Senior League Week 15

Division 1

League leaders Lions B extended their lead at the top of the 1st Division to 5 points this week after their 9-1 victory over Whistlers B was bolstered by 2nd placed side Lions A's narrow 6-4 loss to Lions C.

The 9-1 victory over the side at the bottom of the Division 1 table was spearheaded by Phil Ogier and Paul Hainsworth, who each went through the encounter undefeated. Ogier looked comfortable during all of his singles matches against Mark Pipet, Phil Hunkin and Ben Foss as he did not drop an end during either. Hainsworth beat Hunkin in straight games, but he needed 4 to get past Pipet in the opener and 5 to overcome Foss. The pair combined to win the doubles fixture against Pipet and Hunkin in 4 games. Reserve Matt Stubbington produced the goods against Pipet in 4 games and Foss in straight games but lost out in a topsy turvy 5 game match to Hunkin, who reversed a 2-1 deficit on his way to victory.

Lions A may have lost to their C side this week, but Garry Dodd made sure of his singles wins over Alex Robinson, Joshua Butler and Andre De Carteret, dropping just the single end to Butler in the process. Liam Robilliard earned a straight game win over De Carteret, but they could not find a 5th or 6th win on the evening to earn something from the encounter. Robilliard came the closest during his match with Butler in which he led 2-0. Butler fought back well to win a close 3rd end and managed to come through the 4th and 5th games to claim the win. Another close match came between Chloe Le Tissier and De Carteret. Again it was the C side that clinched the 5 setter, with De Carteret storming through 11-3. Robinson and Butler were also on hand to win the important doubles clash over Dodd and Robilliard in 4 games.

The leading sides meet this week in the final game of the 3rd rotation of matches this season.

Division 2

Amazingly enough, the 2nd Division followed the exact same pattern as the 1st this week as the league leaders Whistlers D won 9-1 over their opposition and 2nd placed side St Pauls A were beaten 6-4. These results have seen the Whistlers outfit move 3 pints clear at the top.

The emphatic 9-1 win was obtained over Whistlers F in a fixture where Jez Powell and super sub Dan Collenette were unbeaten. They each defeated Andy Lihou, Joseph Bourgaize and Vikki Stacey in singles matches. Albert Unden picked up wins over Lihou and Stacey but he was defeated by Bourgaize in 5 games, a result that prevented the whitewash. Powell and Unden won the doubles match over Lihou and Bourgaize in straight games.

St Pauls A's 6-4 loss came at the hands of Lions D. Martin Sarre was on top form during his singles wins over Chas Elliott, Maurice James and Trevor Bourgaize. Andy Gill beat James and Bourgaize, but was defeated by Elliott in straight games. Sarre and Gill teamed up to win against James and Bourgaize in an important 4 game doubles triumph. Each of the St Pauls players defeated Ian Le Page on the night.

Division 3

Lions G dropped points for the first time last week and they were held to a 2nd successive draw this week by Whistlers I. Averages leader Jamie Ferbrache led the way for the league leaders due to his singles wins over Becks O'Keefe, Dan Collenette and Daisy Kershaw. Andrew and Sophie Ferbrache picked up the remaining 2 wins over Kershaw to earn the point. The Whistlers side crucially won 3 of the 5 matches that went the distance on the evening, Andrew going down in 5 to both O'Keefe and Collenette and Jamie and Sophie losing the doubles in 5 to Collenette and Kershaw.

Lions H reduced the gap at the top to 3 points after their tight 6-4 win over Whistlers H. Peter Powell, Theo Lepp and reserve Lionel Jones all defeated Alex Dekker and reserve Callum Gilson to secure the points. Matthew Casey had a stellar evening with singles wins over all 3 Lions players on top of an impressive doubles win alongside Dekker over Powell and Lepp in straight games.

Division 4

Lions J hold the most secure lead across all divisions due to their 6 point lead over nearest rivals Lions K. They ran out 8-2 winners over Whistlers M this week in a match which saw Sam Totty unbeaten. He won against Darren Sarre and reserves Jamie March and Chris Pinsard. Val Guilbert and Diane Le Page beat March and Pinsard and also teamed to beat Sarre and Pinsard in a straight game doubles win. Sarre prevented the whitewash with wins over Guilbert and Le Page and was unlucky to lose his 5 set clash against Totty in the opening match of the night.
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