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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 season’s 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.

Report by Dave Beddall
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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 and the division administrator where N is the number of your division e.g. 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 with the quantities you require or collected from Revolution TTC on Monday or Tuesday evenings.
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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 season’s 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 year’s 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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After fifty five years of trying, the 1st Kempston Co. the Boys Brigade finally won the Boys Brigade National Table Tennis Championship in Belfast last weekend. Table tennis is one of ten national competitions run in the UK by the Boys Brigade. To reach the finals the Boys had defeated teams from North Suffolk, Croydon, Bedford, Reading and Southampton. In the finals Kempston faced two teams from Scotland, two from Ireland plus another English team. The boy’s team comprised Edward Simms, Oliver Horswell and Sas Ambepitiya who all play in the Bedford and District League.

Kempston won their group matches against Port Glasgow 8-1 and Cookstown (Ireland) 9 - 0. In the semi-finals they played Lanchester (County Durham) who they narrowly beat in last year’s semi-final. This year it was even tighter with Ed Simms in the pivotal game 2 sets and 6 -4 down in the 3rd set before coming back to win the last three sets 12-10, 11-8 and 12-10. In the finals they beat Grangemouth 6 – 3 but again some very close matches.

It was a great weekend with some wonderful table tennis all played in a great spirit.

Alan Thompson
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(L to R: Winner - Jimmy Walsh, Runner Up - Ian Baldock)

The Brian Copperwheat charity tournament took place under the hospitality of Revolution TTC at Lincroft School in Oakley, on Tuesday 27th April. A total of 27 players took part raising £178 in aid of local charities. When combined with the first charity tournament the total raised for charity amounts to £380. The winner of the main event was Brian Copperwheat's son-in-law Jimmy Walsh who defeated Revolution's Ian Baldock 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 in the final. Jimmy was pushed close in the semi-final against Phoenix's Phil Crossley just scraping through 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 and in the 1st round Bedford Community's Alan Gobey nearly stopped Jimmy's progression just missing out 10-12, 10-12. Earlier in the quarter-finals Phil had knocked out the No. 1 seed Ethan Walsh 6-11, 12-10, 3-11. The Plate competition was won by Jimmy's son Luke Walsh defeating league Chairman Dave Beddall 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 in the final. In the semi-finals Luke had to pull out all the stops to defeat Elstow's 12 year old Jamie Burt 6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 6-11, 13-11 whilst Dave had a close battle with Pat Beard winning 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10. Thanks to Barbara Wright for organising the raffle competition, Phil Crossley for table setting up and John Alsop as tournament organiser.
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Revolution TTC will once again be running its Summer League which was enjoyed by everyone who competed last year. This year we will be running the league over two evenings commencing 9th/10th May. Whilst nothing is yet set in concrete the plan is for the Monday evening to encompass the higher division(s) and the Tuesday the lower division(s). Teams will consist of two players playing two singles and one doubles with matches commencing at 8.00pm. The cost will be £3 per player and the home team must provide their own plastic match ball. Match balls can be purchased on the evening at £1 per ball. All players must have a Table Tennis England Player Membership Number before they play which can be purchased from Table Tennis England (£5 for juniors and £10 for seniors).

Interested in putting in a team? If so, then send an email to John Alsop at giving your team name and list of players. Teams will be allowed to enter a MAXIMUM of five player names per team. If teams require an emergency stand-in player(s) then this/these player(s) will be allocated by the organiser at his/her discretion from available players of similar standard on the evening. Where a team cannot fulfill its obligations in terms of providing a full team and the organiser cannot find substitute players of a similar standard then that team must forfeit the individual matches concerned and pay the £3 fee for each player that is unable to play.
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The first charity tournament of the season took place on Tuesday 5th April hosted by Revolution TTC. Thirty one entrants competed for the title initially playing in groups with the top two in each group progressing into the Cup knockout and the bottom two into the Plate knockout. The Plate final saw Phoenix's Phil Crossley defeat Elstow's Yvonne Freer 13-9, 13-11. In the Cup final Revolution's Trevor Beard defeated Phoenix's John Craddock 13-9, 13-8. A fantastic total of £202 was raised in aid of local charities.
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Bedford League were well represented in the Eastern Region Qualification competition for the National Regional finals to be held later this year in Kettering. Ben Baguley (U15), Luke Manning (U13), Sam Manning (U11) and Tom Nicol (U11) travelled down to BATTS Harlow for an intense set of matches. Ben, Sam and Tom found the competition very strong but this was a new experience for most of the boys and has given them something to think about with regards to the areas they need to work on. Bedfordshire No. 1 cadet Luke Manning (no relation to Sam) who plays for St Neots in Division Two had an excellent day and won the U13 boy's event and qualified for the finals only losing one match all day and that was 11-8 in the fifth.
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Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th December 2015 the Bedfordshire Senior County Team kicked off their season in Division 2A. This year the competition was being held at Draycott Table Tennis Centre, Derby over three days.

The team of Sarah Hudson, Sandra Harper, Jon Hall, Kieran Smith and Matt Evans were bolstered with new boy Mitchell Jones. Mitchell is a London lad who moved to Bedford with his mum (Sara Williams) a couple of years ago. He has recently finished boarding at Harefield Academy and now works as a full time Table Tennis Coach for Greenhouse. Unfortunately due to Jon Hall struggling with a back injury the team were missing their number one player. However Jon still attended the weekend in a coaching capacity to assist the team.

The first match of the day was against Leicestershire II. Everyone was nervous for this match and it took a few games to get settled, however the team were able to pull off their first win by beating them 9-1.

Click on the article title for the rest of the results and full report.
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Bedfordshire Juniors started this season's campaign in Cippenham with matches against Middlesex II and Essex II. The team of Rebekah Barry, Matt Evans, Henry Simmons and cadet Josh Hallam were always going to struggle as they were short of a second girl and Josh had stepped in at the last minute due to a junior boy withdrawal. Despite this they all gave a good account of themselves losing their match against Middlesex 3-7 and the match against Essex 4-6. Matt Evans showed his maturity throughout winning all his matches 3-0 supported by Henry who maintained 100% against Essex but lost 11-9 in the fifth in both his matches against Middlesex. Thirteen year old Rebekah who is constantly improving just lost to Essex's England No. 9 Under-13 Alana Mansfield 11-8 in the fifth and took the first leg 13-11 against Middlesex's England No. 53 junior Jasmine Chan. Thirteen year old Josh Hallam also impressed pushing Middlesex's England No. 54 cadet Branislav Zivkovic close in all three games and took the first game off Essex's England No. 90 cadet Casey Mansfield. County junior captain John Alsop said, "it was very pleasing to see all the team play at this level of competition without showing any sign of nerves and their exemplary behaviour during the match was a credit to the county".
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Competition Winners
2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

2009/10 Plate Winnners - Marston

National Champions - Andy Trott (L.) & Chris Bartram (R.)

National Champions - Andy Trott (L.) & Chris Bartram (R.)

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