Old Grammarians A 4 v WDHA Royals 6
Steve Kendall got back on the hat trick trail his highlight being a 11-3, 5-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 win over Abin Islam. Phil Laurence again found the going tough failing to register but Mick Ball gained a rare win, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 over Amit Shah. Laurence and Kendall fought hard in the doubles but Islam and Shyam Bavalia won out 11-9, 4-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 to gain the narrow 6-4 win.
Chesterwell A 7 v Chesterwell B 3
Graham Ellson in a rich vein of form reminiscent of his halcyon Kettering league days saw off Valdy Papiernik and Stan Galkowski, 11-5 in the fifth against the latter. In a hard fought game, Mike Pond won out 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 to prevent him gaining an excellent treble. Carlton Ellwood, somewhat surprisingly beat Pond and must have been disappointed in going down 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11 to Papiernik and 5-11 in the 5th to Galkowski. Luke Hughes failed to emulate his team mates failing to gain even a leg and a Pond / Galkowski combination won out 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 in the doubles for a 7-3 victory which could have been much closer.
Wanderers B 1 v Westfield A 9
Kevin Bird and Patryk Polanski scored untroubled trebles against the bottom markers, neither dropping a leg. The only two games in doubt were game 2 where Stewart Williams avoided a whitewash winning out 11-8 in the 5th against Travis Holly, with Bob Hickson not so fortunate, going down 8-11 in the fifth to the same player in game 6.
Higham Harriers A 6 v St John A 4
The hosts learned the lesson from the previous week when a depleted side crashed to a heavy defeat by fielding their strongest line up and gaining their 2nd win of the season. Ian Bird, like his namesake in Westfield A, has a 100% record but had a harder game than expected against Pete Boustred, before winning out 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10. Norman Wooster had his best ever league win, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 13-111 victory over Grant Timms but the gloss was taken off somewhat when he went down to Jon Perkins and Pete Boustred. Graham Birds 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 win over Jon Perkins saw the match dependent on the doubles which the Birds’ took 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 over Perkins and Boustred for a good victory, which should give much encouragement.
Chesterwell C 7 v Higham Band A 3
Chesterwell’s 5th win on the trot sees them move up to 2nd place in the league and was mainly thanks to Stuart Coles’ 3rd treble of the season and Maxine Shears’ 6th treble in a row. Clare Coles scored their 7th point, recovering from 2-1 down to win 15-13 in the 5th end against Pete Martin. Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley scored single wins for the visitors and finally Nigel teamed up with Pete Martin to secure a thrilling 5 set doubles win after being 2 sets down.
Westfield B 8 v Wanderers C 2
Westfield closed out the first half of the season with another solid win, opening up a 16 point lead at the top of the table, having played one match more than their two closest rivals. Charlie Clements again led the way with his 7th treble of the season and was well supported with two wins apiece from Leigh Clements and Mark Thomas. The visitors’ main resistance came from James Findlay with a fighting double, Tony Wallis and Carl Singh both ended the night pointless after each had led one of their singles encounters 2-0. Leigh and Charlie finally took the doubles in straight sets to secure a fine 8-2 victory.
WDHA Superkings 5 v Westfield C 5
This mid-table clash ended all square, the match score see-sawing throughout the evening with neither side ever being more than one point ahead. Tarun Mistry scored a fine treble for the Superkings but needed to win the 5th end against both Piotr Polanski and Tim Mason to remain unbeaten on the night. Polanski and Mason both scored well earned doubles for the visitors and paired up to take the doubles and secure the draw. Rahul Jethwa and Dev Patel completed the scoring for the Superkings with a single win apiece.
WDHA Knightriders 1 v WDHA Challengers 9
This in-house battle saw 4 sets going all the way, three being lost by the Knightriders, so the scoreline could have been much closer. Rishan Ganatra and Ansh Sha both secured hat tricks with Daniel Bain winning twice, losing out to Kavish Dodhia 8-11 in the 5th. Swati Jethwa had some close calls and was unlucky not to win a point. The doubles saw Swati and Kavish lose to Ansh and Rishan 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, whilst the Knightriders remain towards the foot of the table, the Challengers still have two outstanding matches to play look settled in mid table.
Westfield D 5 v Higham Harriers C 5
A few surprises in this close contest, with no player unbeaten and Harriers C are 20 points behind Westfield, although they do still have a game in hand. For Westfield, Stuart Holroyd and Amrat Mistry won twice, both losing to Oli Hicks in 3 ends. Asish Nandi with a single point, in his victory over the higher ranked Oli 11-8, 11-7, 11-6. Matt and Katie Hicks picked up one win each and Harriers C needed the doubles to tie the match which Oli and Matt did in three close ends 8-11, 9-11, 10-12 over Asish and Stuart for the draw.
Westfield E 0 v Chesterwell D 10
Chesterwell D continues their onslaught, winning all the points available against lowly Westfield E and are now 20 points ahead of rivals Wanderers E at the halfway stage. They have only dropped 3 points and look unlikely to be stopped from promotion next season. There were some close sets as both Nicole King and Stuart Rae took Duncan Wright to five and Wendy Bradford lost out 11-13 to both Johnathan Driscoll and Wright.in the 3rd end.
Higham Band B 5 v Stanwick VHTTC 5
This was good effort by Higham Band against higher placed Stanwick to share the spoils. New signing for Band Matt Cox got off to a good start defeating Al Hayes5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 in his first outing in the League. Stuart Futrill, also in his first season has been steadily improving and secured two good wins, losing out to Geoff Neville 11-13 in the 3rd end, Neville, still unbeaten with 6 hat tricks under his belt. Jon Tuplin, after winning 2 points joined Neville in the doubles but lost out to Cox and Futrill 3-11 in the 5th.
Old Grammarians A 4 (Mick Ball, Steve Kendall 3)
WDHA Royals A 6 (Abin Islam 2, Amit Shah, Shyam Bavalia 2, doubles Islam/Bavalia)
Chesterwell A 7 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 2 doubles Galkowski/Pond)
Chesterwell B 3 (Carlton Ellwood, Graham Ellson 2)
Wanderers B 1 (Stewart Williams)
Westfield A 9 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly 2, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Bird/Polanski)
Higham Harriers A 6 (Graham Bird, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)
St John A 4 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred 2, Grant Timms)
Chesterwell C 7 (Stuart Coles 3, Maxine Shears 3, Clare Coles)
Higham Band A 3 (Nigel Magee, Keith Stockley, doubles Magee/Martin)
Westfield B 8 (Charlie Clements 3, Leigh Clements 2, Mark Thomas 2, doubles Clements/Clements)
Wanderers C 4 (James Findlay 2)
WDHA Superkings 5 (Tarun Mistry 3, Rahul Jethwa, Dev Patel)
Westfield C 5 (Piotr Polanski 2, Tim Mason 2, doubles Mason/Polanski)
WDHA Knightriders D 1 (Kavish Dodhia)
WDHA Challengers C 9 (Daniel Bain 2, Rishan Ganatra 3, Ansh Shah 3, doubles Shah/Ganatra)
Westfield D 5 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Asish Nandi, Amrat Mistry 2)
Higham Harriers C 5 (Oli Hicks 2, Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks, doubles Oli/Matt Hicks)
Westfield E 0
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann)
Higham Band B 5 (Neil Thompson, Matthew Cox, Stuart Futrill 2, doubles Cox/Futrill)
Stanwick VHTTC 5 (Geoff Neville 3, Jon Tuplin 2)