Westfield A 10 v St John A 0
An unfortunate aspect of the season to date in the top division has been the fielding of 2 players, and this was another example as the current champions enjoyed a clean sweep. For the hosts, Kevin Bird gained his normal victories but surprisingly dropped a leg in a 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 win over Pete Boustred, who also took Stephen Woolston to five, bowing out 4-11 in t he 5th. Jon Perkins also gave his best performance to date, going down 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11 to Patryk Polanski and still awaits his first win.
Old Grammarians A 6 v Higham Harriers A 4
With three reserves being fielded, both sides did well to play the fixture and also field a full complement, an example too many in the division. For the hosts, Steve Kendall gained a reasonably comfortable treble but this was negated by reserve Adrian Howes, who found it a struggle and failed to register. However, Phil Laurence somewhat surprisingly beaten by in the opener by Harriers reserve Phill Inman 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, duly cashed in, to see off Neil Stevens and Mick Malins for a welcome brace. With the match dependent on the doubles a Laurence/Kendall combination won out 8-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 over Inman and Stevens to clinch their first victory of the season.
WDHA Superkings 5 v Wanderers D 5
This match finished all square with the home team’s Milan Pandya the only unbeaten player with his 2nd. treble of the season. Roger Ellingham put up the most resistance for the visitors with 2 wins and then teamed up with Graham Babbage to take the doubles and secure the draw. The remaining players all gained one win apiece.
Westfield C 7 v Old Grammarians B 3
Mark Ramsden and Mark Thomas both scored fine trebles for the home team although each player had to go to 5 ends in one of their matches. Martin Rice and Colin Lord both scored single wins for the visitors and the pair of them then had an excellent doubles victory over the home team’s unbeaten players in a topsy-turvy 11-8,4-11,8-11,11-9,4-11 encounter.
Higham Band A 7 v Wanderers C 3
Another good win for the home team, led by Pete Martin’s first treble of the season, with good support from Nigel Magee and Deirdre Kiziak with 2 wins each saw Higham move up to 2nd place in the table. James Findlay maintained his good form for the season with 2 more wins and then joined Maurice Jones to take the doubles in 4 ends. Despite this loss, Wanderers hang on to 1st place in the table.
St. John B 8 v Chesterwell C 2
This emphatic win lifts the home team up to 3rd place and was a fine all round team performance with 3 wins from Mike Terry and 2 apiece from Steve Mansfield and Alan Hill. Stuart Coles put up a brave fight for the visitors and was rewarded with good wins over Mansfield and Hill. Maxine Shears and Clare Coles put up a great fight in the doubles but finally went down 12-10 in the 5th end.
Wanderers D 4 v Higham Harriers B 6
This match, scheduled for December, was brought forward due to future venue problems for the home team. Craig Hartwell and Bob Collyer both scored maximums for the away team whilst Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage and Mike Howorth all scored single wins against the unfortunate Anthony Stevens who took all 3 opponents to a 5th end but ended up pointless. Ellingham and Babbage finally took the doubles for the home team, again having to go to a 5th end decider.
WDHA Knightriders 1 v Westfield D
Anish Patel saved a complete whitewash from Westfield D, came through to secure the victory after losing the 1st end 3-11 to Asish Nandi, to take the match 11-8, 11-5, 11-9. The visitors' Stuart Holroyd and Amrat Mistry won easily without losing an end and added the doubles in a comfortable 11-5, 11-6, 11-0. Nandi was pushed to a 5th end decider against Knightriders’ Swati Jethwa, winning out 11-8, 9-11, 2-11, 12-10, 7-11.
WDHA Challengers 4 v Stanwick VHTTC 6
A brave effort by WDHA Challengers against 2nd placed Stanwick VHTTC in this game, which saw Geoff Neville the only unbeaten player, although Hubert Malenda came close to taking an end, losing 4-11, 9-11, 9-11 . Kevin Tivey and Jon Tuplin with a single win apiece, both losing to Malenda and Kavish Dodhia. Dodhias' win over Tuplin was a real marathon tussle, 3-11, 16-14, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7 and with the Challengers requiring the doubles to equal the score, unfortunately lost out 10-12, 9-11, 8-11 and had to settle for 4 points,
Higham Band B 2 v Wanderers E 8
This re-arranged fixture saw Wanderers E making their way towards the top of the table. David May was unbeaten, with Derek Shears and Steve Hoole supporting well with a brace each, as they both lost out to Highams Devlin Whitmore. Making his League debut for Higham Band, was John Yeates, having moved up from Shropshire he is looking forward to continuing his table tennis career and despite remaining scoreless, took an end from May.
Chesterwell E 0 v Chesterwell D 10
An inter Club fixture with teams at both extremes of the Division, with the 'D' side taking all the points on offer and their lead their nearest rivals Wanderers E by 13 points and at this early point in time, look unbeatable. Hat tricks again for Johnathan Driscoll, Duncan Wright and Daniel Mann with only two ends lost throughout the evening and the doubles finishing 11-1 in the third end.
Wanderers E 10 v Westfield E 0
Wanderers E took all the available points with only one set going the full distance and a further set going to four but both going the way of second placed Wanderers E. Stuart Rae pushing David May to a 5th, losing 11-5 at the last hurdle, and Nicole King extending Derek Shears to a 4th.
Westfield A 10 (Patryk Polanski 2, Stephen Woolston 2, Kevin Bird 2, doubles Woolston/Polanski + 3 points by default)
St John A 0;
Old Grammarians A 6 (Phil Laurence 2, Steve Kendall 3, doubles Laurence/Kendall)
Higham Harriers A 4 (Phil Inman 2, Neil Stevens, Mick Malins).
WDHA Superkings 5 (Milan Pandya 3, Rahul Jethwa, Manav Pandya)
Wanderers D 5 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage);
Westfield C 7 (Mark Ramsden 3, Mark Thomas 3, Tim Mason)
Old Grammarians B 3 (Martin Rice, Colin Lord, doubles Rice/Lord);
Higham Band A 7 (Nigel Magee 2, Deirdre Kiziak 2, Pete Martin 3)
Wanderers C 3 (James Findlay 2, doubles Jones/Findlay);
St John B 8 (Mike Terry 3, Steve Mansfield 2, Alan Hill 2, doubles Terry/Mansfield)
Chesterwell C 2 (Stuart Coles 2);
Wanderers D 4 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Higham Harriers B 6 (Craig Hartwell 3, Bob Collyer 3).
WDHA Knightriders D 1 (Asish Nandi)
Westfield D 9 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi 2, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Holroyd/Mistry);
WDHA Challengers 4 (Hubert Malenda 2, Kavish Doshia 2)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey, Jon Tuplin, doubles Neville/Tuplin);
Higham Band B 2 (Devlin Whitmore 2)
Wanderers E 8 (David May 3, Derek Shears 2, Steve Hoole 2, doubles May/Shears);
Chesterwell E 0;
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Mann/Wright);
Wanderers E 10 (David May 3, Derek Shears 3, Steve Hoole 3, doubles Hoole/Shears);
Westfield E 0.