Corby Rothbury got their first win of the season in the Premier Division after scraping past fellow strugglers Rothborough A 6-4.
In a game where no player was unbeaten or winless Corby raced into a 3-0 lead with three narrow wins but were pegged back when both Martin and Helen Watts got on the board for the hosts.
They guaranteed themselves a point at 5-2 with Adam Bendyk beating Sean Smith in five before Nigel Hunt came from behind to beat Martin Watts.
Rothborough had a glimmer of hope when Smith battered Rob Warrander, conceding just six points, before Helen Watts beat Bendyk to make it 5-4.
But Rothbury held their nerve to win the doubles and taste success for the first time.
League leaders Higham made it nine wins from nine but had their closest encounter yet in a 6-4 win at Corby Smash A.
The league’s two top players, Andy Trott and Sam Wilson, were both missing and it was Adam Wilson that stole the headlines in their absence.
He saw off Mark Nannery, Richard Bashford and Richard Elliott to claim a fine treble.
The Higham trio all got the better of Gary Pells and Alex Cochrane for a brace but it was far from easy.
Bashford came from 1-0 and 9-0 down to beat Pells before Nannery squeezed past youngster Cochrane 19-17 in the fifth to seal the win.
Higham’s score allowed Kettering Town to narrow the gap at the top to just two points with a 9-1 win over Harborough A.
Town moved into a 5-0 lead although Harborough’s Dan Busby, a squash and racketlon star plying his trade in Division One on the local table tennis scene, gave John Fuller something to think about.
Harborough’s fortunes improved in game six with Barry Thompson scoring a superb win over Craig Brown but that was as good as it got for the visitors.
Corby Lyveden Fields were also 9-1 winners against Burton Baptist A in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggested.
Corby moved into a 6-0 lead with Lee O’Boyle’s tight win against Denise Jacobi the closest encounter.
Pete Hillery got Baptist on the board with a brilliant comeback win against Chris Haynes but Jacobi couldn’t add to the tally against Kyle Murie after losing a 2-1 lead.
Reigning champions Westfield A got the better of club rivals Westfield C 8-2.
Guy Sparrow got the C team’s only singles win by beating Brian Wooding, who edged past Bhavika Mistry in game nine.
They doubled their points tally in the doubles when Sparrow and Matt Rushton beat Kevin Bird and Roumen Stefanov.
Results: Rothborough A 4 (H Watts 2, M Watts, Smith) Corby Rothbury 6 (Bendyk 2, Hunt 2, Warrander, Bendyk/Hunt), Corby Smash A 4 (Wilson 3, Wilson/Pells) Higham 6 (Elliott 2, Bashford 2, Nannery 2), Kettering Town 9 (Fuller 3, Metcalfe 3, Brown 2, Fuller/Metcalfe) Harborough A 1 (Thompson), Corby Lyveden Fields 9 (O’Boyle 3, Murie 3, Haynes 2, Murie/Haynes) Burton Baptist A 1 (Hillery), Westfield C 2 (Sparrow, Sparrow/Rushton) Westfield A 8 (Stefanov 3, Silk 3, Wooding 2)
Team of the week: Corby Rothbury
Player of the week: Adam Wilson
Second hosted top in Division One as Harborough B visited Westfield D.
The leaders took the first two, with two undefeated players meeting in the second game.
Dan Busby emerged with his record still intact, although in five and after being on the wrong end of a 1-11 score in the fourth end against David George.
Then the Westfield trio took the next three to go ahead 3-2 on the night, with George getting some revenge inflicting Liam Burnham’s second defeat of the season, and Malpass coming from two down to beat Steve Crook, but that was all they got as Harborough powered to a 7-3 victory.
In the process Steve Crook defeated George again, coming from behind to win in five, and Busby ensured his maximum to remain unbeaten after playing nine of Harborough’s ten matches.
Thrapston defeated Corby Lincoln, losing only one end, and hence go level on points in second with Westfield.
Stewart Williams, Chris Warliker and Nitin Patel were largely untroubled against a game Lincoln trio of Ken Murie, Tom Cardwell and Callum Donaldson, who are in danger of being cast adrift at the bottom of the table.
There were 6-4 finishes in the matches featuring Harborough C and D as D won theirs but C lost.
The D team were hosting Smash C and, although it was nip and tuck throughout, and strangely the losing team won the ends 22-18 by virtue of winning all their games in three whereas any that went beyond three were won by Harborough, the home team prevailed, winning the doubles in five to make the victory.
Danny Verrall won two, beating Mike Burrows in five and Gabor Toth in four.
Vaughan Allington also got a double, including a recovery from two – by his own admission – poor ends and several points down in the fifth, to scrape past Mike Ainsworth 14-12.
Dave Coombs chipped in with another fifth end defeat of luckless Burrows.
Ainsworth and Toth got two apiece for Smash.
Ainsworth’s namesake Lauren went one better as, with Ivor Jones matching her, Rothborough B continued their upsurge in form when they both got hat-tricks.
Two ‘B’ team players have not achieved maximums in the same game since at least the 2015-16 season.
It was Ainsworth’s second consecutive treble and she is on 60 per cent victories now for the season.
It meant that Harborough C’s Phil Dixon, Mark Pearson and Steve Crook all gained one point only, but did take the doubles in winning the last two games to come from 6-2 down.
Burton B also gained a 6-4 win, struggling to beat a very competitive Corby Lakeview.
Harry Lade got three but was taken the distance by Stewart Abraham, Steve Smith got two, beating Stephen Woolston from two down but losing out to Tom Lathom in five, and Lathom also beat Nash Hooda for a good double, and teamed up with Woolston for a fifth end strong finish in the doubles.
The C team fared slightly better winning 7-3 over Smash B with Derek Muggleton again showing the way with his fourth treble, all in straight ends, although special mention should go to Reece Radford, playing up, who took him further than anyone else in losing his second end 14-16.
This time Kelvin Marshall provided the support, losing out only to Tyler Hillery.
Gerry Crasto was unlucky in twice losing out from two ends up.
Results: Burton Baptist B 6 (Lade 3, Smith 2, Hooda) Corby Lakeview 4 (Lathom 2, Woolston, Lathom/Woolston), Burton Baptist C 7 (Muggleton 3, Marshall 2, Crasto, Marshall/Muggleton) Corby Smash B 3 (T Hillery 2, Frearson), Corby Lincoln 0 Thrapston 10 (N Patel 3, Warliker 3, Williams 3, Williams/Patel), Harborough C 4 (Crook, Dixon, Pearson, Crook/Dixon) Rothborough B 6 (Ainsworth 3, Jones 3), Harborough D 6 (Allington 2, D Verrall 2, Coombs, Allington/D Verrall) Corby Smash C 4 (Ainsworth 2, Toth 2), Westfield D 3 (George, Malpass, Taylor) Harborough B 7 (Busby 3, Burnham 2, Crook, Burnham/Crook)
Player of the week: Lauren Ainsworth/Ivor Jones
Team of the week: Harborough D
Old Village and Corby Smash E have pulled clear at the top of Division Two.
Parsimonious displays from Beth and Alan Tyler took Old to a 9-1 win at home to Westfield E.
Beth never looked like dropping an end whilst Alan only conceded eight points to Bronwen Grigg and twelve against Sidney Wright.
Wendy Bradford added to the tally with good wins against Grigg and Evie Elliott, but came unstuck against Wright who triumphed in three close ends.
The Tyler duo took the doubles.
Another Andrew Parrott maximum was the highlight of the Smash derby between the ‘E’ and ‘D’ teams in which the ‘E’ team prevailed 7-3.
Parrott maintained his 100 per cent seasonal record with wins over Neil Marlow, Chris Winter and Dominic Elrington, dropping just one end against Marlow.
Pete Wilson beat Marlow and Elrington, whilst Mike Wilson played positively to get through a fifth end against Elrington 11-5.
Chris Winter won twice for the away side and teamed up with Marlow to take Parrott and Mike Wilson close in the doubles.
Alan Brisley and Tony Yeomans hit trebles for Rothborough C at Corby Smash F.
Brisley dropped just one end and Yeomans lost two as he remained unbeaten for the first time this term.
George Marlow gained a fine win over Cathy Fleming for Smash and Reece Radford also took Fleming close, but lost 11-9 in the last end.
Marlow and Radford played some excellent table tennis in the doubles, but the experience of Brisley and Fleming eventually carried Rothborough through 11-7 in another decider.
Under the guidance of Henry Arthur and Colin Wilson, it will be interesting to see how much Corby Smash F can improve in the second part of the season.
The matches at Rothborough D and Corby Harrogate both ended in draws. I
n his second match for Rothborough D, Tim Heydon did not concede an end against Corby Chesham.
He rounded off a good evening by joining Akbar Pokkakkillath to take the doubles as well.
Earlier Pokkakkillath had beaten Mia Solomon in three ends, but Chesham won the remaining singles.
Ann Woolston and Claire Dixon won twice and Solomon gained her third victory of the season by beating Alex Woodford in four ends.
Corby Harrogate and Burton Baptist D also shared the spoils at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre.
Following a comfortable win for Ted Eastman over Neil Biggs of Burton, Nathan Dixon and David Marks decided to continue the Points Cup format of the previous week as Dixon took an end 21-19 on his way to victory.
The Burton captain Jon Sanders then stepped in with a quickfire hat-trick and Neil Biggs beat Sam Pedley 15-13 in a fifth end as Baptist drew level at 4-4.
Eastman registered his second win by defeating Marks, but Sanders and Marks restored parity again in the doubles.
Results: Old Village 9 (B Tyler 3, A Tyler 3, Bradford 2, Tyler/Tyler) Westfield E 1 (Wright), Corby Smash E 7 (Parrott 3, P Wilson 2, M Wilson, Parrott/M Wilson) Corby Smash D 3 (Winter 2, N Marlow), Corby Smash F 1 (G Marlow) Rothborough C 9 (Yeomans 3, Brisley 3, Fleming 2, Brisley/Fleming), Rothborough D 5 (Heydon 3, Pokkakkillath, Heydon/Pokkakkillath) Corby Chesham 5 (Woolston 2, C Dixon 2, Solomon), Corby Harrogate 5 (Eastman 2, N Dixon 2, Pedley) Burton Baptist D 5 (Sanders 3, Biggs, Sanders/Marks)
Player of the Week: Tim Heydon
Team of the Week: Corby Smash E