Higham took firm control of the Premier Division after thumping nearest rivals Kettering Town 8-2.

The win, the league leaders’ tenth in a row, saw them extend the gap between them and second to eight points.

Higham’s success was down to superb trebles from the unbeaten Andy Trott and Richard Elliott, who outlasted old foe John Fuller 11-9 in the fifth.

The match was level at 2-2 early on with Fuller and Nigel Metcalfe beating Richard Bashford before the hosts blew Town away in the final six games.

Reigning champions Westfield A sit third after an 8-2 win over Corby Lyveden Fields.

Steve Silk and Roumen Stefanov were in fine form as they won their six singles matches for the loss of one end.

Kevin Bird found the going tougher, uncharacteristically losing 3-0 to Kyle Murie and Chris Haynes, but he avoided the wooden spoon when he outlasted an equally poor Henry Arthur in game nine.

Westfield B were the week’s third 8-2 winners, this time at Burton Baptist A.

Bogdan Capusa and Nick Howard both carded trebles with Baptist’s two wins coming in upsets against Nicole Bird.

Pete Hillery came from 2-0 down to beat her in her opener before youngster Jacob Tattersall also edged her in the fifth by an 11-5 scoreline.

Dan Busby was Harborough A’s hero with a treble in a 7-3 win over Rothborough A.

Busby, who normally plays in Division One, scored three superb wins against Sean Smith in five, Helen Watts in four and Martin Watts in straight ends.

He was assisted by a brace from James Lancaster and a single win for Barry Thompson.

For Rothborough, Smith claimed fine successes over Thompson and Lancaster and Helen Watts beat Thompson.

Results: Higham 8 (Trott 3, Elliott 3, Bashford, Trott/Elliott) Kettering Town 2 (Fuller, Metcalfe), Westfield A 8 (Silk 3, Stefanov 3, Bird, Stefanov/Bird) Corby Lyveden Fields 2 (Murie, Haynes), Burton Baptist A 2 (Tattersall, Hillery) Westfield B 8 (Capusa 3, Howard 3, Bird, Capusa/Howard), Harborough A 7 (Busby 3, Lancaster, Thompson, Lancaster/Thompson) Rothborough A 3 (Smith 2, H Watts)

Team of the week: Higham

Players of the week: Richard Elliott and Dan Busby

Harborough B emphasised their Division One quality with an 8-2 defeat over Burton Baptist B in fourth and finish the first half of the season comfortably on top.

It was straight ends all the way apart from Harry Lade’s defeat of Steve Crook in four.

Nash Hooda got Burton’s other point, but Liam Burnham and Dan Busby continue serenely, with Burnham on two defeats in ten matches, and Busby still unbeaten in ten.

Thrapston finish the first half of the season in second by virtue of an 8-2 defeat of Harborough C which wasn’t as comfortable as it sounds.

They had to win the first two in five, Chris Warliker coming from behind to beat Phil Dixon and then Stewart Williams squeezing home 12-10 after a rear-guard action from two down by Mark Pearson.

From four points down guest  Danny Verrall took matters into his own hands and beat Stewart Williams, ranked 52 places higher, then Chris Warliker, 60 places higher, both in five, and has deservedly had three nominations so far for player of the week.

Nitin Patel dropped only two ends in his fourth appearance this season and is on 75 per cent wins this season, compared to Warliker’s 78 per cent and Williams’ 80 per cent.

Sixth placed Corby Smash C had a good win over Westfield in third, their second consecutive 3-7 loss.

Smash’s win included a seventh hat-trick for back on form Gabor Toth and a double for Mike Burrows - over Duncan Brudenall and a five ender over Paul Malpass, only missing out on a hat-trick in the fifth against Graham Taylor – and a win for Mike Ainsworth over Brudenall.

Smash B joined their club mates on 58 points with a whitewash of Corby Lincoln.

Tyler Hillery, Andy Frearson and Mike Burrows lost only a total of four ends all night, two of these when Burrows had to repel a fightback from two down by Stewart Abrahams.

Strangely, when Burrows took on Ken Murie the first end finished 16-18 to Murie, then, in the next, the Lincoln player drew a blank.

Tyler is now on 81 per cent victories going into the second half of the season.

Harborough D had a resounding win in a very long match, even though it transferred to two tables for the last few games.

Eventually Dave Coombs and Danny Verrall gained maximums, Verrall needing to shake off a come-back from two down by Gareth Lewis to achieve it, and then teamed up for the doubles, winning 13-11 in the fifth.

Vaughan Allington added a brace to make the final score 9-1, but had to succumb to another Lewis recovery after the Rothborough player lost the first two ends 13-15.

Thus Lewis picked up his second victory of the season.

It was Ivor Jones’ first blank week since the first game of the season.

Burton Baptist C overcame Lakeview 8-2 with a return to form for Gerry Crasto with a hat-trick, matched again by Derek Muggleton, although the latter needed five to beat Tom Lathom and Stewart Abraham.

And in Muggleton’s first game against Stephen Woolston both players at times recovered a six point deficit to take it to deuce before then missing out. Muggleton took it in four eventually.

Muggleton was involved in all three games that went the distance as the Burton pair edged out Woolston and Lathom the long way for the extra point.

Results: Corby Lakeview 2 (Lathom, Woolston) Burton Baptist C 8 (Crasto 3, Muggleton 3, Marshall, Crasto/Muggleton), Corby Smash B 10 (Burrows 3, Frearson 3, T Hillery 3, Frearson/T Hillery) Corby Lincoln 0, Corby Smash C 7 (Toth 3, Burrows 2, Ainsworth, Toth/Burnham) Westfield D 3 (Taylor 2, Malpass), Harborough B 8 (Burnham 3, Busby 3, Crook, Burnham/Crook) Burton Baptist B 2 (Hooda, Lade), Rothborough B 1 (Lewis) Harborough D 9 (Coombs 3, D Verrall 3, Allington 2, Coombs/D Verrall), Thrapston 8 (N Patel 3, Warliker 2, Williams 2, Warliker/Williams) Harborough C 2 (D Verrall 2)

Player of the week: Danny Verrall

Team of the week: Corby Smash C

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