Westfield A 4 v WDHA Royals 6
In their final game, WDHA Royals gave an excellent display against the current champions to gain a narrow victory and leave the hosts requiring 8 points from their final fixture, which finished 8-2 the first time round and a similar result would leave the visitors 1 point short. Kevin Bird who seems to be only tested by his namesake, gained another excellent treble without dropping a leg and Travis Holly, slightly below par, failed to register but Patryk Polanski, despite going down to both Mike Hawes and Abin Islam, gained what could well be the title decider, with a 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8 win in game 8 over Virat Patel.
St John A 7 v Higham Harriers A 3
For once it was not the hosts but the visitors fielding two players due to the non-arrival of Ian Bird. Richard Wills who has only 2 wins in is admittedly limited outings scored a surprise 11-5, 13-11, 6-11, 10-12, 11-7 win over Steve Kendall and in his best performance of the season also saw off Norman Wooster 11-7 in the 5th. In view of his recent form, Kendall’s 11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4 win over Grant Timms came as a surprise. Jon Perkins gained a surprisingly easy 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 win over Wooster but went down with Timms 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 8-11 in the doubles against Wooster and Kendall.
Wanderers A 2 v Chesterwell A 8
Displaying this sort of form earlier in the season could well have seen the visitors challenging for the title instead of a mid-table finish. They opened strongly with Valdy Papiernik winning with sur[rising ease over Tony Wharton. the hosts were somewhat luck in not being whitewashed as both of their wins came from 5 setters, Wharton wining out 11-9, 14-12, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9 over Mike Pond and Andy Law 13-11, 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 11-9 over Papiernik. Star in a superb display by the visitors was Stan Galkowski who, in easily his best display of the season, gained a treble.
Westfield B 6 v St John B 4
In a match where 5 of the players had managed a mere six wins between them anything could happen, and so it proved. The odd man out was Mike Terry who scored his almost certain treble for the hosts but his team mates failed to register. In the game between Charlie Morrow and Steve Mansfield, both winless, Morrow won out 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 and not content with that, beat David Hatherall 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9. Charlie Clements doubles his aggregate for the season in wins over Mansfield and Hatherall but couldn’t keep up his good form, when with Morrow going down 5-11, 6-11, 5-11 to Hatherall and Terry in the doubles. For the hosts although unlikely to avoid the lowest points ever, they at least avoided recording 100% losses.
Chesterwell B 7 v Higham Band A 3
Maximums from Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears steered Chesterwell to a good home win but the 16 point gap to 2nd place Superkings (who they still have to play ) suggests they will probably fall a few points short of the elusive runners-up spot. Single wins from the Band Club’s Nigel Magee, Perce Sharp and Keith Stockley sees them handily placed before their final match against Westfield C which could well decide who makes the drop into division 3. Hughes & Shears secured their team’s 7th point with a 5 set victory in the doubles against Magee & Sharp.
Higham Harriers B 6 v Chesterwell C 4
At their 17th attempt, the Harriers finally recorded their 1st win of the season with this close victory over Wanderers C who themselves are still not safe from relegation. Another fine treble from Mick Malins to go with single wins from Neil Stevens and Bob Collyer made up the Harriers’ single points whilst Jonathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann both carded good doubles for the visitors. Collyer & Stevens completed their evening’s work with a straight sets doubles victory over Driscoll & Mann to register that elusive first victory for their team.
Wanderers C 1 v WDHA Superkings 9
This tremendous 9-1 away victory sees the Superkings open up a 7 point gap over their nearest rivals and barring any disasters, they will be playing their table tennis in the top tier next season. Tarun Mistry continued his fine run of form with another great maximum which was matched by team-mate Himanshu Ganatra and was well supported with a further valuable double from Dev Patel. Carl Singh saved the whitewash with a lone win over Patel before Mistry & Ganatra gained their team’s 9th point by seeing off Singh & Tony Wallis in 3 sets of one-sided doubles.
Westfield C 2 v Old Grammarians A 8
The O.G.s gained an excellent 8-2 away victory which just about keeps them in the hunt for the 2nd promotion place. Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves both fired great maximums with Phil Laurence adding a further single win. Stuart Jones and Steve Fuller both gained a single win for Westfield but their team’s meagre 2 point haul leaves them needing a massive win in their final match to remain in the 2nd division. Laurence & Reeves secured the O.G.s’ 8th point with a 4 sets doubles victory over Jones & Fuller.
Stanwick VHTTC 0 v Wanderers B 10
Any hopes Stanwick had of hanging on to their 2nd place in the league were obliterated when they could only field 2 players and they were comprehensively thumped by runaway league champions Wanderers B. Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams and Bob Hickson all remained unbeaten whilst Stanwick’s only glimmer of hope came from Geoff Neville who took a single end off each of the Wanderers’ 3 players. The champions rounded off their perfect evening with an untroubled doubles victory in 3 straight sets.
Higham Band B 2 v Wanderers D 8
Band B went one better in their battle against promotion hopefuls Wanderers D this time round with Deirdre Kiziak taking the honours against both Mike Howorth and Graham Babbage. Roger Ellingham, back from injury, winning out 11-13, 6-11, 10-12 and going on to score a fine hat trick to keep Wanderers D on track with 2 games in hand over table toppers WDHA Challengers to take the title. Babbage and Howorth were tested in their sets against Stuart Futrill and Raylee Burton, but both went on to record a brace apiece.
Old Grammarians B 7 v Westfield D 3
Old Grammarians are still in the hunt for the runners-up place after this 7-3 victory over 4th placed Westfield D. Martin Rice with his customary hat trick was supported well by Colin Lord with two wins, Lord losing out to Westfield’s Stuart Holroyd in the opening set, 12-10, 9-11, 10-12, 5-11. Holroyd going on to defeat David Bayes in four ends with Amrat Mistry having to settle for a single point also against Bayes for Westfield’s final point of the evening.
WDHA Challengers 10 v WDHA Rising Stars 0
This inter club tie saw the Challengers remain at the top of the table with an impressive 10-0 win over their club mates The Rising Stars, however put up some resistance with 10 deuce ends and half the sets needed an extra end to decide the victor. Hat tricks for Rishan Ganatra, Manav Patel and Rahul Jethwa.
Westfield E 0 v Higham Harriers C 10
Higham Harriers C, move up into 4th place and have almost cracked the 100 point tally. Oli, Matt and Katie Hicks were made to work hard for their hat tricks against Westfield’s Ashley Pedlar and Stuart Rae, but all three dismissed Eleanor Smyth giving away no more than 12 points in three ends.
Wanderers A2 (Tony Wharton, Andy Law)
Chesterwell A 8 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Mike Pond 2, Stan Galkowski 3, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski)
Westfield A 4 (Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski)
WDHA Royals 6 (Virat Patel, Mike Hawes 2, Abin Islam 2, doubles Hawes/Patel)
Westfield B 6 (Charlie Morrow 2, Leigh Clements 2, Charlie Clements 2)
St John B 4 (Mike Terry 3, doubles Terry/Hatherall)
St John A 7 (Jon Perkins, Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms, + 3 points by default)
Higham Harriers A 3 (Steve Kendall 2, doubles Kendal/Wooster)
Chesterwell B 7 (Luke Hughes 3, Maxine Shears 3, doubles Hughes/Shears)
Higham Band A 3 (Nigel Magee, Perce Sharp, Keith Stockley)
Higham Harriers B 6 (Neil Stevens, Mick Malins 3, Bob Collyer, doubles Collyer/Stevens)
Chesterwell C 4 (Johnathan Driscoll 2, Daniel Mann 2)
Wanderers C 1 (Carl Singh)
WDHA Superkings 9 (Dev Patel 2, Tarun Mistry 3, Himanshu Ganatra 3, doubles Mistry/Ganatra)
Westfield C 2 (Stuart Jones, Steve Fuller)
Old Grammarians A 8 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 3, Martyn Reeves 3, doubles Laurence/Reeves)
Stanwick VHTTC 0
Wanderers B 10 (Paul Goodman 2, Stewart Williams 2, Bob Hickson 2, doubles William/Hickson + 3 points by default)
Higham Band B 2 (Deirdre Kiziak 2)
Wanderers D 8 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage 2, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Old Grammarians B 7 (Colin Lord 2, David Bayes, Martin Rice 3, doubles Bayes/Rice)
Westfield F 3 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Amrat Mistry)
WDHA Challengers 10 (Rishan Ganatra 3, Manav Pandya 3, Rahul Jethwa 3, doubles Pandya/Jethwa)
WDHA Rising Stars 0
Westfield E 0
Higham Harriers C 10 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 3, Katie Hicks 3, doubles O Hicks/K Hicks)