Senior League Week 07

Division 1

The second round of matches continued where the first left off, with Lions A and B sides maintaining their unbeaten record.

The teams have only been separated by games difference throughout the majority of the season thus far and the only point that each side has dropped came when their encounter ended as a 5-5 draw.

Lions B are still the side to officially hold the lead on games difference after they overcame Whistlers A by the narrowest of margins this week, 6-4. Phil Ogier led the way with 3 important singles wins over twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey and Dawn Morgan. His first win came against Joshua in one of the closest encounters of the night. Stacey led 2-1 but could not close out a tight 4th end, which Ogier pinched 12-10. Ogier then powered through the final end 11-4 to take the win at a good time, with his side trailing 1-0. Paul Hainsworth defeated both Lawrence and Morgan in 4 games, but was defeated in 4 by Joshua. The doubles encounter proved to be the deciding factor on the evening and it was the pairing of Ogier and Hainsworth that cruised through to a straight game win over the Whistlers combination of Joshua and Morgan. All Whistlers players added wins over Lions' reserve Martin Sarre.

Lions A significantly reduced the games difference deficit to their B side after their crushing 9-1 win over Whistlers B. Garry Dodd and Liam Robilliard led by example as each beat Mark Pipet, Ben Foss and reserve Derek Webb without dropping any legs. Chloe Le Tissier showed some good form during her singles wins over Pipet and Webb, over the course of 4 and 5 games respectively. She was unable to negotiate the match unbeaten as she lost out to Foss in 4 games, but she also played her part in the doubles encounter, which she won alongside Robilliard against the pairing of Pipet and Foss in straight games.

Division 2

Whistlers D are now the only side left in the Division to have won all of their matches and they lead St Pauls A by a single point, after the St Pauls outfit were held to a 5-5 stalemate this week.

Despite the win, the D side had a tough clash against their C side this week and managed to sneak it 6-4. Jez Powell and Ryan Bichard both won 2 of their 3 singles encounters against Keith Opie and Stuart Sarre, but neither was able to defeat Kay Chivers. Chivers match against Powell was poignant in the fact that both players were defending their 100% singles records. Chivers needed to dig deep in the end as she overturned a 2-1 deficit to win in 5 games. Another 5 setter to go the way of the D side came in the doubles fixture which Powell and Bichard clinched over Opie and Chivers in another game where the winners had to come back from 2-1 down. The most important win of the night came during the match between the C side's Stuart Sarre and the D side's reserve Ryan Gilson. Sarre was the favourite against the Division 3 player, however Gilson stuck in there until the very end of the encounter that went the distance. The final game was crucial towards the outcome of the match and came whilst the defeated C side were 4-3 down. Gilson showed good nerve in the end and edged the decider 13-11.

St Pauls A's draw came during a spirited performance from Whistlers E, spearheaded by Ian Fitchet. Fitchet was on good form throughout the evening and ended up with singles wins over all 3 of his opposition, in the form of Maurice James, Chas Elliott and Trevor Bourgaize. The remaining wins came from Sam Kershaw and Len Bretel at a stage when their side was 5-2 down. Kershaw beat Bourgaize in straight games before Bretel earned an impressive 4 game win over Elliott. Fitchet's 4 game win over James in the final match secured the comeback.

Division 3

Lions G edged their top of the table clash with their H side 6-4 and now hold a 3 point lead at the top. Jamie Ferbrache is one of just 2 players across all divisions holding on to a 100% singles record and he again impressed during this encounter with singles wins over Theo Lepp and reserves Peter and Rose Powell. Andrew Ferbrache beat Rose and Lepp, however he and Jamie were unable to close out the tie in the doubles, which they lost in 5 games to Lepp and Peter. The decisive 6th win came from Sophie Ferbrache who made no mistake against Rose, winning in 4.

Division 4

In another all Lions top of the table clash, it was Lions J that overcame the challenge of their K side to win 8-2 and open up a 3 point lead at the top. The match also saw the last 2 remaining division 4 players lose their 100% records. Sam Totty lost his during his match with Graham Mallett, who won in straight games, however Mallett had earlier lost out in 5 games to Val Guilbert, who had stormed back from 2-0 down to win in 5.

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