7th Jul, 2020

There's no stopping super Stratford

Liam Moakes 6th Jun, 2017

CHAMPIONS Stratford (29 points) are pulling away at the top of the Wildmoor Spa League Premier Division after defeating nearest rivals Ardencote Manor 4-0 in week eight.

The leaders are now ten points clear of Ardencote after their top pair Callum Bailey and Cameron Malik beat Jack Smith and Ben Summers 6-3, 6-2 and Richard Lucas and Christian Hardy 6-1, 6-0.

Chris Marrow and Simon West defeated Lucas and Hardy 6-2, 7-6 and beat Smith and Summers 3-6, 7-5, 1-0.

Alcester A beat their club-mates Alcester B 3-1 to pull clear in third on 17 points. Tom Watson and Stuart Beach (Alcester A) beat Gareth Price and Matt Fielding 6-2, 6-0 and James Morley-Cotterell and Sam Thruston-Nend 6-2, 6-3.

Alex Woodbridge and Pete Watson (Alcester A) defeated Morley-Cotterell and Thruston-Nend 6-1, 7-5 but lost to Price and Fielding 4-6, 4-6.

Redditch HDA A (14) and Evesham (14) met and the Redditch side claimed a 3-1 victory to go level with Evesham in fifth place.

Tomas Cop and Tim Bradley (HDA) edged out Andrew Crowther and Simon Wall 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 after a marathon tie-break, before beating Julian Heath and Ray Foster-Morison 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Matt Gill and Lubo Smoliar (HDA) just squeezed home 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 against Heath and Foster-Morison, before losing to Crowther and Wall 3-6, 2-6.

Henley-in-Arden (16) leapt up to fourth after a 3-1 win over Moreton-in-Marsh, leaving Moreton (8) and Alcester B (11) in some bother.

Things started badly for Henley as their opening pair Oli Didlick and Brett Mackay lost their first rubber 1-6, 0-6 against James Elliott and Gary Jackson, before rallying to claim their second rubber against Brian Lomas and Chris Elliott 7-6, 3-6, 1-0.

Tom Griffiths and Matt Williams (Henley) beat Lomas and Elliott 6-3, 6-3 and Elliott and Jackson 6-3, 3-6, 1-0.

Division One leaders Chipping Campden (25) moved further clear after another 4-0 win, this time against Ardencote B (12).

Second placed Littleton faced a vital battle against third placed Studley and the result was vital. In the event, it was a 2-2 draw which meant Littleton remained second with 21 points, while Studley A sit joint third with Pershore on 20.

Pershore enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Claverdon (11) who are in the bottom two. Stratford B (15) moved up to fifth after their 3-1 win over bottom placed Snitterfield (4).

Match of the week was in Division Two between the top two as leaders Henley B travelled to Inkberrow A. With only a point between them, there was much at stake, and Inkberrow completely reversed their earlier defeat to Henley by beating them 3-1 to gain the lead with 24 points.

Henley are second on 23, whilst Alcester C (17) sit joint third after inflicting a 4-0 defeat on bottom side Studley B (6).

FISSC (17) are also joint third after a 4-0 walkover against Shipston who failed to field a team and are fined and had two points deducted. Claverdon B (15) were 4-0 victors over Snitterfield B (9).

In Division Three, top two Redditch HDA B (21) and Chipping Campden B (20) are still battling for supremacy.

HDA kept their slim one-point advantage with a 4-0 win over Aston Cantlow (3), while Campden also beat Cantlow 4-0 in a rearranged match.

Inkberrow B and Pershore B are joint third on 17 points after a 3-1 victory for the latter in the battle between the sides.

Warwick (16) are fifth following their 3-1 win over bottom side Claverdon C (2).

Bidford A (29) continue to dominate Division Four despite being held to a 2-2 draw by sister side Bidford B (12).

Second placed Inkberrow C (22) were also held to a 2-2 draw by Redditch HDA C (18), who are now joint third with Evesham B after the latter’s 3-1 defeat to fifth placed Wildmoor Spa A (15).

Moreton-in-Marsh B (11) beat sister side Moreton C (3) and both remain in the bottom two.

Shipston B (22) are top of Division Five after beating bottom team Redditch HDA D. Second placed Chipping Campden C (20) were held to a 2-2 draw at fourth placed Henley C (17).

Warwickshire County Council (18) remain third after drawing 2-2 with Wildmoor Spa B (13). Tysoe (16) earned a draw at Inkberrow D (12).

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