Unbeaten Higham edged out Westfield B 6-4 in a thriller in the Premier Division.

Andy Trott was the hat-trick hero for the hosts in maintaining his 100 per cent record but he was pushed all the way by Dan Smalley.

Smalley, in just his second appearance of the season, took a shock 2-1 lead against the veteran before losing 11-5, 12-10 in the opener.

Matt Horrocks then blew a 2-0 lead against Richard Bashford but Westfield levelled it up thanks to wins by Smalley and Nick Howard.

In a game where no team won more than two in a row Higham moved back in front when Horrocks failed to make a lead count again when he lost in five to Richard Elliott.

Westfield tied the game once more at 4-4 with Howard capping a solid brace but Trott’s treble and a comfortable doubles saw the league leaders home.

Kettering Town sit in second and made up some ground with a one-sided win over Corby Rothbury.

In a game that was over in under two hours Town won all 30 ends played.

Nigel Metcalfe’s two deuces in a win over Nigel Hunt was the closest Rothbury came to putting a blemish on the scorecard.

Town sit five points behind Higham after eight games played.

Reigning champions Westfield A also clawed points back in the battle to retain their title despite two unexpected losses against Burton Baptist A.

Their 8-2 win saw Baptist’s Dave Needham and Pete Hillery upset Steve Silk and Kevin Bird respectively in four ends.

Baptist could have drawn or even won the game had they tasted success in the four games that went the distance.

Denise Jacobi lost in five to Roumen Stefanov and Silk, Needham lost 13-11 at the last to Stefanov and Hillery saw a 2-0 lead come and go to lose 11-4 in the fifth to Silk.

Rothborough A remain bottom of the table after losing 10-0 at Westfield C.

Westfield had most of the game their own way apart from a tricky period in the middle where they were tested three times on the trot in matches that went the distance.

Steve Hobbs got the better of Julian Marlow in the fifth, Matt Rushton came from 2-0 down to beat Sean Smith and Bhavika Mistry held off a late surge from Martin Watts to win 11-8 at the death.

Rothborough sit on seven points with Corby Rothbury just one ahead on eight points.

The two meet next week at Montsaye in a match which could prove pivotal in deciding who finishes bottom of the pile.

Corby Smash A won 7-3 at Harborough A in a match that saw wins for two Division One players.

Dan Busby stole the show with a win over fellow second tier high flyer Gabor Toth before cruising past Gary Pells – who has more than 50 per cent wins in the Premier Division – 3-0.

Toth himself claimed a fine win over Kevin Shield but nobody could get the better of Smash’s Sam Wilson.

Wilson and Trott remain the only players in the division to remain unbeaten over at least three matches, although Trott has played twice as many.

Results: Higham 6 (Trott 3, Elliott, Bashford, Trott/Elliott) Westfield B 4 (Smalley 2, Howard 2), Corby Rothbury 0 Kettering Town 10 (Metcalfe 3, Fuller 3, Allsopp 3, Metcalfe/Fuller), Westfield A 8 (Stefanov 3, Silk 2, Bird 2, Stefanov/Bird) Burton Baptist 2 (Needham, Hillery), Westfield C 10 (Hobbs 3, Rushton 3, Mistry 3, Rushton/Hobbs), Harborough A 3 (Busby 2, N Thompson) Corby Smash A 7 (Wilson 3, Pells 2, Toth, Wilson/Pells)

Team of the week: Kettering Town

Player of the week: Dan Busby

There were some surprising results in Division One this week , chief among them was when Smash C were undone by some excellent play from Phil Dixon when they hosted Harborough C.

The Harborough man took a hat-trick in the 6-4 scoreline, including Gabor Toth, who had a bad night as he was also beaten by Danny Verrall, both in five.

Verrall also beat Andy Parrott but lost out in five to Mike Burrows.

Dixon couldn’t quite add the doubles, but his maximum secured Harborough’s second victory.

Meanwhile at Church Langton the B team - for Brocklebank, Busby and Burnham - hosted the D team and, despite the D team playing B’s Steve Crook, they couldn’t trouble the scorers.

Danny Verrall was 2-1 ahead of Burnham in the last singles in the only game to go the distance, but Harborough B continue their lead in the table.

Rothborough B gained their first win when they took on Corby Lincoln, a hat-trick for Lauren Ainsworth was the driving force behind the win – she has the best win percentage for the Rothwell outfit this season - supported with one each for Gareth Lewis and Lee Mordecai, their first wins of the season.

Mordecai and Ainsworth made it six, despite John Hunt’s double as he played up for Lincoln and was their best player, only losing out in five to Ainsworth, and is Lincoln’s most successful payer so far.

The two Burton teams faced each other with their regular players taking part, and, true to the form book the B team raced to a 4-1 lead in fairly uneventful fashion.

The next five games were then very competitive and the C team reversed the score line to gain a hard fought draw.

Gerry Crasto was the C team hero with a hat-trick against three higher ranked players, although needing five to beat Steve Smith, and then partnered Derek Muggleton to attain the point which gained the draw.

Nash Hooda got a brace, needing five to beat Kelvin Marshall, and Harry Lade also got two, both gained in straight ends.

Smash B also got a creditable draw when Thrapston visited them.

Chris Warliker gained a treble but had to come from behind to beat Tyler Hillery, who himself got a double against Peter Briggs and Stewart Williams, dropping only one end in the process.

Andy Frearson (ranked 112) also impressed in his defeat of Briggs (63) after a deuce in the fifth, as did Lewis Hillery (99) when he beat Williams (60).

Then Tyler and Frearson capped off their purple patch - and their recovery from 2-5 down in the match - with Thrapston’s third doubles defeat.

Westfield continue their pursuit of Harborough B with a 9-1 defeat of Lakeview, all bar one game over in three.

David George and Scott Dixon were again undefeated in singles and doubles and Graham Taylor only lost out to Stephen Woolston in the final game of the night.

Woolston has yet to draw a blank this season.

Results: Burton C 5 (Crasto 3, Muggleton, Crasto/Muggleton) Burton Baptist B 5 (Hooda 2, Lade 2, Smith), Corby Lakeview 1 (Woolston) Westfield D 9 (Dixon 3, George 3, Taylor 2, Dixon/George), Corby Smash B 5 (T Hillery 2, A Frearson, L Hillery, Frearson/T Hillery) Thrapston 5 (Warliker 3, Briggs, Williams), Corby Smash C 4 (Burrows, Parrott, Toth, Burrows/Parrott) Harborough C 6 (Dixon 3, D Verrall 2, Pearson), Harborough B 10 (Brocklebank 3, Burnham 3, Busby 3, Brocklebank/Burnham) Harborough D 0, Rothborough B 6 (Ainsworth 3, Lewis, Mordecai, Ainsworth/Mordecai) Corby Lincoln 4 (Hunt 2, Abraham, Murie)

Player of the week: Phil Dixon/Gerry Crasto

Team of the week: Harborough C

In Division Two, a 9-1 win for Corby Smash E means that Old Village’s lead at the top of the table has been cut to three points.

The victory for the Smash team came at Corby Chesham who could not get to grips with Andrew Parrott or Pete Wilson.

Both players hit trebles with little fuss before joining each other for an easy doubles win.

Ann Woolston has been the most successful player this season for Chesham, registering at least one win in every match.

She gained the solitary point for her team against Tom Reygan.

Old Village won 8-2 at Corby Smash D despite being without captain Beth Tyler.

Richard Bryant stepped into the breach and picked up his first wins of the season by beating Dominic Elrington and James Lock without dropping an end.

Consistent Wendy Bradford also beat Elrington and Lock, but both Old players lost to Chris Winter, although Bradford took him to a tight 11-9 fifth end finish.

Alan Tyler continued his recent fine form with a third successive maximum for the visitors who were pushed hard in the doubles, but Tyler and Bryant squeezed through in a deciding end.

Another match to finish 8-2 took place at Weavers Road where Westfield E gained their second win of the season against Corby Smash F.

The match began with Lana Orbell avenging a defeat against Evie Elliott in the Junior Girls Top 10.

Westfield then reeled off six wins in a row with Sidney Wright remaining unbeaten again, although she was extended to five ends by George Marlow and Orbell.

Against Marlow she fought back from 2-1 down and then came through 12-14, 11-5, 13-15, 11-6, 12-10 in an exciting game against Orbell.

Westfield’s Bronwen Grigg also recovered from 2-1 down against Marlow to secure a win before Orbell returned to post a second point for Smash against Grigg in another five end affair.

Westfield took the last two games in more comfortable fashion to complete their victory.

When Rothborough C started their match against Corby Harrogate they were ten points adrift of them in the table, but they gained an impressive 8-2 victory.

Alan Brisley began with a 13-11 fifth end win over Ted Eastman before beating Nathan Dixon and Reuben Warburton to complete his treble.

Eastman kept his composure to gain excellent wins against Sally Taylor and David Steele as he carded the two points for Harrogate.

Taylor and Steele remained unbeaten in their other games and Taylor joined Brisley for their fifth doubles win of the season.

Results: Corby Chesham 1 (Woolston) Corby Smash E 9 (Parrott 3, P Wilson 3, Reygan 2, Parrott/Wilson), Corby Smash D 2 (Winter 2) Old Village 8 (A Tyler 3, Bryant 2, Bradford 2, Tyler/Bryant), Westfield E 8 (Wright 3, Elliott 2, Grigg 2, Elliott/Grigg) Corby Smash F 2 (Orbell 2), Rothborough C 8 (Brisley 3, Taylor 2, Steele 2, Brisley/Taylor) Corby Harrogate 2 (Eastman)

Player of the Week: Lana Orbell

Team of the Week: Rothborough C

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