Table Tennis - Harriers’ superb campaign continues

Ian Donaldson was a hat-trick hero in Thrapston's 9-1 win over Higham Band B in Division One
Ian Donaldson was a hat-trick hero in Thrapston's 9-1 win over Higham Band B in Division One

Higham Harriers A’s superb campaign in Division Three of the Wellingborough & District League continued with a 10-0 cruise against Stanwick.

All sets apart from one finished in three ends as Neil Stevens needed four to overcome Carl Eaves (6-11). Harriers A also won the team of the month award, sponsored by L&M Waters Trophy Specialists, for their outstanding record winning every match this season.

Higham Harriers B are hoping to join their club-mates in being promoted and they are now only one point behind second-placed Westfield G after an 8-2 success at Westfield F.

Robert Collyer and Martyn Reeves were unbeaten with Roger Barlow losing out to Linda Freeman and Amrat Mistry, both in three ends. The doubles went to five but was a close run game as Harriers took it 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 13-15, 12-10.

Westfield G, meanwhile, had to settle for a 6-4 win over Chesterwell D, who saw Bryan Farrar secured his seventh hat-trick.

Glenn Morris and Joel Storr won twice with Mark Holly went down to Chesterwell’s Devlin Whitmore 10-12 in the fifth end.

The league has seen the withdrawal of the Old Boys team due to their side’s commitment in other sports and they cannot fulfil their outstanding fixtures. All the points have been adjusted and averages will be done in due course.

Results: Higham Harriers A 10 (Graham Bird 3, Norman Wooster 3, Neil Stevens 3, doubles Bird/Stevens) Stanwick 0, Westfield F 2 (Amrat Mistry, Linda Freeman) Higham Harriers B 8 (Bob Collyer 3, Martyn Reeves 3, Roger Barlow, doubles Collyer/Barlow), Westfield G 6 (Glenn Morris 2, Joel Storr 2, Mark Holly, doubles Holly/Morris) Chesterwell D 4 (Bryan Farrar 3, Devlin Whitmore).

Stephen Woolston again proved the only resistance for Higham Band B as they were beaten 9-1 by Thrapston in Division One.

He did well to beat Chris Warliker and narrowly lost out in five to Ian Donaldson and Mark Stockley. Veterans Tony Penn and Alan Woolston are finding the standard too high and both failed to register or gain a leg.

On paper, Old Grammarians A’s 9-1 victory over Westfield B was a startling result but, in reality, it was far from it with Westfield fielding only two players – a struggling Chris Alder and D team player Alfie Wright.

Grammarians duly cashed in but they failed to gain the expected clean sweep when Perce Sharp went down 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12 to Wright. While relegation has never been in doubt, the bottom place duel will go to the wire.

Grant Timms gained another treble as St Johns A won 6-4 at Wanderers B but was fully extended by Richard Adams before winning out 8-11, 11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7.

Adams won his other two with ease and, with the struggling Jon Perkins failing to register, the match result depended on the doubles where Timms and Richard Wills won out 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5 over Adams and Bob Hickson.

A 9-1 success over Wanderers A virtually guaranteed runners-up spot for Chesterwell A who have fielded the same side throughout the season and have had good fortune in that their main rivals have tended to field weakened sides against them.

This happened again as they faced a two-man side lacking Tony Wharton and Andy Law, who was delayed at hospital. Gene Brown could not repeat the heroics of the previous week although managing to take Valdi Papiernik to five. A shock win by Stewart Williams over Graham Ellson stopped the clean sweep.

Results: Thrapston 9 (Chris Warliker 2, Ian Donaldson 3, Mark Stockley 3, Chris Warliker, doubles Donaldson/Stockley) Higham Band B 1 (Stephen Woolston), Old Grammarians A 9 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball 2, Perce Sharp, doubles Laurence/Ball + 3 be default) Westfield B 1 (Alfie Wright), Wanderers B 4 (Paul Goodman, Richard Adams 2, Bob Hickson) St John A 6 (Richard Wills 2, Grant Timms 3, doubles Wills/Timms), Chesterwell A 9 (Valdi Papiernik 2, Graham Ellson 1, Stan Galkowski 2, doubles Galkowski/Ellson + 3 by default) Wanderers A 1 (Stewart Williams).

Once again Wanderers D showed that they are not going down without a fight as they put in another gallant performance against the Division Two leaders Chesterwell B before succumbing to a 10-0 loss.

Four games needed a fifth end but the bottom team side were on the wrong end of each. Graham Babbage was unlucky to be involved in two of them, but it was hat-tricks all round for Craig Dilley, Carl Singh and Luke Hughes. Singh and Dilley finished off a three-end doubles victory over Babbage and Roger Ellingham.

Higham Band C took the honours in the match of the big guns as they beat Wanderers C 7-3 with star player Pete Martin scoring a hat-trick.

Alan Wooten gave good support by winning twice and James Findlay mirrored that score for the visitors. Wooten and Martin added the doubles at the last hurdle against Findlay and Jon Taylor-Burt.

Westfield E continue to make speedy progress in the division with their fifth victory in a row – a 7-3 verdict over their own C team – moving them to third place.

William Shepherd registered another treble, there were two from Patryk Polanski and a single for Travis Holly. A Polanski and Shepherd doubles victory against Mark Ramsden and Peter Sheldrick, who also won twice for the C team, completed the job.

St John B just edged home 6-4 against Old Grammarians B thanks, in the main, to Steve Mansfield’s first hat-trick of the season. He and Paul Lipczak won the doubles against Martin Rice and Chris Smith 11-8 in the fifth.

Rice and Smith both won twice for the visitors with John Betts and Lipczak each scored a single victory for the home side.

A fifth hat-trick for Jonathan Edlund paved the way for a 6-4 victory for Westfield D in their clash with Chesterwell C with Jamie Coombes giving good support with a brace.

Coombes teamed up with Alfie Wright in the doubles, although they lost out 14-12 in the fifth end against Stuart Coles and Maxine Shears, who won twice in the singles, losing out to Edlund 8-11, 5-11, 9-11.

Results: Higham Band C 7 (Alan Wooten 2, Pete Martin 3, Nigel Magee, doubles Wooten/Martin) Wanderers C 3 (Jon Taylor-Burt, James Findlay 2), Wanderers D 0 Chesterwell B 10 (Craig Dilley 3, Luke Hughes 3, Carl Singh 3, doubles Dilley/Singh), Westfield C 3 (Peter Sheldrick 2, Dave Long) Westfield E 7 (Travis Holly, William Shepherd 3, Patryk Polanski 2, doubles Polanski/Shepherd), St John B 6 (Steve Mansfield 3, John Betts, Paul Lipczak, doubles Mansfield/Lipczak) Old Grammarians B 4 (Chris Smith 2, Martin Rice 2), Chesterwell C 4 (Maxine Shears 2, Clare Coles, doubles Stuart Coles/Shears) Westfield D 6 (Alfie Wright, Jamie Coombes 2, Jonathan Edlund 3).

Cup quarter-final result: Wanderers B (108) 458 (Paul Goodman 86/121, Richard Adams 119/110, Bob Hickson 104/125) Wanderers A (0) 390 (Tony Wharton 110/118, Stewart Williams 120/108, Andy Law 126/93).