Sam Wilson’s unbeaten start came to an abrupt end as his Corby Smash A side lost 6-4 at the hands of Kettering in the Premier Division of the Kettering and District Table Tennis League.

The young defender lost 11-6 in the fifth to Nigel Metcalfe in his opening game before being beaten convincingly by John Fuller.

He and brother Adam got Smash on the board with wins over league debutant Aidan Walsh but at 6-2 down Smash were facing a heavy defeat.

But Adam came from 2-0 down to beat Nigel Metcalfe 10-12, 7-11, 11-6, 19-17, 11-8 in an epic tussle.

And then the Wilsons won the doubles 11-9 at the last to make the scoreline a respectable 6-4.

Westfield B lost 6-4 to unbeaten Westfield A despite an inspired performance from Matt Horrocks.

The flamboyant attacker scored fine wins over Roumen Stefanov and Brian Wooding and could have had a treble, but blew a 2-0, 9-6 lead against veteran Steve Silk.

Silk was unbeaten with wins over a lacklustre Dan Smalley – who lost to Wooding but beat Stefanov – and Bogdan Capusa, who both scored single wins.

Two-man Harborough A came from 4-0 down to beat a weakened Corby Rothbury 6-4.

Starting effectively 3-0 down, their night got off to the worst possible start when Barry Thompson lost to Aiden Smith.

But Nathan Thompson’s treble – including a surprisingly easy 3-0 win over Smith – coupled with dad Barry’s brace and success in the doubles salvaged an unlikely win.

Higham won 10-0 at bottom side Harborough B, but didn’t have it all their own way.

The hosts lost all four five-enders they contested, including 12-10 reverses for Liam Burnham against Richard Bashford and Andy Harrison.

Results: Kettering Town 6 (Fuller 3, Metcalfe 2, Walsh) Corby Smash A 4 (A Wilson 2, S Wilson, Wilson/Wilson), Westfield A 6 (Silk 3, Stefanov, Wooding, Silk/Wooding) Westfield B 4 (Horrocks 2, Smalley, Capusa), Harborough A 6 (N Thompson 3, B Thompson 3, Thompson/Thompson) Corby Rothbury 4 (Smith 2, Stone, Bendyk), Harborough B 0 Higham 10 (Bashford 3, Harrison 3, Nannery 3, Bashford/Harrison)

Team of the week: Harborough A

Player of the week: Matt Horrocks

Corby Halesowen’s biggest win of the season in Division One came at the expense of Corby Smash C.

Only a good pair by Alex Cochrane (ranked 138) prevented the whitewash, initially beating Tom Lathom then resisting a fightback from Ken Knott (113) to improve his season’s average.

Knott was otherwise untroubled but Lathom had to take the long way, coming from behind against both Andy Logan and Mike Burrows.

Neil Stone’s progress this season continues but Mike Burrows made him work for his fifth end win in the last game.

Lakeview are hot on the heels of Halesowen and bettered their result with a 9-1 defeat of Harborough C.

Phil Dixon prevented the rout in the last singles, defeating Stephen Woolston, but, apart from a five end doubles, it was fairly straightforward.

Vaughan Allington conceded his game against Rob Warrander to assist team mate Mick Radford in his illness, which helped Warrander to his hat-trick, matched by Adam Bendyk, in both cases their second maximum of the season.

The final score may have been 10-0 but there were three five enders and four went to four so Buccaneers were unlucky against Westfield.

Chief unlucky player was Ivor Jones who won seven ends in total and was ahead in two games without a point to his team to show for it.

David George and Paul Malpass got their second maximums and teamed up for the doubles.

Duncan Brudenall matched their treble and the result takes them above Halesowen in the league.

All eight of their squad have played now – the most of any team in the league.

Draw specialists Smash B forced Burton B into their first draw but Burton had to fight for it.

In fact they came back from 0-2 (10-12, 10-12) and 2-10 down to win the doubles and ensure parity.

It was Derek Muggleton – who had previously got a good brace – and the returning Chris Agg who forced the recovery. 

It was close throughout but Tyler Hillery (ranked 116 in the latest ranking) was the outstanding player, beating players ranked 80, 89 and 91, and the only one unbeaten on the night and the only one not to be taken to five.

Another injury for a Thrapston player, this time during the match, affected the result against Arrows and contributed to their first defeat.

Stewart Williams hurt his back in his second game and therefore had to concede that game against Julian Marlow, his next against Ivor Jones and the doubles.

Martin Watts led the way for Arrows with his second consecutive maximum, including against Chris Warliker, who had previously lost only once.

Jones and Marlow won two apiece in the 8-2 score, Jones matching his best result of the season, and it takes Arrows to second in the table.

Results: Burton Baptist B 5 (Muggleton 2, Agg, Tattersall, Agg/Muggleton) Corby Smash B 5 (T Hillery 3, P Hillery 2), Corby Lakeview 9 (Bendyk 3, Warrander 3, Woolston 2, Bendyk/Woolston) Harborough C 1 (Dixon), Corby Smash C 2 (Cochrane 2) Corby Halesowen 8 (Stone 3, Knott 2, Lathom 2, Knott/Lathom), Rothborough Buccaneers 0 Westfield D 10 (Brudenall 3, George 3, Malpass 3, George/Malpass),Thrapston 2 (Warliker 2) Rothborough Arrows 8 (M Watts 3, Jones 2, Marlow 2, Marlow/M Watts)

Player of the week: Tyler Hillery

Team of the week: Corby Smash C

In Division Two, Rothborough Comets’ 8-2 away win against Corby Harrogate saw Pete Rowbotham lose just one end all night in a dominant display to improve his average to over 80 per cent.

Lee Mordecai and Gareth Lewis both bagged a pair but lost their last games, although they were 7-0 up in the match at that point.

Stewart Abraham beat Mordecai and John Hunt prevented Lewis’ hat-trick 11-7 in the fifth.

Mordecai has played all seven matches and only dropped three games.

Lewis has dropped two in five matches and Comets maintain their position at the top.

Westfield E upset the table in defeating Baptist D 6-4, with the points shared evenly amongst all their players.

Sidney Wright beat Jim Chatburn and David Marks, Evie Elliott beat Marks, then Jonathan Sanders in five and Bronwen Grigg (0.08 per cent win average prior to this match) beat Marks and Sanders (previously 83 per cent), who is 24 places above her in the rankings, having previously only won one game all season.

It could have been worse for Burton as they were at one point 6-1 down.

While Burton D were on the wrong end of the result their C team salvaged a draw against Smash E with a doubles win by Harry Andrews and Kelvin Marshall.

Mark Waterfield was playing up from the D team and started the night well for Burton with a win in a close five end game against Tom Reygan.

Marshall got a treble to make it close but Piotr Knitter got a comfortable pair and Mike Wilson also got two to take it to the deciding doubles in a first draw of the season for both teams.

Corby Chesham won the first game of the evening with Nathan Dixon in five ends against James Lock for Smash D, but that was as good as it got with Smash taking all the other games to go level on points in the table with their E team.

Ashleigh Maynard won all three in his second match, although Nathan was unlucky to lose his game in five.

Lock doubled his seasons total with a brace but Andrew Frearson continued his good form with a maximum too, and the doubles with Lock.

Old increased the distance between them and Dakotas with a 7-3 victory.

Alan Tyler got a hat-trick although had to go to 14-12 in the fifth against Cathy Fleming whilst Fleming was getting used to a new bat.

Wendy Bradford and Richard Bryant got two each, Bryant beating Fleming and Tony Yeomans, whilst Bradford beat Fleming and Sally Taylor.

Taylor had to come from two down to beat Bryant for her point while Yeomans’ defeat of Bradford was more straightforward.

The Dakotas’ pair then teamed up for a double victory to reduce the margin of defeat.

The averages were proved to be accurate when Lincoln hosted Harborough with a 2-8 win for the visitors.

John McGowan has still only lost one game and Mark Pearson just two all season although both lost an end to Callum Donaldson.

In fact half of the games went to four ends so Lincoln were unlucky not to win one.

Unfortunately Mick Radford’s illness meant he had to concede his second and third games, Donaldson and Ken Murie the beneficiaries.

Results: Burton Baptist C 5 (Marshall 3, Waterfield, Andrews/Marshall) Corby Smash E 5 (Knitter 2, M Wilson 2, Reygan), Corby Lincoln 2 (Donaldson, Murie) Harborough D 8 (McGowan 3, Pearson 3, Radford, McGowan/Pearson), Corby Harrogate 2 (Abraham, Hunt) Rothborough Comets 8 (Rowbotham 3, Lewis 2, Mordecai 2, Mordecai/Rowbotham) , Corby Smash D 9 (Frearson 3, Maynard 3, Lock 2, Frearson/Lock) Corby Chesham 1 (N Dixon), Rothborough Dakotas 3 (Taylor, Yeomans, Taylor/Yeomans) Old Village 7 (A Tyler 3, Bradford 2, Bryant 2), Westfield E 6 (Elliott 2, Grigg 2, Wright 2) Burton Baptist D 4 (Chatburn 2, Sanders, Chatburn/Sanders)

Player of the week: Bronwen Grigg

Team of the week: Westfield E

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