Essex Senior Teams results

Senior Match Secretary John Andrews reports on the Senior Premier team and the 2nd team in Division 2C

15th/16th October 2011 Senior Premier Cippenham

Team: Martin Kubrt, Euan Liddle, Clive Carthy, Sarra Wang, Lucy Wang.

The first weekend of the Premier County competition comprises 3 matches leaving the second weekend where four matches are to be played becoming the deciding event.

Essex opened their campaign against Berkshire, one of the teams against whom a win is crucial to our target of remaining in the Premier division. Essex made a solid start with Martin Kubrt beating Dave Barr in five close ends, Euan Liddle matching that performance against Liam McTiernan and Lucy Wang disposing of Megan Knowles. As expected England no. 23 Tom Maynard got the better of Clive Carthy but Sarra Wang maintained the three point lead with straight sets win against Maria Tsaptsinos. The battle of defenders Dave Barr and Euan Liddle saw the Berkshire man edge it in 4 games, 13-15, 16-14, 11-4, 11-9. Lucy Wang followed this with a crucial 5 set win against Maria Tsaptsinos. This put the score to 5-2 in favour of Essex. Tom Maynard duly despatched Martin Kubrt in three but not without Martin putting up spirited resistance in the second and third games, only going down 13-11, 12-10. The ladies had been in good form for Essex in this match and Sarra Wang duly sealed the win with an 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 result against Megan Knowles. Liam McTiernan kept the final result tight at 6-4 to Essex with a four set win against Clive Carthy.

Next opponents for Essex were Derbyshire who made it two wins out of two by beating Essex 6-4 whilst Middlesex were held to a draw by Avon. Shaun Marples had a much better game against Essex and he beat both Clive Carthy (3-2) and Martin Kubrt (3-1). The ladies matches were shared. England no. 26 Sarra Wang was well-beaten 3-0 by Abbie Milwain but she hit back in her second singles defeating Emma Vickers (Emma’s only defeat of the weekend) after a five game thriller (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11). Lucy Wang did well to beat Abbie Milwain but she in turn lost to Emma as the ladies games played a very prominent role in this match. Sam Perry who had beaten Martin Kubrt in five ends sealed the Derbyshire victory by getting the better of Euan Liddle 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 to secure his side’s victory, 6-4.

Essex were disappointed to have lost 8-2 to Sussex. Six successive games were decided in the fifth end and Sussex came out on top of these 4-2. England no. five Veteran Ritchie Venner was involved in two of these battles and he came out on top both times. He beat Clive Carthy 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9 and he fought back after losing two close opening games to get the better of Martin Kubrt 13-15, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9. Sarra Wang pulled through in the fifth end against Rose Rainton but despite leading 2-0 she couldn’t hold off Yolanda King. Yolanda came out on top 5-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8. It was a good match for Nigel Eckersley and the Sussex Over 50 Veteran beat both Euan Liddle (3-0) and Clive Carthy (3-1) whilst Euan Liddle made his mark. He scored a fine five game victory over Da Shuai Zhang.

We achieved the following results:-

Berkshire             -              6-4
Derbyshire          -              4-6
Sussex                  -              8-2

 County Premier Championship Table 2011/12
 County P W D L F A Sets for Set Agn’st PTS
Middlesex 1 3 2 1 0 21 9     5
Derbyshire 3 2 1 0 17 13     5
Sussex 1 3 2 0 1 19 11     4
Berkshire 1 3 1 1 1 18 12     3
Essex 1 3 1 0 2 12 18 53 71 2
Nottinghamshire 3 1 0 2 12 18 45 69 2
Cornwall 1 3 1 0 2 9 21     2
Avon 3 0 1 2 12 18     1


12th/13th November Essex 2nd Team Division 2C at BATTS, Harlow.

Team: Matt Spero, Steve Joslin, Antony Greenwood (Saturday), Tony Halling (Sunday), Barbara Izyk, Vicki Stredder.

Six teams in this division so all matches were able to be played over one weekend. Thanks to Paul Collier for arranging the weekend, Neil Brierley who assisted with team arrangements and Sharon Head for the catering at BATTS.

Essex were looking to move back to division one at the first attempt although Norfolk looked a very different team from last year with the addition of Neil Charles transferring from Middlesex (England no. 30), Kelly Skeggs transferring from Essex linking up with Lauren Spink (England no. 5) and would no doubt be a main challenger.

Essex played Cambridgeshire in their first match with Steve Joslin and Barbara Izyk keeping a clean sheet with one win each from Matt Spero, Antony Greenwood and Vicki Stredder. Antony and Vicki coming through close five setters to secure their wins. Norfolk were next up and were without Neil Charles and Kelly Skeggs because of work commitments. However Lauren Spink was available and duly delivered two wins. Steve Joslin maintained his winning streak with two wins against Tony Zeqiri and A. Hawes respectively. Barbara and Vicki recording one win each against J. Kelly to produce a final score of 6-4 in Norfolk’s favour. Final match of Saturday was against Cambridgeshire 2 and a convincing 8-2 result obtained with Antony Greenwood, Matt Spero and Barbara Izyk remaining unbeaten.

There were just two matches to play on the Sunday with Tony Halling replacing Antony Greenwood in the team. At the start of the day Essex were in second place on sets difference but no doubt reflecting on the close match with Norfolk which would potentially be key to their final position in the division.  First up were Suffolk 2. 8-2 was the final result with Matt, Tony, Steve and Barbara all remaining unbeaten. Vicki had a titanic 5 set battle with Sonja Talbot 11-2, 8-11, 11-8. 10-12, 11-13. There was also defence against attack with Matt Spero just edging out Richard Hutchinson in a very entertaining match, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2, 10-12, 11-8.

The final match against Oxfordshire was a must win match if Essex were to stand a chance of overhauling Norfolk who now topped the table. But, it would always going to be a tall order with Norfolk 2-0 before the start of their match against Cambridgeshire 1, who were a lady short. The match against Oxfordshire was nip and tuck all the way with no side gaining a significant advantage although Essex were always fighting from behind. The second match saw Steve Joslin lose a close 5 setter to Pavel Jaskolski 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 9-11 which gave the edge to Oxfordshire side. Barbara once again delivered two wins but it was Jaskolski who provided the close 6-4 win for Oxfordshire with a four set win against Tony Halling, 3-11, 11-8, 10-12, 4-11. Norfolk emerged as champions and congratulations to them on their success.

A final table will be published on the ETTA web site shortly.

 John Andrews
Essex Senior Match Secretary
15th November 2011

November Table Tennis Action – in Essex and nearby!!!

Hannah Hicks selected for Senior Six Nations at Basildon

Senior Six Nations – 11th – 13th November – Basildon Sporting Village, Basildon               -              FREE ENTRY

English Cadet and Junior National Championships – 19th – 20th November – Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield          -                FREE ENTRY

ITTF Pro Tour – 24th – 27th November – Excel Centre, London

There is a very full calendar if you looking to watch some live Table Tennis in November. It all kicks off on the 11th/12th/13th November at Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3GR. The event starts on Friday evening, 6pm – 9pm, then Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am – 4pm. All the teams have been announced with the exception of Isle of Man.

The players selected for England are:-

Men: Darius Knight and Chris Doran
Women: Hannah Hicks and Emily Bates
Coaches: Jia Yi Liu and Alan Cooke

See a full preview here.

The following weekend it’s the turn of our younger players with the English Cadet and Junior National Championships taking place in Hatfield at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU. It is a full two days of play on the 19th and 20th November with many up and coming cadets and juniors from the East Region taking part. Once again free entry to this event so please come along enjoy some great table tennis and support our local players.

THIS, is the big one. The ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals.

Watch the world’s top table tennis players in the London 2012 venue of ExCeL, from Thursday 24th until Sunday 27th November 2011. Run as a test event prior to next year’s Olympics, the players will be competing for the largest ever prize fund pot in English table tennis history, $325,000.

The English Table Tennis Association is managing the event on behalf of the ITTF.

Running alongside the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals will also be a Team GB v World All Stars match for both the men and women, to help mirror the set up of next year’s Olympics.

 Men Women
Paul Drinkhall Joanna Parker
Andrew Baggaley Kelly Sibley
Liam Pitchford Liu Na

Riding on a crest of a wave, Kelly Sibley and Joanna Parker were part of the undefeated European Championships team which gained promotion to the top division. Liam Pitchford will also be hoping to continue his run of form after outstanding wins against the World number 9 and 20 in the championships.

Be sure not to miss out on your chance to watch World and Olympic champions competing in London prior to London 2012.

Schedule & Ticket Prices
Day Adult Concession
Thursday £15 £10
Friday £20
£12 after 17:00
Saturday £25 £20
Sunday £25 £20
Thursday & Friday £25 £20
Saturday & Sunday £40 £30
All four days £55 £40

View the schedule for a full order of play.

Find out more about the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals at


Essex Junior Secretary reports on the Junior assessment trials held recently

The Essex Junior Assessment Trials were held at BATTS, Harlow on the weekend of 01/02 October. All the Girls events were played on the Sunday, but with no girls entering the Under 11 event there was obviously no event. In the Under 11 Boys event there were only three entries and one withdrew on the day so they ended up playing one another in the Under 13 and Under 11 events, each winning once. There were ten tables in play on both days.

The Saturday was devoted to the Under 18 Boys event and the results would form the basis of selection for Essex’s two junior teams, one less than last year. With 46 entries, 4 more than last year, the players were divided in to six groups of six players and two groups of five players based roughly on national rankings. With the top ranked Alex Holland withdrawing with a broken toe just a few days before event, second ranked Scott Dowsett attending a work induction day, another entrant also injured, four others not turning up on the day and one entry accepted on the day we then had eight groups of five players. This meant we finished two hours ahead of schedule. The next two players in the ETTA Ranking Order were moved up before matches started to fill the vacant seed spaces left by Alex and Scott and three other players moved to create the five equal Groups.

In the first round of matches all the Group seeds came top of their Group. Closest match was that between Aaron Crisp (Southend) and Elliott Attrill (Clacton) where Elliott came back from 2-1 down to win 12-10, 15-13 and take third place in the Group. In second round of matches every one of the eight players in the Group winners Group lost at least two matches giving a headache for sorting out the Essex rankings where National rankings also have to be taken in to account. There were three equal firsts, two equal fourths and two equal sixths and an odd point here and there in deuce games could have made a considerable difference to the Group finishing order. On count back of the three equal firsts James Denyer (Clacton) was first, Robert Shrimpton (Chelmsford) second and Charlie Bates (Southend) third.

Sunday saw the remaining events. There was more interest than in past years in the Under 15 Boys event as Essex had entered a cadet team in the County Championships this season. Ryan Williams and Ben Holland withdrew some three or four weeks beforehand, Ryan to take part in the Milton Keynes Two Star Tournament which he won. This left the top seed as Charlie Williams but he did not turn up on the day and I later found out this was because he had no transport. From three Groups of six and two of five in the first round we ended up with four Groups of five and one of four. The only Group seed not to win his Group was Navdeep Panesar (Mossford) beaten 11-8 in the fifth game by Neil Mendoza (Eastbury). In the second round matches Kleber Silva (Eastbury) won his four matches comfortably to head the Group with Livingstone Nadarajah (also Eastbury) second and Samuel Lowman (BATTS) third, Samuel missing out on second place by losing the fifth game to Livingstone 15-13 in the closest match of the event.

In the Under 13 Boys event, the first event of the day, there were originally three Groups of four players but two players withdrew. The three Group winners, Sidney Dorn (Southend), James Knudsen (BATTS) and Ryan Gooday (Chelmsford) won easily but it was much closer in the second round between the three. Had Ryan have been able to clinch one of the match points he held when losing the fourth game of his match with Sidney 18-16 there would have been a three way tie.

In the Under 11 Boys event Rahul Jindal (Mossford) beat Sam Fullick (Southend) 11-8 in the fifth game having earlier in the day lost to Sam 3-0 in the Under 13 event.

There were good entries in the Girls events, 5 in the Under 13’s and 9 in the Under 15’s and Under 18’s. With all events to be played as round robins Jane Li (Colchester), who entered all three events, would have had to play 20 matches in the day. I considered this too many for any player and thus restricted the girls to only playing one another once during the day with the result of any match between the two players in the first event of the day counting as the result in later events where the two players were again due to meet.

The first girls event of the day was the Under 15’s and with Sarah Austin withdrawing injured and Lucy Burton withdrawing two days beforehand the Group was reduced to seven players. Stephanie Cross (BATTS), seeded 3, saved a match point against her in the fourth game of the match against Shannon Conway (Eastbury) before winning the deciding game and thereafter won her remaining matches 3-0 to top the Group. Top seed Jane Li also lost to Lara Esquivel (BATTS) in five and this result gave three equal runners up with Cheridan Thompson (Mossford) who had only lost to Jane as well as Stephanie.

In the Under 13 Girls event Stephanie and Jane only had to play Zoe Davies and Rebecca Parker (both Southend) and won all four matches 3-0. Thus the Under 15 match between them was the match that determined the top two positions.

The Under 18 Girls event also ended up as a Group of seven. Emily Godfrey (Southend) came back from 2-1 down to defeat Jane and head the Group, having won all her other matches. Lara Esquivel only lost to Emily and therefore finished runner up in the Group by virtue of her earlier win over Jane in the Under 15 event but had had to come back from 2-1 down in a fluctuating match to defeat Shannon Rolfe (Southend).

In the issued Essex Junior Ranking List those players who did not turn up on the day and did not subsequently give a valid reason have not been ranked. Those players who were off injured or who gave an acceptable valid reason for absence were considered for ranking and ranked as appropriate.

Essex Junior Ranking Trials – October 2011

Essex Junior Secretary Arthur Clark provides the results from Ranking Trials held over the weekend of 1st/2nd October. The following lists player groups for the weekend events showing the position that players finished in each Group.   DNA means that the player did not attend on the day.

 Note also that these lists are NOT the Essex Junior Ranking List for 2011/2012 which will be issued in due course by the Essex Junior sub-Committee.

Saturday Boys Group results

Sunday Boys Group results

Sunday Girls Group results

Vets Division Two Inter-League Tables 2010-11 Season

Final tables to 11th May 2011 are shown below. Divisional Administrator Colin Sherrin reports a tense final match between Burnham B and Braintree A. Both teams unbeaten with Burham holding a 3 point cushion, however holding their nerve Braintree came out victors and division 2 champions thanks to a 7-2 win. 

Vets Division 2
Team Played Won Lost Games For Games Against Points
Braintree A 5 5 0 34 11 34
Burnham B 5 4 1 32 13 32
Braintree B 5 2 3 22 23 22
Brentwood A 5 3 2 19 26 19
Chelmsford A 5 1 4 16 29 16
Clacton A 5 0 5 12 33 12
Rnd 1 Burn B 7 v Clac 2, Brain A 8 v Brain B 1, Brent 5 v Chelms 4
Rnd 2 Brain B 4 v Brent 5,  Clact 3 v Brain A 6, Chelms 1 v Burn B 8
Rnd 3 Burn B 7 v Brain B 2, Brent 3 v Brain A 6, Clac v Chelms W/O to Chelms 9-0
Rnd 4 Brent 5 v Clact 4, Brain B 9 v Chelms 0, Brain A 7 v Burn 2
Rnd 5 Clact 3 v Brain B 6, Chelms 2 v Brain A 7, Burn B 8 v Brent 1

Tables to 10th May 2011 are shown below, one match remains outstanding to be played, as listed below.

Vets Division 2
Team Played Won Lost Games For Games Against Points
Burnham B 4 4 0 30 6 30
Braintree A 4 4 0 27 9 27
Braintree B 5 2 3 22 23 22
Brentwood A 5 3 2 19 26 19
Chelmsford A 5 1 4 16 29 16
Clacton A 5 0 5 12 33 12
Rnd 1 Burn B 7 v Clac 2, Brain A 8 v Brain B 1, Brent 5 v Chelms 4
Rnd 2 Brain B 4 v Brent 5,  Clact 3 v Brain A 6, Chelms 1 v Burn B 8
Rnd 3 Burn B 7 v Brain B 2, Brent 3 v Brain A 6, Clac v Chelms W/O to Chelms 9-0
Rnd 4 Brent 5 v Clact 4, Brain B 9 v Chelms 0
Rnd 5 Clact 3 v Brain B 6, Chelms 2 v Brain A 7, Burn B 8 v Brent 1
Outstanding Match