The Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League started their 2018-19 campaign with a new Chairman at the helm – Alan Hill, who has taken up the mantle following the sad loss of Ken Marchant on 1st July, just two weeks short of his 95th birthday and whose long standing association with table tennis, firstly as a player, coach and official at local, County, National and at International level, spanned more than 6 decades and will be a hard act to follow. The Wellingborough Committee and players thank Alan for stepping into the role and offer him their full support.
Week 1 Report - 1st October 2018
The top division is likely to prove very competitive with a possible 6 contenders out of the 8 teams participating The Key factor in the title race is likely to be the fielding of the best three players in the side, whereas playing on a rota system could prove to be disadvantageous.
WDHA Royals A 5 v Higham Harriers A 5
Whilst the result was predictable, the way it was obtained certainly wasn’t. Ian Bird was caught cold and possibly without any pre- season practice was comfortably beaten by both Shyam Bavalia and Virat Patel and only avoided his first blank since year dot by seeing off a similarly below par Nitin Patel 11-7, 11-2, 11-6. Steve Kendall was edged out 16-18, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11 by Virat who won out 12-11, 11-4, 11-9 over Norman Wooster to claim the opening days first treble. Needing the doubles to avoid defeat, Ian Bird gained some compensation joining with Kendall to score an 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 doubles win over Virat Patel and Bavalia.
Westfield A 5 v Chesterwell A 5
Without Piotr Polanski or Nicole Bird in their ranks, the champions are likely to find retaining their title, difficult. Unlike his namesake, Kevin Bird carried on the form from last season gaining a comfortable treble without dropping a leg. Travis Holly fought hard seeing off a below par Mike Pond 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 and being edged out 9-11 in the 5th by Valdy Papiernik. Paul Benko a new signing for Westfield was well beaten by Pond and Galkowski but improved in his last game, but still losing out in 5, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11 to Papiernik. With a rare win at Westfield in their grasp, Papiernik and Galkowski disappointed somewhat in a 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 defeat to Bird and Holly.
Wanderers A 6 v St John A 4
In the only fixture in the opening days not a draw, the hosts edged out St John A 6-4. For the visitors Grant Timms was in sparkling form with comfortable wins over Graham Ellson and Tony Wharton but found Andy Law much tougher, in a 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 victory. Jon Perkins, who is likely to find wins hard to come by, failed to register and the visitors other leg was gained by Richard Wills when the returning Ellson, after a years absence ran out of steam in his opening game, going down 11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 6-11. With the match result dependent on the doubles, Law and Wharton won out 6-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 over Timms and Perkins to prevent every fixture ending all square.
Higham Harriers B 0 v Chesterwell B 10
The visitors started off their season in fine style with a 10-0 thumping of the Harriers. With Johnathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann now joining Luke Hughes to complete their B team’s line-up, the 3 of them proved unstoppable and they all carded excellent maximums. The home team had a miserable night and their best efforts saw Matt Hicks take Daniel to a 5th end and Neil Stevens take a set off both Johnathan & Luke.
Chesterwell C 3 v Old Grammarians A 7
The O.G.s also made a good start to the season with a solid 7-3 victory away to Chesterwell C. Phil Laurence and Martyn Reeves both scored fine trebles for the victors whilst Chesterwells’ Maxine Shears, Stuart Coles and Clare Coles all saw off Adrian Howes in 3 straight sets. The O.G.’s 2 maximum men finally took the doubles over Maxine & Stuart in 4 sets to secure their team’s 7th point.
Higham Band A 10 v Wanderers D 0
The Band Club became the division’s 2nd team to get their campaign off to a perfect start with a 10-0 whitewash of the Wanderers. Higham’s 2 new signings, Ian Sclater and Steve Mansfield both recorded great maximums and stalwart Perce Sharp joined in with a fine maximum of his own. The Wanderers’ Roger Ellingham came closest to securing a point by taking Steve to a 5th end but that was about as good as it got.
Chesterwell D 6 v Westfield C 4
Duncan Wright was unstoppable this first week of the season, winning all ends. He was supported by new player Caspian Wagner, who came away with 2 points. For Westfield, all players, Stuart Holroyd, Jay Rogers and Asish Nandi took a point off Gavin Birmingham. The final deciding doubles point went to Chesterwell, giving them the edge after 3 ends.
WDHA Rising Stars D 1 v WDHA Raj Riders C 9
In this in house match, a new team added in memory of Raj Lakhani, who passed away recently, came out on top. Only Swati Jethwa could chink their armour, winning the only point for Rising Stars in a close 5 ender Riders then added the final point to their tally 11-4,6-11,4-11,11-8 and 9-11.
WDHA Challengers B 5 v Wanderers E 5
A good close match finishing with a fair draw. For WDHA Challengers, Hubert Malenda was the hero starting where he left off last season improving all the time and taking 3 points out of the 5. Daniel Bain took their only other point from Steve Hoole in 3 ends. For Wanderers’ David May and Derek Shears won a brace apiece, both fighting hard against Bain, where the score could have easily been reversed. The final deciding doubles went to Challengers Bain & Malenda against Shears & May, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 14-16, 12-10.
Old Grammarians B 4 v Higham Band B 6
A close match seeing Higham band squeeze past with a 5 ender final doubles to get the win 6 points to 4. Deirdre Kiziak took 2 points, losing to Roger Fleming in four ends and David Carrigan (a new signing) also with2 sets, but bowing out to Martin Rice in 3 ends. Stuart Futrill had to settle for a single win against Adrian Howes and the Grammarians’ Rice and Fleming both recording a brace apiece.
WDHA Royals 5 (Shyam Bavalia 2, Virat Patel 3)
Higham Harriers A 5 (Steve Kendall 2, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Westfield A 5 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly, doubles Bird/Holly)
Chesterwell A 5 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2, Graham Ellson, doubles Law/Wharton)
St John A 4 (Grant Timms 3, Richard Wills)
Higham Harriers B 0
Chesterwell B 10 (Johnathon Driscoll 3, Luke Hughes 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann)
Chesterwell C 3 (Maxine Shears, Stuart Coles, Clare Coles)
Old Grammarians 7 (Phil Laurence 3, Martyn Reeves 3, doubles Laurence/Reeves)
Higham Band A 10 (Ian Sclater 3, Steve Mansfield 3, Perce Sharp 3, doubles Sclater/Mansfield)
Wanderers D 0
Chesterwell D 6 (Duncan Wright 3, Caspian Wagner 2 , doubles )
Westfield C 4 (Stuart Holroyd Jay Rogers Asish Nandi
WDHA Rising Stars D 1 (Swati Jethwa)
WDHA Raj Riders C 9 (Aum Lakhani 2, Paresh Shah 3, Amit Shah 3, doubles Lakhani/Shah)
WDHA Challengers B 5 (Daniel Bain, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Bain/Malenda)
Wanderers E 5 (David May 2, Steve Hoole, Derek Shears 2)
Old Grammarians B 4 (Martin Rice 2, Roger Fleming 2)
Higham Band B 6 (Deirdre Kiziak 2, David Carrigan 2, Stuart Futrill, doubles Kiziak/Carrigan)