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Week 6 - Wildmoor Spa Tennis League

Last Updated: May 28, 2015 07:04pm
Bidford-on-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Corin Bishop
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Week 6 Wildmoor Spa Tennis League 2015-14

Wildmoor Spa Tennis Men’s League – Week 6

Week six saw Stratford retain their lead at the top of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League, covering the South Warwickshire area and parts of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.  Stratford-on-Avon men increased the gap to four points with a total of 19 after defeating fourth placed Studley A (14 points) 3-1.  Meanwhile, second placed Evesham drew for the fourth match in a row and are dropping away as contenders despite their early season defeat of last year’s champions.  In fact they are now overtaken by Ardencote Manor who have a better sets average than Evesham despite the same number of points (15) in second place.  Ardencote enjoyed a comfortable straight sets 4-0 victory over sixth placed Henley-in-Arden (8 points).  Evesham were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by previously bottom side Studley B, who with this result were lifted off the bottom with 7 points.  Alcester pulled away from danger with 12 points after a resounding 4-0 win over Littleton who now slide into bottom place on 6 points.

A depleted Stratford team nevertheless managed to hold off Studley A for a 3-1 win.  The champions’ captain Tim Page stepped up with new partner Ben Keighley to win both rubbers in straight sets, beating Martyn Richards & Paul Farmer (Studley A) 6-3, 6-2 and then Mark Willmore & Ollie Smith (Studley A) 6-0, 6-1.  On the other court Stratford’s stand-in pairing of Richard Monk & Ed Bosley found it tough going before just edging out Willmore & Smith in a Championship Tie-Break third set match 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).  However, they then went down 3-6, 3-6 to Richards & Farmer.

Ardencote Manor had no such difficulties in overwhelming opponents Henley-in-Arden 4-0.  Phil Silk & Jack Smith (Ardencote) beat Sam Turner & Matt Williams (Henley) 6-2, 6-1, and then Max Retallack & Marcus Tait (Henley) 6-3, 6-1.  Ben Summers & John Brain (Ardencote) beat Retallack & Tait 6-1, 6-1 and beat Turner & Williams 6-2, 7-5.

It was “as you were” for the fourth week in succession for Evesham when they were disappointed to be held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Studley B.  Chris Francis & Simon Wall (Evesham) started well for the home side beating Ollie Smith & Dave Douglas (Studley B)  6-1, 6-0 and then Chris McGregor & Steve Hands (Studley B) 6-2, 6-1.  Evesham’s second pair were unable to reach these standards losing to McGregor & Hands 5-7, 6-7 and capitulating to Smith & Douglas 1-6, 0-6.

Alcester closed up to the top half of the table with their 4-0 win pushing Littleton to the bottom.  Tim Kenneally & Alex Woodbridge (Alcester) beat Jack Phillpot & Simon Blewitt (Littleton) 6-2, 6-1 and beat Chris Elliott & Joe Sinclair (Littleton) 6-1, 6-1.  Gareth Price & Sam Allum (Alcester) beat Elliott & Sinclair 6-2, 6-1 and beat Phillpot & Blewitt 6-1, 6-1.

In Division One Moreton-in-Marsh maintain their four point gap at the top on 18 points thanks to a 4-0 away win at fifth placed Snitterfield (8 points).  Nearest challengers Pershore and Claverdon both also won 4-0 to post 14 points apiece.  Pershore won at home to bottom team Aston Cantlow (1), while Claverdon triumphed away to fourth placed Whitnash (10).  Sixth placed Inkberrow on 6 points had no match this week.

The big match in Division Two was between the top two teams HDA Redditch A and Ardencote Manor B.  With the HDA Redditch A Team emerging from a close battle as 3-1 victors they went back to the top of the table on 19 points, pushing Ardencote B down to second with 18.  Alcester B now with 17 points are snapping at the leaders heels after they impressed with a 4-0 win over fourth placed Stratford B (12).  Fifth placed Inkberrow B now on 9 points defeated bottom Shipston A (4 points) 4-0.  Finally, FISSC in fifth equal with 9 drew away to seventh placed Chipping Campden A (6).     

In Division Three Snitterfield B with 18 points pulled a point clear of Claverdon B at the top after Snitterfield took maximum points from a 4-0 result away to Wildmoor Spa A.  Meanwhile Claverdon could only manage a 3-1 victory away to third placed Studley C (15).  Fourth placed Henley B (13) managed a 2-2 draw with fifth placed Ilmington (11) because they could only muster one pair and so were docked a point as per the league rules.  Chipping Campden B (9 points) in sixth moved away from the relegation zone by beating Alcester C  3-1.  The latter have only six points, just two more than bottom placed Wildmoor Spa A.

Division Four changed leaders again as HDA Redditch B reached 20 points after a one-sided   4-0 victory over bottom team Chipping Campden C (2 points).  This meant that Claverdon C slid down to second two points behind the leaders following their 2-2 draw with Moreton-in-Marsh B who in turn climb to sixth place with 9 points overtaking Bidford A (8).  Littleton B moved up one place to fifth on 11 points after convincingly beating Bidford A 4-0.

Finally, Division Five leaders Warwick extended their lead to two points, reaching 21, thanks to a 4-0 victory over fifth placed Wildmoor Spa B (10).  However, the score line belied the match which was extremely close with three rubbers out of four decided by third set Championship tie-breaks.  HDA Redditch C stayed in close contention by beating bottom side Shipston B 3-1.  Bidford B (12) and Moreton C (11) stayed third and fourth after they drew 2-2.  Finally, Evesham in seventh with 8 points moved closer to Inkberrow D in sixth with 9 after Evesham emerged 3-1 winners.

Photo shows Division One team Moreton-in-Marsh A.

From Left to Right: Brian Lomas, Joe Sach, Gary Jackson & Greg Stotesbury.

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