Leaders take no chances in close title race

Nicole Bird helped Division One leaders Westfield A to a 10-0 whitewash of Westfield B
Nicole Bird helped Division One leaders Westfield A to a 10-0 whitewash of Westfield B

The race for the Division One title looks set to be close and leaders Westfield A were taking no chances as they fielded a strong trio of Alex Aston, Nicole Bird and Daniel Smaller for their clash with club-mates Westfield B.

They duly completed a 10-0 whitewash and although no game went to five, Will Shepherd put up a tremendous fight in the second game of the night, going down 10-12, 13-15, 11-9, 14-16 to the all-conquering Smalley.

Travis Holly and Patryk Polanski performed with credit despite never looking dangerous.

The results means Westfield A now lead the table by 32 points from Chesterwell A, who have four games in hand.

Chesterwell B took a big step towards safety with an emphatic 8-2 win at bottom markers Works Warriors.

The match followed the Warriors’ normal pattern with Stephen Woolston gaining good wins over Craig Dilley and Luke Hughes and losing out in five to Graham Ellson.

After gaining a mere six points in his opener with Ellson, Alan Woolston went surprisingly close to Hughes, losing out 11-3 in the fifth.

The remaining singles and, more surprisingly, the doubles, were won with ease to complete a good result for Chesterwell B.

In between defeats to the in-form Thrapston pair Chris Warliker and Ian Donaldson, reserve James Findlay scored arguably the biggest shock win of the season by beating the highly rated Mark Stockley, who ended a poor night by going down 11-9, 14-12, 11-9 to Richard Adams.

Fortunately for the visitors, Warliker picked up the baton with an excellent treble and the hosts’ Bob Hickson failed to register in what proved to be a 6- defeat.

However, he joined with Adams to earn the fourth point with a doubles win over Donaldson and Warliker.

Results: Wanderers B 4 (James Findlay, Richard Adams 2, doubles Hickson/Adams) Thrapston 6 (Mark Stockley, Ian Donaldson 2, Chris Warliker 3), Works Warriors 2 (Stephen Woolston 2) Chesterwell B 8 (Graham Ellson 3, Craig Dilley 2, Luke Hughes 2, doubles Ellson/Dilley), Westfield A 10 (Alex Aston 3, Dan Smalley 3, Nicole Bird 3, doubles Smalley/Bird) Westfield B 0.

Division Two leaders Westfield C showed no mercy on their D team club-mates with a 9-1 demolition.

Alfie Wright ensured there would be no whitewash by beating Cameron Elliott (11-8) in the fourth end but other than that it was business as usual as Ethan Ali and Richie Bailey hit hat-tricks while they also won the doubles in the fourth end.

Higham Harriers A got back on track after last week’s blip with an emphatic 9-1 victory at St John B.

There was a straight-games hat-trick for Norman Wooster and a treble for Graham Bird, together with a brace for Mick Malins. Bird and Wooster then added the doubles in three ends against Paul Lipczak and Steve Mansfield, but it was David Hatherall who claimed St John’s point when edging past Malins in the fifth end.

Although Wanderers C had just two players, they had enough clout to overcome Old Grammarians by a 6-4 scoreline.

Once again Jon Taylor-Burt scored the bulk of the points with a hat trick. James Findlay provided the support by winning twice and this pair added the doubles in four against David Bayes and Colin Lord.

Bayes beat Findlay 11-8, 15-13, 13-15, 11-7, with the remaining points gained by default.

Wanderers D left it late to secure a single point against Westfield E by winning the doubles in four ends with Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage were the victors against Dave Long and Mark Ramsden.

But that was as good as it got in the 9-1 defeat as Westfield’s Carlton Ellwood joined Long and Ramsden in registering a hat-trick with Ellingham a trifle unlucky by going down 11-8 in the fifth against both Long and Ramsden.

Results: St John B 1 (David Hatherall) Higham Harriers A 9 (Graham Bird 3, Norman Wooster 3, Mick Malins 2, doubles Bird/Wooster), Old Grammarians B 4 (David Bayes + 3 by default) Wanderers C 6 (James Findlay 2, Jon Taylor-Burt 3, doubles Findlay/Taylor-Burt), Wanderers D 1 (doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Westfield E 9 (Carlton Ellwood 3, Dave Long 3, Mark Ramsden 3), Westfield C 9 (Richie Bailey 3, Cameron Elliott 2, Ethan Ali 3, doubles Bailey/Ali) Westfield D 1 (Alfie Wright).

The top two teams met again in Division Three but the outcome was the same as leaders WDHA Royals won 9-1 at Higham Harries B.

Shivam Mistry and Mihir Mistry produced hat tricks and Shyam Bavalia picked up two points, losing to Anthony Stevens (8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10).

The doubles also went to the Royals in only the second five-set game of the night as they ensured they stayed at the top of the table.

Stanwick’s Carl Eaves produced his third hat-trick of the season in the 5-5 draw with Higham Band B.

For Higham, Deirdre Kiziak and Fred Sorrell both won twice and teamed up to add the doubles in three ends. Al Hayes and Rebecca Cornell gained a single win each against Maf Davis.

Another lower end battle again saw Wanderers F beat Westfield G 6-4.

Diana Wiseman came away unscathed for the first time, sealing a fine hat-trick before adding the doubles in the fifth end with Brian Pearce.

Pearce won twice, losing out to Westfield’s Amrat Mistry 11-5, 15-13, 3-11, 3-11, 11-9.

Westfield F swapped places with the WDHA Super Kings this week with a reversal of the 7-3 scoreline from their first encounter as Joel Storr was unbeaten and Piotr Polanski won twice.

Super Kings’ Chiraag Modha won twice but lost out in three ends to Storr, with Mark Holly picking up a single against Milan Pandya. The doubles also went their way with Storr and Polanski taking the honours against Modha and Jack Bain.

Results: Higham Harriers B 1(Anthony Stevens) WDHA Royals 9 (Shivam Mistry 3, Mihir Mistry 3, Shyam Bavalia 2, doubles Mistry/Bavalia), Stanwick VHTTC 5 (Al Hayes, Carl Eaves 3, Rebecca Cornell) Higham Band B 5 (Deirdre Kiziak 2, Fred Sorrell 2, doubles Kiziak/Sorrell), Westfield G 4 (Linda Freeman, Glenn Morris, Amrat Mistry 2) Wanderers F 6 (Brian Pearce 2, Diana Wiseman 3, doubles Pearce/Wiseman), WDHA Super Kings 4 (Jack Bain, Chiraag Modha 2) Westfield F 7 (Mark Holly, Piotr Polanski 2, Joel Storr 3, doubles Polanski/Storr).