Match week 17 commencing 13 February 2017
Wanderers B 4 v Higham Harriers A 6
Ian Bird who has been a revelation after being more than a decade away from League table tennis cruised to a treble against the bottom markers. His brother, Graham Bird, who has improved steadily, reaching double figures in the wins column, had his worst game for some time, failing to register and giving Wanderers B’s trio of Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams and Bob Hickson welcome wins. Goodman, despite the hosts’ poor season has had some good wins and gained a further point defeating Norman Wooster 11-7, 11-8, 11-9. The visitors’ gained their 3rd consecutive win when Bird and Wooster won out 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8 in the doubles over Goodman and Williams.
Westfield A 9 v Wanderers A 1
With 4 teams in the running for the title, the hosts, for the 3rd time, fielded the father and daughter Bird combination who duly registered trebles against a surprisingly below strength Wanderers side. Westfields’ Travis Holly went down 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 5-11 to Tony Wharton, but edged out John Stamp 11-3 in the 5th and comfortably saw off reserve, James Findlay for a 9-1 win and a severe dent in the title hopes for the visitors.
WDHA Royals 8 v St John A 2
The hosts kept in the title race with a convincing win over 2 man St John A. Ethan Ali inflicted only the sixth defeat of the season on Grant Timms who then saw off Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia for the visitors 2 points. Jon Perkins failed to register and the hosts finished 9 points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
Chesterwell C 5 v Westfield B 5
This match between 2 of the division’s top teams ended all square with all 6 players making a contribution to their team’s points. Maxine Shears led the way for the home team with yet another maximum and Clare Coles chipped in with a single win. Mark Thomas and Charlie Clements scored good doubles for the visitors and Leigh Clements added a single to make up their 5 points. To end the night, Stuart Coles joined Maxine for a good doubles victory over the Clements’ pairing to secure the draw.
WDHA Superkings 8 v Old Grammarians B 2
The Superkings kept up their good run of recent results and this 8-2 victory sees them move up to 3rd place in the table. Tarun Mistry and Milan Pandya both scored fine trebles for the victors and Manav Pandya added a further point whilst Martin Rice and Roger Fleming scored consolation wins for theO.G.s. The Superkings’ 2 maximum men finally paired up for the doubles against the O.G.’s 2 points scorers and what should possibly have been a comfortable victory proved to be anything but with the home team just managing to hold out in a 12-10, 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 thriller !
WDHA Knightriders 1 v Stanwick VHTTC 9
Kavish Dodhia saved the day with his 5th end victory over Kevin Tivey and was unfortunate not to gain a second point against Al Hayes, losing out this time in the 5th end. Hayes was also taken to the wire by Swati Jethwa, before winning out 11-6 in the 5th. The remainder of the points going as expected, in three ends to Stanwick, including the doubles.
WDHA Challengers 7 v Higham Harriers C 3
This result was a complete reversal of the scoreline from the first half of the season, which saw Hubert Malenda register a hat trick over the visitors and was supported well with a brace each for Ansh Shah and Daniel Bain. Shah losing out to Katie Hicks, 15-17, 7-11, 16-18 and Bain, 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 8-11 to brother Matt, with the same pairing adding the doubles for Higham 3rd point, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11 over Shah and Malenda.
Higham Band B 10 v Chesterwell E 0
Although it was anticipated result, Higham Band B, who play with on a rotation format, fielded one experienced player, Devlin Whitmore and two fairly new members to the League, John Yeates and Matt Cox, but they both stepped up and secured hat tricks. Chesterwells’ Gordon Campbell giving the most resistance against Yeates, losing 6-11, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, with Peter Atkins and Gavin Birmingham also taking Yeates to a forth end. Atkins conceded his final singles of the night due to illness and Higham duly took the final point of the night with Whitmore and Cox adding the doubles 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 over Birmingham and Campbell.
Wanderers E 8 v Westfield D 2
With this 8-2 victory, Wanderers E are now 5 points ahead of 3rd placed Stanwick in the race for the promotion spot. David May and Derek Shears securing hat tricks along the way and teaming up to add the doubles in three ends over Amrat Mistry and Stuart Holroyd. Holroyd and Mistry with a single win each over Steve Hoole 5-11, 4-11, 11-4, 6-11 and 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 5-11 respectively.
Wanderers B 4 (Paul Goodman 2, Stewart Williams, Bob Hickson)
Higham Harriers A 6 (Ian Bird 3, Norman Wooster 2, doubles Bird/Wooster);
Westfield A 9 (Kevin Bird 3, Nicole Bird 3, Travis Holly 2, doubles Bird/Bird)
Wanderers A 1 (Tony Wharton);
WDHA Royals 8 (Ethan Ali 2, Abin Islam, Syham Bavalia, doubles Ali/Islam + 3 points by default)
St John A 2 (Grant Timms 2)
Chesterwell C 5 (Maxine Shears 3, Clare Coles, doubles Shears/Coles)
Westfield B 5 (Mark Thomas 2, Charlie Clements 2, Leigh Clements);
WDHA Superkings 8 (Tarun Mistry 3, Milan Pandya 3, Manav Pandya, doubles Mistry/Pandya)
Old Grammarians B 2 (Martin Rice, Roger Fleming).
WDHA Knightriders 1 (Kavish Dodhia)
Stanwick VHTTC 9 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 2, Al Hayes 3, doubles Neville/Hayes)
WDHA Challengers 7 (Hubert Malenda 3, Ansh Shah 2, Daniel Bain 2)
Higham Harriers C 3 (Matt Hicks, Katie Hicks, doubles Hicks/Hicks);
Higham Band B 10 (Devlin Whitmore 3, John Yeates 3, Matt Cox 3, doubles Whitmore/Cox)
Chesterwell E 0.
Wanderers E 8 (David May 3, Steve Hoole, Derek Shears 3, doubles May/Shears)
Westfield D 2 (Stuart Holroyd, Amrat Mistry);