Thrapston 2 v Westfield A 8
(No score sheet received – results estimated on TT365 according to information received)
St John A 2 v Chesterwell A 8
Mike Pond, the oldest registered player in the top division, continues to set a fine example and registered an excellent treble. He saw off Jon Perkins with ease but was taken to the wire by ex-club mate Richard Wills and old rival Grant Timms winning out 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7 and 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 3-11, 17-15 respectively. To complete an excellent night he joined with Stan Galkowski to win out 11-5, 11-7, 17-15 in the doubles over Perkins and Timms. Galkowski and Valdy Papiernik scored a brace each to help keep the visitors in the tough 3 side fight for the runners-up position.
Wanderers A 9 v Wanderers B 1
After seemingly out of the running for the runners-up spot, the hosts gathered a massive 19 poits against the bottom two clubs and are back in the running. In their latest math Tony Wharton, returning after a two week lay-off, together with Andy Law scored reasonably easy trebles but the expected clean sweep did not materialise as Stewart Williams won out 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11 over Jon Taylor-Burt in game 6. An unusual feature in an all club game as no game went to five.
Higham Harriers A 5 v Thrapston 5
After a press report on Chris Warliker’s second win of the season in Kettering, he did his best to indicate this was not a true indication of his ability with a superb treble. Ian Bird, who has been in excellent form since his return after more than a decade away, always, in the past had a penchant for some inexplicable defeats and his 3, including his latest defeat can be put in this category. However, nothing should be taken away from Warliker who won out 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8. Mark Stockley edged out Graham Bird and Norman Wooster 11-6 and 11-5 in the 5th ends respectively but the struggling Alan Tyler failed to register. The final doubles point going to Ian Bird and Norman Wooster in the doubles 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 over Warliker and Stockley for a creditable draw.
Higham Harriers B 2 v Chesterwell C 8
The Harriers suffered another heavy home defeat to Chesterwell and their loss was mainly due to Clare Coles’ fine treble, her first for some time and an outstanding debut treble from Daniel Mann who was playing up from division 3. The two of them later joined forces to take the doubles in straight sets whilst Stuart Coles added their 8th point. Phil Inman and Neil Stevens scored consolation wins for the Harriers to prevent the whitewash.
Higham Band A 3 v WDHA Superkings 7
After losing the opening 4 games of the evening, Higham Band fought back well to take 3 of the next 4 games before losing the final 2 and going down to a 7-3 defeat. The Superkings’ 3 players, Tarun Mistry, Manav Pandya and Dev Patel all secured solid doubles whilst Nigel Magee replied with a fighting double of his own. Deirdre Kiziak scored a fine win over the consistent Patel and then joined Nigel in a 5 set doubles encounter, eventually losing in the final set having been 2 sets to 1 ahead!
Old Grammarians B 2 v Westfield B 8
Westfield scored another good away win against bottom club Old Grammarians and are now 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals at the top of the division. More maximums from the ever-consistent Mark Thomas and Charlie Clements plus a good double from Leigh Clements made up the victors’ 8 points whilst Colin Lord scored a lone single win for the OG’s. To end the night, Colin teamed up with Roger Fleming and somewhat surprisingly took the doubles in 4 ends against Westfields’ maximum men, finally giving them something to smile about after a long, hard evening.
St John B 9 v Old Grammarians B 1
Another heavy defeat for the O.G.s, their second in 3 days, sees them still rooted at the bottom of the division and probably now looking forward to their summer holidays. Mike Terry’s 8th consecutive maximum together with another treble from Alan Hill and a brace from Paul Lipczak did the damage with Mike and Paul later combining to take the doubles in straight ends to gain their 9th point. Roger Fleming saved the whitewash with a fighting win over Lipczak but his team now look certain to be playing division 3 table-tennis next season. St. John’s victory sees them 12 points behind the league leaders but with 2 games in hand they are probably slight favourites to take the title.
Chesterwell E 5 v WDHA Knightriders 5
The two bottom teams played and Chesterwell picked up their best result so far, albeit a draw against Knightriders. Gordon Campbell accounted for two of Chesterwell points, losing out to Bipasha Ganatra 4-11 in the fifth end. Peter Atkins also with two points, defeating Ganatra in four ends and receiving a point as Jay Mandalia retired through illness before his last match. Knightriders’ Swati Jethwa registered a brace, winning out against Atkins in 4 and Katie Coles in 3 and with the match dependent on the doubles, Knightriders Jethwa and Ganatra went on to win 11-6, 11-2, 11-8 to secure the draw against Atkins and Coles.
Stanwick VHTTC 8 v Westfield E 2
Stanwick, playing for 2nd place hit the same result as the last time they played. Geoff Neville hit his customary hat trick with Al Hayes and Jon Tuplin winning a brace apiece, losing to Wendy Bradford and Stuart Rae respectively. Hayes sets both going the full distance with the remaining sets going to Stanwick by the short route which should see them remain in 2nd place with only two matches to play.
Chesterwell D 4 v Wanderers E 6
For the first time Chesterwell D had to play with a reserve and paid the penalty, losing 6-4, this was only their 2nd defeat of the season. David May was unstoppable for Wanderers taking the only hat trick of the night, defeating higher ranked Daniel Mann 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9. Steve Hoole picked up two wins and Derek Shears added a single, losing out to Duncan Wright 11-9 in the 5th. Gordon Campbell who stepped up from the E side lost all his sets in three ends, and with the score standing at 6-3, Wright and Mann made the scoreline more respectable winning the doubles 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6. Even with this windfall, Wanderers E, on the same number of points as Stanwick have only one more match to play look unlikely to overtake Stanwick who have two more matches.
Westfield D 9 v Higham Band B 1
This was a disappointing result for Higham Band B with only Devlin Whitmore picking up a single win against Westfield D’s Asish Nandi, 11-5, 5-11, 2-11, 3-11, he was however unlucky not to score another win, as he lost out to Amrat Mistry 11-5 in the 5th. Hatricks for Stuart Holroyd and Mistry, with Mistry and Nandi securing the final doubles point in three ends over Whitmore and John Yeates.
Thrapston 2 (Chris Warliker 2)
Westfield A 8 (Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski 2, Travis Holly 2, doubles Bird/Polanski)
St John A 2 (Grant Timms 2)
Chesterwell A 8 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 3, doubles Pond/Galkowski)
Wanderers A 9 (Tony Wharton 3, Andy Law 3, Jon Taylor-Burt 2, doubles Wharton/Law)
Wanderers B 1 (Stewart Williams)
Higham Harriers A 5 (Graham Bird, Ian Bird 2, Norman Wooster, doubles Bird/Wooster)
Thrapston 5 (Chris Warliker 3, Mark Stockley 2)
Higham Harriers B 2 (Phil Inman, Neil Stevens)
Chesterwell C 8 (Clare Coles 3, Daniel Mann 3, Stuart Coles, doubles Coles/Mann)
Higham Band A 3 (Deirdre Kiziak, Nigel Magee 2)
WDHA Superkings 7 (Tarun Mistry 2, Manav Pandya 2, Dev Patel 2, doubles Pandya/Mistry)
Old Grammarians B 2 (Colin Lord, doubles Lord/Fleming)
Westfield B 8 (Mark Thomas 3, Charlie Clements 3, Leigh Clements 2)
St John B 9 (Mike Terry 3, Paul Lipczak 2, Alan Hill 3, doubles Lipczak/Terry)
Old Grammarians B 1 (Roger Fleming)
Chesterwell E 5 (Peter Atkins 2, Gordon Campbell 2, Katie Coles)
WDHA Knightriders 5 (Swati Jethwa 2, Bipasha Ganatra 2, doubles Jethwa/Ganatra)
Stanwick VHTTC 8 (Geoff Neville 3, Al Hayes 2, Jon Tuplin 2, doubles Neville/Tuplin)
Westfield E 2 (Wendy Bradford, Stuart Rae)
Chesterwell D 4 (Duncan Wright, Daniel Mann 2, doubles Wright/Mann)
Wanderers E 6 (David May 3, Steve Hoole 2, Derek Shears)
Westfield D 9 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Asish Nandi 2, Amrat Mistry 3, doubles Nandi/Mistry)
Higham Band B 1 (Devlin Whitmore)