There was a predictable outcome when top met bottom in Division Three of the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League.
Leaders WDHA Royals eased to a 10-0 whitewash at Westfield G, although Glenn Morris put up a brave fight against Mihir Mistry (7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 13-15) but Mistry kept his cool and came away with a 12-10 victory in the fifth end.
The battle for second place swung in Higham Harriers B’s favour as they beat nearest rivals Wanderers E 7-3.
Martyn Reeves and Bob Collyer came away unscathed but Anthony Stevens was scoreless despite some close encounters. The final point went to the Reeves/Collyer combination in four ends.
Two sides fighting it out in mid-table, Chesterwell D and Stanwick, came away with a 5-5 draw.
Carl Eaves played well to obtain his first hat-trick of the season, including a win over higher-ranked Bryan Farrar, who along with Devlin Whitmore scored two points and added the doubles for the tie.
A 5-5 draw was also the outcome between WDHA Super Kings and Higham Band B.
Rishan Patel scored his customary hat-trick to make it five for the season for Super Kings.
For Higham, Deirdre Kiziak and Fred Sorrell each scored twice, Sorrell coming the closest to overcoming Patel, losing out in four. Kiziak and Sorrell added the doubles in four ends for the draw and a repeat of their first half encounter.
Results: Higham Harriers B 7 (Martyn Reeves 3, Bob Collyer 3, doubles Reeves/Collyer) Wanderers E 3 (David May, Derek Shears, Steve Hoole), Westfield G 0 WDHA Royals 10 (Mihir Mistry 3, Shyam Bavalia 3, Kishan Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Patel), Chesterwell D 5 (Bryan Farrar 2 , Devlin Whitmore 2, doubles Farrar/Whitmore) Stanwick TTC 5 (Al Hayes, Carl Eaves 3, Rebecca Cornell), WDHA Super Kings 5 (Rishan Patel 3, Rahul Jethwa, Milan Pandya) Higham Band B 5 (Deirdre Kiziak 2, Fred Sorrell 2, doubles Kiziak/Sorrell).
Thrapston’s 7-3 win over St John A in Division One opened with a shock as Jon Perkins gained a rare victory in a five-set thriller over Ian Donaldson (12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 10-12, 12-10). Donaldson then went down to both Richard Wills and Pete Boustred.
However, St John A have found wins hard to come by without Grant Timms and the returning Chris Warliker and Mark Stockley duly completed trebles, the only difficulty being game three where Stockley needed five ends to dispose of Wills.
They then combined for a 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 doubles win over Boustred and Wills to maintain their tenuous grip on the runners-up spot.
Wanderers B continue to improve and followed a narrow loss to a full strength St John side with an excellent 7-3 win over Westfield B.
Paul Goodman, for some seasons a whipping boy in this division, has proven more than a match for all but the very best.
He illustrated this by edging out Scott Dixon and Patryk Polanski in five but went down to Will Shepherd. Richard Adams, in his best display of the season, gained an excellent treble without dropping a leg.
The returning Bob Hickson failed to emulate his team-mates but ensured Polanski had a rare blank night before joining Adams for a five-set doubles win over Dixon and Shepherd.
The 5-5 draw between Chesterwell B and Old Grammarians A also opened with a major shock as Phil Laurence stunned Graham Ellson, gaining only his fourth win of the season.
With high hopes of a treble, he disappointedly then went down to both Craig Dilley and Luke Hughes while Ellson recovered to win his remaining singles over Mick Ball and Perce Sharp.
Hughes, recently is such good form, surprisingly failed to add to his tally but a further win by Dilley in the fifth saw the match dependent on the doubles.
Laurence and Ball won a tense five-set contest over Dilley and Ellson for the draw and leave both sides without a win so far this season.
Once again Stephen Woolston fought single-handed for Works Warriors in their 7-3 defeat to Wanderers A.
In an excellent performance, he gained an impressive brace as he won with ease over Tony Wharton and Stewart Williams before going down somewhat surprisingly to Gene Brown.
Once again a struggling side won out in the doubles as the Woolstons combined and won a five-setter over Wharton and Williams.
Results: Thrapston 7 (Chris Warliker 3, Mark Stockley 3, doubles Warliker/Donaldson) St John A 3 (Jon Perkins, Pete Boustred, Richard Wills), Wanderers B 7 (Paul Goodman 2, Richard Adams 3, Bob Hickson, doubles Adams/Hickson) Westfield B 3 (Will Shepherd 2, Scott Dixon), Chesterwell B 5 (Graham Ellson 2, Craig Dilley 2, Luke Hughes) Old Grammarians A 5 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 2, Perce Sharp, doubles Laurence/Ball), Works Warriors 3 (Stephen Woolston 2, doubles Woolston/Woolston) Wanderers A 7 (Stewart Williams 2, Gene Brown 3, Tony Wharton 2).
Westfield D proved to be just that bit too strong for Wanderers D in Division Two with all the visiting players scoring well in a 7-3 victory.
Milan Modha led the way with his first treble of the season while support came from Owen Morris and Charlie Morrow, who each won twice.
Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage notched the home side’s points as both scored a single victory before teaming up to add the doubles (12-10) at the last hurdle against Modha and Morrow.
Chesterwell C’s Clare Coles staved off a complete battering from Westfield E by defeating Dave Long in four ends in a 9-1 loss.
Other than that, the home side had it all their own way with hat-tricks from both Peter Sheldrick and Mark Ramsden while they also took the doubles in the fifth against Coles and Maxine Shears.
Results: Westfield E 9 (Peter Sheldrick 3, Mark Ramsden 3, Dave Long 2, doubles Sheldrick/Ramsden) Chesterwell C 1 (Clare Coles), Wanderers D 3 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Westfield D 7 (Owen Morris 2, Charlie Morrow 2, Milan Modha 3).
The Wellingborough & District Hindu Association (WDHA) Table Tennis Club have recently agreed a three-year aponsorship with major table tennis mail order company Thornton Sports of Bury, Lancashire.
The Club who have the largest membership in the county are competing in the Wellingborough & District League with two teams in their first season in a competitive league.
They are currently taking the league by storm with one unbeaten team in pole position in Division Three and their other side in fourth place.
The sponsor’s director has arranged to meet the club’s management shortly with a view to tie up the details and sign the agreement.