It’s neck and neck at the top of the Premier Division after thumping 10-0 wins for Higham and Westfield A.

Higham retained top spot with a near-perfect win at struggling Corby Rothbury.

The hosts won just two ends all evening with Rob Warrander providing an early test for Richard Elliott before Warrander and Adam Bendyk took the opening end in the doubles.

Richard Bashford was in a hurry in winning his maximum for the loss of just 43 points.

Westfield A sit just a point behind with 28 from a possible 30 after whitewashing Harborough A.

Brian Wooding was taken beyond three ends in all of his matches but carded a treble, edging Nathan Thompson 12-10 at the last to remain unbeaten.

Barry Thompson and Kevin Shield took Wooding to four but Harborough’s only other chance came when the younger Thompson pulled Steve Silk back to 2-1 before losing 11-2.

The match of the week came at Corby Smash as Westfield B beat Smash A 7-3.

Bogdan Capusa put in a match-winning performance winning all three singles, handing Dawid Przybysz a first defeat on his return to the league in the process.

He was supported by Nick Howard’s brace, who led Przybysz 2-1 but fell away, and first win of the season for Matt Horrocks over youngster Alex Cochrane.

For Smash, Przybysz bagged a brace with captain Gary Pells beating Horrocks.

Burton Baptist A picked up their first win of the season by beating fellow promoted side Rothborough A 7-3.

Dave Needham’s maximum without dropping an end was the standout performance, with Pete Hillery winning two after edging Sean Smith 11-9 in the fifth.

Helen and Martin Watts beat Jacob Tattersall for the hosts with Helen also scraping past Hillery.

Results: Corby Rothbury 0 Higham 10 (Trott 3, Bashford 3, Elliott 3, Trott/Elliott), Westfield A 10 (Silk 3, Wooding 3, Stefanov 3, Wooding/Stefanov), Corby Smash A 3 (Przybysz 2, Pells) Westfield B 7 (Capusa 3, Howard 2, Horrocks, Howard/Horrocks), Rothborough A 3 (H Watts 2, M Watts) Burton Baptist A 7 (Needham 3, Hillery 2, Tattersall, Needham/Tattersall)

Team of the week: Higham

Players of the week: Bogdan Capusa and Dave Needham

The first Harborough derby of Division One featured the D team against the C team, and it started well for the lower ranked team with three consecutive wins.

The C team then won three to draw level, before the D team cleaned up the rest to secure a 7-3 win.

Vaughan Allington, Danny Verrall and Dave Coombs all won two, but opponents John McGowan, Phil Dixon and Mark Pearson all won one each.

Dixon won his in five against Allington but lost his other two in five, the last two ends against Coombs finishing 10-12.

Harborough B took their place at the top of the fledgling table when they continued their unbeaten start at the expense of Smash B’s winning run.

Only Tyler Hillery and Andy Frearson could get on the score card for Smash, leaving Dan Busby and Liam Burnham as the only players to have won all nine of their games in the three matches so far - and they have won all the doubles between them too.

Westfield gained their second home 9-1 victory of the season, losing the first game when Callum Donaldson beat Paul Malpass, who is 66 places higher in the ranking list.

Then David George won 12 straight ends and Duncan Brudenall only dropped two to continue their strong start to the season., with Malpass winning his others, but Stewart Abraham took him the distance before the Westfield captain won through.

Thrapston’s strong start also continues with a 6-4 defeat of Burton Baptist B with Stewart Williams’ hat-trick being the highlight.

He started with his toughest win over Harry Lade and finished inflicting Nash Hooda’s only defeat then partnering Chris Warliker in a doubles success.

Warliker and Peter Briggs beat Steve Smith but Hooda and Lade were otherwise too strong.

Burton C meanwhile gained their first success, beating Rothborough B 8-2, ironically Rothborough’s best result so far this season. 

Ivor Jones was their scorer, beating Gerry Crasto and Kelvin Marshall in five ends, coming from two down against Marshall.

Derek Muggleton got his first maximum, dropping only one end all night, including the doubles with Marshall.

After two heavy defeats Lakeview got their season started with a 7-3 defeat of Smash C, although at 3-1 down it was looking unlikely.

All three Lakeview players got a brace with Stephen Woolston and Keith McLaren both losing out to Mike Burrows, McLaren beating both Piotr Knitter and Neil Marlow in five and Tom Lathom lost out to Knitter, who this time won in five from two down.

Burrows’ defeat of Woolston was in three straight deuce ends.

The doubles was more straightforward for Woolston and Lathom.

Results : Burton Baptist B 4 (Hooda 2, Lade 2) Thrapston 6 (Williams 3, Briggs, Warliker, Warliker/Williams), Burton Baptist C 8 (Muggleton 3, Crasto 2, Marshall 2, Marshall/Muggleton) Rothborough B 2 (Jones 2), Corby Lakeview 7 (Lathom 2, McLaren 2, Woolston 2, Lathom/Woolston) Corby Smash C 3 (Burrows 2, Knitter), Corby Smash B 2 (Frearson, Hillery) Harborough B 8 (Burnham 3, Busby 3, Crook, Burnham/Busby), Harborough D 7 (Allington 2, Coombs 2, Verrall 2, Allington/Verrall) Harborough C 3 (Dixon, Mcgowan, Pearson), Westfield D 9 (Brudenall 3, George 3, Malpass 2, George/Malpass) Corby Lincoln 1 (Donaldson)

Player of the week: Dave Coombs

Team of the week: Harborough D

In Division Two, Rothborough D have won their first three matches of the season.

A 6-4 win against Burton Baptist D featured an excellent contest between Peter Rowbotham and Jon Sanders, who are closely matched according to the ranking list.

The Rothborough captain Rowbotham eventually squeezed through 11-9 in the fifth end and went on to complete a maximum.

Pete Sturges won twice with victories over Dave Marks and Neil Biggs, whilst Sanders was the best player for Burton as he also carded a double.

Beth Tyler, Wendy Bradford and Alan Tyler went through the card against the youngsters of Corby Smash F.

Joe Corner gained good experience on his debut against tough opponents, but it was left to Lana Orbell to win the only end of the match for Smash.

Alan Tyler has an unblemished record this season with nine wins from nine.

Sidney Wright and Bronwen Grigg hit trebles for Westfield E in an 8-2 win at Corby Chesham.

Both Westfield players were fully tested by Ann Woolston – Wright came through 11-7 in a fifth end and Grigg won 13-11 in a decider to register a second Kettering League hat-trick.

They  received good support from Alex Elsom who beat Mia Solomon and Ethan Hunt.

He also lost in five ends to Woolston who finally gained the reward her play deserved.

 There was a surprise in the doubles as Woolston and Solomon beat the unbeaten Westfield pair of Wright and Grigg 11-7, 13-11, 11-6.

The final score of 9-1 to Corby Smash E against Burton Baptist D did not tell the whole story.

Only two games were decided in three ends and four games went into a deciding end, all of which were won by Smash.

Andrew Parrott and Mike Wilson hit trebles for Smash, with Wilson coming through fifth end thrillers against Samuel Tattersall and Dave Marks.

Tom Reygan contributed a brace, but found Marks too consistent.

In the doubles, Parrott and Reygan found their rhythm to give ‘Sam and Dave’ the blues with a fifth end win 5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 6-11, 11-4.

Corby Smash E also beat Corby Harrogate 7-3 for their third win of the season and a first defeat for Harrogate.

Parrott led the way again with a trio of comfortable wins to earn the ‘Player of the Week’ award.

Wilson won twice before being beaten by an attacking display from Ted Eastman.

Sam Pedley joined Eastman in beating Reygan, but the Corby Smash player closed out a tight game against Nathan Dixon 11-6 in the fifth end to gain his own reward.

Results: Corby Smash E 7 (Parrott 3, M Wilson 2, Reygan, Parrott/Wilson) Corby Harrogate 3 (Eastman 2, Pedley), Rothborough D 6 (Rowbotham 3, Sturges 2, Rowbotham/Sturges) Burton Baptist D 4 (Sanders 2, Marks, Biggs), Old Village 10 (A Tyler 3, B Tyler 3, Bradford 3, Tyler/Tyler) Corby Smash F 0, Corby Chesham 2 (Woolston, Solomon/Woolston) Westfield E 8 (Wright 3, Grigg 3, Elsom 2), Burton Baptist D 1 (Marks) Corby Smash E 9 (Parrott 3, M Wilson 3, Reygan 2, Parrott/Reygan)

Player of the Week: Andrew Parrott

Team of the Week: Westfield E

Last Updated:
Share This Page