A clean sweep for Harriers

Carl Eaves hit a double for Stanwick in Division Three
Carl Eaves hit a double for Stanwick in Division Three

Higham Harriers A swept all before them as they sealed a 10-0 whitewash against struggling Wanderers D in Division Two of the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League.

Graham Bird, Norman Wooster and Mick Malins all claimed trebles with Wooster and Bird adding the doubles in three ends against Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage.

With just one loss in the first half of the season, Harriers have impressed on their return to the division.

Westfield C strengthed their place at the top of the table with a 9-1 thumping of Old Grammarians B.

Cameron Elliott and Richie Bailey bother scored hat-tricks with Travis Holly losing out to Martin Rice in four ends. Elliott and Holly secured the doubles in three ends over Rice and Roger Arterton.

Higham Band A were a bit too strong for hosts Chesterwell C as they secured a 7-3 success.

Pete Martin claimed a hat-trick, which included the scalp of Maxine Shears, her first loss in five matches.

Keith Stockley won twice as did Shears, who then joined John Henderson in the doubles but lost out to Martin and Stockley.

Results: Higham Harriers A 10 (Graham Bird 3, Norman Wooster 3, Mick Malins 3, doubles Bird/Wooster) Wanderers D 0, Westfield C 9 (Travis Holly 2, Richie Bailey 3, Cameron Elliott 3, doubles Holly/Elliott) Old Grammarians B 1 (Martin Rice), Chesterwell C 3 (Maxine Shears 2, John Henderson) Higham Band A 7 (Pete Martin 3, Keith Stockley 2, Nigel Magee, doubles Martin/Stockley).

The result was fairly predictable as Thrapston won 7-3 at Chesterwell B in Division One but the way it was arrived at certainly wasn’t.

Luke Hughes, who has found wins hard to come by during his tenure in the top division, scored a superb treble and in the process overcame a ranking aggregate of 163.

His first victim was Steve West, ranked 25, whom he beat 11-4 in the fifth, then came a comfortable wins over Ian Donaldson (rank 44) and then an incredible 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 success over Mark Stockley, 94 places higher and the League’s second-highest ranked regular player.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Graham Ellson was completely off form after three-week break. The best chance of a fourth point was lost as Hughes and Ellson went down in the doubles to Stockley and Donaldson.

Wanderers B tend to go up a gear when playing struggling sides and so it proved as they crushed bottom markers Old Grammarians A 9-1.

Bob Hickson, having his worst season for some years, went down in the opener to Perce Sharp but gained a welcome brace with comfortable wins over Phil Laurence and Mick Ball.

The only other close call was in game eight where the much-improved Paul Goodman won out 14-12 over Sharp to leave him and Richard Adams gaining their second trebles of the season.

Stephen Woolston continues to plough a lone furrow for Works Warriors and he did well to see off Pete Boustred 11-7 in the 5th and, more comfortably, Jon Perkins in their 8-2 defeat at St John A.

In the best game of the night, the returning Grant Timms was relieved to win out 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 to prevent Woolston’s second treble of the campaign.

Alan Woolston and Roger Fleming failed to register with the most curious being game four where, at 2-1, Alan Woolston went down (1-11) in the fourth to Boustred

Results: Chesterwell B 3 (Luke Hughes 3) Thrapston 7 (Mark Stockley 2, Ian Donaldson 2, Steve West 2, doubles Stockley/Donaldson) Old Grammarians A 1 (Perce Sharp) Wanderers B 9 (Paul Goodman 3, Richard Adams 3, Bob Hickson 2, doubles Goodman/Adams), St John A 8 (Grant Timms 3, Pete Boustred 2, Jon Perkins 2, doubles Boustred/Perkins) Works Warriors 2 (Stephen Woolston 3).

Higham Band B scored their second victory against higher-ranked Chesterwell D by a 6-4 scoreline.

Fred Sorrell, a late replacement, was the only unbeaten player but it included a close set against Devlin Whitmore (12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10).

Deirdre Kiziak and son Chris both took a point from a scoreless Peter Atkins.

For the visitors, Whitmore and Bryan Farrar each won twice but succumbed in the doubles to Sorrell and Kiziak (7-11) in the fourth.

Joel Storr took his fourth hat-trick and, combined with Mark Holly’s brace, it helped Westfield F overcome Wanderers F 6-4

Stuart Jones, for Westfield, was unlucky not to score, going down twice to Heather Sawyer and Diana Wiseman in the fifth end.

The ladies also took on the doubles challenge in the hope of levelling the match but lost out to Storr and Holly.

Stanwick fought hard against third-placed Higham Harriers B but lost out 7-3.

Both Carl Eaves’ and Al Hayes’ sets went all the way while Rebecca Cornell went close but came away pointless.

For Harriers, Anthony Stevens, Martyn Reeves and Craig Hartwell all scored two points each with Hartwell and Reeves taking the doubles 9-11, 12-10, 11-13, 13-11, 11-8.

Results: Higham Band B 6 (Deirdre Kiziak, Chris Kiziak, Fred Sorrell 3, doubles Kiziak/Sorrell) Chesterwell D 4 (Devlin Whitmore 2, Bryan Farrar 2), Wanderers F 4 (Brian Pearce 2, Heather Sawyer, Diana Wiseman) Westfield F 6 (Joel Storr 3, Mark Holly 2, doubles Storr/Holly), Stanwick TTC 3 (Carl Eaves 2, Al Hayes) Higham Harriers B 7 (Anthony Stevens 2, Martyn Reeves 2, Craig Hartwell 2, doubles Reeves/Hartwell).