Challenge Trophy 2016-17

sponsored by Harish Thakrar Ltd


Round 2 Results


The second round of the Challenge Trophy sponsored by Harish Thakrar also produced some interesting results with only 3 results finishing within 20 points.    

Chesterwell A (0) 440 v Wanderers E (275) 425

Higham Band B (275) 424 v WDHA Royals A   (0) 440

Westfield D (245) 456 v Higham Harriers A (0) 411

Wanderers D (125) 356 v Wanderers B (0) 430

Old Grammarians B (150) 399 v St John A (0) 419

Wanderers C (0) 367 v Higham Harriers B (75) 418

St John B (70) 426 v Old Grammarians A (0) 382


Results Breakdown


Chesterwell A (0) 440:                    (Valdy Papiernik 132/50, Stan Galkowski 132/48, Mike Pond 132/36)

Wanderers E (275) 425:                  (David May 42/132, Derek Shears 52/132, Steve Hoole 40/132)

In the last couple of years the hosts have shook off their poor cup performances and played to their full ability and this was a fine example. Facing a large handicap against Division 3 promotion chasers, they won an excellent game by 15 points. Virtually every game was there, or thereabouts handicap, but games 5 and 6 tilted the balance with Valdy Papiernik wining out 11-0, 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 over Steve Hoole and Mike Pond, 11-1, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 over Derek Shears. Shears however, gave the best performance in game 9 in gaining 21 points against Papiernik, but the 31 points needed in the doubles proved too much with Galkowski and Pond winning out 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-4 over May and Shears to clinch victory.


Higham Band B (275) 424:                 (Devlin Whitmore 38/132, Raylee Burton 44/132, Stuart Futrill 51/132)

WDHA Royals A    (0) 440:                 (Ethan Ali 132/52, Abin Islam 132/57, Virat Patel 132/24)

In a real David and Goliath contest, the hosts battles bravely, but this year the divisions leading clubs are really stepping up to the mark and overcame a large handicap to win out by a narrow 16 points. Although most games were on handicap, a brilliant display by Virat Patel swung the game for the visitors in game 5, restricting Devlin Whitmore to 5 points, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, 11-2 and in game 7, restricting Raylee Burton to 6 points, 11-1, 11-3, 11-1, 11-1. The hosts, who were 12 points in front going in to the doubles, couldn’t hold on, with Whitmore and Futrill going down 2-11, 6-11, 3-11, 4-11 to Ali and Patel.


Old Grammarians B (150):  399         (Colin Lord 72/132, Martin Rice 85/119, Roger Fleming 63/132)

St John A (0) 419:                                (Jon Perkins 119/90, Richard Wills 131/72, Grant Timms 132/58)

Another excellent display by a top division side who did well to overcome the shock of Martin Rice defeating Jon Perkins in game 5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7. Game 7 saw Richard Wills tilt the game to the visitors seeing off a below par Roger Fleming 11-3, 11-7, 11-3, 11-2 and although Colin Lord managed 34 points in game 9, going down to Wills 8-11, 8-11, 7-11, 11-10 they remained 16 behind at the doubles, which was increased to 20 as Perkins and Wills drew the doubles 11-4, 11-7, 5-11, 10-11 with Fleming and Rice.

Westfield D (245) 456:                    (Stuart Holroyd 50/129, Asish Nandi 83/116, Amrat Mistry 60/122)

Higham Harriers A (0) 411:              (Graham Bird 129/57, Martyn Reeves 106/100, Ian Bird 132/36)

Higham Harriers threw away a golden opportunity to reach the quarter finals with the absence of Norman Wooster. With Graham Bird just under handicap and Ian Bird well under, a place was there for the taking, but replacement Martyn Reeves had a night to forget, picking up a mere 6 points, which, but for a 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 win over struggling Stuart Holroyd, would have been far worse. Ian Bird saw off Amrat Mistry 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 11-3, whereas the same player gained 6 points in sharing 10-11, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11 with Reeves.


Wanderers D (125) 356:                    (Roger Ellingham 82/127, Graham Babbage 68/132, Brian Pearce 55/132)

Wanderers B (0) 430:                       (Pete Briggs 132/56, Paul Goodman 130/65, Bob Hickson 129/84)

In this all club tie it looked a more than adequate handicap with the poor League form of the ‘B’ side and the fact that in these ties the lower division side tend to raise their game. However, the hosts, who normally raise their game for the cup, gave a poor performance and unbelievably in game 5, Roger Ellingham went down 6-11, 6-11, 10-11, 11-8 to Bob Hickson was the handicap level attained. Pete Briggs, in a rare appearance, normally playing in Division 1 in Kettering, relished his chance, dropping a mere 56 points, his highlight being a 11-4, 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 win over step up player Brian Pearce.


Wanderers C (0) 367:                         (James Findlay 114/98, Tony Wallis 118/97, Carl Singh 98/109)

Higham Harriers B (75) 418:           (Phil Inman 92/113, Bob Collyer 123/88, Neil Stevens 89/129)

On this form Harriers are in a somewhat false League position as they cruised into the quarter final. Bob Collyer, who has found Division 2 much more to his liking after two traumatic years in the top division, gave an excellent display. On the night he gained 35 points, his highlight being a 4-0 win over Carl Singh (11-8, 11-6, 11-1, 11-9 with 3-1 wins also over James Findlay and Tony Wallis.


St John B (70) 426:                              (Mike Terry 118/91, Steve Mansfield 90/117, Alan Hill 104/110)

Old Grammarians A (0) 382:              (Phil Laurence 84/120, Mick Ball 104/112, Steve Kendall 130/80)

This was a great night for club stalwart Alan Hill who in his long playing career prior to this season, incredibly had never progressed beyond the first round and now finds himself in the quarter finals. The main hopes for the visitors was for the handicap to be clawed back by Steve Kendall and his team mates to hold their own, but they failed on all three counts. Phil

Laurence, although out of his depth in the top division was expected to hold his own against lower division opponents but crashed 4-0 to both Alan Hill and Mike Terry to ruin the match as a contest. Terry, who looks to play at a higher level also won out 4-0 over Mick Ball and gained a creditable 31 points in a 11-10, 8-11, 7-11, 5-11 defeat to Kendall to ensure the biggest win of the round and make the handicap, surplus to requirements.

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