Gap is reduced as St John win the big game

St John B won the big game at the top of Division Two in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 5:30 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:57 am
Tony Wallis

The second-placed team’s 6-4 success at leaders Westfield B saw them reduce the gap between them to three points with a game in hand.

Mike Terry once again starred for St John with a great maximum and was well supported by Alan Hill and Paul Lipczak.

A fighting double from Leigh Clements and single wins for Charlie Clements and Mark Thomas made up Westfield’s four points before Lipczak and Terry took the doubles to seal the victory.

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WDHA Superkings maintained third place with a 7-3 win at Higham Harriers B.

Once again Tarun Mistry led the way with his fourth successive treble while Dev Patel also produced a hat-trick before the pair combined to take the doubles.

Phil Inman, Neil Stevens and Anthony Stevens all scored single wins for Harriers.

Struggling Wanderers D suffered another home defeat as Chesterwell C won 7-3.

Two wins for Roger Ellingham and a single from Graham Babbage accounted for the home side’s points but Maxine Shears delivered yet another maximum for the visitors with support from Stuart Coles (2) and Clare Coles.

Wanderers C came out on top 7-3 against fellow mid-table side Westfield C mainly thanks to a fine treble from Tony Wallis.

He was helped by a double from James Findlay and a single win from Maurice Jones.

Westfield’s points came by way of a double from Steve Fuller and a single from Mark Ramsden while Findlay and Wallis finally took the doubles for the home team in straight sets.

Results: Higham Harriers B 3 (Phill Inman, Neil Sevens, Anthony Stevens) WDHA Superkings 7 (Tarun Mistry 3, Dev Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel), Wanderers D 3 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage) Chesterwell C 7 (Maxine Shears 3, Stuart Coles 2, Clare Coles, doubles Shears/Coles), Wanderers C 7 (James Findlay 2, Tony Wallis 3, Maurice Jones, doubles Findlay/Wallis) Westfield C 3 (Mark Ramsden, Steve Fuller 2), Westfield B 4 (Mark Thomas, Charlie Clements, Leigh Clements 2) St John B 6 (Mike Terry 3, Alan Hill, Paul Lipczak, doubles Terry/Lipczak).

Westfield A moved back to the top of Division One and are the favourites for the title after they won 8-2 at Chesterwell B.

With Carlton Ellwood injured and Graham Ellson far from fit, the two-man visitors could have expected a rare clean sweep inflicted on them.

However, Luke Hughes, whoever the opposition, has the knack of normally gaining one win and duly did so with an 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2 win over Patryk Polanski.

Ellson followed suit, winning out 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 and was edged out in two deuces in a 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12 defeat to the much improved Travis Holly.

Kevin Bird comfortably cruised home in both singles and in the doubles with team-mate Holly for the 8-2.

Steve Kendall once again kept Old Grammarians A afloat with a fine treble in their 7-3 loss at St John A.

His highlight was an 11-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 win over Grant Timms.

Phil Laurence fought hard against Pete Boustred, going down 12-10 in the fifth and Mick Ball and Kendall went to five in the doubles, losing out 9-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 4-11 to Richard Wills and Timms.

The game between Higham Harriers A and Chesterwell A followed the pattern with a surprise result and surprise wins as they drew 5-5.

Graham Bird, who in his last outing failed to register against the bottom markers, gained an excellent five-set win over Valdy Papiernik but went down to Stan Galkowski and Mike Pond after good performances.

It looked like a complete disaster for Papiernik as he crashed to defeat against Norman Wooster but in an amazing transformation of form, he won out 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 over Ian Bird who also struggled against Pond before winning 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-5.

With Pond and Galkowski both picking up a brace each, the match depended on the doubles and the Birds won in five (17-15, 11-4, 8-11, 4-11, 11-6) over the same pair for a well-earned draw.

Results: Chesterwell B 2 (Luke Hughes, Graham Ellson) Westfield A 8 (Kevin Bird 2, Travis Holly 2, doubles Bird /Holly + 3 points by default), St John A 7 (Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 2, Pete Boustred 2, doubles Wills/Timms) Old Grammarians A 3 (Steve Kendall 3), Higham Harriers A 5 (Graham Bird, Norman Wooster, Ian Bird 2, doubles Bird/Bird) Chesterwell A 5 (Mike Pond 2, Valdy Papiernik, Stan Galkowski 2).

Stanwick took a giant step towards promotion after they whitewashed Wanderers E 10-0 to above them into second place in Division Three.

Stanwick are 20 points behind leaders Chesterwell D but now have a five-point advantage over Wanderers.

They played their ace card in the form of Ian Baldock who, together with Geoff Neville, went through their games without dropping a set and added the doubles in three ends.

Kevin Tivey, however, battled for two of his three matches going to five against David May and Derek Shears, winning out 13-11 and 11-5 respectively.

Chesterwell D beat WDHA Challengers 10-0 to maintain their big lead at the top.

There were a number of close ends which made the match interesting, Duncan Wright defeating Ansh Shah on the fourth after a gruelling 18-16 battle.

Daniel Mann took Daniel Bain 15-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4 and Bain lost out to Wright in five but the doubles finished in a close three-ender.

For the second week running, Kavish Dodhia saved WDHA Knightriders from a whitewash, this time with a four-end victory over Higham Harriers C’s Katie Hicks.

Dodhia also took Matt Hicks to five before bowing out 11-4.

With little resistance from the visitors, Harriers swept through the card for a 9-1 success with hat-tricks for Matt and Oli Hicks, who also added the doubles in four ends over Swati Jethwa and Dodhia.

There was a fourth hat-trick for new signing Stuart Futrill as Higham Band B won 6-4 at Westfield E.

He was made to work for it with two fifth-end victories over Stuart Rae and Nicole King.

Raylee Burton supported well with two points, losing out to Westfield’s Nicole King and Matt Cox secured a single win in his opening game against Wendy Bradford, who was the only player not to gain a point on the night.

Westfield’s pairing of Rae and King added the doubles in five ends over Futrill and Cox for a more respectable scoreline.

Results: Higham Harriers C 9 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 3, Katie Hicks 2, doubles Oli/Matt Hicks) WDHA Knightriders 1 (Kavish Dodhia), Chesterwell D 10 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Wright/Driscoll) WDHA Challengers 0, Stanwick VHTTC 10 (Ian Baldock 3, Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 3, doubles Baldock/Neville) Wanderers E 0, Westfield E 4 (Stuart Rae, Nicole King 2, doubles Rae/King) Higham Band B 6 (Matt Cox, Raylee Burton 2, Stuart Futrill 3).