Week 13 Report 21st January 2019
St John A 8 v Westfield A 2
With both sides weakened by the loss of their leading player, it was St John A, who grabbed the initiative with a splendid treble by Jon Perkins. The visitors tend to underperform in the absence of Kevin Bird and only the 2nd clean sweep of the season looked likely. However Richard Wills wend down 7-11, 10-12, 9-11 to Travis Holly and Mike Ainsworth edged out Pete Boustred, 11-9 in the 5th, but the 8-2 defeat leaves the visitors in a perilous position.
Chesterwell A 3 v Higham Harriers 7
With Steve Kendall and Ian Bird looking more and more like the players of a decade or so ago, the home side looked in trouble and so it proved as both gained good trebles but Mike Pond fought hard taking Bird to 5, going down 12-10, 6-11, 2-11, 11-5, 9-11. Norman Wooster, although taking Valdy Papiernik to 5, could not match his team mates and failed to register. Although likely to be a short tenure the 3 points gained by the home side took them to the top of the table.
Thrapston 4 v Wanderers A 6
It was a sign of the strength of the division that at the start of the game both sides occupied the bottom 2 places. In a poor tin of form the visitors included B team player Mike Terry, who duly obliged with good wins over Pete Briggs and Chris Warliker, but went down 11-7, 6-11m 7-11, 8-11 to Stewart Williams. For the visitors, hero of the night was Graham Ellson who has struggled since his return after a year’s absence due to an operation but looked his old self in a commanding treble, highlight being a 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 win over Warliker, who, surprisingly failed to register.
Higham Harriers B 2 v Higham Band A 8
The Band Club's 4th successive victory sees them move up to 3rd place in the league and this time it was maximums from Ian Sclater and Perce Sharp that did the damage. Nigel Magee added a further valuable 2 points to complete his side's 8 point haul whilst Gem Bailey scored a lone singles win for the Harriers. The evening's play concluded with the Band Clubs 2 maximum men surprisingly losing out to Neil Stevens & Ollie Hicks in 4 sets of doubles.
Wanderers C 6 v Chesterwell C 4
This 3rd win of the season was a good result for the Wanderers against Chesterwell C who sat 2 places above them in the league. James Findlay led the way with another fine maximum and was well supported with a good brace from Tony Wallis. Maxine Shears led the resistance for the visitors and was rewarded with a fine double with Clare and Stuart Coles both adding a further win apiece. Findlay & Wallis finally gained the Wanderers' all important 6th point with a doubles success against Shears & Stuart Coles but had to go to a 5th end to seal the victory.
Wanderers D 1 v Westfield B 9
Westfield chalked up their best win of the season with this fine 9-1 result against bottom club Wanderers D. David Rogers and Steve Fuller both carded good trebles and Mark Holly added his first double of the season, only just failing to make it 3 after going down 11-9 in the 5th set against Wanderers' Graham Babbage. Rogers & Fuller finally took the doubles against Babbage & Roger Ellingham in straight sets.
Higham Band B 4 v Old Grammarians C 6
Old Gramms C still hold onto 2nd place and were probably hoping for a higher score against a weaker Band B side. Alan Hill was unstoppable taking all opponents in 3 ends each. Unfortunately Roger Fleming and Adrian Howes both came unstuck against David Carrigan and Stuart Futrill for Band (winning their 4 points), but made up for it in the doubles 15-13, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 to take the final decisive point.
Westfield D 6 v WDHA Rising Stars D 4
With this match seeing the bottom runners playing you would expect a level contest. Westfield had a good night with Roy Smyth scoring his 3rd hat trick of the season and Stuart Rae weighed in with 2 points. Rising Stars gained 2 extra points over their last encounter by playing Jiten Gopal. He won twice losing to Roy Smyth 7-11 in the 5th end. Rushabh Patel scored a point and although Swati Jethwa was scoreless, she had 2 sets going to 5 ends, and made up for it by teaming up with Gopal to take a further point in the final doubles, winning in 4 ends.
Westfield C 4 v WDHA Challengers B 6
Challengers B was also playing their opponents for the first time, this puts them ahead in the division with a game in hand. Hubert Malenda was the only unbeaten player in this contest and is really having a good season with 7 hat tricks under his belt so far. Daniel Bain won twice losing to Stuart Holroyd 3-11, 10-12, 10-12, with Kavish Dodhia having to settle for a single point. For Westfield Holroyd won twice in two very close sets, Asish Nandi took his only point from Dodhia in 3 ends and Jay Rogers came away scoreless for his 3rd outing. Dodhia and Malenda took the doubles 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 13-11 to add a further point to their tally.
Old Grammarians B 9 v Chesterwell D 1
Old Gramms B received an unexpected boost this week with Chesterwell D only turning up with two players. They made the most of the situation and only lost one point, which puts them into 4th position, only 2 points behind Chesterwell and they are also two matches in hand over their C team mates. All sets were finished in 3 ends. Martin Rice and David Bayes taking all available points, including the doubles, in an easy 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 result. For the losers Caspian Wagner won their only point against Colin Lord in 3 ends.
Wanderers E 5 v WDHA Raj Riders C 5
This is the first time these two teams have played this season, as their first match was cancelled. Considering Riders only played with two players they did well to hold higher ranked Wanderers E to a draw. Amit Shah scored his third hat trick in 4 outings and was backed up by Paresh Shah who scored twice. He lost out to Steve Hoole in the 5th end. In fact 6 out of 7 sets went the full distance, one game in particular between David May and Amit Shah finished 18-16 to Shah. Wanderers only other point came via the doubles and finished 11-8 in the 5th end.
St John A 8 (Jon Perkins 3, Pete Boustred 2, Richard Wills 2, doubles Perkins/Boustred)
Westfield A 2 (Travis Holly, Mike Ainsworth)
Chesterwell A 3 (Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond, Valdy Papiernik)
Higham Harriers 7 (Steve Kendall 3, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Thrapston 4 (Pete Briggs, Stewart Williams 2, doubles Briggs/Williams)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton, Mike Terry 2, Graham Ellson 3)
Higham Harriers B 2 (Gem Bailey, doubles Stevens/Ollie Hicks)
Higham Band A 8 (Ian Sclater 3, Nigel Magee 2, Perce Sharp 3)
Wanderers D 1 (Graham Babbage)
Westfield B 9 (David Rogers 3, Mark Holly 2, Steve Fuller 3, doubles Rogers/Fuller)
Wanderers C 4 (James Findlay 3, Tony Wallis 2, Findlay/Wallis)
Chesterwell C 4 (Maxine Shears 2, Clare Coles, Stuart Coles)
Higham Band B 4 (David Carrigan 2, Stuart Futrill 2)
Old Grammarians C 6 (Roger Fleming, Alan Hill 3, Adrian Howes, doubles Howes/Fleming)
Westfield D 6 (Roy Smyth 3, Stuart Rae 2, Eleanor Smyth)
WDHA Rising Stars D 4 (Rushabh Patel, Jiten Gopal 2, doubles Jethwa/Gopal)
Westfield C 3 (Asish Nandi, Stuart Holroyd 2)
WDHA Challengers B 7 (Daniel Bain 2, Kavish Dodhia, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Malenda/Dodhia)
Old Grammarians B 9 (Colin Lord, Martin Rice 2, David Bayes 2, doubles Bayes/Rice + 3 points by default)
Chesterwell D 1 (Caspian Wagner)
Wanderers E 5 (Steve Hoole, doubles May/Hoole + 3 points by default)
WDHA Raj Riders C 5 (Paresh Shah 2, Amit Shah 3)