CUP FINALS WEEK COMMENCING 20.04.2015
Westfield “A” 21 Bird (+1) 6/6, Stefanov (+1) 6/6, Silk (+1) 6/6, Bird/Stefanov (+1) 3/0 Kettering Town “A” 18 Metcalfe (+2) 4/8, Fuller (SCR) 8/4, Hawes (+4) 6/6, Fuller/Metcalfe (+1) 0/3.
Premier Division Champions Westfield “A” and third placed Kettering Town “A” produced a memorable Millman Salver final of the Kettering & District Table Tennis League. Kevin Bird gave Westfield a two point advantage which was quickly reversed when John Fuller defeated Roumen Stefanov 3-1. Steve Silk halved with Mike Hawes, Nigel Metcalfe and John Fuller after Stefanov had beaten Metcalfe 3-1. After the completion of eight singles Westfield still held a slender 17-15 advantage. Town “A” slipped further behind when Kevin Bird took the first end 11-9 to open up a 3 point advantage but Fuller then took control with 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 wins to level the score at 18-18. Bird and Stefanov again demonstrated why they are the most successful doubles combination in the League taking the deciding doubles 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 to run out winners 21-18 and complete a Cup and League double.
Kettering Town “B” 5 Chatburn (+14) 2, Scrivener (+14), Anne Woolston (+14) 2 Westfield “D” 2 Mistry (+3), Patel (SCR)
On an adjoining table at Weavers Kettering Town “B” defeated Westfield “D” in the Borough Trophy final. Jim Chatburn beat Bhavika Mistry and Scott Dixon, Pete Scrivener also beat Dixon and Anne Woolston beat Nitin Patel to open up a 4-0 lead. Mistry defeated Woolston 10-21, 21-18, 21-19 and Patel defeated Scrivener 21-19, 22-20 for a more healthy score line of 4-2. These two defeats slowed Town “B’s” progress but the victory was achieved in game 7 when Woolston won her final game 21-16, 21-9 against the unlucky Dixon for a 5-2 success.
SHIRLEY EVERARD POINTS CUP;
Rothborough Dakotas (+160) 428 Rowbotham 63/126, Smith 90/117, Ainsworth 86/126, Smith/Ainsworth 29/42 Westfield “D” (SCR) 411 Malpass 126/58, Dixon 120/90, Alder 123/91, Malpass/Dixon 42/29.
REPORT:The third Cup Final and only remaining trophy to be decided was between Westfield “D” and Rothborough Dakotas. Having lost on the previous evening Westfield “D” were hoping for a better outcome this time. After six games Paul Malpass, Scott Dixon and Chris Alder had reduced Dakotas starting handicap of 160 points to 55 points and victory seemed to be within their grasp. There was a complete reversal of fortune in the next three singles and Dakotas only conceded an additional 25 points. Sean Smith halved with Alder 39-39, Lauren Ainsworth lost 27-42 to Malpass and Pete Rowbotham lost 32-42 to Dixon. Dakotas now held a 30 point advantage and only required another 13 points from the doubles for victory. Malpass and Dixon won the doubles 42-29 against Smith and Ainsworth but this was not enough to prevent a 17 point defeat and unluckily losing two cup finals in consec