Chesterwell B 6 v Chesterwell A 4
In a season of surprise results in both games and matches, the final week provided one of the biggest. In a match which reflected great credit to the integrity of the Chesterwell Club, their B team in a superb performance deprived their A team of runners up. With Luke Hughes absent due to a visit to the dentist and Carlton Ellwood arriving late, it hardly looked promising. Graham Ellson opened with a 5 set, 11-8, 10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 win over Stan Galkowski and then had to play Valdy Papiernik immediately and not surprisingly went down 6-11, 9-11, 3-11. However the arrival of Ellwood saw an immediate transformation and in his performance of the season, he gained a magnificent treble, his highlight being a 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10 win over Mike Pond. A rejuvenated Ellson also won out 14-12, 11-3, 11-8 over Pond and then joined with Ellwood to clinch a staggering victory with an 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7 doubles win over Papiernik and Galkowski.
St John A 6 v Higham Harriers A 4
In a rare match of no surprises, the hosts took advantage of Norman Woosters absence to gain a narrow victory. Stand-in Martyn Reeves in his 5th appearance, although gaining a leg against Jon Perkins in a 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 3-11 defeat, ended the season without a win to his credit. Ian Bird, whose signing transformed the visitors, gained a treble but needed 5 sets against Perkins and less so against Grant Timms. With Graham Bird winning out 13-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3 over Perkins the match depended on the doubles, where Timms and Perkins clinched the match with a 13-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9 win over the Bird brothers.
Westfield A 7 v Wanderers B 3
The hosts duly clinched the 4 points required to ensure the title for the 2nd consecutive year. The visitors in their last first division match for at least a year fought hard and although Kevin Bird was never troubled, his colleagues found it much tougher. Stewart Williams won out in 5 against both Patryk Polanski and Travis Holly 8-11 and 12-10 respectively. Paul Goodman was unlucky in a 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 8-11, 10-12 defeat to Polanski but gained some reward with a 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 10-12 win over Holly.
WDHA Royals 9 v Old Grammarians A 1
Helped by events elsewhere, the WDHA Royals finished an excellent season as runners-up. The main interest in this game was the hosts’ games against Steve Kendall, as Phil Laurence and Mick Ball finished the season as they had for numerous games without registering. Abin Islam scored an excellent 11-13, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 win over Kendall and Ethan Ali followed suit winning a five set game 13-11, 12-10, 5-11, 3-11, 11-7, but Kendall avoided his first blank of the season in another 5 set encounter with victory over Virat Patel 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7. A further point was almost gained when Kendall and Laurence fought hard in the doubles before going down 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 4-11 to Ali and Islam.
Wanderers A 7 v St John A 3
If it wasn’t for some inconsistency in team selection, the hosts could well have been strong contenders for the top 2 places. In their last fixture they saw off a below strength St Johns A, but not without a fight. Steve Mansfield, a member of the Division 2 winning B side had a taste of what was to come and he failed to register or gain a leg. Jon Perkins who has not had the best of seasons also failed to register but did well against Andy Law before bowing out 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-13, 6-11. He gained some consolation when teaming up with Grant Timms won out in the doubles 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 over Law and Wharton. Not on the mega scale, but earlier, Law had won out in a surprise 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 win over Timms, who gained the other 2 points in a comfortable win over Jon Taylor-Burt and a five set 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5 win over Tony Wharton.
Higham Band A 4 v Chesterwell C 6
Chesterwell eventually ran out 6-4 winners in this close match where only 2 of the 10 games were decided in 3 ends. Good doubles from each of their 3 players, Stuart Coles, John Henderson & Clare Coles made up their 6 points whilst Nigel Magee played well to record 2 wins and Pete Martin added a further single for the home side. Nigel & Pete finally took the doubles in an enthralling 5 sets to keep the scoreline close.
Higham Harriers B 8 v Wanderers D 2
The Harriers recorded an excellent victory over the Wanderers and the fact that 8 of the 10 games went to a 4th end wasn’t reflected in the scoreline. Fine maximums from Phil Inman & Bob Collyer did the damage and Neil Stevens added a single before Phil & Bob took the doubles to make up their 8 points. Graham Babbage & Mike Howorth notched a single win each for the visitors. This result sees the Wanderers definitely finishing in the bottom 2 places and let’s hope a better season awaits them in division 3.
Wanderers C 3 v Westfield B 7
This result sees Westfield hang on to top spot but their lead has been cut to 2 points and their rivals St. Johns now look certain to take the title having one match left to play. Charlie Morrow scored another great treble and was well supported with a double from Charlie Clements and a single win from Leigh Clements. Tony Wallis scored a good double for the Wanderers and Roger Ellingham, playing up from his D team did very well to see off Leigh Clements but had to hang on for a 15-13 score in the deciding end. The 2 Charlies once again took the doubles in a convincing 11-9, 11-2, 11-3 encounter.
Old Grammarians B 0 v St. Johns B 10
St. Johns march on towards the league title with this demolition of bottom club O.G.s who should fare much better next season in division 3 when their main players are available. Another maximum from the unstoppable Mike Terry, together with trebles from Steve Mansfield & Alan Hill did the damage and Mike & Steve finally took the doubles to complete a miserable night for the hosts. St. Johns now only need 3 points from their final match to be crowned champions and can start preparing for much stiffer competition in the top division.
Westfield C 0 v WDHA Superkings 10
The Superkings finish the season in a terrific 3rd place following this 10-0 mauling of mid-table Westfield. Maximums all round from Tarun Mistry, Manav Pandya & Dev Patel made up their 9 points before Tarun & Dev completed the rout by taking the doubles in 3 ends. Westfield didn’t have much to cheer about but Mark Holly would have been pleased to take a single end off Manav and Dev and Nicole King, playing up from her E team in division 3 should be delighted after taking an end off Manav.
Wanderers D 5 v Old Grammarians B 5
The division’s bottom 2 teams concluded their disappointing season with a closely contested match which ended in a predictable draw, leaving the O.G.s in bottom place by a mere 2 points. Martin Rice was the night’s only unbeaten player but he had to play 14 close ends to secure his treble whilst Colin Lord & Roger Fleming added single wins to make up the O.G.’s 5 points. For the Wanderers, Roger Ellingham & Graham Babbage both scored good doubles and concluded the season’s play by taking the doubles over Colin & Martin to get the draw.
St. John B 7 v Wanderers C 3
The 2 teams played out the final match of the season and St. Johns emerged the winners, their 7-3 victory making them league champions by a clear 5 points. Mike Terry & Paul Lipczak scored fine maximums and later combined to take the doubles in 3 straight ends. James Findlay, Maurice Jones & Carl Singh all gained single wins for the Wanderers against an out of sorts Alan Hill but St. Johns can now enjoy a summer break and then hopefully have a good season in the top flight next autumn. Congratulations lads and very well played !
Stanwick VHTTC 6 v Higham Band B 4
A two man Higham Band team gave Stanwick the final result needed to be in the runner-up position. Both Devlin Whitmore and Stuart Futrill won two points each both going down to the unbeaten Geoff Neville. Whitmore had to fight for his point against Al Hayes, 13-15, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 15-13 with the final deciding point going to Stanwick 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6.
Higham Harriers C 4 v Westfield D 6
Two teams together in the tables fought a close battle with the higher ranked Westfield coming out on top. Amrat Mistry was unbeaten with good support from Stuart Holroyd with two points, losing to Oli Hicks in three. The final doubles went to Harriers C to make the scoreline more respectable as Oli and Katie Hicks won out 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 against Holroyd and Mistry.
WDHA Challengers 8 v WDHA Knightriders 2
This clash between Club mates was an expected win for the higher ranked Challengers, with Rishan Ganatra registering a hat trick and Kavish Dodhia claiming the Knightriders two points with his victories over Ansh Shah in five and Hubert Malenda in four ends.
Higham Band B 8 v WDHA Knightriders 2
Higham Bands Devlin Whitmore secured a fine treble with little resistance from his opposition, however, Raylee Burton and John Yeates were not so lucky, defeated by Knightriders Kavish Dodhia. They were also pushed to a 4th end by the improving Swati Jethwa and Anish Patel was unlucky losing out to Burton 11-7 in the 5th.
Although there is still one match outstanding between Higham Band B and WDHA Challengers which will take place next week, this will not make a difference to the tables and Chesterwell D are clear winners with Stanwick VHTTC 20 points behind in second place.
Chesterwell B 6 (Graham Ellson 2, Carlton Ellwood 3, doubles Ellson/Ellwood)
Chesterwell A 4 (Valdy Papiernik, + 3 points by default)
St John A 6 (Jon Perkins, Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 2, doubles Perkins/Timms)
Higham Harriers A 4 (Graham Bird, Ian Bird 3)
Westfield A 7 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly, Patryk Polanski 2, doubles Bird/Holly)
Wanderers B 3 (Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams)
WDHA Royals 9 (Ethan Ali 3, Abin Islam 3, Virat Patel 2, doubles Ali/Islam)
Old Grammarians A 1 (Steve Kendall)
Wanderers A 7 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 3, Jon Taylor-Burt 2)
St John A 3 (Grant Timms 2, doubles Perkins/Timms)
Higham Band A 4 (Nigel Magee 2, Pete Martin, doubles Magee/Martin)
Chesterwell C 6 (Stuart Coles 2, John Henderson 2, Clare Coles 2)
Higham Harriers B 8 (Phill Inman 3, Bob Collyer 3, Neil Stevens doubles Inman/Collyer)
Wanderers D 2 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage)
Wanderers C 3 (Tony Wallis 2, Roger Ellingham)
Westfield B 7 (Charlie Morrow 3, Charlie Clements 2, Leigh Clements, doubles Clements/Morrow)
Old Grammarians B 0
St. Johns B 10 (Mike Terry 3, Steve Mansfield 3, Alan Hill 3, doubles Terry/Mansfield)
Westfield C 0
WDHA Superkings 10 (Tarun Mistry 3, Manav Pandya 3, Dev Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel)
Wanderers D 5 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Old Grammarians B 5 (Colin Lord, Roger Fleming, Martin Rice 3)
St. John B 7 (Mike Terry 3, Paul Lipczak 3, doubles Terry/Lipczak)
Wanderers C 3 (James Findlay, Maurice Jones, Carl Singh)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Geoff Neville 2 doubles Hayes/Tuplin + 3 points by default)
Higham Band B 4 (Devlin Whitmore 2, Stuart Futril 2)
Higham Harriers C 4 (Oli Hicks 2, Matt Hicks doubles Oli/Katie Hicks)
Westfield D 6 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Asish Nandi, Amrat Mistry 3)
WDHA Challengers 8 (Rishan Ganatra 3, Ansh Shah 2, Hubert Malenda 2, doubles Ganatra/Shah)
WDHA Knightriders 2 (Kavish Dodhia 2)
Higham Band B 8 (Raylee Burton 2, John Yeates 2, Devlin Whitmore 3, doubles Burton/Whitmore)
WDHA Knightriders 2 (Kavish Dodhia 2)