Ravenscroft Senior British National League Weekend 3 Report 2016/17 Season
The Ravenscroft sponsored Guernsey Table Tennis Association teams competed in the UK this weekend for the penultimate round of matches within the Senior British National League.
This round of matches contained just 2 fixtures as opposed to the normal 4 that are contested during each of the other 3 weekends.
Ravenscroft I retained their unbeaten record in National B-3, contested at Kingfisher table tennis club in Reading and remain locked at the top with Fusion II.
Sunday morning’s action commenced with a clash against 6th placed side 23 Technology and a comfortable 7-3 win was obtained. Garry Dodd, Joshua Butler and Joshua Stacey all went through the encounter with unblemished singles records. Dodd beat Alex Rorke and Rod Mcmullan without dropping an end, Butler beat Rorke in 4 games and Stuart Williams without loss, whereas Stacey matched Dodd by going through his singles matches without losing a leg, Mcmullan and Steve Murgatroyd the defeated opposition. Butler and Stacey combined well to overcome Williams and Murgatroyd in straight games in the doubles tie. The other doubles encounter was contested by Dodd, who combined with stand in reserve Sam Clark and a 4 set loss was incurred to Rorke and Mcmullan. Clark won the opening end against Williams, but lost narrowly in 4 games.
The afternoon was a much tighter affair, however a 6-4 win was obtained over the side in 5th position, York Gardens II. Dodd and Butler were key to the outcome of the match and each went undefeated to secure 5 of the 6 required rubbers. Dodd reversed a 2-1 deficit to get the better of Joe Ratajczak in 5, but cruised past Andrew Smith in straight games. Butler also overcame Smith in straight games, but he too required 5 ends to win his other singles match, Svilen Andreev the opposition. The duo were then on hand to win a pivotal doubles clash over Ratajczak and Andreev in straight games. Stacey was the player to pick up the all-important 6th win when he overcame Benjamin Bennett in straight games.
The second team faced a huge top of the table clash with North Ayrshire II first up in National C-4, which takes place at Halton Stadium in Widnes and despite their best efforts, a narrow 6-4 defeat was incurred. A draw was obtained against the Scottish based side last time around, however once more the inclusion of the Premier Division player Chris Main, the Scottish number 7, proved absolutely pivotal in the outcome of the match. Main stepped in for Chris Barclay, the side’s number 4 and was responsible for 3 of his side’s victories last time and there was a repeat of this feat once more. He defeated Alex Robinson in straight games and Lawrence Stacey in 4 games, however Stacey tested the Scot when he held game points to open a 2-1 lead at 10-8 in the 3rd before the experienced player navigated his way through. He also competed in the doubles encounter alongside Ethan Chapman and Stacey and Ben Foss were very unfortunate not come away with the win there, losing over the full distance, having led 2-1. Foss himself put in a good performance which resulted in a 4 set singles win over Chapman and an extremely tight 5 set win over Martin Johnson in the final game of the match. Stacey beat Andrew Macpherson in 5 sets and Robinson beat Chapman in 4. Paul Hainsworth was unable to contribute to the tally in the encounter and crucially lost to Macpherson in 5 games, despite having led 2-1.
There was no signs of letting standards slip in the afternoon’s encounter with Isle of Man and a commanding 10-0 whitewash was achieved. Each of the Sarnian players overcame their Manx opposition with relative ease and the only encounter to be extended the distance was Stacey’s encounter with the explosive Sean Drewry, Stacey fighting back from 2-1 down to win in 5.
The developmental Ravenscroft III Junior side have yet to register a win this season, however they have come extremely close on numerous occasions. The same was the case during their match with Ormesby V on Sunday morning when a harsh 6-4 defeat was incurred. Matthew Casey was making his Senior British League debut and he impressed with 2 very good victories. He opened with a straight game win over Chris Rayner before earning a superb 5 set win over the vocal defender Ryan Nassau. Billy Ogier was another debutant and he too impressed by overcoming Rayner in 5 ends during the final encounter of the match. Dan Collenette picked up a win over Gary Whyman over 5 ends, however the youngsters could not find the elusive 5th or 6th wins to get a result. Collenette came the closest to achieving this alongside Ryan Bichard in the doubles match against Nassau and Lewis Cadden. The youngsters led 2-1, but just fell short in the end.
The final round of matches will take place during the weekend of 18th/19th March and both of the top 2 sides will be hoping to secure promotion.