St John A 4 v WDHA Royals 6
St Johns A, with a very unkind early fixture list, slumped to their 3rd successive defeat. Jon Perkins again failed to register but although well beaten by Abin Islam in the opener, was somewhat unlucky in going down 9-11 in the 5th to Virat Patel and 11-9, 7-11, 11-13, 13-15 to Nitin Patel. The key match to the result was game 2, where Virat gained the 1st leg of his treble in a 11-7, 8-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-6 win over Grant Timms. Timms won both his other sets against Islam and Nitin Patel and the hosts gained a further set with Pete Boustred winning out 11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 12-10 over Nitin. Surprisingly the hosts opted for Perkins and Boustred combination in the doubles and they upheld their selection with a 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 doubles win over Islam and Virat Patel.
Westfield B 0 v Wanderers A 10
Although fielding reserve Paul Goodman, the visitors were only extended in their first singles and doubles. Goodman won out in 5, 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8 over Westfield B’s Mark Thomas and he together with Charlie Morrow, extended Andy Law ans Tony Wharton before bowing out 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 7-11, 7-11 in the doubles. Charlie Clements had a poor night faileg to gain a leg and the visitors, at this early stage look likely title contenders.
Thrapston A 1 v Chesterwell A 9
In past seasons with a much stronger line-up the hosts tended to underperform against Chesterwell A and their heavy defeat was no surprise. Steve West, surprisingly took Stan Galkowski to 5 in the opener, going down 14-16 in the 5th and Chris Warliker saw off the same player 11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 11-5. Warliker fought hard taking Mike Pond to 5, losing out 8-11 but with Alan Tyler, well off pace and West performing poorly in his other two singles, the visitors cruised home.
Wanderers A 5 v Westfield A 5
In a match between the current champions and a side likely to challenge strongly, a fiercely fought draw occurred. Travis Holly, one of the League’s most improved players had a dreadful night, failing to register or gain a leg. This was cancelled out by Kevin Bird, scoring an almost clean, inevitable treble. Patryk Polanski went down 11-13 in the 5th to Andy Law and 5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 8-11 to Tony Wharton leaving the doubles to decide the match. Bird and Polanski won out 11-4, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 over Wharton and Law to ensure honours even all round.
Wanderers B 8 v Higham Band A 2
Further maximums from Wanderers’ Paul Goodman and Stewart Williams sees the league leaders extend their lead at the top of the table to a handsome 20 points with Bob Hickson’s fine double helping his team to a solid 8-2 victory. Nigel Magee supplied the visitors’ only singles victory of the night before joining Pete Martin to secure an unexpected doubles victory over Wanderers’ Goodman & Hickson in a 5 set thriller !
Chesterwell B 8 v Wanderers C 2
Chesterwell recorded the division’s second 8-2 scoreline of the week with this somewhat surprising defeat of the Wanderers who sat 6 places above them in the league before this encounter. Maxine Shears, now back to her best, fired her second treble in successive weeks and was matched by team-mate Luke Hughes who recorded his third maximum on the trot. Clare Coles, playing up from her C team, chipped in with a single win whilst Tony Wallis and Carl Singh both gained single wins for the visitors. Shears & Hughes finally completed a good night’s work by seeing off Wallis & Singh in the doubles in 4 sets.
Higham Harriers B 4 v WDHA Superkings 6
The Superkings gained a good away victory over the Harriers, mainly thanks to a great maximum from Dev Patel, his first of the season. He was well backed up with 2 wins from Tarun Mistry and a single from Himanshu Ganatra. Mick Malins carded an excellent double for the Harriers, winning both of his games 13-11 in the 5th set whilst Bob Collyer added a further single win. Collyer & Neil Stevens finally came out on top after a 5 set doubles victory over Mistry & Ganatra, having lost 2 of the first 4 games 11-2.
Stanwick VHTTC 6 v Old Grammarians A 4
Stanwick made it 5 wins out of 5 but were made to fight every inch of the way to secure their victory. Having been 4-1 down after the first 5 games, the visitors bravely fought back to level the scores at 4-4 before Stanwick’s Ian Baldock completed his 4th maximum of the season to put the home team ahead. Another double from Geoff Neville helped Stanwick preserve their unbeaten record and he later teamed up with Baldock to take the doubles and seal the win. Martyn Reeves fired a great double for the visitors to go with single wins from Phil Laurence & Mick Ball but it wasn’t quite enough in what turned out to be a very tight match.
Chesterwell D 0 v WDHA Challengers C 10
Challengers C move into joint 2nd place although they have played one extra match. All available points going to Daniel Bain, Kishan Mistry and Kavish Dodhia, including the 3 default points from Chesterwell D, who were once again struggling to field a full team. Gavin Birmingham, despite scoreless on the night, took Dodhia to 5 before losing out and also losing to Daniel Bain 10-12 in his opening set.
Old Grammarians B 9 v WDHA Rising Stars 1
The Old Grammarians are leading the table by 2 points with David Bayes and Adrian Howes recording hat tricks, Roger Fleming weighed in with a brace after losing to Rising Stars Ansh Shah 9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-13, 7-11. Thre other sets needed a 5th end decider, but they all went the way of home team.
Higham Band B 1 v Higham Harriers C 9
Band B were surprised this week to come away with only a single point from a lower ranked side. Harriers C’s triplets, Oli, Matt and Katie Hicks outperformed their opponents with Oli and Matt securing fine hat tricks, whilst Kate settled for a double as she went down 11-6 in the 4th to Deirdre Kiziak. Kate also worked hard for her point against Devlin Whitmore winning out 11-6, 18-16, 9-11, 11-9. With Whitmore and John Yeates unable to score, the final point of the evening, a mere formality as Kiziak and Whitmore went down in 3 against Matt & Oli Hicks.
Wanderers D 7 v Wanderers E 3
Wanderers D are still joint second winning 7-3 against their club mates, with Roger Ellingham the only unbeaten player. Steve Hoole gave the most resistance with a 10-12, 10-12, 9-11 contest. Hoole also stopped Graham Babbage from registering a hat trick, winning out in three ends but was defeated in three ends by Mike Howorth. Dave May and Derek Shears taking their points against Howorth and the doubles was settled by the D side in a mammoth five set game with Ellingham and Babbage winning out 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 over Hoole and Shears.
St John A 4 (Grant Timms 2, Pete Boustred, doubles Perkins/Boustred)
WDHA Royals 6 (Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 3, Nitin Patel)
Westfield B 0
Wanderers A 10 (Paull Goodman 3, Tony Wharton 3, Andy Law 3, doubles Law/Wharton)
Thrapston 1 (Chris Warliker)
Chesterwell A 9 (Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 3, Valdy Papiernik 3, doubles Pond/Galkowski)
Wanderers A 5 (John Stamp, Andy Law 2, Tony Wharton 2)
Westfield A 5 (Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Polanski/Bird)
Wanderers B 8 (Paul Goodman 3, Stewart Williams 3, Bob Hickson 2)
Higham Band A 2 (Nigel Magee 2, doubles Magee/Martin)
Chesterwell B 8 (Maxine Shears 3, Luke Hughes 3, Clare Coles, doubles Hughes/Shears)
Wanderers C 2 (Tony Wallis, Carl Singh)
Higham Harriers B 4 (Mick Malins 2, Bob Collyer, doubles Stevens/Collyer)
WDHA Superkings B 6 (Himanshu Ganatra, Tarun Mistry 2, Dev Patel 3)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Old Grammarians A 4 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball, Martyn Reeves 2)
Chesterwell D 0
WDHA Challengers C 10 (Daniel Bain 2, Kishan Mistry 2, Kavish Dodhia 2, doubles Bain/Mistry + 3 points by default)
Old Grammarians B 9 (David Bayes 3, Adrian Howes 3, Roger Fleming 2, doubles Fleming/Howes)
WDHA Rising Stars 1 (Ansh Shah)
Higham Band B 1 (Deirdre Kiziak)
Higham Harriers C 9 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 3, Kate Hicks 2, doubles Oli/Matt Hicks).
Wanderers D 7 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage 2, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Wanderers E 3 (David May, Steve Hoole 1, Derek Shears).