Problems for Higham Harriers this week as their home venue was without electricity, and matches had to be postponed or played at alternate venues.
Wanderers A 6 v Thrapston 4
Thrapston, only fielding two players for the second time this season, could well have cost them the match, Ian Donaldson went down 11-4 in the fifth to Tony Wharton and 11-7, 9-11, 11-13, 5-11 to Andy Law, but avoided a blank, winning out 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 1-5 over Jon Taylor-Burt. Chris Warliker was well beaten by Wharton but edged out Law 11-9 in the 5th and comfortably saw off Taylor-Burt. The visitors gained their 4th point when Donaldson and Warliker won with surprising ease 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 in the doubles over Law/Wharton.
St John A 9 v Chesterwell B 1
For the second game running, the visitors fielded only two players and with St John A, for once, at full strength, a big win looked likely and so it proved. Graham Ellson well below his best, failed to register and with Pete Boustred and Grant Timms comfortably seeing off Luke Hughes, it was only a surprise win by Hughes in game 4 over Richard Wills 11-5, 11-3, 11-7 that prevented a clean sweep.
Chesterwell A 8 v Wanderers B 2
Stewart Williams opened with an unlucky five set defeat to Valdy Papiernik and must have thought a whitewash was on the cards. However, he followed up with an excellent brace, seeing off Stan Galkowski 13-11, 11-4, 11-8 and Mike Pond 12-10 in the 5th. Bob Hickson, who is struggling for form, failed to gain a leg, but Paul Goodman nearly a 3rd point, going down 11-3, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11 to Galkowski.
Wanderers C 4 v St. John B 6
Wanderers unbeaten start to the season came to an end with this home defeat to St. John. Alan Hill scored a fine treble for the visitors and received good support with two wins from Steve Mansfield and a single win from Paul Lipczak. James Findlay was the pick of the home players with good wins against Mansfield and Lipczak.
Higham Harriers B 5 v Higham Band A 5
This keenly fought battle between the two Higham teams ended all square with Deirdre Kiziak and Nigel Magee taking the doubles in four close ends to secure the draw. Bob Collyer was the only home player to remain unbeaten with Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley scoring two wins apiece for the visitors. Phil Inman and Craig Hartwell both gained single wins as they adjust to life in division 2
Wanderers D 4 v Westfield C 6
Westfield narrowly edged out their hosts to record their first win of the season. Mark Ramsden starred for the visitors with a great treble, only losing one end (12-10) all night. He was ably supported with a brace from Tim Mason and the pair of them combined to take the doubles in straight ends to secure the win. Roger Ellingham put up most resistance for the home team with a fine double.
Westfield B 7 v WDHA Superkings 3
This match between two unbeaten sides ended in victory for the home team. Charlie Clements led the way with a fine treble and was well supported with two wins apiece from Roger Arterton and Mark Thomas. Dev Patel scored two good wins for the visitors and teamed up with Manav Pandya to win a thrilling doubles encounter 12-10 in the fifth end.
Chesterwell D 10 v Higham Band B 0
With all the early cancellations, Chesterwell D is the only team to have played their full quota of games and already have a lead of 18 points over their nearest rival Stanwick. This week Higham Band B were under the hammer, going down 10-0, with some close games. Both Raylee Burton and Devlin Whitmore went to five against Duncan Wright and Burton also finished 11-13 in the 4th against Daniel Mann. Jonathan Driscoll, Daniel Mann and Duncan Wright securing hat tricks as well as the double in three ends.
Westfield D 9 v WDHA Challengers 1
Last season’s Challenge Trophy winners, WDHA Challengers could only manage 1 point in their match against Westfield D. Daniel Bain winning an exciting opening set against Stuart Holroyd, winning out 11-8, 9-11, 13-11 and 14-12. No other sets required a decider, but Rishan Ganatra came close before losing to Holroyd, 5-11, 10-12, 12-14. Westfields’ new signing, Asish Nandi, and Amrat Mistry gaining hat tricks and adding the doubles for their 9th point.
Westfield E 9 v WDHA Knightriders 1
Westfield E have only played two games so far this season and have only dropped 2 points, these new players could give Chesterwell D something to think about. Hat tricks for Iain and Stuart Rae and a double for Nicole King, who lost out to Bipasha Ganatra 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-3, 5-11 for the visitors only point. Swati Jethwa was unlucky not to gain a second point for the team in her close battle with King, losing out 11-9 in the 5th.
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law, + 3 points by default)
Thrapston 4 (Ian Donaldson, Chris Warliker 2, doubles Donaldson/Warliker);
St John A 9 (Pete Boustred 2, Richard Wills, Grant Timms 2, doubles Boustred/Timms, +3 points by default)
Chesterwell B 1 (Luke Hughes);
Chesterwell A 8 (Mike Pond 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Valdy Papiernik 3, doubles Galkowski/Papiernik)
Wanderers B 2 (Stewart Williams 2).
Higham Harriers B 5 (Phillip Inman, Craig Hartwell, Bob Collyer 3)
Higham Band A 5 (Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley 2, doubles Magee/Kiziak)
Wanderers D 4 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth)
Westfield C 6 (Mark Ramsden 3, Tim Mason 2, doubles Ramsden/Mason)
Wanderers C 4 (Tony Wallis, James Findlay 2, doubles Wallis/Jones)
St John B 6 (Steve Mansfield 2, Alan Hill 3, Paul Lipczak)
Westfield B 7 (Roger Arterton 2 , Charlie Clements 3, Mark Thomas 2)
WDHA Superkings 3 (Dev Patel 2, doubles Patel/Pandya)
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Wright/Mann)
Higham Band B 0;
Westfield D 9 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Asish Nandi 3, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Nandi/Mistry )
WDHA Challengers 1 (Daniel Bain );
Westfield E 9 (Iain Rae 3, Nicole King 2, Stuart Rae 3, doubles King/S Rae)
WDHA Knightriders 1 (Bipasha Ganatra).