Westfield A’s dominance continues

Paul Goodman claimed a hat-trick in Wanderers B's 9-1 win over Chesterwell B
Paul Goodman claimed a hat-trick in Wanderers B's 9-1 win over Chesterwell B

Westfield A continue to dominate Division One in the Wellingborough & District Table Tennis League.

And they showed their strength with an 8-2 win over second-placed Wanderers A.

Alex Aston and Daniel Smalley registered trebles with reasonable ease although Andy Law won a deuce opener against Aston and Smalley went down (16-18) in the opener to Law.

As normal, Nitin Patel was targeted and although he comfortably saw off Gene Brown, he went down in the fifth ends to Tony Wharton and Law respectively.

Lacking Graham Ellson, Chesterwell B put in by far their worst display of the season as they went down 9-1 to Wanderers B – who had been winless and suffered heavy cup defeats.

Luke Hughes and Carl Sing both failed to register and it was left to a battling Craig Dilley to fly the flag.

He went down 11-8 and 12-10 in the fifth to Paul Goodman and Richard Adams respectively but gained some consolation with a win over Bob Hickson.

The match between strugglers Works Warriors and Old Grammarians had a 5-5 drawn written all over it, and so it proved.

Stephen Woolston, the leading playing amongst the division’s lower clubs, comfortably saw off Mick Ball and Phil Laurence but needed five against Perce Sharp.

Alan Woolston continued his poor form, failing to register, but Roger Fleming managed his second win of the season against Sharp.

This left the result dependent on the doubles and the Woolstons won their fourth of the season over Laurence and Ball to earn the hosts a draw.

Results: Westfield A 8 (Alex Aston 3, Nitin Patel, Daniel Smalley 3, doubles Aston/Smalley) Wanderers A 2 (Andy Law, Tony Wharton), Wanderers B 9 (Paul Goodman 3, Richard Adams 3, Bob Hickson 2, doubles Goodman/Adams) Chesterwell B 1 (Craig Dilley), Works Warriors 5 (Stephen Woolston 3, Roger Fleming, doubles Woolston/Woolston) Old Grammarians A 5 (Phil Laurence 2, Mick Ball 2, Perce Sharp).

Westfield C opened up a substantial gap at the top of Division Two with a superb 8-2 victory against second-placed Wanderers C.

With both Ethan Ali and Jon Taylor-Burt standing on 100 per cent records from five matches, it was youngster Ali who claimed the bragging rights with another impressive hat-trick.

Cameron Elliott won twice as did Travis Holly and with Ali and Holly adding the doubles in the fourth against Taylor-Burt and James Findlay, it polished off a fine win. Taylor-Burt won twice but it was a rare blank night for Findlay.

A Norman Wooster hat-trick paved the way for another impressive victory for Higham Harriers as they beat Higham Band A 6-4.

Support came from Graham Bird who won twice with Wooster and Bird teaming up to take the doubles by the short route against Pete Martin and Keith Stockley.

Martin also winning twice for the home side, with Stockley and Nigel Magee making up the four points for Band A.

Maxine Shears and John Henderson shared valuable points for Chesterwell C in their 5-5 draw with St John B.

Once again, Shears hit the treble train with Henderson winning twice.

For St John, David Hatherall also won twice and, with Steve Mansfield and Paul Lipczak notching a single apiece, the latter pairing went on to win the doubles in three ends over Shears and Clare Coles.

Carlton Ellwood continued his fine form for the season by hitting his fifth hat-trick in Westfield E’s 6-4 win at Old Grammarians B. Peter Sheldrick and Mark Ramsden each chipped in with a single apiece.

Ellwood, along with Sheldrick, secured victory by winning the doubles against Chris Smith and David Bayes in four ends. Bayes and Smith winning two points each.

Results: St John B 5 (David Hatherall 2, Steve Mansfield, Paul Lipczak, doubles Lipczak/Mansfield) Chesterwell C 5 (John Henderson 2, Maxine Shears 3), Higham Band A (Pete Martin 2, Keith Stockley, Nigel Magee, doubles Martin/Stockley) Higham Harriers A 5 (Graham Bird 2, Norman Wooster 3), Old Grammarians B 4 (Chris Smith 2, David Bayes 2) Westfield E 6 (Peter Sheldrick, Carlton Ellwood 3, Mark Ramsden, doubles Sheldrick/Ellwood), Westfield C 8 (Cameron Elliott 2, Ethan Ali 3, Travis Holly 2, doubles Ali/Holly) Wanderers C 2 (Jon Taylor-Burt 2).

There was a full house for Wanderers E against Higham Band B, which moved them level on points with Division Three leaders WDHA Royals, although they have played a game more.

Despite some extremely close sets, Fred Sorrell and Deirdre Kiziak battled in vain. David May, Derek Shears and Brian Pearce, who was playing up from the F team scored all the points, plus three by default as Higham only had two players.

Earlier, May was unstoppable for Wanderers E but, even though his partners were scoreless, they still claimed a 6-4 win over Wanderers F.

Brian Pearce and Diana Wiseman won two points each for the F team but gave away three by turning out with only two players. Shears and May won the decisive doubles point in three ends

A good performance from Higham Harriers B and a 6-4 win over Westfield F put them clear of their opponents by a point.

Bob Collyer, Martyn Reeves and Craig Hartwell all scored two points each but all came unstuck against Piotr Polanski who edged out Hartwell and Reeves in the fifth end.

The WDHA Royals just held on to the top spot as all three players took two points each in their 6-4 success at Stanwick.

Stanwicks’ Ian Baldock proved a bit too strong for the young team and won his fourth hat-trick.

Carl Eaves had a good set against Kishan Patel, going down 14-16, 14-16, 9-11. The doubles was also a tussle, seeing Stanwick win 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11.

A two-player Wanderers F team saw each of them claime a point off Milan Pandya at the last hurdle but all the others went to WDHA Super Kings, who ran out 8-2 winners.

Rishan Patel and Jack Bain were unbeaten and added the doubles against Pearce and Wiseman.

Results: Wanderers E 6 (David May 2, Derek Shears, doubles Shears/May + 3 by default) Wanderers F 4 (Brian Pearce 2, Diana Wiseman 2), Higham Harriers B 6 (Bob Collyer 2, Martyn Reeves 2, Craig Hartwell 2) Westfield F 4 (Piotr Polanski 3, doubles Polanski/Mark Holly), Stanwick 4 (Ian Baldock 3, doubles Baldock/Carl Eaves) WDHA Royals 6 (Shivam Mistry 2, Shyam Bavalia 2, Kishan Patel 2), WDHA Superkings 8 (Rishan Patel 2, Jack Bain 2, doubles Patel/Bain + 3 by default) Wanderers F 2 (Brian Pearce, Diana Wiseman), Wanderers E 10 (David May 2, Brian Pearce 2, Derek Shears 2, doubles May/Shears + 3 by default) Higham Band B 0.