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Champions Selex look set for fifth title
4:14pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Local Sport
WITH just two weeks to go before the season ends it is virtually confirmed that Selex A will be crowned Brentwood Table Tennis League Premier Division champions for the fifth year in a row.
In their latest match, a 10-0 win over Billericay A, John Gagg, John Parodi and Dave Carter tried to inflict damage on Jon Stokes, Paul Stephens and Paul Sayer, but despite forcing four of the ties to a fifth end they were just not good enough for the top team in the League.
Brentwood A picked up an 8-2 home win over Billericay B with both Trevor Carter and Paul Cuming collecting hat-tricks and Phil Purser picking up one point. Neil Freeman and Ray Eldridge defeated Purser for the visitors’ two points.
A 7-3 home win for Billericay Sports A over Kingswood A keep last year’s runners-up in line for the honour again with Keith Adams leading the way and undefeated, Dave Calleja winning twice and Bruce Kettle once. For the visitors Kuan Lim picked up two wins, Gus Heath claimed one win and Les Tayler was on a zero.
Cranston Park collected 17 points from their last two matches. The first, an 8-2 away win at Billericay Sports B, saw Simon Hoang unbeaten and winning all in three ends, John Mansfield with two wins but beaten by Mike Johnston in the first tie and Terry Timms also with two wins, but denied his maximum by Debby Auvache.
The Park’s next match was a 9-1 home win over Writtle A. Simon Hoang was again unbeaten as was John Mansfield and third player Tony Bonnici picked up two wins, but was beaten by Matthew Brown. Dave Moles and Ian Hockley were the visitors’ remaining players.
The First Division leaders Billericay Sports C slipped up away against Mountnessing A and lost 3-7 to Steve Nicholls, Gordon Gatheral and Mick Morris. Chris Crooks won twice, Pat White picked up one win and Joe Williams was out of luck and failed to score.
The chasing team Buttsbury A were worthy 7-3 winners over Billericay D with Gary Carr leading the way and undefeated. Both Sue Hickman and Paul Sturton claimed two wins each but lost to Jon Fieldsend.
The third point for Billericay came with a win in the doubles for Fieldsend and Anthon Ranjit-Singh. Keith Cullen, the home side’s third player, was unable to score. Billericay Sports D could only pick up two points away at Brentwood B in an 8 – 2 defeat for Sports D.