Harriers pay the price as Chesterwell complete a whitewash

Stephen Woolston
Stephen Woolston

Higham Harriers A paid the price for fielding a weakened side as Chesterwell B wrapped up a 10-0 whitewash in Division One of the Wellingborough & District League.

The only set ever in doubt was when Graham Bird was edged out 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 3-11, 12-14 by Carlton Ellwood, whose team-mates were in sparkling form as both recorded easy trebles.

Bob Collyer remains the only regular player without a win but he did manage the only other leg of the night.

Chesterwell A sit on top of the table after an 8-2 success at Westfield B.

Always a thorn in the side of ValdI Papiernik, Stephen Woolston duly won the opener and then went down in the fifth to Mike Pond and was surprisingly well beaten by a below par Stan Galkowski who gave Mark Ramsden his first win of the season.

A further point could have been won by Lawrence Howlett but he went down 11-3 in the fifth to Galkowski.

Westfield A fielded their strongest side of the season and were duly awarded with an 8-2 win at Wanderers A.

Kevin Bird was never tested but somewhat surprisingly, Patryk Polanski was nearly as effective as two easy trebles were recorded.

However, shocks were in store for Steve Hobbs, who was well beaten by Tony Wharton and Jon Taylor-Burt but there were no mistakes in the doubles with Bird and Polanski winning out 11-2, 11-9, 11-5 over Wharton and Taylor-Burt.

WDHA Royals failed to cash in against a two-man St John A side and were on the end of a Grant Timms hat-trick as they could only win 6-4.

Timms also gave some consolation to a winless Jon Perkins by joining him for a doubles win over Shivam Mistry and Rishan Patel.

Earlier, Perkins had been edged out by Mihir Mistry which gave the visitors their narrow victory.

Thrapston, who are running into form, followed up last week’s good result with a convincing 8-2 win over Wanderers B.

Chris Warliker, in a hard night’s work, registered a treble when winning out 11-7 and 12-10 in the fifth against Richard Adams and Bob Hickson respectively.

The hosts’ two points were gained through Adams in a win over Steve West and Bob Hickson’s victory over Ian Donaldson, with Paul Goodman well below par and failing to register.

Results: St John A 4 (Grant Timms 3, doubles Perkins/Timms) WDHA Royals 6 (Shivam Mistry, Rishan Patel, Mihir Mistry + 3 points by default), Wanderers B 2 (Richard Adams, Bob Hickson) Thrapston 8 (Steve West 2, Ian Donaldson 2, Chris Warliker 3, doubles West/Warliker), Wanderers A 2 (Tony Wharton, Jon Taylor-Burt) Westfield A 8 (Kevin Bird 3, Steve Hobbs, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Bird/Polanski), Chesterwell B 10 (Graham Ellson 3, Luke Hughes 3, Carlton Ellwood 3, doubles Ellson/Hughes) Higham Harriers A 0, Westfield B 2 (Stephen Woolston, Mark Ramsden) Chesterwell A 8 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Mike Pond 3, Stan Galkowski 2, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski).

WDHA Superkings continued their fine start to the Division Two season with a fourth victory, this time by an 8-2 scoreline at the expense of high-flyers Higham Harriers B.

Hat-tricks came from Abin Islam and Virat Patel. Milan Pandya and Patel won out in the doubles against Neil Stevens and Martyn Reeves in the fourth end.

Wanderers C inflicted the first defeat for opponents Westfield C with a fine 7-3 victory. Maurice Jones was the only unbeaten player with a brace from James Findlay the main scorers. Findlay, along with Tony Wallis added the doubles against Charlie Clements and Charlie Morrow (11-5) at the last hurdle. Morrow previously scoring two wins in the singles.

Westfield D’s Tim Mason staved off a clean sweep by Chesterwell C with a fourth-end victory over Clare Coles.

There were hat-tricks for Maxine Shears and Stuart Coles, who also added the doubles over Mark Holly and Mason in the fourth end to complete an emphatic 9-1 victory.

Old Grammarians B took the bragging rights as they beat their A team rivals 6-4.

David Bayes registered a hat-trick and teamed up with Martin Rice to add the doubles over Phil Laurence and Roger Fleming in three ends.

Laurence won twice in the singles for the A side as did Pranab Mohanty, playing up for the A team against his own side.

Colin Lord gained the final singles victory over Roger Fleming.

St John B maintained pole position with a resounding 10-0 victory against Higham Band A. For the home side, Alan Hill, Steve Mansfield and David Hatherall secured hat-tricks with Mansfield and Hatherall adding the doubles over Deirdre Kiziak and Keith Stockley in the fourth end to complete the clean sweep.

Results: Higham Harriers B 2 (Mick Malins, Martyn Reeves) WDHA Superkings 8 (Milan Pandya, Abin Islam 3, Virat Patel 3, doubles Pandya/Patel), Wanderers C 7 (Maurice Jones 3, Tony Wallis, James Findlay 2, doubles Findlay/Wallis) Westfield C 3 (Charlie Clements, Charlie Morrow 2), Westfield D 1 (Tim mason) Chesterwell C 9 (Maxine Shears 3, Stuart Coles 3, Clare Coles 2, doubles Shears/S.Coles), Old Grammarians B 6 (David Bayes 3, Colin Lord, Martin Rice, doubles Bayes/Rice) Old Grammarians A 4 (Phil Laurence 2, Pranab Mohanty 2), St John B 10 (Alan Hill 3, Steve Mansfield 3, David Hatherall 3, doubles Mansfield/Hatherall) Higham Band A 0.