Harriers suffer in their fight to survive

Wellingborough: Table tennis'Members of Westfield F Team'Peter Sheldrick,'Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Wellingborough: Table tennis'Members of Westfield F Team'Peter Sheldrick,'Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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For the second week running, Higham Harriers A did their survival prospects in Division Two no good at all by being a player short in a 9-1 defeat to Westfield D.

There was just one slip for Westfield as Mickey Braines lost out to Richard Cooper in five ends.

Peter Sheldrick and Dave Long took all their available points with Sheldrick and Braines adding the doubles in four ends.

There was a comfortable straight-games hat-trick for Perce Sharp, who dropped only 39 points along the way as Old Grammarians A won 8-2 at Westfield E.

Phil Laurence was made to fight for his, as Milan Modha went down 11-7 in the fifth.

But Modha did have some reward by beating Mick Ball in three ends 11-8, 11-8, 12-10.

Owen Morris put in a fine performance when seeing off Ball 18-16 in the fourth for Westfield’s second point.

Teaming up in the doubles, Laurence and Ball finished off in style as they lost just 10 points in their doubles victory.

Player availability meant hosts Old Grammarians B could only muster two against Higham Harriers B but they still forced a 5-5 draw – a first stalemate of the season for both teams.

For the home side, David Bayes scored his first treble while Martin Rice lost out to Graham Bird 18-16 at the last hurdle.

Bird and Neil Stevens evened things up with a fourth-end victory in the doubles.

St John B recorded their first victory of 2012 as they eased past Chesterwell C 6-4, with each of the home side recording a single win.

Clare and Stuart Coles combined to take the doubles against Keith Stockley and John Betts (13-11) in the fourth end.

Betts won twice for the visitors with Alan Hill recording a hat-trick, his second in three outings this season.