St John A 8 v St John B 2
This was a predictable result but the way it was arrived at was not. Mike Terry reversed his surprise defeat by Jon Perkins earlier in the season winning out 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 and gained a tremendous 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 win over Grant Timms. However he did not gain his treble and in a major surprise Richard Wills edged him out 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 13-11. Paul Lipczak fought hard and was unlucky in going down 8-11 in the 5th to Perkins. Steve Mansfield has found the division a step too far, failing to win and leg and finishing the division without a win and will hopefully enjoy it more in Division 2.
Thrapston 2 v St John A 8
Another predictable result completely as expected. Chris Warliker was well beaten by Grant Timms but edged out Jon Perkins 11-9 in 5th and saw off Richard Wills 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 11-7. Apart from games against the bottom two sides Steve West and Alan Tyler found the going very tough, the 34 points gained in these matches enabled the hosts to avoid dropping into Division 2.
Chesterwell A 4 v Wanderers A 6
At the outset of the season it was anticipated that 6 sides would be in strong contention for the top 2 places and that the status quo would not prevail but events proved otherwise. Again it was shown that the fielding of a weakened team and operating a rota system voluntary or otherwise does not prevail. This game was a typical example, when the visitors well beaten at home fielded a stronger side and gained a narrow victory. For the hosts, Valdy Papiernik, for the first time in the season failed to register but Stan Galkowski and Mike Pond gained braces, Galkowski defeating Tony Wharton and John Stamp and Pond winning out against Law and Stamp. With the match dependent on the doubles, Galkowski and Pond lost out 11-4, 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 0-11 to Wharton and Law.
St John A 5 v Westfield B 5
Had Westfield B not already been relegated, this game could well have been controversial. Fielding only 2 players, yet again, the hosts were lucky to get a draw in a lack lustre display. Graham Taylor saw off Pete Boustred 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 11-5 and unlucky in losing out 10-12 in the 5th to Jon Perkins. Mark Thomas won out 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 over Perkins but together with Taylor lost out 5-11, 7-11, 3-11 to Perkins and Boustred in the doubles to save the blushes of the hosts.
Chesterwell B 5 v WDHA Superkings 5
With this being the final match of the season, the Superkings knew that they only had to score 3 or more points to finish 2nd in the league and gain promotion to the top division. They comfortably managed this after securing a hard earned draw with Chesterwell B who themselves finished just a few points short of that coveted runners-up spot. The home team’s Luke Hughes was the only unbeaten player with yet another fine treble to go with Maxine Shears’ single win whilst all 3 of the Superkings’ players made contributions with doubles from Tarun Mistry and Dev Patel to add to a single win from Himanshu Ganatra. Hughes & Shears brought the season to a close with a good 4 sets doubles victory over Mistry & Patel. Well done the Superkings!
With Wanderers D having played two catch up matches, their final tally left them one point short of victory for top place but puts them back in Division 2 next season.
Wanderers D 5 v Westfield D 5
Wanderers D had won on the previous occasion 7-3 and were hoping to repeat or better the scoreline which would have seen them overtake the WDHA Challengers for top position. Unfortunately Graham Babbage had an off night and for the first time this season came away scoreless. Mike Howorth was the only unbeaten player in this contest and Stuart Holroyd for Westfield scored twice.
Higham Band B 8 v WDHA Rising Stars 2
A good win for Higham Band B with Devlin Whitmore recording his 5th hat trick of the season and both Raylee Burton and Stuart Futrill gaining 2 wins a piece. There were a number of high scoring games which made for an interesting night. Rising Stars two wins coming from Kavish Dodhia and Bipasha Ganatra.
Wanderers E 3 v Wanderers D 7
Same result as the first encounter between these two club mates puts Wanderers B back into Division 2, Roger Ellingham was unbeaten winning his 12th hat trick of the season. Graham Babbage with two wins and all other players with single win apiece. The final doubles going to the D side in four ends.
Wanderers E 2 v Old Grammarians B 8
Last seasons relegated Old Grammarians side remain in Division 3 for another season, having fallen short by 10 points. This was the same result as last time which saw Martin Rice unbeaten for O.G’s and David Bayes and Colin Lord supporting well with a brace each. David May scored a well fought point against Lord, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9 and Steve Hoole won the other against Bayes in 3 ends.
A good season had by all!
St John A 8 (Jon Perkins 2, Richard Wills 3, Grant Timms 2, doubles Perkins/Wills)
St John B 2 (Mike Terry 2)
Thrapston A 2 (Chris Warliker 2)
St John A 8 (Jon Perkins 2, Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 3, doubles Perkins/Timms)
Chesterwell A 4 (Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 2)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton, Andy Law 3, John Stamp, doubles Wharton/Law)
St John A 5 (Jon Perkins 2, Pete Boustred 2, doubles Perkins/Boustred)
Westfield B 5 (Graham Taylor, Mark Thomas + 3 points by default)
Chesterwell B 5 (Maxine Shears, Luke Hughes 3, doubles Shears/Hughes)
WDHA Superkings 5 (Tarun Mistry 2, Dev Patel 3, Himanshu Ganatra)
Wanderers D 5 (Roger Ellingham 2, Mike Howorth 3)
Westfield D 5 (Amrat Mistry, Asish Nandi, Stuart Holroyd 2, doubles Nandi/Holroyd)
Higham Band B 8 (Devlin Whitmore 3, Raylee Burton 2, Stuart Holroyd 2, doubles Whitmore/Futrill)
WDHA Rising Stars 2 (Kavish Dodhia, Bipasha Ganatra)
Wanderers E 3 (David May, Derek Shears, Steve Hoole)
Wanderers 7 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage 2, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Wanderers E 2 (David May, Steve Hoole)
Old Grammarians B 8 (Martin Rice 3, David Bayes 2, Colin Lord 2, doubles Rice/Bayes)