Lions A continue to head the way at the summit of the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues following an emphatic showing this week.
Whilst their lead is only a single point from Lions C and Whistlers A, those sides have played a match extra due to their re-arranged clash which took place last week.
The league leaders were in full flow this week and earned surprisingly their first ever 10-0 whitewash of the season, Lions B the side on the wrong end of the result. Joshua Butler, Ben Foss and Dan Collenette all came through their singles encounters against Liam Robilliard, Luke Bichard and Ryan Bichard. Collenette had by far the toughest time and needed the full 5 sets to emerge victorious in each of his matches. He first beat Luke 13-11 in the decider, before overcoming Liam 11-4 and then Ryan 11-9. Butler and Foss won the doubles encounter over Robilliard and Ryan over 4 sets.
Lions C are still in second position, but only on games difference after their 6-4 defeat to 3rd placed side Whistlers A in their re-arranged clash. Garry Dodd was as solid as ever in this encounter and he picked up 3 singles wins over Phil Ogier, Paul Hainsworth and Andre De Carteret, dropping just the single end to Ogier in the process. He then also teamed up well with Pipet during a high standard 4 set doubles win over Ogier and Hainsworth. Pipet himself picked up an important 4 set win over De Carteret, but even more pivotal was the 5 set win obtained by the young left-hander Ryan Gilson, who fought back from a 2-1 deficit to overcome De Carteret 11-6 in the decider. Ogier and Hainsworth each beat Pipet in 4 and Gilson without loss.
The C side did bounce back from this defeat during their encounter this week however, when they edged past the side at the bottom of the table, Whistlers B 6-4. This result was achieved largely due to the excellence of Phil Ogier, who went through the fixture unbeaten. This included a highly impressive 5 set win over the 2017 Green Trophy selected player Joshua Stacey, with Ogier battling through the decider 11-8. His other singles wins came comfortably over Martin Sarre and Joseph Bourgaize in straight games. Another important rubber in the match was the doubles encounter and Ogier and De Carteret bounced back brilliantly from a 2-0 deficit to overcome Stacey and Sarre. Hainsworth was the player to add the further 2 wins to the tally when he beat Sarre in straight games and then Bourgaize over the full 5 ends in the final match of the evening.
Whistlers A also followed suit with a win of their own this week, when they had too much in the locker for Whistlers C and ran out 7-3 winners. Garry Dodd again held onto his 100% singles record with wins over Lawrence Stacey, Albert Unden and Matthew Casey, however his match against the former was far from straight forward. Dodd took a 2-0 lead, but Stacey had led he second 10-7, before letting it slip and losing it 12-10. The third and fourth ends were both tight, but each went the way of Stacey to force a deciding end. Dodd made a strong start to this and never looked back, taking it 11-4. Mark Pipet added wins over Casey in 5 and Unden in straight games, whereas Gilson picked up a solid 4 set win over Unden. Dodd and Gilson were also on hand to take the doubles encounter over Stacey and Casey when they battled back from 2-0 down to win in 5.
The 5th and final rotation of Division 1 matches will commence next week.
Lions D are looking very comfortable at the head of the 2nd Division and hold an impressive 6 point lead ahead of their closest rivals. A comfortable 8-2 win was achieved over Whistlers E this week in a fixture where Jamie Ferbrache and Andy Gill went through unbeaten. They each beat Ian Fitchet, Sam Kershaw and Charlotte Casey in singles action. Ian Le Page added a straight set win over Fitchet during the opening game of the match, but lost out to Kershaw in 4 and Casey in straight games. Ferbrache and Le Page won the doubles match over the female combination of Kershaw and Casey over 5 sets, 12-10 in the deciding end.
Whistlers G remain 4 points clear at the top after their 7-3 win over Whistlers I. Ellis Tomlin and Tom Hagerich each defeated Len Bretel, Matthew Board and James Crocker in singles action. The duo also teamed up to win the doubles encounter against Board and Crocker in straight games. The defeated side's player all picked up a consolation win over Jayden Tucknott.