secretary

Essex secure 2nd place in Junior Premier Division 2/3 April


 The second round of Junior Premier County Championship matches was held at the Wood Green High School, Wednesbury on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 2/3 April with two matches on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday. After the first round of matches at Cippenham back in October the Essex First team were in second place, level on points with Middlesex 1 and one point behind the leaders Sussex 1 who were yet to drop a set. Nicole Sydorenko had stopped playing so Ifunanya Okafor joined Jared Patel, Luca Mariano, Alex Holland and Evangeline Collier. The Team were looking to go one better than last season’s runners up position which they snatched from Sussex in the last game of the last match but overhauling this season’s very strong Sussex team would be a mammoth task.

 Their first match was against a Kent team that boys wise looked considerably weaker than Kent teams of previous seasons. Jared and Alex opened up with wins over Luke Savill and Tom Windram respectively and then Ify secured a maximum 7, -10, 9, 9 win over the highly ranked Jasmine Ould. Luca and Evie made the halfway score 5-0 with 3-0 wins over Andrew Lockwood and Emma Tovey. Surprisingly after such a good start Alex and Ify both then lost to lower ranked opponents, Luke (3-1) and Emma (3-2). After taking the first two games to 3 off Andrew and leading 4-1 in the third Jared seemed to relax too much losing the next seven points and the game eventually to 6. Never comfortable in the fourth game Jared eventually won it 15-13. Evie had a tougher match with Jasmine winning 6, 10, -12, 8 and Luca an easy 3-0 win over Tom for an 8-2 match score and retaining second place.

 The second and late afternoon match was against Sussex who had yet to still drop a set. Like the other teams before them Essex found the going just as tough with eight of the matches settled 3-0, Evie being the only winner of these with an easy win over Lois Peake and in the very last match Alex, after losing the first game to 1 against Helshan Weerasinghe put up a far better performance in the next two games being edged out 9 and 8.Earlier he had lost to the vastly improved Mark Scutts 12, 11, 6 after having game points in both the first two games. In Jared’s match with Da Shuai Zhang in the first game he had several game points before losing 16-14 but fell away in the next two games. Luca lost to Mark Scutts 3-1 after taking the last four points to win the first game 14-12 The match of this match however was Ify’s match with Yolanda King, the England No. 6, ranked 1444 points above her. A relieved Yolanda eventually winning -13 (Ify was at one time 10-4 up), 9, -7, 9, 8. After this defeat Essex dropped to fourth in the table but the teams in second and third place both had to play Sussex on Sunday.

 Sunday morning’s first match was against neighbours Hertfordshire and against a team in the relegation battle a much tougher match than envisaged. In the opening match Luca lost 3-1 to Bradley Tuttle, ranked two places above him but Alex, Evie and Jared had comfortable wins against Tom Baines, Annabelle Gibson (a former Essex player before her injury and family move over the border) and Luke Walsh. Ify had all sorts of trouble against the funny rubbers on Natasha Walsh’s bat losing 5, -11, 8, 10 but 3-0 wins for Luca over Tom and Ify over Annabelle put Essex 5-2 up. Jared then had to play Bradley, ranked two places below him. Losing the first game to 4 he was 9-4 up in the second before losing that to 12.Taking the next to 5 he had to save a match point in the fourth to take the match to a decider but always a point or two behind eventually lost to 8. Evie had no problems with the Natasha rubbers crushing her 5, 3, 3 for the Essex Team win which was just as well because Alex, after taking the first game to four against Luke, struggled for the rest of the match eventually losing -4, 4, 8, -10, 9 to give Essex a narrow 6-4 win but more importantly two points.

 The Table position was that Sussex were Champions having just beaten Middlesex 9-1, Cleveland were now second but with Sussex to play and a point behind were Essex and Middlesex, about to play one another, but with Essex having the better Sets difference. Provided Sussex beat Cleveland, who were bringing in Chloe White from their Senior team to support Karina Lefevre and improve their chances of runners up honours a draw for Essex would be good enough for the runners up position as they also had a better Sets difference than Cleveland.

 The opening match between Jared and Ryan Maynard, a player better then his ranking position would seem to indicate was a marathon, the importance of the match obvious to both teams. Jared lost the first two games 15 and 9 with chances to take both, took the next two 9 and 9 to set up a nail biting final game. Both players led at various stages but Jared got two important points from 8-8 to lead 10-8 but shots just missing the edge of the table meant a 12-10 defeat. Alex brought the scores level with a 5, 7, 9 defeat of Tyrone Wells coming back from 6-1 down in the second. Essex went 2-1 down when Ify could not overcome the defensive guiles of Sushmita Limbo but Luca squared the match score by defeating a strangely off colour Ping Ho 11, 9, 8. Evie put Essex in front for the first time with a three 8’s win over Samantha Lai but Alex had no answer to the consistent Ryan returns although he did take the third set to 3 when thes returns kept missing Alex’s end of the table. Ify then beat Samantha 3-1 and when Jared beat Ping Ho 3-0 Essex knew they were runners up as Sussex had just gone 5-3 up against Cleveland. Just to confirm the position Evie beat Sushmita 6, 9, 9  and Luca enjoyed his last ever match for the Junior First team with an exhibition 3-0 win over Tyrone.

 A great team performance for the second year running and congratulations to all the players who played on both weekends, the coaching advice between themselves and their team spirit. We wish Luca good luck in his future years in the Senior ranks.

Juniors Premier Division – Final Table
County P W D L F A PTS
Sussex 1 7 7 0 0 64 6 14
Essex 1 7 5 1 1 43 27 11
Cleveland 7 3 3 1 39 31 9
Middlesex 1 7 4 1 2 36 34 9
Yorkshire 1 7 2 2 3 29 41 6
Kent 7 1 1 5 25 45 3
Hertfordshire 7 1 0 6 25 45 2
Hampshire 7 1 0 6 19 51 2

 Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary.

County Juniors Divisions 1B and 2D 19th March 2011

Junior Secretary, Arthur Clark reports on the final matches for our second and third teams.


 The round of remaining matches was held at Cippenham on Saturday 19 March 2011. After the first round of matches held at Thornbury, Bristol on 17 October the Essex second team had one win from four matches and it appeared that one win from the days three matches would be sufficient for the team to avoid relegation. Matters were not helped when it was discovered a week beforehand that the team’s two girls were involved in the Schools Team Finals in Leicestershire and would not be available. Thus the third team girls had to move up to play for the team.

 Their first match was against bottom of the Division team Avon. Relegation fears were soon dismissed as Essex went 7-0 up with all matches won three straight courtesy of a brace apiece from Brandon Crouchman, Scott Dowsett and Jane Li and the clean sweep achieved when Emily Godfrey beat Alice Gregory 6, 9, -9, -10, 7 and Mark Smith beat Matthew Flinglestone 7, -9, 12, -7, 9

 Their next match was against a very strong Surrey 1 team. Mark Smith took Lewis Bray to five games as did Emily against Jessica Monis after being 2-1 up. Essex’s only win came from Jane Li who defeated Jessica 3-1 in the team’s 1-9 defeat.

 Essex’s last match was against the Dorset team who had just beaten Avon to ensure their survival in the Division. The opening two matches were shared, both won 8 in the deciding game, Brandon losing to Michael Robertson and Mark beating Patrick Hurley. The next four matches were all lost until Jane secured a 3-1 win over Becki Kuru. Brandon lost 8 in the fifth game again, this time to Hugo Pang, whilst Scott won the last match, another 8 in the fifth, against Patrick for a 3-7 defeat.


 With the matches scheduled for 4 December at Harlow being snowed off what was to have been the second round of matches at East Grinstead on Saturday 12 March had to be rescheduled as the first round.

 The Essex 3 team’s first match was against Buckinghamshire 2 with Owen Warren, James Denyer, Bradley Osborne, Emily Godfrey and Jane Li winning all their matches for a 10-0 win, only three matches requiring a fourth game.

 Their next match against Bucks 1 was much tougher. James and Bradley lost their opening matches, Emily came back from 2-1 down to beat Rose Luscombe and Jane beat Christina Lane 7, 9, 10. With Owen losing to Edward Mitchell 3-1 and James beating Ben Woodbridge the match score stood at 3-3. Jane then lost to Rose 3-1 and Emily beat Christina 3-1 but Owen and Bradley lost the last two matches for a 4-6 defeat.

 The last match of the day was against Middlesex 2. Owen lost to Vincent Stacey 3-1 and Bradley triumphed against Timur Hashimi -7,-9, 10, 3, 5 to share the opening matches. Jane beat the higher ranked Eda Aydin 3-1 and as Middlesex only had one girl Emily received a walkover. The 3-1 lead quickly became 3-3 with James and Bradley losing their matches both 3-1. The score became 4-4 when Emily lost 3-1 to Eda and finished 5-5 when Owen lost to Tyrone Wells and Bradley beat Timur. Significantly of the eight matches played seven were won 3-1 and the eighth 3-2 to indicate that a draw was a fair result.

 The second round of matches was played at Cippenham on Saturday 19 March. With Emily and Jane promoted to the second team to replace Ify and Ella I could only find one girl as a replacement for the third team girls. With the agreement of the opponents Emily also played for the Third team in the first and third round matches and Jane in the second round match.

 Their first match was against Surrey 2 who were to end the day in third place, equal on points with Sussex 3 but one set worse off. The team went 4-1 down with Emily gaining the only win over Natalie Wu. Both Bradley and Owen lost their matches 3-2 (Bradley at 9) with Owen sustaining a hand injury that affected him for the rest of the day. James had a marathon match against Andre Dunkley before finally winning 12, -6, 9, -10, 8 but the last four matches were lost (Owen again in five) for a 2-8 defeat.

 Sussex 2 were the next team to play and the Division leaders and eventual winners showed no mercy winning 10-0, the same scoreline as they achieved in the other two matches they played. Owen, James and Bradley all took one of their matches to a fifth game and James was actually 10-7 up  in his match against Daniel Barna before losing the last five points.

 Their last match was against Sussex 3. James, Bradley and Owen all lost their opening matches and Rebecca Denyer having her best matches of the day and just failing to win a game in either of her two matches. Emily won both her matches and James pulled off the “Houdini” of the day coming back from 10-6 down in the fifth to Mike Rutherford to win 11, -3, 12, -8, 11 A 3-7 defeat and sixth place in the table of the seven teams in the Division.