Westfield B 1 v Westfield A 9
With Westfield A favourites to retain their crown and the ‘B’ side likely to record the lowest points total in the top division since the change from a win loss system more than 4 decades ago, a clean sweep looked a forgone conclusion. However, despite 8 of the singles and the doubles being won by the visitors without loss of a single leg, game 3 saw a struggling Stephen Woolston go down 11-7, 3-11, 11-9, 12-10 to gain Mark Thomas his 7th win in a season to forget. Kevin Bird and Travis Holly were untroubled and the hosts Charlie Morrow remains winless and Charlie Clements a mere 2 wins to his credit.
Thrapston 3 v Higham Harriers A 7
Although likely to finish 3rd, the visitors have somewhat disappointed as a strong bid for the title was expected. In their latest outing, Ian Bird like his Westfield namesake gained his customary treble but Chris Warliker shook off last weeks’ poor performance gaining a good brace with wins over Steve Kendall and Norman Wooster. Alan Tyler scored his first win outside of the bottom two with an excellent 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 win over Wooster.
Wanderers A 5 v WDHA Royals 5
Like all encounters to date between the top 5, this proved fiercely competitive with the visitors Virat Patel proving the hero with a superb treble, his highlight being a 5 set victory 11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 over Andy Law. Patel’s treble was negated by a off form Abin Islam who failed to register, but who took John Stamp and Andy Law to 5, losing out 12-14 and 7-11 respectively. Needing the doubles to save the match, Patel and Shyam Bavalia duly obliged winning out 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 over Wharton and Law.
Wanderers B 9 v Chesterwell C 1
Congratulations to the Wanderers who can now be crowned division 2 champions with 3 matches still to play. Their 15th consecutive victory sees them go 33 points clear of their nearest rivals and they now cannot be caught. Maximums from Paul Goodman and Stewart Williams to go with a brace from Bob Hickson did the damage whilst Chesterwell’s Daniel Mann prevented the whitewash with a good victory over Hickson. Goodman & Williams finished off the evening with a 3 set doubles victory over Mann & Duncan Wright.
Stanwick VHTTC 7 v Higham Band A 3
Stanwick’s 13th victory of the season sees them move up to 2nd place in the league and they are now one of 4 teams contesting the runners-up spot. Geoff Neville and Ian Baldock both carded good maximums and they later combined to take the doubles in straight sets and gain their 7th point which sees them go 1 point clear of the Superkings who didn’t play this week. Pete Martin, Devlin Whitmore and Perce Sharp all scored single wins for the Band Club but they now find themselves in a dog-fight to avoid dropping into division 3.
Higham Harriers B 3 v Old Grammarians A 7
The O.G.s gained a precious 7 points in their challenge for 2nd place in the league but any thoughts of an easy night against the division’s bottom club were thwarted by the Harrier’s Mick Malins who carded a fabulous maximum, having been a set down to all 3 of his opponents. Phil Laurence, Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves all scored good doubles for the visitors before Laurence & Ball secured their 7th point with a straight sets doubles victory over Malins & Bob Collyer.
Westfield C 8 v Wanderers C 2
Westfield C finally recorded their first win of the season and their excellent 8 point haul sees them improve their chances of avoiding the drop into division 3. Stuart Jones led the way with a very welcome treble and was well supported by doubles from Tim Mason and Steve Fuller. Tony Wallis and Carl Singh scored single wins for the Wanderers before Westfield secured their 8th point of the evening when Jones & Fuller saw off Wallis & Singh in 3 sets of doubles.
Chesterwell D 2 v WDHA Rising Stars 8
Chesterwell achieved 2 welcomed points this week as the bottom two sides faced each other with David Carrigan scoring both points for the hosts losing out to Kavish Dodhia 7-11 in the 5th end. All the other points went to the visitors although Akash Badhan and Ansh Shah were made to work for their points, Dodhia recording his 2nd hat trick and joining with Badhan to add the doubles in three ends.
Westfield E 2 v WDHA Challengers 8
With Wanderers D out of action again this week due to injury, Challengers C increase their lead at the top of the table. Daniel Bain hit his 5th hat trick with Hubert Malenda and Rahul Jethwa with two points each, losing out to Westfield’s Ashley Pedlar, who didn’t play the first time around. His wins included a close encounter with Malenda and just lost out to Bain 11-9, 11-7, 13-15, 3-11 and 8-11. WDHA Challengers adding the final doubles point.
Higham Band B 5 v Wanderers E 5
A good result for Band B considering they only had two players. Devlin Whitmore played extremely well hitting his 4th hat trick without losing an end. Deirdre Kiziak picked up a single win over Steve Hoole, but lost out to both David May and Derek Shears. Kiziak and Whitmore added the doubles to tie the match 11-0, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8.
Old Grammarians B 5 v Higham Harriers C 5
A repeat in the score-line from their first encounter with Martin Rice the only unbeaten player for Old Grammarians, with Adrian picking up a single. Roger Fleming came away scoreless with Oli and Katie Hicks registering two points each, Katie taking Howes and Fleming to a 5th end to gain her wins and Matt won his point after a struggle with Fleming winning 11-7 at the last hurdle. O’G’s clawed back the final doubles win to equalise the score with an 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 victory.
Westfield B 1 (Mark Thomas)
Westfield A 9 (Travis Holly 3, Kevin Bird 3, Stephen Woolston 2, doubles Holly/Bird)
Thrapston 3 (Chris Warliker 2, Alan Tyler)
Higham Harriers A 7 (Steve Kendall 2, Ian Bird 3, Norman Wooster, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2, John Stamp)
WDHA Royals 5 (Shyam Bavalia, Virat Patel 3, doubles Patel/Bavalia)
Wanderers B 9 (Paul Goodman 3, Stewart Williams 3, Bob Hickson 2, doubles oodman/Williams)
Chesterwell C 1 (Daniel Mann)
Stanwick VHTTC 7 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Higham Band A 3 (Pete Martin, Devlin Whitmore, Perce Sharp)
Higham Harriers B 3 (Mick Malins 3)
Old Grammarians A 7 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Laurence/Ball)
Westfield C 8 (Stuart Jones 3, Tim Mason 2, Steve Fuller 2, doubles Fuller/Jones)
Wanderers C 2 (Tony Wallis, Carl Singh)
Chesterwell D 2 (David Carrigan 2)
WDHA Rising Stars 8 (Akash Badhan 2, Ansh Shah 2, Kavish Dodhia 3, doubles Badhan/Dodhia)
Westfield E 2 (Ashley Pedlar 2)
WDHA Challengers 8 (Daniel Bain 3, Hubert Malenda 2, Rahul Jethwa 2, doubles Bain/Jethwa)
Higham Band B 5 (Devlin Whitmore 3, Deirdre Kiziak, doubles Whitmore/Kiziak)
Wanderers E 5 (Derek Shears, David May + 3 points by default)
Old Grammarians B 5 (Martin Rice 3, Adrian Howes, doubles Rice/Howes)
Higham Harriers C 5 (Oli Hicks 2, Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks 2)