St John A 5 v Wanderers A 5
In view of the recent shock results, Grant Timms remained unruffled and scored an excellent treble without dropping a leg against the title outsiders. Jon Perkins continues to struggle and again failed to add to his 3 wins for the season. Richard Wills took Tony Wharton to 5, losing out 6-11 in the 5th but was well beaten by John Stamp and avoided a blank, winning out 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 over Jon Taylor-Burt. The hosts gained a draw when Perkins and Timms won with surprising ease in the doubles 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 over Stamp and Wharton.
Higham Harriers A 4 v Westfield A 6
In a season which has seen many surprise results in the top division, this surpassed all. Two weeks ago, 3 of the 4 ‘Birds’ registered were on 100%, now there are none. In the match of the giants, the mercurial Ian Bird beat Westfield’s Kevin Bird in 5, 11-7 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, ut in one of the biggest shocks for many a year, went down in five 13-11, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11 to Travis Holly. On the strength of this result, a first treble of the season seemed a formality, but he lost 11-9 in the fifth to Norman Wooster after being 9-5 up. Holly also dropped the first two sets to Graham Bird but recovered to win out 2-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6. In the final shock of the night Harriers gained another point when Ian and Graham Bird won out 11-9, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 over Kevin Bird and Patryk Polanski.
Wanderers B 2 v Thrapston 8
Thrapston, fielded their Kettering League side and whilst Kettering is undoubtedly a stronger league, disparity in results is amazing. In this match alone, Thrapston exceeded the wins and point gained in Kettering so far. For the hosts Pete Briggs followed a good cup performance with an opening win over Chris Warliker 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 but failed to gain any further wins, going down to Ian Donaldson and Mark Stockley with Stockley gaining a good treble, with 3 easy wins. Bob Hickson gained a rare win with a 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 win over Donaldson but with Stewart Williams failing to register, they sank to an 8-2 defeat which keeps them entrenched at the foot of the table.
Chesterwell A 7 v Old Grammarians A 3
Mike Pond, in fine form scored an excellent treble, his highlight being a superb 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 win over Steve Kendall. The excellence of this win was clearly indicated as Kendall saw off Valdy Papiernik and Stan Galkowski with ease, not dropping a leg. In a week of shocks, Mick Ball joined the ranks with a 5 set win 11-13, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 over Galkowski, but the struggling Phil Laurence went down yet again to three heavy defeats.
WDHA Superkings 7 v Chesterwell C 3
This re-arranged match, postponed from week 3, saw Chesterwell’s recent run of good results come to an end, going down 7-3 to the unpredictable Superkings. Tarun Mistry and Dev Patel both scored fine maximums for the home team whilst Maxine Shears’ long string of successive trebles for Chesterwell finally came to an end as she had to settle for a single win to go with further single wins for Stuart and Clare Coles. The two Superkings’ treble winners finally took the doubles to secure a very good home win.
Chesterwell C 3 v WDHA Superkings 7
The two teams faced each other for the second time in a week and the Superkings repeated their success with another 7-3 victory. Tarun Mistry again starred for the visitors with his 4th treble of the season and was well backed up with doubles from Dev Patel and Jack Bain. Maxine Shears scored Chesterwell’s two consolation wins and then joined Clare Coles to secure a good win in the doubles to gain their teams’ 3rd point. These 2 defeats for Chesterwell in 7 days sees their recent climb up the league table temporarily halted.
Higham Harriers B 5 v Wanderers C 5
This draw was a very good performance by the Harriers who are currently near the foot of the table against the Wanderers who currently sit in 3rd place. There were no unbeaten players on the night, Phil Inman and Neil Stevens scoring doubles for the home team whilst James Findlay and Carl Singh hit back with doubles for the visitors. Inman and Stevens combined well to take the doubles in straight sets and secure the draw.
Westfield C 3 v Westfield B 7
This clash of the Westfield teams saw the league leaders come out on top but they would probably have hoped for a larger winning margin to preserve their place at the top of the table. The ‘B’ teams’ points were equally shared with 2 wins apiece for Mark Thomas, Charlie & Leigh Clements. Steve Fuller scored 2 good wins for the ‘C’ team and Mark Ramsden chipped in with an excellent singles win over Thomas. Charlie and Thomas took the doubles for the visitors 7th point but the team need to look over their shoulders as their lead at the top has been cut to 2 points.
Old Grammarians B 3 v Higham Band A 7
The O.G.s, currently rooted to the bottom of the table did well to take 3 points off the visitors. Martin Rice scored a fine double to maintain his recent run of good results and was backed up by a single win from Roger Fleming. Higham’s points came from Pete Martin (3 wins), Nigel Magee (2 wins) and Keith Stockley (1 win). Martin & Magee took the doubles for the visitors to conclude a good night’s table tennis, enjoyed by both teams.
Wanderers D 0 v St John B 10
This match, (brought forward from March), saw the visitors gain an emphatic 10-0 victory and they now sit a mere 2 points behind the leaders, both teams having played the same number of games. Solid trebles from the ever reliable Mike Terry, Steve Mansfield and Alan Hill did the damage and the Terry/Mansfield combination ended the evening by taking the doubles to complete the whitewash. Roger Ellingham came closest to gaining a point for the home team in his game against Mansfield but after taking a 2 set lead, he then went down 11-7 in the 5th set.
Westfield E 2 v WDHA Challengers 8
A fine performance by the Challengers as they gain an extra point on their last encounter, with Hubert Malenda securing a fine treble, only being extended by Nicole King in his opening game. Good support from both Daniel Bain and Rishan Ganatra with two wins apiece, Bain losing to Wendy Bradford in three ends and Ganatra to King in four. This time round the doubles point went to the Challengers with Bain and Malenda winning out 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 over King and Bradford.
Stanwick VHTTC 9 v Chesterwell E 1
A new signing for Chesterwell E, Jake Hughes, opened with a fine win over Stanwick’s Al Hayes to save a whitewash, and was unlucky not to add a further point in a fifth end tussle with Jon Tuplin, losing out 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-7. The rest of the points were won in straight sets to promotion hopefuls Stanwick. .
Wanderers E 6 v Higham Band B 4
This was an unexpected result for Higham Band B after their 9-1 defeat to Higham Harriers C, below them in the table, they picked themselves up against 2nd placed Wanderers E. Devlin Whitmore secured a hat trick with Neil Thompson adding a single, with a fine victory over Wanderers Dave May, who had to settle for a single point on the night over Stuart Futrill. Higham needed the doubles to tie the match but went down in 4 ends 11-4, 11-13, 11-5, 13-11.
Higham Harriers C 0 v Chesterwell D 10
Chesterwell D were back into winning ways with this resounding defeat of Higham Harriers C, although they were pushed in some of the singles. Oli Hicks losing to Duncan Wright 11-13 in 5th and taking an end off Daniel Mann, likewise Katie Hicks against Wright and Driscoll stretching them to a 4th end. Undeterred by the scoreline, Oli and Katie threw themselves into the doubles and were unfortunate to lose out 13-11, 11-5, 1-11, 5-11, 10-12 against Driscoll and Mann.
St John A 5 (Richard Wills, Grant Timms 3, doubles Perkins/Timms)
Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, John Stamp 2, Jon Taylor-Burt)
Higham Harriers A 4 (Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 2, doubles G.Bird/I.Bird)
Westfield A 6 (Kevin Bird 2, Travis Holly 2, Patryk Polanski 2)
Wanderers B 2 (Pete Briggs, Bob Hickson)
Thrapston 8 (Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson 2, Mark Stockley 3, doubles)
Chesterwell A 7 (Mike Pond 3, Stan Galkowski, Valsy Papiernik 2, doubles Pond/Papiernik)
Old Grammarians A 3 (Mick Ball, Steve Kendall 2)
WDHA Superkings 7 (Tarun Mistry 3, Dev Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel)
Chesterwell C 3 (Maxine Shears, Stuart Coles, Clare Coles)
Chesterwell C 3 (Maxine Shears 2, doubles Shears/C Coles)
WDHA Superkings 7 (Tarun Mistry 3, Dev Patel 2, Jack Bain 2)
Higham Harriers B 5 (Phill Inman 2, Neil Stevens 2, doubles Inman/Stevens)
Wanderers C 5 (James Findlay, Maurice Jones, Carl Singh 2)
Westfield C 3 (Mark Ramsden, Steve Fuller 2)
Westfield B 7 (Mark Thomas 2, Charlie Clements 2, Leigh Clements 2, doubles Clements/Thomas)
Wanderers D 0
St Johns B 10 (Mike Terry 3, Steve Mansfield 3, Alan Hill 3, doubles Terry/Mansfield)
Old Grammarians B 3 (Martin Rice 2, Roger Fleming)
Higham Band A 7 (Pete Martin 3, Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley, doubles Martin/Magee)
Westfield E 2 ( Nicole King, Wendy Bradford)
WDHA Challengers 8 (Daniel Bain 2, Hubert Malenda 3, Rishan Ganatra 2, doubles Bain/Malenda)
Stanwick VHTTC 9 (Geoff Neville 3, Al Hayes 2, Jon Tuplin 3, doubles Neville/Tuplin)
Chesterwell E 1 (Jake Hughes)
Wanderers E 6 (David May, Derek Shears 2, Steve Hoole 2, doubles Shears/Hoole)
Higham Band B 4 (Devlin Whitmore 3, Neil Thompson)
Higham Harriers C 0
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann)