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This year’s Cheshunt League championships were held on the 11th March 2017 at Ellenborough TTC and the club’s players put in some good performances.  The tournament consisted of six events:

The Open Singles had a strong entry and was very competitive.  In one of the quarter finals Atanas Shalev of Ellenborough beat Gill Toumbas of Ellenborough B.  In the semi-finals Atanas beat Chris Wade of Herts Regional College.  The final saw Atanas playing Dave Langham of Grundy Park and a hard fought match was eventually won by Atanas, who retained the title that he won last year.

The Ladies Singles had a small entry but nevertheless produced some very good play and close results.  The deciding contest was between June Nelson of Ellenborough and Gill Toumbas of Ellenborough B.  Gill got off to a good start, winning the first two games 18-16 and 11-7 but June fought back hard to take the next two games, both by 11 points to 8.  Gill had been well behind at times but managed to fight back in the fifth and finally won it 11-8 to retain the title that she had won last year.

In the Over 55 Singles we were guaranteed a new champion, as last year’s winner and runner up had not entered this time.  In the semi-finals, Phil Shepherd of Kidston beat Peter Bayman of Ellenborough B and Chris Wade of HRC beat Fred Nash of Kidston.  This set up a repeat of the Open Singles quarter-final between Phil and Chris, which Chris had won.  This time, however, it was Phil who came out on top and he took the title, with Chris as runner-up.

The Division 2 Singles did not include last year’s champion Abdul Olagboyega (an Ellenborough member), as he now plays in division 1, but it did include at least two previous champions as well as some other strong contenders.  The semi-finals saw Peter Bayman of Ellenborough B beating Tony Cutbush of Cheshunt and Gill Toumbas of Elelnborough B beating Dudu Souleiman of Cheshunt C. This set up the final between the two Ellenborough B team-mates, both of whom had won the title in the past.  It was a very close match but Peter finally came out on top, regaining the title that he had held three years ago.

The final event, the Drawn Doubles, always produces some interesting combinations and is a very enjoyable event, matching up players who have often never played together before and may never have seen each other play.  In the first semi-final, Dave Langham of Grundy Park and Joan Bayman of Ellenborough B beat open champion Atanas Shalev of Ellenborough and Alan Hill of Ellenborough B.  In the second semi-final, Fred Nash of Kidston and Sam Flaum of Grundy Park beat Over 55s champion Phil Shepherd and Joe Torres of Cheshunt C.  The hard-fought final was won by Dave Langham and Joan Bayman, who proved just a bit too consistent and aggressive for their opponents.  

Thanks go to Digger Lamprell for doing a great job, as usual, organising the tournament.            


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