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There's no stopping super Stratford

Stratford Editorial 6th Jun, 2017   0

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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