Old Grammarians A 4 v Wanderers B 6
Congratulations to the visitors who gained their first win of the season, which meant every side in the top division has now won at least one and lost one. Steve Kendall cruised to a treble but this was cancelled out by Phil Laurence who again failed to register although gaining legs against Paul Goodman and Bob Hickson. Mick Ball gained his 5th win of the season against Goodman 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 but went down 10-12 and 6-11 in the fifth against Stewart Williams and Hickson respectively. Needing the doubles for their first win, Williams and Goodman obliged winning out 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.
WDHA Royals 7 v Chesterwell A 3
Cock-a-hoop after last week’s excellent treble, Valdy Papiernik was brought back to earth, failing to register in a game which saw Ethan Ali gain his 3rd treble in 7 outings. Abin Islam went down 11-8, 12-14, 9-11, 10-12 to Mike Pond but comfortably beat Stan Galkowski and won out 11-9 in the 5th over Papiernik. A further point for the hosts was won in the doubles with Islam and Patel winning out 11-4, 7011, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 over Pond and Galkowski.
Chesterwell B 5 v Higham Harriers A 5
Ian Bird gained his 4th treble in 4 outings winning with ease against Graham Ellson and Carlton Ellwood but was taken to the wire by Luke Hughes before winning out 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 4-11. Ellson and Hughes both scored wins over Norman Wooster and Graham Bird but a surprise 12=10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 win by Graham Bird over Ellwood saw the match dependent on the doubles where the Bird duo won out 11-7, 11-2, 3-11, 11-8 to gain a hard fought draw.
St John A 5 v Thrapston 5
A feature of the top division has been that the leading payers apart from an odd couple have been extended far more and this was a good example as Grant Timms, after an easily won opener against Alan Tyler gained his treble winning out 11-7 in the 5th against both Chris Warliker and Ian Donaldson. Tyler failed to register which saw Jon Perkins gain only his 3rd win of the season, winning out 11-6, 12-10, 11-6. With Timms surprisingly out of the doubles, Warliker and Donaldson won out 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 over Boustred and Perkins to earn a draw.
Higham Band A 8 v Wanderers D 2
The home team followed up last week’s narrow loss to the league leaders with this solid 8-2 win against lowly Wanderers D. Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley led the way with maximums and Pete Martin added a further 2 wins. Graham Babbage gained the visitor’s only singles win in a thrilling 5 set victory over Martin and was only denied a second win due to Magee’s tremendous fightback from being 8-0 down in the deciding end and fighting back to take the game 12-10. Graham finally teamed up with Roger Ellingham in the doubles to secure his side’s 2nd point of the evening with another 5 set victory over Higham’s 2 unbeaten players.
Higham Harriers B 0 v St. John’s B 10
The visitors proved to be far too strong for the struggling Harriers and powered their way to a 10-0 victory with only 3 games requiring more than 3 ends. St. John’s maximum men were Mike Terry, David Hatherall and Alan Hill who was making a welcome return after being unwell over the holiday break. The victory sees St. John’s move back into 2nd place in the league and they are now only 5 points behind the leaders.
Westfield C 2 v Chesterwell C 8
Maxine Shears’ 7th successive treble and doubles for Stuart and Clare Coles saw Chesterwell maintain their fine recent form and continue to challenge for league honours with this solid 8-2 victory. Steve Fuller put up stout resistance for the home side with a creditable double and only just failed to defeat Maxine, going down 11-7 in the deciding end. Chesterwells’ regular doubles pairing of Maxine and Clare secured their team’s 8th point of the night with victory in 3 straight sets.
Wanderers C 6 v Old Grammarians B 4
This was a very close match and saw O.G.’s David Bayes make his season’s debut despite suffering with a serious eye problem. Unfortunately this proved to be too much of a handicap and he finished the night Pointless. James Findlay, Maurice Jones and Carl Singh all scored good doubles for the Wanderers but none of them could get the better of O.G.‘s Martin Rice who scored a great treble. He then paired up with Roger Fleming to take the doubles and gain the visitors’ 4th point of the evening.
Higham Harriers C 1 v Higham Band B 9
A great score for Harriers C and a disappointing result for Band B in this mid table clash. Despite fielding the same players, Band, who came away with a draw on the last encounter, only managed a single victory this time round. Oli Hicks won 3 points, only Neil Thompson managing to take an end from him and Devin Whitmore coming close, going down 9-11, 13-15, 8-11. Katie Hicks also secured a hat trick with brother Matt Hicks with two wins as he lost out to Whitmore in 3 ends for Bands’ only point and a hard fought five end doubles set going to Oil and Katie over Whitmore and Futrill.
WDHA Challengers 7 v Westfield E 3
With this result, the Challengers have caught up with their nearest rivals and are only 2 points behind with a game in hand. Hubert Malenda and Daniel Bain registering their 2nd hat tricks of the season, with Ansh Shah having to settle for a single point with victory over Nicole King.
Chesterwell D 1 v Stanwick VHTTC 9
A shock result for unbeaten Chesterwell D as they take their first defeat of the season. With Stanwick fielding a completely different side to their first encounter and the recent signing of Ian Baldock to their ranks, they reversed the scoreline, with Baldock and Geoff Neville unbeaten on the night. Daniel Mann managed to secure the single point for Chesterwell with his win over Kevin Tivey in three ends, but that was as good as it got, despite two close 5th end games from Johnathan Driscoll and Duncan Wright over Neville and Tivey losing12-14 and 6-11 respectively, the outcome could have been much closer.
WDHA Knightriders 0 v Wanderers E 10
With Chesterwells shock result, Wanderers E’s 10-0 result against Knightriders puts them only 9 points behind the leaders, with Steve Hoole, Derek Shears and David May securing all the points in straight games. Swati Jethwa gave Shears a fright, taking him to 11-13 in two ends and Anish Patel getting close to May, showing the potential of these young players.
Old Grammarians A 4 (Mick Ball, Steve Kendall 3)
Wanderers B 6 (Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams 2, Bob Hickson 2, doubles Goodman/Williams)
WDHA Royals 7 (Ethan Ali 3, Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel, doubles Ali/Islam)
Chesterwell A 3 (Mike Pond 2, Stan Galkowski)
Chesterwell B 5 (Graham Ellson 2, Luke Hughes 2, Carlton Ellwood)
Higham Harriers A 5 (Graham Bird, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Bird)
St John A 5 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 3)
Thrapston A 5 (Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson 2, doubles Warliker/Donaldson)
Higham Band A 8 (Nigel Magee 3, Keith Stockley 3, Pete Martin 2)
Wanderers D 2 (Graham Babbage, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Higham Harriers B 0
St John B 10 (Mike Terry 3, Alan Hill 3, David Hatherall 3, doubles Terry/Hatherall)
Westfield C 2 (Steve Fuller 2)
Chesterwell C 8 (Maine Shears 3, Stuart Coles 2, Clare Coles 2, doubles Shears/C Coles)
Wanderers C 6 (James Findlay 2, Maurice Jones 2, Carl Singh 2)
Old Grammarians B 4 (Martin Rice 3, doubles Rice/Fleming)
Higham Harriers C 9 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 2, Katie Hicks 3, doubles Oli/Katie Hicks)
Higham Band B 1 (Devlin Whitmore)
WDHA Challengers 7 (Hubert Malenda 3, Daniel Bain 3, Ansh Shah)
Westfield E 3 (Stuart Rae, Iain Rae, doubles S Rae/King)
Chesterwell D 1 (Daniel Mann)
Stanwick VHTTC 9 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 2, doubles Baldock/Neville)
WDHA Knightriders 0
Wanderers E 10 (Steve Hoole 3, Derek Shears 3, David May 3, doubles Hoole/May)Westfield C 2 v Chesterwell C 8 Westfield C 2 v Chesterwell C 8