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Highs and lows as season nears its end

Stratford Editorial 11th Jul, 2017 Updated: 11th Jul, 2017

THE PENULTIMATE week of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League saw many titles, promotions and relegations settled, writes Will Scarle.

Premier Division champions Stratford (45) celebrated with a 3-1 win over fourth placed Redditch HDA (25), while Alcester A (30) remain second despite a shock 3-1 defeat to Henley-in-Arden (24).

Ardencote Manor (27) moved clear in third following a 3-1 win over Evesham (19), who are in real danger of the drop.

Alcester B claimed an invaluable 3-1 victory over Moreton-in-Marsh to move three points clear of the other two teams in the relegation zone.

Stratford regulars Callum Bailey and captain Tim Page beat Terry Iduitua and Joe Morris (Redditch HDA) 6-2, 6-4 and beat Paul Green and Lubo Smoliar 6-2, 6-3.

Adam Winwood and Mark Pritchard-Jeffs (Stratford) beat Green and Smoliar 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, but lost to Iduitua and Morris 1-6, 1-6.

Gareth Price and Matt Fielding (Alcester A) beat Brett Mackay and Sam Turner (Henley) 6-3, 7-5, but lost to Matt Williams and Tom Griffiths 4-6, 4-6.

Tim Kenneally and Emma Hubbard (Alcester A) lost to Williams and Griffiths 1-6, 1-6 and lost to Mackay and Turner 2-6, 3-6.

Although Ben Summers and Pete Thomas (Ardencote) began by losing to Andrew Crowther and Simon Wall (Evesham) 6-7, 5-7, they recovered to beat Julian Heath and Ray Foster-Morison 6-0, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Christian Hardy and Jack Smith (Ardencote) beat Heath and Foster-Morison 6-2, 6-3 and beat Crowther and Wall 6-2, 6-1.

A 3-1 victory for Alcester B means they just need a draw in their final match to survive in the Premier Division.

Charlie Watson and Tom Watson (Alcester B) beat Brian Lomas and Greg Stotesbury (Moreton) 6-4, 6-4 and beat James Elliott and Gary Jackson 6-2, 6-2.

Gareth Price and Pete Watson (Alcester B) lost to Elliott and Jackson 6-4, 5-7, 0-1, but beat Lomas and Stotesbury 6-4, 5-7, 1-0.

In Division One, Chipping Campden are champions with 39 points thanks to an excellent victory over Studley (29) who drop a place to fourth.

Pershore (33) move up to second and are still strong contenders for promotion thanks to a 4-0 win over relegated Snitterfield (6).

Littleton (32) drop to third after they were beaten 3-1 by mid-table Ardencote Manor B (26).

At the foot of the table, Stratford B (22) had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Claverdon (21) after fielding an ineligible player, costing them what would have been a 3-1 victory.

Division Two champions Inkberrow A (42) defeated Snitterfield B (13) who are relegated, whilst Alcester C clinched runners-up spot with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Shipston A (27) who drop to fifth.

In Division Three, Chipping Campden B (37) are champions following a 3-1 win over relegated Aston Cantlow (8).

Inkberrow B (30) are also promoted as runners-up after a 3-1 win over fourth placed Warwick (25).

Division Four and Five will have three teams promoted this year only. Division Four champions Bidford A (43) lost 3-1 at second placed Inkberrow C (33) who are promoted.

Meanwhile, third placed Redditch HDA C (31) enjoyed a terrific 4-0 victory over mid-table Bidford B (24) and Evesham B (28) kept their hopes of promotion alive with a 4-0 win over relegated Moreton C (5).

Fifth placed Wildmoor Spa A (27) consolidated their position and doomed Moreton-in-Marsh B (17) to relegation alongside their C team with a 4-0 result.

In Division Five, Shipston-on-Stour B (34) can celebrate promotion after a great 3-1 win over Chipping Campden C (29) who slipped to fourth place, but have a game in hand.

Climbing another place to second spot, Tysoe (31) enjoyed a 3-1 win over Wildmoor Spa B (22). Warwickshire County Council (30) moved into the third promotion place with 30 points thanks to a 3-1 victory over lowly Inkberrow D (21).

Fifth placed Henley-in-Arden C (26) defeated bottom side Redditch HDA D (10) 4-0.

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