Strong Westfield have too much for Royals

Ian Donaldson hit a hat-trick in Thrapston's big 9-1 victory over Westfield B
Ian Donaldson hit a hat-trick in Thrapston's big 9-1 victory over Westfield B

Westfield A fielded their strongest side to date and it proved too much for hosts WDHA Royals as they ran out 9-1 winners in Division One of the Wellingborough & District League.

Having a rota system worked well for Royals but it is proving a different kettle of fish in the top section.

Game two saw Patryk Polanksi win out 11-8, 2-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 over Shivam Mistry but the whitewash was avoided by Virat Patel, who gained an unexpected 11-3, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 13-11 victory over Steve Hobbs. The remaining singles were won with ease by the visitors.

Kevin Bird and Polanski won out 11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 in the doubles over Shyam Bavalia and Mistry.

Thrapston dished out a 9-1 thrashing on bottom markers Westfield B.

Stephen Woolston did well to see off Chris Warliker but somewhat surprisingly went down in the fifth to Ian Donaldson and failed to trouble Steve West.

The remaining singles all saw big wins for the visitors with Mark Ramsden conceding against Warliker although he played later in a defeat to West.

Woolston and Peter Sheldrick fought hard in the doubles before going down in five to Donaldson and West.

The all-club clash between Wanderers B and Wanderers A went the way of the latter by a 9-1 scoreline.

Jon Taylor-Burt found the going tough, winning 13-11 in the fifth against Paul Goodman and losing 11-5 in the 5th to Richard Adams and needed two deuces in four ends against Bob Hickson.

However, Andy Law and Tony Wharton both cruised to trebles and linked up to take a comfortable doubles win over Goodman and Hickson.

Higham Harriers A beat Westfield B 7-3 and the visitors’ cause wasn’t helped by fielding just two players.

Leigh Clements gave a relieved Bob Collyer a first genuine win for nearly a season and a half and was comfortably beaten by Norman Wooster and Graham Bird.

Bird gained his best victory of the season, winning out 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 over Stephen Woolston, who won his other two with relative ease.

Clements gained some consolation for a miserable evening when joining Woolston to beat Bird and Wooster in the doubles.

Results: WDHA Royals 1 (Virat Patel) Westfield A 9 (Kevin Bird 3, Patryk Polanski 3, Steve Hobbs 2, doubles Bird/Polanski), Westfield B 1 (Stephen Woolston) Thrapston 9 (Steve West 3, Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson 3, doubles West/Donaldson), Wanderers B 1 (Richard Adams) Wanderers A 9 (Tony Wharton 3, Andy Law 3, Jon Taylor Burt 2, doubles Wharton/Law), Higham Harriers A 7 (Graham Bird 2, Norman Wooster, Bob Collyer, + 3 points by default) Westfield B 3 (Stephen Woolston 2, doubles Woolston/Clements).

A fine performance by Westfield C inflicted a second defeat on Division Two high-fliers WDHA Superkings.

There were braces for Lawrence Howlett, Charlie Morrow and Charlie Clements while Superkings added the doubles for their final point in a 6-4 loss.

A Pete Martin hat-trick and a doubles victory with Nigel Magee, who won twice, was enough to see Higham Band A over the line for a 6-4 win against Old Grammarians A.

For the home side, Phil Laurence also won twice, with singles coming from Roger Fleming and Colin Lord.

The inter-club clash between Wanderers D and Wanderers C went the way of the latter by a 7-3 scoreline.

Tony Wallis hit his third treble on the trot and with James Findlay recording his own hat-trick, they then joined forces to take the doubles against Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage by the short route.

For the third week running, Martin Rice scored a hat-trick for Old Grammarians B as they won 6-4 at Westfield D.

David Bayes provided good support, winning twice, with the same duo adding the doubles in three ends to keep them just above their opposition.

Kaitlin Kurt, making her league debut, defeated Pranab Mohanty, as did Tim Mason, with Mark Holly adding two wins when beating Mohanty and Bayes.

Leading 5-4 going into the doubles, Chesterwell C clinched a 6-4 victory over Higham Harriers B with a doubles win by Maxine Shears and Clare Coles as they overcame Martyn Reeves and David Cowl.

For the victors, Shears scored a hat-trick while John Henderson won twice and the visitors saw Martyn Reeves claim two wins with Mick Malins and David Cowl having to settle for one each.

Results: WDHA Superkings 7 (Amit Shah 3, Abin Islam 3, doubles Jethwa/Islam) Westfield D 3 (Mark Holly, Mark Thomas, Tim Mason), Old Grammarians A 4 (Phil Laurence 2, Roger Fleming, Colin Lord) Higham Band A 6 (Nigel Magee 2, Pete Martin 3, doubles Magee/Martin), Wanderers D 3 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth) Wanderers C 7 (Tony Wallis 3, James Findlay 3, doubles Wallis/Findlay), WDHA Superkings 4 (Milan Pandya, Amit Shah, Abin Islam, doubles Pandya/Islam) Westfield C 6 (Lawrence Howlett 2, Charlie Morrow 2, Charlie Clement 2), Westfield D 4 (Mark Holly 2, Kaitlin Curt, Tim Mason) Old Grammarians B 6 (Martin Rice 3, David Bayes 2, doubles Rice/Bayes), Chesterwell C 6 (Maxine Shears 3, John Henderson 2, doubles Shears/Coles) Higham Harriers B 4 (Mick Malins, Martyn Reeves 2, David Cowl).

The 10-0 victory for Higham Harriers C over their own D team in Division Three was expected.

But it threw up some unexpected scores and Oli Hicks showed he is a player to watch by having an amazing night as he lost out to Tim Hearson in five, David Cowl in three close sets and in five to Phil Inman.

Higham Band B picked up a good 5-5 draw with Stanwick TTC.

Deirdre Kiziak and Devlin Whitmore both won twice, losing to Stanwick’s Geoff Neville, who registered his fourth hat trick.

Neil Thompson, for Band, and Carl Eave,s for Stanwick, had to settle for a single win each and Neville and Eaves added the doubles to tie the match.

Strugglers WDHA Knightriders and Chesterwell E both improved their tallies as the former claimed a 7-3 victory.

Knightriders hadn’t scored a point before this match but Ansh Sha and Rishan Ganatra scored convincing hat-tricks and Hubert Malenda won twice, losing out to Stuart Rae in three ends.

WDHA Challengers were unable to build on a 10-0 win over Chesterwell E a week earlier as they went down 6-4 to Westfield E.

Five sets needed a decider and it was Stuart Holroyd’s third consecutive treble that clinched the match. Daniel Bain gave him a tough match before losing out 9-11, 7-11, 21-19, 13-15.

Kyle Ghanie won twice, losing to Holroyd in the fifth and the final doubles also went to five with Westfield edging past the Challengers 13-11 at the last hurdle.

Results: Chesterwell E 0, WDHA Challengers 10 (Kishan Mistry 3, Daniel Bain 3, Kyle Ghanie 3, doubles Mistry/Ghanie), WDHA Knightriders 7 (Rishan Ganatra 3, Ansh Shah, Hubert Malenda 2, doubles Shah/Malenda) Chesterwell E 3 (Peter Atkins, Stuart Rae 2), WDHA Challengers 4 (Kishan Mistry, Daniel Bain, Kyle Ghanie 2) Westfield E 6 (Stuart Holroyd 3, Amrat Mistry, Linda Freeman, doubles Holroyd/Mistry), Higham Band B 5 (Deirdre Kiziak 2, Neil Thompson, Devlin Whitmore 2) Stanwick TTC 5 (Geoff Neville 3, Carl Eaves, doubles Neville/Eaves), Higham Harriers C 10 (Phill Inman 3, Tim Hearson 3, David Cowl 3, doubles Inman/Cowl) Higham Harriers D 0.