Reigning Premier Division champions Westfield A suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 6-4 at Corby Smash A.
Defender Sam Wilson made his first outing of the season for Smash and won all three of his singles, a 12-10 win in the fourth end against Steve Silk his closest encounter.
But it was the three games that involved Dawid Przybysz that made the difference, all three going to a decisive end.
He started the night by beating Roumen Stefanov 11-6 at the last before losing to Kevin Bird 15-13 in the fifth.
With the tie poised at 4-4 Przybysz faced Silk and came through 11-7 in the decider to seal a brace before teaming up with Wilson to add the match-winning doubles.
Silk, Bird and Stefanov all beat Gary Pells to add to Bird’s win over Przybysz for Westfield’s four.
On the same evening Westfield B edged out Kettering Town 6-4 in a topsy-turvy game.
Westfield raced into a 3-0 lead with the returning Dan Smalley edging Nigel Metcalfe and Nick Howard claiming a fine win over John Fuller.
But wins for Metcalfe and Ian Brown over Howard and Fuller over Bogdan Capusa made it 4-4.
Smalley sealed his treble with an 18-16 fourth-end win over Brown and he joined Howard to seal the win with the doubles, winning 11-9 in the fifth end.
Higham are flying with 39 points from a possible 40 after their third 10-0 win in a row, this time against Harborough A.
Just three ends went beyond the minimum with Nathan Thompson giving both Mark Nannery and Richard Elliott food for thought before falling away.
Thompson and father Barry then took the opener in the doubles against Elliott and Andy Trott but couldn’t maintain their level.
Westfield C made it two wins from three with a 6-4 success at Burton Baptist A.
The visitors raced into a 4-0 lead with Steve Hobbs’ 11-9 in the fifth win over Denise Jacobi the closest of the games.
Pete Hillery reduced the arrears with a win by the same scoreline over Matt Rushton and Westfield sealed the match with further wins for Hobbs and Rushton.
But, trailing 6-1, Baptist made a late comeback with three consolation wins.
Dave Needham got the better of Bhavika Mistry, Hillery bagged a brace by beating Hobbs and Hillery and Jacobi won the doubles 13-11 at the last.
Corby Lyveden Fields were the week’s final winners, beating Rothborough A 8-2 at home.
Rothborough moved into a surprise 2-1 lead after Helen Watts beat the returning Lee O’Boyle and Sean Smith came from 2-1 down to beat Kyle Murie.
But Lyveden Fields reeled off seven wins in a row, O’Boyle’s five-end win over Smith the closest of them.
Results: Corby Smash A 6 (Wilson 3, Przybysz 2, Wilson/Przybysz) Westfield A 4 (Bird 2, Silk, Stefanov), Westfield B 6 (Smalley 3, Howard, Capusa, Smalley/Howard) Kettering Town 4 (Metcalfe 2, Fuller, Brown), Higham 10 (Trott 3, Elliott 3, Nannery 3, Trott/Elliott) Harborough A 0, Burton Baptist 4 (Hillery 2, Needham, Hillery/Jacobi) Westfield C 6 (Hobbs 2, Rushton 2, Mistry), Corby Lyveden Fields 8 (Arthur 3, Murie 2, O’Boyle 2, Arthur/Murie) Rothborough A 2 (H Watts, Smith)
Team of the week: Corby Smash A
Players of the week: Sam Wilson and Dan Smalley
At the end of week four in Division One there are four teams within two points of each other.
Thrapston sit at the top courtesy of a 9-1 defeat of Burton C.
It was fairly plain sailing until the fifth game when Gerry Crasto took Pete Briggs to five, which started a run of four five-enders in six games.
In the next game Kelvin Marshall lost out in a 17-19 finish in the fourth end to Chris Warliker, then Stewart Williams completed his hat-trick with a fifth end victory which included an eight-point run from 2-5 down in the fifth.
Derek Muggleton repeated this feat with eight points from 0-4 down in the fifth against Warliker for Burton’s only point and the doubles also saw a long game to for Briggs and Williams to get the extra point.
It was Williams’ third maximum in four games.
Westfield sit a point behind and creeping up on Thrapston with a whitewash of Harborough C.
David George remains unbeaten this season with a straight game hat-trick, Duncan Brudenall started with a five end defeat of Phil Dixon but improved as the evening went on, as did Norman Wooster, needing five to beat Danny Verrall in his first game, and they both finished off with a straight end doubles.
Harborough B sit third by virtue of having four wins, this time an away 6-4 win over Corby Smash C.
Liam Burnham remains the only player to have played all four games and not lost, but he was mighty close on the night as he needed five to beat Mike Ainsworth and Gabor Toth – who had earlier lost his 100 per cent record to Mike Brocklebank.
Brocklebank also needed five to beat the unlucky Ainsworth but lost in five to Andy Parrott, ranked 57 places lower.
For Smash C Ainsworth, Toth and Parrott all won one each, then Ainsworth and Parrott took the doubles.
Burton Baptist B sit on 30 points, equal with Harborough B but having lost one match.
Corby Lincoln’s Tom Cardwell had an excellent win over Nash Hooda – ranked 51 places higher- 14-12 in the fifth but otherwise Burton were too strong.
Steve Smith and Harry Lade both got their second trebles, although Ken Knott took them both all the way in his first match this season.
Smash B sit just above their opponents Harborough D and they played out the first draw in the division this season.
Tyler Hillery was the hat-trick hero, but needed fourteen ends to achieve it.
He was the only one to beat Dave Coombs and Danny Verrall.
Andy Frearson beat Steve Crook in five and teamed up with Hillery to ensure parity.
Rothborough B sit bottom but started very strongly against Lakeview when Ivor Jones beat Stephen Woolston and Lauren Ainsworth overcame Neil Stone for a 2-0 lead.
If Kelvin Linnett had finished the other end of a 10-12 fifth end defeat by Keith McLaren it would have been three up, but in the end Lakeview took the rest and McLaren got his first hat-trick, Stone and Woolston a brace each.
Results: Thrapston 9 (Briggs 3, Williams 3, Warliker 2, Briggs/Williams) Burton Baptist C 1 (Muggleton), Corby Lincoln 1 (Cardwell) Burton Baptist B 9 (Lade 3, Smith 3, Hooda 2, Hooda/Smith), Corby Smash C 4 (Ainsworth, Parrott, Toth, Ainsworth/Parrott) Harborough B 6 (Burnham 3, Brocklebank 2, Crook), Harborough C 0 Westfield D 10 (Brudenall 3, George 3, Wooster 3, Brudenall/Wooster), Harborough D 5 (Coombes 2 D Verrall 2, Crook) Corby Smash B 5 (T Hillery 3, Frearson, Frearson/T Hillery), Rothborough B 2 (Ainsworth, Jones) Corby Lakeview 8 (McLaren 3, Stone 2, Woolston 2, Stone/Woolston)
Player of the week: Andy Parrott
Team of the week: Corby Smash C
Corby Smash D have lacked fixtures in the early part of the Division Two season.
However, when they have got onto the table, they have achieved two positive results.
At Westfield E they won 8-2 although two games were conceded by Evie Elliott due to illness.
Neil Marlow was unbeaten again, whilst Chris Winter survived a 13-11 fifth end finish against Sidney Wright to record his hat-trick.
Wright picked up a good win over Dominic Elrington and joined Bronwen Grigg as Westfield ended on a high note – a four end victory showing the unpredictable nature of doubles once again.
Montsaye Sports Centre was the venue for Rothborough C’s first win of the season.
Ann Woolston kept visitors Corby Chesham in the match early on – she gained excellent wins over David Steele and Cathy Fleming without dropping an end.
Sally Taylor was also in good form for the hosts, beating Claire Dixon and Mia Solomon before meeting Woolston.
A close game involving some long rallies eventually went to Taylor 8-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-7, 11-4 as she sealed her treble.
Dixon added a third win for Chesham by beating Fleming, but Rothborough took the rest to finish as 7-3 victors.
Ted Eastman was in sparkling form once again as Corby Harrogate ended Rothborough D’s unbeaten start to the season with a 6-4 success.
His maximum included an impressive comeback from 2-0 down against Pete Sturges as well as wins over Peter Rowbotham and Alex Woodford.
Rothborough skipper Rowbotham had an eventful evening with his defeat to Eastman being followed by two fifth end deuce finishes.
He lost 12-10 to an inspired Nathan Dixon and then just got over the line 13-11 against Sam Pedley.
With Dixon and Pedley also beating Woodford, Harrogate took a 6-1 lead before Rothborough regrouped.
They took the last three games, including a win for Sturges over Dixon as he secured his brace.
In the first Smash derby of the season, the ‘E’ team took the first eight games against Corby Smash F.
Andrew Parrott and Mike Wilson were in great form.
Parrott completed his hat-trick without dropping an end, but Wilson surrendered one end to Reece Radford.
George Marlow stopped the rot when he recovered from 2-1 down to gain a terrific win against Tom Reygan.
Marlow and Radford played well in the doubles, but the more experienced pair of Wilson and Reygan collected a fifth end win and a 9-1 victory in the match.
Results: Westfield E 2 (Wright, Grigg/Wright) Corby Smash D 8 (Winter 3, N Marlow 3, Elrington 2), Rothborough C 7 (Taylor 3, Steele 2, Fleming, Taylor/Fleming) Corby Chesham 3 (Woolston 2, C Dixon), Corby Harrogate 6 (Eastman 3, N Dixon 2, Pedley) Rothborough D 4 (Sturges 2, Rowbotham, Sturges/Rowbotham), Corby Smash F 1 (G Marlow) Corby Smash E 9 (Parrott 3, M Wilson 3, Reygan 2, Wilson/Reygan)
Player of the Week: Ann Woolston
Team of the Week: Corby Harrogate