Matthew Mulley and Harry Chivers fired hat-tricks for their respective teams as the division 1 heavyweights continue to trade blows.

Old Chelmsfordians could go top on Tuesday when they play their match in hand against Chelmsford B.

Division 1

Matthew Mulley remains unbeaten this season as he hit another hat-trick in OCA A’s 8-2 victory over Danbury A. Mulley beat both Chris Penrose and Babul McLeod in three games before edging Dave Richardson 3-2 having been 2-1 down. Mulley’s teammates Adam Buxton and Paul Lucas both won two games apiece with Buxton’s opening victory over Dave Richardson after being 2-1 down. Both Buxton and Lucas were bested by Danbury’s Chris Penrose who after his three-game defeat at the hands of Mulley recovered to beat Buxton in five games and Lucas in three.

A Harry Chivers treble helped Chelmsford A to a 6-4 victory over third placed Danbury C – a result which maintains Chelmsford A’s unbeaten record this season. Chivers won in four games against each of Trevor Lloyd, Keith Adams and David Gatheral while teammate Gary Young’s only loss of the evening was at the hands of Adams, who himself won twice. Adams and Lloyd overturned a 2-0 deficit against Chivers and Young in the doubles contest to win in five.

Three wins by Sam Lowman was not enough to earn his Danbury B side a fifth win of the season as they drew 5-5 with Chelmsford B. Lowman beat Simon Jarvis in three, Andrew Dosher in four and Aidan Lees in five – the victory over Lees being decided by a 13-11 scoreline in the fifth game. Jarvis and Dosher both won two matches for Chelmsford with the former involved in a tight 3-0 victory over Dan Anderson in the opening contest (13-11, 12-10, 12-10).

Standings div 1: 1 Chelmsford A 70 points (10 matches), 2 OCA A 67 points (from 9 matches), 3 Danbury C 59 points (11 matches).

Leading averages div 1 (played 16+ matches): 1: Harry Chivers (Chelmsford A, 15/16 wins, 94%), 2: Gary Young (Chelmsford A, 23/27 wins, 85%), 3: Mark Mulley (OCA A, 16/20 wins, 80%).

Division 2

Chelmsford C went top of division 2 for the first time since week four with a 10-0 victory over Danbury G. Waseem Qureshi hit his second hat-trick in as many weeks and he was joined by Mark Allaway and Harrison Hill who also won all their matches. Qureshi and Denis Crapnell were involved in an entertaining contest which saw Crapnell take a 2-1 lead before the Chelmsford skipper was able to take the next two games. The match between Allaway and Denis Balic was unarguably the contest of the evening with Balic leveling the contest in the fourth game before Allaway took the decider 11-8.

Maldon A’s 5-5 home draw with Danbury E was enough to move them up to third place for now with just three points separating seventh and third positions. Danbury E had raced to a 3-0 start with Dick Wyman winning the opening contest of the evening in five games against Lloyd Bennett-Smith before Tony Forster beat Dawn Baldry 3-0.

At the start of the week, Tim Cramphorn (#58) and Hamish Innes (#59) were separated by just one place in the rankings list and a tight contest transpired, Cramphorn looked to be in control at 2-0 but Innes was able to up his game and level the contest with a 12-10 win in the fourth before Craphorn went on to win the contest 11-8 in the fifth. Maldon won the next four matches which included Bennett-Smith recovering from 2-0 down against Cramphorn, with Cramphorn seeing five game action in his last match of the night – a win against Dawn Baldry.

Having missed his side’s last two fixtures Chris Buer was back in action for Danbury F in their 7-3 home victory over OCA B. Buer hit another treble – his fifth of the season as he extended his individual record to just one loss in his last 20 matches. It wasn’t a straightforward evening for Buer by any means, his wins over Tom Barker and Mick Richardson were both over five games and he recovered from 1-0 down to beat Michael Hayes 3-1.

The 7-3 scoreline could perhaps have been very different, all of Richardson’s three individual matches went the five-game distance and his teammate Michael Hayes also competed in two and Tom Barker one – OCA won just one of those six matches. John Tendler and Steve Buer earned two wins apiece with Tendler beaten 12-10 in the fifth by Richardson and Steve Buer seeing a 1-0 lead against Barker turn into a 3-1 loss.

Robin Armstrong and David Gatheral hit trebles as Danbury D won 7-3 at Chelmsford D. Gatheral’s record moved to 10 successive division 2 victories though he had to dig deep against Dusan Doszkoty who had taken a 2-1 lead in their encounter, Doskoty had earlier won against Eamonn Hall in identical circumstances – yet another five-game marathon this season for Doskoty (13/27). In the opening contest of the evening, Alex Tkachuk fought back from 2-0 down to beat Hall 3-2 while Kelvin Felix put two 3-0 losses behind him to get the better of Hall in straight games.

Standings div 2: 1 Chelmsford C 68 points (10 matches), 2 Hatfield Peverel A 63 points (from 10 matches), 3 Maldon A 55 points (10 matches).

Leading averages div 2 (played 19+ matches): 1: Harrison Hill (Chelmsford C, 22/24 wins, 92%), 2: Martin Archie (Hatfield Peverel A, 23/27 wins, 85%), 3: Chris Buer (Danbury F, 20/24 wins, 83%).

Division 3

Having not seen a win in their last two fixtures, division 3 leaders Galleywood B were back to winning ways with a 7-3 victory at Danbury J. John Holland and Mark Glenister were both undefeated during the evening with the closest contest being Holland’s 3-2 win over Peter Hance.

Buttsbury A beat the two-person team of Danbury K 10-0 and moved into second position with a game in hand. Jamie Elliott, Paul Sturton and Evie Knaapen were all undefeated with Sturton’s match with Alan Dadswell being the only match which went the distance.

OCA C slipped to third position with a 6-4 loss at the hands of Hatfield Peverel B. Neil Freeman beat both Richard Baxter and Luke Richardson in four games and Tom Barker in three when earning his fifth hat-trick of the season for the hosts. Freeman was supported by a double from Gareth Davies who beat both Barker and Luke Richardson in three games but was denied a treble by Baxter over four. Baxter won twice for the visitors – one of this wins being a five-gamer with Bob Hillis which he clinched 12-10 in the decider.

Peter Layzell fired a hat-trick as his Writtle D finished the week in fourth position following a 7-3 victory against clubmates Writtle E. Malcolm Storey held a 2-1 lead in the opening contest of the evening until the Layzell response – the Writtle man going on to beat Neil Thompson 3-1 and Colin Barham 3-0. Bob Garson won two of his three singles matches for the eventual victors – beating Barham 3-1 and Thompson 3-2 – and teamed with Malcolm Henstock to win the doubles match against Storey and Thompson over five games.

Tim Pulham, Ian Whiteside and Ken Sheard were in fine form as Danbury H beat Chelmsford F 10-0 to move above clubmates Danbury K and into sixth position. Pulham – making only his third appearance of the season – won all of his matches 3-0, as did teammate Sheard.

Standings div 3: 1 Galleywood B 72 points (from 10 matches), 2 Buttsbury A 59 points (9 matches), 3 OCA C 57 points (from 10 matches).

Leading averages div 3 (played 19+ matches): 1: Jamie Elliot (Buttsbury A, 20/20 wins, 100%), 2: John Holland (Galleywood B, 22/24 wins, 92%), 3: Richard Baxter (OCA C, 16/21 wins, 76%).

Division 4

Galleywood C remain top of division four with eight wins out of eight thanks to two wins apiece for Colin Blore, Will Goodchild and Nathan Blore. While Goodchild’s two wins were both by 3-0 scorelines, Nathan Blore’s victories were not settled until the deciding game – his encounter with Melanie Bonnett saw him recover from 2-0 down to win the last three games 14-12, 11-8, 11-9.

Highwood’s Roger Patient performed admirably in winning two of his matches against the league leaders – despite an opening 3-1 loss to Colin Blore he beat Goodchild 3-1 and Nathan Blore 3-0. Bonnett took the last match of the evening in straight games over Colin Blore by a close 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 scoreline.

Chelmsford C moved up to second place following a 10-0 victory at Hatfield Peverel D. Cleon Fernandes dropped just one game as he extended his excellent current form to 20 wins from 21 matches while Vishnu Surendran chipped in with his maiden CDTTL hat-trick and Dion Fernandes scored his second consecutive treble. The closest match of the evening was the encounter between Surendran and Jackie Treacy with the former recovering from 2-1 down to take the win. Bob Hillis took the first game in each of his three encounters but was unable to continue those good starts as he fell to 3-1 losses against all opponents.

Alex Wilson’s first treble of the season wasn’t quite enough to prevent his Danbury L side losing 6-4 at home to third placed Maldon B. Wilson got the better of Marty Englander in four games and won fifth-game deciders against both Andrea Alleyne and Ella Sach – the victory over Sach was from a position of 2-0 down, Sach had earlier beaten Ken Wilding 3-2 after being 2-1 behind. Danbury would have got a draw out of the fixture had Wilson and John Manning been able to convert a 2-0 lead in the doubles against Alleyne and Sach – the decider going to the Maldon duo by a 12-10 scoreline.

OCA D sit in fourth position following an 8-2 triumph at home to Buttsbury B. Farooq Ahmed beat Frances Hutt in three games, Richard Pond in four and Phil Shippen in five while teammates David Newman and David Bishop both won twice – Hutt getting the better of both. Ahmed and Bishop saw a 2-0 lead disappear in the doubles contest against Pond and Shippen though they recovered to take the decider 11-7.

In an encounter between two winless teams, Peter Mortensen hit a hat-trick as Hatfield Peverel C beat Hatfield Peverel E 6-4. Mortensen was finally able to see off Davina Brazier by a 3-1 scoreline after three very closely contested games (19-17, 9-11, 12-10) before he beat James Brooks in four games and Phillip West in three. Brazier let slip a 2-1 lead over Richard Drozd in her second contest of the evening but recovered to beat Andy Simmonds 3-1 having trailed 1-0. Brooks’ loss to Mortensen was sandwiched between his victories over Simmonds and Drozd – dropping just one game in the process.

Standings div 4: 1 Galleywood C 61 points (from 8 matches), 2 Chelmsford G 60 points (9 matches), 3 Maldon B 52 points (from 8 matches).

Leading averages div 4 (played 19+ matches): 1: Cleon Fernandes (Chelmsford G, 21/24 wins, 88%), 2: Roger Patient (Highwood A, 22/27 wins, 82%), 3: Farooq Ahmed (OCA D, 19/24 wins, 79%).

Division 5

Another week, another Mark Nolan hat-trick for second placed Chelmsford J as they consolidated second place in the division 5 table with a 7-3 victory over winless Hatfield Peverel F. Nolan won all three matches by a 3-0 scoreline and his season record now stands at 16 wins from 17 matches having dropped just eight games to date.

Shweta and Richard Lees supported Nolan with two victories apiece with Richard’s maiden wins the joint story of the evening – having lost his first contest for his 16th successive defeat of his debut season he went on to beat Doug Marsh 3-1 and Alastair Brown 3-0. The most entertaining match of the night was the five-game encounter between Shweta Lees and Alastair Brown – the latter recovering from 2-1 down to take the contest in the decider.

The second part of the joint story of the contest was the victory for Martin Kilbey over Richard Lees – having gone 0-48 last season, Kilbey tasted success for the first time this season having seen 25 consecutive defeats. Very well done to both Martin and Richard!

In a fixture which saw seven five-gamers, a Jacqui Smith treble helped Chelmsford H move into third position with a hard-fought 7-3 win at OCA E. Smith won her opening contest of the evening against Stuart Wintle in five games before achieving the same 3-2 scorelines against both Mike Morecroft and Suzanne Shaw. Shaw also saw five-game action in both of her other two matches – 3-2 wins against both Jason Clark and Peter Davenport. Davenport’s 12-10 loss in the fifth game to Shaw prevented him from a treble of his own – he beat both Morecroft and Wintle 3-0.

Gary Eames marked his first CDTTL appearance of the season with an undefeated evening as hosts Maldon C beat Highwood B 7-3. Eames found himself 2-1 down to Nicola Pippen in his opening contest but won the final two games by a tight 13-11, 11-9 scoreline. Eames and Shirley Carroll beat Pippen and Keith Pallet 3-2 in the doubles contest with Highwood’s Pippen getting the better of both Carroll and Ross Wheeler by a 3-1 scoreline.

Standings div 5: 1 Danbury M 68 points (from 9 matches), 2 Chelmsford J 59 points (10 matches), 3 Chelmsford H 55 points (from 9 matches).

Leading averages div 5 (played 16+ matches): 1: Mark Nolan (Chelmsford J, 16/17 wins, 94%), 2: Douglas Bawuah (ARU, 19/24 wins, 79%), 3: David Smith (Danbury M, 16/21 wins, 76%).

Chelmsford Junior League division 1A

CJL division 1A runners up the Buttsbury Bears handed champions the Chelmsford Cougars their only loss of the season with a 4-1 scoreline. Jayden Bandari got the Cougars off to a fine start with a 3-2 win over Callum Walker having found himself 2-0 down before Walker saw five-game action in his second contest – beating Ryan Peiris from 2-1 down.

Ben Robinson earned two 3-0 wins as the Chelmsford Tigers beat the Chelmsford Eagles 4-1. Robinson dropped just 14 points in his match with Zane Kwantreng but had a closer contest with Grace Liu (11-9, 11-9, 11-8). William Guilloux beat Kwantreng in three games and then joined forces with Robinson in the doubles to win by the same 3-0 scoreline.

The Danbury Dragons beat the Chelmsford Tigers 5-0 to end the season in third position with Peter Harverson and Oliver Martin dropping just one game between them.

Standings CJL 1A: CHAMPIONS Chelmsford Cougars 30 points (from 8 matches), 2 Buttsbury Bears 20 points (from 8 matches).

Most individual wins CJL 1A: 1: Amir Chetitah (Chelmsford Cougars 10 from 12), =3: Aryan Pradeep (Chelmsford Eagles) and Oliver Martin (Danbury Dragons) both 7 from 8).

Chelmsford Junior League division 1B

Vivaan Babbar won twice as the Buttsbury Bulldogs beat the Chelmsford Leopards 3-2. Babbar won both of his matches by a 3-0 scoreline while Chelmsford’s George Matthews produced a fine comeback from 2-0 down to beat Shay Coughlan.

Sean Kwan and George Gregory both won twice as the Chelmsford Jaguars beat the Chelmsford Panthers 5-0. Theo Peiris put up the most resistance for the Panthers as he took a game off both Jaguars.

Standings CJL 1B: CHAMPIONS Hutton Hawks 35 points (from 8 matches), 2 Buttsbury Bulldogs 24 points (from 8 matches).

Most individual wins CJL 1B: 1: Vivaan Babbar (Buttsbury Bulldogs 10 from 13), 2: Jago Ware (Hutton Hawks 9 from 10), 3: Lewis Woods (Buttsbury Bulldogs 8 from 10).

Chelmsford Junior League division 1C

Zac Berry’s first two wins of the season weren’t quite enough to prevent his Buttsbury Bats team falling to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Chelmsford Lions. Berry beat Georgiana Major 3-2 in the opening contest of the afternoon having trailed 2-1, and later won by the same scoreline against Bernard Chow. Chow and Major recovered from 1-0 down for a 3-1 victory over Berry and Ethan Bird in the doubles.

Two wins for Thomas Hall helped his Hutton Harriers to a 4-1 win over the Chelmsford Pumas. Hall withstood a Ben Robinson revival from 2-0 down to take the deciding game, and then went on to beat Taylor Cumber in three games. Robinson beat Martis Heyes in straight games but saw a 1-0 lead in the doubles with Cumber turn into a 3-1 loss.

The Chelmsford Rhinos completed the season with a 5-0 win over the Chelmsford Lions, Louis Marsan narrowly beat Amelie Lucas 3-2 (10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 13-11) on the way to becoming the winningest player in the division (8 victories), while teammate Connor Ke won a tight match with Bernard Chow 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9).

Standings CJL 1C: CHAMPIONS Hutton Harriers 34 points (from 8 matches), 2 CTTC Rhinos 24 points (8 matches).

Most individual wins CJL 1C: 1: Louis Marsan (Chelmsford Rhinos 8 wins from 10), five players with 6 wins.