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Summer League reaches halfway stage

Liam Moakes 4th Jun, 2018

THE HALFWAY point in the Wildmoor Spa Summer Tennis League was reached with current Premier Division champions Stratford (24) topping the table still undefeated.

They continued this record with a 3-1 win over fourth-placed Alcester B (13). Chipping Campden on 19 points take over second spot from Alcester A (18) after Campden beat sixth placed Ardencote Manor (11) 3-1, while Alcester A went down 3-1 at Henley-in-Arden which lifted Henley into fifth place with 12 points. At the other end of the table, Pershore defeated Redditch 4-0.

New Stratford pairing Max Hurtubise and Will Morley-Cotterell squeezed out a victory over Alcester B’s Marcus Powell and Gareth Price 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 after a tie-break. They then beat Pete Watson and Emma Hubbard (Alcester B) 7-6, 6-4.

Simon West and Chris Marrow (Stratford) beat Watson and Hubbard 6-0, 6-4, but lost to Powell and Price 4-6, 5-7.

Chipping Campden’s heroes were Geoff Vaughan and Tobias Kemp who took both rubbers, beating Ben Summers and Pete Thomas (Ardencote) 7-5, 6-1 and then Richard Lucas and Steve Hussey (Ardencote) 6-2, 6-2.

Campden’s second pair George Richards and Tom Partridge beat Lucas and Hussey 6-1, 6-2, but went down to Summers and Thomas 6-7, 5-7.

Henley had Oli Didlick and Tom Griffiths to thank for their victory as they scraped past Alex Woodbridge and Barney Williams (Alcester A) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 on a tie-break, before easily beating James Clemons and Harvey Williams 6-0, 6-0.

The other Henley pair Brett Mackay and Matt Williams beat Clemons and Williams 6-1, 6-0, but lost after a close tussle to Woodbridge & Williams 7-5, 5-7, 0-1.

Redditch and Pershore began their match well adrift on only three points each and it was Pershore who enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory as their pairs Mike Langston and Matt Sime beat Joe Morris and James McDonald (Redditch) 6-2, 6-4 and then beat Ben Portman and Lubo Smoliar (Redditch) 6-0, 6-2.

Pershore’s Steve Bauer and Bradley Smith beat Portman and Smoliar 6-1, 6-1 and defeated Morris and McDonald 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 after a tie-break.

Clear Division One leaders with 23 points are now Littleton A after they defeated bottom team Inkberrow A 4-0.

Evesham A (19) lie second after they beat Stratford B 3-1 and previously third-placed Studley A slipped to fourth following a resounding 4-0 defeat to Alcester C, who now join them in that fourth place on 13 points apiece.

Moreton-in-Marsh A travelled to Ardencote B and their 3-1 win moved them up to third on 15 points.

In Division Two Claverdon A (21) retained top spot after defeating Henley B 3-1 to push them down to third place with 15 points.

Snitterfield A (18) stay second but droppred points after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Claverdon B. Shipston A lie fourth with 14 points despite being held to a 2-2 draw by second-bottom Inkberrow B.

Fifth-placed Chipping Campden B were also held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side FISSC.

Division Three joint leaders are Warwick on 21 after they enjoyed a great 4-0 win at Studley B (17). They share the lead with Pershore B who likewise performed well at Redditch C to take maximum points.

Bidford A with 18 points moved up the table to third following their 3-1 defeat of mid-table Snitterfield B, whilst Redditch B won 4-0 at Inkberrow C.

Division Four leaders Shipston B (21) have a four-point gap over second-placed Chipping Campden C after both recorded 4-0 victories.

Shipston’s was over bottom side Claverdon C while Campden’s was at the expense of next to bottom Aston Cantlow.

Evesham B, who previously lay joint second, lost ground when they were defeated 3-1 at home by Tysoe. The latter moved away from the bottom two with this result, whilst mid-table teams Bidford B and Wildmoor A drew 2-2.

There were only two fixtures in Division Five and the big match was between top two Stratford C and Warwickshire County Council.

The result was an excellent 4-0 victory for Stratford which saw them open a massive ten-point gap at the halfway stage. It also meant Warwickshire County Council dropped back to joint second on 13 points.

Wildmoor B climbed up to joint second along with their opponents Moreton-in-Marsh B after they enjoyed a 3-1 win over the visitors.


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