Match week 16 commencing 6th February 2017
St John A 5 v Westfield A 5
For the visitors, Nicole Bird was quickly in her stride, shrugging of the disappointment of her last outing and recording an excellent treble, her highlight being a 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 win over Grant Timms. However, this was cancelled out by Stephen Woolston who failed to register, going down in three, 5 set games with a 3-11, 9-11, 12-10, 17-15, 9-11 defeat, giving Jon Perkins a welcome win. Travis Holly in another good performance edged out Perkins and Pete Boustred 12-10 and 11-8 respectively but went down to Timms 7-11, 10-12, 12-14. With the match dependent on the doubles, the hosts surprisingly opted for Boustred and Perkins combination, who clinched the draw with an 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 win over Holly and Woolston.
Wanderers A 8 v Chesterwell B 2
The hosts have followed their surprise defeat to the Harriers with two big wins and are now well in contention for the title. Jon Taylor-Burt, like many previously near the bottom of the averages has made considerable improvement and recorded a superb treble. For the visitors, Carlton Ellwood did well to beat Tony Wharton 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 but then disappointed in 5 set defeats to both Taylor-Burt and John Stamp 9-11 & 3-11 respectively. Graham Ellson, who has struggled in recent weeks, edged out Stamp 11-6 in 5th to avoid his second blank of the season and then teaming up with Ellwood, surprisingly, heavily beaten 4-11, 5-11, 9-11 in the doubles by Stamp and Taylor-Burt.
Higham Harriers A 8 v Old Grammarians A 2
With Ian Bird in full flow, the hosts are a match for anyone and inflicted the 6th 8-2 defeat on the visitors. Steve Kendall comfortably saw off Graham Bird and Norman Wooster but after a hard battle, went down 8-11, 9-11, 13-15 to Ian Bird. Mick Ball, nearly gained a 3rd point going down 3-11, 11-6, 15-13, 9-11, 9-11 to Wooster, but the remainder of the sets were comfortably won by the hosts.
Chesterwell A 5 v Thrapston 5
In a season of strange results, this one probably topped the lot as in the reverse fixture at Thrapston, and fielding the same line-up, Chesterwell whitewashed Thrapston 10-0, and this result is made more unusual as the visitors could only field 2 players, gifting the hosts 3 points. Mark Stockley seems a different player in the Wellingborough League compared to Kettering and scored a stunning treble winning all three games in the 4th end. Chris Warliker gained a surprise 14-12, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9 11-9 win over veteran Mike Pond and then to complete the evening joined with Stockley to win out 6-11, 12-10, 17-15, 11-4 in the doubles over Valdy Papiernik and Pond.
Chesterwell C 2 v St John B 8
The home team could only field 2 players for this match and subsequently went down to a predictable 8-2 defeat. This setback probably puts an end to any hopes of a top 2 finish for them whilst St John’s chances have now improved and their 8 point haul sees them draw level at the top of the league. The victors’ points came from yet another treble for Mike Terry, ably supported with doubles for Alan Hill and Steve Mansfield, albeit by default. Chesterwell’s 2 points came from a fine double for Stuart Coles against 2 of the division’s top players.
Wanderers D 2 v WDHA Superkings 8
Fine trebles from Tarun Mistry and Dev Patel saw the Superkings coast to a comfortable 8-2 victory over the Wanderers who are now in danger of finishing at the foot of the table. Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage secured the home team’s only 2 points with a single win each and almost made it 3 before going down 16-14 in a deciding 5th set in the doubles to Mistry and Patel. Manav Pandya scored Superkings’ 8th point by beating Mike Howorth in 4 sets.
Wanderers C 5 v Higham Band A 5
The points were shared equally in this close match between 2 evenly matched teams. No player managed to remain unbeaten on the night with Maurice Jones and Carl Singh hitting doubles for the home team and Keith Stockley and Pete Martin replying with doubles for the visitors. Tony Wallis scored a single win for the Wanderers whilst Pete Martin and Deirdre Kiziak secured the draw with a fine 5 set win in the doubles against Jones and Wallis.
Old Grammarians B 3 v Westfield C 7
The Old Grammarians continue their fight for survival in division 2 with 3 precious points against mid-table opponents. Mark Ramsden hit a great maximum for the victors and was well supported with solid doubles from team-mates Steve Fuller and Piotr Polanski. Colin Lord and Martin Rice scored a single win each for the O.G.s and later combined to take a tremendous doubles victory over Ramsden and Fuller, recovering from being 2-1 sets down and then winning the final 2 sets 11-6, 11-6 and scoring a welcome 3rd point for their team.
Westfield D 10 v WDHA Knightriders 0
A clean sweep for the home team without any resistance from the Knightriders, all sets won in three ends and not even a deuce score, and Westfield D maintain their 4th place in the league table with hat tricks for Stuart Holroyd, Asish Nandi and Amrat Mistry.
Stanwick VHTTC 8 v WDHA Challengers 2
This was a very interesting game for WDHA Challengers, although they only won two points this time round, Hubert Malenda gave unbeaten Geoff Neville a scare as he came back from 2-0 down to force a 5th end decider, only to lose out at the last hurdle 11-7, Neville still unbeaten, but this just goes to prove how much the youngsters have improved. Malenda won out against Kevin Tivey and Jon Tuplin in five winning, 12-10 and 11-4 respectively with Ansh Shah unlucky not to add a 3rd point as he lost out to Tuplin in the 5th, but Swati Jethwa found the going too tough and came away scoreless.
Chesterwell D 10 v Chesterwell E 0
This fixture was a repeat performance of their first encounter as table toppers Chesterwell D take all the points on offer from their club mates Chesterwell E with only one set going the distance, Duncan Wright defeating Jake Hughes 11-2, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3. Hughes also took an end off Daniel Mann as did Gordon Campbell against Johnathan Driscoll and Peter Atkins also against Wright. With only four games remaining, Chesterwell D look set for a place in division 2 next season.
St John A 5 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 2, doubles Perkins/Boustred)
Westfield A 5 (Nicole Bird 3, Travis Holly 2)
Wanderers A 8 (Tony Wharton 2, John Stamp 2, Jon Taylor-Burt 3, doubles Stamp/Taylor-Burt)
Chesterwell B 2 (Graham Ellson, Carlton Ellwood)
Higham Harriers A 8 (Graham Bird 2, Norman Wooster 2, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)
Old Grammarians A 2 (Steve Mansfield 2)
Chesterwell A 5 (Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond + 3 points by default)
Thrapston 5 (Chris Warliker, Mark Stockley 3, doubles Warliker/Stockley)
Chesterwell C 2 (Stuart Coles 2)
St John B 8 (Mike Terry 2, Alan Hill, Steve Mansfield, doubles Terry/Mansfield + 3 points by default)
Wanderers D 2 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage)
WDHA Superkings 8 (Manav Pandya, Tarun Mistry 3, Dev Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel)
Wanderers C 5 (Tony Wallis, Maurice Jones 2, Carl Singh 2)
Higham Band A 5 (Keith Stockley 2, Pete Martin 2, doubles Martin/Kiziak)
Old Grammarians B 3 (Colin Lord, Martin Rice, doubles Rice/Lord)
Westfield C 7 (Mark Ramsden 3, Piotr Polanski 2, Steve Fuller 2)
Westfield D 10 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi 3, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Holroyd/Nandi)
WDHA Knightriders 0
Stanwick VHTTC 8 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 2, Jon Tuplin 2, doubles Neville/Tivey)
WDHA Challengers 2 (Hubert Malenda 2)
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann)
Chesterwell E 0