Jon Taylor-Burt continued his good form for high-flying Wanderers C in Division Two of the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League as his third hat-trick helped them win 7-3 at Old Grammarians B.
Maurice Jones won twice with Tony Wallis claiming the other singles point while OGs’ Chris Smith, David Bayes and Colin Lord each had a single win. The latter pair went down in the doubles in four ends to Taylor-Burt and Wallis.
Although Wanderers D are still seeking their first victory of the season, they made St John B work hard for a 7-3 success.
Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage both put in spirited displays with the former beating Alan Hill in the fifth end while Babbage went down to the same player at the same stage. But a fine victory in the doubles by the same pair over Paul Lipczak and John Betts was well-deserved.
Lipczak had earlier recorded a hat trick with Betts and Hill winning twice.
Dale Magee found the going tough having not played a competitive match since the age of 13 as he stepped in for leaders Higham Band C.
But he wasn’t alone as both his father Nigel and Pete Martin had to settle for a single apiece as they lost 7-3 to Westfield D.
For the visitors, Jamie Coombes scored his first points of the season in style by claiming a hat trick, Milan Modha and Alfie Wright supported well with a brace of wins each and that pair also took the doubles.
Westfield C could hope for nothing less than their 9-1 home loss to Chesterwell B after only fielding two players. They gifted points by default to Craig Dilley and Luke Hughes who were unbeaten.
Dave Long salvaged the single point by overcoming Carl Singh in three ends with the doubles also being conceded.
Westfield E came out on top 6-4 in the clash at Chesterwell C as Will Shepherd claimed his second hat-trick while Charlie Morrow won twice.
They also won the doubles against Clare and Stuart Coles, who both previously won a single point against Travis Holly while Maxine Shears won twice.
Results: Wanderers D 3 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) St John B 7 (John Betts 2, Alan Hill 2, Paul Lipczak 3), Higham Band C 3 (Pete Martin, Nigel Magee, doubles Martin/Magee) Westfield D 7 (Jamie Coombes 3, Milan Modha 2, Alfie Wright 2), Old Grammarians B 3 (Chris Smith, David Bayes, Colin Lord) Wanderers C 7 (Jon Taylor-Burt 3, Maurice Jones 2, Tony Wallis, doubles Taylor-Burt/Wallis), Westfield C 1 (Dave Long) Chesterwell B 9 (Carl Singh, Craig Dilley 2, Luke Hughes 2, doubles conceded + 3 by default), Chesterwell C 4 (Clare Coles, Maxine Shears 2, Stuart Coles) Westfield E 6 (Charlie Morrow 2, Will Shepherd 3, doubles Morrow/Shepherd).
In Division One, Westfield A claimed a brilliant 10-0 win over a strong Wanderers A line-up.
Daniel Smalley retained his 100 per cent record with a 10-12, 11-1, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 win over a battling Tony Wharton, who also went down in five to Steve Hobbs.
The undoubted hero for the hosts was Nitin Patel who swept to a magnificent treble, only dropping one leg in the process.
An excellent treble by Graham Ellson, who was only tested by Scott Dixon before winning out 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-2, gave hosts Chesterwell A a good 8-2 success over Westfield B.
Valdi Papiernik edged out an unlucky Dixon In the fifth but was easily beaten by Tom Wildman. The other point for the visitors was earned by Nigel Payne who, after two heavy defeats, recovered well to edge out Stan Galkowski.
A weaker than normal Thrapston line-up were fortunate to face a two-man St John A side lacking their star man Grant Timms.
For the hosts, Chris Warliker comfortably saw off Pete Boustred and Jon Perkins who both easily beat Geoff Atkinson in his first outing. Boustred gained a third point with a surprising easy against Ian Donaldson but Thrapston triumphed 7-3.
Against a struggling Wanderers B side, who were forced to field a reserve, Old Grammarians A must have fancied a kick-start to their season. In the end, they were beaten 8-2.
Mick Ball earned his first win, edging out reserve Jon Taylor-Burt and Phil Laurence followed suit. But Perce Sharp failed to capitalise, going down in four.
For the hosts, Paul Goodman, with only one previous win, edged out Ball and Sharp in the fifth end and an easy win over Laurence earned him a confidence-boosting treble while Richard Adams scored his expected hat-trick.
Results: Thrapston 7 (Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson, Geoff Atkinson, doubles Warliker/Donaldson + 3 by default) St John A 3 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred 2), Chesterwell A 8 (Valdi Papiernik 2, Graham Ellson 3, Stan Galkowski 2, doubles Ellson/Galkowski) Westfield B 2 (Nigel Payne, Tom Wildman), Westfield A 10 (Dan Smalley 3, Steve Hobbs 3, Nitin Patel 3, doubles Smalley/Hobbs) Wanderers A 0, Wanderers B 8 (Paul Goodman 3, Richard Adams 3, Jon Taylor-Burt, doubles Goodman/Adams) Old Grammarians A 2 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball).
There were two points each for Wanderers E’s David May, Steve Hoole and Heather Sawyer as they saw off bottom markers Chesterwell D 7-3.
May and Sawyer then went for the doubles and finished victorious in four close ends 12-14, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9. For the visitors, Bryan Farrar was unstoppable although Hoole pushed him hard by winning the first two ends but losing the next three.
Bill Allen and Deirdre Kiziak collected all the points for Higham Band D in their 5-5 draw at Westfield F by winning twice each before adding the doubles.
The thorn in their side was Linda Freeman, who scored her first hat-trick of the season. Sidney Wright and Amrat Mistry weighed in with a single victory over the luckless Chris Kiziak.
Westfield G and Higham Harriers B have been close to each other in mid-table but this game ended in a resounding 8-2 win for the hosts, who moved into third place.
Tim Coleman claimed a hat-trick without losing an end. Mark Holly and Sam Coleman both won twice but both went down to Harriers’ Martyn Reeves.
Some close games made the clash between Old Boys and Stanwick TTC an interesting one but it was the former who came out on top by a 7-3 scoreline.
Aarron Shelton was unbeaten and Thadd Wronek and Mark Smith picked up two wins apiece. Stanwick’s Carl Eaves also picked up two points, teaming up with Al Hayes to take the final one against Shelton and Smith.
Results: Wanderers E 7 (David May 2, Steve Hoole 2, Heather Sawyer 2, doubles Ma7/Sawyer) Chesterwell D 3 (Bryan Farrar 3), Westfield F 5 (Sidney Wright, Amrat Mistry, Linda Freeman 3) Higham Band D 5 (Bill Allen 2, Deirdre Kiziak 2, doubles Allen/Kiziak), Westfield G 8 (Tim Coleman 3, Mark Holly 2, Sam Coleman 2, doubles Coleman/Holly) Higham Harriers B 2 (Martyn Reeves 2), Old Boys 7 (Thadd Wronek 2, Aarron Shelton 3, Mark Smith 2) Stanwick 3 (Carl Eaves 2, doubles Eaves/Hayes).