Aylesbury and District Table Tennis League
FRANK MITCHELL TROPHY
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FINAL PLAYED ON WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL AT QUARRENDON
BETWEEN SPORTS F & RIDGEWAY A - SPORTS F + 107
Final score Sports F 336 Ridgeway A 364
Aylesbury Sports F played Ridgeway A in this year's Frank Mitchell Handicap Final recently at Quarrendon. Whilst the Sports Team had won by narrow margins in two of their encounters in the early rounds, Ridgeway A from the Premier Division had cruised through against all opponents. Kevin Doyle, Gary Keers and Mike Bellamy with assistance from Tim Wooster had defied all odds that the handicap committee had set for them and played excellent table tennis to deny their opponents.
The final against a Sports Team comprising Olu Sokoya, Ar Eatwell and Mike Atkinson was set to be more of a test for the Premier Players who had a handicap of 107 points to overcome. This would mean keeping the Division One Team under 15 points in each game. By the time Mike Atkinson came to the table to play Kevin Doyle, the Chinnor team were well on the way having reduced the deficit to 52 points after two games. Mike managed to reach the target of 16 in set 1 and then won the second set 21-12. Olu took 27 points off Mike Bellamy, a sterling performance and Ar took 28 off Kevin to keep Ridgeway at bay. But with Gary overcoming Mike the writing was on the wall and although Mike beat Mike Bellamy 42-37 in the eighth game, Ridgeway had effectively won the match and went on to extend the difference in the last game, winning by 28 points.
The standard of play was high giving Ridgeway their first win in this event. Premier Division teams rarely win when the handicaps can stifle natural attacking flair, so this year's champions, Ridgeway A, deserve high praise for their efforts. Congratulations to Gary, Kevin, Mike and Tim, but well played also to the Sports team in reaching this year's final.
Semi Finals played Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Quarrendon
Quarter Finals played w/c 20 March 2017
Round Two played w/c 20 February 2017
While last year's Frank Mitchell winners, Quarrendon A, had an easy route through to round two with a bye, their opponents from last year, Sports G, couldn't raise a team and have pulled out this year. Ridgeway A are the sole remaining Premier Division side eclipsing Risborough B by 77 points despite the handicap of 197 points. Gary Keers, Kevin Doyle and Mike Bellamy were too strong for the Division Three side. However, Risborough A overcame past winners, Sports A, using their 282 points start well together with the undoubted experience of veteran, Dave Stevens. His 21-19 loss to Nicky Hansell in the first game of the evening was enough to ensure a win by just 6 points. They will face Quarrendon A in round two.
Sports E, currently top of Division One scraped a 1 point win against Longwick B whose 171 point start was almost enough. Iain Willcocks kept them at bay in the last game. In other matches outstanding players who influenced their teams' survival into the second round were Wanda Heppeinheimer (Bishopstone E), Mark Binder (Sports H), Tim Sallis (Longwick A), Neil Turton and John Fitsell (Brill) and Amit Srivastava (Bishopstone B). Frank Beck, from Division One, outperformed his Premier Division colleagues for Tring A in the 24 point loss to Bishopstone B.
ROUND ONE to be played w/c 23 January 2017
to be played w/c 19 December 2016 and w/c 2 January 2017.
The remaining 27 Teams have byes.
QUARRENDON WIN THEIR FIRST FRANK MITCHELL see scorecard below
This year's handicap final was played at Bierton Sports Centre between last year's runners up, Quarrendon and Sports G, Division Two Champions. Quarrendon from Division Three enjoyed a start of 168 points needing to score 12 points in each leg to ensure victory. Captain Craig Saunders took on Division Two's top player, Alan Shaw in the first game taking 26 points and giving his team a strong start. Young Tom Ludlow then faced veteran Pete Edwards and played an extremely good game taking 35 points over two legs with some carefully placed hitting. Mark Pierce for Quarrendon played Andy Templeton and won both legs putting the Sports Team well behind the required rate. At this point Sports had managed to reduce the difference to 151 points. Alan Shaw restored the balance to 122 points with a strong win against Tom but then Craig upset the odds by winning the second leg against Andy. Craig's forehand was on fire in this and the final leg against Pete. With Tom winning an unexpected 27 points against Andy Quarrendon had won the match with two games still to be played. Overall the Quarrendon Team came determined to gain retribution for their loss in the final last year putting the Sports Team on the back foot in nearly all the games. Player of the night for Quarrendon was Craig with 108 points but Mark turned the tide with the win in the third game and Tom maintained the advantage with 75 points won. Alan Shaw was outstanding for Sports.
Well done to Quarrendon for their first major win to cap a very strong season long performance. Many thanks go to Bob Sargeant for providing the venue for the League with a warm welcome and an enjoyable evening.
Mark Pierce, Tom Ludlow & Craig Saunders winners of the Frank Mitchell Cup 2016
Quarrendon v Sports G
Winners Quarrendon runners up Sports G
What a night in the Frank Mitchell semi finals at Quarrendon. With a start of 199 Risborough B finished level with Sports G who, by virtue of being drawn as the away team, were judged winners. A tense final game between David Simpson and Alan Shaw saw Alan at his most tentative, winning 21-11,21-19. Very hard luck for Risborough B. Quarrendon with a start of 137 squeezed past Brill by 3 points. Mark Pierce was their strength but young Tom Ludlow earned precious points for his team against Neil Turton, John Fitsell and Pete Nicholson.
Final to be played 29 March 2016 at Bierton
How they reached the final
Sports G beat Risborough A(+129) by 53 points
Quarrendon received a bye
Sports G beat Bucks Exiles E(+107) by 37 points
Quarrendon beat two man Haddenham F(+73) by 174 points
Sports G (+39) beat Haddenham C by 58 points
Quarrendon received a walkover from Bucks Exiles D
Sports G (+77) beat Sports E by 13 points
Quarrendon (+82) beat Haddenham E by 49 points
Sports G beat Risborough B(+199) by virtue of being the away team on level scores
Quarrendon (+137) beat Brill by 3 points
Semi Finals played 23 March at Quarrendon
Outstanding Quarter Final between Sports G and Sports E to be played 21 March
Quarter Final report
Last year's finalists, Quarrendon, overcame Haddenham E to go into the semi finals with excellent performances from Craig Saunders and Mark Pierce. Tom Ludlow supported well to protect their 82 point lead. David Simpson for Risborough B outperformed David Bradbury for Bucks in the last rubber and actually won the first leg 21-11. The second leg went to David Bradbury 21-19 but the damage inflicted in the first leg was enough to give Risborough a 9 point win. Brill proceeded strongly into the semis with Neil Turton outstanding against Longwick A. The remaining fixture is to be played on 21 March.
Quarter Finals played w/c 7 March 2016
ROUND TWO PLAYED w/c 15 February 2016
Whilst last year's winners, Sports A, were eliminated from the competition by Sports H in Round One, their opponents from a year ago, Quarrendon, enjoyed a free pass when Bucks Exiles D, winners in 2013, conceded.
Three matches were won comfortably in Round Two by Sports G, Sports E and Longwick with Alan Shaw, Bradley Matthews and Tony Wheeler starring. Risborough B accounted for Premier side, Haddenham B, with a close 4 point win. The star of this match was Harry Cockton who took 22 points off Chris Hawkes. Brill, winners in 2012, stunned Division One leaders, Bierton B, with a 10 point win. John Fitsell played an outstanding match winning 84 points which included a win against Graham Butcher. Barry Green was the best player for Division Two's, Haddenham E in their 14 point defeat of Quainton B from Division One. He managed to take 34 points off Mike Aistrop including a 21-20 win in the second leg. Finally Bucks Exiles B outshone Sports H, despite Phil Blinds' efforts. He accumulated 109 points levelling his games with Amit Srivastava and Dave Bradbury, but couldn't prevent Bucks winning by 28 points. Vic Davies was the star for Bucks.
ROUND ONE played w/c 18 January 2016
The round was disappointing with the number of forfeited matches (4) and matches where two players turned up for teams (2). In other matches some teams played weaker sides and lost by virtue of a handicap based on the strongest team Haddenham A V Haddenham B, Haddenham D v Haddenham E, Longwick B v Brill. Of the remainder Sports E squeaked past Tring C where some brilliant play was seen by youngsters Dom Palmigiano, Josh Edworthy, Charlie Robinson, William Claridge-Hanson and Alfie Lyon. Bradley was also stretched by the Tring trio but Josh did enough in the final leg for Sports to prevail by 9 points. It was disappointing for Tring but a good advertisement for table tennis. Bucks A just failed to pull back 206 points at Risborough B where David Simpson took the first leg against Paul Rickard and was arguably Risborough's best player. It was not decided until the final leg, David v Stuart Brewer with David needing 5 points to win the match. This he did in the first set with the overall win coming out at 13 points. Sports G won comfortably at Bucks E (37points) and Quainton B were equally comfortable winning by 59 points against Rivets A. Two matches have been postponed due to a burst pipe at the Sports Pavilion.
Preliminary Round played w/c 14 December 2015.
The remaining 26 Teams have byes.
SPORTS A ARE JUST TOO STRONG
Bucks CC C who won this competition as Bucks CC D in 2014 finally capitulated in the semi final this year against Premier Team, Sports A despite the cushion of 250 points. Sports drew on the expertise of Danny Baxter, Mike Atkinson and Chris Haines with Danny being the key, losing only 23 points. The winning margin was 18 points. In the other semi final a real dog fight ensued between new boys, Quarrendon and their Division Three compatriots, Bucks CC F. Dave Barnacle was Bucks strongest player with Craig Saunders for Quarrendon just beating him by one point to win most points on the night. The last singles between Ray Sippitt and young Tom Ludlow started with Tom having to defend a lead of 12 points. This he did valiantly despite losing the first set 21-12. All would seem to be in Bucks favour for the second set but Tom, urged on by his team mates, fought back and even won it 21-15 to win the match for Quarrendon by 9 points.
This meant a final with the Premier Team, Sports A, who fielded the same three from the semi final. Unfortunately Quarrendon's best two, Craig Saunders and Mark Pierce were unavailable and so it was left to the youngsters, Tom, Tanmay Mahesh and Jack Bacon to use their 300 point start and try to win their first ever trophies. Needing to win 79 points they started well with Tom taking 10 points off Chris Haines. After that the Premier boys tightened up their game to such an effect that by the last singles they were only 1 point behind Quarrendon and ran away with the Title by 30 points. It was a good experience for the boys and one which they will move forward from with more confidence next season. Congratulations to Sports A who have regularly supported the handicap competition in Aylesbury.
Final played Wednesday 15 April at Quarrendon
Semi Finals played 8 April at Quarrendon
Quarter Finals to be played w/c 16 March 2015
except Risborough A v Bucks CC C will be played on 31 March 2015
Round Two details
BUCKS CC C GOING GOOD BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE PREMIER TEAMS
Champions from 2013, Bucks CC C from Division Two, beat the challenge of their B Team to move into this year's quarter final stage. Paul Brown, Martin Gillett and Rod Payne proved too solid for David Bradbury, Dave Shapter and Amit Srivastava needing only 8 of their 54 point advantage to win. Rod Payne, in particular is in good form winning 5 of his 6 legs. They will next meet Risborough A from Division Three who squeaked through by 1 point against Haddenham D, courtesy of a performance of merit from Dave Stevens. John Cripps and Simon Witney both fell to his measured and disciplined game and when he played Rodney Browne in the last game, he needed to acquire 15 points to be sure of a win for his team. A structured approach from Rodney in this game, between old foes who plied their trade in higher Divisions in the past, took the first leg 21-6, but Dave regrouped to take 9 points in the second leg.
The Premier Division has two representatives in the quarter finals, Haddenham A who beat down Sports F by 15 points and Sports A who made light of the 298 points start afforded to Risborough B to win by 36 points. However Sports B came undone by the brilliance of 13 year old, James George from Tring D who showed supreme maturity beyond his years to stave off Tim Cheek and Biao Wang and even to take a leg off Gerald Ridgway. James won 74 crucial points for his team.
Quarrendon moved through against Rivets B with young Jack Bacon providing good support to Craig Saunders and Mark Pierce. They will now meet the force that is Haddenham A. Rivets A look a solid unit after their overwhelming win against Haddenham E and will now meet Bucks CC F who cruised through at the expense of Sports I.
ROUND TWO played w/c 16 February 2015
ROUND ONE DETAILS
Past winners of the Frank Mitchell handicap trophy, Bucks CC C, have beaten off the challenge of Sports G and Haddenham C in their attempts to repeat their 2013 win. The Division Two team ran out easy winners against Sports and then, with the help of 112 points, withstood the might of Haddenham C from Division One. Rod Payne and Martin Gillett won vital games but it was Martin's accumulation of 28 points against Mark Penn in the last rubber that ensured a victorious path into Round Two.
Haddenham, meanwhile had success through their D Team beating Premier side, Longwick A by 50 points. Here Rodney Browne was in superb form winning 5 out of 6 legs. Sports D from the Premier, lost a close match with Division Three's Rivets B, for whom Pat Boswell was outstanding. By the last game he only needed to win 5 points to take victory and did it with ease against Terry Lau. Three Premier Division Teams remain in the competition including the top two, Haddenham A and Sports A, along with Sports B.
ROUND ONE played w/c 19 January 2015
The Preliminary round will be played in the week commencing 15 December 2014 the Draw is as follows
The remaining 26 teams have byes.
FINAL played at Elmhurst Community Centre on 15 April 2014
SPORTS H WIN AT THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT
Elmhurst trio, Dom Palmigiano, Josh Edworthy and Conor Brewer made a valiant effort to win the Frank Mitchell Trophy 2014 at Elmhurst Community Centre. Given a start of 162 they needed to score at least 12 points in each leg to make sure of victory. The Sports Number 1, Atif Kaudri, was the key player in this encounter. He conceded only 34 points, allowing his compatriots, Dafna Dekel and Mark Pierce, some leeway in their games. The Elmhurst boys achieved their target against Dafna and Mark with the pick of the games being Josh scoring 33 points against Mark and Dom 29 against Dafna. By contrast Conor performed best against Atif scoring 14 points and at one stage being only 7-10 down in the second set.
Elmhurst fought hard with some good attacking shots which surprised their Division Two opponents. Dafna, Mark and, in particular, Atif had a little too much strategy and gradually clawed back the deficit in each game. By the last rubber they were only 10 points behind which gave Josh a much harder task than he would have wanted against Atif. He lost the first set to 5 and then needed to beat Atif in the second set, a tall order in the end where Atif restricted him to 4 points and won the Frank Mitchell Trophy 2014 for Sports H by 23 points.
Congratulations to Sports H but commiserations to Elmhurst A.
SPORTS H JUST DO IT
Atif Kaudri led his team to this year's final with a winning last rubber against Chris Haines. Mark Pierce played well against all Sports A players and Dafna supported well with her quota of 37 points.See scorecard below
ELMHURST BOOK PLACE IN FINAL
Sports A from the Premier Division had a relatively easy passage to the semi finals when Vic Davies was injured and had to concede games. The margin of 53 points, having given Bucks CC C a 205 point start, should be viewed against this unfortunate backdrop. Sports will undoubtedly face a tougher challenge against Sports H who trounced Bucks CC B by 65 points, having conceded 43 points at the outset.
Sports F had a closer match with Tring C losing by 14 points. Tring were awarded a start of 78 points in this all Division Two encounter where the youngsters who played were key to the result. Joe Gerrans for Sports eclipsed his contemporaries, Zac Garlick and Oli Chenkin but became becalmed by the steady Roger Hopkins. Zac had the same problem with Bill McCafferty and Nobby Tennison, but Oli took 41 points off Bill and 33 off Nobby. Whilst these teams fill the middle places in Division Two, their strengths vary depending on the personnel who play week in and week out and makes the job of handicapping much more difficult. However, Tring will face a different proposition against Elmhurst A in the semi finals.
Elmhurst youngsters Ethan Luck, Dom Palmigiano and Josh Edworthy have understood the importance of making the opposition work for the points and outperformed themselves against Bucks CC E. With a start of only 72 points the Division Three Team maintained their lead throughout with Josh Edworthy their best player winning 115 points. The three of them all won legs against their opponents who are one of the top teams in their Division.
The semi finals take place in the week commencing 7 April.
Elmhurst A v Tring C venue Sports on 8 April
Sports H v Sports A venue Sports on 10 April
Round 3 played w/c 24 Feb 2014
YOU ARE REMINDED THAT PLAYERS MUST HAVE PLAYED IN THREE LEAGUE OR CUP MATCHES TO QUALIFY
ROUND 2 played w/c 20 Jan 2014
LAST YEAR'S RUNNERS UP STILL IN.
The handicappers could claim to have got it right in 3 of the round two fixtures although the teams involved might argue otherwise.
Sports D lost by 2 points to Tring C where young Zac Garlick and veteran, Roger Hopkins, were instrumental in sealing Tring's victory having the benefit of a 170 point start. Zac showed great composure to come back from 6-1 down in the second leg of the last game against David Badham to do enough to ease past the target, losing 21-11. Sports C had an even tougher task to overhaul the 193 point deficit against Bucks CC B. Having to adapt their attacking style they almost achieved the objective only losing by 3 points. This left Sports A as the sole remaining Premier team in round 3 following their 33 point defeat of last season's winners, Bucks CC D. Nick Hansell, Chris Haines and Danny Baxter hauled back the 207 point deficit with steady consistent match play which gave little away.
The Bucks and Sports Clubs both have 3 teams left in the competition. Runners up from last year, Bucks CC E, but with different personnel, beat Elmhurst B by 40 points but Simon Brocklebank beat Ray Sippitt by 6 points over 2 legs as did Tim Berendt in the last game against Tony Greenham. David Bradbury, Stuart Brewer and Vic Davies representing Bucks CC C maintained a stern defence in overcoming a 173 point advantage that was awarded to Risborough B, winning by 14 points.
Sports F used their 65 point lead wisely against Haddenham D in a match of wild fluctuation. Their steadiest player was old hand Nobby Tennison and they won by 40 points. Sports H have the talented Atif Kaudri to thank for the difference of 39 points against Risborough A. Whilst Matt Rutt and Dafna Dekel were steady, Atif recorded a 21-13,21-16 win against David Stevens (100% in Div 3) to confirm a good win for Sports.
Finally the lads at Elmhurst had a resounding success against Gordon Whitehead, Georgina Lark and Matt George (Tring B)using their 178 start well. Ethan Luck, Dom Palmigiano and Josh Edworthy won by 46 points with some solid teamwork.
ROUND ONE played w/c 16 December 2013
Sports A and Sports C are the only remaining Premier Division Teams in Round Two
The first round of The Frank Mitchell Trophy was mostly notable for 7 ties being decided regrettably by walkovers. Only two Premier teams are left in the competition, Sports A and Sports C, with Haddenham A having been knocked out in the Preliminary round in normal match combat against Bellingdon. This is a disappointing statistic for the organisers.
Sports A overcame 184 points against Sports E winning by 38 points and will visit last year's winners Bucks CC D in the second round. Bucks had to claw back a margin of 92 points against Sports I and their path was hampered by an inspired performance from Janice Carey. Jan took legs off Rod Payne and Martin Gillett and defeated Paul Brown 21-12,21-12. The Bucks lads had to pull the match back with strong wins against Frank Hardy and Derek Marlow. Rod Payne snatched the win for Bucks in the last game beating Derek 21-5,21-16 and winning the match by 6 points...phew!
Sports D had an even closer encounter, giving Quainton C 177 points. Malcolm Burr defeated Paul Unwin in the last game 21-12,21-8 to take the match by 3 points! Elsewhere there were outstanding performances from Elmhurst A and B with the lads in the A Team playing the percentages well to beat Bucks CC A by 21 points. Ethan Luck was Elmhurst's best player with 68 points. Dave Stevens was unbeaten at Haddenham E to take Risborough A through and Lee Mallick shone for Haddenham D in their 18 point win against Ridgeway B. Zac Garlick was Tring C's star at Longwick B and Simon Brocklebank had a good night for Elmhurst B to keep Haddenham F at bay by 14 points, ably supported by Sue Marchant and captain Ken Walton.
Gerry Saunders led the way for Bucks CC B against Tring A with the largest margin win of 51 points from a handicap start of 136 points. The seasoned experience that he, Ken Hill and Rob Perry possessed was more than a match for Colin Sturges, Roger Shelton and David Mosley
The Preliminary round of this year's handicap competition threw up some interesting matches, none more so than the clash of the Titans from the Premier Division. Haddenham A entertained Bellingdon who had a 55 point start. Darren Palmer, Andy Misseldine and Mark Scott won 6 of the 9 rubbers but Lee Rogerson was in scintillating form beating all three Haddenham players and doing enough for Bellingdon to win by 25 points. Elsewhere some younger players were making an impact. Anthony McCormack and Matthew George supported Gordon Whitehead for Division Two's Tring B in overcoming a 114 point deficit against Rivets C from Division Three to win by 53 points. And Joe Gerrans was the defining factor for Sports F from Division Two in their 44 point defeat of Division One's Rivets A, taking the prized scalp of Leigh Hurkett on the way. The Rivets Club saw all three teams knocked out in this preliminary round when their Division Two Team faced a handicap of 141 points against Sports I from Division Three, losing by 58 points. Derek Marlow was the star for Sports.
In other matches Longwick B eliminated their A Team by 24 points with Peter Messenger starring and Bucks CC E prevailed against Sports G with Vraj Puchooa taking the plaudits. However, Sports E hauled back 91 points at Brill B to win by 51 points, Olu Sokoya and John Willcocks showing good form. Bierton B found the handicap of 227 points, that Risborough A were awarded, too much of a struggle, losing by 94 points. Dave Stevens was the difference managing 3 wins out of 6 games and taking 36 points off Duane Brooks in the process.
Prelimininary round played w/c 28 October 2013
FINAL PLAYED 16 APRIL
BUCKS CC D TAKE TITLE
see report below (photos are in rogues gallery)
Game 1. Hartnell v Payne. Paul makes the worst possible start losing 1st leg 3 - 21. Nerves must have played an important part despite the fact that this was the 4th time he had played in ten days. Then remarkable turnaround as he WINS 2nd leg 21 - 19 !!!
Game 2. Brewer v Gillett. 1st leg 21-14 to Martin as Stuart struggles to come to terms with the pressure of the final. Again 2nd leg turnaround as Stuart starts brilliantly and in no time is ten points ahead. But he loses his way trying to kill off the game with over ambitious shots and is pipped 21 - 20
Game 3. R Brown v P Brown. Rita slow to start in family ding dong and loses 1st leg 12 - 21. Blasts Paul away in second leg 21 - 13.
After three legs most of handicap had disappeared yet if E team had played first legs as they did second legs it would have been D team who were fretting at this stage.
Next Brewer v Payne. Rod romps this 21 - 11, 21 - 15. Rod possibly too experienced for Stuart which had the effect of making Stuart rush his shots to upset his opponent.
Hartnell v P Brown. Key game. Paul Brown edges home 21 - 16, 21 - 19 the main difference being Paul's occasional attacking blockbusters.
R Brown v Gillett. Martin clear winner 21 - 10, 21 - 13. Martin was well prpared for this final, having been the bridesmaid too often in recent years and he made the pressure tell.
By now D team have edged ahead.
Brewer v P Brown. Stuart continued to try to stem the tide of the match but his finishing let him down in the 1st leg which he lost 10 - 21 but he found his form in the second winning 21 - 11.
R Brown v Payne. Even 1st leg till 16 all when Rita suddenly started missing her hits and lost 16 - 21. She continued to miss many of her best shots and eventually lost heart to lose 10 - 21 in 2nd leg.
Final game. Hartnell v Gillett. Comfortable 1st leg win for Martin 21 - 12 but uncomfortable 2nd leg as as he trailed Paul till the mid teens before upping several gears to hit his way to victory 21 - 15.
WELL DONE TO BOTH BUCKS TEAMS AND IN PARTICULAR TO MARTIN GILLETT, ROD PAYNE AND PAUL BROWN.
Semi Final Report (see scores below)
IT'S A BUCKS FINAL
This year's Frank Mitchell semi finals were a challenge for the handicappers and for the two Bucks Teams left in the competition. Bucks CC D from Division Two faced their league opponents, Sports H and Division Three Bucks CC E were pitched up against the Division's runners up, Haddenham E.
The Bucks D team were awarded a start of 33 points. Martin Gillett, Rod Payne and Paul Brown kept their heads against the experienced Nobby Tennison and the fast improving, but ailing on the night, Joe Gerrans. Peter Strong continues to improve for Sports, but Martin Gillett and his team mates possessed too much stability and consistency. Bucks won by 41 points to give Martin another chance to lift the Trophy, having previously been a runner up.
In the second semi final the handicappers provided Bucks CC E with a 45 point cushion which Haddenham E only managed to reduce after the first rubber, Colin Deaney beating Paul Hartnell by 42 points to 32. After that the match went completely in Bucks' favour with some inspired play from Stuart Brewer. He was well supported by Rita Brown and Paul overcoming Colin, Paul Furness and Tony Tobin by 134 points.
Next week's final will be all Bucks!
SEMI FINALS TO BE PLAYED AT ELMHURST COMMUNITY CENTRE
BUCKS CC E win with a flourish
BUCKS CC D win the battle of first semi final
Round Three played w/c 25/2/13 see report below
ROUND Three REPORT
TWO OUT OF THREE FOR BUCKS
Two out of the three Bucks Teams have made it through to the semi finals of The Frank Mitchell Competition. Whilst the A Team capitulated to the strength that is Nobby Tennison, Bill McCafferty and Joe Gerrans from Sports H, the D Team overcame a handicap of 110 points to outwit Bierton A and the E Team fought off the challenge of Sports A with the benefit of a 293 points advantage. Haddenham E is the fourth team to qualify having used an advantage of 177 points to succeed against Tring A by a mere 5 points.
Having a start of 94 points, Sports H profited from the parsimonious opening leg that saw Nobby Tennison beat Paul Rickard by 36 29 over two legs immediately putting the Bucks Team under considerable pressure. Whilst they tried to get the deficit reduced, each time Nobby came to the table he knocked them back again, beating David Shapter by 1 point and Steve Rycraft by 5 points. Bill McCafferty joined in the fun by beating Paul Rickard by two points. They were well supported by Joe Gerrans and Sports won by 33 points.
Bierton lost to Bucks CC D by 14 points despite Graham Butcher's best efforts in the last leg. Martin Gillett and Rod Payne both gave Mark Binder a torrid time and Bierton struggled to reduce the 110 point deficit. Maybe this is Martin's year to succeed, having been a runner up in the past.
Bucks CC E are quietly progressing following an 18 point win against Sports A. With the benefit of a 293 points start, they stuck to their task well. Stuart Brewer took 17 points off Nick Hansell and 20 points off Mike Atkinson, but Rita Brown kept a steady performance against these and Chris Haines to top the individual tally for her team with 40 points.
Paul Furness and Colin Deaney were the stalwarts for Haddenham E in their 5 point win at Tring B, but they wouldn't have done it without Tony Tobin's 35 points. Colin made life hard for Tring in the second leg when he took the first set against David Mosley 21-12. Thereafter Tring found it difficult to bring Haddenham back into striking distance. Paul totalled 83 points with Colin not far behind on 79 points.
In the semi finals, Bucks CC D will play Sports H on 2 April at Elmhurst Community Centre and Haddenham E will play Bucks CC E on 9 April also at Elmhurst. The final will take place on 16 April again at The Elmhurst Community Centre.
Round Two played w/c 21/1/13(see report below)
YOU ARE REMINDED THAT UNDER CURRENT RULES FOR THIS COMPETITION PLAYERS ARE ONLY ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT ROUNDS IF THEY HAVE PLAYED IN 3 LEAGUE MATCHES (ANY TEAM) IN THE CURRENT SEASON
BUCKS TEAMS PREVAIL
Three Bucks CC teams have made it through to round three of the Frank Mitchell Trophy. The D Team won by the slim margin of 4 points against Risborough A despite having to give them a 69 point start. Rod Payne, Paul Brown and Martin Gillett had overtaken Risborough by game 8, but Dave Stevens nearly brought his team success beating Rod 21-11,21-6 in the last rubber. The Bucks E Team had a similar situation against Brill B. This time they had been overtaken by game 7, but the margin of their22 points start was a true reflection of their league performances. Stuart Brewer faced Morris Hawes in the last game needing to claw back 12 points and managed it in style, winning 21-10,21-14 and giving Bucks E a 6 point win.
Bucks A enjoyed a start of 179 points against Premier Team, Haddenham B and this was enough to get them a 12 point win. Steve Rycraft played well and took important points off Chris Hawkes and Tony Gorman. With a lead of 24 points going into the last game, Paul Rickard kept his head for Bucks and prevented Jon Abungan from taking the match by winning 18 points in the second leg.
Joining these Bucks Teams in the next round are Bierton B, Sports H, Sports A, Tring B and Haddenham E. The outstanding individual performance in these matches belongs to Nobby Tennison who conceded only 30 points against Elmhurst and is the sole reason Sports H triumphed. Other good performances came from Colin Deaney and Paul Furness from Haddenham E, John Richardson from Tring B and Graham Butcher from Bierton B.
Round One played w/c 17 December (see report below)
RIVETS TEAMS UNLUCKY
Chris Haines, Mike Atkinson and Nick Hansell upheld the honour of the Premier Division in the first round of the Frank Mitchell competition when they managed a 39 point win against Rivets A despite the handicap of 235 points. Mike was the most effective Sports player conceding only 28 points although Steve Everest for Rivets did his best taking 40 points in the match. Haddenham B was the only other Premier Team that made it through the first round. They eliminated a much fancied Rivets B Team featuring the feared Leigh Hurkett. Haddenham had overtaken Rivets 168 point lead by the end of leg 8, just as well because Leigh managed a 36-35 win against Jon Abungan. Haddenham won by only 11 points. Elsewhere Haddenham A included Alan Cornish in their line up and couldn't prevent their C Team winning by 22 points. Haddenham E beat Risborough B by 50 points but the Haddenham D team lost to Bierton B by 33 points despite a dazzling performance from Pete Hargreaves. He was marginally outshone by Graham Butcher who amassed 118 points. Elmhurst kept their heads with a start of 290 points to beat Ridgeway A by 30 points. Well played Ethan Luck who took 49 points off the Premier boys, well supported by Dom Palmigiano and Ben Hale.
Round Two throws up some interesting matches. Sports A will face Quainton B who could include Steve Boyd in their team. Will Bucks CC C have as good a time at Tring B as they did against their B Team and what will be the outcome of Elmhurst's visit to Sports H? Brill B have to take on the mantle for their club after the A Team, last year's winners, conceded against Tring B and Haddenham C have to fight against another Haddenham Team, this time the E Team. Runners up from last year, Quainton D face stiff opposition at Bierton B and Haddenham B will want to continue their run but have to take on Bucks CC A from Division One.
Preliminary Round (See report below)
played week com October 29th
The remaining 23 teams receive byes.
LONGWICK B SET MARKER
The Preliminary round saw some unexpected results, in particular Longwick B's defeat of past champions, Bierton A, by 43 points. With the aid of a 295 start, Longwick stayed ahead of Neil Massa, Dwayne Brookes and Mick Wilkins, having won the match by the eighth leg. Well done to Peter Messenger, Rob Finch and Gene Demagalski. There was a close match between Div One rivals, Sports E with 60 points and Tring B who had wiped out the handicap by the fifth game. But Lianne Fisher, Olu Sokoya and Clive Westbury fought hard to stem the flow, all three making telling contributions in the last three rubbers. Lianne won the first leg of the last game against John Richardson 21-15 to bring her team 2 points behind, but in the last leg she could not repeat her performance losing 21-20 for Tring to go through by 3 points. David Mosley and Roger Shelton together with John will give opposition a formidable task in the rounds ahead. With two Premier teams, Haddenham A and Bellingdon, still to play, Ridgeway A and Haddenham B go through from that division, Haddenham courtesy of a walkover and Ridgeway by overcoming a 275 points handicap, beating newcomers Rivets C by 28 points. We wish Pat Boswell, Paul Entecott and Andy Corcoran better luck next time. By contrast Risborough A and last year's finalists, Quainton D from Div 3 moved through with little problem against Quainton C and Longwick A respectively. Haddenham D from Div 1 won well against Sports D with Pete Hargreaves and Mark Penn starring and Sports G go through on a walkover granted by Sports B.
Brill B +50 v Quainton C
Quainton C v Brill B
Winners Brill B by 28 points runners up Quainton C
BRILL WIN MITCHELL FINAL
Teams from the villages of Brill and Quainton both from Division Three of the Aylesbury and District Table Tennis League met each other in the final of the annual Frank Mitchell Tournament on Monday night at Elmhurst. A small handicap of 50 points was awarded to Brill in reflection of the difference in the teams' league records.
Both teams turned out their strongest players on the night with Quainton seeming to have the edge with Paul Unwin (89%), Ally Ginger (87%) and Matthew Ginger (83%), strong records from last season. Paul led the way with a strong win against Morris Hawes (70%) immediately reducing the points deficit to 35. Neil Turton (83%) completely reversed the statistics by beating Ally Ginger and extending the lead for Brill to 53 points. Matches continued as expected with Quainton gradually reducing the leeway until at game six the difference was only 20 points. Matt then played Neil in an extremely entertaining game with some strong forehand attacking shots from both players. Neil took the game by 1 point putting Brill 21 points ahead. Rennell Moore then played Ally where it was expected that Rennell's average from last season of 43% would allow Ally to reduce the gap. However, Rennell fought to keep Brill ahead of the game and lost a mere 3 points. Morris showed the same spirit in the penultimate game against Matt endeavouring to keep the ball on the table whatever the cost. Matt had the match in his hands at 9 1 in the first leg but Morris had other ideas and fought back to drop only 4 points over two legs.
The final game started with Brill 14 points ahead and featured top players Paul Unwin and Neil Turton. An interesting game of nip and tuck saw Neil manage to bring his attack into play despite Paul's attempts to push and probe thus bringing his own backhand attack to the game. Neil took both legs to claim the trophy for Brill and win the Frank Mitchell Trophy 2012.
ROUND THREE played week commencing 27 February 2012
NICELY POISED FOR SEMI FINALS
Teams from Haddenham, Brill, Tring and Quainton won their Frank Mitchell quarter final Table Tennis matches last week to give an interesting mix of teams at semi final stage.
Premier Division leaders, Haddenham A overcame a handicap of 160 points to beat their Division One opponents, Ridgeway B, by 37 points. Brian Redrup was Ridgeway's best player gathering 79 points on the night and holding Darren Palmer and Mark Scott to narrow margins. His team mates, Jan Crompton and Eric Dutton could do little to prevent Andy Misseldine and his team from running away with the result. On the other hand Brill B from Division Three overwhelmed Division One, Sports D, with their 245 point start winning by 54 points. Star for Brill was Neil Turton with a personal tally of 85 points including a 21 -17 win against Iain Willcocks.
The contest between Sports E from Div One and Div Three Quainton C was much closer with Quainton winning by 11 points after enjoying a 180 point start. The penultimate game was key to the result with Ally Ginger, for Quainton, taking 34 points off Clive Westbury, including a 21 16 win in the second leg. Sports best player on the night was Roger Mason only allowing his three opponents to take 28 points off him.
The toughest match of the lot came between Tring C from Division One and Risborough B from Division Three. Tring had to contend with a handicap of 155 points and the wiles of Dave Stevens, Wes Fraser and Barry Palmer and the result stayed in the balance until the last leg of the match. Roger Shelton, David Mosley and Gordon Whitehead maintained a vigilant approach denying Dave, in particular, from playing his usual game. In fact he managed only the one win and this was in the last leg by 21 18, but not enough to take the match. This was a close contest throughout with Tring sneaking through by 4 points.
RIDGEWAY EDGE INTO NEXT ROUND
The second round of the Frank Mitchell Trophy saw some close encounters, none more so than Division One's Ridgeway B battle against Bucks CC A from Division Two. Bucks enjoyed a 100 point start and stayed in front until the eighth game, mainly due to a sterling performance from Paul Rickard who defeated Eric Dutton 21-15, 21-19 in the seventh game. This left David Bradbury defending a 14 point lead going into the last game against Brian Redrup. Unfortunately for David, Brian proved too strong in the first leg winning 21 6, then appearing to cruise over the line giving Ridgeway a win by 4 points.
In other matches Haddenham A from the Premier Division beat Rivets B by 15 points after clawing back a 245 point handicap. Mark Bevan, Martin Taylor and Jake Davis worked hard but couldn't do enough to beat these strong favourites for the cup. Perhaps Sports D can prove the exception having beaten off the challenge of Tring E for whom James Darraugh and Will Shackleton showed some good form and also inexperience to remain firm in handicap encounters. Sports won by 15 points having pulled back a 190 point handicap.
Sports E will have a say in matters following their win at Bucks CC D, despite Gerry Saunders win in two legs against Tim Sallis. In the first leg Gerry was 12 18 down but won the next 9 points. Roger Mason and Nick Cresswell looked formidable opposition and wound in the 135 points handicap winning by 16 points.
Brill B ended Elmhurst's cup run winning by 16 points despite Joe Gerrans' best efforts. Neil Turton was Brill's star and with Maurice Hawes' support they proved just too strong.
In the local derby matches Quainton C overwhelmed their Division One B Team by the eighth game with Paul Unwin winning comfortably against Neil Mack. Risborough B beat their A Team by 44 points where David Stevens was their star and Tring C trounced their A Team by 62 points. David Mosley beat Colin Sturges and Gordon Whitehead kept level with Bill Higgins who also lost a leg to Roger Shelton.
played week commencing 23 Jan 2012
****Quainton C won after 8 legs
HADDENHAM A & TRING A OVERCOME HANDICAPS
Haddenham A and Tring A were the only two Premier Division teams to savour success in the first round of The Frank Mitchell Handicap competition. Haddenham did not crack under the strain of giving Bucks CC F a 300 point start, winning by 17 points, despite the best efforts of Stuart Brewer, Pete Eggleton and Robin Vizard. Tring A defended a handicap of 160 points against Bucks CC C winning by 48 points much to the chagrin of Martin Gillett, a finalist in previous years with this team.
The closest match in this round was between Sports D and Haddenham E where Lianne Fisher could not prevent Mum, Joan, from taking 20 points off her. Haddenham started with 250 points and progressed nicely, Tony Tobin providing acrobatics to help fight for every point. Luckily he came away unscathed much to everyone's relief leaving Joan needing just 22 points from the last game against Paul O'Connell. Paul negotiated a strategy foreign to his nature because in the second leg he was 4-1 down after Joan's serves. He decided on a steady game with occasional hitting to restrict her to 9 points in that leg thus winning the match for Sports by 5 points.
Elsewhere there were successes for most clubs with special mention for Jake Davis of Rivets B who fended off Haddenham B and Joe Gerrans of Elmhurst who had a strong win against Bucks CC B. Fine performances from Rose Luscombe and Dad, Mark, could not dent the start of 175 points enjoyed by Quainton C. Paul Unwin starred for Quainton with good support from Ally Ginger. Risborough B won the confrontation with their C Team and now have to face their A Team in the next round. David Stevens, Wes Fraser and Barry Palmer were too strong for Barbara Willcocks, Harry Cockton and John Hayward winning by 12 points having conceded 70 at the start. There are two other derby matches in round two, Quainton C will play their B Team and Tring C will face their A Team.
played week commencing 12 December 2011.
played week commencing 31 October 2011
SPORTS KNOCK OUT CHAMPS
Bucks CC E, last season's winners of Aylesbury's Table Tennis team handicap competition, were eliminated in this season's preliminary round. Sports G from Division Three were granted a lead of 100 points which proved too difficult for the Bucks Team. They have up and coming youngster, Matt Bradbury, in their ranks who teamed up with veterans, Tony Greenham and Vic Davies but lost by 24 points to Derek Marlow, Phil Blind and Frank Hardy. The Sports team will face Bucks CC A in the first round.
Sports are also represented in the first round by their F Team who beat Bierton B by 40 points. John Willcocks competed well for them against all his opponents and took legs off Graham Butcher, Mark Binder and Jock Campbell (see below). Sports will visit Ridgeway B in the next round. Also in the pack of qualifiers are Sports E who, with a start of 90 points, saw off the challenge of Sports C. Nick Cresswell and Clive Westbury showed tenacity and determination to succeed.
The difference of 140 points between Haddenham C from Division One and Rivets A from Division Two fired up the Rivets trio of Alan Harling, Steve Everest and Keith Creser who never looked likely to lose. They remained 68 points ahead at the end despite the best efforts from Cynthia Kunschke, Lee Mallick and James Mott. Rivets will now relish meeting Sports E in the first round.
Ridgeway A's match with Bucks CC F is to be played on 11 November and Sports B conceded their match with Quainton C.