Thirty teams have registered for the 2016-17 Season of The Wellingborough and District Table Tennis League, unfortunately we have lost one team, and players have been re-assigned to other teams within their respective Clubs due to players going off to further education and others hanging up their bats. We wish all those taking part a successful season.
WDHA Royals 8 v Wanderers B 2
Royals results tend to vary due to the liberal use of a rota system. they started with a good win with an excellent treble for Virat Patel who won in the minimum of nine ends. Abin Islam, too, was unbeaten winning out 13-11 and 11-7 in the 5th ends against Paul Goodman and Stewart Williams respectively. Williams avoided a blank, seeing off Shyam Bavalia 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 13-11 and gained a further point with Goodman winning out in the doubles against Islam and Patel.
Old Grammarians A 4 v Thrapston 6
With the return of Steve Kendal and Mick Ball, the hosts were placed back in the top Division. With the visitors surprisingly fielding only two players, the hosts gained 3 points by default with Kendal winning out 11-8, 15-13, 11-7 over Chris Warliker, but went down to Mark Stockley in the 5th. The remaining singles blank, saw Phil Laurence and Mick Ball fail to register, Ball and Laurence were heavily defeated 4-11, 7-11, 0-11 by Waliker and Stockley in the doubles.
Westfield A 8 v Chesterwell A 2
In recent years, Westfield have tended to concentrate on the Kettering League, but never the less managed to field a side who are title contenders, if not winners. Their opening fixture confirmed this as they won out 8-2 against last years runners-up. Kevin Bird confirmed his status as the Leagues top player with an easy treble. However, star for the hosts was Travis Holly who overcame Valdy Papiernik 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 and Stan Galkowski 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, his best results to date, but lost out 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 8-11 to Mike Pond. Galkowski gained the 2nd point with a 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 win over Patryk Polanski.
Wanderers A 10 v Higham Harriers A 0
With a dearth of sides considered good enough for the top division, the visitors were again reprieved from relegation. However, they made a dreadful start as they were whitewashed by a below strength Wanderers side. Tony Wharton scored an expected easy treble but debutante John Stamp and Jon Taylor-Burt also won with reasonable ease and no set went to five. It looks a hard slog, barring considerable improvement for the visitors trio of Graham Bird, Norman Wooster and Mick Malins.
WDHA Superkings 9 v St John B 1
The Superkings won the Division Two title last season, but have been restructured and it was felt that they would not be a sufficient standard to head into Division One just yet. They have started well, with this 9-1 victory over second placed St John B. Milan Pandya and Tarun Mistry (promoted from Division 3) securing hat tricks but were pushed all the way by Alan Hill, Mike Terry and Paul Lipczak, with no less than six of the nine singles sets going the distance. Terry was only player to come out on the right side of a fifth end, defeating Jack Bain 7-11 for St Johns only point.
Higham Band A 1 v Westfield B 9
Another restructured side Westfield B are the old ‘C’ team and proved they are going for promotion with this 9-1 win over Higham Band A. Mark Thomas and Charlie Clements were successful not losing to any of the Band side, but Charlie Morrow lost out to Keith Stockley in game 7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 for their solitary point of the night.
Wanderers C 6 v Wanderers D 4
This all club clash saw Roger Ellingham of Wanderers D secure a hat trick against his higher ranked club mates, and despite Mike Howorth only gaining another single to add to their tally, but both he and Graham Babbage fought hard, with lots of deuce end scores.
Higham Harriers B 6 v Old Grammarians B 4
Harriers ‘C’ re-ranked and re-named the ‘B’ team who won promotion from Division Three, showed they were not wanting to head back down, Phil Inman, Neil Stevens and Bob Collyer all with two wins each. This closely fought match needed the Old Grammarians to secure the doubles to close the score line, which they did in four ends. For the Old Grammarians, Martin Rice scored twice and with a single from Colin Lord, Rice and Lord adding the doubles for their 4th point.
This was a start of two halves with four of the five matches played with a result of 9-1.
WDHA Challengers 3 v Wanderers E 7
Hubert Malenda had a good start to his season with all three of his sets, going to five ends, and, victorious in two of them, defeating Derek Shears and Steve Hoole, but losing out to Brian Pearce 6-11. He was supported well by Rishan Ganatra, who secured the remaining point against Pearce, and taking Shears to five, bowing out 9-11. Wanderers E taking all the other points on offer.
WDHA Knightriders 1 v Higham Band B 9
This was an easy victory for Higham Band with Raylee Burton losing the only point to Kavish Dodhia 9-11, 4-11, 9-11. Neil Thompson and new signing Stuart Futrill both won convincing hat tricks, although Dodhia took them both to four ends, they then added the double in three ends over Dodhia and Bipasha Ganatra.
Higham Harriers C 1 v Stanwick VHTTC 9
Stanwick VHTTC finished in second place last season and have started their campaign to top the table with this 9-1 win over Higham Harriers C (the renamed ‘D’ side from last season). Geoff Neville for Stanwick never looked troubled winning his hat trick by the quick route, with Kevin Tivey also securing a treble, only Al Hayes had to settle for two points after losing out to Katie Hicks.
Chesterwell E 1 v Westfield E 9
Two new players for Westfield E, Nicole King and Wendy Bradford both won hat tricks and Stuart Rare won twice. For Chesterwell, Gordon Campbell, another new signing took a point from Rae and also took King to five ends only to lose out 12-14 at the last hurdle.
Chesterwell D 9 v Westfield D 1
With Linda Freeman, hanging up her bat, it was left to stalwart Amrat Mistry to stop a complete route with Westfields’ only point of the night, a win against Duncan Wright in three ends 11-9, 11-8, 13-11. Back in the league after some years, Jonathan Driscoll for Chesterwell was straight on the hat trick trail, as was Daniel Mann, continuing where he left off last season. This pairing also added the doubles in three ends.
WDHA Royals 8 (Abin Islam 3, Virat Patel 3, Shyam Bavalia 2)
Wanderers B 2 (Stewart Williams, doubles Goodman/Williams);
Old Grammarians A 4 (Steve Kendall, + 3 points by default)
Thrapston 6 (Chris Warliker 2, Mark Stockley 3, doubles Warliker/Stockley);
Westfield A 8 (kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly 2, Patryk Polanski 2, doubles Bird/Polanski)
Chesterwell A 2 (Mike Pond, Stan Galkowski);
Wanderers A 10 (Tony Wharton 3, John Stamp 3, Jon Taylor-Burt 3, doubles Wharton/Stamp)
Higham Harriers A (0).
WDHA Superkings 9 (Milan Pandya 3, Jack Bain 2, Tarun Mistry 3, doubles Pandya/Bain)
St John B 1 (Mike Terry);
Higham Band A 1 (Keith Stockley)
Westfield B 9 (Mark Thomas 3, Charlie Clements 3, Charlie Morrow 2, doubles Clements/Thomas);
Wanderers C 6 (James Findlay 2, Maurice Jones 2, Carl Sing, doubles Findlay/Jones)
Wanderers D 4 (Roger Ellingham 3, Mike Howorth);
Higham Harriers B 6 (Phill Inman 2, Neil Stevens 2, Bob Collyer 2)
Old Grammarians B 4 (Martin Rice 2, Colin Lord, doubles Rice/Lord).
WDHA Challengers 3 (Rishan Ganatra, Hubert Malenda 2)
Wanderers E 7 (Steve Hoole 2, Brian Pearce 2, Derek Shears 2, doubles Hoole/Shears);
WDHA Knightriders 1 (Kavish Dodhia)
Higham Band B 9 (Neil Thompson 3, Stuart Futrill 3, Raylee Burton 2, doubles Thompson/Futrill);
Higham Harriers C 1 (Katie Hicks)
Stanwick VHTTC 9 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 3, Al Hayes 2, doubles Neville/Tivey);
Chesterwell E 1 (Gordon Campbell)
Westfield E 9 (Nicole King 3, Wendy Bradford 3, Stuart Rae 2, doubles Rae/King);
Chesterwell D 9 (Jonathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 2, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann)
Westfield D 1 (Amrat Mistry)