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Junior coaching sessions continue to take place during October half term school holidays at Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley, from 6.00pm-7.30pm Mondays and Tuesdays. Pay As You Go sessions cost £3. Bats and balls are provided for beginners to hire free of charge. Advice regarding purchase of suitable bats for improvers/intermediate/advanced players can be discussed with Simon Collier, UKCC Level Two coach, on Monday evenings or you can visit any of the league sponsors websites.
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An 8-2 win for Elstow and a 7-3 for Revolution A in this week's opening matches saw the two teams draw level at the top of the table on 46 points. Elstow hosted Biggleswade who could only field two players and Colin Luscombe beat both Richard Steele and Tim Bliss. In a repeat of the County Men's Singles final from last season Richard turned the tables and beat Tom Nowakowski in another epic five set match to inflict only a second defeat of the season on the Elstow player. Richard also beat Dave Beddall in straight sets.†St Neots B were the visitors to Revolution and Zach Martillo bagged a brace beating Henry Simmons and Martin Walters. John Alsop secured his hat-trick for the hosts and St Neots picked up its third point when John Mitchell and Dan Bullen beat Simmons and Alsop in the doubles.†Marston's Mike Wilkins picked up a hat-trick in the home game against St Neots A. Richard Bellamy, Dave Bridger and Rob Adamson all bagged a brace for the away team. Gerald Ridgway battled all the way against Dave losing 11-6 in the deciding set. Bridger and Adamson wrapped up the 7-3 victory for St Neots beating Ridgway and Duncan in the doubles. This week's final match saw Phoenix A beat Revolution B 7-3 with a hat-trick for Graham Green, a brace for Mark Conway and a singles win for Tim Kirby against Trevor Beard. Tim also took Ian Baldock and Mike Perry all the way with narrow defeats in the deciding set as did Trevor in his game against Graham. Mike picked up an excellent singles win beating Mark 3-1. The result was secured with a doubles victory for Green and Conway against Perry and Baldock.

Report by Dave Beddall
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This is a reminder that your team needs to apply to the organiser in order to enter the Smith Cup competition. The organiser is Dave Beddall whose contact details can be found on the website or in the handbook.
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The handbook has been distributed to all but two clubs this week, the remaining two clubs will get their copies at the weekend. My apologies that this has taken so long this year but we have now secured the services of a larger printer so hopefully this will not happen again next year. Additional score cards will be distributed in the next few weeks.

John Alsop
General Secretary
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Revolution B hosted St Neots A and the visitors left with a 7-3 victory under their belts. Marek Mastalerczyk secured his hat trick, Rob Adamson a brace and Richard Bellamy picked up a singles win against Trevor Beard. Ian Baldock bagged a brace for Revolution with wins against Richard and Rob. Martin Walters beat Richard. Mastalerczyk and Adamson rounded off the win in the doubles beating Walters and Baldock. Biggleswade met Revolution A and could only field two players. They managed to pick up three points as Tim Bliss and Nick Hart both beat Henry Simmons although Nick was stretched to a close decider finally winning 13-11. Tim also had a close battle with Keith McConnell before emerging victorious 11-9 in the fifth. McConnell and Alsop were beaten in straight sets in the doubles. Elstow continue to compete at the top and left Phoenix with an 8-2 victory. John Simms secured his first hat trick of the season and Tom Nowakowski continued his fine run of form despite being taken to five sets by Graham Green. Mark Conway picked up a point for Phoenix with a singles win against Dave Beddall eventually coming out on top in a close encounter 12-10 in the fifth. Green and Conway overcame Simms and Nowakowski in another close game winning the doubles 11-7 in the decider. This week's final match saw a draw played out between St Neots B and Marston. Matt Evans who was the league's Mens Singles champion two seasons ago made a return to league action with a customary hat-trick for Marston , Mo Duncan and Mike Wilkins secured a win each. Dan Bullen bagged a brace for St Neots as did Zach Martillo although he was pushed to the limit by Mo and Mike winning both games 13-11 in the decider. The draw was secured by St Neots as Martillo and Bullen beat Wilkins and Duncan in the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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Elstow A continued its unbeaten start to the season with an 8-2 victory against Revolution B. There were hat-tricks for Colin Luscombe and Tom Nowakowski although the latter was taken to a deciding set by both Ian Baldock and Martin Walters. John Simms contributed a singles win by beating Baldock. Nowakowski and Luscombe secured the doubles against Walters and Perry. Meanwhile Biggleswade made a statement with a perfect ten as it visited Marston. Nick Hart, Tim Bliss and Richard Steele all secured their hat-tricks in what was a very comfortable win. Revolution A took top spot for the first time this season also securing a 10-0 win against Phoenix A with maximums for John Alsop, Steve Silk and Henry Simmons. Henry was taken to a decider by both Tim Kirby and Graham Green. The week's final match saw the two St Neots teams meet each other and the B team triumph with a 7-3 win. Dave Tiplady and Zach Martillo secured their hat- tricks and Dan Bullen chipped in with a singles win against Richard Bellamy. Rob Adamson and Dave Bridger both beat Dan. Bridger and Adamson beat Tiplady and Martillo in the doubles.

Report by Dave Beddall
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This week saw the top two teams clash as last season's champions Revolution A travelled to Elstow. The match lived up to its billing as both teams traded blows to eventually play out a draw. Olivier Autin began the evening in fine form for Revolution despite this being his first match for some weeks and easily beat Colin Luscombe. Elstow were immediately on level pegging as Tom Nowakowski showed determination to maintain his unbeaten start to the season. In a fantastic match he finally overcame Steve Silk winning 11-6 in the deciding set. Dave Beddall then took on John Alsop and the pair seemed to have been transported back to the days when they first competed against each other and a game was the first to reach 21. Having lost the first set Dave pipped John in the second game 20-18 before going 2-1 up only for John to take it to a decider. This again went to deuce and Dave eventually triumphed 13-11. Olivier completed the evening by securing his hat-trick without dropping a set and Steve won his other two singles. Elstow's pairing of Nowakowski and Beddall then had to fight all the way against Silk and Autin in the doubles winning 12-10 in the fifth to round off the draw. Revolution B meanwhile hosted St Neots B and the second draw of the week resulted. Player of this match was undoubtedly Mike Perry who secured a first hat-trick of the season beating Dan Bullen and Zach Martillo in deciding sets and Luke Manning three straight. Martin Walters chipped in with a brace and only narrowly lost out to Luke 11-9 in the fifth. Trevor Beard had some close matches but was unable to get over the line against Dan Bullen in the decider. Martillo and Manning beat Walters and Perry in the doubles to secure the draw. The week's first victory went to Phoenix A who beat Marston 7-3. Mark Conway, Graham Green and Dante Laconte who played up from the lower team each bagged a brace, Graham narrowly missing his hat trick as he lost 12-10 in the 5th to Gerald Ridgway. Gerald came out the victor against Dante. Wackrill and Conway secured the doubles. Biggleswade won by the same score against St Neots A as Nick Hart completed his hat-trick and Richard Steele bagged a brace. Tim Bliss beat Richard Bellamy. Marek Mastalerczyk won two for St Neots and Mick Gaunt beat Tim Bliss. Steele and Hart won the doubles beating Mastalerczyk and Bellamy.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The two Revolution teams met each other at Lincroft with the A team securing a 9-1 victory aided by the B team only fielding two players. The continued improvement over the summer of Martin Walter's game enabled him to pick up the B team's point as he beat Henry Simmons and Ian Baldock stretched John Alsop all the way with the latter needing a deciding set to clinch victory. Elstow A travelled to Marston and made it two wins from two matches played securing an 8-2 score line. Tom Nowakowski was the star of the night as he battled to secure his hat-trick in an excellent encounter with Mike Wilkins. His powerful top spin and hitting saw him take the decider 11-3. Earlier in the evening he had been pushed all the way in another close match with Gerald Ridgway just nudging the game 11-8 in the 5th. There were two wins each for Dave Beddall and Colin Luscombe. Mike Wilkins secured the two points for Marston. St Neots A overcame its opening day defeat with a resounding 8-2 win at home to Phoenix. Mick Gaunt and Marek Mastalerczyk secured hat-tricks and combined to take the doubles against Graham Green and Mark Conway who in turn both picked up a singles win against Rob Adamson. Biggleswade managed to secure a draw at St Neots B despite fielding only two players. Tim Bliss and Clint Armstrong bagged a brace each with Tim beating Zach Martillo and Dan Bullen. Clint beat Dan and Luke Manning. For St Neots, Luke secured a close 3-1 win against the experience of Tim whilst Zach overcame Clint by the same margin. Biggleswade secured the draw with a doubles victory against Martillo and Bullen.

Report by Dave Beddall
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The 2016-17 handbook is now available to be downloaded by clicking on this article's title.
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Champions Revolution A began the new campaign with a repeat of last seasonís opening fixture at home to Marston although there were some different faces on view for both teams. Steve Silk secured a hat-trick and Keith McConnell a brace losing narrowly in the decider to newcomer to the league, Mike Wilkins. Henry Simmons also produced a brace again losing to Wilkins. Silk and McConnell wrapped up the doubles in five sets. Elstow A hosted St Neots A fielding two new players in Colin Luscombe and Dave Beddall. Together with Tom Nowakowski, all secured their hat tricks. Mick Gaunt taking all three to a deciding set. Luscombe and Beddall were beaten three straight in the doubles by Dave Bridger and Rob Adamson to pick up the St Neots single point. St Neots B began the season with a 7-3 victory against Phoenix A as Zach Martillo picked up a hat-trick although he was pushed all the way by Graham Green securing the decider 11-9. Dan Bullen bagged a brace and John Mitchell beat Green. Mark Conway and Tim Kirby both beat Mitchell whilst Green picked up a singles win against Bullen. The doubles was a straight sets victory for Martillo and Bullen. Revolution B had a revised look in its first match of the season with Richard Elliott securing his hat-trick and Mike Perry securing a singles win against Tim Bliss 15-13 in the fifth. Ian Baldock had an impressive win against County Veteran, Richard Steele beating him 3-1. Harvey Cross started well bagging a brace beating both Ian and Mike 11-9 in the decider. Perry and Baldock wrapped up the match with a doubles win against Steele and Bliss.

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The new season is now under way. Unfortunately the handbooks have been delayed and will most likely by available in the third week along with score cards. In the meantime the handbook will be placed on the website on Sunday 17th September for downloading. If you are running short of score cards then contact John Alsop. Please ensure you complete score cards correctly including the FULL NAME of the player. Score cards should be emailed to TWO email addresses: the fixture secretary davethomas.tt@btinternet.com and the division administrator divN@bedfordttleague.co.uk where N is the number of your division e.g. div1@bedfordttleague.co.uk. DO NOT email divisional administrators personal email addresses as they may be on holiday and the holiday cover administrator will not receive your email. Lastly, table tennis balls can still be purchased for 90p a ball and can be collected from Revolution TTC on Monday or Tuesday evenings.
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The new season starts w/c Monday 12th September. Don't forget that you need to have renewed your Player Membership with Table Tennis England prior to you playing in the league. The website will be reset for the beginning of the new season. In the meantime you can download an extract from this season's handbook fixture list for Divisions 1-4 and Division 5 by clicking on this article's title. This season there are eight teams in the first four divisions and eleven teams in the fifth division, therefore the schedule is different for Division 5. The handbooks will be distributed during the first week and if you require some table tennis balls then the league have purchased some balls for 90p a ball and these can be obtained by emailing alsop.john@btinternet.com with the quantities you require or collected from Revolution TTC on Monday or Tuesday evenings.
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Your club is invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League, which will take place at Elstow Table Tennis Club on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 8.00 pm.

Please note that 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, the previous seasonís Minutes will be circulated accompanied by any League rule propositions.

After several years in the role Richard Lake has tendered his resignation as Treasurer but will be remaining on the committee so if you know of anyone who would be interested in fulfilling this role then please let me know.

John Alsop
Honorary General Secretary
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(Revolution C: Martin Walters, Trevor Beard, Josh Hallam)


(Phoenix C: Alan Walden, John Craddock, Mick Buckhurst)

The finals of the Smith Cup and Plate handicapped competition took place at Elstow TTC on Monday 18th April.

The final of the Cup competition was between Division 3 sides Revolution C and Phoenix C, with bottom team Phoenix C having a 24 point start. The Revolution side of Martin Walters, Trevor Beard and Josh Hallam came out very strongly in the first few games and had soon eradicated the handicap difference. The Phoenix team of Alan Walden, John Craddock and Mick Buckhurst came back with some strong performances but were not quite able to find the superb form that had got them into the final. Revolution C won the match by 23 points.


(Southill C: Philip Smith, Steve Dance, Russell Nicholson)


(Bedford CTTC C: Harve Swamynathan, Pete Wood, Tim Kirby)

The Plate final was between this seasonís Division 4 winners, Southill D, and the Division 3 team Bedford Community C. The Bedford Community team of Tim Kirby, Harve Swamynathan and Pete Wood had a 45 handicap start and defended this lead well in the first 16 games of the match. In the later stages, the experienced Southill side of Philip Smith, Russell Nicholson and Steve Dance began to claw back the deficit and with 8 games to go had drawn level, eventually winning by 33 points.

Congratulations must go to all the teams that reached the later stages of this yearís competition and to the eventual winners. Thank you to all the teams that took part, and thank you to Elstow Table Tennis Club for hosting the semi-finals and finals again this year.
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