Final match result: 2 April 2019
Wanderers B 3 v Chesterwell A 7
In the last game of the season, the visitors who had capitalised in their previous 2 games by big wins against weakened sides, arrived needing one point for runners-up spot and duly obliged. Mike Terry for the hosts gained his second treble of the season and became the 4th player to register a treble against the visitors, but not play in the reverse fixture. He also had the dubious distinction of being relegated in successive seasons with different sides, although on both occasions well up in the rankings. The visitors were relegated by 5 points and the 2 games missed by Terry could well have saved them as he scored a treble in both. Paul Goodman although failing to register fought hard and took both Mike Pond and Stan Galkowski to 5, bowing out 7-11 to both. Bob Hickson in a poor night failed to gain a leg and with only 4 wins to his credit, is no doubt looking forward to easier days in Division 2.
Week 21 Report 25th March 2019
Higham Harriers A 7 v Wanderers A 3
The hosts clinched the title with this win and although disappointedly out of season, a more than well-deserved honour. In their last match they gained a almost cast on score-line as Ian Bird and Steve Kendall gained their usual trebles and Norman Wooster failed to register, although taking Tony Wharton to 5, bowing our 9-11 in the 5th. This title win emphasised how they had missed out in recent seasons operating a rota system.
Chesterwell A 10 v St John A 0
After their recent defeat by Wanderers A, the hosts looked out of the running for the runners-up spot with 80% of the matches resulting in 5-5 or 6-4, but events decided otherwise. First Wanderers B, despite being in deep relegation trouble turned up without their best player fielding only 2 and went down 9-1 and as this result meant St John were safe, they turned up without their best two players and the Chesterwell trio of Galkowski, Papiernik and Pond had no trouble running up only the second clean sweep of the season. Whilst no blame could be attached whatsoever to the hosts, they finished needing 1 point for the runners-up spot which after such a competitive season was a total unsatisfactory conclusion.
Higham Band A 8 v Chesterwell C 2
Higham Band A finished off their season in fine style with a good 8-2 home victory over Chesterwell C with Steve Mansfield and Ian Sclater leading the way with 3 wins apiece. Nigel Magee added a further single win for the hosts whilst Stuart and Clare Coles replied for the visitors with a single win each. Mansfield & Sclater secured the Band Club's 8th. point with a 5 set doubles victory against Clare & Keith Taylor but they had to take the last 2 ends to get the result.
Chesterwell B 3 v Stanwick VHTTC 7
The season's final match in division 2 saw Stanwick and Chesterwell B come head to head to decide who would end up as league champions. Needing a 10-0 victory to take the title, Chesterwell got off to a dream start when Johnathon Driscoll inflicted Ian Baldock's first defeat of the season to give his side a glimmer of hope. However, Stanwick immediately hit back to take the next 6 games, giving them the match verdict and maintaining their 100% record for the season. The standard of play throughout the evening was outstanding and was a credit to both teams who incidentally meet again in the final of the Marchant Memorial cup to be played in May. Stanwick's Graham Taylor and Joe Peckham were the star performers as they both fired outstanding maximums but Ian Baldock, having an off-night for once, had to settle for a single win. Chesterwell's 3 players, Johnathon Driscoll, Luke Hughes and Daniel Mann all played their hearts out but lone victories for Driscoll and Mann was scant reward for their efforts. However, Daniel & Luke deservedly had the last laugh with a fighting 5 set doubles victory against Graham & Joe. Well played to both teams!!!
Westfield C 6 v Westfield D 4
For the final match of the season, there were no surprises, as in this all in house match finished with the C side beating their D side. However it was quite a close affair. Stuart Holroyd was the only unbeaten player for the higher side and for the visitors both Roy Smyth and Stuart Rae beat Amrat Mistry and Asish Nandi. Nandi put up the most resistance going down 10-12 in the 5th end. A close 3 ender for the doubles saw Holroyd & Nandi overcome Roy and Eleanor Smyth 15-13, 11-6, and 11-9 to take the decisive point.
Westfield D 2 v Old Grammarians B 8
Old Gramms B finish on a high coming 2nd with only 6 points behind the leaders WDHA Challengers B, and 12 points ahead of their team mates Old Gramms C. Martin Rice hits his 8th hat trick with David Bayes and Roger Fleming both scoring two points each. Bayes was beaten by Stuart Rae in 5 ends and Roy Smyth took a set off Fleming in 4 ends ,giving Westfield D two more points than the last time they met. The doubles started well for Westfield when Roy Smyth and Stuart Rae won the fist game 11-9, but then lost the next 3 ends 13-9, 4-11, and 3-11 to Rice and Bayes.
Higham Harriers A 7 (Steve Kendall 3, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Wanderers A 3 (Tony Wharton, Graham Ellson, Andy Law)
Chesterwell B 10 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 2, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski + 3 points by default)
St John 0
Wanderers B 3 (Mike Terry 3)
Chesterwell A 7 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 2, doubles Papiernik/Pond)
Higham Band A 8 (Steve Mansfield 3, Ian Sclater 3, Nigel Magee, doubles Sclater/Mansfield)
Chesterwell C 2 (Stuart Coles, Clare Coles)
Chesterwell B 3 (Johnathon Driscoll, Daniel Mann, doubles Mann/Hughes)
Stanwick VHTTC 7 (Ian Baldock, Graham Taylor 3, Joe Peckham 3)
Westfield C 6 (Amrat Mistry, Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi, doubles Holroyd/Nandi)
Westfield D 4 (Roy Smyth 2, Stuart Rae 2)
Westfield D 2 (Roy Smyth, Stuart Rae)
Old Grammarians B 8 (Martin Rice 3, David Bayes 2, Roger Fleming 2, doubles Rice/Bayes)