Honours even after a tremendous encounter

Kevin Bird was in fine form for Westfield A
Kevin Bird was in fine form for Westfield A

Chesterwell B and Wanderers A played out a tremendous match in Division One of the Wellingborough & District League and honours ended even at 5-5.

Tony Wharton saw off Graham Ellson and Luke Hughes with surprising ease but met his match in Carlton Ellwood, who won a nail-biting five-setter.

For visitors Wanderers, Gene Brown failed to register but took Hughes to five, losing out 11-8 and Ellson, smarting from his opening three-set defeat, saw off Brown and Law with relative ease.

And on a night of see-saw results, Law heavily defeated Ellwood for the result to depend on the doubles, which finally saw Wharton and Law win another five-setter against Ellson and Ellwood.

Graham Bird fought hard for hosts Higham Harriers A in the opener before going down in five to Valdi Papiernik but that was as good as it got as Chesterwell A sealed a 10-0 win.

Stan Galkowski cruised to a comfortable treble and the only other set in doubt was the second, where Norman Wooster lost out in three deuces after a second-leg win to Mike Pond.

WDHA Royals paid the penalty for using a squad system when they were surprisingly beaten 7-3 by Thrapston.

Milan Modha, failed to register or gain a leg and the result could have been much worse as Shivam Mistry’s only leg was an 11-9 win in the fifth against Ian Donaldson.

In a throwback to the 1980s, Steve West scored an excellent treble, his highlight being an 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9 win over Mistry.

Kevin Bird lived up to his rating and gained a comfortable treble in Westfield A’s 7-3 win over St John A.

Travis Holly gave his best performance for some time, seeing off Jon Perkins with ease and edging out Pete Boustred in the fifth.

Westfield’s poor doubles record was a factor in them not winning the league last season and it was again in evidence as Holly and Bird went down to Boustred and Perkins.

Wanderers B beat a Westfield B team fielding two reserves 7-3.

Paul Goodman was in excellent form and completed an easy treble, his highlight being an 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 success over Stephen Woolston, who recovered to edge out Richard Adams and Bob Hickson, both in the fifth.

For once, he had some support as Charlie Clements earned the third point with a win over Hickson.

Results: Higham Harriers A 0 Chesterwell A 10 (Valdy Papiernik 3, Mike Pond 3, Stan Galkowski 3, doubles Papiernik/Galkowski), WDHA Royals 3 (Shivam Mistry, Rishan Patel 2) Thrapston 7 (Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson, Steve West 3, doubles Warliker/West), Chesterwell B 5 (Graham Ellson 2, Luke Hughes, Carlton Ellwood 2) Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2, doubles Wharton/Law), Westfield A 7 (Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski 2, Travis Holly 2) St John A 3 (Jon Perkins, Grant Timms, doubles Perkins/Boustred), Wanderers B 7 (Paul Goodman 3, Richard Adams 2, Bob Hickson, doubles Goodman/Adams) Westfield B 3 (Stephen Woolston 2, Charlie Clements).

Promoted WDHA Superkings are already setting Division Two alight after a 10-0 demolition of Old Grammarians B.

Using their squad system seems to hold no fear against whoever their opposition may be.

There were hat-tricks for Manav Pandya, Amit Shah and Abin Isla, with Pandya and Islam adding the doubles against David Bayes and Pranab Mohanty in three ends to complete the route and also become the division’s team of the month for October.

By winning the doubles with David Hatherall, Steve Mansfield capped a fine evening by previously winning all his singles games as St John B beat Chesterwell C 8-2.

Hatherall won twice as did Alan Hill.

Chesterwells’ points came from Maxine Shears and Stuart Coles, who also contested the doubles.

A Mark Thomas treble enabled Westfield D to edge out Wanderers D 6-4.

Tim Mason supported well with a brace and Mark Holly added a single.

For the home side, Mike Howorth secured two victories over Holly and Mason with Roger Ellingham adding a single.

Ellingham, along with Graham Babbage, added the doubles to close the scoreline.

Pete Martin and Nigel Magee both hit hat-tricks and then added the doubles as Higham Band A proved too strong for Wanderers C in an 8-2 success.

Wanderers’ only points came from a single win apiece over Keith Stockley for James Findlay and Maurice Jones.

Westfield C pegged back some points on leaders Higham Harriers B by beating them 7-3 as Lawrence Howlett recording a hat-trick.

New signing Leigh Clements gained two wins and Charlie Clements added a single.

Howlett and Charlie Clements won the doubles in four ends over Martyn Reeves and Anthony Stevens to add the final point.

Reeves scored a single for the visitors, with the other two points coming from Mick Malins.

Results: St John B 8 (Alan Hill 2, David Hatherall 2, Steve Mansfield 3, doubles Hatherall/Mansfield) Chesterwell C 2 (Maxine Shears, Stuart Coles), Wanderers D 4 (Roger Ellingham, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Westfield D 6 (Mark Holly, Tim Mason 1, Mark Thomas 3), Higham Band A 8 (Pete martin 3, Keith Stockley, Nigel Magee 3, doubles Martin/Magee) Wanderers C 2 (James Findlay, Maurice Jones), Westfield C 7 (Lawrence Howlett 3, Charlie Clements, Leigh Clements 2, doubles Howlett /Clements) Higham Harriers B 3 (Mick Malins 2, Martyn Reeves), WDHA Superkings 10 (Milan Pandya 3, Amit Shah 3, Abin Islam 3, doubles Pandya/Islam) Old Grammarians B 0.

Higham Band B suffered a blow in Division Three as they were beaten 7-3 at Higham Harriers C, who joined their opponents at the top.

Phillip Inman was the only unbeaten player, Kiziak and Sorrell had three close ends against him, but it was a scoreless Raylee Burton who managed to take a leg (11-3) but lost in four ends.

Craig Hartwell supported well with a brace and these two went on to secure the doubles 11-8 in the fifth against Burton and Kiziak.

Stanwick are the third team level on points at the summit after a 6-4 success at WDHA Challengers.

Geoff Neville gained his second hat-trick without losing an end.

Kevin Tivey won twice and all his sets went to five where any of the challengers could have picked up a point, but it was Tarun Mistry who took the honours with his 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11 win and then went on to defeat a scoreless Jon Tuplin.

In the last five-set game of the night, Neville and Tivey won out against Tarun Mistry and Dev Patel.

Higham Harriers D secured their first win of the season in fine style with a 10-0 whitewash of Chesterwell E.

Triplets, Kate, Oli and Matt Hicks sealed trebles in three-end sets while the doubles were won in four.

In a re-arranged match, Chesterwell D pulled out all the stops to secure a 10-0 win at newcomers WDHA Knightriders.

Results: WDHA Knightriders 0, Chesterwell D 10 (Duncan Wright 3, Daniel Mann 3, David Carrigan 3, doubles Mann/Carrigan), Higham Harriers C 7 (Phillip Inman 3, Craig Hartwell 2, Matt Hicks, doubles Inman/Hartwell) Higham Band B 3 (Fred Sorrell, Deirdre Kiziak 3), WDHA Challengers 4 (Kishan Mistry, Tarun Mistry 2, Dev Patel) Stanwick TTC 6 (Geoff Neville 3, Kevin Tivey 2, doubles Neville/Tivey), Chesterwell E 0, Higham Harriers D 10 (Oli Hicks 3, Matt Hicks 3, Kate Hicks 3, doubles, O Hicks/K Hicks).