13th Jul, 2020

Champions lay down an early marker

Liam Moakes 4th May, 2017

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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