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Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199


23 Nov 2009

The second weekend of British League Premier Division action takes place at the BATTS Team Peniel Table Tennis Club, The Norman Booth Centre, Eldersfield, Mullbery Green, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0EY next weekend (Saturday/Sunday 28/29 November 2009) commencing at 11.00 am on the Saturday and at 10.00 am on the
Sunday. Admission is free and you can expect to see some eagerly contested play.

Leaders and reigning Champions Drumchapel Glasgow I who totally dominated the first weekend’s play are certainly the team to beat and it is difficult to see their all-star team of Welsh no. two Ryan Jenkins, Scottish no. two - newcomer Qian Hai Song, England no. ten Terry Young and Welsh no. three Stephen Jenkins failing to dominate again. Their Saturday morning game against Westfield I and their Sunday morning game against BATTS Team Peniel are two to watch out for.

Surprise package Westfield I who are second with seven points hope that they can field the same four players as last weekend. England no. seven Damien Nicholls, Niall Cameron and Richard Andrews all won five singles out of eight
last time, whilst England no. 21 Shaun Marples won four of his eight singles.

BATTS Team Peniel I will be hopeful that they can improve on their third place and the selection of England no. one Cadet Zac Zilesnick represents an investment in the future. The silky smooth all-action top-spinner is always
exciting to watch, and he should relish the opportunity to play at this level. Zac will be joined by four very experienced hands - Wang Zheng, John Holland, Ritchie Venner and Clive Carthy. Ritchie will presumably hope that he won’t have to extend too much time discussing his recent impressive showing on BBC’s “Mastermind”.

The glory days of DHS Greenhouse Progress are almost definitely behind them, if only temporarily but they still have a talented team at their disposal. Led by England no. seventeen Garth Kinlocke with backing from Irish international
Jason Sugrue and Da Qing Tong as well as up-and-coming England no. twelve Junior Daniel Basterfield (a real TTK success story) they will hope to improve on their fourth place. They will certainly be keen to win both of their Sunday
matches, against lower placed teams Sycamore and Derwent.

Sycamore however, have a trump card up their sleeve ( a real “Ace of Hearts” ) in  the flamboyant and entertaining Scottish no. one Gavin Rumgay and if he can win his eight games you expect them to do well. His team-mates - Kevin Dolder,  Sam Perry, Jason Ramage,  Danny Lowe and Sean Cullen are an exciting blend of experience and youthful promise and you can certainly expect England no. five Junior Danny Lowe and England no. seven Junior Sean Cullen to feature strongly. Both Cullen (ranked no. 71 nationally as a Senior) and Lowe (ranked no. 73) are seemingly well under-rated and they will look as this weekend as a chance to address this matter. 

Ormesby I will be looking to do better than last time.  Led by England no. eight  David Meads with backing  from England no. 13  Michael Marsden, Welsh no. five  Patrick Thomas, England no. 39 Nigel Eckersley and England no. 58 Andy Wilson they will be helpful of doing well against Derwent, BATTS Team Peniel and Ellenborough. However, they will be without their best player from the first weekend of matches - Justin Ma.

Ellenborough, who finished a superb second last year are a little  off the pace this time. They hope to field a team with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel to it - new England no. one Veteran - Lorestas Trumpauskas, John Nilsson, Thomas Bennborn and Abdul Wuraola. Expect ace Swedish defender Bennborn and England no. two Veteran Wuraola to score well in the numbers three and four positions.

Promoted Derwent have it all to do if they are to avoid relegation. Taking the opportunity to field an all-local team rather than reinforce by bringing in a top-class no. one is certainly commendable, although it is doubtful that their side of Simon Noutch, Matthew Dodds, Stephen Horsfield and Richard Smith will be able to stave off relegation. No doubt they will be out to prove me wrong !Their Sunday morning clash with Ellenborough will certainly be a “six-pointer”.

Steve Kerns
British League Press Officer