Thrapston 8 v St John A 2
The decision whether to play 2 players or cancel was clearly an issue here, where the decision of the visitors to field 2 players could cost them their place in the top division and possibly give the bottom markers a life line. The visitors, who fielded Jon Perkins and Pete Boustred avoided an embarrassing 10-0 defeat by both beating Alan Tyler with reasonable ease. No other game saw the hosts in trouble as Pete Briggs and Chris Warliker duly completed comfortable braces.
Westfield A 7 v WDHA Royals A 3
There could be no complaints about the strength of the side fielded by the hosts as they gave their best performance of the season to topple the League leaders. Kevin Bird scored his usual treble but in his hardest outing of the season, was taken to five by both Abin Islam and Shyam Bavalia and won out 11-8 in both instances. Travis Holly the most puzzling of players did extremely well to see off Mike Hawes 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 and Abin Islam 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 and was deprived of his second treble of the season, going down 5-11 in the 5th to Bavalia Mark Thomas who has held his own in his 7 outings weighed in with an excellent 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 win over Bavalia to complete the hosts best performance of the season.
Wanderers B 2 v Higham Harriers A 8
With Norman Wooster in good form recently and Ian Bird and Steve Kendall looking virtually unbeatable, this looked a strong candidate for only the second clean sweep in the top division. However, Mike Terry, who has had a disappointing season after last year qualifying for the Top 8, took Ian Bird to 5, losing 15-13 in the 5th and took Kendall to two deuces in his 4 set defeat, but gained consolation in game 9, winning out comfortably against Wooster, who was beaten in 3 by Paul Goodman. Bob Hickson, without the benefit of shock wins of previous seasons continues to struggle and again failed to register or even gain a leg.
Wanderers A 6 v Chesterwell A 4
For the hosts, Tony Wharton gave by far his best performance of the season in gaining his first treble. Highlight being his 5 set win 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 13-11 and 11-5 over Valdy Papiernik. Andy Law weighed in with a brace, with comfortable wins over Papiernik and Galkowski, but deprived of a treble by Mike Pond who won a 5 setter 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5. Graham Ellson avoided a blank by seeing off Papiernik 3-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 which meant Papiernik registered his first blank of the season. The hosts’ poor doubles record continued as Ellson/Law went down 11-4, 5-11, 5-11, 7-11 to Pond/Papiernik
Higham Harriers B 5 v Wanderers C 5
With Wanderers C and the Harriers placed next to each other in the league, a close match was to be expected and so it proved, resulting in only the 2nd draw in division 2 this season. Neil Stevens played a captain's innings for the Harriers with a fine maximum and was well supported by a good double from Oli Hicks. Tony Wallis replied for the Wanderers with a good double to go with single wins from Carl Singh and Maurice Jones before Singh & Wallis secured their team's draw with victory in the doubles against Hicks & Stevens.
Westfield B 8 v Chesterwell C 2
After losing the first game, Westfield hit back to win the next 7 and eventually ran out 8-2 winners against Chesterwell C. Excellent trebles for David Rogers and Steve Fuller did the damage with Mark Holly adding a further singles point whilst Chesterwell replied with Maxine Shears and Clare Coles carding a single win apiece. Rogers & Fuller took the final point of the evening with a doubles victory over Coles & Shears but it was a very close game with a 11-9 score in the deciding 5th end.
Higham Band A 3 v Chesterwell B 7
Chesterwell B continued their fine run of form with a good 7-3 away victory over the Band Club with Daniel Mann, Johnathon Driscoll and Luke Hughes all carding fine doubles. Ian Sclater starred for the Band Club with an excellent double, just failing to make it 3 out of 3 after going down 11-9 in the 5th set against Driscoll and Steve Mansfield added a further singles point and his team's 3 point haul was creditable return against a team who rarely concede more than a single point! The match produced some very close games with only one being decided in 3 ends before Mann & Hughes gained their team's 7th point of the evening with a 4 set doubles victory over Sclater & Mansfield.
Stanwick VHTTC 6 v Old Grammarians A 4
Stanwick went into this match knowing that 8 points would make them division 2 champions but a gritty display from the O.G.s kept the score down to 6-4 so the league leaders still need 1 further point in their final match to seal the title. Ian Baldock was mainly responsible for preserving his side's 100% record with his 15th consecutive maximum with Graham Taylor and Geoff Neville adding a further singles point each. The O.G.'s Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves gave outstanding performances with 2 wins apiece with all 4 of the games needing a tense 5th end decider before Baldock & Taylor gained their team's all important 6th. point with victory in the doubles against Ball & Phil Laurence.
Higham Band B 1 v Westfield C 9
Roy Smyth, playing twice this week losing all his sets in his own side, played up for the C side and won twice and also a third point by default when Raylee Burton was taken ill and had to leave before she could play. Stuart Holroyd won three genuine points without much trouble and Ashish Nandi won twice, losing to David Carrigan 9-11 in the 4th end for Bands only point. This concludes a disappointing end for Higham Band B this season.
WDHA Challengers B 8 v WDHA Rising Stars D 2
A strange situation for this in-house contest. Jiten Gopal, who was registered at the beginning of the season and has played most of his matches in Rising stars (the lower ranked team), has for the last three weeks, including this week played up for the top team, Challengers. He won twice this week just losing to Shivam Gopal 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 10-12, giving Shivam his first win of the season. Kavish Dodhia also won twice for Challengers, but lost out to Rushabh Patel 5-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7, and 15-17, giving Patel his 4th win. Thank heavens for Hubert Malenda, playing his usual unperturbed self, took all possible ends with no bother, to conclude after the doubles match with Dodhia, a high drama event.
Old Grammarians B 10 v Westfield D 0
Old Grammarians B got the boost they needed and moved into second place with two points ahead of their C side with still a game in hand. A lot of close ends by Westfield, winning and losing, does not reflect in the scoreline, but the Old Gramms were determined. Hat tricks for David Bayes, Martin Rice and Paul Lipczak.
Chesterwell D 5 v Wanderers E 5
These two mid table teams have been close throughout, so to finish with a draw was no surprise. Caspian Wagner was unbeaten for Chesterwell D, all his opponents came close, but to no avail. Duncan Wright picked up two points, going down to Steve Hoole 9-11, 11-9, 9-11 and 9-11. Dominic Wagner came away scoreless. For Wanderers Steve Hoole did the most damage with a brace and then teamed up with Derek Shears to take the doubles to equalize.
Old Grammarians C 5 v WDHA Raj Riders C 5
A much needed boost this week was needed, over the lower placed opposition, but they could only manage a draw, the same result as their previous encounter. Amit Shah was the only unbeaten player on the night for Riders, holding his 8th hat trick. He had to work hard against Alan Hill, winning in 5 ends. Paresh Shah supplied one point and nearly won another from Hill, losing 10-12 in the 5th end. Hill and David Hatherall won twice each with Roger Fleming weighing in with one point. Riders secured the final doubles point for the draw after 5 ends.
Thrapston 8 (Chris Warliker 2, Pete Briggs, doubles Warliker/Tyler + 3 points by default)
St John A 2 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred)
Westfield A 7 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly 2, Mark Thomas, doubles Bird/Thomas)
WDHA Royals A 3 (Abin Islam, Mike Hawes, Shyam Bavalia)
Wanderers B 2 (Mike Terry, Paul Goodman)
Higham Harriers A 8 (Steve Kendall 3, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 3, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Wanderers A 6 (Tony Wharton 3, Andy Law 2, Graham Ellson)
Chesterwell A 4 (Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond 2, doubles Galkowski/Pond)
Higham Harriers B 5 (Neil Stevens 3, Oli Hicks 2)
Wanderers C 5 (Tony Wallis 2, Maurice Jones, Carl Singh, doubles Wallis/Singh)
Westfield B 8 (Mark Holly, David Rogers 3, Steve Fuller 3, doubles Rogers/Fuller)
Chesterwell C 2 (Maxine Shears Clare Coles)
Higham Band A 3 (Ian Sclater 2, Steve Mansfield)
Chesterwell B 7 (Daniel Mann 2, Johnathon Driscoll 2, Luke Hughes 2, doubles Mann/Hughes)
Stanwick VHTTC 6 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville, Graham Taylor, doubles Baldock/Taylor)
Old Grammarians A 4 (Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 2)
Higham Band B 1 (David Carrigan)
Westfield C 9 (Roy Smyth 3, Asish Nandi 2, Stuart Holroyd 3, doubles Smyth/Holroyd)
WDHA Challengers B 8 (Kavish Dodhia 2, Jiten Gopal 2, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Malenda/Dodhia)
WDHA Rising Stars D 2 (Rushabh Patel, Shivam Gopal)
Old Grammarians B 10 (David Bayes 3, Martin Rice 3, Paul Lipczak 3, doubles Bayes/Rice)
Westfield D 0
Chesterwell D 5 (Caspian Wagner 3, Duncan Wright 2)
Wanderers E 5 (Steve Hoole 2, Derek Shears, Brian Pearce, doubles Hoole/Shears)
Old Grammarians C 5 (Alan Hill 2, David Hatherall 2, Roger Fleming)
WDHA Raj Riders C 5 (Paresh Shah, Amit Shah 3, doubles Lakhani/P Shah)