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Evesham Hold on to 2-2 Away Draw

Wildmoor Spa Tennis League-2015 (Week 3)

Last Updated: May 18, 2015 07:25pm
Bidford-on-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Corin Bishop
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Wildmoor Spa Tennis League-2015-10 (Week 3)

Week three of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League, covering the South Warwickshire area and parts of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, saw the competition at the top increase as current Champions Stratford-on-Avon drew equal at the top on 9 points with Evesham following Stratford’s convincing 4-0 win over bottom side Studley B.  Meanwhile, leaders Evesham were held to a 2-2 draw away to fourth placed Ardencote Manor.  Studley A drop a place to third on 8 points after they too were held to a 2-2 draw away to bottom but one team Littleton.  Finally, Alcester on 6 points stay fifth after sharing a 2-2 draw with sixth placed Henley-in-Arden on 5 points. 

Stratford, after a wobbly start, regained the top of the table with Evesham after this 4-0 victory over Studley B.  This technically puts them at the top despite sharing with Evesham as they are +13 in sets to Evesham’s +11.  Host captain Tim Page with Will Morley-Cotterall lead from the front beating Dave Douglas & Mark Wilmore (Studley B) 6-0, 6-2 and then James Fitton & Chris McGregor (Studley B) 6-0, 6-1.  Stratford’s other pair Richard Monk & Ralf Nielsen beat Fitton & McGregor 6-3, 6-4 and beat Douglas & Wilmore 6-0, 6-4.

Evesham lost some ground over their adversaries after being held to this 2-2 draw at Ardencote.  The opening rubber went Evsham’s way as Ardencote captain Myles Wilcox-Smith & Christian Hardy went down 4-6, 3-6 to Evesham’s John Clarke & Chris Francis.  They then lost out to Evesham pair Simon Wall & Andy Crowther after a Tie-Break 3-6, 6-7 (3-7).  However Ardencote’s other pairing of Ben Summers & Rich Butler surprised Evesham by beating Wall & Crowther 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) in the closest of third set Championship Tie-Breaks, before going on to also defeat Wilcox-Smith & Hardy 6-4, 6-4.     

Studley A also lost ground and a Premier Division position with a 2-2 draw at Littleton.  Sean Witheford & Dave Rudge (Littleton) lost to Damian Hampton & Mark Wilmore (Studley A) 6-4, 6-7, 0-1 (6-10).  They then beat Martyn Richards & Paul Farmer (Studley A)  7-6, 6-1.  Richard Herborn & Simon Blewitt (Littleton) beat Richards & Farmer 6-4, 7-5 but lost toWitheford & Rudge 5-7, 1-6.

Alcester and Henley marked time with their 2-2 draw.  The Alcester first pair Tim Kenneally & Stuart Beach took both their points by beating Brett McKay & Marcus Tate (Henley) 6-3, 6-2, and then beat Sam Turner & Stuart Kent (Henley) 6-3, 6-1.  James Morley-Cotterill & Harvey Williams (Alcester) lost to Turner & Kent 0-6, 1-6 and lost to Kenneally & Beach    0-6, 0-6.

In Division One Moreton-in-Marsh have opened up a 4 point gap at the top already with 11 points following a 4-0 victory away to Whitnash.  Pershore on 6 points move up the table to second after a good 4-0 home win over Inkberrow.  Finally, Snitterfield hosted bottom club Aston Cantlow this week and the resulting 3-1 win for Snitterfield moves them up to third place (on sets difference behind Pershore) with 6 points pushing Claverdon down to fourth after they had no match.  

Ardencote Manor B with 11 points top Division Two following a 4-0 away victory over Inkberrow B who drop to sixth.  HDA Redditch A stay second place with 8 points despite being held to a 2-2 draw by fourth placed hosts Alcester B (6 points).  Stratford B stay third with 7 points after they overcame bottom team Chipping Campden A 3-1.  Finally, FISSC moved up to fourth equal after beating Shipston A away from home 4-0.   

Division Three saw Claverdon B retain top spot with 9 points but having now to share it with Henley B and Studley C after they both enjoyed emphatic 4-0 victories.  Claverdon B were held to a draw by fourth placed Snitterfield B (7 points), while Henley B beat next to bottom Chipping Campden B 4-0 and Studley C beat sixth place Alcester C 4-0.  Ilmington were docked a point for fielding only one pair but stay fifth on 5 points after drawing 2-2 with bottom team Wildmoor Spa A.

It was all change at the top of Division Four when Claverdon C knocked Bidford-on-Avon A off the top and down to joint third spot when they beat them at Bidford 4-0.  They share this lead with HDA Redditch B on 10 points apiece but with Claverdon +15 in sets to HDA’s +14.  The Redditch outfit entertained and beat joint third placed Pershore B 3-1 leaving them on 7 points.  Inkberrow C claim fifth equal with Littleton B on 5 points apiece.  Inkberrow C managed to defeat Moreton B at Moreton-in-Marsh 3-1, while Littleton B won away from home against bottom placed Chipping Campden C 4-0.

On to Division Five which saw new club Warwick lead on 10 points thanks to a good 4-0 win at home to bottom team Shipston B.  However, the Shipston side were only able to field one pair and were docked a league point.  Wildmoor B, HDA Redditch C and Inkberrow D all lie equal second on 8 points.  Wildmoor Spa B beat bottom but one side Evesham B 4-0, HDA Redditch C defeated Moreton-in-Marsh 3-1, and Inkberrow D beat Bidford B 4-0.

Photo shows Littleton A Team from the Premier Division

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