Champions lay down an early marker - The Stratford Observer

Champions lay down an early marker

Stratford Editorial 4th May, 2017   0

REIGNING Wildmoor Spa Premier League champions Stratford stretched their lead at the top to three points thanks to a 4-0 victory over hosts Evesham.

Ardencote Manor moved up to second place with eight points thanks to their 3-1 home win over Alcester A and in third with seven points are newly-promoted Redditch HDA A who claimed a 3-1 home win over Moreton-in-Marsh.

Henley-in-Arden could only muster a 2-2 draw at home to the other newly-promoted side Alcester B.

Stratford were made to fight hard as their second pair were taken to championship tie-break deciders in both rubbers before emerging as victors.

Top Stratford pair Callum Bailey and Tom Righton had no such problem beating John Clarke and Julian Heath 6-0, 6-1 and then Ray Foster-Morison and Simon Wall 6-1, 6-1.

Adam Winwood and Ed Bosley just squeezed out Foster-Morison and Wall 3-6, 6-0, 1-0, then did the same to Clarke and Heath 3-6, 6-3, 1-0.

Ardencote Manor’s win was also hard fought. The match opened poorly for Ardencote as their pairing of Christian Hardy and Phil Silk went down in the opening rubber 1-6, 2-6 to Alcester A captain Tim Kenneally and partner Marcus Powell.

However, the Ardencote pair bounced back to win the second rubber 6-0, 6-0 against David Dykes and Chris Hewitt.

On the other court Ben Summers and Jack Smith (Alcester A) beat Dykes and Hewitt 6-0, 6-0 before denying Kenneally and Powell another rubber in a close contest 5-7, 6-3, 1-0.

Redditch HDA A moved up to third with a tidy 3-1 win over Moreton-in-Marsh. The opening rubber was keenly contested before Tom Bradley and Tomas Cop (HDA) overcame Brian Lomas and James Elliott 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 after a championship tie-break.

The HDA pair then went on to beat Chris Elliott and Gary Jackson 6-3, 6-0. HDA captain Terry Iduitua and Lubo Smoliar beat Elliott and Jackson 6-3, 6-3 but lost to Lomas and Elliott 5-7, 2-6.

In the other Premier Division fixture, Henley-in-Arden drew 2-2 with Alcester B.

The visitors took the first two rubbers as first Sam Turner and Max Rettallack (Henley) lost to Gareth Price and Jack Herdsman in a tie-breaker match 6-3, 5-7, 0-1.

They then redeemed themselves by beating Matt Fielding and Barney Williams (Alcester B) 6-7,7-5, 1-0 in another tie-break finish.

On the other court, Tom Griffiths and Brett Mackay (Henley) lost 0-6, 0-6 to Fielding and Williams but they also won their return rubber 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 in a third tie-break finish.

In Division One Chipping Campden stay top with 11 points thanks to another win, this time 3-1 at the expense of host side Littleton (5).

The big match of the week was between the two teams in equal second before their match, as Stratford B and Pershore played at Stratford.

The result was a 2-2 draw which meant both stayed second with seven points.

Studley moved up the table to take fourth spot with six points after they beat Snitterfield (2) 3-1.

Claverdon (5) entertained Ardencote B (5) but Claverdon lost 3-1 which allowed Ardencote B to join them and Littleton in fifth place, all with five points each.

Division Two leaders Henley B (12) are looking strong after an important maximum 4-0 win over second placed Snitterfield B (7).

Alcester C (6) are fourth due to their 2-2 draw with fourth placed FISSC (5). They are joined by Shipston A (5) who were pleased to record their first win of the season, 3-1 over Claverdon B (4).

Inkberrow A (7) moved up to joint second with Snitterfield B as they enjoyed a good 4-0 home win against bottom placed Studley B (2).

In Division Three Redditch HDA B stay top with 11 points after they enjoyed a convincing 4-0 victory over Claverdon C.

Claverdon stay rooted to the bottom alongside Aston Cantlow, who had no match, both without a point so far.

Warwick lie second on eight points after drawing 2-2 at fifth placed Pershore B (5). Chipping Campden B moved up to join Inkberrow B in joint fourth with six points after they beat the latter 4-0 at Inkberrow.

Bidford A on 12 points increased their lead at the top of Division Four with another resounding 4-0 win, this time over bottom team Moreton-in-Marsh C who have yet to register a league point.

Wildmoor Spa stay second with nine points despite being held to a 2-2 draw with Redditch HDA C.

Inkberrow C moved up on nine points to join Wildmoor Spa in second after beating Bidford B (1) 3-1. Evesham B moved up to equal fifth in the table to share with Moreton-in-Marsh B, both on five points after Evesham beat Moreton B 4-0.

A surprise result in Division Five saw Chipping Campden C (8) lose 3-1 to Redditch HDA D.

Leaders Shipston B (11) beat Wildmoor Spa B (4) 3-1. Third placed Warwickshire County Council (6) are now joined by Tysoe (6) after newcomers Tysoe defeated County Council 3-1 on their home courts.

Henley C (2) lost 3-1 at home to Inkberrow D (4).


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