Wanderers move to the top with big victory

Phil Laurence won twice for Old Grammarians A
Phil Laurence won twice for Old Grammarians A

Wanderers E sit on top of Division Three in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League after an 8-2 victory over Higham Band B.

With all available players for Band B tied up or ill, they could only field two players.

Having played up for the A side earlier in the week and scoring two points against Westfield C, Deirdre Kiziak could only manage one in this clash.

David May and Derek Shears were unbeaten with May involved in the only five-set game against Kiziak, winning 12-14, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7.

Brian Pearce claimed victory over Chris Kiziak but the mother and son combination took the doubles for their second point.

Westfield E inflicted a 10-0 whitewash on Chesterwell E with Stuart Holroyd, Linda Freemen and Heather Sawyer all claiming hat-tricks.

Higham Harriers C closed the gap on Stanwick with a 7-3 success.

There was a second hat-trick for Craig Hartwell with two points each for Phill Inman and David Cowl, who both lost out to Stanwick’s Geoff Neville.

A scoreless Kevin Tivey took Hartwell to five ends but faded badly in the fifth.

A fourth-end doubles win gave Stanwick their final point.

League newcomers Kyle Ghanie and Manav Pandya scored three and two points respectively as WDHA Challengers beat Higham Harriers D 8-2.

Dev Patel also added two wins, losing out to Harriers’ Oliver Hicks, who was the only visitor to score.

Patel linked up with Ghanie to take the final doubles point in the fourth end.

Results: Chesterwell E 0 Wanderers E 10 (David May 3, Derek Shears 3, Steve Hoole 3, doubles May/Shears), Higham Harriers C 7 (Phillip Inman 2, David Cowl 2, Craig Hartwell 3) Stanwick TTC 3 (Geoff Neville 2, doubles Neville/Eaves), WDHA Challenger C 8 (Kyle Ghanie 3, Manav Pandya 2, Dev Patel 2, doubles Ghanie/Patel) Higham Harriers D 2 (Oliver Hicks 2), Wanderers E 8 (David May 2, Derek Shears 2, Brian Pearce + 3 points by default) Higham Band B 2 (Deirdre Kiziak, doubles Kiziak/Kiziak), Westfield E 10 (Heather Sawyer 3, Stuart Holroyd 3, Linda Freeman 3, doubles Holroyd/Freeman) Chesterwell E 0.

WDHA Royals fielded their strongest side and showed that if they continued in to do this, they could be strong contenders in Division One as they beat Wanderers A 9-1.

Tony Wharton, the Wellingborough League’s second-highest player in the county rankings, was unable to register as he failed to gain even a leg against Shivam and Mihir Mistry before going down to Rishan Patel.

Patel edged out Gene Brown in the fifth for the only other game to go the full distance and a whitewash looked certain.

But Wharton and Jon Taylor-Burt won with surprising ease 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 in the doubles for a consolation point.

Chesterwell B, who had performed excellently to date, were well below their best and did not do justice to their third place in the table as they were beaten 8-2 at Westfield A.

Graham Ellson, as expected, was well beaten by Kevin Bird in the opener but failed to register on the night, going down to Patryk Polanski and, in the biggest surprise of the league to date, to Travis Holly.

Carlton Ellwood and Luke Hughes both saw off Holly and both went down in four to Polanski.

Bird scored his normal, comfortable treble and joined Polanski for a doubles win over Ellwood and Hughes.

Results: WDHA Royals 9 (Shivam Mistry 3, Rishan Patel 3, Mihir Mistry 3) Wanderers A 1 (doubles Wharton/Taylor-Burt), Westfield A 8 (Kevin Bird 3, Travis Holly, Patryk Polanski 3, doubles Bird/Polanski) Chesterwell B 2 (Carlton Ellwood, Luke Hughes).

A Martin Rice hat-trick could not prevent Wanderers D from recording their first victory of the Division Two season as they beat Old Grammarians B 6-4.

There with two wins each for Roger Ellingham and Mike Howorth, together with an Ellingham and Babbage doubles and that proved to be just enough to take the overall success.

With their top guns missing from the side this week WDHA Superkings came down with a bump in a 9-1 defeat to Wanderers C.

Rahul Jethwa defeated Carl Singh to save a complete blank.

James Findlay and Singh won the doubles in the fifth end over Milan Pandya and Jethwa as Superkings suffered their first defeat of the season.

Martyn Reeves scored his fourth treble so far and was assisted by a double from Mick Malins and single for Neil Stevens to give visitors Higham Harriers B a 6-4 victory at Old Grammarians A.

For the home side, Phil Laurence won twice with Roger Fleming picking up a single, this pair teaming up together for a doubles win and narrow the deficit.

Deirdre Kiziak came mighty close to claiming a hat-trick while playing up for Higham Band A, just losing out 11-9 at the last hurdle against Charlie Clements in the 7-3 success at Westfield C.

Keith Stockley did manage a treble with Nigel Magee claiming a single over Lawrence Howlett and narrowly losing out to Clements in the fifth.

Stockley and Magee then added the doubles in three ends over Clements and Morrow.

Results: Wanderers D 6 (Roger Ellingham 2, Graham Babbage, Mike Howorth 2, doubles Ellingham/Babbage) Old Grammarians B 4 (David Bayes, Martin Rice 3), WDHA Superkings 1 (Rahul Jethwa) Wanderers C 9 (Carl Singh 2, Tony Wallis 3, James Findlay 3, doubles Findlay/Singh), Old Grammarians A 4 (Phil Laurence 2, Roger Fleming, doubles Laurence/Fleming) Higham Harriers B 6 (Neil Stevens, Martyn Reeves 3, Mick Malins 2), Westfield C 3 (Charlie Morrow, Charlie Clements 2) Higham Band A 7 (Nigel Magee, Keith Stockley 3, Deirdre Kiziak 2, doubles Magee/Stockley).