Dave Kimberley's treble helps KG B to victory over Aldworth in table tennis league (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Dave Kimberley's treble helps KG B to victory over Aldworth in table tennis league
12:00pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
KG B CAPTAIN Dave Kimberley stole the show against Aldworth A in Division One of the Basingstoke and District Table Tennis League, securing his first treble of the season as his team won 7-3.
Kimberley made a last-gasp escape from the jaws of defeat against Jared Binner, coming back from 2-0 down to win 8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.
Teammate John Ahlan managed a double including a three game win over Matthew Wilson, where Wilson committed the inexcusable crime of losing a game without scoring a point.
A match-winning performance from Peter Howell secured a narrow 6-4 win for St Peters B against Queens B. Howell took his treble by beating ex-teammate Paritosh Singh (11-9, 11-8, 17-15) and Queens B captain Peter Martin in five games in the last match of the evening.
The match also included a surprise win from Bob Walker (Queens B) who upset the odds against Richard Mole in five close games. The good form shown by Howell has lead to him recording seven points from his last three fixtures and leaves him as the player to beat.
Reigning Closed Doubles Champions Tony Palaczky and Marcel Ludwig were simply unstoppable, with the pair each taking a treble in Queens A’s 9-1 win against Queens C (Z).
Louis Webb also added two wins of his own including a win against Bill Stamatiou with not one of the four games being won by a margin of more than two points (13-11 9-11 12-10 15-13).
Callum Coombs won the only point for the C team with a three game win against Webb but also noted: “We were taught a lesson in the doubles by the Closed Doubles Champions. We had hoped to trouble them with our quick movement and understanding but they more than matched us.”
Division Two saw Queens D wrap up a convincing 8-2 victory over strugglers Basingstoke Hindu Society.
Colin Chapman (Queens D) didn’t drop a game on way to a routine maximum alongside Mike Chamberlain, but he had to work to hold off Prashanth Deverajappa 11-8 in the final game to take his three wins. However, BHS were deservedly rewarded for their efforts with Deverajappa and Sirish Modi each taking a win.
It was Modi and Mark Hammond that contested the most gripping contest of the night, with Modi edging the tie 15-13 in the fifth game.
The win propels Queens D above Oakley A, who are also competing for third place behind runaways Aldworth B and Queens F.
The run-in towards to end of the season will prove crucial, especially when the two teams clash in three weeks’ time.
Queens G will be pleased with their result after a fine win 7-3 win over St Peters C. A straight sets win over St Peters’ Richard Faulkner was the highlight of Robin Burns’ treble.
It really was a team effort from the home side as Tommy Wan and John Upham also added two wins – both having four set wins over Alan Lipscombe. Faulkner recovered from his earlier loss to take two of the visitors’ three points, also taking the game of the night 11-7 in the final game against Wan.
In Division Three’s bottom-of-the-table meeting, Queens H came out 7-3 winners over their sister I side.
Alan Fletcher scored the only treble of the evening and was pushed closest by Queens I’s George Hellens, who took the first two games 11-6 but ultimately turned the match’s momentum in his favour with a 14-12 win in the third game.
There was also a third appearance of the season for young Joe Okunseri. He has yet to win a match but will hope to improve under the experienced joint tutelage of experts George Hellens and Terry White.
The match between Aldworth D and AWE B started ominously for AWE as William Phoon took a devilish 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 win over Bob Scotford. However, AWE were not intimidated as both John McLarty and and Ken Wyld vanquished Phoon.
Despite the defeats, Phoon exceeded expectations by taking a game from McLarty, becoming only the fifth player to do so this season.