Bird family help put Westfield back on top

Kevin Bird helped Westfield A to a 10-0 win over Thrapston
Kevin Bird helped Westfield A to a 10-0 win over Thrapston

Westfield A moved back to the top of Division One in the Wellingborough & District League with a 10-0 whitewash of Thrapston.

Despite the inclusion of Mark Stockley, Thrapston were overwhelmed by the father and daughter combination of Kevin and Nicole Bird.

The only singles in doubt was when Stockley was edged out in the fifth by the improving Patryk Polanski who clinched the clean sweep with four-leg victories over Chris Warliker and Steve West.

Westfield A tend to struggle in the doubles but Kevin Bird and Polanski held on to win out over Stockley and Warliker.

Lacking their skipper Graham Ellson, the visitors gave a lack lustre display and crashed to their biggest defeat of the season as they went down 9-1 at St John A.

Although well beaten by Pete Boustred, Luke Hughes won comfortably against Jon Perkins and went down in the fifth end to Richard Wills.

Louis Mann was always struggling and Craig Dilley was somewhat surprisingly beaten by Perkins.

Wills and Boustred both completed their second trebles of the season and won out the doubles against Hughes and Mann.

Against a depleted two man Old Grammarians side, Higham Harriers A gained their first win of the season and a chance to avoid the bottom spot.

Norman Wooster’s highlight was a win over Mick Ball.

Apart from two default wins, Neil Stevens has failed to register this season and he disappointed in a heavy defeat to fellow struggler Phil Laurence.

Harriers gained their 7-3 success with a doubles win for Graham Bird and Wooster over Ball and Laurence.

Results: St John A 9 (Jon Perkins 2, Pete Boustred 3, Richard Wills 3, doubles Boustred/Wills) Chesterwell B 1 (Luke Hughes), Higham Harriers A 7 (Graham Bird, Norman Wooster 2, doubles Bird/Wooster + 3 points by default) Old Grammarians A 3 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 2), Thrapston 0 Westfield A 10 (Nicole Bird 3, Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Bird/Polanski).

Division Two leaders WDHA Royals went one better than their first meeting with St John B as they inflicted a 10-0 whitewash.

Rishan Patel, Shivam Mistry and Shyam Bavalia all recorded hat-tricks but Mistry had to work the hardest when being taken to five in each of his games.

Patel and Bavalia added the doubles in three ends against Steve Mansfield and Paul Lipczak.

Mick Malins saved a complete blank for Higham Harriers B by defeating Tony Wallis but that was as good as it got as Wanderers C sealed a 9-1 success.

Maurice Jones and James Findlay scored hat tricks, although there was a strong performance from Oliver Hicks for Harriers as, playing up from the D side, he took Wallis to a fifth end.

Findlay and Wallis added the doubles in three ends over Hicks and Martyn Reeves.

Wanderers D were without Roger Ellingham, which made the task a little harder for regulars Graham Babbage and Mike Howorth to force the issue against Works Warriors, who eventually came through 7-3 winners.

Howorth won twice with Babbage notched a single against Tony Penn, who was making his third appearance of the season.

Stephen Woolston was his usual self, taking all points available while Roger Fleming beat Babbage and that pair also added the doubles in three ends.

Dave Long and Carlton Ellwood both scored trebles in Westfield D’s 9-1 victory over Wanderers E.

There was also a brace from Mark Ramsden and, again, it was David May who staved off the complete whitewash with his win over Ramsden.

Derek Shears and Steve Hoole contested the doubles but to no avail as they went down to Long and Ramsden in three ends.

Owing to the late withdrawal of Perce Sharp, astonishingly six out of the seven games went the full distance and included some very long close ends but Westfield C still came out on top by a 7-3 scoreline at Old Grammarians B.

Lawrence Howlett won all points available with Charlie Morrow victorious over David Bayes 17-15 in the fifth and Owen Morris 11-9 over Martin Rice also at the last hurdle.

The doubles produced yet another five-end battle, which went to Howlett and Morris.

Chesterwell C maintained fourth spot in the table with a fine 7-3 win over Higham Band A.

There was a second second hat-trick for John Henderson in his second appearance of the season, a brace from Maxine Shears and a single for Clare Coles as they also added the doubles in three ends against Nigel Magee and Pete Martin, who, together with Keith Stockley managed a singles win apiece.

Results: WDHA Royals 10 (Rishan Patel 3, Shivam Mistry 3, Shyam Bavalia 3, doubles Patel/Bavalia) St John B 0, Wanderers C 9 (Maurice Jones 3, Tony Wallis 2, James Findlay 3, doubles Findlay/Wallis) Higham Harriers B 1 (Mick Malins), Works Warriors 7 (Stephen Woolston 2, Roger Fleming, doubles Woolston/Fleming + 3 points by default) Wanderers D 3 (Graham Babbage, Mick Howorth 2), Westfield D 9 (Dave Long 3, Carlton Ellwood 3, Mark Ramsden 2, doubles Long/Ramsden) Wanderers E 1 (David May), Old Grammarians B 3 (David Bayes, Martin Rice, doubles Bayes/Rice) Westfield C 7 (Lawrence Howlett 2, Charlie Morrow, Owen Morris + 3 points by default), Chesterwell C 7 (John Henderson 3, Clare Coles, Maxine Shears 2, doubles Coles/Shears) Higham Band A 3 (Pete Martin, Nigel Magee, Keith Stockley).

Even the experienced veteran Bryan Farrar, who normally registers a hat-trick for Chesterwell D, could not dent the armour of Division Three leaders WDHA Super Kings who went on to score yet another 10-0 victory.

The closest set was in the doubles where Farrar and Daniel Mann lost out to Abin Islam and Jack Bain.

Only two WDHA Knightriders players turned out for their match and it resulted in an easy 10-0 success for second-placed Westfield E.

Only Kishan Mistry went to a fifth end, losing out to Tim Mason 11-6 at the last hurdle.

Two sides next to each other, WDHA Challengers and Higham Band B, finished all-square at 5-5 with Deirdre Kiziak the only unbeaten player.

Neil Thompson, who made his debut in the league, made a good start when taking a point from Tarun Mistry in a close five-end match.

Challengers’ Virat Patel won twice, losing out to Kiziak 14-12 in the third.

All of the other players on the night picked up a point each with the Challengers adding the doubles in four ends for the draw.

Westfield G could only field two players and succumbed to Higham Harriers C’s might with only two sets needing a fourth end in the 10-0 whitewash.

Westfield F improved on their 7-3 defeat to Stanwick last time by earning a 5-5 draw on this occasion.

Evie Elliott played in her second game of the week and won two points.

Linda Freeman also won twice but both came unstuck against Carl Eaves who went on to score his fifth hat-trick of the season.

Unusually for Al Hayes, he came away scoreless and left Kevin Tivey and Eaves the job to win the doubles to secure the draw, which they duly did in four ends over Freeman and Stuart Holroyd.

Higham Harriers D are just keeping their head above water and were helped this week with an emphatic 10-0 victory over Chesterwell E, who despite their many defeats have been enjoying their first experience in the league and will no doubt get better with time.

Results: WDHA Challengers 5 (Tarun Mistry, Daniel Bain, Virat Patel 2, doubles Mistry/Patel) Higham Band B 5 (Deirdre Kiziak 3, Neil Thompson, Raylee Burton), Westfield G 0, Higham Harriers C 10 (Craig Hartwell 2, David Cowl 2, Phillip Inman 2, doubles Cowl/Inman + 3 points by default), Stanwick VHTTC 5 (Kevin Tivey, Carl Eaves 3, doubles Tivey/Eaves) Westfield F 5 (Stuart Holroyd, Linda Freeman 2, Evie Elliott 2), Westfield E 10 (Mark Holly 2, Glenn Morris 2, Tim Mason 2, doubles Holly/Mason + 3 points by default) WDHA Knight Riders 0, Chesterwell D 0, WDHA Super Kings 10 (Milan Pandya 3, Jack Bain 3, Abin Islam 3, doubles Islam/Bain), Higham Harriers D 10 (Oli Hicks 3, Katie Hicks 3, Jamie Laughton 3, doubles Hicks/Laughton) Chesterwell E 0.