Higham and Westfield B played out an entertaining 5-5 draw in the Premier Division of the Kettering and District Table Tennis League.

Captain Richard Elliott made his long-awaited return from injury and opened his account straight away with a 3-0 win over Nicole Bird.

Westfield rallied from 1-0 to 4-1 ahead after five-end wins from Matt Horrocks over Richard Bashford and Bogdan Capusa over Elliott.

When Capusa sealed his treble to make it 5-2 it looked like Westfield would take the win but Higham reeled off three wins in a row.

Mark Nannery hammered Bird, Elliott saw off Horrocks and then the captain and a cameo appearance from Andy Trott made it 5-5 in the doubles.

Two-man Harborough B almost doubled their points tally for the season in losing 7-3 to Corby Lyveden Fields.

Liam Burnham almost repeated last week’s heroics but blew a two-set lead over Kyle Murie to fall away in the fifth.

Both Burnham and Steve Crook – for his first win this season -  beat Ken Knott, who was playing up for Corby.

The Harborough pair claimed an impressive doubles success against Murie and Chris Haynes.

Westfield C got their start to the second half of the season off to the worst possible start as they went down 10-0 at home to Corby Smash A.

Smash fielded their strongest line-up of the season in Colin Wilson, Sam Wilson and Adam Wilson and the trio duly saw off their hosts.

Steve Hobbs and Bhavika Mistry came the closest to avoiding the whitewash, losing in five ends to Adam and Colin Wilson respectively.

Westfield face a real battle to stay up and if they don’t it will arguably be down to their lack of composure in deciding games – they’ve won just four out of 17 matches to go the distance this season.

There was a rare occurrence at Church Langton as both Harborough A and Kettering Town turned up with two players.

With the match effectively starting at 2-2 Town ran through the card with John Fuller and Nigel Metcalfe both beating Kevin Shield and Nathan Thompson.

A little-used league rule then came into play as two doubles matches were played, Town winning both.

A problem creating a 2v2 matchcard means this result has not yet been placed onto the 365 website.

Results: Higham 5 (Elliott 2, Nannery 2, Elliott/Trott) Westfield B 5 (Capusa 3, Horrocks, Bird), Harborough B 3 (Burnham, Crook, Burnham/Crook) Corby Lyveden Fields 7 (Haynes 3, Murie 3, Knott), Westfield C 0 Corby Smash A 10 (C Wilson 3, S Wilson 3, A Wilson 3, S Wilson/A Wilson), Harborough A 2 (Forfeit 2) Kettering Town  8 (Fuller 2, Metcalfe 2, Forfeit 2, Fuller/Metcalfe 2)

Team of the week: Corby Smash A

Player of the week: Bogdan Capusa

After taking on second in Division One last week with no reward Smash B travelled to top placed Burton A where Peter and Tyler Hillery both got the better of Harry Lade for two valuable points.

Tyler had to repel a comeback from two down to do it, and Peter almost did the same against Denise Jacobi but in the end Jacobi and Dave Needham got their customary maximums, and remain undefeated in doubles.

Burton improved on their draw in the first match and Needham avenged his only defeat.

Chasing them hard, Arrows beat Westfield 9-1, repeating their previous victory and Helen Watts this time matched her team mates on her return to the team, with Martin Watts and Julian Marlow also gaining hat-tricks.

 Unusually, the only point Westfield gained was in the doubles when Scott Dixon – in only his second match this season – and Duncan Brudenall overcame Marlow and Helen Watts.

When bottom but one team Smash C hosted third placed Burton B it looked like they might upset the form book as they went into a 2-1 lead and Burton only got the one with Jacob Tattersall winning a five end game against Andy Logan.

However Smash only won one more and Burton ran out 7-3 victors.

All the visitors finished with two wins apiece.

Chris Agg had a slow start, was involved in deuce’s in more than half of his singles ends, but was the only player to beat Alex Cochrane - in three tight ends.

Cochrane meanwhile had impressive straight end wins over Derek Muggleton and Tattersall, which was revenge for defeats in the first match of the season.

Bob Hickson’s late seasonal debut for Thrapston earned his team a point to match Stewart Williams but that was it against Lakeview, just above them in the table.

Adam Bendyk got his third maximum in five matches, this time all in four ends, and Stephen Woolston and Nigel Hunt each bagged a pair, though Hunt had to come back from two down to Williams and also needed five to beat Hickson.

After this reversal of the earlier fixture which they lost 2-8 Lakeview are hot on the heels of Burton B.

It took until week 12, but, after three successive blank weeks, Halesowen’s Ken Knott got his first hat-trick.

His first game took five very close ends against Harborough’s Jamie Burgess, then again five close ones against Vaughan Allington, and finally in three ends against Phil Dixon, but all within two points.

For good measure he teamed up with Neil Stone for a doubles.

Stone earlier had only lost in five to Allington.

Tom Lathom however only played ten ends for his two victories, losing only to Phil Dixon in his first game and this 8-2 win mean Halesowen increased the points between them and Harborough from five to eleven.

Results: Burton Baptist A 8 (Jacobi 3, Needham 3, Lade, Jacobi/Needham) Corby Smash B 2 (P Hillery, T Hillery), Corby Halesowen 8 (Knott 3, Lathom 2, Stone 2, Knott/Stone) Harborough C 2 (Allington, Dixon), Corby Smash C 3 (Cochrane 2, Burrows) Burton Baptist B 7 (Agg 2, Muggleton 2, Tattersall 2, Agg/Tattersall), Rothborough Arrows 9 (Marlow 3, H Watts 3, M Watts 3) Westfield D 1 (Brudenall/Dixon), Thrapston 3 (Hickson, Williams, Hickson/Williams) Corby Lakeview 7 (Bendyk 3, Hunt 2, Woolston 2)

Player of the week: Alex Cochrane

Team of the week: Corby Lakeview

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