Chesterwell A 6 v St John B 4
With Steve Mansfield winless to date and Paul Lipczak’s only wins against the bottom markers, the hosts trio of Mike Pond, Valdy Papiernik and Stan Galkowski, cruised home to gain the 6 games for victory. However, Mike Terrys excellent season continued and he saw off Pond and Papiernik in 4 but Galkowski fought hard before going down 4-11, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 10-12. The visitors gained a 4th point when Terry and Lipczak won the doubles with surprising ease 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 over Papiernik and Galkowski.
St John A 4 v Wanderers A 6
Having only his 3rd outing, Richard Wills for the hosts had the unluckiest of nights going down in 5 ends in all contests, although well beaten in the 5th in every instance. Stewart Williams playing up from the all-conquering ‘B’ team opened poorly going down 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 6-11 to the struggling Pete Boustred, but more than redeemed himself with a tremendous 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-8 victory over Grant Timms. The hosts gained their 4th point when Wills and Timms won out 12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 11-4 over Tony Wharton and John Stamp in the doubles.
Higham Harriers A 5 v WDHA Royals A 5
Although the result was fairly predictable, the way it occurred was not. Steve Kendall failed to register for the first time since his comeback. He went down 7-11 and 4-11 in the 5th end to Abin Islam and Virat Patel respectively but he couldn’t handle Mike Hawes’ unorthodox style in a 7-11, 7-11, 5-11 defeat. Ian Bird, not for the first time spared his team mates blushes with a hard fought treble, edging out Islam and Patel 11-9 and 11-8 in the 5th. However, unlike Kendall, after a 6-11 opening leg defeat against Hawes won out 11-1, 11-8, 11-9. Norman Wooster a much improved player opened with a superb victory winning out in 5, 2-11, 16-14, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 over Hawes but slipped badly in his other two games, going down heavily to Islam and Patel. Kendal gained some consolation for a disappoint evening when he joined Bird to force a draw with a 4-11, 119, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 win over Hawes & Patel.
Thrapston 1 v Westfield A 9
The hosts reverted to the side which had struggled early in the season and the only chance for legs seemed to be through Chris Warliker. This appeared to be a forlorn hope as the visitors were on the way to a whitewash with convincing wins in the first eight singles. However, game 9 saw Warliker win out 10-12, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 over the inconsistent Travis Holly and then with Alan Tyler put up a gallant fight in the doubles before losing out 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 5-11 to Kevin Bird and Patryk Polanski.
Higham Harriers B 3 v Chesterwell B 7
A good all round team performance from Chesterwell sees them record a good 7-3 away victory against bottom club Harriers B. Luke Hughes once again led the way with another fine treble and was well supported by John Henderson and Stuart Coles who both carded good doubles. Mick Malins was the Harriers’ only points scorer with a fighting double and he later paired up with Neil Stevens to surprisingly see off Hughes & Coles in the doubles in 3 straight sets.
Higham Band A 3 v Old Grammarians A 7
This was a closer match than the scoreline suggests with all 6 players scoring at least 1 point. Mick Ball’s great treble to go with 2 wins from Martyn Reeves did the damage and Phil Laurence contributed a further valuable point. All 3 of the Band Club’s players, Nigel Magee, Perce Sharp and Pete Martin scored single wins before the O.G.s wrapped up a good night’s work when Ball & Laurence took the doubles against Magee & Sharp in 3 straight ends.
Wanderers B 10 v Wanderers C 0
League leaders Wanderers B march on relentlessly in their quest for the Division 2 title and this 10-0 demolition of their club mates sees them record their 11 th successive victory. Maximums all round for Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams and Bob Hickson sees them go 20 points clear of their rivals with a game in hand and they now look unstoppable. The C team’s only bright spot of the evening came in the 4th game when Carl Singh took Williams to a deciding 5th end before finally going down 11-7.
Chesterwell C 6 v WDHA Superkings 4
The Superkings surprisingly suffered a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Chesterwell C who are currently 4 places below them in the league. Jonathan Driscoll starred for the home team with a brilliant maximum and was backed up by single wins from Daniel Mann and Duncan Wright. Tarun Mistry and Himanshu Ganatra both carded brave doubles for the visitors but their cause wasn’t helped when Akash Kumar, making his debut, looked out of his depth and failed to win a single end. Driscoll & Mann secured Chesterwell’s 6th decisive point with victory in the doubles over Kumar & Mistry.
Stanwick VHTTC 7 v Westfield C 3
Stanwick managed to hang on to 3rd place in the league with good maximums from Geoff Neville and Ian Baldock making the difference between the 2 teams. Mark Holly, Mark Ramsden and Steve Fuller (returning after a long injury) all carded single wins for the visitors before Neville & Baldock concluded a good night’s work with victory over Ramsden & Fuller in 4 sets of doubles.
Westfield D 10 v WDHA Rising Stars 0
An expected result for Westfield D, with Stuart Holroyd, Asish Nandi and Amrat Mistry taking all the available points and leaves them just six points behind for runners-up spot. All the of The Rising Stars had some close call and Aum Lakhani just lost out to Holroyd 4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13, 9-11.
Wanderers D 4 v WDHA Challengers 6
The top 2 teams meet this week and Wanderers D, lose their first match of the season to WDHA Challengers and six points now separate them. Mike Howorth came away scoreless for the first time with Roger Ellingham winning twice, losing out to Manav Pandya in 3 ends. The Challengers Pandya scored his 2nd hat trick and Hubert supported well with two points, losing to Ellingham in three. Wanderers pulled back a little winning the doubles in 3 ends to lessen the low.
Higham Band B 6 v Westfield E 4
Band B increase their lead over their closest opposition with Devlin Whitmore recording his 5th hat trick of the season. Stuart Futrill with a brace, losing out to Westfields Ashley Pedlar 6-11 in the 4th and John Yeates took a point over scoreless Eleanor Smyth, with the final doubles point going to Westfield in a close 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 to close the gap.
Old Grammarians B 9 v Chesterwell D 1
Old Grammarians B are currently in 4th place but have a game in hand and are ready to challenge for the top. Hat ricks for Roger Fleming and Adrian Howes but David Bayes won two points, losing out to David Carrigan in an exciting 9-11, 11-9m 11-13, 9-11 win to give Chesterwell D a point, but that point doubled their tally.
Wanderers E 8 v Higham Harriers C 2
Wanderers E saw off their closest rivals 8-2 with Derek Shears gaining the only hat trick of the evening, a 5th to date. Steve Hoole and David May had to settle for 2 wins each as they lost out to Matt and Katie Hicks respectively in five. Katie was unlucky not to gain a win over Hoole, bowing out 9-11 in the 5th and Wanderers added the final doubles point in 4 ends.
Chesterwell A 6 (Mike Pond 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Valdy Papiernik 2)
St John B 4 (Mike Terry 3, doubles Terry/Lipczak)
St John A 4 (Grant Timms 2, Pete Boustred, doubles Timms/Wills)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 2, John Stamp 2, Stewart Williams 2)
Higham Harriers A 5 Ian Bird 3, Norman Wooster, doubles Bird/Kendall)
WDHA Royals A 5 (Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 2, Mike Hawes)
Thrapston 1 (Chris Warliker)
Westfield A 9 (Patryk Polanski 3, Travis Holly 2, Kevin Bird 3, doubles Bird/Polanski
Higham Harriers B 3 (Mick Malins 2, doubles Malins/Stevens)
Chesterwell B 7 (Luke Hughes 3, John Henderson 2, Stuart Coles 2)
Higham Band A 3 (Nigel Magee, Perce Sharp, Pete Martin)
Old Grammarians A 7 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 3, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Laurence/Ball)
Wanderers B 10 (Paul Goodman 3, Stewart Williams 3, Bob Hickson 3, doubles Goodman/Hickson)
Wanderers C 0
Chesterwell C 6 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Daniel Mann, Duncan Wright, doubles Driscoll/Mann)
WDHA Superkings B 4 (Tarun Mistry 2, Himanshu Ganatra 2)
Stanwick VHTTC 7 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Westfield C 3 (Steve Fuller, Mark Holly, Mark Ramsden)
Westfield D 10 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi 3, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Nandi/Mistry)
WDHA Rising Stars 0
Wanderers D 4 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
WDHA Challengers 6 (Rishan Ganatra, Manav Pandya 3, Hubert Malenda 2)
Higham Band B 6 (Devlin Whitmore 2, Stuart Futrill 2, John Yeates)
Westfield E 4 (Stuart Rae, Ashley Pedlar 2, doubles Smyth/Pedlar)
Old Grammarians B 9 (David Bayes 2, Adrian Howes 3, Roger Fleming 3, doubles Howes/Fleming)
Chesterwell D 1 (David Carrigan)
Wanderers E 8 (David May 2, Steve Hoole 2, Derek Shears 3, doubles May/Shears)
Higham Harriers C 2 (Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks)