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It is with much sadness that it has been reported to me that our former President, Doug Ayres, passed away on the evening of Wednesday 21st June 2017. Doug retired in 2010 after spanning 29 years as President of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League and 60 years as a member of the Management Committee. Our sincere condolences to his wife Joyce, family and friends. The funeral service will be held at Bedford Crematorium on Friday 14th July at 1.45pm. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, may be made to Dementia UK
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League Annual General Meeting will take place at Elstow TTC, 192 Wilstead Road, Elstow MK42 9YD on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 8.00 pm. Please note that any nominations for Officers, Management Committee and the Hon. Auditor, which must come from a registered player or member, can be made either in writing to the Honorary General Secretary prior to, or verbally at, the Annual General Meeting. Any proposal for alterations to the League rules must be sent to me at least 21 days before the date of the AGM. At the end of the evening the League trophies will be presented. A few weeks before the meeting, any League rule propositions and a copy of last year’s Minutes will be circulated for review.
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(L. to R. Joe Peckham, Harrison Emery, Alex Gubler) (L. to R. Chris Hart, John Le Warne, Steve King)

The Smith Cup and Plate Finals took place at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. The Smith Cup was won for the first time by the fast improving young Revolution E team who defeated Southill C by 75 points. 16 year old Joe Peckham, for Revolution, caused the most damage and got the team off to a good start beating John Le Warne 7, 4, 1 and 9. Southill C were giving away 42 points to Revolution so needed a good result from their second match between the experienced Chris Hart and Revolution's 11 year old Harrison Emery. However, Emery was to show an increasing maturity as he won 6, 10, -8 and 7 to increase Revolution's lead. Steve King, for Southill, managed to win back 12 points against Revolution's Alex Gubler winning 6, -9, 3 and 10 but the damage had been done and by the eighth game the Smith Cup was secured for Revolution E.

(L. to R. Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry, Ian Drakes) (L. to R. John Alsop, Dave Beddall (League Chairman), Ian Baldock)

The Plate final was won comfortably by the Southill E team of (Ruth Hart, Rebekah Barry and Ian Drakes) against Revolution A giving away 316 points on the handicap. Having to keep Revolution down to 2.2 points a game, Ian Drakes managed to go two points up on the handicap against Steve Silk in the first match losing -3, -1, -3, -3. Ruth Hart took another two points off Ian Baldock losing -3, 0, -3, -4. John Alsop managed to level the difference against Rebekah Barry winning back four points 2, 0, 1, 1. However, Ian Drakes then put Southill ten points in front with a -5, -5, -2, -6 loss to Baldock. Rebekah Barry then put any chance of victory for Revolution out of the window by increasing the lead by another 11 points losing to Silk -4, -3, -5, -7. Alsop pulled back another point from Hart winning 1, 2, 3, 1 but it was all over by the seventh game as Barry played some great attacking shots against Baldock to lose -7, -2, -4, -4.

Congratulations to all teams for making the finals and thanks to Dave Beddall for organising the competition and presenting the trophies. A special thanks to Dave Thomas for his thorough work throughout the season working out individual handicaps, a very difficult job indeed. Lastly our thanks to Elstow and Simon Collier for hosting the semi-finals and finals nights.
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The Smith Cup and Plate Semi-Finals have now been completed and the results are as follows. In the Cup, Biggleswade lost to Southill C by 9 points and Revolution E beat Kempston BB A by 24 points. In the Plate, Elstow E lost to Southill E by 3 points and Revolution A beat Elstow A by 23 points. Both finals will be held at Elstow TTC on Monday 24th April. Handicaps will be issued on the night.

Note from the Competition Organiser
I am pleased to confirm that the annual knockout competitions have reached the finals stage as detailed above. This completes another excellent year of competitive Table Tennis and has seen some close and exciting matches thanks to the hard work of Dave Thomas in producing the individual handicaps. In addition, Dave has managed the draw and checked the arithmetic on the score sheets which is not infrequently incorrect although the match results are usually unaffected.

I agreed at the last AGM to continue for another year in the role of Organiser, however, I will not be making myself available to fulfill this role next season. The Smith Cup is the league's traditional team handicap competition and enables players from the lower divisions to compete with the top players on a level playing field which has proved to be very popular over the years. To ensure this continues the league needs a volunteer to take over the organisation from next season, so I would ask you to give this some thought so we can have someone in place by the AGM. As stated this has proved a particularly popular competition amongst players from the lower divisions and maybe our solution lies in this area? This is not a large job in terms of the overall running of the league and I am happy to speak to anyone about what is involved. Please let myself or any of the management committee know if you are interested in supporting the continuation of this competition.
Dave Beddall
Smith Cup and Plate Organiser
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The Cup and Plate handicaps for the semi-final's week beginning 17th April are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the left hand side menu item Individual Handicaps located in the Downloads section. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser David Beddall at div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk first but entry will not be guaranteed.
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There were some close run matches in both the Cup and the Plate. In the Cup, Revolution E go through to the semi-finals with a winning margin of 7 points over Elstow D whilst Biggleswade beat Phoenix D by just 9 points. In the Plate, Southill E beat Revolution F by just 3 points and Revolution A overtook Bedford CTTC D in the last two games of their match to win by 13 points. All the results can be accessed via the Main Menu on the left of the page.

Smith Cup and Plate Semi - Final Draw
THE PLATE (at Elstow TTC on Tue 18th April)
Revolution A v Elstow A
Elstow E v Southill E

SMITH CUP (at Elstow TTC on Wed 19th April)
Biggleswade v Southill C
Revolution E v Kempston Boys Brigade A

Individual handicaps will be available on the website the week commencing 10th April.

Dave Beddall
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The Bedford & District Table Tennis League's second Charity Handicap Tournament will be held on Monday 3rd April at the Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley, MK43 7RE commencing promptly at 7.45pm. This tournament is held in remembrance of Brian Copperwheat a former popular league and county player whose family have donated the trophy in his memory. The entry fee on the night is a minimum contribution of £3 and all income received goes in aid of local charities. The tournament competition format will be decided based on the number of entries. A Plate competition will also take place so you are guaranteed at least two matches. There will be a raffle plus an auction for some PG Mutual National Championship shirts that have been donated by PG Mutual who sponsored this year's National Table Tennis Championships won by Paul Drinkhall and Tin-Tin Ho respectively. Sky Sports Mix will be showing the highlights of the championships on Tuesday 4th April at 6.00pm in an hour long programme. The raffle generates about 20% of the income for the evening so all donated raffle prizes are gratefully received. Entry may be made by clicking on http://revolutionttc.co.uk/charity-competition-entry-form/
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This summer Revolution Table Tennis Club based at Lincroft School, Oakley will once again be running its popular summer league commencing 8th and 9th May allowing players to get in some match practice during the off season in a friendly social atmosphere. It also acts as a platform for junior players wishing to test themselves out to see whether they are ready to play in the senior league in the winter season (September-March). There will be at least two divisions operating on Monday or Tuesday evenings which will be graded according to standard. The higher standard division will take place on Monday evenings. Teams consist of two players playing two singles matches each and one doubles match making five matches in total. Matches start at 8pm (or earlier if both captains agree) and are generally finished by 9.30pm. Every team will play each other at least once. Trophies will be given for winners and runners-up in each division. If you wish to enter then please download and complete the entry form by clicking on this article's title. Please email the form to john@revolutionttc.co.uk or drop into the Revolution Club any Monday or Tuesday evening.
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Revolution B and Marston completed the season with a draw thanks to a hat-trick from Richard Elliott and a win for both Martin Walters and Trevor Beard against Mo Duncan. Mike Wilkins and Dave Wackrill bagged a brace each before combining to take the doubles beating Walters and Beard. The result confirmed Marston's bottom placing in Division One. St Neots B could only field John Mitchell against Elstow A. He beat John Simms to pick up a solitary point in a 9-1 defeat. Biggleswade hosted Phoenix A and came out 7-3 victors as Harvey Cross, Tim Bliss and Nick Hart all bagged a brace. There was an excellent win for Mark Conway who beat Nick in five sets to complete hat-trick. Finally Revolution A sealed the title for the season with a draw against St Neots A. Keith McConnell secured his hat-trick and confirmed top spot in the single's averages for the first time losing only four matches all season. John Alsop bagged a brace but was beaten in five by Marek Mastalerczyk ending up second in the averages. Marek, Rob Adamson and Mick Gaunt all beat Martin Walters and the draw was sealed as Mastalerczyk and Gaunt beat Walters and McConnell in the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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St Neots TTC are once again running their summer league which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The Tuesday evening, commencing Tuesday 2nd May is aimed at high performance teams and for the first time ever will be offering prize money of £150 for the winners, £50 for the runners-up and £25 for third place. The Wednesday evening, without prize money, is aimed at players of lower standard. The competition application form can be downloaded by clicking on this article's title.
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Elstow A secured a comprehensive win in beating Biggleswade 8-2 with a hat-trick for Dave Beddall and a brace for each of Tom Nowakowski and Colin Luscombe. Dave was made to work very hard against Nick Hart who raced into a 6-0 lead in the fifth before pulling the set back to 6-6 and eventually coming through 16-14. Nick bagged a brace in beating Tom and Colin. Revolution A hosted St Neots B and picked up a win by the same score with hat-tricks for Keith McConnell and Nicole Bird. Zach Martillo secured an excellent win overcoming the experience of John Alsop. He then teamed up with Dan Bullen to beat McConnell and Alsop in the doubles. The third match on Monday evening saw a further 8-2 result as St Neots A overcame Marston. Mick Gaunt secured his hat-trick and there was a brace each for Marek Mastalerczyk and Rob Adamson. The pair also combined to take the doubles. Mike Wilkins picked up wins against Marek and Rob to register Marston's points. The final match of the week saw a battle at the bottom which Revolution B came out on top of with a 6-4 victory against Phoenix A. Richard Elliott secured his hat-trick without dropping a set and Ian Baldock chipped in with his first ever win against Graham Green. Martin Walters beat Tim Kirby. Mark Conway bagged a brace for Phoenix. The win was sealed with a doubles victory for Walters and Elliott against Green and Conway.

Report by Dave Beddall
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Revolution B secured a comfortable win beating St Neots A 7-3 with Kevin Bird picking up a hat-trick, Martin Walters a brace and a singles win for Mike Perry. Perry and Bird also won the doubles beating Mick Gaunt and Rob Adamson. Mick picked up a brace for St Neots and Rob chipped in with a singles win against Mike. Biggleswade hosted Revolution A and the visitors left with a 7-3 victory thanks to hat-tricks for Keith McConnell and John Alsop who also picked up the doubles. Nick Hart, Richard Steele and Harvey Cross all beat Ian Baldock playing up from the B team. Elstow picked up an 8-2 win at Phoenix with hat-tricks from Tom Nowakowski and Dave Beddall. John Simms won his singles against Adrian Volvovics. Tim Kirby and Mark Conway both beat John. The evening was rounded off with a close five sets in the doubles which Nowakowski and Beddall won against Kirby and Conway. Marston picked up a much needed win against St Neots B who could only field two players. Minesh Pitamber beat both Dan Bullen and John Mitchell. Gerald Ridgway bagged a victory in straight sets against Dan and Mo Duncan picked up a singles win beating John in five. St Neots gained its points with a win for Dan against Mo and John beating Gerald 13-11 in the fifth. Pitamber and Duncan combined to win the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The Cup and Plate handicaps for week beginning 27th February are now available either by clicking on this article’s title or by clicking on the menu item on the left hand side. Any team wishing to play an unlisted player must contact the cup organiser David Beddall at div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk first but entry will not be guaranteed.
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For the first time in over forty years Bedford has attracted two of England's top table tennis players to provide an exhibition of world class table tennis on Monday 20th February from 5.00-7.00pm at Lincroft School, Oakley. Make your reservation by visiting www.revolutionttc.co.uk/england-exhibition. The England stars will also be on hand afterwards to sign autographs and provide coaching tips to future Bedfordshire junior stars. Commonwealth Games Mixed Doubles bronze medallists Kelly Sibley (England's No. 1 lady) and Danny Reed (England No. 6) who defeated the Singaporean No. 1 seeds at the 2016 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to win their bronze medals will be the outstanding attraction. The event is part of the promotion of the PG Mutual National Championships, this year taking place between 3rd-5th March in Nottingham. PG Mutual Chief Executive, Mike Perry, is an enthusiastic player at Revolution Table Tennis Club, who have their club based at Lincroft School, and has identified table tennis as a family friendly sport that complements his company's ethos. Bedfordshire's Disability Sports Award winner in 2016, Daniel Bullen, who at only 19 years of age and currently ranked No. 6 in the World Under-23 Class 5 category, will also show how table tennis can be played at an extreme level for non-standing players. An exhibition match between Kelly Sibley and Revolution's Sara Williams (England No 3. veteran lady) will also be something to look forward to. Afterwards, junior players will be invited to participate in a coaching session with the England players. This is a free event funded by the Bedford & District Table Tennis League and interest will be high so please make your reservation by visiting www.revolutionttc.co.uk/england-exhibition to avoid disappointment.
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