Wanderers C claimed a 10-0 whitewash against Old Grammarians B in Division Two of the Wellingborough & District League - but the scoreline didn’t quite tell the full story.
Only two of the 10 games were decided by the short route with OGs’ Martin Rice and Colin Lord unlucky to both lose out in the fifth end on two of their three singles games against James Findlay and Tony Wallis while both lost to Maurice Jones in four.
Only two sets needed an extra end as St John B saw off Higham Harriers B 9-1.
Alan Hill’s match against Craig Hartwell was one of them with Hill winning out 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 and the other was the doubles where David Hatherall and Paul Lipczak encountered Hartwell and Neil Stevens and lost out as newly-promoted Harriers secured their only point of the match.
It was a brutal baptism of fire for Phill Inman, Hartwell and Stevens from the experienced trio of Hill, Hatherall and Lipczak, who all registered hat-tricks.
Higham Band A’s 8-2 success at Wanderers D was another match that was closer than the scoreline suggested with the visitors winning three of the four fifth-end sets on the night to secure the victory.
Roger Ellingham won out 11-2, 10-12, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7 over Deirdre Kiziak and Dave May likewise in four ends (18-16, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8) for Wanderers’ only points.
Nigel Magee and Keith Stockley secured hat-tricks with Kiziak picking up a single with her win over Graham Babbage and joining with Magee to take the doubles in three ends 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 over Ellingham and Babbage.
The clash between Chesterwell Cand Westfield C ended in a 5-5 draw.
Maxine Shears, who is usually on top form and registering hat-tricks, only managed to score one against Mark Holly, as did Clare Coles.
Stuart Coles went one better with an additional point over Tim Mason while the only unbeaten player on the night was Westfield’s Steve Fuller, although he was pushed to a fifth end by both Stuart and Clare Coles.
The Coles duo contested the doubles against Mason and Fuller, winning out in five 11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 10-12, 13-11 to earn a draw.
Results: Wanderers D 2 (Roger Ellingham, Dave May) Higham Band A 8 (Deirdre Kiziak, Keith Stockley 3, Nigel Magee 3, doubles Kiziak/Magee), Chesterwell C 5 (Maxine Shears, Stuart Coles 2, Clare Coles, doubles Coles/Coles) Westfield C 5 (Tim Mason 2, Steve Fuller 3), Old Grammarians B 0 Wanderers C 10 (James Findlay 3, Tony Wallis 3, Maurice Jones 3, doubles Findlay/Wallis), St John B 9 (Alan Hill 3, David Hatherall 3, Paul Lipczak 3) Higham Harriers B 1 (doubles Stevens/Hartwell).
For the second successive week in Division One, a side fielded two players and won comfortably as Chesterwell B beat Higham Harriers A 7-3.
The hosts’ dreadful start continued and although Graham Bird and Norman Wooster gained legs against Graham Ellson and Carlton Ellwood, they never really threatened and with Mick Malins well off pace, the only close match was the doubles, where Ellson/Ellwood won out 14-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-13, 11-5 over Bird and Wooster.
WDHA Royals fielded only only one of their winning side from the opening week as they went down 6-4 at Chesterwell A.
An unusual feature was that they registered one win each, but against different opponents.
Perhaps the most unlikely result was Mike Pond going down 11-6, 12-14, 10-12, 6-11 to Amit Shah.
Ethan Ali made a winning return against Valdy Papiernik (11-5, 11-7, 11-2) and Abin Islam won out 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 over Stan Galkowski.
A fourth point for the Royals was earned in the doubles where Ali and Shah beat Pond and Galkowski 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7.
Ian Donaldson, who tends to start the season well, followed this trend with an excellent treble, as Thrapston beat St John 7-3.
His highlight was an 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 win over Grant Timms.
Chris Warliker lost out 11-13, 12-14, 11-9, 9-11, 4-11 to Timms but saw off Jon Perkins and Richard Wills with reasonable ease.
Wills gained a third point for the visitors with a 11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8, win over Alan Tyler, who was making his return after a lengthy absence.
St John A were somewhat unlucky not to gain a further point when Perkins and Timms went down 11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11 to Donaldson and Warliker in the doubles.
A hard fought treble by Steve Kendall earned visitors Old Grammarians A a 5-5 draw at Wanderers B.
He was taken to five by both Stewart Williams and Bob Hickson, winning out 11-8 and 11-9 respectively.
He then joined with Mick Ball for a 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 doubles win over Williams and Hickson.
Ball opened his account for the season with a 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 success over Hickson and Phil Laurence, although failing to register, gained a leg in all three encounters.
Results: Chesterwell A 6 (Valdy Papiernik 2, Stan Galkowski 2, Mike Pond 2) WDHA Royals 4 (Ethan Ali, Amit Shah, Abin Islam, doubles Ali/Shah), Thrapston 7 (Ian Donaldson 3, Chris Warliker 2, Alan Tyler, doubles Donaldson/Warliker) St John A 3 (Richard Wills, Grant Timms 2), Higham Harriers A 3 (3 points by default) Chesterwell B 7 (Graham Ellson 3, Carlton Ellwood 3, doubles Ellson/Ellwood), Wanderers B 5 (Paul Goodman, Stewart Williams 2, Bob Hickson 2) Old Grammarians A 5 (Mick Ball, Steve Kendall 3, doubles Kendall/Ball).
There was a reversal of fortunes for Stanwick in Division Three as they were on the end of a 9-1 defeat to Chesterwell D.
They were without their star players Geoff Neville and Kevin Tivey as Daniel Mann continued his winning ways from last season for Chesterwell.
He was ably assisted by Jonathan Driscoll who also secured a hat-trick.
Duncan Wright dropped the single point against Stanwicks’ Carl Eaves and was pushed to five ends against Al Hayes and Jon Tuplin before winning out 11-5 and 11-4 respectively.
No-one from Higham Band B could get the better of Higham Harriers C’s Oli Hicks, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-5 draw despite being pushed to a fourth end by Devlin Whitmore, Stuart Futrill and Neil Thompson.
Whitmore and Futrill earned two wins each with their victories over Katie Hicks and Jamie Laughton with Katie Hicks earning a single thanks to a victory over Thompson.
The Hicks duo took the doubles, again in four ends, to earn the draw.
Wanderers E claimed an unsurprising 10-0 victory over WDHA Knightriders, who had two new signings in the ranks.
Dave May, in his second match of the week, was the only player to be extended when being taken to four ends by Anish Patel but the remaining singles and doubles were won by Wanderers in three ends.
Results: Higham Band B 5 (Devlin Whitmore 2, Neil Thompson, Stuart Futrill 2) Higham Harriers C 5 (Oli Hicks 3, Katie Hicks, doubles Hicks/Hicks), Stanwick VHTTC 1 (Carl Eaves) Chesterwell D 9 (Johnathan Driscoll 3, Duncan Wright 2, Daniel Mann 3, doubles Driscoll/Mann), Wanderers E 10 (David May 3, Derek Shears 3, Steve Hoole 3, doubles Shears/Hoole) WDHA Knightriders 0.