Superkings maintain their slender advantage at the top

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WDHA Superkings hold a narrow one-point advantage at the top of Division Two in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League.

The leaders’ latest success saw them beat Higham Harriers B 7-3 with Milan Pandya, Abin Islam and Rahul Jethwa doing the damage, but nobody bettered Martyn Reeves who continues his fine season.

Westfield C are just a point behind Superkings after they saw off Wanderers C 8-2.

Lawrence Howlett had a hand in four of the eight points by securing a hat-trick and, together with Charlie Clements, added the doubles in the fifth end against Carl Singh and Maurice Jones.

Clements, along with Charlie Morrow, won twice. James Findlay and Maurice Jones scored a point each for visitors.

A fine team performance by St John B saw them inflict a heavy 9-1 defeat on Higham Band A.

Hat-tricks for Mike Terry and Alan Hill were backed up by a brace from David Hatherall, who lost to Keith Stockley.

Terry and Hatherall added the doubles over Stockley and Nigel Magee in the fourth.

Old Grammarians A won their inter-club battle with Old Grammarians B by a 9-1 scoreline, having lost to them earlier in the season.

The A team were rampant with Roger Fleming registering his first hat-trick of the season and there was also a treble for Steve Kendall.

Phil Laurence lost to David Bayes in four ends, for the B side’s solitary point but Laurence and Fleming added the doubles over Colin Lord and Pranab Mohanty.

Results: Higham Band A 1 (Keith Stockley) St John B 9 (Mike Terry 3, Alan Hill 3, David Hatherall 2, doubles Terry/Hatherall), WDHA Superkings 7 (Milan Pandya 2, Abin Islam 2, Rahul Jethwa 2, doubles Pandya/Jethwa) Higham Harriers B 3 (Martyn Reeves 3), Old Grammarians A 9 (Phil Laurence 2, Roger Fleming 3, Steve Kendall 3, doubles Laurence/Fleming) Old Grammarians B 1 (David Bayes), Westfield C 8 (Lawrence Howlett 3, Charlie Morrow 2, Charlie Clements 2, doubles Howlett/Clements) Wanderers C 2 (James Findlay, Maurice Jones).

Westfield A remain on course for the Division One title after an excellent 9-1 victory over Wanderers A.

No game went to five ends, although Tony Wharton took a rare leg off Kevin Bird and gained their only point with an 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 win over the much improved Travis Holly.

Stewart Williams and Jon Taylor-Burt both went down in four against Holly and Patryk Polanski but couldn’t prevent a comfortable victory for Westfield.

After an excellent first half of the season, Chesterwell B have slumped badly and despite winning 7-3 against Higham Harriers A, the performance was far from their best.

Luke Hughes, in a dreadful run of form, went down to Norman Wooster and then gave Bob Collyer his second authentic win but, somewhat surprisingly, broke his losing run with a four-set success over Graham Bird.

Graham Ellson, although taken to five by Wooster, looked more his normal self with a treble, but the hosts gained another point when Bird edged Carlton Ellwood 13-11 in the fifth.

Grant Timms, now firing on all cylinders, scored an excellent treble for St John A in their 5-5 draw at WDHA Royals.

He did well to beat newcomer Wlodimierz Tarnowski 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10.

Pete Boustred gained a rare win over Shivam Mistry and a further point was gained when Richard Wills won out over Mihir Mistry.

With the result dependent on the doubles, Timms and Wills just missed out in a loss to Shivam and Mihir Mistry.

Chesterwell A sealed a 10-0 whitewash over Westfield B.

Despite losing the match, Westfield B have had improved results of late, mainly due to Stephen Woolston.

However, he was not at his best and with his team mates Peter Sheldrick and Mike Ainsworth never really threatening, a one-sided match saw the hosts trio of Valdy Papiernik, Mike Pond and Stan Galkowski cruise home for their second clean sweep in a row.

Division One: Higham Harriers A 3(Graham Bird, Norman Wooster, Bob Collyer) Chesterwell B 7 (Graham Ellson 3, Carlton Ellwood 2, Luke Hughes, doubles Ellson/Ellwood), WDHA Royals 5 (Shivam Mistry, Wlodimierz Tarnowski 2, Mihir Mistry 2, doubles Mistry/Mistry) St John A 5 (Richard Wills, Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 3), Chesterwell A 10 (Valdy Papiernik 3, Stan Galkowski 3, Mike Pond 3, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski) Westfield B 0, Westfield A 9 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly 2, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Bird/Polanski) Wanderers A 1 (Tony Wharton).

Stanwick closed the gap on Division Three leaders Higham Harriers C ahead of their showdown next week.

Stanwick were 10-0 winners at WDHA Knightriders thanks to hat-tricks for Geoff Neville, Kevin Tivey and Jon Tuplin as all sets finished in three ends.

Wanderers E are also in the hunt for promotion after they whitewashed Chesterwell E 10-0.

There were hat-tricks for David May, Steve Hoole and Derek Shears.

Stuart Rae fought back well, taking an end from Hoole and coming close to May, but all other sets were over in three ends.

There was a reversal in the scoreline from the previous meeting as Higham Band B won 6-4 at Chesterwell D.

Deirdre Kiziak scored the only hat-trick of the night for Higham. Both Daniel Mann and Duncan Wright took her to five ends but to no avail.

Mann, usually the better player of the team, won only one point while Wright also had some close shaves for Chesterwell, who clawed back the final doubles point 11-5 in the fifth end.

Division Three: WDHA Knightriders 0 Stanwick VHTTC 10 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 3, Jon Tuplin 3, doubles Neville/Tivey), Chesterwell D 4 (Duncan Wright 2, Daniel Mann, doubles Wright/Mann) Higham Band B 6 (Deirdre Kiziak 3, Raylee Burton 2, Neil Stevens), Wanderers E 10 (David May 3, Steve Hoole 3, Derek Shears 3, doubles May/Shears) Chesterwell E 0.