Wanderers A 6 v Westfield B 4
This encounter tended to prove two things, the big difference in standards between Divisions 1 and 2 and also how fielding below strength sides greatly hampers a shot at the top two places. Despite facing the bottom markers, Carl Singh failed to register, this followed on from possibly the biggest shock of the season, Tony Wharton going down 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 6-11, 13-15 to Westfield’s Mark Thomas. Needing a doubles win to earn a draw and avoid a 100% defeat record, Graham Taylor and Thomas disappointed somewhat in a 2-11, 11-5, 3-11, 3-11 defeat to Andy aw and Wharton.
Higham Harriers A 5 v Chesterwell A 5
The visitors, whose form had been somewhat patchy, gave a good display and were somewhat unlucky not to further dent the hosts’ top 2 chances. Last season, Valdy Papiernik had possibly his best win ever in defeating Ian Bird but missed out in two deuces, going down 12-14, 10-12, 4-11and Bird completed his treble with a standard win over Stan Galkowski, but in a strange game with Mike Pond, won out 8-11, 11-4, 2-11, 11-3, 11-2. Graham Bird, despite his improved form this season, failed to register and a below par Steve Kendall only avoided a blank by winning out 13-11 in the 5th over Pond. Needing the doubles to avoid defeat, Ian Bird and Kendall won out 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 over Pond and Papiernik.
St John A 5 v Westfield A 5
Lacking the services of Kevin Bird the current champions were lucky to avoid their second defeat of the season against a depleted St John A side. Jon Perkins and Pete Boustred showed possibly their best form of the season, gaining braces, with Perkins edging out Stephen Woolston and Travis Holly in the 5th, winning out 14-12 and 11-9 respectively. Boustred won his with more ease and was unlucky in going down 9-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-13, 10-12 to Patryk Polanski who had earlier seen off Perkins 12-10, 11-9, 11-5. Needing a doubles win for a well merited draw, Perkins and Boustred duly obliged winning out 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 over Holly and Polanski.
Higham Harriers B 4 v Wanderers C 6
This match turned out to be a very close encounter with all 10 games needing a 4th or 5th set. Tony Wallis fired a great treble for the visitors and was well backed up with 2 wins from Maurice Jones and a single from Carl Singh. Bob Collyer carded a good double for the Harriers and Phil Inman added a further single win. Neil Stevens & Inman completed proceedings with a good 5 sets doubles victory over Wallis & Jones to keep the score-line close.
Chesterwell B 9 v Westfield C 1
Chesterwell’s 9-1 thumping of Westfield C sees them closing the gap on the 3 teams just above them and the 4 teams can now fight it out for that elusive runners-up spot. Maximums from Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears, to go with a great double from Clare Coles did the damage whilst Tim Mason prevented the whitewash with a lone victory for the visitors. Hughes & Shears completed their team’s 9 point haul with a straight sets doubles victory over Mason & Steve Fuller.
Wanderers B 8 v Old Grammarians A 2
Another heavy victory for league leaders Wanderers B sees them extend their lead to 23 points and surely the champagne can now be ordered! Bob Hickson led the way with a great maximum and the ever consistent Paul Goodman and Stewart Williams added a further double each. Mick Ball showed great resolve for the O.G.s with a fighting double before Williams & Hickson secured the Wanderers’ 8th point with a 4 sets doubles victory over Ball & Martyn Reeves.
Stanwick VHTTC 3 v WDHA Superkings 7
Stanwick suffered only their 2nd defeat of the season and once again it came at the hands of the impressive Superkings. Tarun Mistry fired a great maximum with Dev Patel’s double and Manav Pandya’s single making up the visitors’ 6 single points. Two wins from Ian Baldock and a single from Geoff Neville were Stanwick’s only reply and Mistry & Patel sealed a good night’s work for the Superkings with a 5 sets doubles victory against Baldock & Neville.
Chesterwell C 8 v Higham Band A 2
This was a great win for Chesterwell C and shows what the team are capable of when all 3 of their top players are present. Jonathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann both fired great maximums and Duncan Wright chipped in with an excellent double. Nigel Magee scored Higham’s only single point of the evening but later combined with Pete Martin to surprisingly see off Chesterwell’s maximum men and gain a very welcome doubles victory in 4 ends.
Old Grammarians B 6 v WDHA Challengers 4
A pivotal match between teams in 2 and 3 in the table, saw the lower side (with a game in hand) edge past their opponents with the unstoppable Martin Rice hitting his 8th hat trick in nine outings. Only Rahul Jethwa gave any resistance going out 10-12 in the 4th and Jethwa carried on to take David Bayes 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-4 & 11-9 and lost out to Roger Fleming 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 12-14, 4-11. Challengers’ Daniel Bain won twice as did Fleming for the opposition with Bain and Jethwa combining to add the doubles to bring the scoreline closer.
Chesterwell D 3 v Westfield E 7
A bottom of the table clash saw Chesterwell D gain 3 points with Katie Coles gaining her first point of the season against Westfield’s Eleanor Smyth 14-12, 4-11, 11-6, 12-10 and David Carrigan his 2nd point also against Smyth with Ian and Stuart Rae untroubled, both recording hat tricks. The most exciting set of the match was between Smyth and Gavin Birmingham, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 and she records her only point of the evening. Chesterwell D gained a 3rd point with Birmingham and Carrigan taking the doubles in three ends over Smyth and Stuart Rae.
Westfield D 5 v Wanderers E 5
A mid table clash ending all square with Amrat Mistry for Westfield D the only player to register a hat trick. Stuart Holroyd supported well with 2 points, losing out to David May 10-12 in the 4th end. May won twice losing to Mistry 7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12 and Steve Hoole and Derek Shears picked up 1 point each and needed the doubles to equalise, which they did 11-4 in the 5th.
Wanderers D 7 v Higham Harriers C 3
The same result as their last encounter and Wanderers D remain in the top spot 8 points ahead of the Challengers. Ellingham recorded a hat trick with Mike Howorth with 2 points, losing out to Matt Hicks 9-11 in the 4th. Both Oli and Katie Hicks took points from Graham Babbage, Katie’s result was close 2-11, 11-7, 12-10, 14-12 and Wanderers added the final point as they took the doubles 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 over Oli and Matt.
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 3, doubles Law/Wharton)
Westfield B 3 (Mark Thomas 2, Leigh Cements, Graham Taylor)
Higham Harriers A 5 (Steve Kendall, Ian Bird 3, doubles I Bird/Kendall)
Chesterwell A 5 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond)
St John A 5 (Jon Perkins 2, Pete Boustred 2, doubles Perkins/Boustred)
Westfield A 5 (Patryk Polanski 2, +3 points by default)
Higham Harriers B 4 (Bob Collyer 2, Phil Inman doubles Stevens/Inman)
Wanderers C 6 (Tony Wallis 3, Maurice Jones 2, Carl Singh)
Chesterwell B 9 (Maxine Shears 3, Luke Hughes 3, Clare Coles 2, doubles Shears/Hughes)
Westfield C 1 (Tim Mason
Wanderers B 8 (Paul Goodman 2, Stewart Williams 2, Bob Hickson 3, doubles Williams/Hickson)
Old Grammarians A 2 (Mick Ball 2)
Stanwick VHTTC 3 (Ian Baldock 2, Geoff Neville)
WDHA Superkings B 7 (Tarun Mistry 3, Manav Pandya, Dev Patel 2, doubles Mistry/Patel)
Chesterwell C 8 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 2, Daniel Mann 3)
Higham Band A 2 (Nigel Magee, doubles Magee/Martin)
Old Grammarians B 6 (Martin Rice 3, David Bayes, Roger Fleming 2)
WDHA Challengers C 4 (Daniel Bain 2, Rahul Jethwa, doubles Bain/Jethwa)
Chesterwell D 3 (David Carrigan, Katie Coles, doubles Birmingham/Carrigan)
Westfield E 7 (Stuart Rae 3, Eleanor Smyth, Iain Rae 3)
Westfield D 5 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Amrat Mistry 3)
Wanderers E 5 (David May 2, Steve Hoole, Derek Shears, doubles May/Shears)
Wanderers D 7 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Higham Harriers C 3 (Oli Hicks Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks)