Senior League Week 18

Division 1

League leaders Lions B extended their advantage of the top of the 1st Division this week after coming through a tight encounter 6-4 against the side at the bottom of the table, Lions C.

Joshua Butler strongly led the way for the victors dropping just one leg to Paul Hainsworth during his singles wins over Hainsworth, Liam Robilliard and reserve Martin Sarre. He also combined well with Olly Langlois to complete a 4 game doubles win over Robilliard and Hainsworth. Langlois defeated Sarre in straight games, but the Island Men's Singles runner-up was surprisingly beaten in 4 by Robilliard and then in 5 by Hainsworth during the final match of the night. Junior Ryan Bichard secured the all important 6th win after he edged past Sarre in 4 games, saving 2 game points in each of the 3rd and 4th ends which he clinched 12-10.

Whistlers A remain 2nd on games difference, but their depleted side lost 7-3 to Lions A this week in a result which puts the team level on points. The recently crowned Island Men's Singles and Doubles champion Garry Dodd did all he could on the night during his straight game wins over Phil Ogier, Ben Foss and reserve Luke Bichard, but the Lions side mopped up the remaining 7 matches. Ogier, Foss and Bichard all defeated reserves Ian Fitchet and Ryan Gilson to secure the win and the combination of Ogier and Foss also came through against Dodd and Fitchet over the course of 4 games in the doubles clash.

Whistlers C remain 4th after their 7-3 victory over 5th placed Whistlers B. Despite missing a 3rd player in the form of James Rabey, twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey cleaned up all 7 matches that they contested. Each defeated Dawn Morgan and reserves Sam Kershaw and Joseph Bourgaize, however each were pushed to the limit against Morgan, with each needing the full 5 ends to emerge victorious. They also combined in the doubles to defeat Morgan and Kershaw 13-11 in the 4th.

Division 2

Lions D remain top by a single point after their comprehensive 9-1 rout of Whistlers G. Martin Sarre and Andy Gill led the way with singles wins over Matthew Casey, Andy Lihou and Miles Bishop-White. Ian Le Page beat Lihou and Bishop-White, but missed out to Casey in 4. The team of Sarre and Le Page won the doubles fixture against the youthful pairing of Casey and Lihou in 4 games.

Division 3

Whistlers F are still top of the Division, however they had their lead cut to just 2 points following a 7-3 defeat to 2nd placed title rivals Whistlers E. Junior Ryan Gilson showed some good form during the recent Island Championships and he continued that here with 3 solid singles wins. He beat Paula Le Ber in 5 in addition to 4 game wins over fellow juniors Joseph Bourgaize and Daisy Kershaw. Sam Kershaw and Charlotte Casey backed Gilson up by contributing with 2 wins each. Kershaw beat daughter Daisy and Le Ber, Whilst Casey defeated Kershaw and Bourgaize. The defeated F side picked up the doubles rubber when Bourgaize and Daisy beat Sam and Casey 3-0.

Division 4

Lions I are potentially just 2 points away from clinching the Division 4 crown as they extended the lead at the top to a whopping 13 points. The 7-3 win that they obtained over 2nd placed side St Pauls B has all but sealed the deal and Andy and Sue Ferbrache went through the encounter unscathed. Each picked up wins over John Wills, Brian Le Cras an Brandon Ferbrache and they also came through the doubles match against Ferbrache and Le Cras in 4. Each St Pauls member picked up consolation singles wins over the Lions 5th Division reserve Derek Cave.

Division 5

Whistlers O ramped up the pressure on league leaders Lions L this week by defeating them 7-3, a result that reduces the gap to just a single point. Junior Ellis Tomlin and Shane Cotter have both looked mightily impressive this season in the Division and each went unbeaten to ensure that the race to the title remains alive ahead of the final round of matches. They each beat Graham Mallett, Janine Mallett and Cave in straight games before winning the doubles over Graham and Cave in 4. All of the Lions players secured wins over James Crocker in straight games.
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