Westfield A 10 v Westfield B 0
For the past two seasons, promoted sides have strengthened and performed well but indications are that this season things will return to the past as both promoted sides look well off pace. Lacking their best player from their promotion campaign, Westfield B continue to struggle and against their ‘A’ side, went down to an expected whitewash. No match went to five and Travis Holly and Stephen Woolston, who had not been at their best recently, together with Kevin Bird, cashed in with trebles over Leigh Clements, Charlie Clements and Mark Thomas.
WDHA Royals A 5 v Wanderers A 5
With both sides below strength this hard fought tussle went to the wire. Paul Goodman, normally in the relegated B side, had, to date, found everything plain sailing but this step up was a different kettle of fish as he failed to register, but went to five with Shyam Bavalia, losing out 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 2-11. Tony Wharton and John Stamp both gained doubles losing out to Abin Islam and Bavalia respectively. With the match dependent on the doubles, the visitors gained a last minute draw with Stamp and Wharton winning out 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 over Islam and Bavalia.
Higham Harriers A 8 v Thrapston 2
Amongst the lower sides, virtually all the points will be gained by one player and this followed the pattern with Chris Warliker gaining an excellent brace with good wins over Graham Bird and Norman Wooster. Steve Kendal on his return, gained a treble, easily seeing off Steve West and Alan Tyler but found Warliker much tougher before winning out 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9.
WDHA Superkings 7 v Chesterwell B 3
The Superkings scored a very good win over Chesterwell, mainly due to a brilliant maximum from Jack Bain on his first outing of the season. Dev Patel and Himanshu Ganatra both contributed good doubles to complete their team’s points. Chesterwell’s Luke Hughes could only manage a single win after his impressive start to the season with Maxine Shears also adding a single point. After their earlier setbacks, Hughes & Shears then did very well to end the evening with a 4 set doubles victory over Bain & Patel.
Old Grammarians A 6 v Higham Harriers B 4
After racing into a 4-0 lead, the O.G.s then had to withstand a spirited fightback from the Harriers and only sealed the win with victory in the doubles. Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves both carded good doubles for the home team to go with Phil Laurence’s single win whilst Mick Malins and Bob Collyer both scored a brace for the visitors. Reeves & Laurence finally got the better of Collyer & Neil Stevens in the doubles to gain their team’s all important 6th point.
Wanderers C 5 v Westfield C 5
The 2 teams fought out a very close draw with 8 of the 10 games going to a 4th or 5th end. Wanderers’ James Findlay was the only unbeaten player on the night and was well backed up with a good brace from Carl Singh. All 3 Westfield players contributed to their team’s score with Stuart Jones adding a good double to single wins from Mark Holly and Piotr Polanski. Jones & Polanski finally saw off Findlay & Singh, taking the doubles and securing their team’s draw.
Higham Band A 4 v Stanwick VHTTC 6
Stanwick’s winning run continues with this 6th victory on the trot but once again they had to wait for the doubles to seal the win. Ian Baldock’s 5th maximum once again proved to be the difference between the 2 teams and he was well supported with another brace from Geoff Neville. Higham’s Nigel Magee played well for his 2 wins with Keith Stockley and Perce Sharp both chipping in with a single win each. Baldock & Neville finally ran out winners in the doubles against Magee & Sharp to conclude a very enjoyable evening.
Chesterwell C 2 v Wanderers B 8
The Wanderers continue their relentless march at the top of the league and despite being without 2 of their 3 regular players, managed to record an 8-2 victory and extend their lead to 22 points. Paul Goodman maintained his 100% record with another great maximum whilst Tony Wallis and Carl Singh, both playing up from their C team did themselves proud with 2 wins apiece. Daniel Mann put up stout resistance for the home team but his brave double was all his team had to show for their night’s work. Goodman & Wallis secured the visitors’ 8th point with a straight sets victory in the doubles against Mann & Duncan Wright.
Westfield D 3 v Wanderers D 7
Westfield D faced their 1st defeat of the season at the hands of Wanderers D. Only one set was over in three ends, and five going the full distance. For the first time Amrat Mistry failed to register. Stuart Holroyd was the star of the show for the home side with with two points with Asish Nandi gaining the final point 13-11 in the 5th end against Graham Babbage. Roger Ellingham was recorded a hat trick with Mike Howorth gaining two wins. Ellingham and Babbage added the doubles against Holroyd and Nandi.
Higham Harriers C 5 v Old Grammarians B 5
Old Grammarians B just managed to secure their second draw of the season against Higham Harriers C’s triplets, Oli, Matt and Katie Hicks, who all managed to get on the scoresheet, with 2 wins each for Oli and Kate and a single for Matt. None could better the experienced Martin Rice who recorded a straight games hat trick, and teamed with Roger Fleming in the doubles to win 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 and 8-11 against Oli and Kate in the doubles to tie the match.
WDHA Challengers C 10 v Westfield E 0
An outstanding victory for the WDHA Challengers over Westfield E and now top the Division 3 table, although they have played one more game. The young team of, Rishan Ganatra, Daniel Bain and Hubert Malenda recording hat tricks against Iain Rae, Stuart Rae and Eleanor Smyth are certainly making their presence felt.
WDHA Rising Stars D 10 v Chesterwell D 0
Once again Chesterwell D struggled to field a full team and they paid the penalty with a 10-0 defeat at the hands of their nearest opponents the Rising Stars Kavish Dodhia, Bipasha Ganatra and Aum Lakhani. Despite the lack of points Chesterwell are still enjoying their season.
Wanderers E 7 v Higham Band B 3
Derek Shears recorded a fine hat trick and was only extended by Band B’s Devlin Whitmore. David May added two points to the tally with Steve Hoole adding a single. Hoole was unlucky in his other two games losing out 6-11 and 5-11 in the 5th to Whitmore and Deirdre Kiziak respectively, with some good rallies throughout the evening.
Westfield A 10 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly 3, Stephen Woolston 3, doubles Bird/Holly)
Westfield B 0
WDHA Royals A 5 (Shyam Bavalia 2, Nitin Patel, Abin Islam 2)
Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, John Stamp 2, doubles Wharton/Stamp)
Higham Harriers A 8 (Steve Kendall 3, Graham Bird 2, Norman Wooster 2, doubles Kendall/Wooster)
Thrapston 2 (Chris Warliker 2)
WDHA Superkings B 7 (Himanshu Ganatra 2, Dev Patel 2, Jack Bain 3)
Chesterwell B 3 (Luke Hughes, Maxine Shears, doubles Hughes/Shears)
Old Grammarians A 6 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Laurence/Reeves)
Higham Harriers B 4 (Mick Malins 2, Bob Collyer 2)
Wanderers C 5 (James Findlay 3, Carl Singh 2)
Westfield C 5 (Stuart Jones 2, Mark Holly, Piotr Polanski)
Higham Band A 4 (Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley, Perce Sharp)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 2, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Chesterwell C 2 (Daniel Mann 2)
Wanderers B 8 (Tony Wallis 2, Paul Goodman 3, Carl Singh 2, doubles Wallis/Goodman
Westfield D 3 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Asish Nandi)
Wanderers D 7 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Higham Harriers C 5 (Oli Hicks 2, Matt Hicks, Kate Hicks 3, doubles Oli/Kate Hicks)
Old Grammarians B 5 (Martin Rice 3, Roger Fleming, doubles Rice/Fleming)
WDHA Challengers C 10 (Rishan Ganatra 3, Daniel Bain 3, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Ganatra/Malenda)
Westfield E 0
WDHA Rising Stars 10 (Kavish Dodhia 2, Bipasha Ganatra 2, Aum Lakhani 2, doubles Dodhia/Ganatra + 3 points by default)
Chesterwell D 0
Wanderers E 7 (David May 2, Steve Hoole, Derek Shears 3, doubles May/Shears)
Higham Band B 3 (Devlin Whitmore 2, Deirdre Kiziak)