5th Dec, 2016

Champions Stratford prove their credentials

Liam Moakes 18th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WEEK three of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League saw champions Stratford stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Division with 11 points after a convincing 4-0 victory over Claverdon.

Alcester are three points behind in second place thanks to their 4-0 away win over Ardencote Manor, who drop to equal third on seven points following this defeat.

Evesham climbed to join Ardencote in equal third with a 3-1 win over Studley, while Moreton-in-Marsh moved up to fifth spot on six points by defeating sixth placed Henley-in-Arden (five points) 3-1.

Stratford’s top pair Callum Bailey and Will Morley-Cotterell dropped only three games in their rubbers as they beat Richard Butler and Carsten Astheimer 6-1, 6-2 and defeated Andy Ashley and his Claverdon partner 6-0, 6-0.

Tim Page and Simon West beat Ashley and partner 6-1, 6-1 and saw off Butler and Astheimer 6-1, 6-3.

Alcester enjoyed another straight sets victory, this time away to Ardencote Manor. Gareth Price and Stuart Beach beat Christian Hardy and Pete Thomas (Ardencote) 6-0, 6-2 and defeated Ben Summers and Jake Smith (Ardencote) 6-2, 6-2.

Tim Kenneally and Pete Watson (Alcester) beat Summers and Smith 6-1, 6-2 and defeated Hardy and Thomas 6-1, 7-5.

Evesham continued their climb up the table with a good win at Studley. Their top pair on the night, Julian Heath and Simon Wall, beat Martyn Richards and Jack Richie 6-1, 6-4 and defeated Damian Hampton and Mark Willmore 6-3, 6-4.

Chris Francis and Ray Foster-Morison (Evesham) lost to Hampton and Willmore 3-6, 2-6 but beat Richards and Richie 6-3, 6-2.

Moreton-in-Marsh made headway with their 3-1 win as James Elliott and Gary Jackson beat Tom Griffiths and John Lee 6-1, 6-0 and defeated Brett Mackay and Sam Turner 6-0, 7-5.

Brian Lomas and Greg Stotesbury lost to Mackay and Turner 4-6, 4-6 but beat Griffiths and Lee 6-2, 6-2.

In Division One HDA Redditch opened up a three-point lead with eight points, which owed much to their 4-0 win at the expense of Ardencote Manor B, although the match was closer fought than the score suggests.

No less than five teams share second spot with five points apiece. They are Alcester B, Littleton, Snitterfield, Studley B and Whitnash.

Littleton defeated Alcester B 3-1, Whitnash beat Snitterfield 3-1 and Studley B overcame Pershore 3-1.

In Division Two Stratford B emulated their A team as they lead the table with 11 points. They again enjoyed a 4-0 victory, this time over fourth placed Chipping Campden A (six).

Inkberrow A are hot on their heels a point behind after beating Studley C 4-0, whilst FISSC moved up to third place with seven points following a 4-0 straight sets win over Aston Cantlow, who have yet to register a point.

The match between Snitterfield B and Claverdon B was postponed due to rain.

Division Three results brought about another change at the top as Shipston A took the lead with ten points thanks to their 4-0 win over HDA B Redditch. (four).

Henley B moved up to second with nine points after they pushed Inkberrow B (eight) down to third spot after beating them 4-0. Ilmington (seven) claimed fourth place with their 3-1 defeat of fifth placed Alcester C (five).

In Division Four Pershore B stay top with ten points after a 4-0 win against Wildmoor Spa A (three). Moreton-in-Marsh B (eight) stay joint second after a straight sets win over Littleton B (three).

Warwick are the other team in joint second after a 3-1 win over Moreton C (five). Chipping Campden B (seven) moved up to fourth position with a 2-2 draw at home to HDA C Redditch (four).

In Division Five Bidford A stay top with seven points despite their game against Warwickshire County Council having to be stopped due to rain to be completed later.

This allowed Bidford B and Evesham B to join them at the top after Bidford B beat Wildmoor Spa B 3-1 and Evesham B defeated HDA D Redditch 3-1.

Shipston-on-Stour B jumped up to fourth place with five points thanks to their 4-0 victory over Chipping Campden C.