Table Tennis - Harriers win it by 50 points

Devlin Whitmore grabbed a treble for Chesterwell D in their 6-4 success over Higham Band D
Devlin Whitmore grabbed a treble for Chesterwell D in their 6-4 success over Higham Band D

Higham Harriers A have won Division Three in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League by a massive 50-point after they completed their season with a 9-1 success at Westfield F.

Norman Wooster maintained his 100 per cent record and only Westfield’s Sidney Wright could dent the champions’ armour when taking Eil Stevens (11-7) in the fourth end.

Westfield G moved up two places to take second spot by one point after an 8-2 success over Stanwick.

Ethan Ali registered his third hat-trick without losing an end. Glenn Morris and Mark Holly both won twice, with both losing to Stanwick’s Carl Eaves.

A two-man Chesterwell D team took all available points apart from the doubles, which saw a first-time pairing for Chris Kiziak and Maf Davis. Chesterwell ran out 6-4 winners at Higham Band D.

Results: Higham Band D 4 (doubles Chris Kiziak/Maf Davis +3 by default) Chesterwell D 6 (Bryan Farrar 3, Devlin Whitmore 3), Westfield F 1 (Sidney Wright) Higham Harriers A 9 (Norman Wooster 3, Neil Stevens 2, Mick Malins 3, doubles Wooster/Stevens), Westfield G 8 (Ethan Ali 3, Glenn Morris 2, Mark Holly 2, doubles Ali/Morris) Stanwick 2 (Carl Eaves 2).

Thrapston kept alive their slim hopes of finishing as runners-up in Division One with a narrow 6-4 win over Wanderers A, whose poor finish had ruined their own chances.

Mark Stockley scored his sixth treble of the campaign but was taken to five by both Tony Wharton and Gene Brown, winning out 11-5 in both instances.

Ian Donaldson and Chris Warliker both saw off Brown but were unable to get further wins when losing to Wharton and Andy Law. With the match dependent on the doubles, Warliker and Stockley beat Law and Wharton to clinch the victory.

In the battle for the wooden spoon, Old Grammarians A emerged victorious by a 6-4 scoreline over Higham Band B.

For the losers, Stephen Woolston gained his expected treble but was pushed by Mick Ball before winning out in five.

Tony Penn again drew a blank and, although Alan Woolston gained a rare win over Phil Laurence in five, it was their only other success. Laurence and Ball won out 13-15, 15-13, 3-11, 11-6, 11-3 over the Woolstons to clinch the victory.

Wanderers B found the unusual high lobbing style of Nigel Payne disconcerting and he duly gained his third treble of the season in Westfield B’s 6-4 success – his highlight being a 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 win over Richard Adams.

Adams comfortably saw off Chris Alder and Tom Wildman but with Paul Goodman failing to register, Bob Hickson’s win over Alder and a doubles success for Adams and Hickson over Alder and Wildman failed to stave off defeat.

Results: Thrapston 6 (Ian Donaldson, Mark Stockley 3, Chris Warliker, doubles Warliker/Stockley) Wanderers A 4 (Tony Wharton 2, Andy Law 2), Old Grammarians A 6 (Phil Laurence, Mick Ball 2, Perce Sharp 2, doubles Laurence/Ball) Higham Band B 4 (Alan Woolston, Stephen Woolston 3), Wanderers B 4 (Richard Adams 2, Bob Hickson, doubles Adams/Hickson) Westfield B 6 (Chris Alder, Tom Wildman 2, Nigel Payne 3).

With two games to play, Wanderers C are keeping up the pressure at the top end of Division Two with their latest victory being an emphatic 9-1 success at Westfield C.

Jon Taylor-Burt came up with his customary treble, mirrored by James Findlay, with Maurice Jones winning twice for the visitors. Dave Long was the home the victor over Jones. Peter Sheldrick and Mark Ramsden lost the doubles to Findlay and Taylor-Burt in the fifth.

Wanderers D completed their season with a familiar outcome as they went down 7-3 to Westfield D.

Hat-tricks were recorded by both Milan Modha and Owen Morris and Jamie Coombes scored the seventh point with a fifth-end victory over Roger Ellingham but lost out to Graham Babbage and Mike Howorth. Ellingham and Babbage’s evening did end with a victory in the doubles against Morris and Modha.

Chesterwell C edged out Old Grammarians B 6-4 to seal their third win of the season.

Maxine Shears, who has impressed all season, bagged her eighth hat-trick and she was supported by Clare Coles, who won twice.

For the visitors, Chris Smith, Martin Rice and David Bayes all had a single victories. Smith and Rice took the doubles in five over Clare and Stuart Coles, who also notched a single over Smith.

The young Westfield E side finished off their season with another fine performance against St John B with just one game requiring a fourth end in an 8-2 success, Travis Holly seeing off Steve Mansfield 11-7.

For St John, John Betts and Alan Hill battled hard against Holly but, other than that, it was plain sailing for Westfield. Patryk Polanski and William Shepherd, who both registered trebles, finished in style when taking the doubles in three ends over Betts and Mansfield.

Results: Wanderers D 3 (Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Westfield D 7 (Milan Modha 3, Jamie Coombes, Owen Morris 3), Westfield C 1 (Dave Long) Wanderers C 9 (James Findlay 3, Maurice Jones 2, Jon Taylor-Burt 3, doubles Findlay/Taylor-Burt), Chesterwell C 6 (Clare Coles 2, Maxine Shears 3, Stuart Coles) Old Grammarians B 4 (Chris Smith, Martin Rice, David Bayes, doubles Smith/Rice), St John B 2 (Alan Hill, John Betts) Westfield E 8 (Travis Holly, Patryk Polanski 3, William Shepherd 3, doubles Polanski/Shepherd).