THE SECOND (April) round of Wildmoor Tennis League Junior Cup pool matches have been completed and it is Alcester A, Chipping Campden A, Pershore and Alcester C leading the way.
In the Pool A matches at Alcester, the hosts’ A team pair of James Faulks and Ollie Linnett again dominated the group in winning all three matches – 6-2 against Alcester B, 6-2 over Stratford A and just edging out Henley 7-5.
Henley duo Kit Saltmarsh and Seb Carr, after unluckily losing that last matc, enjoyed the other two matches by beating Stratford A 6-2 and Alcester B 6-0.
A consolation victory was picked up by Stratford’s Jake Deaner and Tom Pinnock when they defeated Alcester B pair Gianluca Handy and Matthew Hands 6-0.
Alcester A lead the pool by three points.
The Pool B night was again played at Chipping Campden, but saw visitors Littletons A challenge current pool leaders Campden A.
Littletons pair William Bishop and Tom Cox dismissed the Campden A pair 6-1 before going on to beat Campden B 6-2 and Littletons B 6-2. This saw them move up to only a point behind leaders Campden A, whose boys Harrison Bays and Henry Hancock kept their position with wins over Campden B (6-2) and Littletons B. However, this last victory was only after a 7-6 tie-break result.
Unfortunate Littleton B pair William Howlett and Rowan Granacki claimed the final match 6-1 over Campden B boys Jonny Newstead and Cavan Lynch.
In Pool C played at Redditch, the hosts’ A pair Felix Shennan and Kian McGrath started well by surprising pool leaders Pershore when they beat them 6-2.
They were then surprised themselves by only just managing to squeeze home 7-6 against sister side Redditch B featuring Josh Tomlinson and Norbert Cygan after a tie-break.
Pershore kept their lead thanks to a 6-0 victory over Redditch B. This means they have the same 11 points as Redditch A but possess a better games difference of +21 to Redditch A’s +19.
Evesham were unable to field a team and so the other teams were awarded 6-0 walkovers.
Pool D proved just as tight at the top. Alcester C had a one-point lead before these group matches, but Shipston duo Thomas Glazebrook and Oscar Ward were in fine form for this encounter and managed victories over all three opponents.
They beat Bidford 6-1, Stratford B 6-2 and then after a fierce battle overcame leaders Alcester C 7-5.
For their part, Alcester lads Alex Beach and Matt Bocking bounced back to beat Stratford B 6-0 and Bidford 6-0. This means both share 11 points in the table but Alcester C keep the lead with a games difference of +27 to Shipston’s +18.