Week 17 Report 25th February 2019
Wanderers A 1 v Higham Harriers A 9
The hosts had shown signs of returning to form after their poor cup display but this came to a shuddering halt as the unbeaten visitors with a back log of fixtures earned only the 3rd 9-1 win of the season, despite no fewer than six games going to 5. Whilst trebles from Ian Bird and Steve Kendall were not unexpected, a brace from Norman Wooster with only 3 wins to his credit was. He won our 11-7 in the 5th against Graham Ellson and Andy Law and was only deprived of a surprising treble by Tony Wharton who won out 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7. Perhaps the most surprising factor was that despite going down to Wooster, both Ellson and Law took Kendall to 5 going down 3-11 and 10-12 respectively in the 5th.
St John A 2 v Higham Harriers A 8
With Steve Kendall and Ian Bird gaining 5 legs between them, Norman Wooster again weighed in with a brace and the visitors’ who have cleared their backlog of fixtures, carding 3 in a week, look clear favourites for the title. Perhaps the biggest surprise on the night was the heroic effort by Jon Perkins who took Bird to 5 before bowing out 11-1, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 14-16. Bird, who always raises his game against the League’s leading players had earlier won out 11-6, 11-1, 12-10 over Grant Timms, who, gained the hosts 2 points with a five set win over Kendall 12-10, 3-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 and a comfortable win over Wooster. The brace earned by Wooster meant he had doubled his seasons aggregate in the week.
Thrapston 1 v Higham Harriers A 9
In a week which saw sides sustain heavy defeats, a rare occurrence in the season bottom markers Thrapston were well beaten by the visitors, who match by match are looking worthy champions. Mark Stockley and Alan Tyler both failed to trouble Ian Bird and Steve Kendall and the only point was gained in the opener when Stewart Williams easily beat Norman Wooster, who never the less gained his 3rd brace in a week winning out 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 14-12 and 9-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 over Alan Tyler and Mark Stockley respectively.
Wanderers A 5 v WDHA Royals A 5
With Harriers pegging up 3 big wins in the week, the visitors needed a big win to keep their outside chance of a title but it was not forthcoming. Graham Ellson somewhat below par failing to register although faded badly when taking Shyam Bavalia to 5 losing out 11-9, 13-11, 2-11, 5-11, 7-11. Even against very experienced players, the unorthodox spin of Mike Hawes is more than troublesome and he completed a fairly comfortable treble. However, Tony Wharton and Andy Law in probably their best performances, both scored braces with Law winning with some ease against Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia but Wharton was taken to the wire by Islam before winning out 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 but saw off Bavalia with relative ease. Needing the doubles to save the game, Law and Wharton put aside their poor record to gain a comfortable 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 win over Hawes and Islam for yet another draw to be recorded.
Higham Harriers B 3 v Old Grammarians A 7
Another good away win for the O.G.s sees them regain their 3rd spot in the league with this 7-3 victory against the Harriers. Mick Ball continued his run of good form with yet another fine treble and Martyn Reeves (2) and Phil Laurence (1) added a further 3 singles points. Gem Bailey did well for the Harriers with a good double and Katie Hicks added a further single point before Laurence & Reeves gained the O.G.'s 7th point with a doubles victory over Oli & Katie Hicks but it took them 5 sets to get the win.
Wanderers D 6 v Wanderers C 4
After 13 consecutive defeats, Wanderers D finally found their form after edging out their C team club mates with a narrow 6-4 victory. Team captain Roger Ellingham led the way with a great maximum and was well supported with single wins from Graham Babbage and Mike Howorth. Tony Wallis replied with a good double for the C team with both James Findlay and Maurice Jones adding a further single win apiece. In the all-important doubles, Ellingham & Babbage saw off Wallis & Jones in 4 sets to secure their 1st. victory of the season. Well played lads!
Stanwick VHTTC 10 v Westfield B 0
Stanwick's 13th consecutive victory sees them move ever closer to the league title and for the second time in 3 weeks they only had to face a 2 man team. Ian Baldock, Graham Taylor and Joe Peckham all reeled off untroubled maximums before Baldock & Peckham rounded off a very short evening's play with a straight sets victory in the doubles against Westfield's Mark Holly & David Rogers.
Higham Band B 1 v Wanderers E 9
A good win for Wanderers E with only one point being lost, David Carrigan just edging past Derek Shears to win15-13 in the 5th end, hat tricks recorded for David May and Steve Hoole, with Hoole having to fight hard for his points. For the opposition Deirdre Kiziak came away unusually with no points, but pushed Hoole all the way, bowing out 8-11 in the 5th end. For the final doubles point Hoole/May won easily in three ends taking their tally to 7 wins together and maintain their doubles win record.
Old Grammarians B 4 v WDHA Raj Riders C 6
A complete turnaround for Riders, having lost 1-9 last time of playing, although with different players, they could throw a spanner in the works for Gramms bid for 2nd place. Amit Shah added another hat trick, making 6 in 8 outings. Paresh Shah won twice losing to Paul Lipzak in a close 3 ender. Lipzak was the highest scorer for Old Gramms winning twice with David Bayes gaining the other point from Aum Lakhani (who was pushed all night and was unlucky not to win more). Bayes and Lipzak then went on to add the doubles 11-13, 14-12, 11-8 and 11-5 to improve their score- line.
Chesterwell D 8 v WDHA Rising Stars D 2
Same result as last time with Duncan Wright and Caspian Wagner scoring hat tricks again. Dominic Wagner, having only played 3 matches this season won 1 point against Shivam Gopal, but losing out to Rushabh Patel and Swati Jethwa. All sets were over in 3 ends, apart from one and the final doubles point, not being the exception was won by Wagner and Wright 11-1, 11-2, and 13-11.
Old Grammarians C 4 v WDHA Challengers B 6
With both Old Gramms sides pushing for runner up spot, the C team needed a lot of points to push away from their B side who are just one point behind and have a game in hand. They did not manage to do this as the top runners stole their thunder by beating them 6-4. Hubert Malenda for Challengers has been coming on in leaps and bounds this season and scored a brilliant hat trick, taking the scalps of both Alan Hill and Dave Hatherall. Jiten Gopal who has also been having good results in their D side, played up and took a point from a scoreless Roger Fleming, just winning 11-8 in the 5th end. It was up to the final doubles point where Kavish Dodhia and Malenda took the lead 12-10, 11-13, 11-9, and 12-10.
Wanderers A 1 (Tony Wharton)
Higham Harriers A 9 (Steve Kendall 3, Norman Wooster 2, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2, doubles Ellson/Law)
WDHA Royals A 5 (Abin Islam, Shyam Bavalia, Mike Hawes 3)
Thrapston 1 (Stewart Williams)
Higham Harriers A 9 (Steve Kendall 3, Norman Wooster 2, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
St John A 2 (Grant Timms 2)
Higham Harriers A 8 (Steve Kendall 2, Norman Wooster 2, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Higham Harriers B 3 (Gem Bailey 2, Katie Hicks)
Old Grammarians A 7 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 3, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Laurence/Reeves)
Wanderers D 6 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage)
Wanderers C 4 (James Findlay, Tony Wallis 2, Maurice Jones)
Stanwick VHTTC 10 (Ian Baldock 2, Graham Taylor 2, Joe Peckham 2, doubles Baldock/Peckham + 3 points by default)
Westfield B 0
Higham Band B 1 (David Carrigan)
Wanderers E 9 (Derek Shears 2, David May 3, Steve Hoole 3, doubles Hoole/May)
Old Grammarians B 4 (David Bayes, Paul Lipczak 2, doubles Bayes/Lipczak)
WDHA Raj Riders C 6 (Paresh Shah 2, Amit Shah 3, Aum Lakhani)
Chesterwell D 8 (Duncan Wright 3, Dominic Wagner, Caspian Wagner 3, doubles Wright/C Wagner)
WDHA Rising Stars D 2 (Rushabh Patel, Swati Jethwa)
Old Grammarians C 4 (Alan Hill 2, Dave Hatherall 2)
WDHA Challengers B 6 (Kavish Dodhia, Hubert Malenda 3, Jiten Gopal, doubles Dodhia/Malenda)
Catch up matches played week commencing 18th February
WDHA Royals A 5 v Chesterwell A 5
After six consecutive trebles Virat Patel has not played for 5 matches which has undoubtedly hit their chances of challenging for the title although due to having currently played more games than most, they sit at the top of the table. In their latest fixture Mike Hawes, with his unorthodox style, saw off the visitors although Mike Pond went to 5 in a 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 5-11 defeat. Shyam Bavalia, who after an opening brace, has only recorded singletons in his 5 outings, surprisingly defeated Pond 11-7,11-9, 11-6 but Nitin Patel drew his 3rd blank in 4 outings and it was left to Hawes and Bavalia to win out 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 in the doubles over Daniel Mann and Valdy Papiernik to see yet another draw recorded.
Higham Harriers A 7 v WDHA Royals 3
The hosts, despite the only unbeaten side in the division were languishing towards the bottom of the table but this was due to the number of fixtures played and not to form, as was clearly illustrated when winning out against the league leaders. With only 3 wins to his name, Norman Wooster, in contrast to his in-form teammates is struggling and drew another blank. Steve Kendall and Ian Bird both struggled against Mike Hawes but won out 11-7 and 11-4 respectively in the 5th end. The other singles against Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia were won with relative ease and they joined to win 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 in the doubles over Hawes and Bavalia to give notice that they are well in the hunt for the title.
WDHA Royals A 5 (Mike Hawes 3, Shyam Bavalia, doubles Hawes/Bavalia)
Chesterwell A 5 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Mike Pond, Daniel Mann 2)
Higham Harriers A 7 (Steve Kendall 3, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
WDHA Royals A 3 (Mike Hawes, Abin Islam, Shyam Bavalia)