Westfield B 1 v Higham Harriers A 9
Although the lowest placed of last years Division apart from the two teams relegated, the signing of Steve Kendall should avoid the necessity of fielding weakened sides and a much higher position is anticipated. For the promoted side, Westfield B’s Mark Thomas went down in the 5th to Graham Bird and Norman Wooster but failed to trouble Ian Bird. Charlie Morrow failed to register although managed a leg against Wooster whist Charlie Clements avoided the whitewash with a 11-9, 6-11, 11-4, 11-6 win over Wooster and fought hard against the Birds’ before bowing out. A feature of the match was the first treble in Division 1 for Graham Bird.
Chesterwell A 4 v WDHA Royals 6
The hosts vastly experienced side of veterans, went down to their 2nd defeat and although the losses were not unexpected a return of only 4 points was. Mike Pond ranked 4th in the League, went pointless in the seasons’ opener, his first since rejoining the League but managed a useful brace seeing off Abin Islam and Nitin Patel. Patel comfortable but going down 11-9, 3-11, 10-12, 9-11 to Virat Patel who scored an excellent treble. Valdy Papiernik failed to emulate his form against the Champions last week, going down 9-11 in the 5th to Islam and was well beaten by Virat Patel, but avoided a blank with a 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 win over Nitin Patel. Stan Galkowski again drew a blank and the 4th point gained by Pond and Papiernik in a 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 double win over Virat Patel and Abin Islam.
Higham Harriers A 4 v Westfield A 6
Although again without Steve Kendall the home side put up a good fight against the current champions, Well beaten in the opener against the still improving Travis Holly, Graham Bird recovered will to see off Patryk Polanski in five 11-6, 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7. Norman Wooster took Holly to 5 going down 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11 but disappointed in his other two, drawing a blank and Ian Bird scored his expected brace winning with ease against Polanski but was somewhat fortunate in a five set 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8 win over Holly. In the key math Kevin and Ian Bird, Kevin avenged last seasons’ defeat in a 11-9, 2-11, 11-6, 11-9 victory. Ian, however has some consolation when together with brother Graham won a 12-10, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 set doubles win over Kevin Bird and Travis Holly.
Higham Band A 4 v WDHA Superkings 6
This proved to be a very close match with the Superkings eventually running out winners thanks to a great maximum from Himanshu Ganatra and a good double from Tarun Mistry. All of the Higham players scored points (Keith Stockley 2, Perce Sharp 1 and Pete Martin 1) before Ganatra & Mistry sealed the win for the visitors in a 5 set, topsy turvy doubles decider against Stockley & Martin.
Wanderers B 8 v Westfield C 2
Wanderers B made a good start to their season with a solid 8-2 home victory with Paul Goodman and Stewart Williams both recording excellent trebles. Bob Hickson chipped in with a single win and finally the maximum men took the doubles in straight sets. Stuart Jones and Mark Ramsden both scored single wins for the visitors but that was all they had to show for their night’s work.
Chesterwell C 3 v Wanderers C 7
The Wanderers C team recorded their 2nd win of the season to take an early lead in the league table. James Findlay scored his 2nd successive treble and was well supported with 2 wins from Tony Wallis and a single from Maurice Jones. Daniel Mann (2 wins) and Jonathan Driscoll (1 win) scored the home team’s only points before Findlay & Wallis defeated Driscoll & Mann in the doubles in 4 very close ends.
Stanwick VHTTC 6 v Chesterwell B 4
Stanwick maintained their good start in division 2 with a narrow victory over Chesterwell’s B team. Ian Baldock, Geoff Neville & Kevin Tivey all scored good doubles for the home team but none of them could get the better of Chesterwell’s Luke Hughes who recorded an excellent maximum. The visitors’ 4th point came from a 5 set victory in the doubles with Hughes & Maxine Shears seeing off Baldock & Neville.
Westfield D 5 v WDHA Challengers 5
Amrat Mistry’s 2nd hat trick of the season secured the draw for Westfield D against WDHA Challengers. Newcomer Roy Smyth and Asish Nandi weighed in with a point each for the home side. For the Challengers, Daniel Bain was their highest scorer with 2 wins but had to work hard, winning in the 5th end against both Smyth and Nandi. Ansh Shah playing up from the Rising Stars, had an easier win over Smyth in a straight sets win as Rishan Ganatra lost in 5 to the same opponent but scraped through for his win over Nandi 13-11, 15-13, 6-11, 17-15. Challengers pulled back to secure the doubles point for an exciting draw.
Wanderers D 9 v Westfield E 1
Wanderers D, playing their 1st match this season after being relegated proved their might by winning out 9-1 against Westfield E Hat tricks for roger Ellingham and Mike Howorth and a brace for Graham Babbage, losing out to Iain Rae 11-5, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-13 for the visitors only point. Ellingham and Babbage adding a comfortable doubles win 11-1, 11-5, 11-2.
Wanderers E 9 v WDHA Rising Stars 1
Last seasons’ 3rd placed Wanderers E, recovered from their disastrous start last week, to win 9-1 this week against WDHA Rising Stars. David May was unbeaten winning all three matches in straight sets. Derek Shears also scored a hat trick defeating Ansh Shah 13-11 in the 4th end. Shah in his second outing this week gained a single victory 13-11, 4-11, 6-11, 11-6, 13-15 over Steve Hoole, the Rising Stars only point of the night as their two newcomers Aum Lakhani and Akash Koomarr found the going tough, but it is still early days.
Higham Band B 9 v Chesterwell D 1
A good win for Higham Band B winning out 9-1 against last seasons renamed Chesterwell E side, who finished bottom pf the table. Hat tricks for Stuart Futrill and Devlin Whitmore, Whitmore wins without losing an end. John Yeates, despite two good wins against Gavin Birmingham and Katie Coles behind him, he lost out 8-11, 9-11, 10-12 to Chesterwell’s David Carrigan, making a return to the League after a season out. Futrill and Whitmore adding the final doubles win over Carrigan and Birmingham.
Westfield B 1 (Charlie Clements)
Higham Harriers A 9 (Graham Bird 3, Norman Wooster 2, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)
Chesterwell A 4 (Valdy Papiernik, Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond 2, doubles Papiernik/Pond)
WDHA Royals 6 (Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 3, Nitin Patel)
Higham Harriers 4 (Graham Bird, Ian Bird 3, doubled Bird/Bird)
Westfield A 6 (Travis Holly 2, Patryk Polanski, Kevin Bird 3)
Higham Band A 4 (Perce Sharp, Keith Stockey 2, Pete Martin)
WDHA Superkings 6 (Tarun Mistry 2, Himanshu Ganatra 3, doubles Mistry/Ganatra)
Wanderers B 8 (Paul Goodman 3, Stewart Williams 3, Bob Hickson, doubles Goodman/Williams)
Westfield C 2 (Stuart Jones, Mark Ramsden)
Chesterwell C 3 (Johnathon Driscoll, Daniel Mann 2)
Wanderers C 7 (James Findlay 3, Tony Wallis 2, Maurice Jones, doubles Findlay/Wallis)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Ian Baldock 2, Geoff Neville 2, Kevin Tivey 2)
Chesterwell B 4 (Luke Hughes 3, doubles Maxine Shears/Hughes)
Westfield D 5 (Roy Smyth, Asish Nandi, Amrat Mistry 3)
WDHA Challengers c (5 (Daniel Bain 2, Ansh Sham Rishan Ganatra, doubles Bain/Shah)
Wanderers D 9 (Roger Ellingham 3, Mike Howorth 3, Graham Babbage 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Westfield E 1 (Iain Rae)
Wanderers E 9 (David May 3, Derek Shears 3, Steve Hoole 2, doubles May/Shears)
WDHA Rising Stars D 1 (Ansh Shah)
Higham Band B 9 (John Yeates 2, Stuart Futrill 3, Devin Whitmore 3, doubles Futrill/Whitmore)
Chesterwell D 1 (David Carrigan)