Thrapston 1 v Wanderers A 9
A superb all round display by the visitors who are an outside bet for one of the top 2 places. Steve West and Ian Donaldson were well off pace but Chris Warliker avoided a clean sweep winning out 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 over Jon Taylor-Burt. The only other leg in doubt was the doubles, where Donaldson and Warliker went down in a 5 setter 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 15-13, 7-11 to Wharton and Law.
Chesterwell B 6 v St John A 4
In a season of surprise results this followed the trend where in the opener Jon Perkins, with only 3 wins to his credit won a 5 set game 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 over a below par Graham Ellson. Luke Hughes who tends to get a single every game, saw off Perkins 14-12, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4 but went down to Richard Wills and Pete Boustred. Carlton Ellwood cashed in on the absence of Grant Timms for an excellent treble but Ellson disappointed against Wills for the match to depend on the doubles. Ellwood and Ellson duly obliged with a 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 win over Perkins and Wills to clinch victory.
Wanderers B 0 v Chesterwell A 10
The hosts are one of the top division sides who lack a leading player, able to gain at least two wins in virtually any circumstance and this was clearly in evidence as they were tin hatted by the current leaders. The visitors trio of Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond and Valdy Papiernik were never troubled, no game going to five and the hosts look set for Division 2 unless a big upsurge is forthcoming.
Higham Harriers A 7 v Wanderers A 3
This was yet another surprise result and severely dented the hope of the visitors gaining a top 2 spot. Ian Bird still smarting from the previous weeks shock defeat, was in no mood for a repeat performance and cruised to a comfortable treble. Graham Bird and Norman Wooster tend to perform better when Ian Bird is in the side and Graham Bird, after going down heavily to Tony Wharton, responded well to edge out Jon Taylor-Burt and John Stamp. Wooster edged out Stamp 8-11, 12-10, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 and an excellent victory was confirmed when the two Birds won out 8-11, 12-10, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 in the doubles over Wharton and Taylor-Burt.
WDHA Royals 6 v Higham Harriers A 4
For the visitors Ian Bird gained his normal treble in his second match of the week but was taken to the wire by Royals Abin Islam winning out 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9. Unfortunately this was cancelled out by Martyn Reeves who has the dubious honour of being the only player registered in the top division without a single win to his credit. Graham Bird fought hard without success being unluckily beaten 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11 by Shyam Bavalia but a further point was gained when the Birds’ excellent doubles run continued with a 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 13-11 win over Virat Patel and Islam.
Higham Band A 6 v Higham Harriers B 4
This clash of the two Higham teams saw the Band Club come out on top with a narrow victory after clinching the doubles in a 5 set decider. Pete Martin starred for the victors with the only treble of the night and was well supported with a brace from Keith Stockley. The two of them then combined to take the all important doubles. The Harriers’ points were shared between Phil Inman (2 wins) and a single win apiece from Bob Collyer and Neil Stevens.
Westfield C 7 v Wanderers D 3
The home team proved too strong for their visitors and once again had Steve Fuller to thank for the victory with another excellent maximum. Mark Ramsden added a further 2 wins and Mark Holly finally broke his duck with his first win of the season. Mike Howorth scored a single win for the Wanderers but probably the performance of the night came from David May who normally plays in division 3 for his club’s E team. He scored 2 good wins and helped his side avoid a much heavier defeat.
WDHA Superkings 4 v Westfield B 6
The Superkings did very well to take 4 points off the league leaders and had the ever improving Dev Patel to thank with a stunning maximum. Westfield’s 3 regular first choice players Charlie Clements, Leigh Clements and Mark Thomas all scored good doubles but none of them could get the better of Patel. Thomas came closest to beating him in a 5 set thriller but finally went down 11-9 in the final set.
Old Grammarians B 3 v Higham Harriers B 7
This outstanding match saw the Harriers playing their 2nd match on consecutive evenings and this time they fared much better with a 7-3 victory over bottom club O.G.s. The Harriers’ points were shared equally between Anthony Stevens, Neil Stevens and Phil Inman, all scoring 2 wins each. For the home team, Colin Lord hobbled his way to a brave double and almost added a third but went down 11-8 in his 5th set against Anthony Stevens. Roger Fleming added a single win and David Bayes, once again playing with impaired vision, narrowly failed to register despite also taking Anthony Stevens to 5 sets before going down 11-9 in the 5th.
Higham Band B 1 v Chesterwell D 9
Higham Band B managed to gain a single point against table toppers Chesterwell D to save the whitewash they endured last time as Stuart Futrill won out 7-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 against Duncan Wright. Futrill also managed to take an end from both Johnathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann to no avail, but Chesterwell proved too strong for Neil Thompson and John Yeates, who was back in action following his injury.
Chesterwell E 0 v Higham Harriers C 10
Harriers triplets, Oli, Matt and Katie Hicks made sure they secured all the points against lowly Chesterwell E with only two games requiring a fourth end, Peter Atkins against Katie and Gordon Campbells against Matt and they continue to move up in the table.
WDHA Challengers C 1 v Westfield D 9
The young players from WDHA Challengers could well have expected a few more points to add to their single win, Rishan Ganatra defeating Asish Nandi in four ends 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, as there were three other sets that went to a 5th end decider, unfortunately all going Westfield’s way even game7 where Daniel Bain was two legs up, against Amrat Mistry, 11-8, 12-10, but lost the next three 7-11, 4-11, 3-11.
WDHA Knightriders 1 v Westfield E 9
Knightriders’ Anish Patel defeated Nicole King 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 in game 2, and that was as good as it got In the second meeting between these two sides. The scoreline was the same but it was a different player gaining the single victory and despite a few deuce sets, Westfield E were always clearly in command, with hat tricks for Ian and Stuart Rae.
Thrapston 1 (Chris Warliker)
Wanderers A 9 (Tony Wharton 3, Jon Taylor-Burton, Andy Law 3, doubles Wharton/Law)
Chesterwell B 6 (Graham Ellson, Luke Hughes, Carlton Ellwood 3, doubles Ellson/Ellwood)
St John A 4 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred, Richard Wills 2)
Wanderers B 0
Chesterwell A 10 (Stan Galkowski 3, Mike Pond 3, Valdy Papiernik, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski)
Higham Harriers A 7 (Graham Bird 2, Ian Bird 3, Norman Wooster, doubles Bid/Bird)
Wanderers A 3 (Tony Wharton 2, Jon Taylor-Burt)
WDHA Royals 6 (Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 2, Shyam Bavalia 2)
Higham Harriers A 4 (Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)
Higham Band A 6 (Keith Stockley 2, Pete Martin 3, doubles Martin/Stockley)
Higham Harriers B 4 (Phill Inman 2, Bob Collyer, Neil Stevens)
Westfield C 7 (Mark Holly, Mark Ramsden 2, Steve Fuller 3, doubles Ramsden/Fuller)
Wanderers D 3 (Mike Howorth, David May 2)
WDHA Superkings B 4 (Dev Patel 3, doubles Patel/Jethwa)
Westfield B 6 (Charlie Clements 2, Leigh Clements 2, Mark Thomas 2)
Old Grammarians B 3 (Colin Lord 2, Roger Fleming)
Higham Harriers B 7 (Anthony Stevens 2, Neil Stevens 2, Phill Inman 2, doubles Inman/N Stevens)
Higham Band B 1 (Stuart Futrill)
Chesterwell D 9 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 2, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Wright/Mann)
Chesterwell E 0
Higham Harriers C 10 (Oli Hicks, Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks, doubles Katie/Oli Hicks)
WDHA Challengers C 1 (Rishan Ganatra)
Westfield D 9 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi 2, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Holroyd/Nandi)
WDHA Knightriders 1 (Ansh Patel)
Westfield E 9 (Iain Rae 3, Nicole King 2, Stuart Rae 3, doubles S Rae/King)