All-conquering Westfield C overcame a tough handicap to win out by 37 points as they beat Higham Band B 427-390 in the second round of the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League’s Challenge Trophy, sponsored by Stanley L Hunt (Printers) Ltd.
For the visitors, a sterling performance by Deirdre Kiziak should have ensured a closer result but her team-mates found the going tough, illustrated by Chris Kiziak going down 2-11, 0-11, 2-11, 2-11 to Ethan Ali in game six.
In the opener and game four, Deirdre Kiziak shared both with Travis Holly and Cameron Elliott to leave the visitors clear favourites but picking up only 19 points in the next eight sets ruined their chances.
Thirteen points behind at the doubles, Westfield C extended their lead with an 11-3, 11-3, 11-4, 11-10 win for Ali and Elliot over Kiziak and Burton.
With Ian Baldock in their ranks, Stanwick are a stronger side than their league position suggests and it showed as they won 357-344 at Higham Harriers B.
Baldock won all 16 legs, gaining 59 points, and his highlight was an 11-3, 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 win over Anthony Stevens.
Al Hayes found the going tough, gaining only one leg and enabling Harriers to claw back virtually all points conceded to Baldock.
In game nine, Carl Eaves did exceptionally well to share with Bob Collyer to leave Stanwick two behind at the doubles.
The Baldock and Eaves partnership then sealed the victory with an excellent doubles victory over Collyer and Reeves.
Chesterwell B beat Thrapston 405-377 after starting with 100 points in front.
Graham Ellson, seeking revenge for last week’s surprise league defeat, duly extracted it with a win over Steve West to extend the handicap but the next two results more than cancelled it out.
To prove lightning doesn’t strike twice, Mark Stockley saw off Luke Hughes but Hughes beat both Ian Donaldson and West to keep well in front of handicap.
Ellson did well to share with Stockley, results which more than made up for the struggling Carl Singh.
Forty six points behind at the doubles, Thrapston pulled back 18 through Stockley and Donaldson, to leave the hosts as winners by 28 points.
Higham Harriers A, last year’s runners-up gave a somewhat disappointing display after a good start as they went down 447-382 at WDHA Super Kings.
At game four, they were slightly in front of handicap but game five saw Jack Bain win out 11-6, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11 over Neil Stevens and when, in the next game, Rishan Patel saw off Norman Wooster the writing was on the wall.
Graham Bird dropped a further 39 points when sharing with the in- form Patel to leave the last singles and doubles of academic interest as Super Kings ran out easy 59-point winners.
The all-Wanderers clash proved to be a close affair with the A team overcoming their E side 440-426.
Virtually every game was spot on handicap with no surprises, the result being that the A side were 22 points behind at the doubles with all to play for.
Both sides fielded their most experienced players with Tony Wharton and Andy Law of Wanderers A giving a magnificent doubles display, winning out 11-2, 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 over David May and Derek Shears to win through to the quarter-finals.
Results (handicaps in brackets): Westfield C (0) 427 Higham Band B (200) 390, Higham Harriers B (0)344 Stanwick (0) 357, Chesterwell B (100) 405 Thrapston (0) 377, WDHA Super kings (120) 447 Higham Harriers A (0) 382, Wanderers A (0) 440 Wanderers E (270) 426. Bye: WDHA Royals.