WDHA Royals A 6 v Thrapston 4
In their home fixture against the same opponents, Thrapston were on the receiving end of a very unlucky 10-0 defeat, the only one recorded in the division. After a 2 year absence Mark Stockleys return should have been a welcome fillip for the visitors in their relegation battle. Whilst expected to be rusty, the heavy defeats sustained were an unexpected shock. Mike Hawes gained his 3 treble in 7 outings with 2 easy wins over Chris Warliker and Stockley, but was taken to the wire by an in form Stewart Williams before winning out 15-13, 7-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6. Williams edged out Abin Islam 11-9 in the 5th and won with ease against Shyam Bavalia. Warliker gained his sole victory with a 11-3, 11-7, 11-13, 12-14, 11-6 win over Bavalia and joined with Williams to gain a 4th point with an excellent 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 doubles win over Hawes and Bavalia. As this was top verses bottom it yet again emphasised the tightness of the 1st Division.
Westfield A 4 v Wanderers A 6
By virtue of this narrow victory, Wanderers A climbed to 2nd in the table which meant that no fewer that 6 of the 8 sides competing had occupied one of the first two positions. With Kevin Bird in their ranks the hosts expected at the very least to avoid defeat, however, although he obliged with a comfortable treble and doubles win with Travis Holly, the visitors, in a real team effort won out in the other six singles. For the hosts, Holly was unlucky in going down in five ends to both Graham Ellson and Any Law, and Stephen Woolston doing likewise to Tony Wharton.
Chesterwell C 8 v Higham Harriers B 2
After last week's 9-1 hammering, courtesy of their high-flying clubmates, Chesterwell C bounced back in fine style with this 8-2 home win against the Harriers. Stuart and Clare Coles both fired great maximums with each of them only dropping a single end and Keith Taylor added a further good double. Katie Hicks salvaged the Harriers' lone singles point with a good 5 set win over Taylor and she later teamed up with brother Oli to gain a further point with a good doubles vicory against Stuart & Clare, again in 5 sets.
Westfield B 8 v Higham Band A 2
Westfield's improved recent form continued with this 4th victory in their last 5 outings, seeing off Higham Band club with an impressive 8-2 scoreline which moves them up to 3rd place in the league. Excellent trebles from David Rogers and Steve Fuller did the damage with captain Mark Holly adding a further singles win. The Band Club's Steve Mansfield and Nigel Magee both scored singles wins to keep the score-line respectable but Westfield had the last word when Rogers & Fuller took the doubles in 4 sets against Magee & Perce Sharp.
Old Grammarians A 4 v Chesterwell B 6
This encounter between the league's 2nd and 3rd placed teams turned out to be as close as expected with neither team getting more than one point ahead of their opponents until the final doubles. Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves both carded excellent doubles for the O.G.s but Chesterwell's Daniel Mann went one better and his brilliant maximum left him the only unbeaten player on the night. Single wins for Chesterwell's Luke Hughes and Maxine Shears made up their team's 5 singles points and Maxine was desperately unlucky when she sustained an injury at 6-5 in her final set against Mick Ball and was forced to retire! Mann & Hughes gained their team's vital 6th point with victory in the doubles but their 6 point haul from the match makes their pursuit of league leaders Stanwick that little bit harder.
WDHA Raj Riders 5 v Higham Band B 5
Same result as last time these two teams played. Amit Shah is proving his worth by scoring his 5th hat trick in 7 outings for Riders. Pranav Sathya playing up this week secured 1 point from John Yeates as did Akash Kumar making up their 5 points. For Band, Raylee Burton made a rare appearance and scored twice, David Carrigan also scored twice and needed the doubles point to equalise, which they did, in the closest set of the match, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 13-11 Yeates/Carrigan v Kumar/Sathya.
WDHA Rising Stars D 0 v Old Grammarians B 10
A better result than last time puts Gramms a little closer to runner up spot with only their C side to overtake. A lot of close results did not reflect the score-line. Martin Rice had no problem-winning all his sets in 3 ends. All of the Rising Stars played well taking ends from David Bayes and Colin Lord. As in previous weeks Swati Jethwa came so close and I'm sure it will be only a matter of time before her results will improve, she took Bayes to 5 ends and lost to Lord 9-11, 13-11, 13-15, 7-11.The final doubles point took 4 ends to complete but gave Gramms B a clean sweep.
WDHA Challengers B 9 v Chesterwell D 1
A good result for Challengers give them 100 points this week and putting Chesterwell D down a position in the division. Chesterwell fought well for their solitary point and it was Duncan Wright that succeeded, taking down Kavish Dodhia in 4 ends. He lost to Daniel Bain in a close 5 ender and Caspian Wagner took both Dodhia and Hubert Malenda to 5 ends to no avail. Hat tricks for both Daniel Bain and Hubert Malenda and this pairing carried on to take the doubles in 3 ends.
Wanderers E 7 v Westfield C 3
Wanderers E reversed their previous score line from last time and moved up a position this week, but they will have to work hard to get into runner-up spot. David May was unbeaten for the third time this season, although both Asish Nandi and Stuart Holroyd took him to 5 ends. Derek Shears supported well with 2 points, losing to Holroyd in 3 ends. Steve Hoole lost his first 2 points after playing tight sets, losing 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 9-11 to Nandi and 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11 to Holroyd in 8 games, took his third set from Jay Rogers, again after a close 5 ender. Stuart Holroyd batted the best for Westfield winning twice with Nandi picking up 1. May and Shears took the doubles in 3 ends.
WDHA Royals A 6 (Mike Hawes 3, Abin Islam 2, Shyam Bavalia)
Thrapston 4 (Chris Warliker, Stewart Williams 2, doubles Warliker/Williams)
Westfield A 4 (Kevin Bird 3, doubles Bird/Holly)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2, Graham Ellson 2)
Chesterwell C 8 (Stuart Coles 3, Clare Coles 3, Keith Taylor 2)
Higham Harriers B 2 (Kate Hicks, doubles Oli/Kate Hicks)
Westfield B 8 (Mark Holly, David Rogers 3, Steve Fuller 3, doubles Rogers/Fuller)
Higham Band A 2 (Steve Mansfield, Nigel Magee)
Old Grammarians A 4 (Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 2)
Chesterwell B 6 (Daniel Mann 3, Luke Hughes, Maxine Shears, doubles Hughes/Mann)
WDHA Raj Riders C 5 (Akash Kumar, Amit Shah 3, Pranav Sathya)
Higham Band B 5 (David Carrigan 2, Raylee Burton 2, doubles Carrigan/John Yeates)
WDHA Rising Stars D 0
Old Grammarians B 10 (David Bayes 3, Colin Lord 3, Martin Rice 3, doubles Bayes/Rice)
WDHA Challengers C 9 (Daniel Bain 3, Kavish Dodhia 2, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Malenda/Bain)
Chesterwell D 1 (Duncan Wright)
Wanderers E 7 (David May 3, Derek Shears 2, Steve Hoole, doubles May/Shears)
Westfield C 3 (Asish Nandi, Stuart Holroyd 2)