Chesterwell B 2 v Westfield A 8
With Carlton Ellwood injured and Graham Ellson far from fit, the two man visitors could have expected a rare clean sweep inflicted. However, Luke Hughes, whoever the opposition has the knack of normally gaining one win and duly did so with an 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2 win over Patryk Polanski. Ellson followed suit, winning out 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 and was edged out in two deuces in a 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12 defeat to the much improved Travis Holly. Kevin Bird comfortably cruised home in both singles and in the doubles with team mate Holly for an 8-2 victory, which saw them return to the top of the table and strong favourites to retain the title.
St John A 7 v Old Grammarians A 3
A feature of the top division has been the number of surprise wins by the lower ranked players. Unfortunately Mick Ball and Phil Laurence have not followed the trend leaving Steve Kendall virtually the only point winner. In their latest fixture, Kendall scored an excellent treble, his highlight being a 11-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 win over Grant Timms. Laurence fought hard against Pete Boustred, going down 10-12 in the 5th and Ball and Kendall went to five in the doubles, losing out 9-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 4-11 to Richard Wills and Timms.
Higham Harriers A 5 v Chesterwell A 5
This game followed the pattern with a surprise result and surprise wins. Graham Bird, who in his last outing failed to register against the bottom markers, gained an excellent 5 set win 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 over Valdy Papiernik but went down to Stan Galkowski and Mike Pond after good performances. It looked like a complete disaster for Papiernik as he crashed to defeat against Norman Wooster, but in an amazing transformation of form, incredibly won out 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 over Ian Bird who also struggled against Mike Pond before winning out 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-5. With Pond and Galkowski both picking up a brace each, the match depended on the doubles and the Birds’ won out in five, 17-15, 11-4, 8-11, 4-11, 11-6 over the same pair for a well-earned draw.
Higham Harriers B 3 v WDHA Superkings 7
Another good win for the Superkings sees them maintain their 3rd place in the league and once again Tarun Mistry led the way with his 4th successive treble. He was well supported with another treble from the consistent Dev Patel and the pair of them later combined to take the doubles and secure their team’s 7th point. Phil Inman, Neil Stevens and Anthony Stevens all scored single wins for the Harriers to keep the score-line respectable.
Wanderers D 3 v Chesterwell C 7
The Wanderers slumped to another home defeat and at this stage need to start preparing for a possible drop into division 3. Two wins for Roger Ellingham and a single from Graham Babbage accounted for their team’s points and they were unlucky to come up against the ever consistent Maxine Shears who delivered yet another maximum for the visitors. She received solid support from Stuart Coles (2 wins) and from Clare Coles (1 win) and finally joined Stuart to take the doubles in 3 straight ends.
Wanderers C 7 v Westfield C 3
This contest between 2 of the division’s mid-table teams saw the home team come out on top, mainly thanks to a fine treble from Tony Wallis who had to fight hard for his 3 wins, none of which came in straight sets. He was helped by a double from James Findlay and a single win from Maurice Jones. Westfields’ 3 points came by way of a brave double from Steve Fuller and a single win from Mark Ramsden. Findlay and Wallis finally took the doubles for the home team in straight sets.
Westfield B 4 v St John B 6
This top of the table clash between the division’s top 2 teams proved to be a very close affair with the visitors just taking the win by virtue of taking the doubles. Mike Terry once again starred for St. John with a great maximum and was well supported by Alan Hill and Paul Lipczak with a single win each. A fighting double from Leigh Clements and single wins from Charlie Clements and Mark Thomas made up Westfield’s 4 points before Lipczak and Terry took the doubles to seal the victory. With Westfield’s lead now down to a mere 3 points, St. John B appear to be slight favourites for the title as they have a game in hand on their rivals.
Higham Harriers C 9 v WDHA Knightriders 1
For the second week running, Kavish Dodhia saved the day this time with a four end victory over Harriers C’s Katie Hicks in four ends and also took Matt Hicks to five before bowing out 4-11 in the 5th. With little resistance from the visitors, Harriers swept through the card with hat tricks for Matt and Oli Hicks, who also added the doubles in four ends over Swati Jethwa and Dodhia.
Chesterwell D 10 v WDHA Challengers 0
This was the same scoreline for Chesterwell D as their last encounter and keeps them at the top of table with a lead of 20 points. There were a number of close ends which made the match interesting, Duncan Wright defeating Ansh Shah on the 4th end after a gruelling 18-16 battle. Daniel Mann took Daniel Bain 15-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4 and Bain lost out to right in five, but the doubles finished in a close three ender.
Stanwick VHTTC 10 v Wanderers E 0
Stanwick have their sights on the second place in Division 3 after decimating 2nd placed Wanderers E and puts them 20 points behind the leaders, but 5 points ahead of their opponents. Stanwick played their ace card in the form of Ian Baldock who together with Geoff Neville went through their games without dropping a set and added the doubles in three ends. Kevin Tivey, however battled for two of his three matches going to five against David May and Derek Shears, winning out 13-11 and 11-5 respectively.
Westfield E 4 v Higham Band B 6
It was a 4th hattrick for Higham Band B’s new signing this season in Stuart Futrill, although he was made to work for it with two 5th end victories over Stuart Rae and Nicole King. Raylee Burton supported well with two points, losing out to Westfields’ Nicole King and Matt Cox secured a single win in his opening game against Wendy Bradford, who was the only player not to gain a point on the night. Westfields’ pairing of Rae and King added the doubles in five ends for a more respectable score-line over Futrill and Cox.
Chesterwell B 2 (Luke Hughes, Graham Ellson)
Westfield A 8 (Kevin Bird 2, Travis Holly 2, doubles Bird /Holly + 3 points by default)
St John A 7 (Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 2, Pete Boustred 2, doubles Wills/Timms)
Old Grammarians A 3 (Steve Kendall 3);
Higham Harriers A 5 (Graham Bird, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 2, doubles Bird/Bird)
Chesterwell A 5 (Mike Pond 2, Valdy Papiernik, Stan Galkowski 2);
Higham Harriers B 3 (Phill Inman, Neil Sevens, Anthony Stevens)
WDHA Superkings 7 (Tarun Mistry 3, Dev Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel)
Wanderers D 3 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage)
Chesterwell C 7 (Maxine Shears 3, Stuart Coles 2, Clare Coles, doubles Shears/Coles)
Wanderers C 7 (James Findlay 2, Tony Wallis 3, Maurice Jones, doubles Findlay/Wallis)
Westfield C 3 (Mark Ramsden, Steve Fuller 2)
Westfield B 4 (Mark Thomas, Charlie Clements, Leigh Clements 2)
St John B 6 (Mike Terry 3, Alan Hill, Paul Lipczak, doubles Terry/Lipczak)
Higham Harriers C 9 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 3, Katie Hicks 2, doubles Oli/Matt Hicks)
WDHA Knightriders 1 (Kavish Dodhia)
Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Wright/Driscoll)
WDHA Challengers 0
Stanwick VHTTC 10 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 3, doubles Baldock/Neville)
Wanderers E 0
Westfield E 4 (Stuart Rae, Nicole King 2, doubles Rae/King)
Higham Band B 6 (Matt Cox, Raylee Burton 2, Stuart Futrill 3)