Week 5


Higham Harriers A 6 v WDHA Royals 4

Harriers played their postponed game from week 3 at their home venue – therefore reversing the fixture from the match in January which will now take place at the Hindu Centre and gained a narrow victory into the bargain. Ian Bird with his usual treble, was extended to a 4th end by Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia and had to go all the way against Virat Patel, before winning out 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4. Graham Bird and Norman Wooster taking a single win apiece for Harriers against Shyam Bavalia, who unfortunately was scoreless on the night. Islam and Patel with two wins each, teamed up to level the scoreline in the doubles, but failed against the Bird duo, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10. 

Westfied A 7 v St John A 3

Kevin Bird cruised to an almost inevitable treble without dropping a leg and an unusual feature on a 7-3 score line, only one game was not won in 3 straight. The exception was game 2 where Pete Boustred went down 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 7-11 to Patryk Polanski. Stephen Woolston comfortably saw off Jon Perkins but was well beaten by Grant Timms and Boustred. The other leg for the visitors was gained with Timms 12-10, 11-7, 11-5 win over Polanski.

Chesterwell A 6 v Higham Harriers A 4

Despite lacking the services to date of newly signed Steve Kendall, the visitors have started well and were somewhat unlucky in a narrow defeat to the experienced home side, playing their second match of the week. Ian Bird gained an expected treble with easy wins over Mike Pond and Stan Galkowski but again found Valdy Papiernik difficult, before winning out 5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11. Norman Wooster in a gallant effort went down 7-11 and 8-11 in the 5th end to Pond and Galkowski. The 4th point for the visitors was a 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 doubles win by the Bird brothers over Galkowski and Papiernik.

St John B 3 v Thrapston 7

In a match where the bulk of the points will for both side come from their respective no.1’s. Thrapston opened encouragingly when the dangerous but inconsistent Chris Warliker won out 6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 over Mike Terry. Steve Mansfield and Paul Lipczak in a disappointing display failed to register although Mansfield took Steve West to 5, losing out 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11. St Johns 3rd point gained when Terry and Lipczak won out 11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5 in the doubles over Warliker and Tyler.


Old Grammarians A 1 v Wanderers B 9

The O.G.s suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the division’s runaway leaders Wanderers B. Stewart Williams led the way with his 5th successive maximum and was well supported with another treble from team-mate Bob Hickson and a fine double from Tony Wallis who was stepping up from their C team. Martyn Reeves scored the O.G.s only point of the night, seeing off Wallis in 5 sets. Williams & Hickson gained the Wanderers’ 9th point with a 3 set victory in the doubles against Reeves & Phil Laurence.

Higham Band A 6 v Chesterwell C 4

Higham recorded their 1st victory of the season with this close win against Chesterwell. Good doubles for Higham’s Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley, together with a single win from Perce Sharp made up 5 of the home team’s points whilst Chesterwell’s Daniel Mann carded another excellent treble to go with a single win from Jonathan Driscoll. Magee & Stockley finally secured the victory with a straight sets victory in the doubles over Mann & Driscoll.

 Westfield C 3 v Chesterwell B 7

Chesterwell were this week’s second team to register their first win of the season with this good away victory over Westfield. Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears both scored fine trebles for the visitors whilst Westfield’s Mark Holly, Piotr Polanski and Tim Mason all saw off Stuart Coles to score a single point each. Hughes & Shears completed the victory by defeating Polanski & Mason in a very one-sided doubles encounter 11-2, 11-3, 11-2.

 Wanderers C 8 v Higham Harriers B 2

Another good win for the Wanderers C team sees them climb to 3rd place in the league and once again James Findlay led the way with another excellent treble, ably supported by Carl Singh’s first treble of the season and a single win from Maurice Jones. The Harriers’ Bob Collyer and Mick Malins both scored a single point for the visitors before Findlay & Singh secured the Wanderers’ 8th point with victory in the doubles over Collyer & Neil Stevens.


 WDHA Challengers C 5 v Old Grammarians B 5

Old Grammarians B scored a draw by the skin of their teeth winning 12-10 in the 5th end of the doubles to level the score. Rishan Ganatra and Daniel Bain scored twice for the home team, all players including Hubert Malenda taking a point from David Bayes (n mean feat). It was Martin Rice for Old Gramms who saved the day recording  his 3rd hat trick without losing an end, Colin Lord weighed in a single win over Malenda 9-11, 13-11, 11-9 & 11-9.

 WDHA Rising Stars D 3 v Higham Band B 7

A fine hat trick by Deirdre Kiziak with no ends lost, aided by another hat trick from Stuart Futrill, who was pushed all the way by Kavish Dodhia. Kiziak and Futrill teamed up to take the doubles over Dodhia and Aum Lakhani. All three of the Rising Stars took a point from Bands John Yeates.

Higham Harriers C 3 v Wanderers D 7

Wanderers D are now in joint second spot with Old Gramms B, both teams relegated from Division 2, and it was Graham Babbage who was undefeated for the second week running. Roger Ellingham won twice, losing to Oli Hicks 6-11 in 4th. Both Oli and Katie Hicks saw off Mike Howorth 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 and 7-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 respectively. Ellingham and Babbage squeezed past the Hicks duo 10-12, 11-8, 11-9. 9-11, 11-9 to add the final doubles point.

Westfield E 10 v Chesterwell D 0

For the second week, Chesterwell D could only field two players giving Westfield E a boost. Ashley Pedlar, Stuart Rae had no problem with their opposition but Eleanor Smyth found the going a little harder but came out victorious. The doubles was a close affair Westfield winning 11-4 in 5th end.

Wanderers E 4 v Westfield D 6

Westfield D remain top of Division 3, although by a small margin. Amrat Mistry registered his 4th consecutive hat trick, with Stuart Holroyd winning twice, losing out to Steve Hoole and Asish Nandi had his first scoreless week. Hoole picked up the most points for the home team with David May and Dereck Shears with a single apiece. Mistry and Holroyd added the doubles for the match 7-11, 13-11, 9-11, 7-11.


Division 1


Higham Harriers A 6 (Graham Bird, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)

WDHA Royals 4 (Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 2)

Westfield A 7 (Stephen Woolston, Patryk Polanski, Kevin Bird 3, doubles Polanski/Bird)

St John A 3 (Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 2)

Chesterwell A 6 (Mike Pond 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Valdy Papiernik 2)

Higham Harriers A 4 (Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)

St Johns B 3 (Mike Terry 2, doubles Terry/Lipczak)

Thrapston 7 (Chris Warliker 3, Steve West 2, Alan Tyler 2)


Division 2


Old Grammarians A 1 (Martyn Reeves)

Wanderers B 9 (Stewart Williams 3, Bob Hickson 3, Tony Wallis 2, doubles Williams/Hickson)

Higham Band A 6 (Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley 2, Perce Sharp, doubles Magee/Stockley)

Chesterwell C 4 (Johnathan Driscoll, Daniel Mann 3)

Westfield C 3 (Mark Holy, Piotr Polanski, Tim Mason)

Chesterwell B 7 (Luke Hughes 3, Maxine Shears 3, doubles Hughes/Shears)

Wanderers C 8 (James Findlay 3, Carl Singh 3, Maurice Jones, doubles Findlay/Singh)

Higham Harriers B 2 (Bob Collyer, Mick Malins)


Division 3


WDHA Challengers C 5 (Rishan Ganatra 2, Hubert Malenda, Daniel Bain 2)

Old Grammarians B 5 (Martin Rice 3, Colin Lord, doubles Rice/Bayes)

WDHA Rising Stars D 3 (Kavish Dodhia, Aum Lakhani, Bipasha Ganatra)

Higham Band B 7 (Deirdre Kiziak 3, Stuart Futrill 3, doubles Kiziak/Futrill)

Higham Harriers C 3 (Oli Hicks 2, Kate Hicks).

Wanderers D 7 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage 3, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)

Westfield E 3 (Ashley Pedlar 2, Eleanor 2, Stuart Rae 2, doubles Pedlar/Smyth + 3 points by default)

Chesterwell D 0

Wanderers E 4 (David May, Steve Hoole 2, Derek Shears)

Westfield D 6 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Holroyd/Mistry)

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