Senior British League Update

Sorry for failing to keep you up to date with Bournemouth Sports progress in the Senior British League Division 1 South. Since our last report the team has completed a weekend and one day of matches.

The weekend of matches was on December 14th and 15th of 2013. The team consisted of Steve Foster, Nathan Bingham, Hugo Pang, (played the Sunday), Chloe Thomas and Finn Morgan-Bayliss, (Played the Saturday). On the Saturday the team won both matches, 5-3 vs Fusion II and 6-2 vs Crusaders TTC. Against Fusion II, Nathan was man of the match winning his two games including beating the, much higher ranked, Tom Cutler in 3 straight sets. While Finn proved effective, winning the deciding game vs Emma Tovey 3-1 to win the match for the team.
The match vs Crusaders TTC proved easier for the team with only Finn suffering defeats, losing both in 4 sets.

The Sunday was more difficult for Bournemouth Sports with draws against Cippenham I and York Gardens I. Finn rested, for the day, and Hugo travelled up to play. Both matches could easily have gone Bournemouth Sports way with Nathan losing 11-8 in the 5th vs Mark Scutts and Hugo losing 11-6 in the 5th vs Owe Karlsson against Cippenham I, and Chloe losing 11-7 in the 5th vs Andrew Smith against York Gardens I. Over the weekend Chloe was the anchor for the team winning all her games until the final match losing her 2 games against York Gardens I. Steve did well to win 50% of his matches over the weekend being the first time he has ever played in the number 1 position.

For the single day of play on the 19th of January Bournemouth faced two potentially game changing matches. The first match would be played against league leaders Kingfisher and the second against a strong Greenhouse Progress II side. With Bournemouth Sports looking over their shoulders at Cippenham and Greenhouse II in 3rd and 4th it was important to record valuable points.

Kingfisher ran out 5-3 winners’ last time the sides met, in a match that might have gone the other way and, yet again, they maintained the best composure when matches got close. Kingfisher raced to an early 3-0 lead with close fought games all going their way. Chloe steadied the ship with a superbly controlled performance against looper Federico Viterbo to win 3-1. However, Marcus Giles once again maintained composure when being tested by Stephen throughout a five setter. Hugo then won an extraordinary game with Daniel Moses, battling back to save many match points against his unpredictable opponent. However, not for the want of trying, Bournemouth Sports ended up losing the match 6-2 after a solid performance by Federico and inspired table tennis by Daniel Kolesnik saw off Nathan and Chloe’s efforts.

As a result of the morning matches, the final match of the day proved to be of even greater importance in the race for the coveted play off places. Greenhouse II, Bournemouth’s next opponents, headed into the game in good form having just recorded a 5-3 win over Cippenham, promising to offer a stern test of Bournemouth’s resolve. This proved to be the case and they quickly became 2-1 leaders. Nathan started well beating Joseph Langham-ferreira in 3 sets but Chris Lewis and Sherwin Remata beat Stephen and Chloe in 5 sets respectively. Hugo and Stephen then rose to the occasion to restore a 3-2 lead, winning 3-0 and 3-2 over Curtis Walsh and Joseph. A close game with Sherwin meant Nathan secured at least a point, setting up a good chance of victory too. However, Greenhouse’s strength in depth meant that this would be no formality. Hugo Pang secured the victory with a sublime 5th set against his much higher ranked opponent, Chris. Hats off to Hugo who played with maturity beyond his years. He struck a fantastic balance of spin and power to dominate over Chris in the final end, demonstrating just how much potential he has. Chloe could round off proceedings without stressing about the final match result and this showed as she dispatched of Curtis in 4 sets.

Bournemouth Sports currently lie in second place four points behind Kingfisher and four ahead of Cippenham and Greenhouse. Now they must maintain concentration going into their final weekend of matches knowing that they can secure a play-off place before they face Cippenham in the final fixture.

For more details on the team’s progress visit the following web addresses:

League table –
https://www.tabletennis365.com/britishleague/Tables/Seniors_2013-14/Divi...

Team results – https://www.tabletennis365.com/britishleague/Results/Team/Statistics/Sen...

Player averages –
https://www.tabletennis365.com/britishleague/IndividualAverages/Seniors_...