Royals are closing in on the title

Alex Aston lost his 100 per cent record but is still top of the Seoni Merit Awards in the top division
Alex Aston lost his 100 per cent record but is still top of the Seoni Merit Awards in the top division
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WDHA Royals are closing in on the Division Three title in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League after yet another 10-0 victory, this time at Higham Band B.

Shivam Mistry, Mihir Mistry and Kishan Patel hit hat tricks and the doubles point also went their way in a fifth-end decider as Higham’s Deirdre Kiziak and Fred Sorrell lost outat the last hurdle.

Higham Harriers B moved above Wanderers E and into second place with a 6-4 win at WDHA Super Kings.

The only unbeaten player was Rishan Patel while Rahul Jethwa recorded a win over Craig Hartwell but lost out to Martyn Reeves and Bob Collyer in five.

Reeves and Collyer both gained two wins each and Hartwell a single before he and Reeves sealed the victory with the doubles.

The all-Westfield clash went the way of the F side as they beat their G team 7-3 as Stuart Jones took his first hat trick of the season.

Mark Holly won twice, losing out Glenn Morris, who also won at the double for the losers.

Singles points were picked up by Jake Butler and Linda Freeman respectively for their teams.

Wanderers F produced a fine effort against higher-placed Chesterwell D as they won 6-4 despite only having two players.

Brian Pearce did well to take a point off Bryan Farrar and complete a hat-trick. Diana Wiseman supported well with two wins, losing out to Farrar and teamed up with Pearce to add the doubles over Farrar and Peter Atkins in four.

Results: WDHA Super Kings 4 (Rishan Pandya 3, Rahul Jethwa) Higham Harriers B 6 (Martyn Reeves 2, Bob Collyer 2, Craig Hartwell, doubles Reeves/Hartwell), Higham Band B 0 WDHA Royals 10 (Shivam Mistry 3, Mihir Mistry 3, Kishan Patel 3, doubles Mistry/Mistry), Westfield F 7 (Jake Butler, Stuart Jones 3, Mark Holly 2, doubles Jones/Holly) Westfield G 3 (Linda Freeman, Glenn Morris 2), Wanderers F 6 (Brian Pearce 3, Diana Wiseman 2, doubles Pearce/Wiseman) Chesterwell D 4 (Bryan Farrar + 3 by default).

With their main players engaged in Kettering, Division One leaders Westfield A fielded their second string who duly obliged with a 9-1 victory over Old Grammarians A.

Mick Ball saved a whitewash with a win over Will Shepherd and Grammarians were also unlucky in two others singles, Phil Laurence going down in the opener to Shepherd and Perce Sharp in game seven to Patryk Polanski while Nitin Patel untroubled for his treble.

That win was followed by a much tougher 6-4 success for Westfield at St John A.

A magnificent treble by Grant Timms, who won 11-6 and 11-9 in the fifth end against Alex Aston and Steve Hobbs and more easily against Patel, along with Pete Boustred’s single win over Patel, saw Westfield’s 100 per cent record in danger.

However, Hobbs and Patel comfortably won the doubles against Boustred and Timms and managed to preserve their unbeaten record.

Aston lost his to Timms and Hobbs suffered only his second defeat of the season, to illustrate the excellence of Timms’ performance which makes Westfield’s title defence a far from forgone conclusion.

Things didn’t get any better for Grammarians, meanwhile, as they went down 10-0 to another of the high-fliers Chesterwell A.

Laurence took Mike Pond to five but Chesterwell were never really threatened in the remaining singles although odd legs were dropped.

Chesterwell are 22 points behind the leaders with three games in hand and now have their sights on a surprise title win.

A below strength Thrapston side were still too strong for bottom of the table Works Warriors as they sealed a 9-1 victory.

As usual, Stephen Woolston provided the only resistance, going down in the fifth ends to Mark Stockley and Steve West but he did see off saw off Ian Donaldson to avoid a whitewash.

Roger Fleming and Alan Woolston again drew blanks and have only three wins between them all season.

Richie Bailey, playing up for hosts Westfield B from the C team, gained an excellent brace with wins over Stewart Williams and Tony Wharton but went down to Andy Law as Wanderers A sealed a 5-5 draw.

Will Shepherd repeated this brace but Law was well beaten by Scott Dixon, who had disappointed earlier going down to both Williams and Wharton.

With the match dependent on the doubles, Williams and Law won out in five over Shepherd and Dixon.

Results: Westfield A 9 (Will Shepherd 2, Patryk Polanski 3, Nitin Patel 3, doubles Shepherd/Polanski) Old Grammarians A 1 (Mick Ball), Thrapston 9 (Ian Donaldson, Mark Stockley 3, Steve West 3, doubles Stockley/West) Works Warriors 1 (Stephen Woolston), St Johns A 4 (Pete Boustred, Grant Timms 3) Westfield A 6 (Alex Aston 2, Steve Hobbs 2, Nitin Patel, doubles Hobbs/Patel), Old Grammarians A 0 Chesterwell A 10 (Stan Galkowski 3, Valdi Papiernik 3, Mike Pond 3, doubles Galkowski/Pond), Westfield B 5 (Richie Bailey 2, Scott Dixon, Will Shepherd 2) Wanderers A 5 (Tony Wharton, Stewart Williams, Andy Law 2, doubles Williams/Law).

Division Two champions-elect Westfield C made sure there were no slip ups against Chesterwell C as Ethan Ali continued his relentless form, scoring yet another treble in an 8-2 win.

Travis Holly and Cameron Elliott dropped a game against Maxine Shears for Chesterwell’s only points. Holly and Ali took the doubles 11-9 in the last end against Shears and Clare Coles.

Wanderers D duly recorded their second victory of the season against fellow strugglers Old Grammarians B.

Nobody bettered Roger Ellingham who scored his second treble to date and, with Graham Babbage, won the doubles against Martin Rice and Roger Arterton in three ends to wrap up a 7-3 success. Babbage also won twice as did Rice for the visitors..

Carlton Ellwood followed last weeks’ hat-trick with another, this time against Higham Band A.

But it was all to no avail as Pete Martin, Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley each defeated Dave Long and Mark Ramsden to help Higham to a 6-4 success.

Ellwood and Long gained the fourth point with a fine doubles win over Magee and Stockley in four ends.

Jon Taylor-Burt completed his eighth hat-trick with a walkover in game seven as Alfie Wright took no part.

A single from James Findlay and Maurice Jones completed the Wanderers C scoring as they drew 5-5 at Westfield D.

Charlie Morrow won twice for the home side with Wright and Owen Morris winning once in the singles.

However, Morris and Morrow won a titanic doubles set against Findlay and Taylor-Burt to share the points with an 18-16 verdict in the fifth end.

Results: Wanderers D 7 (Roger Ellingham 3, Graham Babbage 2, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Old Grammarians B 3 (Martin Rice 2, Colin Lord), Westfield E 4 (Carlton Ellwood 3, doubles Ellwood/Long) Higham Band A 6 (Pete Martin 2, Nigel Magee 2, Keith Stockley 2), Westfield D 5 (Owen Morris, Alfie Wright, Charlie Morrow 2, doubles Morris/Morrow) Wanderers C 5 (James Findlay, Maurice Jones, Jon Taylor-Burt 3), Westfield C 8 (Travis Holly 2, Cameron Elliott 2, Ethan Ali 3, doubles Holly/Ali) Chesterwell C 2 (Maxine Shears).

At this stage in the season there are still a number of players on 100 per cent unbeaten records but who have not played at least 75 per cent of their respective teams’ games and therefore do not qualify for the Seoni Merit Awards.

Division One leaders Westfield A saw Alex Aston lose his 100 per cent record this week to Grant Timms, but he still tops the Seoni awards.

Hot on the title trail, Chesterwell A have all three players in the top six and should provide an exciting finish to the season.

The Westfield TTC also top the Division Two table with Ethan Ali maintaining his unbeaten record so far and Richie Bailey in second place, both of whom play for Westfield C. Norman Wooster of Higham Harriers A is in third place.

Division Three leaders and newcomers WDHA Royals take the honours in the top two places with Mihir Mistry and Shivam Mistry.

Martyn Reeves and Bob Collyer of Higham Harriers B, who are currently in second place in the table, are third and fourth respectively.