Week 5 Report 29th October

Division One

St John A 2 v  WDHA  Royals A 8

In a late carded game the visitors ensured that week 4 did not follow the previous 3 as the visitors followed Thrapston is inflicting another heavy defeat. Jon Perkins and Pete Boustred found the going tough and only managed 1 leg each in their failure to register. Although surprisingly heavily beaten by the 100% Virat Patel, Grant Timms recovered to win out 11-6 in the 5th over Mike Hawes and 11-13, 11-2, 13-11, 11-4 over Abin Islam.

Westfield A 4 v Thrapston 6

On paper this was a shock result but in reality it wasn’t as the hosts lacking Kevin Bird and Travis Holly, were lucky to avoid a heavy defeat as a buoyant Thrapston only fielded 2 players. Mike Ainsworth did well to win out 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 over Chris Warliker but Paul Benko was heavily defeated and Stephen Woolston went to five against Stewart Williams, going down 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 8-11, 4-11, but unless the hosts field sides me in line with their status as champions, they could well find themselves at the wrong end of the table.

 Higham Harriers A 7 v St John A 3

This match saw a welcome return to form for Ian Bird who won out with ease against Pete Boustred and Richard Wills but was taken to the wire by Grant Timms winning out 6-11, 11-5, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5. Timms however, proved too good for Steve Kendall and Norman Wooster and a third point was won by Boustred, winning out 12-10, 12-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 over Norman Wooster.

 Wanderers B 5 v Wanderers A 5

The hosts shook off last weeks’ heavy defeat and gained a good draw against their A team contemporaries. Mike Terry scored a superb treble dropping only 2 legs in the process. Graham Ellson struggling somewhat after a years’ lay off went down 11-9 in the 5th to Jon Taylor-Burt but avoided a blank, seeing off Bob Hickson 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4. Tony Wharton won his remaining 2 games with ease and the match result dependent on the doubles, where Terry and Taylor-Burt gained the draw, winning out 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 over Wharton and John Stamp.

 Division Two

 Chesterwell C 0 v Chesterwell B 10

Table toppers Chesterwell B maintained their good start to the season with a 10-0 demolition of their club mates Chesterwell C. Maximums all round for Luke Hughes, Johnathon Driscoll and Daniel Mann with Driscoll & Mann completing their perfect evening with a straight sets victory in the doubles. With the home teams’ Stuart Coles sustaining a hand injury, their only resistance came from Maxine Shears who took Driscoll to 5 ends and Mann to 4. 


Old Grammarians A 9 v Wanderers D 1

The O.G.’s 3rd. win on the trot sees them jump 2 places in the league, thanks to a resounding 9-1 home victory over bottom club Wanderers D. Good trebles from Mick Ball and Martyn Reeves to go with a further double from Phil Laurence did the damage whilst Mike Howorth secured the Wanderers’ consolation point with a hard fought 5 set victory over Laurence. Ball & Reeves gained the O.G.’s 9th. point with a straight sets victory in the doubles.

Westfield B 6 v Higham Harriers B 4

This week’s only close match saw the hosts Westfield B edge out the Harriers 6-4 with victory in the doubles needed to secure that vital 6th point. David Rogers starred for the hosts with a great maximum and was well supported with single wins from Mark Holly and Tim Mason. Neil Stevens was the Harriers’ best player on the night with a fine double and was again backed up with single wins from Bob Collyer and Katie Hicks. In a closely fought contest where all 6 players made a contribution, the Harriers did well to hang on after losing the first 4 games.

Stanwick VHTTC 10 v Higham Band A 0

Stanwick’s 3rd successive victory with a whitewash against the Band Club sees them move into 2nd place in the league and are now handily placed with games in hand over the leaders. Trebles all round for Ian Baldock, Graham Taylor and Geoff Neville with Baldock & Taylor concluding their team’s perfect night with a resounding 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 victory in the doubles. Nigel Magee put up the most resistance for the visitors by taking an end off both Baldock and Neville but it was all to no avail. 


Division Three

WDHA Raj Riders C 2 v Westfield C 8

Westfield C are now joint winners so far, with this win over Riders C. Stuart Holroyd and Asish Nandi both scored hat tricks. It was an easy ride for Holroyd, but for Nandi, both Akash Kumur and Aum Lakhan took him all the way. Jay Rogers picked up his only point from new player Rushabh Patel. Holroyd/Nandi took the doubles point in 3 ends to increase their tally.

WDHA Challengers B 7 v Old Grammarians B 3

WDHA Challengers B hang on to their lead by defeating Old Gramms B after an epic struggle, with no less than six games going to 5 ends. Hubert Malenda was unfazed, taking his 4th hat trick without much trouble. Only Martin Rice came close losing 5-11, 10-12, 9-11. Daniel Bain won twice after 2 five enders, but losing to Rice 11-5, 9-11, 5-11,12-10, and 10-12. Both Rice and David Bayes took a point each off Ansh Shah and the same two lost to Bain & Malenda in the doubles which also went all the way.  

WDHA Rising Stars D 1 v Higham Band B 9

Higham Band move up a few places,after this resounding win over lowly Rising stars. Hat tricks for Deirdre Kiziak and Stuart Futrill. Jiten Gopal for the opposition took a point off David Carrigan, winning in 3 ends. He also had some close games with Kiziak, losing 8-11 in the 5th end and losing 12-14 to Futrill, in the 3rd. Swati Jethwa, despite no wins, she did not give up easily, taking Carrigan to 5 ends, and losing to Kiziak 9-11 in the 4th end. Carrigan & Futrill won the doubles for the final point.

Old Grammarians C 4 v Chesterwell C 6

Chesterwell C moved up two places, to put them only 2 points behind Old Gramms. Duncan Wright scored his 2nd hat trick of the season, including the scalp of higher ranked Alan Hill. Roger Fleming gave him the most trouble by taking the first two ends quite easily but then losing the next 3. Caspian Wagner supported well with 2 points. With all players from Old Gramms taking a point from Gavin Birmingham the final point was up for grabs. Wagner/Wright was the winning combination, taking Adrian Howes/Fleming 11-6 in the 4th end to finish victorious.

Wanderers E 8  v  Westfield D  2

Wanderers E move up a few places after this victory, although the result could have been so much closer. 4 ends needed deciders and other sets were tight. David May was the only unbeaten player defeating Roy Smyth 9-11,13-11,11-7,12-10 and Stuart Rae 13-11 in 5th end. Steve Hoole and Brian Pearce both scored twice and both lost to Roy Smyth, Westfield’s only points scored. Eleanor Smyth, although scoreless, had some close ends, losing to Pearce 10-12, 4-11, 17-15, 9-11. May and Hoole took the final doubles point after another close 5th end set.


Division 1

St John A 2 (Grant Timms 2)

WDHA Royals A 8 (Mike Hawes 2, Abin Islam 2, Virat Patel 3, doubles Hawes/Patel)

Higham harriers A 7 (Steve Kendall 2, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 3, doubles Bird/Kendall)

St John A 3 (Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 2)

Westfield A 4 (Mike Ainsworth, + 3 points by default)

Thrapston 6 (Chris Warliker 2, Stewart Williams 3, doubles Warliker/Williams)

Wanderers B 5 (Mike Terry 3, Jon Taylor-Burt, doubles Terry/Taylor-Burt)

Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, John Stamp 2, Graham Ellson)

Division 2

Chesterwell C 0

Chesterwell B 10 (Luke Hughes 3, Johnathon Driscoll 3, Daniel Mann 3. doubles Driscoll/Mann)

Old Grammarians A 9 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball 3, Martyn Reeves 3, doubles Ball/Reeves)

Wanderers D 1 (Mike Howorth)

Westfield B 6 (Mark Holly, David Rogers 3, Tim Mason, doubles Rogers/Mason)

Higham Harriers B 4 (Bob Collyer, Neil Stevens 2, Katie Hicks)

Stanwick VHTTC 10 (Ian Baldock 3, Graham Taylor 3, Geoff Neville 3, doubles Baldock/Taylor)

Higham Band A 0 

Division 3

WDHA Rising Stars D 1 (Jiten Gopal)

Higham Band A 9 (David Carrigan 2, Deirdre Kiziak 3, Stuart Futrill 3, doubles Carrigan/Futrill)

WDHA Challengers B 7 (Daniel Bain 2, Ansh Shah, Hubert Malenda 3, doubles Bain/Malenda)

Old Grammarians B 3 (Martin Rice 2, David Bayes)

WDHA Raj Riders C 2 (Akash Kumar, Aum Lakhani)

Westfield C 8 (Jay Rogers 2, Asish Nandi 2, Stuart Holroyd 3, doubles Nandi/Holroyd)

Old Grammarians C 4 (Alan Hill 2, Adrian Howes, Roger Fleming)

Chesterwell C 6 (Caspian Wagner 2, Duncan Wright 3, doubles Wagner/Wright)

Wanderers E 8 (David May 3, Steve Hoole 2, Brian Pearce 2, doubles May/Hoole)

Westfield D Roy Smyth 2)



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