Superkings get started with a whitewash

Paul Goodman gained a double for Wanderers B
Paul Goodman gained a double for Wanderers B

WDHA Superkings started their Wellingborough & District League Division Three campaign in fine style with a 10-0 win over WDHA Challengers.

There were hat-tricks for Rahul Jethwa, Jack Bain and Milan Pandya with Bain and Pandya adding the doubles.

Hat-tricks from Craig Hartwell and Phillip Inman and a respectable brace from new signing David Cowl helped give Higham Harriers C a 9-1 success over new team WDHA Knightriders.

Knightriders avoided the whitewash with Punit Gajjar winning asingle against Cowl in the fifth end.

There were no points for another new team Chesterwell E who could only field three players in their 10-0 loss at Westfield E.

Sidney Wright, playing up for the E side, Mark Holly and Piotr Polanski won all their sets in three ends with the doubles going the same way.

Wright was also in action for Westfield G in their 5-5 draw with Higham Band B and was the only unbeaten player.

Her sets were very close, needing five ends to defeat both Fred Sorrell and Raylee Burton as well as having a close four-ender against Chris Kiziak (11-8, 11-13, 15-13, 12-10).

Heather Sawyer won twice, losing out to Sorrell in three ends while Burton and Kiziak took a point from the scoreless Evie Elliott with the doubles going to Higham courtesy of Sorrell and Kiziak to level things up.

Higham Harriers D’s Oliver and Matthew Hicks picked up their first points of the season against Stanwick’s Al Hayes.

But Carl Eaves and new signing Kevin Tivey both recorded hat tricks and added the doubles in three ends over Matthew Hicks and Jamie Laughton to complete an 8-2 victory.

Results: Higham Harriers C 9 (Craig Hartwell 3, Phillip Inman 3, David Cowl, doubles Hartwell, Inman) WDHA Knightriders 1 (Punit Gajjar), Westfield G 5 (Sidney Wright 3, Heather Sawyer 2) Higham Band B 5 (Fred Sorrell 2, Chris Kiziak, Raylee Burton, doubles Sorrell/Kiziak), Westfield E 10 (Mark Holly 2, Piotr Polanski 2, Sidney Wright 2, doubles Holly/Wright + 3 points by default) Chesterwell E 0, WDHA Superkings 10 (Rahul Jethwa 3, Jack Bain 3, Milan Pandya 3, doubles Bain/Pandya) WDHA Challengers 0, Stanwick VHTTC 8 (Carl Eaves 3, Al Hayes, Kevin Tivey 3, doubles Eaves/Tivey) Higham Harriers D 2 (Oliver Hicks, Matthew Hicks).

The Division One clash between Wanderers B and Chesterwell B ended in a 5-5 draw.

Paul Goodman was well beaten by Graham Ellson after seeing off Craig Dilley but then, in game nine, did extremely well to beat a vastly-improved Luke Hughes.

With a comfortable win over Bob Hickson, Ellsons’ treble chances were dashed by Richard Adams winning out 12-10, 11-6, 11-7.

Earlier, Adams had been beaten in a five-set thriller by Hughes.

The result was dependent on the doubles and Hughes and Ellson are starting to look a good pairing as they saw off Goodman and Adams to earn a draw.

With Graham Ellson doubling up on the night was extremely unlucky in losing out in two, five-set games to Tony Wharton and Andy Law respectively as Chesterwell A beat Wanderers A 6-4.

But for the visitors Jon Taylor-Burt, whose form has been surprisingly poor considering he was a leading Division Two player, was well beaten in all 3 games.

With Stan Galkowski yet to find his form, being seen off by Wharton and Law, it was left to veteran Mike Pond to score an excellent treble.

He then joined Galkowski to win out in the doubles for a shaky 6-4 victory.

Bob Collyer was well off the pace for hosts Higham Harriers A, failing to register a leg as they went down 6-4 to Westfield B.

But Graham Bird and Norman Wooster fought hard, both seeing off Richie Bailey and Travis Holly.

For the youngsters, Ethan Ali gave a much improved display and scored a good treble.

Ali and Bailey snatched victory with a win over Bird and Wooster, who with any support, would have gained at least a draw.

Thrapston’s Ian Donaldson continued his fine form with an excellent treble, including a win over returning star Steve Kendall, as they won 7-3 at Old Grammarians A.

Kendall did comfortably see off Steve West and Chris Warliker.

Phil Laurence was well off pace and failed to register but Perce Sharp, struggling with injury and downgraded, stepped in for injured Mick Ball and gained a victory over Chris Warliker, which he would have been proud of 20 years ago.

Results: Wanderers B 5 (Paul Goodman 2, Richard Adams 2, Bob Hickson) Chesterwell B 5 (Luke Hughes 2, Graham Ellson 2, doubles Hughes/Ellson), Higham Harriers A 4 (Graham Bird 2, Norman Wooster 2) Westfield B 6 (Richie Bailey, Ethan Ali 3, Travis Holly, doubles Ali/Bailey), Chesterwell A 6 (Graham Ellson, Mike Pond 3, Stan Galkowski, doubles Pond/Galkowski) Wanderers A 4 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2), Old Grammarians A 3 (Steve Kendall 2, Perce Sharp) Thrapston 7 (Ian Donaldson 3, Chris Warliker, Steve West 2, doubles Donaldson/West).

Nigel Magee scored a flawless hat-trick, his second in two matches, to see Higham Band A home to an 8-2 win over Old Grammarians B in Division Two.

Doubles for Pete Martin and Keith Stockley plus a Stockley and Magee doubles victory did the damage.

For the Old Grammarians, Colin Lord scored both points with Martin Rice and Roger Arterton contesting the doubles, but losing out in four ends.

Westfield D were running away with their match against Higham Harriers B when they led 6-2.

But Harriers claimed the ninth singles and the doubles to ensure a 6-4 scoreline.

Westfield’s Mark Ramsden hit a hat-trick while Dave Long backed him up with a brace, with Tim Mason picking up a single.

For the visitors, Martyn Reeves won twice with Mick Malins gaining a single and this pairing came good in the doubles, defeating Long and Mason in four ends.

With Shyam Bavalia and Chiraag Modha coming into this week’s team, WDHA Royals are making their presence felt in the division with their second victory as they beat Wanderers C 8-2.

And although the visitors played the match with two players, this was still a fine performance by the young side.

Mihir Mistry and Bavalia recorded hat-tricks while Modha ended with a double, three of their points by default.

Tony Wallis notched a singles victory and, with Maurice Jones, took the doubles 11-9 in the fifth end against Mistry and Bavalia.

Both Maxine Shears and Clare Coles recorded hat-tricks which proved good enough for Chesterwell C to see off St John B 6-4.

David Hatherall, Paul Lipczak and Steve Mansfield all won for the visitors while Hatherall and Mansfield took the doubles in four ends against Shears and Clare Coles.

The inter-club derby between Wanderers D and Wanderers E ended in a 5-5 draw.

The star performer turned out to be David May who scored a hat-trick with Steve Hoole and Derek Shears picking up a single apiece as did Roger Ellingham and Graham Babbage for the home side.

Mike Howorth, however, won twice while Ellingham and Babbage won the doubles (11-7) at the last hurdle over Shears and May.

Roger Fleming had a hand in all four points for Works Warriors as they lost out 6-4 to Westfield C,

He claimed a tremble and then, with Alan Woolston, won the doubles in the fifth against Lawrence Howlett and Charlie Clements.

Woolston and Tony Penn both had a blank night in the singles games while Westfield C’s players all won twice.

Results: Higham Band A 8 (Nigel Magee 3, Pete Martin 2, Keith Stockley 2, doubles Magee/Stockley) Old Grammarians B 2 (Colin Lord), Westfield D 6 (Dave Long 2, Tim Mason, Mark Ramsden 3) Higham Harriers B 4 (Mick Malins, Martyn Reeves 2, doubles Malins/Reeves), WDHA Royals 8 (Mihir Mistry 2, Shyam Bavalia 2, Chiraag Modha, + 3 points by default) Wanderers C 2 (Tony Wallis, doubles Wallis/Jones), Chesterwell C 6 (Maxine Shears 3, Clare Coles 3) St John B 4 (David Hatherall, Steve Mansfield, Paul Lipczak, doubles Hatherall/Mansfield), Wanderers D 5 (Roger Ellingham, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Wanderers E 5 (Steve Hoole, David May 3, Derek Shears), Works Warriors 4 (Roger Fleming 3, doubles Woolston/Fleming) Westfield C 6 (Lawrence Howlett 2, Charlie Morrow 2, Charlie Clements 2).