Despite a heavy 9-1 defeat, Westfield B put in a plucky performance against Wellingborough & District League Division One leaders Westfield A.
And, apart from Alex Aston’s 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 defeat of Scott Dixon, all the singles games went to at least four ends, which included eight deuces.
Nicole Bird smashed Steve Hobbs’ unbeaten record, winning out 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 and was within a whisker of doing the same to Daniel Smalley before going down 16-14 in the fifth.
Tom Wildman took Hobbs to five, bowing out 8-11, 3-11, 11-5, 13-11, 7-11 and the one point was deserved for a very competitive performance.
Old Grammarians’ season of woe continued as they suffered a 10-0 defeat to Thrapston.
They must have had high hopes in the opener when Phil Laurence took the first two legs against Peter Briggs 11-7, only to fade away losing the next three.
Veteran Perce Sharp, still seeking his first win, took both Briggs and Chris Warliker to five before losing out 11-5 and 11-9 respectively in the final end.
Laurence and Mick Ball also took the doubles to five but again missed out against Mark Stockley and Warliker.
Alan Woolston, in his first appearance of the season, was well off the pace as Higham Band B were beaten 10-0 by Chesterwell A.
As usual, the main resistance came from Stephen Woolston who took both Graham Ellson and Valdi Papiernik to five.
The restoration of the father and son doubles partnership, normally a winning combination, disappointed, going down to Ellson and Stan Galkowski.
Results: Westfield B 1 (Nicole Bird) Westfield A 9 (Dan Smalley 3, Steve Hobbs 2, Alex Aston 3, doubles Smalley/Hobbs), Old Grammarians A 0 Thrapston 10 (Peter Briggs 3, Chris Warliker 3, Mark Stockley 3, doubles Warliker/Stockley), Higham Band B 0 Chesterwell A 10 (Graham Ellson 3, Stan Galkowski 3, Valdi Papiernik, doubles Ellson/Galkowski).
In Division Two, Chesterwelll’s recent signing Carl Sing scored a single for the B side as they beat their C team 6-4.
Craig Dilley went one better by winning twice but star man was Luke Hughes who scored a hat-trick, his first of the season.
Jonathan Edlund made the difference as first hat-trick for Westfield D steered them to a 6-4 victory over Old Grammarians B.
Alfie Wright gave good support and won twice with Owen Morris securing the sixth point. For the visitors Fraser Macdonald scored a brace of victories.
Each of the home Westfield E side took a point off the division leaders Higham Band, but for most part it was an uphill struggle in the 7-3 defeat.
For Higham Band, Pete Martin finished with a treble with Nigel Magee winning twice
A good mid-table clash this week saw St John B come out on top 7-3 against Westfield C.
Alan Hill went through undefeated with Steve Mansfield winning twice and John Betts picking up a single point for the victors. The latter pair won a fine doubles coming from two legs down to gain the last three 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 against Jamie Coombes and Peter Sheldrick.
Division Two: Chesterwell B 6 (Craig Dilley 2, Carl Singh, Luke Hughes 3) Chesterwell C 4 (Stuart Coles, Maxine Shears 2, doubles Stuart Coles, Maxine Shears), Westfield D 6 (Alfie Wright 2, Owen Morris, Jonathan Edlund 3) Old Grammarians B 4 (David Bayes, Fraser Macdonald 2, doubles Macdonald/Smith), Westfield E 3 (Travis Holly, Cameron Elliott, Charlie Morrow) Higham Band C 7 (Pete Martin 3, Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley, doubles Martin/Magee), St John B 7 (Alan Hill 3, Steve Mansfield 2, John Betts, doubles Mansfield/Betts) Westfield C 3 (Mark Ramsden, Peter Sheldrick 2).
The mid-table Division Three clash between Higham harriers B and Wanderers D ended in a 5-5 draw.
Bob Collyer was the only unbeaten player but Derek Shears made him work hard for his money before going down 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 14-12, 6-11.
Martyn Reeves completed the Harriers tally with their remaining two points after losing out to Shears in the third. The doubles saw the match levelled as a Heather Sawyer and Steve Hoole combination for Wanderers saw off Collyer and Reeves in the fifth.
A brace of points each for the Westfield G trio saw them beat Higham Band D 6-4, Deirdre Kiziak scoring twice for the home side in the defeat.
Harriers A continue their onslaught and are now 17 points clear after a 7-3 victory over Chesterwell D. Graham Bird hit his fourth hat-trick and looks unstoppable.
Division Three: Higham Harriers B 5 (Bob Collyer 3, Martyn Reeves 2) Wanderers E 5 (Heather Sawyer, Steve Hoole, Derek Shears 2, doubles Sawyer/Hoole), Higham Band D 4 (Bill Allen, Deirdre Kiziak 2, doubles Allen/Kiziak Westfield G 6 (Ethan Ali 2, Glenn Morris 2, Mark Holly 2), Chesterwell D 3 (Bryan Farrar 2, Henryk Schmied) Higham Harriers A 7 (Mick Malins, Neil Stevens 2, Graham Bird 3, doubles Stevens/Bird).