Challenge Trophy Competition

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Round 1 Results

The first round of the Challenge Trophy always produces some mixed results and this year proved no exception. The draw takes into account where the teams are in the tables on a given date when the draw is made but with some teams not having played their full complement of matches, are, as a result of this, not in their expected position, and could gain an advantage when setting the handicap. That said, there were players who put in excellent performances and others unfortunately, not doing as well as expected. 


Chesterwell C (0) 425 v Westfield D (rec 180) 435

Chesterwell A (0) 406 v Wanderers A (15) 336

Wanderers B (0) 440 v Stanwick VHTTC (180) 393

WDHA Challengers C (70) 465 v Westfield E  (0) 303

Higham Harriers B (180) 452 v Thrapston (0) 412

St John B (0) 433 v Higham Harriers C (220) 429

Chesterwell D (170) 415 v Higham Harriers A (0) 421

Wanderers D (45) 396 v Westfield C (0) 368

WDHA Knightriders D (180) 397 v Wanderers E (0) 438

Higham Band B (120) 443 v Higham Band A (0) 391

WDHA Royals A (0) 403 v Chesterwell B (70) 368

Westfield A (0) 430 v Wanderers C (285) 465

Westfield B (0) 391 v Old Grammarians B (100) 437

WDHA Superkings B (100) 385 v St John A (0) 407

Old Grammarians A (0) 440 v Chesterwell E  (300) 391


Results Breakdown


Chesterwell C (0) 425:                     (Maxine Shears 129/69, Stuart Coles 130/79, Clare Coles 125/73)  

Westfield D (rec 180) 435             (Stuart Holroyd 74/130, Asish Nandi 69/130, Amrat Mistry 78/124)

This was an excellent cup tie with most games around handicap. The key games were 3 and 4 where Amrat Mistry earned 33 points in a 6-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6 draw and Stuart Holroyd, likewise in an 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 5-11 defeat to Stuart Coles. Game 9 saw Maxine Shears win out 11-3, 9-11, 11-1, 11-8 over Asish Nandi to leave the hosts needing to pull back 17 points. However, the visitors pairing of Holroyd and Amrat Mistry kept the hosts Stuart and Clare Coles to 41 points and gained 34 in drawing the doubles 10-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11.


Chesterwell A (0) 406:                  (Mike Pond 128/87, Stan Galkowski 129/92, Valdy Papiernik 105/106)

Wanderers A (15) 336:                   (Andy Law 105/118, John Stamp 84/128, Jon Taylor-Burt 96/116)

Both these sides have struggled in the cup in the past but despite Valdy Papiernik going down 4-11, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11 to Jon Taylor-Burt and 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11 to Andy Law, there were excellent displays by his team mates Mike Pond and Stan Galkowski ensured the hosts gained the second biggest winning margin of the round.


Wanderers B (0) 440:                      (Paul Goodman 132/68, Stewart Williams 132/55, Bob Hickson 132/69)

Stanwick TTC (180) 393:                  (Carl Eaves 49/132, Geoff Neville 82/132, Jon Tuplin 61/132)

Wanderers B belied their poor league performance and with hindsight probably enjoyed a generous handicap. The visitors failed to gain a leg and hopes of victory were dashed early in game 4 where Carl Eaves went down 0-11, 3-11, 4-11, 2-11 to Stewart Williams. The hosts were consistent throughout with no visitor able to attain the 30 points mark. 


WDHA Challengers (70) 465:             (Daniel Bain 120/68, Hubert Ganatra 119/96, Rishan Ganatra 116/95)

Westfield E (0) 303:                               (Stuart Rae 86/128, Wendy Bradford 102/112, Nicole King 71/124)

If this had been a horse race, there would have been a steward’s enquiry. The host’s trio had only managed six wins between them and lying below the visitors in the league, hence the handicap. Perhaps the match was summed up in game 5, where Nicole King with easily the best record of the six scored a measly 16 points in a 5-11, 3-11, 4-11, 4-11 defeat to Daniel Bain. The biggest winning margin for years ensured the hosts of a bye in the next round. 


Higham Harriers B (180) 452:           (Phillip Inman 79/126, Neil Stevens 73/128, Bob Collyer 84/119)

Thrapston (0) 412:                                (Ian Donaldson 132/66, Chris Warliker 132/73, Alan Tyler 109/97)

In past years, Thrapston have perfumed well against lower sides and once again Chris Warliker and Ian Donaldson were within handicap, but Alan Tyler struggled throughout and his two draws against Bob Collyer and Phillip Inman saw him drop 67 points. This ensured victory for the hosts who were 43 points ahead at the doubles. Donaldson and Warliker only gained a further 3 points, drawing 10-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11 against Collyer and Inman.


St John B (0) 433:                                 (Alan Hill 125/78, Mike Terry 132/54, Paul Lipczak 132/65)    

Higham Harriers C (220) 429             (Oli Hicks 86/125, Matt Hicks 61/132, Katie Hicks 50/132)

The visitors opened brightly with Oli Hicks gaining 32 in a 2-2 draw with Alan Hill, but Mike Terry restored the balance in the following game with a 11-2, 11-2, 11-0, 11-6 win over brother Matt. The hosts were in front of handicap by game 7 but Paul Lipczak and Alan Hill conceded 57 points in games 8 and 9, 28 points and 29 points gained by Oli and Matt respectively. This left 17 points required in the doubles, but Lipczak and Terry responded with an excellent performance to win out 11-1, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 over Oli and Matt for a nail-biting 4 point victory in a thrilling cup tie. 


Chesterwell D (170) 415:                   (Johnathan Driscoll 91/119, Duncan Wright 39/132, Daniel Mann 84/129)

Higham Harriers A (0) 421:              (Ian Bird 132/59, Graham Bird 125/69, Norman Wooster 121/86)

Chesterwell D enjoyed an enhanced handicap due to the visitors fielding Ian Bird and after a tense struggle went down by 9 points. Whilst Johnathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann performed above handicap for the hosts, Duncan Wright found the going tough, gaining a mere 39 points. The best individual performance for Chesterwell D was in game 9, where Driscoll gained 34 points, drawing 2-2 with Graham Bird to leave then 6 points behind at the doubles. Ian Bird and Wooster won out 11-5, 11-10, 11-5, 10-11 over Driscoll and Mann to clinch an excellent match by 6 points.

Wanderers D (45) 396:           (Roger Ellingham 104/109, Graham Babbage 100/116, Mike Howorth  112/106)

Westfield C (0) 368:                  (Mark Holly 109/119, Mark Ramsden 106/109, Steve Fuller 116/88)

Wanderers D tend to put their poor league form behind them in this competition and gained a good 28 point victory. The visitors were clear favourites at the end of game 7 but Mike Howorth swung the balance, winning out 4-0 in a 11-7. 11-7, 11-10, 11-10 win over Mark Holly and Roger Ellingham shook off an earlier heavy defeat by Steve Fuller to further extend the advantage with a 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 win over Mark Ramsden. 30 points in front at the doubles, Ellingham and Babbage held out with ease, drawing 11-8, 10-11, 3-11, 11-7 with Ramsden and Fuller


WDHA Knightriders D (180) 397:     (Kavish Dodhia 82/130, Anish Patel 61/132, Bipasha Ganatra 51/132)

Wanderers E (0) 438:                        (David May 131/69, Derek Shears 131/69, Steve Hoole 132/62)

The visitors gave arguably the performance of the round to beat the current holders by 41 points. The visitors were consistent throughout, shaking off an opening blip when Kavish Dodhia gained 30 points in a 5-11, 5-11, 11-10, 9-11 defeat by David May. All the other games saw the hosts slightly behind on handicap and leaving them 14 points behind at the  doubles which was increased to 41 when Anish Patel and Bipasha Ganatra went down 6-11, 4-11, 2-11, 5-11 to May and Derek Shears.


Higham Band B (120) 443:                (Devlin Whitmore 119/96, Raylee Burton 81/129, Stuart Futrill 82/126)

Higham Band A (0) 391:                      (Deirdre Kiziak 98/107, Keith Stockley 130/98, Pete Martin 123/77)

In this all club clash Devlin Whitmore must have wondered why he wasn’t ranked as a A team player as he opened with a stunning 11-4, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 win over Deirdre Kiziak and drew 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11 over an in form Pete Martin and put further salt in the wounds in a narrow 11-10, 10-11, 10-11, 10-11 defeat to Keith Stockley. Raylee Burton and Stuart Futrill were roughly on handicap but the lower team cruised home by 53 points, one of the only 3 results to exceed the 50 mark.


WDHA Royals A (0) 403:                    (Abin Islam 113/113, Ethan Ali 124/81, Virat Patel 122/78)   

Chesterwell B (70) 368:                      (Graham Ellson 96/114, Carlton Ellwood 88/122, Luke Hughes 88/123)

On paper this looked a generous handicap for the visitors but their normal good cup form deserted them and they were beaten in all but one game, where Graham Ellson won out 11-6, 11-5, 10-11, 10-11 over Abin Islam. Best performance for the consistent hosts was game 9 where Ethan Ali saw off a below par Carlton Ellwood 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2 to leave then 17 in front at the doubles which Virat Patel and Ali increased to 35 points with a 11-10, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 win over Ellson and Ellwood.


Westfield A (0) 430:                            (Kevin Bird 132/25, Nicole Bird 132/41, Patryk Polanski 122/93)

Wanderers C (285) 465:                    (James Findley 61/131, Tony Wallis 62/123, Carl Singh 36/132)

As normal, the current champions and champions elect are given a stiff handicap, which against a determined Wanderers side, they struggled. The match was always likely to be decided by the performances of the number three player and so it proved. The hosts restricted Carl Singh to 36 which could have proved enough, but Patryk Polanski could not emulate his team mates conceding a massive 40 points in a shock 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, defeat to Tony Wallis in game 6. Westfield, through the ‘Bird’s’ were left in the hunt, but in game 8 the underperforming Polanski dropped a further 35 points to put the game beyond reach.


Westfield B (0) 391:                         (Charlie Morrow 124/92, Charlie Clements 120/104, Leigh Clements 108/102)

Old Grammarians B (100) 437:   (Colin Lord 97/108, Roger Fleming 85/128, Martin Rice 116/106)

Old Grammarians belied their position as bottom markers in Division 2 and gained an excellent victory over top of the table Westfield B. Game 3 saw Martin Rice gain a 4-0 victory over Leigh Clements winning out 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, 11-10 and with Colin Lord gaining a further 5 points in the next game, sharing 11-10, 11-4, 10-11, 9-11 the writing was on the wall and Old Gramms cruised home by 46 points. 


WDHA Superkings B (100) 385:        (Tarun Mistry 86/126, Jack Bain 88/114, Dev Patel 85/123)  

St John A (0) 407:                                (Jon Perkins 121/99, Richard Wills 110/98, Grant Timms 132.62)

This was an excellent display by the visitors against a strong Division 2 side. Apart from game 4, where Jack Baines won out 4-11, 11-10, 11-9, 11-5 over Jon Perkins, the consistent St John A side gained points in every game. Grant Timms in fine form throughout virtually assured victory when in game 7 he saw off Bain 11-1, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8. Four points in front at the doubles, Timms and Perkins increased the margin to 22 in an 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 win over Tarun Mistry and Bain.


Old Grammarians A (0) 440:           (Phil Laurence 132/27, Mick Ball 132/38, Steve Kendall 132/16)

Chesterwell E (300) 391:                    (Gavin Birmingham 30/132, Katie Coles 14/132, Peter Atkins 37/132)

In the past few years, Old Grammarians A have struggled in the cup but faced with a massive handicap against the leagues bottom markers, gave a ruthless display to win out by a surprisingly high 49 points. Steve Kendall nearly got into the record books when he restricted Katie Coles to 1 point in game 6. Only one game exceeded the handicap when Mick Ball dropped 19 points to a persevering Peter Atkins.


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