MATCH WEEK 11
Higham Harriers A 10 v Westfield B 0
The visitors are finding the top division a formidable task and sank to their 4th whitewash. Although never in danger, the hosts adapted a rather cavalier approach and Charlie Morrow and Charlie Clements both winless, got legs in all matches and in his 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 1-12 defeat to Ian Bird, Morrow did better than most.
Thrapston 5 v Wanderers A 5
With Peter Briggs in their ranks Thrapston became a different side and dented the visitors little hopes. Chris Warliker normally ploughs a lone furrow but his superb treble was backed up by a brace of wins by Briggs, who saw off Andy Law and Tony Wharton both in five, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 and 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 respectively. A shock win looked on the cards but Briggs went down surprisingly 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 3-11 to Jon Taylor-Burt and then with Warliker lost out 7-11, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10, 6-11 in the doubles to Wharton and Law to gain the visitors a draw.
St John B 3 WDHA Royals A 7
This followed the usual pattern with the hosts points all involving Mike Terry. After going down 11-5, 11-13, 7-11, 5-11 to Abin Islam he recovered well to comfortably beat Nitin Patel and edged out Shyam Bavalia 11-8 in the 5th. Although fighting hard both Steve Mansfield winless to date and Paul Lipczak failed to register. However the hosts provided a sting in the tail when Mansfield and Terry scored an excellent 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 17-15 doubles win over Bavalia and Islam.
Chesterwell A3 v Westfield A 7
The hosts tend to underperform against Westfield and this was another example. Although Kevin Birds comfortable treble was expected, the first of the season by a somewhat struggling Patryk Polanski was not. However, Chesterwells blushes were lessened as Travis Holly who now ranks as one of the leagues’ most inconsistent players, failed to capitalise on the hosts poor form. His night was summed up by a 2-11, 0-11, 6-11 defeat to a struggling Stan Galkowski and heavy defeats to Mike Pond and Valdy Papiernik.
Old Grammarians A 5 v WDHA Superkings 5
With these 2 teams tied for 2nd place in the league at the season’s half way stage a close match was to be expected and that’s exactly how it turned out, neither team was ever more than one game ahead and the O.G.s secured the draw with a 5 set victory in the doubles. The Superkings’ Dev Patel was the only unbeaten player with a fine maximum and was well supported with single wins from Tarun Mistry and Himanshu Ganatra. The O.G.s’ Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves both carded good doubles and they later combined to take the all-important doubles.
Higham Band A 6 v Wanderers C 4
The home team raced into a 3 game lead, only to see the Wanderers hit straight back and take the next 4 games and move 1 ahead. This spurred on the Band Club who then took the last 3 games to seal a 6-4 victory. All 6 players made a contribution with the Band Club’s Nigel Magee (2), Perce Sharp (2) and Pete Martin (1) just edging out the Wanderers’ Maurice Jones (2), Carl Singh (1) and Tony Wallis (1). Magee & Sharp finally took the deciding doubles against Singh & Wallis with a very close scoreline of 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9.
Wanderers B 6 v Chesterwell B 4
League leaders Wanderers B had to fight all the way to see off the ever improving Chesterwell B by nicking the doubles 12-10 in the 5th set, thus maintaining their 100% record. The Wanderers’ Stewart Williams, just returning after injury, finally surrendered his individual unbeaten record and his sole singles win suggests his recovery isn’t yet complete. Fortunately for him and his team, club mates Paul Goodman and Bob Hickson both fired great doubles to keep their record intact. Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears both carded fighting doubles for Chesterwell and the pair of them only just failed to take the doubles, the odd point here and there making all the difference.
Chesterwell C 9 v Westfield C 1
The home team finally played to their full potential with this 9-1 thumping of lowly Westfield C. Maximums all round for Chesterwells’ Duncan Wright, Johnathan Driscoll and Daniel Mann did the damage and after their flawless singles display they somehow contrived to lose the doubles in 4 ends. Other than Mark Holly & Piotr Polanski’s surprise victory in the doubles, Westfield’s only other performance of any note came from Stuart Holroyd who stepped up from division 3 and narrowly lost out in his singles duel with Duncan Wright, losing the last 2 ends 12-10, 12-10.
Stanwick VHTTC 8 v Higham Harriers B 2
Stanwick closed the gap on the 2 teams just above them in the league in equal 2nd place and this 8-2 victory sees them just 2 points adrift with a game in hand on their rivals. Ian Baldock and Geoff Neville carded good maximums and Al Hayes did very well to see off Phil Inman in straight sets. Neil Stevens and Mick Malins both scored single wins for the visitors before Baldock & Neville secured their team’s 8th point with a 4 set doubles victory over Stevens & Inman.
Higham Harriers C 7 v WDHA Rising Stars 3
A better result for Higham Harriers C in this second meeting with Katie Hicks scoring her 3rd hat trick only Ansh Shah giving her a hard time, losing out 10-12 in the 5th end. Oi Hicks supported with 2 points, losing out to Shah 14-16 in the 5th. Higham took the doubles 11-4 again at the last hurdle.
Higham Band B 1 v Old Grammarians B 9
The same result as the first time although there were a number of close ends which could have given Band a few more points, and only Devlin Whitmore score the singe victory over Colin Lord 11-6, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9. Martin Rice and Roger Fleming achieved a hat trick apiece and with the doubles going to the visitors 12-10, 11-5, 12-10 leaves them in 3rd place behind the WDHA Challengers.
Westfield D 10 v Westfield E 0
Westfield E this week fielded a player who is registered in the D side to make the numbers up, Steve Fuller making a return to competitive play after an injury managed to win all three points against his team mates, but unfortunately the points were deducted and all points awarded to the home side Stuart Holroyd, Amrat Mistry and Asish Nandi with two wins each. Iain Rae and Eleanor Smyth fought well and were unlucky to come away scoreless.
Wanderers E 2 v WDHA Challengers 8
The Challengers are in the runners-up positions and are only 5 points behind the leaders. Hubert Malenda registered his 3rd hat trick with Daniel Bain and Manav Pandya with two points apiece, losing out to Derek Shears and Steve Hoole Respectively. David May battled bravely but came away the only player without a point, with the final doubles point won in five ends by the visitors.
Wanderers D 10 v Chesterwell D 0
Wanderers D keep up their pole position with David May playing up from the E side and didn’t disappoint winning hat trick, although Katie Coles did give him a scare winning the first set 13-11 but sadly went down quickly in the remaining ends. Al other sets finished in three ends apart from the doubles that climaxed on 4.
Higham Harriers A 10 (Ian Bird 3, Steve Kendall 3, Norman Wooster 3, doubles Bird/Kendall)
Westfield B 0
Thrapston 5 (Chris Warliker 3, Peter Briggs 2)
Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton, Andy Law, Jon Taylor-Burt 2, doubles Wharton/Law)
St John B 3 (Mike Terry 2, doubles Terry/Steve Mansfield)
WDHA Royals A 7 (Abin Islam 3, Shyam Bavalia 2, Nitin Patel 2)
Chesterwell A 3 (Valdy Papiernik, Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond)
Old Grammarians A 5 (Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Ball/Reeves)
WDHA Superkings B 5 (Dev Patel 3, Tarun Mistry, Himanshu Ganatra)
Higham Band A 6 (Nigel Magee 2, Pete Martin, Perce Sharp 2, doubles Magee/Sharp)
Wanderers C 4 (Carl Singh, Tony Wallis, Maurice Jones 2)
Wanderers B 6 (Paul Goodman 2, Stewart Williams, Bob Hickson 2, doubles Goodman/Hickson)
Chesterwell B 4 (Luke Hughes 2, Maxine Shears 2)
Chesterwell C 9 (Duncan Wright 3, Johnathan Driscoll 3, Daniel Mann 3)
Westfield C 1 (doubles Mark Holly/Piotr Polanski)
Stanwick VHTTC 8 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, Al Hayes, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Higham Harriers B 2 (Neil Stevens, Mick Malins)
Higham Harriers C 7 (Oli Hicks 2, Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks 3, doubles Oli/Katie Hicks)
WDHA Rising Stars D 3 (Ansh Sha 2, Aum Lakhani)
Higham Band B 1 (Devlin Whitmore)
Old Grammarians B 9 (Martin Rice 3, Colin Lord 2, Roger Fleming 3, doubles Fleming/Rice)
Westfield D 10 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Asish Nandi 2, Amrat Mistry 2, doubles Holroyd/Mistry + 3 points by default)
Westfield E 0
Wanderers E 2 (Derek Shears, Steve Hoole)
WDHA Challengers C 8 (Daniel Bain 2, Manav Pandya 2, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Malenda/Bain)
Wanderers D 10 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage 3, Dave May 3, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)