St John 7 v Thrapston 3
In a re-arranged match the reverse fixture last week saw the visitors gain a heavy win over a much weakened 2 man St John side. However, this week was a different story as a full strength home side won out in a hard encounter to send the visitors down. Grant Timms again showed how vital he is with an excellent treble. Richard Wills, never the most consistent of players did well to beat Chris Warliker and edge out Pete Briggs 11-6 in the 5th, but gave Stewart Williams his one win of the night going down 5-11 in the 5th. Jon Perkins fought hard going down 9-11 in the 5th to Briggs but in a five setter won out 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12 over Williams. The seventh point was gained by Timms & Wills in a 7-11, 14-12, 11-7, 11-3 doubles win over Warliker and Briggs and they need 2 in their last game to ensure survival
Chesterwell B 9 v Wanderers B 1
This match summed up the difference in approach by both sides. The hosts despite all their players having their worst season for some time had always fielded their best side and aided by two large wins in their last 3 fixtures were well in the hunt for runners-up. The visitors, who were promoted with a 100% record, 40 points clear of their nearest rivals, fought hard in most of their matches but a drop in form by Mike Terry and only fielding Scott Dixon in 4 games has cost them dear. In this vital relegation fixture they only fielded 2 players and with Paul Goodman always struggling against the hosts, a clean sweep seem inevitable, but Bob Hickson turned the clock back to gain a shock 14-12, 5-11, 14-12, 12-14, 11-5 win over Stan Galkowski which means they need a reversal of this score-line to avoid the drop.
Higham Harriers A 5 v Westfield A 5
A big win would have guaranteed the hosts the title but with the visitors fielding arguably their strongest side, this was always unlikely. Kevin Bird who for 2 matches in a row had fierce competition, maintained his 100% record with excellent wins over Ian Bird and Steve Kendall and a comfortable win over Norman Wooster. Ian Bird and Kendall scored their expected braces and the match hinged on the doubles after David Rogers edged out Wooster 11-8 in the 5t, and Travis Holly taking Wooster much easier 11-9, 11-4, 12-10. With their unbeaten record at stake, Kendall and Bird gave a superb doubles display to win out 15-13, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5 over Bird and Holly and will need 4 points in their last outing to ensure the title.
Wanderers D 1 v Higham Harriers B 9
The league's bottom 2 sides played out their final match of the season and although Harriers B recorded a fine 9-1 away win against Wanderers D, both teams look set to be playing in division 3 next time out. Ollie Hicks and Gem Bailey both carded good trebles for the visitors with Matt Hicks adding a further 2 wins whilst Roger Ellingham scored the Wanderers' lone point, thus preventing the whitewash. Matt & Ollie brought the evening's play to an end with a 4 set victory in the doubles and let's hope both teams have a better time of it next season.
Old Grammarians A 6 v Westfield B 4
With the league's 3rd and 4th placed teams fielding 4 of the division's top players, a close contest was to be expected and so it proved to be with the O.G.s just edging out Westfield B by 6 games to 4. The O.G.'s Martyn Reeves was the only unbeaten player on the night and his brilliant maximum, to go with a fine double from Mick Ball and a further single win from Phil Laurence made up their winning 6 point total. Steve Fuller hit back for Westfield with a good double and David Rogers added a single win before the pair of them combined to see off Laurence & Reeves in a straight sets doubles victory.
Wanderers C 2 v Higham Band A 8
The Band Club's run of good results continued with this fine 8-2 away win against Wanderers C and Ian Sclater once again led resistance came from Tony Wallis with a good brace and he later teamed up with Carl Singh for the doubles but they went down to Sclater & Magee giving the Band Club their 8th point and it now looks like they will finish the season in a creditable 5th place.
Chesterwell B 10 v Wanderers D 0
Chesterwell B's fine season continues with yet another 10-0 clean sweep and this time it was bottom club Wanderers D who were the unfortunate victims. Johnathon Driscoll, Luke Hughes and Daniel Mann all reeled off their usual maximums and the only blemish on an otherwise perfect scorecard was when Luke unexpectedly dropped a single end to Graham Babbage. Hughes & Mann ended the night with an untroubled doubles verdict over Babbage & Roger Ellingham but Chesterwell's 10 point haul still means they will probably have to settle for the runners-up spot in the league unless they can beat Stanwick 10-0 in the final match of their campaign.
WDHA Raj Riders C 7 v Wanderers E 3
Raj Riders finish their season just behind Wanderers, even though Wanderers failed to take the lead in both matches in this rearranged contest. The Riders played Jiten Gopel, who has been playing well all season in their lower team and scored a good hat trick in this match. Rushabh Patel scored his first point of the season against Charles Kemp, who was playing for his second time. Paresh Shah who has been playing well all season secured two points. For Wanderers David May won twice and Steve Hoole once, and this same combination lost to Gopal and Patel 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 14-12 and 7-11 in the doubles.
Westfield C 3 v Old Grammarians B 7
Old Gramms B finish in 2nd place ahead of their C side (who have been in that place for most of the season). Martin Rice came away unbeaten and David Bayes won twice, losing to Stuart Holroyd 9-11 in the 4th end. Alan Hill playing up from their C side also lost to Holroyd in three ends and bowed out to Amrat Mistry 10-12, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, and 9-11.Bayes and Rice won the doubles to clinch the match.
WDHA Raj Riders C 3 v WDHA Challengers B 7
Raj Riders playing for the second time this week did not fair so well against their higher side team mates. Aum Lakhani played well taking two points from higher ranked Kavish Dodhia and Daniel Bain. He also took Hubert Malenda 10-12 in the third end, but progressed no further. It was Malenda for Challengers though, who came out unscathed having lost only 3 ends all season that led the way for a glorious season remaining on top for most of it. Challengers other team mates Daniel Bain who scored twice and Kavish Dodhia once, have played together as a team for most of the season and finished on top, ready to play in Division Two next season. Well done lads!
Westfield D 3 v Chesterwell D 7
Caspian Wagner and Duncan Wright finish the season with a hat trick each. Katie Coles playing for this side for the second time failed to score, giving Westfield their only three points. Chesterwell then took the final doubles in a close three ender.
Wanderers E 5 v Old Grammarians C 5
It’s all over for Old Gramms C, they have held second spot for most of the time, but are now 4 points behind and their team mates still have a game in hand. It was a level contest throughout, with no player unbeaten Alan Hill and Roger Fleming scored twice for the away side and Derek Shears twice for Wanderers with the doubles going to Wanderers to equalize.
St John 7 (Jon Perkins, Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 3, doubles Wills/Timms)
Thrapston 3 (Chris Warliker, Pete Briggs, Stewart Williams)
Chesterwell B 9 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski, Mike Pond 2, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski + 3 points by default)
Wanderers B 1 (Bob Hickson)
Higham Harriers A 5 (Steve Kendall 2, Ian Bird 2, doubles Kendall/Bird)
Westfield A 5 (Kevin Bird 3, David Rogers, Travis Holly)
Wanderers D 1 (Roger Ellingham)
Higham Harriers B 9 (Ollie Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 2, Gem Bailey 3, doubles Hicks/Hicks)
Old Grammarians A 6 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 2, Martyn Reeves 3)
Westfield B 4 (David Rogers, Steve Fuller 2, doubles Rogers/Fuller)
Wanderers C 2 (Tony Wallis 2)
Higham Band A 8 (Ian Sclater 3, Perce Sharp 2, Nigel Magee 2, doubles Sclater/Magee)
Chesterwell B 10 (Johnathon Driscoll 3, Luke Hughes 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Hughes/Mann)
Wanderers D 0
WDHA Raj Riders C 7 (Rushabh Patel, Jiten Gopal 3, Paresh Shah 2, doubles Patel/Gopal)
Wanderers E 3 (David May 2, Steve Hoole)
Westfield C 3 (Stuart Holroyd 2, Amrat Mistry)
Old Grammarians B 7 (Martin Rice 3, Alan Hill, David Bayes 2, doubles Bayes/Rice)
WDHA Raj Riders C 3 (Aum Lakhani 2, Amit Shah)
WDHA Challengers B 7 (Kavish Dodhia, Hubert Malenda 3, Daniel Bain 2, doubles Malenda/Dodhia)
Westfield D 3 (Roy Smyth, Eleanor Smyth, Stuart Rae)
Chesterwell D 7 (Caspian Wagner 3, Duncan Wright 3, double Wagner/Wright)
Wanderers E 5 (Steve Hoole, Derek Shears 2, David May, doubles May/Shears)
Old Grammarians C 5 (Alan Hill 2, Roger Fleming 2, Adrian Howes)